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Joseph A. Rodriguez, DNAP, CRNA

Finding Your First Job

Joseph A. Rodriguez, DNAP, CRNA, is co-founder and managing partner at Arizona Anesthesia Solutions, a multi-state group of over 100 CRNAs and MDs, based in Phoenix, AZ.  Dr. Rodriguez is the former president of the Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthesiology and currently on the board of directors for the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology.  Dr. Rodriguez has led policy reform at the state and federal level and led significant reform within the association itself.  He currently lectures at National University, and has written for The Washington Times, Anesthesiology News, The Arizona Capitol Times, and Outpatient Surgery.  He speaks nationally on business and leadership.

Apex Anesthesia

How to Prepare for Boards

We believe that better education leads to better patient care. APEX Anesthesia Review is a CRNA-owned and operated company that helps busy students and CRNAs pass boards and stay certified with the NBCRNA. Anesthesia education should enhance patient safety, but it should also be convenient, engaging, and easy to use. We empower our learners to learn more in less time with world-class educational experiences that fit into their lifestyles. Scott Schaus, Content Creator & Instructor, is an academic with over 35 years of teaching experience. His anesthesia classroom experience includes a 7-year tenure as Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he taught Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry & Physics, and Statistics & Research Methods. Scott has also given lectures and reviews in the Basic Sciences at several anesthesia programs around the country. For over 19 years, Scott was the principal Basic Sciences Lecturer, content creator, live course production manager, and executive at Valley Anesthesia. Scott received an Excellence in Teaching award from Iowa State University, has presented at local and national conferences and was the emcee for the AANA College Bowl for five years. As a new full-time Content Creator and Instructor with APEX Anesthesia Review, Scott is focusing his talent on the APEX Student Review course and the newly released Boards Bootcamp (an in-person 2-day NCE review experience).

Alesia Quante

1099 Employment

Alesia Quante has been a CRNA for 22 years, and for the last 21 has enjoyed the work/life balance offered by the 1099 CRNA lifestyle. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s in Health Sciences in the Anesthesia for Nurses program from the Medical University of South Carolina in December 2001. Her 1099 practice locations have been in multiple hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and physicians offices on the east and west coasts of Florida as well as coastal and central Georgia. Over the last decade she was a 1099 chief CRNA at a GI center in Savannah, GA. There she guided the practice from an ACT to a thriving independent CRNA-only staff. Throughout her career, Alesia has helped CRNA‘s control their schedule, earnings, and savings by teaching them how to transition from W2 to 1099.  In 2020, Alesia launched the 1099 Success Academy to teach CRNAs Practice Management with her AANA accredited “1099 Freedom Masterclass”. Alesia states, “It is my goal and honor to guide fellow CRNA’s to what I believe to be the most auspicious CRNA lifestyle. As a result of my tenure as a 1099 CRNA, I have been in complete control of my schedule, purchased benefits for a competitive rate, set my pay rate by negotiating independently, saved much more in my retirement account than I otherwise would have, not had to participate in workplace politics, and experienced many other freedoms associated with being a 1099 CRNA.” Alesia was a live aboard sailor with her high school sweetheart husband for 22 years.  She presently lives in Isle of Hope, Georgia with her husband and two teens.

Julie Nycum

Malpractice, Life, Disability Insurance

Julie Nycum, CPCU, RPLU, ARM, is the director of AANA Insurance Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology.  Julie worked for Medical Protective, a Berkshire Hathaway Company for 24 years as Vice President of Underwriting.  She contacted John Fetcho in 2006 to develop products and services tailored to meet the needs of CRNA’s as a carrier for AANA IS.  Prior to that Julie, worked in a Commercial Lines / Managing General Underwriting Agency, and served two enlistment terms in the Air National Guard.

Catherine Horvath DNP, CRNA, CHSE

Student Wellness

Catherine Horvath DNP, CRNA, CHSE is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Track at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Nursing.  Dr. Horvath has a passion for the wellbeing of anesthesia professionals.  For the last two years she has served as chair of the AANA Health and Wellness Committee, where she has increased resources, published, and spoken locally and nationally about health challenges and wellness strategies for anesthesia providers, faculty, and students/ residents. In addition, she served as a member of a AANA Curriculum Taskforce to create a framework of resources for educational programs to meet COA standards of health and wellness content.  Within nurse anesthesia programs where she’s  been associated, she has developed and implemented impactful health and wellness curriculum initiatives for students, as well as trying to role-model healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Horvath has been a CRNA for 30 years and continues to practice clinically.

Jon Lowrance

Success in the clinical setting

Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA practices anesthesia and is the SRNA Clinical Coordinator at a level one trauma center in New England.  He is the producer of the podcast Anesthesia Guidebook… the go-to guide for anesthesia providers who want to master their craft. 

Henry Sink

Financial Planning During CRNA School

Hello and thank you for taking the time to listen to what I want to teach! My name is Henry Sink, CRNA, a pseudonym. HENRY stands for “high earner not rich yet.” SINK stands for “single income no kids.” CRNA, as we all know, stands for “Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.” I graduated from my CRNA program in May 2020 and started working in August 2020 after passing the NBCRNA in June 2020. I earned my MSN. I realized from an early point in my nursing career that though I was making good money, whether at the bedside or as a travel RN, that it was not about how much I was making but instead how much I was saving and investing for my future.  As a full time CRNA, with over 6 years as a bedside RN and over a year and a half as a CRNA, I have taken what I have learned and am passing it on to the next generation of nursing students, RNs, and APRNs. This is in an attempt to educate these individuals about the link between their income and financial independence. I created my platform, all on Instagram, during the summer of 2020. I had just finished my board exam, the NBCRNA, and realized I finally had time back on my hands. I knew that I wanted to talk about financial issues in the nursing community but wanted to specifically speak to SRNAs and CRNAs about their current and future financial positions. In the future, I want to work to create financial literacy and financial independence resources for individuals at all levels of their nursing career. Whether it is a pre-nursing student who is nervous about taking out student loans to pay for nursing school, or a newly graduated CRNA who wants to know how to navigate their workplace retirement accounts, investing in different asset classes, or paying down their loans from their graduate program.

Conference Schedule

(All times listed below are Central Standard Time)

9:00-10:00 CST

10:00-11:00 CST

How to Prep for Boards – Apex

Finding your First Job – Joseph Rodriguez



11:00-12:00 CST

12:00-1:00 CST

1099 Employment – Alesia Quante CRNA

Lunch Break



1:00-2:00 CST

2:00-3:00 CST

CRNA Insurance – Julie Nycum (AANA)

Mental Stress and Resources – Cathy Horvath (AANA)



3:00-4:00 CST

4:00-5:00 CST

Financial Planning – Henry Sink

Success in the Clinical Setting – Jon Lowrance