Chuck Reese, Ph.D., CRNA

Chuck Reese, CRNA, PhD

Dr. Reese recently retired as an Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical College of Virginia Physicians/Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA. A perpetual student, he holds a BS degree in Nursing, a BS in Nurse Anesthesia, an MBA in Health Services Management, a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration, and a second Ph.D. in Adult Education.

His research interests center on clinical applications of regional anesthesia. Dr. Reese has had a career-long interest in teaching regional anesthesia which has resulted in the presentation of more than three-hundred professional papers at Continuing Education seminars, conventions, and workshops nationally and internationally. He has published numerous professional papers and, as a member of the AANA's original Ad Hoc Committee on Regional Anesthesia, helped develop and currently serves on the core faculty of a series of post-graduate clinical workshops which offer didactic review and "hands-on" practical application of Spinal, Epidural, and Upper Extremity techniques and Obstetric review. He is the author/editor of a series of monographs for the AANA Research Foundation. Two monographs (Blocks of the Upper Extremity and Spinal/Epidural Techniques) have been published to date. The Spinal/Epidural manual is in its third edition.

He completed a 3-decade-long career in the US Navy Nurse Corps with the rank of Captain. While on active duty, he was one of the original five Navy Nurses selected to participate in the Navy Healthcare Professional program which designated non-physicians to hold executive positions in the Navy Medical Department throughout the world and at sea. He subsequently served as Director of Contingency Operations and Assistant Chief of Staff of the Naval Regional Medical Command, Great Lakes, Illinois and Director of Anesthesia Programs at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

He has served on several national-level committees of the AANA. As a member of the original Continuing Education Committee, he facilitated the development of the mandatory Continuing Education program - the first such program in the nursing profession. As a member of the AANA JOURNAL Editorial Review Board, he conceived of and initiated the first "Journal Continuing Education Course". He authored the inaugural offering for this program.

During his affiliation with the US Navy's Nurse Anesthesia Program, he established the clinical program at the Naval Hospital, San Diego and served as its first Coordinator. He subsequently served as the Program's Clinical Coordinator at the Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA. He was the first CRNA to be stationed aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS NIMITZ. During his initial tour, he was decorated for his role in caring for more than 100 casualties of the Navy's worst peacetime aircraft flight-deck disaster. During a clinical practice spanning more than four decades, he served as staff and as Chief Anesthetist at numerous treatment facilities and foreign deployments.

He received the Dannemiller Educational Foundation Annual Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology (2002) and recently became the first CRNA to have been recognized by the AANA with all three of its top prestigious honors; the Alice McGaw Clinical Practitioner Award (2000), the Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award (2006), and the Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment (2016); the first CRNA to have received all three of the top AANA

His hobbies include restoration of antique automobiles.


Lieutenant Colonel Peter D. Strube is a CRNA who graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University school of anesthesia in 2006 with a master’s degree, specifically in anesthesia. His undergraduate degree is from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He was awarded the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) in June of 2017 and is currently enrolled in his executive MBA program. Lieutenant Colonel Strube is in the United States Nurse Corp. LTC Strube has mobilized and deployed four times during current military operations, which included service in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Peter is also an Associate Professor at St Mary’s University and is the director of the doctoral anesthesia pharmacology program. He has authored several professional articles and training programs and speaks professionally both nationally and internationally. He is an editor and reviewer for anesthesia articles and papers. He is an active researcher on the topic of lateral violence in healthcare. He has been elected to serve on the state association board and two AANA national committees. He has served his community as a member of the Mount Horeb Board of Education and is a Commissioner on the Dane County Ethics Board and is a court-appointed mentor for veterans in crisis.

Peter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, College of Health Professions, at Rosalind Franklin University, and is a professional mentor for doctoral students. In addition, Peter is an Associate Academic Faculty, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh where he is the course director for the doctoral anesthesia pharmacology program. He is also a Clinical Instructor Level 3, University of Wisconsin, Madison Hospital and Clinics.

Mark Talon, MSN, DNP, CRNA

Dr. Mark Talonn is a graduate of the University of Texas Nurse Anesthetist program and an alumnus of the inaugural class for Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Texas Christian University in 2009. He is a clinical coordinator for Shriners Hospital, Texas Christian University Nurse Anesthetist program. Past, Director of the Texas Board of Nurse Anesthetist. Nominated to the AANA Resolutions Committee 08/2016 to 08/2017 and currently serving on the AANA Bylaws Committee.

As the Chief Nurse Anesthetist for Shriners Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston I am actively involved in the peri-anesthetic and ICU care of critically ill pediatric patients resulting from burns, trauma and other related disorders. I am also actively involved in critical care research involving the resuscitation, monitoring, and ventilation of critical and unstable patients. I have had the privilege of being published in journals such as Anesthesia and Analgesia, Journal of Burns, and as a coauthor in the textbook of Total Burn Care.

Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C

Biographical Statement

Graduate of the University Tennessee College of Nursing,
The University of Nebraska Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program, The Kansas University Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Masters program, And, the Duke University DNP program. Managing partner of “Boone County Anesthesia Services, LLC”, a private practice anesthesia group in East Central Nebraska.

Past President and Member of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
Past Chairman of the Nebraska State Board of Health
Past Chairman of the Nebraska Advanced Practice Nursing Board
Recipient of the AANA Ira P. Gunn Award for professional advocacy (2009)
Recipient of the AANA Clinical Practitioner of the Year (Alice McGaw Award) (2001)
Past AANA Regional Director and Treasurer

Matthew D. Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA

Matthew Zinder has worked in some level of healthcare for 20 years, starting as an EMT in a volunteer fire station. He received his BS from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 1999. Following a 2-year experience at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Matthew attended and graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2003. He went on to work at Chippenham Hospital, in Richmond, VA for 3 years.

Matthew owns and operates a mobile anesthesia practice that his father founded 33 years ago. It consists of 20 practitioners and covers 50 locations throughout the state of Maryland.

Matthew speaks at many professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, involving topics such as the business of anesthesia, hypnosis, and the practice of anesthesia. Matthew also has an active hypnotherapy practice that caters mainly to health care providers. Matthew is also the founder and director of Maryland Emergency Response, a disaster relief 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to aid victims following natural and/or man-made disasters as well as community outreach projects such as their Homeless Backpack Initiative.