MEANA 2023 Fall Conference:

October 6th – 8th

15 Hours of Instruction

Portland, ME at Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
In-Person & Virtual Options

Portland Regency Hotel & Spa

20 Milk Street
Portland, ME 04101
Standard Rooms: $309 plus applicable taxes
Discounts Expire September 20, 2023
Reservations by Phone Only: (800) 727-3436
Identify yourself as a guest of Maine Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 16.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1043703; Expiration Date 10/8/2023.

AANA designates this program as meeting the criteria for up to 4.00 CE Credits in pharmacology/therapeutics.


Tom Baribeault, MSN, CRNA

Thomas Baribeault is the founder of the Society for Opioid-Free Anesthesia (SOFA) and is currently serving as President. SOFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and research on opioid-free anesthesia and post-operative pain management. Thomas currently practices in Atlanta, Georgia and is responsible for implementing opioid free anesthesia and post-operative pain protocols. He received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Ohio State University, a master’s of science in nursing and anesthesia residency from Case Western Reserve University and a doctorate in nursing practice and pain management fellowship from the University of South Florida. 

Joseph A. Rodriguez, DNAP, CRNA

Joseph A. Rodriguez, DNAP, CRNA, is a managing partner at Arizona Anesthesia Solutions, 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 successful reforms at the state and federal level, and within the AANA 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. 

Suzie Newell, DNP, CRNA, FAANA

Suzie Newell is a Nurse anesthesiologist with 19 years of experience specializing in obstetric anesthesia. Chief of Obstetric Anesthesia for Capital Anesthesia (Sound Anesthesia). Established lecturer, teacher, and author. Experience includes work in anesthesiology, on advocacy and policy, obstetric anesthesiology, and mental health. Research on coping mechanisms led to the published book, The Path 365. Work in obstetrics in the heart of the opioid crisis includes running of national online group Recovery Path for Mothers and Others. 

Kristina Weger

Kristina Weger is a Director of Federal Government Affairs at AANA and lobbies Congress on behalf of the association’s policy priorities. Before joining AANA, she worked at the American Nurses Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. She also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for several years. On Capitol Hill, she focused on health policy and communications. She is originally from Wentzville, Missouri, and she received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA

Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA is the Chief CRNA at Maine Medical Center, Maine’s only level one trauma center.  He is also the producer of the podcast Anesthesia Guidebook… the go-to guide for anesthesia providers who want to master their craft. 

Erin Foley, DNAP, CRNA

Dr. Foley is an advocate, leader, mentor, educator, and clinician who works every day to protect and promote CRNA practice. She has served as MEANA State President, served on several AANA committees, and has served as the AANA Leadership Identification Committee Chair in her endeavors to advance our profession. She also has a Basset Hound named Agatha “Aggie” Hodgins.


Early Registration Rates Available Through September 1

Friday’s Virtual Presentations by Joseph Rodriguez, DNAP, CRNA and the Poster Presentations are complimentary with weekend or daily tuition purchase.

All CRNAs: $500 or $250 daily
SRNAs and RNs: $200 or $100 daily

All CRNAs: $400 or $200 daily
SRNAs and RNs: $100 or $50 daily

Rates Increase September 1, 2023:
All full attendance rates increase by $50
All daily rates increase by $25 per day

At the Door:
All full attendance rates increase by $50
All daily rates increase by $25 per day


2023 PAC Portland Pub Walk

What pairs well with history? Beer. Weave through the cobblestone street of historic Portland on a three-stop brew pub walking tour.

6:00 – One last toast to the exhibitors than depart Happy Hour for the Pub Walk. Food will be provided during Happy Hour.

6:30 – The three-stop tour begins. This leisurely walking tour allows you to visit with friends, sample craft beer, learn about notable Portland landmarks, and support the PAC.

Cost: $150 per person. Registration for this event is included on the conference registration page.