History of Organization
The Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MeANA) was established in 1956. The idea for an association was conceived by a small group of nurse anesthetists at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
A pre-organizational meeting was held April 6, 1956, and a by-laws committee was appointed. On May 10, 1956, an organization meeting was held with 10 members. All members signed an application, which was forwarded to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) in Chicago.
The first meeting was held on September 30, 1956. The small group was very optimistic concerning the Maine Association. Through the help of the AANA, the group grew. In the 1956-67 period there were 24 active members and 7 inactive members. MeANA became the 42nd state to be organized and recognized.
As of January 2022, MeANA is comprised of 347 members!
MEANA Past Presidents
2018-2019: Erin Foley
2017-2018: Paul Schneider
2016-2017: Seth Rabinowitz