AANA Staff Members

Executive Office

LauraLaura Downes, CAE
Chief Executive Officer

Laura serves as AANA's Chief Executive Officer. She works closely with the Association's leadership to ensure the overall success of the organization's mission and strategic initiatives. In her spare time, Laura loves to travel, meet new people and spend time with friends and family.


SusanSusan L. Carlson, M.S.Ed.
Chief Operating Officer

Susan serves as the Chief Operating Officer and works with the Education team to develop and deliver new and innovative programming for physicians. She also manages the recruitment, retention, training and recognition of AANA employees in her HR role. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.


BeccaBecca Daly
Governance & Operations Manager

Becca works with the Board of Directors and AANA Committees.  She serves as staff liaison to several committees, manages grant applications, and serves as the point of contact for AANA volunteer opportunities.  In her free time, she enjoys cheering on her favorite Chicago sports teams and traveling.



KassieKassie Mueller
Education Specialist

Kassie assists in planning and executing educational courses with the OLC and industry sponsors. She additionally works closely with the Learning Center Committee. In her spare time, she loves to cook and teach dance to young children.


KassieAlex Andryk
Education Specialist

Alex works alongside arthroscopic surgeons and industry sponsors to coordinate and execute educational courses at the OLC. In his spare time, Alex like to enjoy various outdoor activities like camping, fishing, and hiking.


Education Foundation

ShantalShantal Alonso, JD
Director of Development

Shantal leads the AANA Education Foundation’s development efforts. She serves as the main point of contact for the Education Board of Trustees, the Development Committee, as well as corporate and individual donors. In her spare time, Shantal teaches mindfulness courses to youth and families and enjoys spending time with her family in Chicago.



DaveDavid Hood
Director of Finance

Dave oversees the financial aspects of the Association. He works diligently with the Finance Committee and staff to prepare budgets and financials. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family and friends at his cabin in Wisconsin.


CarrieCarrie L. Corona
Senior Accounting & Membership Manager

Carrie is all about the details. She manages membership and the day-to-day operations and accounting. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, and go to baseball games and music festivals.



AdamAdam Fultz
IT Project Manager

Adam is an IT Project Manager, involved with the management of the technical infrastructure, systems and databases for the association. Adam loves dogs and contributes to many shelters and organizations.


RobertRobert Kieca
IT Coordinator

Robert assists AANA staff members with a variety of business and association-specific applications and technologies. He also maintains AANA's website by modernizing and keeping content up-to-date. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new places, keeping up with gaming and tech news, and performing yoga exercises.


Marketing and Member Services

ChristineChristine Nogal, MBA, CAE
Director of Marketing & Member Services

Christine develops and oversees AANA's strategic marketing plans for meetings, education and membership. She is also responsible for member recruitment, retention and satisfaction. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for the Association Forum of Chicagoland, running races and spending time with family.


ShannonShannon Berkery
Marketing Specialist

Shannon is responsible for the execution of the AANA's marketing, promotional, and communications activities. She also helps create written and visual content for promotional activities including all of AANA's social media channels.



FrancesFrances Park, CMP
Senior Meetings Manager

Frances manages all things logistical for AANA's conferences and events. She is also an accomplished pianist and a terrible ukulele performer.


BeatrizBeatriz Crespo Vazquez
Education/Meetings Coordinator

Beatriz is the Education/Meetings Coordinator, receptionist, and provides support as the secretary to the AANA staff. In her leisure time she enjoys biking, running, and spending time with her family.


Arthroscopy Journal Staff

DeborahDeborah T. VanNoy
Assistant Managing Editor

Deborah is responsible for overseeing the peer-review process of all manuscripts submitted to Arthroscopy and Arthroscopy Techniques. She is also the liaison between authors, reviewers, and the Editors.