Dean Comber is Chief Finance and Information Officer at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), a professional organization representing more than 50,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs). He has served in this capacity since October 2016. Dean oversees the organization’s Finances, Technology and Project Management. He has successfully led several large system conversion, continuous improvement, and digital strategy projects. Dean has been with the AANA since 2009 and, during that time, has held positions of increasing responsibility.
Prior to joining AANA Dean was chief financial officer for the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). At ARELLO he coordinated the organization’s financial and internal operations. Over the course of his career, Dean has held several other management positions in the field of information technology and operations and has gained broad perspective, in-depth understanding and wide-ranging experience in systems management, continuous improvement, operations, and finance.
Dean is an adjunct professor at North Park University where he teaches courses in Project Management and Information Technology. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Information Systems, Finance from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. He holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM®) certifications.