Meet The Owners
Nurse Anesthesia of Maine is a company owned by CRNAs for CRNAs. Everyone in our organization, including our CEO, has experience in the field as a CRNA. Learn more about our leadership team by reading their profiles below.
Kathy Maxwell, MSNA, CRNA, APRN – Chief Executive Officer
Kathy Maxwell is the CEO of Nurse Anesthesia of Maine, a company owned by CRNAs working for CRNAs who love their profession. Kathy’s tenacity and dedication to Nurse Anesthesia of Maine brought her where she is today.
After obtaining her MSNA from the University of New England, her career flourished at Nurse Anesthesia of Maine. She grew from staff CRNA to Neuro Clinical Director, to Chief CRNA at Eastern Maine Medical Center, to valued Board Member in under 10 years.
In 2015, Kathy was elected CEO. As CEO, Kathy spends her days developing business strategies and plans, leading NAMe’s initiative for employee engagement and development, and overseeing all operations and business activities, ensuring they are in line with Nurse Anesthesia of Maine’s overall strategy and mission.
Kathy uses her philosophy of servant leadership to guide her in every decision she makes for the company. Her ultimate goal is to give every CRNA the opportunities and support they need to pursue excellence in their career. She is creating a company that every employee is proud to be part of.
Paul Schneider, MAE, CRNA, APRN – Chief Operating Officer
Before receiving his Master of Anesthesiology Education from Gonzaga University, Paul was a Trauma Resuscitation Nurse and ICU Nurse for almost 15 years in Washington and Oregon. That level of experience led Paul to explore an anesthesia-based career, as he still wanted to have the adrenaline moments of the operating room. A CRNA since 2004, Paul still loves the career that he describes as fulfilling and spectacular.
When not in the operating room, Paul stays involved in the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MEANA). He has been a member for over 10 years and served as president twice. However, his true passion is travel, jetting all around the country, and the world, appreciating everything his air miles and points have to offer. He has even volunteered with surgical mission organizations to further the reward of being a CRNA.
A self-described homebody who never stays home, Paul Schneider is the most credentialed CRNA in Nurse Anesthesia of Maine. He maintains privileges at 11 of NAMe’s 17 contracted hospitals and health centers. Practicing at locations throughout the state enables Paul to bring a CRNA-perspective to the Board of Managers, allowing them to make the best decisions for the company while supporting the anesthetists as they attain their professional goals.
Susan DeCarlo-Piccirillo, DNP, CRNA, APRN
With over 30 years of experience as a CRNA, Susan has been teaching and mentoring future anesthetists for almost as long. In a previous life, Susan graduated with a degree in Special Education but wasted no time pursuing a nursing degree. She still kept education close to her heart, as she is a former director of a hospital-based Nurse Anesthesia program and faculty member of the University of New England.
Susan received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Rush University during her time with Nurse Anesthesia of Maine, becoming one of the first CRNAs to receive this degree. She also serves as President of the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MEANA) and formerly as their PR Chair. She has spearheaded fundraisers to help raise money for non-profits. Most recently, she raised funds for Project HOPE (Heroin Opioid Prevention Effort) and Recalibrated Retreat Center for Veterans.
As one of the founders of NAMe, Susan brings her experience and knowledge to the Board of Managers, continuing her advocacy for the fair treatment and value of their CRNAs. She puts her analytical skills to work in supervising the company’s retirement plan. Susan understands the need for continuing education and wants to see NAMe grow in clinical expertise, especially in regional anesthesia, adding to its reputation for providing excellent anesthesia services.