Faculty & Staff
Dr. Travis Laffoon, DNP, APRN, CRNA
Dr. Travis Laffoon, DNP, APRN, CRNA, was appointed Director on October 3, 2023 after previously serving as Associate Director since 2020. Dr. Laffoon graduated from the Baptist Health/Murray State University Program of Anesthesia with his Masters of Science in Nursing in 2015. He completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Murray State University in 2018. Dr. Laffoon previously worked as a CRNA in Madisonville, KY, where he also served as a clinical instructor. He also served as the Associate Director of the Baptist Health/Murray State University Program of Anesthesia for three years prior to relocating to Minneapolis, MN. In addition to his current role at MSA, he also works as community faculty at our education partner, Metro State University and maintains current clinical practice at several facilities in Minnesota.
Jordan Popp, MSN, APRN, CRNA
Jordan Popp, MSN, APRN, CRNA, joined Minneapolis School of Anesthesia as program faculty May 1st, 2023. Jordan graduated from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia in 2020 with his Masters of Science in Nursing. He is actively pursuing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice through Capella University. Jordan also works as community faculty at Metro State University while maintaining current clinical practice at University of Minnesota MASONIC Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Beth Quaas
Dr. Beth Quaas joined MSA as faculty in August of 2020 and as Associate Director in January of 2021. She obtained her BSN degree from Bemidji State University and her Master’s degree in nurse anesthesia in 1999 at MSA. Most of her career as a CRNA was at Essentia Health in Duluth, where she also served as CRNA Director. Beth earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in 2010 at St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN so she could give back to her profession by educating the next generation of nurse anesthetists. Beth is currently Associate Director and faculty at the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia/Metro State University and continues her clinical practice in the OR. She also serves on the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board as a Director.
Kari Urness is the Office Manager at the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia. She has worked for MSA since May 20th, 2019. Previously, she was employed at TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington for 12 years in various job roles. Her role at MSA is to ensure all of the behind-the-scenes action is done in a smooth and efficient manner.