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2019 Election Biographies

At-Large Director 1 (2 year term)

Emily Jestes, DNP, RN, CNL, NE-BC

Emily Jestes is the current Manager of Medical-Surgical Telemetry at Baylor Scott and White Centennial in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Jestes has over 23 years of nursing experience in a variety of positions and roles from Women’s Services to Medical-Surgical and Telemetry positions. Dr. Jestes is certified as both a Clinical Nurse Leader from the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) and a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Dr. Jestes is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, and Texas Nurses Association. Dr. Jestes received both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University. She continued with her nursing education and graduated in 2015 with a Doctor in Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Science Center.

Dr. Jestes’ goal is to continue to grow the next generation of nurses and nurse leaders, and she seeks to continue to advance models of care and thinking regarding new graduate nurses and their impact in care delivery and patient experience. She has presented her work nationally at the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Academy of Nurses, and the Doctor of Nursing Practices annual conferences.

Rachel McKeel, MSN, RN

Education and Experience
I currently hold a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Nursing Administration Specialization and actively pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Texas at Arlington, as well. I am currently a RN Clinical Manager with 16 years of healthcare experience and over 10 years of nursing experience. I am responsible for clinical nursing practice for 7 specialty clinics across Tarrant County and work collaboratively with other nursing leaders, directors, and physicians to ensure quality and patient safety are the utmost priority. My leadership includes partnering with key stakeholders at each site to improve workflow efficiency, patient throughput, patient and staff satisfaction, while adhering to regulatory guidelines, clinical policies and protocols. I have been instrumental in the improvement and standardization of clinical processes across 48 Community Health clinics.

My previous roles have included work in Quality and Patient Safety, Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs, acute care inpatient and outpatient/ambulatory settings, which have been instrumental in affecting positive change for nursing practice. Additionally, I have held key roles in the organizational administration and implementation of patient-centered large scale software platforms used by the entire organization for collecting and reviewing data, building custom reports and dashboards for the purpose of accelerating patient satisfaction, increasing staff productivity, improving quality, patient and staff safety, driving excellence, and increasing stakeholder satisfaction.

Professional Affiliations and Committee Involvement
I am currently a member of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, and Delta Theta Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. I currently hold leadership roles or active positions in the following committees, Ambulatory Quality Committee, Community Health Nursing Leadership Council, Nurse Managers Council, and Patient Safety Council.

Statement of Interest
I am excited about the opportunity to connect, share, collaborate, and develop personally and professionally with other nurses. I would love to be in a position to help with providing solutions to the complex, ever changing healthcare environments we all work in daily. I have prided myself in being a transformational leader, a change agent, and helping others understand the ‘why,’ while implementing effective and efficient changes to health care delivery and improving quality, safe care. I feel as though I would be an asset to the organization and the position of At Large Director. I am a lifelong learner myself, in pursuit of my DNP, and I would love to inspire others in areas of professional and educational advancement.

Jamie Brennan, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC

Jamie L. Brennan is currently attending the University of Alabama – Birmingham pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree with a focus in Executive Nursing. She currently holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Nursing Administration Specialization. Jamie came to Texas from Cincinnati, Ohio where she was a Nurse Manager at Mercy Health Care. Jamie has served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at St. Louis County Community College. She has also worked as a Nurse Recruiter and an Associate Head Nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently she is an Administrative Supervisor at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Jamie has been a member of TONE for five years and is the current At Large Director 1 for North Texas and since holding this position has participated in the Scholarship Committee, Legislative Committee and most recently became the Chair of the Social Media Committee beginning TONEs social media journey. For the last five years, Jamie has positively promoted TONE and built quality relationships with members of the board and committee members. Her interest continues to grow in the TONE board as well as growing membership throughout the North Texas region.

Jamie most recently received an Excellence in Nursing award at Medical City Dallas for EXTREME NURSING for her role in de-escalating a difficult patient situation and bringing the patient to safety. Also in 2018 she received a Daisy Team award for her participation in an emergent situation in the Labor and Delivery Department. In 2016, she was nominated for and received the Nursing Excellence Award D-Magazine. As a nursing leader she received the Nursing Excellence Award – Nurse Leader of the Year 2015 from Methodist Health System. Jamie is a member of the Texas Nurses Association (TNA), the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE), and American Nurses Association (ANA).

At-Large Director 3 (2 year term)

Michael Dodd, DNP, MHA, BSN, RN

Michael Dodd’s current role is the Epic Nurse Champion at the Health System in San Antonio, Texas. He has been with University Health System for twenty -four years with 15 years of leadership experience. University Health System is a Magnet accredited and a U.S News & World Report premier health system, with 1,034 licensed beds.

Michael completed his undergraduate in nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word and his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Webster University. Most recently he was conferred with his DNP from Capella University with Distinction and is currently working on his national certification in Executive Nursing Leadership.

Michael is has adopted a servant style leadership role and he possesses extensive experience in multiple clinical settings to include: Level 1 emergency trauma care, ambulatory acute care, otolaryngology, oral maxillofacial surgery, neurology, behavioral health, nurse telephone triage, call center management, front desk services, crisis and disaster management, general surgical services, orthopedics, vascular surgical services, adult hematology and oncology, surgical gynecological services, surgical breast services, vascular access clinical schematic design’s as well as palliative care. His expertise is building teams that optimize performance and streamline efficiency.

Pamela Bradshaw, DNP MBA RN NEA-BC CCRN-K

Dr. Pam Bradshaw’s nursing career spans over 27 years. Beginning her career in a critical care unit, she has worked in many different areas of acute care. She has been in a Chief Nursing Officer role since 2004 and she currently serves as the Chief Operating and Chief Nursing Officer for Shannon.

Dr. Bradshaw received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University, her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and her Master of Science in Nursing from Midwestern State University. She maintains certification in critical care nursing and advanced nursing administration.

Dr. Bradshaw is very involved with state and national nursing organizations. She has served in various positions as part of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, including terms as the Treasurer and President and is currently serving as an At-Large board member. She is the West Texas Regional leader for Texas Team. At a national level, Dr. Bradshaw has served on several AONE and AACN committees.

Dr. Bradshaw is also a veteran of the Air Force and still serves as a reserve officer. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 28 years and her three children.

District 1 Director (2 year term)

Anthony Tijerina, RN, BSN

My name is Anthony Tijerina and I am excited and can’t wait to start in Critical Care. I was born on February 10th, 1972 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where my father was stationed while in the Army. My family moved to Hereford, Tx. when I was one year old and I have lived there ever since. I graduated from Hereford High School in May of 1990 and I was offered a football scholarship. I attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico from 1990 to 1993 and played college level football for those three years. During my time there we won the Lone Star Conference championship and it was a great achievement. After my third year there I transferred to WTAMU and graduated in October 1997 with a Bachelors in Science of Nursing.

Melissa and myself are the proud parents of 3 children, one girl who is 22, two boys 9 and 12 and 6 months ago I also became a grandfather to a beautiful boy. I enjoy coaching my sons in many sports and keeping involved in many of their activities. My family enjoys camping, fishing and water sports and spending time together. We are active members at San Jose Catholic Church and help with many of the fundraisers throughout the year. My two sons are alter servers and I am a member of the Knights of Columbus.

While in nursing school I worked as a paramedic and I had a great experience doing this and gained exposure to not only trauma but cardiac and medical cases. My first job after I received my RN license was at BSA in the Surgical ICU and I was there for 12 years as a bedside nurse and the last 4 of those as a supervisor. During this time I also worked in the ER in Hereford to gain a well rounded clinical experience especially dealing with pediatrics. For the last 7 years I have served as CNO in Hereford and now I am proud to join the Critical Care and Northwest Texas team. I am overjoyed at this opportunity and I look forward to starting and meeting all the members of the team.

District 3 Director (2 year term)

Norma Teran, DNP, MBA, RN

Ms. Teran is currently serving as Executive Vice-President /Chief Nursing Officer for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System where she leads a nursing workforce of over 1200 nurses. With 29 years of healthcare experience, Ms. Teran is focused on advancing the quadruple aim as delineated by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement: better patient outcomes, lower healthcare costs, improved patient experience and healthcare provider wellness.

Ms. Teran immigrated with her parents from Tamaulipas, Mexico to Elsa, Texas in the early 1970’s. After graduating from Edcouch-Elsa High School in 1981, Ms. Teran obtained her associates degree in nursing in May 1987 from PanAmerican University, and then completed her baccalaureate in nursing December 1995. Norma went on to complete her Masters in Business Administration in May 2002 from UTPA and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Lubbock in May 2016.

Ms. Teran is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and South Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. She is also a member of Texas Tech University chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, the American Nurses Association and Texas Nurses Association. Ms. Teran is a member of the Policy Council for Texas Nurses Association.

Norma has been married to Johnny Baize for over 33 years. They have three adult children and one grandson.

District 5 Director (2 year term)

Dr. Cynthia Plonien DNP, RN, CENP

Dr. Cindy Plonien DNP, RN, CENP is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas College of Nursing and Director of the Graduate Program in Nursing Administration. Developing nurse leaders to successfully encounter the challenges of today’s health care environment as well as the environment of tomorrow is her passion and commitment. Prior to joining UTA, Dr. Plonien worked in various leadership and management roles in hospitals, inclusive of CNO at Texas Health Resources and VP of Nursing at HCA Healthcare.

She received her Doctorate in Nursing Administration from Texas Christian University and her MSN and BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington. Certifications include: CENP, MBTI Consultant (Leadership and Team Building), Lean Six Sigma in Health Care as well as Ham Radio licensure supporting communication needs related to disasters.

In addition to her work as a program director and professor at UTA, Dr. Plonien has developed Post BSN and Post MSN Certificate courses in Nursing Administration, as well as certificate courses for developing nurse leaders in Quality, Finance, and Evidence Based Practice. She collaboratively works with UT Southwestern University in Dallas, Texas, presenting Quality Boot Camps in a Team Based Learning environment that involves Graduate Nursing students, first-year Medical students and Engineering students.

Dr. Plonien represents TONE on the Advisory Committee of Education for the Texas BON, the Health Information Technology (HIT) Research Team, the TONE Collaborative Committee of Deans/Directors and the TONE Board, and the Communications Committee. Previously, she served as President of NCONE - inclusive of TONE Board representation 2014–2016. AONE activities include test item creator for the CENP Exam, and Coordinator of TONE’s volunteer support for the 2016 AONE Annual Conference and Expo in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to NCONE, TONE and AONE, professional memberships include: NLN, Texas League of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, TNA, and the Texas Public Health Association. Within the Community, she serves as Chair of the Burleson Parks Board, and is a volunteer faculty in the Women’s Job Core of Johnson County. Previously, she was a DFW Great 100 Board Member and Red Cross Disaster Nurse – Chisholm Trail Chapter.

Professional publications include topics on medical tourism, internet learning, cyber-security, health information technology, budget management, cost control, administrative protocol, communication, continuous quality improvement, case management, teaching in on-line environments and the use of Six Sigma for revenue retrieval. Dr. Plonien has served as Column Coordinator for AORN’s Leadership Column. Presentations related to professional practice have occurred in international, national, regional, state and community settings. In 2018 and 2019, she presented at International Nursing Conferences on the effects of the Internet on memory and critical thought as related to teaching and learning of online graduate students. A WebEx on the topic as related to Leadership will be presented with Texas Organization of Nurse Executives in June, 2019.

John Summers BSN, RN, MA, CPPS

John currently serves Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Allen Hospital. John started his career in healthcare as a United States Air Force Medic in the early 1990’s. After an Honorable discharge, Mr. Summers went back to school and completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wilmington University. He relocated to the Dallas area in 2001, where he began working for Medical City Healthcare. He served in progressive leadership roles including: Assistant Nurse Manager, Cardiac Stepdown Nursing Manager, Peri-Operative Services Nursing Manager, Director of Quality, Vice President of Quality and Risk Management, and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer. John helped reduce RN Turnover, improve RN Engagement, while improving patient safety and quality outcomes. John completed a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution 2012. He has been recognized for his work on conflict in healthcare and has helped design graduate curriculum for conflict in the hospital setting. Mr. Summers is currently writing his Doctoral Dissertation to complete a Doctoral degree (EdD) in Organizational Leadership from Abilene Christian University.

John is committed to supporting nursing practice, removing barriers, addressing conflict in healthcare, and is excited about the opportunity to serve the nurses of Texas.

Sally Carmen, DNP, RN, APRN, CNL

Dr. Sally Carmen has experience in serving on the TONE board for 2 consecutive terms. She is currently the System Director of Clinical Excellence at THR. She joined Texas Health Resources in 2012 and successfully led Harris Methodist Hospital to redesignation for 3rd Magnet recognition via American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In her current role, she and her team have supported 3 Magnet hospital designations and 6 Pathway to Excellence designations at THR. She is adjunct nursing faculty at Texas Christian University as coordinator of the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Fellowship.

Dr. Carmen has a diverse nursing professional background that began in the Panhandle of Texas where she completed her BSN and MSN from West Texas State University. She was a manager, director, Board Chair of the Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center, consultant in home care, and the Director of Development of the Coalition of Health Services. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Christian University in 2011. Her current certifications include Nurse Executive Advanced and Clinical Nurse Leader. She is recognized by the Board of Nursing as a Pediatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She was recently recognized for visionary leadership at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth.

Dr. Carmen has been honored in the Panhandle and in the state of Texas for child advocacy as a leader in founding The Bridge, the first Children’s Advocacy Center in Texas. Dr. Carmen has been involved in many professional organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association and the Texas Nurses Association. Sally has authored and contributed to numerous published materials and research, including over 4 million dollars in grant funds to promote health to communities in need across the Panhandle of Texas and to develop our pediatric nursing workforce in Dallas Fort Worth.

District 7 Director (2 year term)

Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Serena Bumpus is a Regional Director of Nursing in the Austin Round Rock Region of Baylor Scott and White Health. Her nursing career has spanned over 17 years in the hospital setting, with the last ten years serving as a nursing leader. In 2002, Serena obtained her Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Austin Community College. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2006 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Serena then went on to obtain a Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration at Texas Tech in 2008. She recently earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership at Texas Tech in May 2019. Her DNP project focused on determining if the Texas minor incident rule and nursing peer review support a just culture in Texas.

Serena is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, Central Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau. She has held numerous leadership positions within her professional organizations. She currently sits on the board for CTONE, serves on the membership committee for TONE, and the financial aid committee for AONL.

Treasurer (2 year term)


Dr. Nelson Tuazon has over 35-years of experience in nursing practice, academia, administration, and executive leadership. He has been a member of TONE since his move to Texas in 2010. He is currently the Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer at University Health System in San Antonio,

Dr. Tuazon is passionate about serving in professional and civic organizations. His proven track record of leading organizations is evidence by his involvement in various professional organization including President, Philippine Nurses Association of San Antonio (PNASA) and President, SCTONE. He has been active in various boards including the Asian American Alliance of San Antonio, the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, and the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, he led the formation of the San Antonio Nursing Consortium that comprises of eight (8) professional nursing associations including the American Association of NeuroScience Nurses, Central Texas Vascular Access Network, National Association of Hispanic Nurses of San Antonio, San Antonio Indian Nurses Association, the San Antonio Psychiatric Nurses Association, the PNASA, Texas Nurses Association District 8, and SCTONE.

Dr. Tuazon has served on the Finance and Budget Committees of the PNAA and PNASA. As member of the Finance and Budget committee, he was involved in administering the more than $500,000 budget of the PNAA. In collaboration with the Ways and Means Committees, he participated in successful fund raising events that have sustained the healthy financial status of the organizations for which he served.

Dr. Tuazon is an advocate for lifelong learning. He has held various Fellowships including the American College of Healthcare Executives Fellowship, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellowship, and the National Academies of Practice. At the national level, he is the Parliamentarian of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Nursing Practice Applications and Reviews of Research, the international peer-reviewed publication of the PNAA.

With his desire to pay it forward, Dr. Tuazon remains active in the academia. He is an adjunct faculty at Excelsior College and at UT Health School of Nursing and serves as a Visiting Professor at Chamberlain University. He presents at the local, state, regional, and national levels on various healthcare topics. He has published in peer reviewed journals, both in print and on-line.

Dr. Tuazon is married to Leonila Tuazon, who hailed from the Philippines and who is also a Registered Nurse. They have twin daughters – Stephanie and Katrina – who both reside in Austin New Jersey. Their son Raymond is completing his degree in Computer Science. Their cat Theseus completes their family! The Tuazons currently reside in San Antonio, Texas.


Dr. AJ Stephens began his nursing career at Lea Regional Medical Center in rural Hobbs, New Mexico in 2005 practicing in Critical Care and Emergency services, eventually entering into leadership roles. He moved to UMC Health System in Lubbock, Texas and served as the Health Services Administrator and Chief Administrator for Regional Correctional Health Care Services overseeing multiple health care programs. He currently serves as the Director of Critical Care, Palliative Care & Wound Care Services for HCA North Texas’ Plano campus.

Dr. Stephens has an Associate’s in Applied Science in Nursing from New Mexico Jr. College in Hobbs, New Mexico, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, a Master’s in Business Administration Specializing in Health Care Administration from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Specializing in Executive Leadership from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa National, Golden Key International and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Societies.

Dr. Stephens has served on the board for the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives since 2015, has served as the TONE Treasurer since 2016, which includes chairing the Finance and Scholarship Committees, and has additionally served as a member of the Executive and Legislative Committees.

Dr. Stephens is a lifetime member of the Texas Jail Association, member of the American and Texas Nursing Associations, member of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and a member of the planning panel of the Nursing Management Congress Conference. He is a 2018 recipient of the DFW Great 100 Nurses Award, a 2019 recipient of the D-Magazine Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive – Advanced.

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