Tim Howell, DNP, RN, CENP University Medical Center, Lubbock Texas
Tim Howell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from West Texas State University. His Master’s Degree in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice is from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. He has presented at national conferences for his work in operating room efficiency and telephone triage. He has published in Nursing Management and the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
He has served on advisory boards for Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, a local Hospice board and the South Central Navy Nurse Corps Association. Tim is currently a Board Member for the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and is the current Chairperson for the Bylaws Committee. He also serves on the Bylaws Committee for the American Organization of Nurse Executives and has recently been appointed to the President’s Veterans Education Advisory Board at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Tim is certified in Executive Nursing Practice through the American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center.
Dr. Howell is currently a Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at University Medical Center (UMC); a 450 bed Level One Trauma Center and academic medical center located in Lubbock, Texas. Since his appointment to the CNO position in 1989, his transformational leadership style has influenced teamwork, shared governance, evidence-based practice and quality patient outcomes. Under his leadership, UMC, a Pathway to Excellence designated organization since 2007, is now aspiring to achieve Magnet designation. He is an integral part of an administrative team that has achieved multiple awards and recognition for UMC. Current recognition is the “Outstanding Patient Experience Award” from Healthgrades and ranked #1 by the “Best place to work in Texas”.
Retired from the Navy Reserve in 2012, his last position was Commanding Officer for Navy Reserve, Expeditionary Medical Facility, Great Lakes One; an 850 member Navy Reserve virtual hospital operation. Serving in the Navy Reserve for 27 years, he was mobilized to active duty for eleven months as the Director of Nursing for Expeditionary Medical Facility Dallas; a 44 bed tent hospital in Kuwait. Other assignments have included Navy Reserve Policy Boards at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington D.C., a Senior Officer Promotion Board and various leadership positions commensurate with rank. Captain Howell’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation medal (4 awards), multiple service medals and one Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Jane McCurley, DNP, MBA, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, FACHE Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children's, San Antonio, Texas
Jane McCurley, DNP, MBA, RN moved to Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s in October 2017 from her role at HCA Corporate where she served as Vice President and Assistant Chief Nurse Executive. Jane joined HCA as a Chief Nursing Officer in 2003. Prior to her corporate role she was at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center (SDNAMC). Her leadership as CNO was instrumental in advancing that organization to unprecedented levels of clinical success and national recognition. During Jane’s tenure, patient care advances contributed to the facility’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) earning the Beacon Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing (the first in Texas, and the first HCA NICU to receive the award). In 2016, the hospital’s Medical Surgical Nephrology Specialty Unit received the PRISM (Premier Recognition in the Specialty of Medical-Surgical Award), from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, another first for HCA.
Jane served as the president-elect of the Texas Organization of Nurse Leadership (TONL) and is the 2014 recipient of that organization’s Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award. She was co-lead for the first Central West Texas Team “Future of Nursing Campaign for Action”. Jane is board certified in Nursing Executive, Advanced by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), Certified in Executive Nursing Practice by the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Jane became a Commissioner on Pathway to Excellence with the ANCC in 2018.
Valerie Kiper, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Valerie will be serving as Secretary of Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. She serves as the co-leader of the Panhandle region Texas Team. She is serving her second term as an Executive Committee Board member appointed by Governor Rick Perry for the Texas Office of Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD) and is a member of the Child Safety and Injury Prevention task force and the TOPDD medical advisory committee. She serves on community colleges of nursing advisory boards and university advisory boards and has previously served on the TONL board. Dr. Kiper received her nursing degree from Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing and West Texas A&M and she received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from Texas Tech University in 2013. She is a Certified Nurse Executive by American Nurses Credentialing Center.
AJ Stephens, DNP, MBA/HCA, RN-BC, CMSRN, NEA-BC HCA North 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 Medical, Surgical and Oncology Services for Medical City Healthcare in Plano, Texas.
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 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 board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive – Advanced and in Medical Surgical Nursing and is also certified by the Medical Surgical Nursing Certification Board.
Paula Webb, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL Texas Tech Health Science Center
Faculty at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to her transition to academia, she served as CNO of a Magnet designated Children’s hospital. She is Treasurer of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, Treasurer of the DFW Great 100 Nurses, Inc., and Treasurer of the North Central Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. She is an active volunteer board member of community organizations. She received her Associate Degree in nursing from Cooke County Junior College, undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees at University of Texas at Arlington, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University in Chicago.
Region 7 AONL Representative
Karen Kendrick, MSN, RN, CPHQ Texas Hospital Association (THA)
Karen Kendrick currently serves as the Vice President of Clinical Initiatives for the Texas Hospital Association (THA). In this role she oversees a variety of quality improvement and patient safety programs while also providing support and a nursing perspective to the many other activities and initiatives within THA.
Ms. Kendrick has over 30 years of progressive nursing leadership and management experience in a variety of hospital settings. For the past 12 years her work has primarily focused on hospital quality and safety initiatives, including Culture of Safety programs, patient and family engagement, regulatory compliance, quality assurance/improvement activities, and risk management oversight.
At Large Director #1
Jamie Brennan, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC
Jamie L. Brennan 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.
Jamie received the Nursing Excellence Award in 2016 from D-Magazine. And also 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 Leadership (TONL) and serves on the TONL Scholarship and Legislative Committees.
At Large Director #2
Sobha Fuller, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System
Sobha Fuller is the Chief Nursing Officer for CHRISTUS® Trinity Clinic at CHRISTUS Health®. Dr. Fuller has 22 years of healthcare experience with over 17 years of nursing experience. She is board certified in Ambulatory Care Nursing and Nurse Executive, Advanced by American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Fuller is responsible for clinical nursing practice for over 600 nursing staff at 82 locations representing 41 specialties serving North East Texas. Dr. Fuller works in collaboration with the physicians and leadership to provide oversight and consultation regarding the non-physician care team in the following areas: staffing models, recruitment of staff, training and competency evaluation, annual evaluations, clinical protocols, and standards of care, regulatory guidelines, infection control protocols, patient quality and safety, and Joint Commission readiness. Dr. Fuller has been instrumental in the developing infrastructure through transformational work with multiple interdepartmental stakeholders, re-defining roles and creation of new nursing roles as well as leading clinical teams to achieve NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. Other key involvements include streamlining and standardization of nursing care through implementation of a robust EMR and training, as well as ongoing performance improvement projects using PI methodology.
Dr. Fuller is a member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Nurses Association, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing-Iota Mu Chapter. She has earned both her bachelor and masters of science in nursing degrees at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as well as holding an associate in nursing from Excelsior College. Dr. Fuller completed her doctorate of nursing practice in executive leadership from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and her capstone was focused on the effectiveness of the Senior House Calls program. She has co-authored various research publications and provided testimonies at the Texas Capitol.
Dr. Fuller is dedicated to developing clinical teams in patient-centered medical home concepts, population health management, public health advocacy, and health policy redesign. She seeks to integrate multiple health care systems, government agencies, and community leaders to work collaboratively in producing a high performing accountable healthcare delivery model.
At Large Director #3
Pamela Bradshaw, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K Shannon Medical Center
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 AONL 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.
At Large Director #4
Elizabeth Sjoberg, RN, J.D. THA: Legislative/Collaboration TONL
Elizabeth Sjoberg joined the Texas Hospital Association in February, 1995. She is one of three in-house attorneys, whose responsibilities include advocating for member hospitals and health systems in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and informing members and the public about current topics in health law. As Associate General Counsel, her issue areas include nurse licensure, practice and education; data collection; advance directives and end-of-life care; children’s and women’s issues; EMS/trauma care; health information technology; and public health promotion and wellness. She also serves on the executive, practice and education committees of the Texas Team.
Ms. Sjoberg received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, and her bachelors of science in nursing degree from the University of Texas School of Nursing at Austin. Prior to attending law school, she worked in both the hospital and clinic settings.
Anthony Tijerina, MSN, RN, BSN Northwest Texas Healthcare System
Anthony Tijerina is the Director of Adult Critical Care Services and Cardiology at Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, TX. Northwest is a 475 bed acute care hospital and is a designated Level III Trauma Center. Northwest is also an accredited Chest Pain Center, Stroke Center and Bariatric Accredited Center. Anthony is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Texas Organization of Nurse Leadership (TONL). Anthony’s background has been in critical care, emergency medicine and EMS.
Anthony graduated from West Texas A&M University in 1997 with Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Nursing. He is also involved with the community being a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8938 and a member of the Kiwanis Club. He enjoys spending time with his family and has recently welcomed the addition of one grandson.
Kit Bredimus is the Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer for Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Kit began his nursing career in 2006 after graduating with his BSN from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where he was the first nursing student ever to win the Stobo Award in Oslerian Medicine. Kit earned his MSN in Nursing Administration from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he was awarded the Dean’s Award of Excellence, the highest student honor given out each year to one graduating student. Kit earned his DNP from Texas Tech in 2019. Kit has been with Midland Memorial since 2008 where he began as a staff nurse in the ED. Kit has been recognized within his organization as the 2014 and 2017 Transformational Leadership Professional Excellence Award winner. Within his community, Kit was featured on the inaugural list of 20 under 40 by Midland Magazine. Nationally, Kit was named as a 2017 Modern Healthcare’s Rising Star in Nursing Award winner and the 2018 AONL Pamela Austin Thompson Early Careerist Award winner. Kit is a Master Certified Values Coach with a focus on transformational leadership and personal empowerment. Kit is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONL), Texas Organization of Nurse Leadership (TONL), Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society, Texas Nurses Association (TNA), American Nurses Association (ANA), and Society of Trauma Nurses (STN). Kit was recently elected to serve as President for his local TONL chapter, the Permian Basin Organization of Nurse Leadership (PBONL). Kit is a Board Certified Nurse Executive and holds national board certifications in Nursing Leadership and Management as well as Emergency and Pediatric Emergency Nursing. Kit is a Fellow of the inaugural AONL Nurse Director Fellowship with capstone focus on the relationship to patient experience and employee engagement.
Norma Teran, DNP, NEA-BC Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
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.
Nancy Crider, DrPH, MS, RN, NEA-BC University of Texas HSC-Houston School of Nursing
BS in Nursing , University of Connecticut,; MS in Nursing, Russell Sage, Troy, NY; Doctorate in Public Health, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX; Diploma in Accounting and Finance, London Polytechnic School of Management, London, England. Multiple nursing executive positions at both tertiary academic and community hospitals including St Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Bellaire Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX and Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. Chief Nurse and Director of Houston Branch of Executive Health Exams International. Leadership experience also includes executive responsibility for Home Health Agency, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation and Psychiatric programs and Director of Administrative Operations. Currently fulltime faculty at University of Texas School of Nursing, DNP Nurse Executive tract. I am certified by ANCC (NEA-BC) and have been a HONL and TONL governmental affairs representative to the Texas Nursing Legislative Agenda Coalition (NLAC) for many years. I also co-chair the joint TNA/TONL Health Information Technology Committee and am a member of the AONL Continuing Care Committee.
Sally Carmen, DNP, RN, APRN, CNL Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Dr. Sally Carmen is currently the Director of the Center for Advancing Professional Practice at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (THFW), overseeing education and professional development. 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). She is adjunct nursing faculty at Texas Christian University, coordinating the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Fellowship: A Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute. Sally has a diverse professional background that began in the Panhandle of Texas where she completed her BSN and MSN from West Texas State University. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Christian University in 2011. Her current and previous certifications include Clinical Nurse Leader, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She was recently recognized for visionary leadership at THFW, and 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 is involved in many professional organizations. Including the board and strategic planning committee of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. She is a member of 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 nursing workforce.
Susan Greenwood, BSN, MBA, FACHE Eastland Memorial Hospital
Susan currently serves as the Chief Nursing Officer at Eastland Memorial Hospital in Eastland, TX. In this role, Susan oversees the nursing services and operations of surgical services, acute care and the emergency room, as well as the departments of Education, Quality, Infection Control, Utilization Review, Pharmacy, Lab, Radiology, and Respiratory. Prior to moving to Eastland, she spent 20 years at St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro, AR where she served as the Vice President/Nurse Executive after working her way through the organization in various capacities as Manager of Home Health, Director of Cardiac and Neurological Services, Assistant Vice President of Patient Support Services, and Vice President of Quality, Safety and Risk Management.
Susan served on various civic and professional organizations including board member of the state QIO, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, board member of the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives, board president of Hispanic Community Services, Inc., board member of Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the board of St. Bernards Women’s Advisory Council. She is the graduate of Leadership Jonesboro and completed the Senior Executive Leadership Development from the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, NEA-BC Austin Round Rock Region of Baylor Scott and White Health
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 CTONL, serves on the membership committee for TONL, and the financial aid committee for AONL.
Morgan Talley, DNP, MSN, RN Methodist Hospital
Morgan W. Talley is a Nursing Director at Methodist Hospital, part of the Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, TX. With a nursing career spanning 18 years based in a critical-care setting, he has been serving as a nursing leader for the previous 11 years. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center in 2000, Master’s Degree in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2016 and is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with an anticipated gradation date of May 2019.
Morgan is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Nurses Association, and the Texas Nurses Association. In 2013, Morgan completed a Nurse Manager Fellowship with the American Organization of Nurse Executives and has continued to be involved with AONL over the years with various committee, day of dialogue, and task force work. He has been awarded 2 podium presentations at previous AONL Annual Conferences in 2014 and 2017 that focused on a review of the 2013 Nurse Manager Fellowship and nursing retention strategies. He currently serves on the AONL Foundation’s Soirée planning task force and the 2019 Nurse Manager Fellow selection committee. Morgan continues his passion for the nursing profession with active involvement within his local community as well. He currently serves as the Education Chair for the South-Central Chapter of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and as President of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Lynn O’Neill, BSN, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE St. David’s Medical Center - Austin
Lynn O’Neill was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer at St. David’s Medical Center in downtown Austin in 2017, which at 438 beds is the largest inpatient acute care facility in the Central Texas community, as well as the flagship facility for St. David’s HealthCare. Prior to moving to Austin, she served thirteen years as Chief Nursing Officer for two facilities, Medical City Fort Worth and Medical City Lewisville, which operate within the Dallas market for Healthcare Corporations of America. Lynn started her career in 1985 within the University of Chicago healthcare system, where she served for 21 years in various challenging roles, ultimately becoming the Chief Nurse for the Children’s Hospital.
Lynn earned a diploma in nursing from South Chicago Community Hospital, a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Purdue University and a master’s of business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has obtained her advanced certification as a nurse executive from American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Lynn has served on numerous civic organizations including as President of Pediplace, a clinic in the Dallas area that serves underserved children, and is currently a new Board member of Austin Speech Labs. Lynn is a member of of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders. Lynn was recognized as a Great 100 nurse in the Dallas/Fort Worth market in 2011, and she was a 2012 winner of the Dallas Business Journals Women in Business Award. She also received the 2016 Healthcare Heroes Award given by the Fort Worth Business Journal.
Dr. Puneet Freibott, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center & Specialty Hospitals in the Houston Museum District
Dr. Puneet Freibott is the Chief Nursing Officer for HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center & Specialty Hospitals in the Houston Museum District. Dr. Freibott has over two decades of nursing experience with a diverse background and progressive leadership in Medical/Surgical; Intensive Care; and Emergency Room Services. Dr. Freibott’s leadership model is that of servant leadership and strives to increase the standard of nursing and patient care delivery by supporting and mentoring staff at all levels. Dr. Freibott believes in partnering with the staff and utilizing innovation to develop, implement, evaluate, and support present and future delivery of patient care and healthcare operations while preserving human self-worth and respect.
Dr. Freibott has been awarded one of the top 20 nurses in Houston by the Texas Nurse’s Association, received a Spirit of Nursing Award from UT School of Nursing, and achieved the top 100 nurses in Houston distinction from Houston Chronicle. Dr. Freibott obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) as a Nurse Executive from University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 2015. She now serves as an advisor for the new Nurse Executive DNP students and serves on the boards of many mentorship and service oriented non-profit organizations, including chairing the mentorship committee at the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Houston Organization of Nurse Executives. She has a passion for supporting and growing strength amongst diverse women leaders. She has presented at a variety of conferences on topics pertaining to generational gaps in nursing, caring for the caregivers, patient and staff engagement, and emergency department throughput issues.
Dr. Freibott has been married to her High School Sweetheart for 23 years and has two amazing boys, ages 19 and 16. Her favorite hobbies include cooking, dancing, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Angela Robb, DNP, RN Ascension Providence
Angela Robb is the Director of Cardiac, Renal, Med-Surg and Pediatrics units, as well as GI lab, Vascular Access and Sleep Lab at Ascension Providence in Waco. Her nursing career has spanned over 20 years with the last 8 years in nursing leadership. Her career started as a med-surg nurse and has spanned to Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, Pediatrics, Clinical Instructor, and Nursing Supervisor roles prior to joining management. Angie obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing from McLennan Community College in 1999. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas in Arlington in 2001. Angie then went on to obtain a Master's of Science in Nursing Administration at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2015. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Capella University in 2019 graduating on the Presidents list. Her DNP focused on improving discharge times focusing on multidisciplinary collaboration and communication. Angie is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, Lonestar Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, and SIgma Theta Tau. She currently resides as the co-chair of the Ascension Texas Nursing Leadership Community.
Vicki Brockman, DNP, RN, NE-BC Texas Health Cleburne Hospital (THC)
Vicki Brockman, DNP, RN, NE-BC, is currently the Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Cleburne Hospital (THC), overseeing nursing initiatives to ensure a healthy work environment for staff as well as a positive experience for patients through strategic planning and shared governance. Prior to this position, Dr. Brockman has served in various leadership roles over the last 20 years including Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Division Director, Director of Neonatal Services, and Director of Children’s Services. Her clinical background is pediatric critical care, which will always hold a special place in her heart. Dr. Brockman was instrumental in establishing The Children’s Hospital as well as the Child Life program at Northwest Texas Hospital, where she also served on the system design team for the electronic medical record build for nursing, and coordinated the hospital wide implementation. Most recently Dr. Brockman has led the initiative to create a vascular service line / peripheral vascular lab at THC and she has cultivated a transparent nursing environment through inclusiveness and shared decision making.
A nurse for 37 years, Dr. Brockman holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Texas University; a Master of Science in Nursing from West Texas A&M University; and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is currently certified as a Nurse Executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Dr. Brockman has been active in the profession and her community. While in the Panhandle, she helped re-establish the Panhandle Organization for Nurse Executives (PONL) and served as its president for two years. She has been a member of multiple professional organizations over the years, including American Organization for Nurse Executives; Texas Nurses Association; Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing; Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses; National Association of Neonatal Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Committee for Texas, and the Texas Christian University School of Nursing Advisory Board. Dr. Brockman was honored to be recognized as a DFW Great 100 Nurse in 2018.
Dorothy (Dort) C. Foglia, BSN, MS, PhD, RN, NEA-BC Texas Health Hospital Frisco
For over 40 years, Dort Foglia, Chief Nursing Officer, Texas Health Frisco, has committed herself to elevating the nursing profession through a proven record of successfully identifying and developing models that optimize care delivery, improve quality, and enhance organizational performance – all while keeping patients, their families, and staff at the forefront of her mind.
Her early foundations in patient care (adult and pediatric critical care) shaped her decision making as a nurse leader and educator, spearheading her efforts in the design and implementation of numerous nursing programs related to education, clinical practice, research, quality, and advanced practice. Her experience has equipped her to provide operational, clinical, financial, and administrative oversight in many healthcare settings.
Most recently Dort moved from Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, to her current role at Texas Health Resources (THR). Texas Health Frisco is a collaboration between THR and UT Southwestern Medical Center. The new 20-acre campus will bring an acute care hospital and multispecialty clinic complex to this fast-growing part of Collin County. The advanced facility will include environmentally conscious elements combined with high-end technology and specially designed treatment areas. The 325,000-square-foot facility will open in December 2019.
Over the course of her career, Dort has successfully led efforts to improve patient care and safety, patient access and throughput, clinical and patient care technology transitions, clinical effectiveness, strategic/business development, and regulatory readiness. Innovation and vision have been a solid part of her leadership in developing the infrastructure to support the future of patient care. In addition, Dort has been instrumental in achieving initial and ongoing Magnet status in her previous organization. Dort is passionate about people, evidenced by her success in holding leaders accountable to a healthy work environment, resulting in nurse resiliency and retention.
Of equal importance, is Dort’s unique and consistent skill in building and sustaining relationships with community and academic physicians. Dort’s dedication to advancing nurse leaders is evident through her daily influence at Texas Health and her involvement with the North Texas Organization of Nurse Leader (NTONL) Board, where she serves as the President. She has also presented on a variety of pediatric, critical care, quality, safety, accreditation/regulatory readiness, patient throughput, healthcare, and leadership topics at the local, regional, and national level.
Her commitment to nursing education is also seen through her efforts as a preceptor to graduate students in programs from around the United States, as well as past adjunct nursing faculty appointments at Texas Woman’s University (undergraduate faculty) and the University of Texas at Arlington (graduate faculty). Dort is also mentor at the Pennsylvania State University for undergraduate nursing students in the College of Nursing.
Dort is involved in her North Texas community, advocating for neglected and abused children on the Collin County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Governing Board and working to help provide this population with safety, a roof over their heads, and the tools they need to thrive.
Dort has been married to her husband, Denny, for 40 years. They are proud parents to two children, a son who is an attorney and a daughter who is a surgeon. Their son is married with a three-year-old son, and their daughter is married with a seven-month-old son.
Kit Bredimus is the Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer for Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Kit began his nursing career in 2006 after graduating with his BSN from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where he was the first nursing student ever to win the Stobo Award in Oslerian Medicine. Kit earned his MSN in Nursing Administration from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he was awarded the Dean’s Award of Excellence, the highest student honor given out each year to one graduating student. Kit earned his DNP from Texas Tech in 2019. Kit has been with Midland Memorial since 2008 where he began as a staff nurse in the ED. Kit has been recognized within his organization as the 2014 and 2017 Transformational Leadership Professional Excellence Award winner. Within his community, Kit was featured on the inaugural list of 20 under 40 by Midland Magazine. Nationally, Kit was named as a 2017 Modern Healthcare’s Rising Star in Nursing Award winner and the 2018 AONL Pamela Austin Thompson Early Careerist Award winner. Kit is a Master Certified Values Coach with a focus on transformational leadership and personal empowerment. Kit is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONL), Texas Organization of Nurse Leadership (TONL), Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society, Texas Nurses Association (TNA), American Nurses Association (ANA), and Society of Trauma Nurses (STN). Kit was recently elected to serve as President for his local TONL chapter, the Permian Basin Organization of Nurse Executives (PBONL). Kit is a Board Certified Nurse Executive and holds national board certifications in Nursing Leadership and Management as well as Emergency and Pediatric Emergency Nursing. Kit is a Fellow of the inaugural AONL Nurse Director Fellowship with capstone focus on the relationship to patient experience and employee engagement.
Shirley Collins, RN, BSN Baptist St. Anthony’s in Amarillo, Texas
Shirley Collins, RN, BSN is currently the Director of Medical-Surgical Nursing at Baptist St. Anthony’s in Amarillo, Texas. BSA is an extensive hospital system providing clinical excellence to the Texas Panhandle and the
tri-state area, with BSA being most recently named a “Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals”.
Shirley’s background is primarily critical care and she has worked in leadership roles 24 years. Shirley earned her ADN at Amarillo College in 1992 and her BSN from WTA&MU in 1996.
Shirley is a member of TNA, ANA and has served as the Vice President of Pone prior to moving to President.
Shirley was honored to be recognized as one of the Panhandle Great 25 Nurses in 2018.
Nelson Tuazon, DNP, DBA, MSN, MAEd, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, FACHE University Health System in San Antonio
Nelson Tuazon, DBA, MSN, MAEd, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, FACHE is currently the Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer at the University Health System in San Antonio Texas, the only Magnet teaching hospital with 800+ beds in South Texas. Dr. Tuazon is a BSN and Master of Arts in Education graduate of the Angeles University, Philippines. Prior to his migration to the United States, Dr. Tuazon served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Nursing at Angeles University. In 1987, Dr. Tuazon left his post to begin his career in the United States. He started as a staff nurse at Riverview Medical Center and left Senior Manager of Patient Care Services to become as the system Director of Patient Care Services at of two teaching hospitals at Solaris Health. In 2005, he was appointed as the Chief Nursing Officer at East Orange General Hospital and was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, until he moved to San Antonio, Texas. In 2001, he served as the Associate Chief Nursing Executive of Baptist Health System (BHS) and was appointed a Chief Nursing Officer of Baptist Medical Center in 2013. In 2017, he was appointed as the Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer at the University Health System, a position he currently holds.
Karen Baggerly, RN, MSN Covenant Health
Karen Baggerly, RN, MSN is currently the Chief Nursing Executive for Covenant Health, Texas Region, and the Chief Nursing Officer for Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. Covenant Health is a part of the Providence Health system with healthcare institutions in seven states, primarily located on the west coast. Karen earned her diploma degree from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN from WTA&M, and her MSN from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Although she has been in her current role for 15 years, her background in nursing is critical care. Karen is certified as a nursing executive and is a member of TNA, Sigma Theta Tau, and Phi Kappa Phi. She has been a member of TONL/SPONL since 1987.
Karen was honored to receive the Distinguished Alumni Leadership in Healthcare Award from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2008 and the Woman of Excellence Award for Medicine in 2006. She has also served on Advisory Boards for both TTUHSC and Lubbock Christian University and enjoys serving in her local community.
Kathy Dassler, MS, RN, CNO Rio Grande Regional Hospital · HCA Affiliated Hospital
Kathy Dassler joined the Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH) team in 2002 after serving as Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Executive at Wuesthoff Health Systems in Rockledge, Florida.
With over 35 years of nursing and management practice, Kathy has been very successful during her career in recruiting and retaining staff members. Among her achievements while at RGRH, Kathy successfully expanded the Pediatric Service line by opening the PICU, PSD and expanding the total number of pediatric beds within the facility. Additionally, she implemented extensive internship programs in the pediatric and neonatal service lines. Kathy’s team achieved Advanced Level III Trauma designation and recently received re-designation with zero deficiencies. Kathy is a Registered Nurse and obtained both her Master of Science in Health Service Administration and Bachelor of Professional Studies from Barry University in Miami, Florida.
Kathy enjoys spending time with her two pets, BJ and Jessie, and enjoys reading, swimming and gardening.
Patricia Duran, DNP, RN, CENP Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing
Patricia “Pat” Duran transitionedto her current role as an Assistant Professor at Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing/ Texas Tech HSC of El Paso, inFebruary 2018.Before this she had been a nurse leader in the El Paso Acute Care Hospital Community for 38 years.Pat more recently served as the inauguralChief Nursing Officer of The Hospitals of Providence, East Campus. She currently serves on the Upper Rio Grande Region Texas Team action coalition and is committed in actualizing the IOM Future of Nursing goals.Pat earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Executive Leadership from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. Pat is certified in Executive Nurse Practice by the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Pat serves in several nursing professional organizations to include the American Organization of Nurse Executives; Texas Organization of Nurse Executives where serves as the President of the 2013-2014 Southwest Organization of Nurse Executives -El Paso Chapter. She is a member of the American Nurses Association; the Texas Nurses Association; and CGEAN – Council for Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing.
Becky Fuentes, DNP, MSN RN NE-BC Shannon Medical Center
Becky currently serves as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, TX. In this role, Becky oversees the nursing services and operations of Critical Care services, Float Pool, Staffing Office and House Supervisors. She has been a nurse for 27 years with experience in critical care and leadership roles. Becky holds a MSN and is currently in the process of completing her DNP.
Becky has served on various civic and professional organizations including member of the TNA Finance Committee, President of ASU Honor Society, Member of TONL Membership Committee. She also has volunteered locally with the San Angelo State Supported Living center and the Local AIDS Foundation.