Dr. 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 Executives (TONE) 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.
Dr. 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 TONE 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Paula Webb, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, 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 AONE Representative
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 Executives (TONE) and serves on the TONE Scholarship and Legislative Committees.
At Large Director #2
Dr. 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
Dr. 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 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.
At Large Director #4
Elizabeth Sjoberg, RN, J.D., THA: Legislative/Collaboration TONE
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, RN, BSN with 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 Executives (TONE). 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.
Brandon "Kit" Bredimus, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CNML, NE-BC, Midland Memorial Hospital
Kit Bredimus is the Director of Emergency Services 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 is currently enrolled in the DNP program at Texas Tech with his project focused on improved mental health training for frontline nurses. Kit has been with Midland Memorial since 2008 where he began as a staff nurse in the ED. Since becoming the director in 2013, Kit has been able to move the ED from the bottom 10th percentile in patient satisfaction to the 90th percentile. Kit has also advanced NDNQI nurse engagement from below the median to above the 90th percentile in every domain. The impressive turnaround in these scores has been shared by Kit on the national level including keynote presentations with Press Ganey Associates, Emergency Nurses Association, AONE, and various podcasts and publications. Kit has also presented on how social media can be used in the workplace to improve employee engagement and communication. Kit has developed a comprehensive nursing clinical ladder for his organization and interdisciplinary mentor program that has been replicated in various organizations. Kit has worked to create a Mental Health Team that is based out of the ED with specially trained nurses that aid in assessing, placing, and caring for this vulnerable population out of the ED. Recently, 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 AONE 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 (AONE), Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE), 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-Elect for his local TONE chapter, the Permian Basin Organization of Nurse Executives (PBONE). 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 AONE Nurse Director Fellowship with capstone focus on the relationship to patient experience and employee engagement. Kit is married to his high school sweetheart Heather and has four children.
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.
Dr. 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 HONE and TONE governmental affairs representative to the Texas Nursing Legislative Agenda Coalition (NLAC) for many years. I also co-chair the joint TNA/TONE Health Information Technology Committee and am a member of the AONE Continuing Care Committee.
Dr. 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.
Michael K. Mohammadi, BSN, MHA, RN, CCRN, CENP
U.S. Army, Retired (Honorable)
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mohammadi (Retired) earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Texas, Tyler, Texas; Master in Healthcare Administration from Webster University while attending the Academy of Health Sciences, San Antonio, Texas; and is pursuing a Doctor of Healthcare Administration specializing in Patient Quality and Data Analytics through Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also plans to complete a Master of Nursing Science thereafter. LTC Mohammadi holds certifications in Executive Nursing Practice, Critical Care Nursing, and Lean Six Sigma, Black Belt. He is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National Association for Healthcare Quality, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Society of Trauma Nurses, and Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.
LTC Mohammadi’s healthcare leadership experience spans 25+ years, in both civilian and military roles. He has a proven record of success in uniquely challenging, time-sensitive, highly visible, and no-fail missions. He has worked in a variety of settings, including pre-hospital, HAZMAT, out of hospital emergency management, emergency department, medical-surgical, pediatric, psychiatric nursing (child, adolescent, adult), residential treatment facility (child, adolescent), trauma-neuro intensive care, psychiatric intensive care (adult), preoperative, intra-operative (prior nurse anesthesia experience), postoperative, OB/GYN, L&D, recovery (Phase one and two), same-day surgery, outpatient clinical care, infectious disease, long-term care, partial hospitalization, case management, transition care, coding, and facility operations.
Morgan Talley, 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 AONE over the years with various committee, day of dialogue, and task force work. He has been awarded 2 podium presentations at previous AONE 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 AONE 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.
Chase Pedersen, MSN, RN, CEN, HACP, NEA-BC, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
Chase began his nursing career at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center in 2005 and currently services as the hospitals Associate Chief Nursing Officer. In his tenure at the facility, he has successfully promoted through a variety of roles including Emergency Department Staff Nurse, Stroke and Cardiovascular Program Coordinator, Director of Clinical Applications and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer. Chase has worked with facility stakeholders to complete multiple strategic initiatives including EHR implementation, enhancement of the virtual sitter fall reduction program and facility expansion to include St. David’s Children’s Hospital and St. David’s Surgical Hospital.
Chase has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Science degree in nursing administration from University of Texas Arlington. Additionally, he holds board certifications as a nurse executive advanced (NEA-BC), a certified emergency nurse (CEN) and a healthcare accreditation certified professional (HACP). Recently, Chase graduated from the HCA Executive Development Program and as a transformational leader believes in the development of mission driven culture that promotes the highest quality of care and enhances employee engagement through ownership.
Deborah Cline, MSN, RN, OCN, CNL, NEA-BC
Debbie holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing leadership and is currently working on her DNP Executive Leadership at University of Texas Health Science Center Cizik School of nursing. Debbie works at MD Anderson Cancer Center as the associate director of Nursing Workforce Planning and Development and is the co-chair for Magnet re-designation. She is a Certified Advanced Nurse Executive by American Nurses Credentialing Center, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and Commission on Nurse Certification. Debbie has presented locally and nationally on several topics including shared governance and nursing retention. Her publications have been focused primary on nurse residency programs.
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 (PONE) 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.
Elizabeth Asturi, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Texas Health HEB (Hurst-Euless-Bedford)
Elizabeth Asturi, M.S.N., R.N., NE-BC, is the chief nursing officer of Texas Health HEB (Hurst-Euless-Bedford).
In her role as chief nursing officer, Asturi is responsible for clinical and nursing care, the overall patient experience and ensuring adherence to patient safety and regulatory requirements. She also has oversight of the hospital’s capital and operating budget as it related to patient care.
Previously, Asturi served for three years as chief nursing officer of Texas Health Allen, and five years as associate chief nursing officer of Texas Health Dallas, where she provided direct oversight of Nursing Administration, Critical Care and Emergency Services. She also supervised operation of the hospital's Level II Trauma Designation program, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, Heart Failure Clinic, Women's Heart and Wellness Clinic and Valve Clinic, among other responsibilities.
Prior to that, she served as director of Critical Care at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls.
She holds a master’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and an associate’s degree in nursing from Brookhaven College. Asturi is also board-certified as a nurse executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
She was nominated by Texas Health as an "Up and Comer" for the Dallas Business Journal in 2015 and for Modern Healthcare magazine in 2014. She was also named a finalist in 2013 for the Nursing Excellence in Leadership award from D Magazine, Best Nursing Team for Advance for Nursing magazine in 2014 and for the DFWHC Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in 2012 and 2015.
Asturi currently serves as president for the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.
Brandi McDonald MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNML – Director of Clinical Operations at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, TX
Brandi McDonald has been a Registered Nurse for 18 years. She has extensive experience in telemetry, pediatrics, med/surg, and nursing education in both the acute care and clinical setting. She has worked for 6 years in nursing leadership roles including Clinical Manager, Nurse Manager, and Director.
Brandi is a member of the Texas Nurses Association (TNA), American Nurses Association (ANA), Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN), and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses (AAACN). She serves her local TNA chapter as the Government Affairs Representative for District 21 (GARD) where she advocates for policies directly affecting the nursing profession. Brandi is a member of the TNA Policy Council and serves on the TNA Workplace Advocacy Committee. She was also accepted into the AONE Director Fellowship inaugural class of 2016. Brandi is a Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse through the AMSN and a Certified Nurse Manager Leader through AONE.
Brandi earned her BSN in December 1999 from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. She received her MSN from Grand Canyon University in 2013. She is currently obtaining her DNP from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX and will complete the program in the Spring of 2018.
Dr. Nelson Tuazon, DBA, MSN, MAEd, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, FACHE
Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, 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.
Dr. Barbara Cherry, DNSc, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Professor, Associate Dean and Department Chair, Leadership Studies Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing
Dr. Cherry’s original nursing degree is a diploma from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas. She eventually progressed through the BSN and MSN degrees and also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Texas Tech University. In 2006, she received her Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
The majority of her nursing career has been spent in management and administrative positions in critical care and nephrology nursing. About 17 years ago, she moved into the academic setting at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, first as a policy analyst and lead for special projects for the university. In 2007, Dr. Cherry moved to the School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor. By 2012 she had earned the rank of Professor and received tenure in 2014.
Throughout her nursing career, Dr. Cherry has had the opportunity to lead the development of many new initiatives making program development her special area of expertise. She led the establishment of the first home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis program in West Texas, which eventually became one of the largest programs in the United States. After coming to Texas Tech, Dr. Cherry coordinated the project to build a teaching nursing home on the Texas Tech campus through a public-private partnership. She was a member of a small interprofessional leadership team that established the Garrison Institute on Aging. She came to the School of Nursing to lead the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Currently, Dr. Cherry is Associate Dean, Department Chair for Leadership Studies and the Garrison Professor in Geriatric Nursing.
Her research areas are workforce issues in long-term care facilities and the use of technology in the caregiver role with funding from the National Science Foundation to investigate how robots can be designed to serve in the caregiver role. Her proudest scholarly achievement is being co-author and editor of Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends and Management, with the 7th edition published in 2016. Through this book, Dr. Cherry along with her co-author Dr. Susan Jacob, have influenced thousands of nursing students, practicing nurses and faculty.
Kathy Dassler, MS, RN, CNO, Rio Grande Regional 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.
Jennifer L. Suitonu, MBA-HCM, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Interim Chief Nursing Officer, The Hospitals of Providence East Campus
Jennifer L. Suitonu serves as the Interim Chief Nursing Officer at The Hospitals of Providence East Campus.
She brings over 20 years of operational and nursing experience to her current role. Jennifer has served in various administrative roles including Director of Quality and Systems Improvement, Administrative Director of Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services, and Director of Cardiovascular Intensive Care. She currently serves as the President of the Southwest Organization of Nurse Executives.
Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Nursing and Business Administration, Health Care Management, from the University of Phoenix.