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Board of Directors

Officers

President

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.

 
President-Elect

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.

 
Secretary

Dr. Valerie Kiper, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Northwest Texas Healthcare System

Chief Nursing Officer for Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, 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.

 
Treasurer

Dr. AJ Stephens, DNP, MBA/HCA, RN-BC, CMSRN, NEA-BC, Methodist Health System

Dr. AJ Stephens began his nursing career at Lea Regional Medical Center in rural Hobbs, New Mexico in 2005 practicing in Surgical 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. In 2012, he joined Methodist Health System in Dallas, Texas and continues his practice there as the Nurse Manager for inpatient Cardiology.

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.

 
Past President/ Region 7 AONE Representative

Dr. Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Dr. Cole Edmonson has a career spanning two decades with roles including direct care nurse, supervisor, manager, director, associate chief nursing office, and his current position of chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Nursing Executive Advanced-Board Certified by ANCC. He is an Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. He completed his BSN and MSN at Oklahoma University College of Nursing and his Doctor of Nursing Practice at Texas Christian University. He is a contributor to the literature, locally and nationally in the area of leadership, succession planning, research, moral courage, nurse bullying, and Magnet. Edmonson is a speaker in the academic and professional settings, locally and nationally on topics ranging from Magnet, research, leadership, succession planning, moral courage, nurse bullying, customer service, COPD and the IOM future of nursing. He has lead two organizations to Magnet Re-designation in the DFW area, one being the first to accomplish this in the area, and the second being the 4 th to be re-designated in Dallas. He has been a primary Investigator and COPI on numerous national and local nursing research studies. He is the president of the DFW Great 100 Nurses Inc. He dedicates his time to serving on local boards of colleges and universities to help shape the future and propel the profession of nursing forward. He was selected for the Texas Team co-lead for the state of Texas. The Texas Team is the Action Coalition with RWJF / CCNA responsible for moving forward the Institute of Medicines recommendations on the future of nursing. He is President-elect for the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. He serves as a member of the NLN accreditation and transition to practice committee. He has been recognized for his leadership as the TNA District 4 nurse of the year, the winner of the Nurseweek Excellence Awards – Leadership Category, DMagazine Nursing Excellence Award in Leadership, and the Nursing Management Magazine Visionary Nurse Leader of the year.

 
Ex-Officio Representative

Cyndy Dunlap, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

Cyndy Dunlap, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, currently serves as the Vice President of Clinical initiatives for Texas Hospital Association working with hospitals to improve the health outcomes of their communities. She has over 19 years of experience as a Chief Nursing Officer at community and large tertiary hospitals and most recently served as the Chief Nursing Executive for the Central Division of Baylor Scott and White Healthcare. The highlights of her career as a CNO included moving a 200 bed hospital to a new facility 20 minutes between each other, restructuring a nursing department for a 500 bed facility, and participating in the leadership team to implement a new electronic health record for a large tertiary hospital with 700 employed physicians. Her prior experiences in nursing have been extensive in scope. She has worked as a director for a large home care and hospice organization, initiated an occupational health program for a municipality, and established the first HIV/AIDS program for a region of Texas.

Cyndy has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Baylor University, a master’s degree in public administration from Texas State University and a doctorate in nursing practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She served as president of Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and has professional memberships in the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, Texas Team, and the national Nurses on Boards Coalition. She recently was appointed to the Texas Department of Health Services’ Heart Attack and Stroke Initiative Collaborative and is serving as a member of the Baylor University School of Health Sciences Advisory Board. Cyndy has been active in her community through service on numerous boards in healthcare and in business.

District Directors

At Large Director #1

Dr. Pamela Bradshaw, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K, Shannon Medical Center

Pam Bradshaw began her career as a Registered Nurse in 1990 and has since completed advanced degrees including a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing. She is enrolled in the DNP program at Texas Tech and anticipates graduation in May 2016. Pam is currently the Chief Nursing Officer Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, TX. She assumed this role in April 2015. Prior to moving to San Angelo, Pam was the CNO at CHRISTUS Spohn – South Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX and the Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, TX.

Pam has been involved at both the state and national level for over 12 years. 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 also the West Texas Region Leader for Texas Team. At a national level, Pam has served on several AONE committees including Nominations, Education, and Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE). She has also served on national committees for AACN including Award Review and Continuing Education.

Pam’s primary background is critical care with experience in multiple areas of acute care. She is certified in critical care and advanced nursing administration. Pam is also a veteran of the Air Force and still serves as a reserve officer. When not working, Pam enjoys spending time with her husband of 26 years and her children.

 
At Large Director #2

Sobha Fuller

Sobha Fuller is the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. 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 as well as obtaining her Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Content Expert Certification by NCQA. Dr. Fuller is responsible for clinical nursing practice for over 360 nursing FTEs at 33 health centers representing 36 specialties in 33 locations 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, ongoing performance improvement projects using PI methodology, high immunization rates, and reduced turnaround time from initiation of ACIP recommendations on immunization changes to actual implementation.

Dr. Fuller is a member of the American College for Healthcare Executives, 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

Shannon Stone, MSN, RN, CCRN, SCRN, NEA-BC, CNML, Las Palmas Medical Center

Shannon Stone is currently the Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Las Palmas Medical Center. She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Texas Nurses Association (TNA), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN). She is an inducted member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society, Golden Key, Psi Chi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and has functioned as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholarship program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Stone is also a part-time clinical instructor at UTEP for the Nursing Systems Management graduate program.

Stone graduated from UTEP in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies, 2012 with Bachelors of Science in Nursing and 2014 with a Masters in Nursing Systems Management and a post-masters certificate in nursing education. Currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, TX, Stone is anticipating graduation in 2017 with the successful completion of her doctoral capstone project focusing on developing a succession planning pool through the EVOLVE Leadership Development Fellowship at Las Palmas Medical Center. Stone also sits on the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN) along with her TONE seat.

 
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.

 
District 1

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.

 
District 2

Dr. Caryn Iverson, Las Palmas Medical Center

Dr. Caryn Iverson is the Chief Nursing Executive/Interim Chief Operating Officer at Las Palmas Medical Center. Las Palmas is a 326 bed acute care hospital with a Level III Trauma Center, Stroke center, Chest pain center, and Spine and Joint Center of Excellence. The hospital system of Las Palmas/Del Sol recently received recognition from the Joint Commission for the fourth year in a row for quality outcomes and metrics.

Dr. Iverson completed her doctoral degree from the University of Phoenix, with her dissertation focus on "The Influence of Orientation Styles on Nurse Retention in the First Year of Employment."

She currently serves and has served on Nursing Advisory Boards in the community like EMS Regional Advisory boards (RAC), UTEP Nursing Advisory Board, El Paso Community Advisory Nursing Board, Texas Tech Advisory Board, and the Emergency Nurses Association. Dr. Iverson belongs to the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Iverson is the current Member at Large for District 2 for Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE) and was the first nurse executive to be appointed to sit on the Texas Hospital Board of Trustee. She currently is the chair for the Texas Hospital Association Foundation.

She was recently appointed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a member of the Uniform Pre-Nursing Curriculum Advisory Committee. The charge of this committee will be to make recommendations of the prerequisite courses that students must complete prior to admission to each undergraduate professional nursing program.

She has been an active member of TONE and has recently been a leader in bringing together the El Paso Nurse Executives and Nursing Managers in a local Chapter of TONE called the South West Organization of Nurse Executives (SWONE). Dr. Iverson is committed to the goals of providing educational resources to the leaders of Nursing in the state of Texas and keeping nursing members aware of legislative/political influences and movements that affect our practice of nursing in our facilities. Because of the significant change and healthcare reform going on within the State of Texas and in the nation, Dr. Iverson feels it is important to speak out and be proactively involved in this process.

 
District 3

Sammie Drehr, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer

Sammie's career started as an LVN working in El Campo, Texas in 1973. She worked Med/Surg and ER. Went back to school for her AD Nursing degree and graduated from the Victoria College AD Nursing program in 1980. She worked in El Campo’s ER, MedSurg and ICU, moving up through the management ranks, as M/S Coordinator, Shift Supervisor, ADON and spending the last 5 years at El Campo Memorial Hospital as the Director of Nursing. In 1992 she came to DeTar as the Associate Director of Nursing and have served as the CNO since 2008.

 
District 4

Nancy Crider

 

 
District 5

Dr. Sally Carmen, DNP, RN, APRN, CNL, Texas Health Ft. 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.

 
District 6

Susie Cassle, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Hendrick Medical Center

Assistant Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.  She serves on local civic and community boards as well as nursing advisory boards for universities in the area. Ms. Cassle received the 2009 Leadership Excellence Award from Hendrick Medical Center and is a past participant in Leadership Abilene.  Serves as board member for District 6 Texas Organization of Nurse Executive and was the TONE representative for 2014 THA Conference Planning Committee.

 
District 7

Chadi Awad, MBA, ACNP-BC, RN, NEA-BC, North Austin St. David's Medical Center

Graduated with BSN in 1998 and practiced at a Med-Surg ICU, Trauma ICU for the first 7 years. In 2005 I transitioned in leadership roles as coordinator of a transplant unit in Virginia. Also served as a Clinical Administrator at VCU Health System in Richmond Virginia as well as a full time nurse practitioner in a hepatology department. In 2015 I moved to Austin Texas, currently the director of ICU, Intermediate care, telemetry and Pastoral services.

 
District 8

Lupe Puente, RN, BSN, St. Luke's Baptist Hospital

Lupe currently has been promoted and now serves as the Administrative Director of the Surgical Specialty Unit and Acute Rehab Unit at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Lupe has worked in leadership roles for the past 12 years. Prior to her role as Administrative Director, Lupe served in multiple leadership roles, including, Director of a Medical Surgical Oncology Unit and relief House Officer at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital. She also has functioned in the past as a Nurse Manager for 5South Medical Surgical Unit, Nurse Manager for the Admission Discharge department, and relief House Supervisor in San Angelo, Texas at Shannon Medical Center. Lupe will be transitioning to her new role at President of the SCTONE this coming year and has been serving as President elect of the SCTONE. Since moving to San Antonio in May of 2013, Lupe has been recognized as the South Texas Nurse Imagemaker for 2015 through the Texas Nurses Association District 8 and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Delta Alpha at-Large Chapter for St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital. Lupe works hard to lead in an innovative and motivating manner that engages and develops new nursing leaders. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in 2012. She is enrolled with Walden University for her Masters of Science in Management and Leadership.

Chapter Presidents

CTONE President

Bonnie Clipper, DNP, RN, MA, MBA, CENP, FACHE

Dr. Clipper has been a nurse for nearly 30 years and has served as a nurse executive for more than 19 years. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow and an Arizona State University/AONE Health Innovation Fellow. In 2013, Bonnie was awarded the American Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Mentor Award. Bonnie is also a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, as well as certified in Executive Nursing Practice. Bonnie was recognized in 2015 as distinguished alumni in Health Care Leadership for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing and as distinguished alumni of Winona State University.

In 2015 she was appointed to the advisory panel for Improving Health Systems for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Bonnie has been called upon to provide expert testimony to the Texas State Senate and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding nursing issues.

Dr. Clipper is adjunct faculty for several nursing schools, including; the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech University, El Paso and is a guest lecturer at Winona State University School. Dr. Clipper has had an active role in grant funding and has been a key member of innovative small teams that have secured over $8M in funding for workforce and development programs. Bonnie was a driving member of the team that published The Innovation Road Map: A Guide for Nurse Leaders and has authored the book, The Nurse Managers Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce. She speaks and consults on the topics of succession planning, developing millennial leaders and creating cultures that support innovation. She is also the creator of @thoughtleaderRN, which promotes innovation, cultivating new nurse leaders and improving the transition of new graduates.

 
HONE President

Nicole Vaughan-Adams, MSN, RN, OCN, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Nicole Vaughan-Adams, MSN, RN-BC, OCN has19 years oncology nursing experience within a large comprehensive cancer center; 4 years in an Assistant Manager Role and 7 years as an Associate Director. Vaughan-Adams successfully led team through an expansion from 32 to 48 beds including accommodating the transition of a consulting team to a primary service line. Her unit was featured in monthly organizational publication, Messenger, “Top of the Line: The nurses of P12,” and she received "Best Boss Nomination” in 2011 and 2015. Vaughan-Adams is a graduate of MD Anderson’s Administrative Leadership Program (2012) and has served University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for two decades.

In 2016, Ms. Vaughan-Adams Co-lead the Medical Cohort Charge Nurse Development Series, a six month workshop, which aims to enhance the leadership skills and competency of the clinical charge nurse. She also represented nursing leadership Institutional Strategic Committee with the objective to reduce time for hospital admission and streamline inpatient flow. Vaughan-Adams served as Chair, End of Life Care Nursing Education PACT, and as Lead for Division of Nursing Floating Task Force, to name a few of her many leadership roles.

In service to the community of nurses, Vaughan-Adams is a member of American Nurses Association, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, and Houston Organization of Nurse Executives. Her commitment to education has led her to present at various conferences on: improving transitions of care, decreasing emergency center length of stay and transformational leadership, among other topics.

 
NCONE President

Gretchen Hunt, MSN, RN, ACNS- BC, NEA-BC, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth

Gretchen Hunt currently serves as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. The scope for the ACNO includes strategic and operational planning for the inpatient areas excluding Womens/Infants, PICC team and Wound Care team. Ms. Hunt serves as the facilitator for Professional Practice Council, Career Ladder council as well as multiple entity based and system based task force teams. Ms. Hunt’s responsibilities include strategic planning, financial operations, workforce retention and recruitment, achieving established local and national quality metrics and meeting satisfaction targets for patients, staff and physicians.

As the Director of Clinical Education from June 2007 through September 2008, Ms. Hunt oversaw development of clinical education programs including orientation. This program incorporated regulatory and accreditation standards as. Ms. Hunt also served as the primary nurse planner for the nursing continuing education provider as approved by the Texas Nurses Association. Her duties included the planning and management of capital and operational budgets for the Education and Informatics departments; collaboration with clinical disciplines to meet and exceed expectations of internal and external customers including employees, physicians Clinical Affiliates and the community; development of action plans to improve areas below targets; and promotion of the Clinical Practice Model as a nursing framework.

Ms. Hunt has a long career and has held a variety of positions including Manager of Clinical Education and Clinical Education Specialist (CES) Emergency Department; Clinical Education Specialist, and Nurse Manager. Ms. Hunt has been recognized in 2011 as a Forth Worth Business Press Healthcare Hero and a DFW Great 100 Nurse. She also received the Leadership Excellence Award in 2002, and in 2015 served as the President Elect for the NCONE Chapter of TONE. In 2016 Ms. Hunt was recognized by “D” magazine for “Excellence in Nursing” award.

 
NTONE President

Claudia S. Wilder, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Claudia Wilder currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive at Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) North Texas Division and is responsible for overseeing both strategic and operational issues that impact nursing practice and patient care across 12 facilities. Dr. Wilder joined BSWH in December 2007 as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) in Dallas where she led over 2,000 nurses and was responsible for nursing practice, education and research. Under her leadership, BUMC was designated in 2009 and 2013 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet organization and continues to be recognized as a Top 100 Hospital in U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Wilder came to Baylor from Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth where she served in various nursing leader positions. She earned a reputation for driving clinical outcomes, commitment to excellence in nursing, and an unfailing commitment to cost-effective operations and patient care.

Dr. Wilder is on the Dean’s Board at the Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and University of Southern Indiana and holds the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Women’s University (TWU). She is a Magnet Commissioner for the American Nurses Credentialing Center as well as several surgical center boards, and is a member of the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, and the national and local chapters of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Dr. Wilder has held various positions within the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (NTONE) and assumed the role of President in October, 2015.

A graduate of Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri, and Ohio University, Dr. Wilder earned her DNP from University of Southern Indiana and her master’s degree in nursing from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

 
SPONE President

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.

 
PONE President

Patty Mathies, Nursing Director, Women's Center / NICU, BSA Healthcare System

Mathies is a Professional Registered Nurse with 34 years total nursing experience, 14 years exclusive OB experience, and 20 years in her current role as Nursing Director. Prior to her role with BSA Healthcare System, Mathies was Staff Nurse and Nurse Manager with Northwest Texas Hospital, and began her career as Registered Nurse at Walsh District Hospital in Colorado. Mathies is also a Board Member for Children's Miracle Network and lives in Amarillo.

 
SWONE President

Erik Cazares, CNO, The Hospitals of Providence - Sierra Campus

Erik Cazares is the Chief Nursing Officer at The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus located in El Paso, Texas. He received his BSN degree from The University of Texas at El Paso and a Masters in Nursing Administration degree from Texas Tech University.

Erik began his career in healthcare at Sierra Medical Center in 2001 as a registered nurse. In 2008, he transitioned into his first healthcare leadership position. He was part of Sierra Providence East Medical Center’s start up and inaugural leadership team as the Director of the Telemetry department. Throughout the years he had oversight and responsibilities over multiple inpatient hospital departments. He also led the strategic implementation of Oncology, Inpatient Hospice, and Total Joint service lines. In 2014, he promoted to Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and most recently returned to The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus as the Chief Nursing Officer.

Erik is a member of Texas Hospital Association (THA) Leadership Fellows Class of 2015, Tenet Leadership Academy Class of 2016, Leadership El Paso Class 38, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE), and serves as the President for The South West Organization of Nurse Executives (SWONE).

 
SCTONE President

Lupe Puente, RN, BSN, St. Luke's Baptist Hospital

Lupe currently has been promoted and now serves as the Administrative Director of the Surgical Specialty Unit and Acute Rehab Unit at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Lupe has worked in leadership roles for the past 12 years. Prior to her role as Administrative Director, Lupe served in multiple leadership roles, including, Director of a Medical Surgical Oncology Unit and relief House Officer at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital. She also has functioned in the past as a Nurse Manager for 5South Medical Surgical Unit, Nurse Manager for the Admission Discharge department, and relief House Supervisor in San Angelo, Texas at Shannon Medical Center. Lupe will be transitioning to her new role at President of the SCTONE this coming year and has been serving as President elect of the SCTONE. Since moving to San Antonio in May of 2013, Lupe has been recognized as the South Texas Nurse Imagemaker for 2015 through the Texas Nurses Association District 8 and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Delta Alpha at-Large Chapter for St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital. Lupe works hard to lead in an innovative and motivating manner that engages and develops new nursing leaders. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in 2012. She is enrolled with Walden University for her Masters of Science in Management and Leadership.

 
STONE President

Kathy Dassler, 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.