Meet Our Board

 

Stacie Elizondo, BSN, RNC-MNN
Current Position:  President
Board Member Since 2003

Stacie has been in nursing for 20 years, and began her career in maternal child nursing in 1998. She has been the nurse manager for the Women’s Health/Mother-Baby unit for 10 years. Her duties include overseeing nursing practice and quality initiatives for obstetrics and gynecology.

Stacie serves as the current President of TPA, and has held the offices of Secretary and Vice-President. She is active in her community and serves on several committees focused on mothers and babies.

 

Cheryl Aldridge, MN, RN, CPNP

Current Position:  Vice President
Board Member Since 2003 – 2011; 2012 to present

Cheryl Aldridge has been a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 1979. Her most recent position was with Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas where she worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Newborn Nursery as well as a manager of the Newborn Nursery NPs and served as Director of Nursing Informatics. She retired in 2011 and has been enjoying volunteer work, spending time with her family (especially her 3 grandchildren), knitting, reading and generally relaxing. She was awarded PNP Excellence Award by the Greater Texas Chapter of NAPNAP in 1998. She also serves on the Boards of the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County and the Denton Regional Medical Center.

 

 

Mark German, BS, MEd
Current Position:  Treasurer
Board Member Since 2000

Mark German has served in numerous roles within Abbott Nutrition over the past 31 years, all of which entailed providing products to improve the health of mothers and infants. This experience has dovetailed perfectly with the mission and vision of the Texas Perinatal Association. Since joining the board in 2000, Mark has served as chair on various committees, held the office of President, and continues to help the organization in the role of Treasurer. It is a fantastic opportunity to serve on the board with so many of the state’s premier experts in their fields to further a cause that is very near and dear to all our hearts.

 

Kenna Hamm, LMSW
Current Position:  Secretary
Board Member Since 2013

Kenna Hamm has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Direct Practice Social Work and is licensed by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners. She is currently employed as an Adoption Counselor with Adoption Choices of Texas, which involves supporting expectant women and their partners, who choose not to parent, by assisting them in creating an adoption plan. Kenna previously served as a Perinatal Social Worker at a large hospital system and has experience with the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program. Kenna is involved with the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW). She has served as a podium presenter at several conferences including the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical, Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference. Kenna is a published author in The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing (MCN).

  

 

Amy Brillhart 
Current Position: Board Member
Board Member Since 2013

Amy currently serves as a Pediatric Sales Rep for Abbott Nutrition in the hospital division. Amy has been in the medical/health industry for almost 20 years and has a lifelong passion for improving the lives of mothers and children. Being on the board has brought her so much pleasure and she is looking forward to many more years to come. In her spare time, Amy and her husband, Burton, with their dogs Sam and Lola, enjoy traveling, gardening, skiing and fishing.

 

Barbara A. Greer, RN, MSN, NE-BC
Current Position:  Legislative Committee Chair
Board Member Since 1996

Barbara Greer retired in 2013 from Cook Children's Medical Center where she was the NICU director since 1989. She was one of the project leaders for the design and build of a 106 bed all single room NICU, which opened in September 2011. She is also a partner with Synova Associates, LLC, a company that provides innovative solutions for NICU nurse leaders and puts on the annual NICU Leadership Forum and the annual Perinatal Leadership Forum.

Barbara is active in her community and sits on several boards. In addition, she is a member of the Texas State Perinatal Advisory Council, which is charged by the State Legislature with writing standards for NICU’s and maternity units in the State of Texas.

For the past 30 years, Barbara has advocated for better health outcomes for the mothers and babies not only in Texas and Tarrant County, but across the country. She was recognized for her work by being awarded the “Texas Perinatal Excellence in Nursing Award” for 2012 by the March of Dimes as well as being name one of the Great Women in Texas in 2011.

 

 
Sheralyn Hartline, MSN, RNC-NIC 
Current Position:  Membership Chair

Board Member Since 2012

Sheralyn Hartline is the Director of the Neonatal ICU and ECMO departments at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft Worth. She graduated from Walden University and has been employed at Cook Children’s for 12 years. Her duties include overseeing nursing practice and quality initiatives for a Level IV NICU. She was integral in the design and build of 106 bed all single room NICU in Ft. Worth. Sheralyn is active in her community and sits on several boards all focused on bettering the lives of infants and children.

 

Jill Skaggs
Current Position: Board Member
Board Member Since 2016 

 Jill has been with AHEC over 4 years, before coming to AHEC she was the head Veterinary technician and office manager for Ark Animal Hospital. She received her bachelors in Animal Science from Tarleton State University, she was a member of the Tarleton Rodeo Team and former Miss Rodeo Tarleton Queen. She recently received her Masters from Sul Ross State University. She has been a Community Health Worker Instructor for three years now. Jill Currently works with Physician’s and Professional Health Schools to set-up rotations for clinical practices, she also coordinates with agencies to hold continuing education events for health professionals. She serves on the Health Careers Consortium Board, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Board, and West Texas Conference on Aging Board, Texas Perinatal Ass. Board, and Texas Team Board. She is heavily involved in the communities that she serves.

Lucy Koneri RN,MSN
Current Position: Board Member
Board Member Since 2016 

Lucy is an experienced Nursing Leader with over 24 years of nursing experience. She emigrated from India to El Paso, already holding her Midwifery degree. She currently serves as a Dir. of Education at Las Palmas Medical Center at El Paso Texas. She also served as a coordinator for Maternal Child at University of Texas- El Paso for nursing students. She continues to serve as part time instructor for both University of Texas- El Paso and Texas Tech Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing-El Paso. She played a key role in developing the Perinatal college for new grads at the Las Palmas. She continues to play a vital role for new grads by nurturing and mentoring them transition from a novice to expert nurse . Lucy is very passionate
about Maternal Child and Education.

 

Lisa Platner PhD(c), MSN, RNC-OB
Current Position:  Education Committee Chair
Board Member Since 2014

Lisa has been working with the Odessa/Midland Regional Conference since it started (about 1993). She has been a champion for interprofessional teamwork before it was popular, “Back in the days we didn’t have a name for it.” She also believes in the importance of being an active member of professional organizations. This is evidenced by her long list of involvement and accomplishments with multiple organizations at the local, to state, to national and international level. A few of the organizations she has supported in Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Delta Pi International, American Nurses Association (ANA), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Texas Nurses Association (TNA), Texas Perinatal Association (TPA), to name a few. Lisa is currently working on a PhD in Education with a specialization in educational technology and online learning. She is living her dream in community education for the OB/Gyn Department of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin where she teaches everything from sex education to Jr High and High School students to interprofessional fetal monitoring courses for nurses and residents.

 

 

Linda Roberts, RN
Current Position:  Board Member
Board Member Since 2017

Linda Robert has been a NICU nurse for over 25 years. While her nursing career has primarily focused on the care of infants in Level III NICUs, additional activities have included providing childbirth education to families, consulting services to manufacturing companies providing products for the care of neonates, and management activities with a focus on supporting nurses in the achievement of their professional goals. She is currently the Clinical Director for the Pediatrics and NICU departments at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler, TX. Her addition to the TPA Board allows her to further her passion for supporting both families and nurses to optimize the health and care of infants and children in Smith County.

Amy Ross, MBA,PMP
Current Position: IT/Communications Committee Chair
Board Member Since 2012

Amy Ross is a certified Project Manager (PMP) with over ten years experience as an Information Technology Project Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and a Masters in Business Administration. Currently, Amy is a stay at home mother who is involved in volunteer work in her community.

 

Sylvia Sandoval, RN MSN NP
Current Position:  Board Member
Board Member Since 2010

 Sylvia Sandoval has devoted her professional career to perinatal nursing. She has worked in various areas including clinical, management, education and private practices to provide perinatal health care to mothers, infants and families. She received her first nursing degree at Pan American College and then pursued her BSN at Corpus Christi State University and MSN at UT Houston Health Science Center. In addition to being a member of TPA, she participates in Valley Nurse Practitioner Association and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. In 2008, Sylvia was honored by the March of Dimes Texas Chapter as the “Excellence in Obstetrical Nursing Award” recipient. In the last 13 years at South Texas College, she has touched the lives of hundreds of nursing students as a nursing educator and feels strongly that they are our future who will impact our perinatal families.

 

  

Luci Simpson, R.N.
Current Position:  Board Member
Board Member Since 2014

 With a Master degree in Science in the field of Molecular Biology. Luci Simpson has 16 years of community college teaching experience. During which Luci Simpson pursued a degree in Nursing to better prepare her students for careers in allied health.

Currently teaching for South Texas College, pursuing a Master degree in Nursing from Angelo State College, and serving as Medical Outreach coordinator for the Rio Grande Valley Down Syndrome Association.

Luci Simpson is passionate about education, therapeutic delivery of diagnoses, early childhood intervention, sharing information and providing support to new parents and newborns.

 

 

Michael E. Speer, MD
Current Position:  Awards/History Committee Chair
Board Member Since 2004

Michael E. Speer, MD, graduated from Baylor University College of Medicine in 1968 and completed his training in1976. He is currently the Medical Director for the Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) NNP Service and the Mother-Baby Units at the TCH Pavilion for Women. He is also the Deputy Chief of Pediatrics at the Methodist Hospital. He previously served 6 years on the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA) Board of Trustees, the last year as Chair, and is currently serving the 3rd year of three more years on the Board as past President of the TMA.

Dr. Speer has also served as president of multiple other organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Texas Chapter. He has also served as Chair of the AAP Executive Committee for the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics. He is a past member of the AAP’s Committee on Fetus and Newborn, the NRP Steering Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Literacy. He has published over 60 papers and lectured extensively in this country, Central and South America and Europe.

 

 

Bonnie Tincher, MSN, RNC-OB/EFM, CNS
Current Position:  Board Member
Board Member Since 2014

Bonnie is a maternal child health clinical nurse specialist certified in Inpatient Obstetrics and Electronic Fetal Monitoring with more than 30 years’ experience in staff, preceptor, charge nurse, educator, management and advanced practice roles. She delivers effective clinical leadership in women and newborn’s healthcare with expertise in mentoring staff in knowledge and skill acquisition to transform the patient care experience. Bonnie is co-chair of the Perinatal Transformation Committee and Vice Co-chair of the Pastoral Care Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses and Texas Clinical Nurse Specialist organizations and is Vice President of Angel Layettes nonprofit organization.

Catie Wiedenhofer
Current Position: Board Member
Board Member Since 2011

Catie Wiedenhofer obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Texas Lutheran University in 1992. Catie has been in the Wellness and Injury Prevention field for over 18 years. During her career, she was the Director of two wellness centers that housed cardiac rehab. She is a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor, a Certified Health & Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine, a Certified personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise, and a National radKIDS and R.A.D. Women’s Instructor.

Catie is a big kid at heart and has always had a passion for kids and child safety. Her love for children led her to the role of Safe Kids Coordinator for San Angelo Community Medical Center for the past 13 years. Under Catie’s direction, Safe Kids San Angelo, a non-profit organization, has won two national awards including “Outstanding Lead Agency of the Year” and “Outstanding GM Partnership of the Year.” Catie also coordinated and helped with the implementation of radKIDS in the San Angelo public elementary school system through a grant funded to Safe Kids San Angelo. Catie is a member of the Child Fatality Review Team of the Concho Valley, a member of CASA and a member of Kiwanis International. She enjoys pulling communities together for the safety of kids.

Tammy Williams, DNP, RN
Current Position: Board Member
Board Member Since 2016

Tammy Williams has 23 years of nursing experience and 18 years as a nursing leader.  Tammy currently works as a Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.  She completed her Masters and Doctorate of Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.   She has previously worked as a RN in the Neonatal ICU, Neonatal ICU Transport Team and ECMO.  She also served as a preceptor, charge nurse, ECMO technician, and Nurse Director in the Neonatal ICU.   Tammy serves on the Boards of the March of Dimes, Voice of Hope and American Diabetes Association in her local community.    She has served as a podium presenter at conferences including Patient Flow Congress, Cerner Healthcare and Texas Hospital Association.  Tammy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and volunteering.