Board of Directors

The TSAOHN Board of Directors is composed of the following:

 

The Directors are appointed to the following positions:

 

The Board of Directors meet three times a year and an invitation is extended to each of the local chapter presidents to attend.






Mary Garison, RN COHN-S CCM, FAAOHN
President

I am blessed and honored to have the opportunity to serve you as your TSAOHN President for 2018-2019.

 

I have had the honor to serve you as an AAOHN and TSAOHN Director. For the past 20 years, I have been active with our National, State and local chapter and have worked diligently in addressing the issues of our organization.

 

I advocated for and contributed to strategies and programs that were developed to outreach chapter leaders and provide opportunities for sharing and problem solving.

 

My commitment for TSAOHN is to strive for and promote excellence among our members.

 

My vision is to have well prepared occupational health nurse leaders who will lead our members in meeting the challenges of new future changes and demands.

 

I am enthusiastic and excited to partake in the work of the Board of Directors. I will work relentlessly on your behalf to elevate our profession and to ensure the state and national support is provided to each member and to the chapters.

 

You are our most valuable resource! As an individual chapter level, your membership strengthens our association and promotes our credibility and value as a profession.

 

I am honored and looking forward to serving you as your TSAOHN President

 

I pledge to do my best in representing you with pride and integrity, to be your voice in taking appropriate actions in addressing your concerns and continue to mentor OHN’s

Karen Barrett, BS, RN, COHN-S, CHSP, CEAS II, FAAOHN
President Elect (Membership/Parliamentary Process)

Worked in Occupational Health for 39 years in a variety of manufacturing plants and hospital employee health. Currently the Director of Employee Health for Methodist Health System composed of 4 hospitals and physician offices. A fellow of AAOHN specializing in ergonomics, non-subscription and safety

Melinda Cordova
Secretary (History / Archives)

A graduate of The University of Texas Medical Branch – School of Nursing in Galveston, TX. I have been a Nurse for 22 years. I worked in surgical/pediatrics at the Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital in my early nursing years. I have now worked for ExxonMobil and XTO Energy an ExxonMobil subsidiary for the past 16 years. I have served in several positions in my local chapter The Houston Texas Association of Occupational Health Nurses, I have also served as your election advisor chair on the national board of American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, and I am currently serving as a Board of Director for the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses, your credentialing board, and continue to serve as your Texas state secretary. I live in Mont Belvieu, TX with my husband George and our three dogs, Tucker, Jagger and Bentley. I have two grown children, Tiffany of Baytown, TX and Taylor of Fort Worth, TX. I love being an OHN and appreciate the honor to serve on your state board of directors. Your concerns are our priority. Please feel free to reach out to any of the Texas State board members at any time.

Connie Milliff
Treasurer

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin class of 1980. She worked in various areas of nursing in the last 37 years: med-surg nursing, office nursing, home health and hospice, long term care, and, finally, occupational health. She began working as an OHN at the South Texas Project Electrical Generating Station in 2001, and fell in love with occupational health. She served on the TSAOHN Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014, and rejoined the board in January, 2017. Connie lives in Wadsworth, Texas with her high school sweetheart, Larry, and an assortment of pets and farm animals. She has two grown daughters, Kathryn of Elgin, Texas and Jessamyn of Bay City, Texas. She enjoys a variety of hobbies including reading, gardening, cooking and canning, quilting, cheese making, and taking care of all those critters.

Linda Walker
Election Advisor

I have been an Occupational Health Nurse for over twenty-five years. I graduated from Baylor University and started my nursing career in a hospital setting before venturing out into the world of Occupational Health. I have served in many positions on the local, state, and national levels. I have continued my educational endeavor by obtaining a MS in Occupational Health and Safety and currently finishing my MSN. Occupational Health is very near and dear to my heart and I will continue to serve in any capacity needed.

Kevin Bready, B.A.A.S, R.N., EMT-P,CSHO
Director I (Governmental Affairs / Bylaws / Policy and Procedure)

I have been involved with AAOHN, TSAOHN, and NTAOHN for a shorter time than most of the other directors, but have strived to be an active participant at all levels advocating for the advancement and maintenance of our profession. I was a non-traditional nursing student having first started my medical career as a paramedic. While a medic, I had my first experiences in Occ health while working in the offshore oil and gas industry, I quickly made the decision to return to school to become an RN hoping eventually to transition back to Occupational Health, seeing it as an avenue to make a larger difference. Having also worked as an ER nurse, ICU nurse, and in surgery – I have combined those skills and resources to provide my employer and this organization with the best of my skills, abilities and judgement. I am a lifelong learner and come to this position with a collaborative spirit that is results focused. I am pleased to be working on your behalf for TSAOHN and look forward to the projects at hand. As the Government Affairs / Policy & Procedures/Bylaws Director; if there is a way I can help you please contact me at kbready@sterilite.com; I am interested in your thoughts, concerns or direction.

Marsha Vanlandingham
Director II (Communications / Publicity)

I have been an RN for 43 years and this career has taken me to several places and jobs. In my career I started out in the Hospital at William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, Michigan. I worked on a Medical Floor and in those days you worked an 8 hour shift. After 6 months of working every weekend and nights I found a job as a Public Health Nurse for the Oakland County Health Department in Pontiac, Michigan. I made lifelong friends working as a Public Health Nurse.

 

I then changed to School Nursing as it fit the needs of my family better.

 

We then moved to The Woodlands, Texas and I went back to work as a School Nurse. Then one day a friend of mine who had been trying to get me into Occupational Health Nursing called and said there was an opening at Texas Children’s Hospital in their Employee Health Department. I applied for the position and got the job.

 

I have been working as an Occupational Health Nurse for over ten years. I would say that working on a Medical Floor in the Hospital, Public Health Nursing and School Health Nursing have given me a very good background for Occupational Health Nursing.

 

It has been very challenging and rewarding! I recently had the privilege to be part of the team to open up the new Texas Children’s Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas. So now I am the sole Employee Health Nurse/Senior Occupational Health Nurse for Employee Health for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. We just opened up on 4/11/17. Guess what! I live 5 minutes from the hospital!

Janie De Jesus, RN, MS, COHN-S/CM
DIRECTOR III (PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS / CONFERENCE / VENDOR RELATIONS)

Greetings members and potential new members to TSAOHN. I have had the privilege of being a RN for approximately 36 years and being an Occupational Health Nurse for the past 33 years. I love the Occupational Health field. It is such an exciting field with such diversity. Through your votes I have been able to serve on your TSAOHN board for approximately 10 years in a variety of roles such as Director of Professional Affairs, Recording Secretary and twice as Director of Awards/ Recognition/Benevolence. Serving on this board has been very exciting and has allowed me to give input into creating an association that provides the highest quality of service to it’s members. I look forward to serving on this board for the upcoming two years and I welcome you to contact me if I can be of service.

Jackie Baker, APN, MS, FNP-BC
Director IV (Awards / Recognition / Benevolence)

I have worked for Shell Oil Company as an Occupational Health Nurse for 38 years. Working in a variety of roles throughout my career with Shell both in a manufacturing and corporate setting. My current role is a Nurse Practitioner in a occupational clinical setting. I appreciate the opportunity to participate on the TSAOHN Board and represent our members.




Julia Reyes
SATAOHN Chapter President

I live in Corpus Christi, Texas and work as the Director of Occupational Health at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Prior to working in Occupational Health, I was a PICU RN and a Paramedic, but my most prestigious job was being a stay at home mom to my 4 children (all grown and gone now). I have been in Occupational Health for a few years now and I absolutely love this field of nursing. As you know – there are never two days alike – OH has a new challenge every day!

Patricia Hill, MSN, RN, AOEAS, CEAS II
ATAOHN Chapter President

bio coming soon…

Kevin Bready
NTAOHN Chapter President

I am a servant leader with a proven track record of being results oriented and task focused. I have had the privilege of serving as the President and Treasurer for the NTAOHN. I have a passion for continuing improvement and new projects development. I believe that all problems can be solved with: team work, intentional individual action, and a little bit of emotional intelligence. I am driven toward learning and discovery, sharing, benchmarking and networking. As I accept this peer nomination I am eager to explore the opportunities and challenges this leadership opportunity presents with flexibility and tenacity. It is my hope to serve by supporting current TSAOHN projects, starting new NTAOHN projects , and by discovering Unrealized potential for change.

Mary Monk
HTAOHN Chapter President

bio coming soon…

Kimberly Breaux, RN, COHN-S, CCM
STAOHN Chapter President

bio coming soon…