Meet Our Board 

Cheryl Aldridge, MN, RN, CPNP 
Current Position: 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.

 

  

Stacie Elizondo, BSN, RNC-MNN
Current Position:  Treasurer
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.

   

 

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.

 

 

Myrna Chavarria, M.D.
Current Position:  Board Member
Board Member Since 2019

Dr. Myrna Chavarria, M.D. is a Board Certified Neonatologist at Driscoll Health System at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harligen, Texas. She completed her pediatric residency at Texas Tech University Health Science Center at Amarillo, Texas and her fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University Health Science at Houston Texas.  Dr. Chavarria's areas of interest are Breastfeeding, Nutrition, Family-Centered Care, Therapeutic Hypothermia, High-Risk Infant Outpatient Follow up and Palliative Care.  She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two step-sons and dog, Lola, as well as traveling, long-distance walks and snorkeling.

 

Rachael Farner, BSN, RN, CCRN-NIC, NPT-C
Current Position:  Board Member
Board Member Since 2016

Rachael received her BSN from the University of Akron in 2007 and has been practicing neonatal nursing ever since as a staff nurse, transport nurse, and transport director. Rachael participated in the Texas Pulse Oximetry Project as a nurse educator and co-authored The Nurse Champion Model for Advancing Newborn Screening of Critical Congenital Heart Disease in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 

 

Mark German, BS, MEd
Current Position:  Board Member
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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

Sanjeet Panda, MD, FAAP
Current Position:  Board Member
Board Member Since 2018

Sanjeet K. Panda, M.D. is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University HSC – El Paso in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology. He completed his pediatric residency at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi, Texas and his fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Westchester Medical Center, New York. Dr. Panda has had several publications in journals like - The Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Surgical Case Reports, Reproductive Sciences, and American Journal of Infection Control. Dr. Panda’s areas of interest are; Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in neonates; early childhood brain development; Neuroimaging during prematurity and Developmental surveillance in follow-up clinic. He is also an active member of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Texas Pediatric Society (TPS). During his spare time he likes cooking, travelling and playing tennis. 

 

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.

 

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 of experience as an Information Technology Project Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Masters in Business Administration. Currently, Amy teaches the Project Management Professional Certification class at UTEP in El Paso in addition to being a stay at home mother who is involved in volunteer work in her community.

  

 

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.