Houston Chapter Board Member Candidate Bios - Please Read!
Below you will find the personal statements of each candidate (Candidates have until Friday May, 18th to submit their statement to run for a position). Please review the information and consider this when you receive the ballot by EMAIL only starting Monday, May 21st. You will have until May 31st at 5pm to submit your ballot votes. Only full members in good standing are eligible to vote. The 2018-2019 Board member slate will be announced on June 1st by email.
Hello. My name is Mili Vakharia. I would like to tell you a bit about myself. I am a nurse practitioner at Texas Children's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team for the past 5 years. My background is with Pediatric critical care as well and during this time, I had the opportunity to serve as the Chair for the Quality Practice Council and led evidence based projects /policy change. In my current practice, I am continuing to strive similarly with research projects and have presented at Napnap last year as well as national rehab conferences. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my kiddos.
I can't express how excited I am to be running for the President Elect of NAPNAP Houston Chapter because I am determined to serve our community.
I want to be your voice, your advocate, and most importantly your colleague working besides you to take our Houston chapter to the next level.
We come from a diverse community and my goal is to bring us together into a cohesive family. Whether we do this through various community projects, potluck parties or any other ideas you have. I want to listen to your suggestions and concerns and take action to meet the needs of this organization.
Lastly, I want to assure you that I am committed to follow the foot steps of our great former presidents Fallon and Jessica, as well as current president, Katie, and current president elect, Amee.
My name is Natalie Cormier and I am a Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner at Texas Children’s Hospital. I’ve been in my role since 2014 and truly have a passion for our profession. I am running for office of Secretary for the Houston chapter of NAPNAP. The mission statement of NAPNAP aligns with my nursing philosophy as I also desire to empower NPs through leadership, professional practice, and research. I believe that I have the initiative and drive to be a successful secretary for our chapter as I possess excellent organizational abilities, IT literacy, and honesty/discretion. Thank you for your consideration.
My name is Kelly Frost and I’m a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been practicing for 5 ½ years and am currently working at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. I have been a member of NAPNAP and the Houston Area Chapter since I started my first job in Houston and I love being a part of the organization to keep my pediatric primary care knowledge up-to-date and get more involved in the community. I served as Secretary on the board for the past two years and I would love to serve in this position again. Now that I have become well-versed in the role of Secretary, I aim to uphold all the current responsibilities plus expand the role, and in turn improve the chapter, by helping with other tasks such as the website and chapter newsletter. I would be so happy to be a part of the board again to help keep our Houston chapter thriving!
Christi Wargo has been a CPNP-PC since 2008. As a PNP, Christi has a lot of experience working in the community and has worked for the Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic, a FQHC in Waco, a school based clinic in Pasadena and now in Primary Care and Dermatology with UTMB. Christi previously served on the HAC NAP NAP board as Legislative Chair from 2009-2012 and has remained an active local and national member. In 2015, Christi and her family did mission work in the Dominican Republic for one year. Christi volunteers with Unbound Houston which is a nonprofit raising awareness on human and sex trafficking.
Nicole has been a Pediatric Nurse for 23 years working in many areas of Pediatrics, primarily in the Emergency Department. She has been a PNP for 8 years and has worked in the areas of Pediatric Urgent Care and Pediatric Hepatology. She became a general member of the Houston Chapter of NAPNAP during NP school. She first became involved as a Pediatric Potpourri Committee Member in 2013, moving on becoming Co-Chair/Chair of Programs/CE Education Committee 2014 to current. Her interests include child maltreatment and childhood obesity, which she has given several presentations regarding both.
Goals for the Houston Chapter of NAPNAP: To stimulate continued growth of the Houston Chapter throughout our community. To provide continued knowledge to the Houston community through our membership expertise such as a fun inspired educational events, helping at Fun Run Events, etc. She has volunteered for the Texas Children's Mobile Clinic - immunization project, HISD Hepatitis B Immunization Project and many events including Vision Screening for Elementary age children with. I hope to continue to provide members quality, community service offerings which are selective of our mission as Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and members of NAPNAP.
My name is Schnese Williams, currently an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Texas Children's Hospital in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department. I am seeking the office of Programs Co-Chair. I have a wide range of leadership experience in NAPNAP as well as other organizations where I have chaired multiple committees and served as a member to these same committees. I have been a member of NAPNAP since 2007 and have been actively involved since that time. I have attended the National NAPNAP Conference on a yearly basis to support the goals of our national leaders on a local level. I served as (at the time Vice President/Conference Chair) for the Atlanta, Georgia NAPNAP Chapter 2013-2015 and have served on the HAC board for one year as Program Co-Chair 2016-2017. With my past leadership and networking skills, I feel this experience will equip me for serving as the next HAC NAPNAP Programs Co-Chair. Thank you in advanced for your support!
I graduated in 2015 from UT Health Science Center in Houston with my FNP and currently enrolled at UT Arlington to obtain a Post Masters in Acute Care PNP. I have always been passionate about education and to strive for greatness. It is humbling to know that being a member of Houston NAPNAP, not only am I serving as a leader in the community, but also creating everlasting friendships with peers who share the same goal. Being a Student Liaison, it would be an honor to represent and serve as a mentor to students, promote and enhance the NAPNAP organization, and lastly, guide future nurse practitioners by making a difference in the pediatric community.
My name is Selina Hall. I have been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 11yrs in a primary care setting. I have also worked 3yrs locum at a Pediatric urgent care. I have been precepting students for about 9yrs for various schools, Texas Tech, UT Houston, and Texas Womens, just to name a few. I have a relationship with the professors at the various schools which in turn could assist me in developing the student liaison position. I would benefit the Houston NAPNAP chapter in being that bridge for students and NAPNAP. Look forward to serving in the position of student liaison.