Houston Area Chapter of NAPNAP


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Below are the nomination selections for elected board positions for 2019-2020 Houston NAPNAP board.


Please use the following link to cast your vote by 5/31/19 at 5pm CST. 




Thank you for your participation! 


HAC NAPNAP Board members


President- Elect:



My name is Alexandria Thomas and I am seeking the office of President Elect in the Houston Area Chapter of NAPNAP. I am a board certified Nurse Practitioner with over eight years of experience working with the pediatric population. I completed my undergrad nursing studies at the University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio, and graduate studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. I am a Houston native, with a history of inpatient nursing experience at Houston's premier pediatric facilities - Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. I currently work as a Nurse Practitioner in the Pediatric Department of UT Physicians, a community-based clinic, where I treat the under-served pediatric population.


I have served on the Houston Area NAPNAP board for the past 2 years as the Program Co-Chair. In this position, I have helped coordinate our monthly educational meetings, presided on the sub-committee for the 2017 Potpourri Conference, was a part of the steering committee for Houston Area NAPNAP 5k Walk/Run to stop human trafficking, and participated in many community events hosted by our organization.


I have been actively involved in NAPNAP since joining in 2016, and would love to continue forward as the leader and advocate for the Houston Area Chapter. I am very excited about the opportunity to run for President Elect, as I know my leadership skills, upbeat personality, and commitment to serving the community will positively contribute to the goals of NAPNAP. 


Being that I come from a diverse community, and serve a diverse pediatric population, I am eager to support NAPNAP’s national initiative of “diversity and inclusion” for all individuals. If elected, I will lead our chapter to empower our community of diverse children and adolescents, so that they may be supported in this ever-changing social climate. I will also encourage our members to bring innovative ideas to our organization, so that we can continue to thrive as a chapter. I am motivated to ensure the development of partnerships with other organizations within the Houston area that would help press towards this initiative as well.


If you are seeking a dependable, community-oriented leader, vote for me, Alexandria Thomas.  Thank you for your support.





My name is Rachel Barton. I am a PNP currently working in the Woodlands at Texas Children's Hospital as a surgical hospitalist. I have earned my DNP degree and have been an PNP for 6 years. I also serve as the current treasurer for the Houston Area Chapter of NAPNAP. I help with maintaining our banking account and complete financial reporting to national. I would like maintain my role as treasure and help support the board in funding our activities and goals.






Kelly Ruemmele, CPNP


I am running for the position of Secretary for the Houston NAPNAP Chapter.  After participating in the 5K for Human Trafficking and coming off the heels of the National NAPNAP Conference in NOLA, I am inspired to step up and serve. I’ve been involved in advanced practice groups since the late 1990’s, Galveston Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Gulf Coast NAPNAP chapter, and the Houston Association of Nurse Practitioners. Last May, I took part in a group, Nurses on Boards, which advocates nurses to serve and volunteer on service boards when called upon. I am answering the call and desire to become more involved our organization and look forward serving as secretary, if elected. For the last two years, I’ve been employed by UTMB as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the Regional Maternal Child Health Program in Pasadena, Texas. My work experience is varied, I was a floor nurse and manager at TCH early in my career, served as clinical adjunct faculty for College of the Mainland, San Jac and Texas Woman’s University. Most of my pediatric clinic experience has been in the southeastern part of Houston, where I can get back to my South Texas roots of the Rio Grande Valley.

One of my “hobbies” includes the involvement with “Start School Later” a volunteer based national program advocating for school start times, as  supported by the CDC and AAP, no school should start before 8 am.  I would consider myself  active on social media, especially, Twitter @kellypedinp, where I post various topics concerning health care, research, vaccines, and legislation.  With my children becoming more independent, my oldest is leaving for college in the Fall and middle child can now drive the youngest around, now is the time for me to grow, as well. Motherhood has taught me how to multitask and be successful in both my personal and professional life and I look forward to working with you all to meet our goals in the upcoming years.