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Kathy Shipp, Board President


Kathy Shipp, MSN, RN, FNP

Representing APRN Practice – Lubbock
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2017

Ms. Shipp is faculty at West Texas A&M University in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and also works part-time as a nurse practitioner in a private family practice. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and the Texas and South Plains Nurse Practitioner Association. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, a volunteer with the Parkridge Pregnancy Center, a past speaker for Lubbock Teen Straight Talk, and was recently a member of the Texas Health Disparities Task Force. Ms. Shipp received a family nurse practitioner certificate from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from West Texas A & M.


Patti Clapp,Consumer Member – Dallas




Patricia "Patti" Clapp, BA

Consumer Member – Dallas
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2019

Ms. Clapp is the Managing Director of Patti Clapp Consulting and retired after 24 years as Vice-President of Talent, Workforce and Education for the Dallas Regional Chamber. She is active in a number of civic organizations including: Charter 100, the Dallas Summit and serves on the American Cancer Society (ACS) High Plains Division Board and the Dallas ACS Board where she is a past chair. She has also served as chair of Headstart of Greater Dallas, the Community Council of Greater Dallas, the Tejas Girl Scout Board, the Tejas Girl Scout Foundation, the Women's Council of Dallas County, the Dallas Commission on Children and Youth, the Texas Center for Educational Research, the Texas Association of School Boards, the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees, the North Texas Association of School Boards, and the Trinity River Authority. Ms. Clapp was a member of the WorkSolutions of Dallas County Board for over 12 years. Ms. Clapp received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma where she serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Nina Almasy,Representing LVN Education – Austin


Nina Almasy, DNP, MSN, RN

Representing LVN Education – Austin
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2019

Ms. Almasy was first appointed to the Board of Nursing on December 21, 2012. She is an Associate Professor in the Vocational Nursing program at Austin Community College. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin and completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Texas at Austin in August, 2017.

Deborah Bell,Consumer Member – Abilene


Deborah Hughes Bell, CLU, ChFC

Consumer Member – Abilene
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2017

Ms. Bell was first appointed to the Board of Nurse Examiners in July, 2001. She was then appointed to serve on the new 13-member Board that combined the Board of Nurse Examiners and the Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners in 2004. Ms. Bell was reappointed to the Board on February 17, 2005 and served as Vice-President of the Board in 2009. Ms. Bell is Vice-President of Compass Financial Strategies and serves as a board member of the Abilene Regional Medical Center, past Vice-President of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, past member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, and previous board member of the Brazos River Authority. Ms. Bell served on the Brazos River Authority under several governors and was the first woman to serve on that Board. She holds a chartered life underwriting designation and a chartered financial consultant designation. Ms. Bell received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Arkansas.

Laura Disque, RN, MN 

Laura Disque, MN, RN

Representing RN Practice- Edinburg
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2019

Ms. Disque serves as Vice President of Nursing for Surgical/Procedural Services for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. She is a member of the American Organization for Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, and the American Hospital Association. Ms. Disque received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.

Allison Porter-Edwards, DrPH, MS, RN

Allison Porter-Edwards, DrPH, MS, RN, CNE

Representing BSN Education- Bellaire
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2021

Allison Edwards, DrPH, MS, RN, CNE, serves as one of the lead faculty for the bachelor of science Pacesetter program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing.

During her career at the UTHealth School of Nursing, Dr. Edwards has taught core courses in the RN-BSN program, including Professional Practice in Nursing, Community Health, Community Health Clinical Project, Issues in Professional Nursing, Management and Leadership, Synthesis, and Role Transition. She has also taught the Community Health and didactic and clinical course for the Pacesetter BSN program. She has developed clinical affiliation agreements with Baylor’s Transition Medicine Clinic, Shriner’s Hospital, Jewish Family Services: Celebration Company, RISE School, The Center, Spectra Energy, and Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, where she has mentored third-semester RN-BSN students as well as third-semester Pacesetter BSN students.

She has worked in a variety of clinical, education and management roles including for-profit, not-for-profit, and managed care facilities. Her clinical experience encompasses operating room, pediatrics, medical-surgical, case management, primary care, triage, house supervisor and school nursing.

Dr. Edwards is an honors graduate of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and earned her master’s in Nursing Administration in 1992 at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She received her doctoral degree from The UTHealth School of Public Health in 2006.

In 2015, she achieved Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) and is a member of the Developmental Disability Nursing Association and Sigma Theta Tau-Zeta Pi Chapter. In January, 2017, Dr. Edwards was awarded the Joan and Stanford Alexander endowment for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Diana Flores, MN, RN

Diana Flores, MN, RN

Representing RN Practice - Helotes
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2021




Vacant position for LVN representing practice

Doris Jackson, DHA, ABD, MSN, RN


Doris Jackson, DHA, MSN, RN

Representing ADN Education – Pearland
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2017

Kathy Leader-Horn, Represents LVN Practice – Granbury


Kathy Leader-Horn, LVN

Represents LVN Practice – Granbury
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2021

Ms. Leader-Horn is a quality assurance nurse with Grace Hospice of Fort Worth. She is an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium trainer, with a focus on the care of veterans. She is an active volunteer in her community and church. She participates in the Healthy Kids Summer Lunch program, Christmas for Children’s Charities, and Operation School Supplies. Mrs. Leader-Horn received a vocational Nurse Certificate from the John Peter Smith School of Vocational Nursing.

Beverley Jean Nutall, Representing LVN Practice – Bryan


Beverley Jean Nutall, LVN

Representing LVN Practice – Bryan
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2017

Ms. Nutall was appointed to serve on the 13-member Board that combined the Board of Nurse Examiners and the Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners (BVNE) in 2004 after serving on the BVNE from 2000 until 2004. Ms. Nutall was reappointed to the Board on February 17, 2005 and served as Vice-President of the Board in 2008. She was reappointed to the Board on March 17, 2011. Ms. Nutall is a pediatric nurse at University Pediatric Association in College Station. She is a board member of the Prenatal Clinic of Brazos County, and a volunteer nurse at Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center. She is a past board member of the American Association of Office Nurses, Brazos County American Heart Association, the Health for All Clinic, and Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach. She is also a past board member of the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Brazos Valley, Brazos County Habitat for Humanity, St. Michael’s Christian Academy, and past president of the Blinn Junior College Vocational Nursing Advisory Board. Ms. Nutall is a graduate of the Bryan School of Vocational Nursing and is an active member of the Allen Chapel African Methodist Church in Bryan, Texas.

David Saucedo II


David Saucedo, II

Consumer Member – El Paso
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2021

Francis Stokes, JD

Francis Stokes, BA

Consumer Member – Port Aransas
Appointment Expires: January 31, 2021