The UTHealth School of Nursing (SON) has maintained high quality programs for our students for the last 40 years since its creation, and under the strong leadership of our Dean, Patricia L. Starck for the past 29 years. Our annual enrollment is close to 1,000 students, we are 9,170 alumni-strong, and 86% of our alumni have elected to reside and work within the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area.
The SON Alumni Association is growing. We have plans to strengthen the support we provide to currently enrolled students, through the scholarship we have endowed, and through a planned career center. The career center will help students develop their resumes, polish their interview skills, and help connect them with SON alumni. We, members of the alumni association, are here to support our fellow alumni and the SON students.
Melisa Frisby, MSN, RN
SON Alumni Association President
Anne Adossi, Recording Secretary
Marylyn Harris, MSN, Alumni Consultant
Adriana Castaneda, Director At Large
John Cook, Director At Large
Anitra Frederick, MSN
Eileen Giardino, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FNP
Betty Gonzales, DNP, Director At Large
Colleen Kehr, Treasurer
Ann Saulino, RN
Luba Yammine, MSN
Whether your days at the School of Nursing were 40 years or 40 days ago, you and your classmates are still an important part of what we do. We’re proud to have over 9,170 alumni here in Texas, across the nation and around the world. Year by year, the School’s far-reaching reputation for excellence is strengthened by the quality, skill and compassion of its alumni.
Whether you are nearby or far away, we encourage your involvement in the life of the UTHealth School of Nursing. Your passion for helping others and your commitment to the nursing profession directly influence the future of our students and help to create the best hope for a healthier future for everyone. Alumni contributions to scholarships, faculty endowments and annual fund gifts ensure that others are given the opportunity to become nurses, nurse scientists, nurse educators and leaders in the increasingly important profession of nursing.
We are pleased to announce the establishment of an Alumni Endowment that will provide deserving nursing students much-needed scholarship support. Thank you to all of the wonderful alumni who helped create the endowment! You can make a contribution to the endowment or in other ways by going to the Office of Advancement page.
Your Alumni Association is a dues-free organization that promotes professional and collegial interaction among UTHealth's nursing graduates.
Michelle L. Edwards (DNP Class of 2011) has been selected as the new Vice President of Advanced Practice for Catholic Health Initiatives, which is the third-largest faith-based health system in the U.S. She says: “I wholeheartedly believe that my DNP training helped prepare me for this amazing opportunity. I am so very grateful to Dr. Tom Mackey and others who provided their guidance through this long process.” Dr. Edwards will be relocating soon to Englewood, Colorado, where CHI is headquartered. Dr. Edwards previously was the founder and managing director of the PICC (“Partners In Comprehensive Care”) Health Institute in Houston.