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.
Carlee Lehna, PhD, APRN-BC (PhD Class of 2008; post-master’s certificate FNP-C, 2001) received the Burn Prevention Award at the American Burn Association’s 2014 annual meeting in Boston. The award included a plaque and an honorarium of $1,500. Lehna’s co-authored paper also was selected as one of the top six at the national conference. She currently is an associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing. As a principal investigator on two substantial federally-funded grants, her research focusses on changes in burn prevention knowledge and practice for clinical populations after participating in video and Web-based educational modules. At the awards presentation, Lehna acknowledged UTHealth’s Dr. Joan Engebretson as a significant mentor.