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Amarillo

Candidate (Exempt)

Brooke Duke

Brooke Duke

Chief Analyst - School of Medicine

Amarillo
Email: brooke.duke@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I have been a proud employee of the TTUHSC Amarillo campus for over 7 years. During this time I have enjoyed seeing the growth and many positive changes that have taken place across all of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campuses. My coworkers have been there for my family through some challenging times over the past year, and it has made me realize what a truly special organization we work for. Not only does TTUHSC do amazing things for the community we live in, but the employees here go above and beyond to take care of each other as well.

By giving employees the opportunity to make their voices heard, the staff senate helps to maintain a positive and cohesive environment where the staff of TTUHSC can take pride in their contributions to the organization as a whole. As a staff senator I would be honored to listen to the input and concerns of my fellow staff members, and would make it my priority to communicate these issues so they could be addressed effectively.

Candidate (Exempt)

Debbie Morrison

Debbie Morrison

Sr. Staff Nurse - OB/GYN

Amarillo
Email: debbie.morrison@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I have worked at TTUHSC Amarillo SOM for 2+ years.

I work as an Infertility Coordinator in the Department of OB/GYN.   I assist couples with the difficult process of conceiving a child.  I strive to maintain a healthy, positive work environment, and I enjoy being able to come to work with some great people every day. 

I look forward to working with the Staff Senate, being an ear and a voice for staff concerns.  I enjoy making others feel welcome and letting others know that they are part of the team.  It takes all of us to make steps toward progress.

I was blessed to recently be awarded Employee of the Month for April 2015.  I am always willing to lend a hand or an attentive ear, I am very perceptive to the needs of others around me, and I do my best to fulfill areas that I see are lacking.

I am currently an Executive Board member for the Amarillo Youth Choirs (for 6 years), active in my church/small group at Southwest Church of Christ, an active member in the Golden Spread Emmaus Organization, and also involved with the PTO at Western Plateau Elementary school.


Candidate (Non-Exempt)

Melanie Guzman

Melanie Guzman

Coordinator - Surgery

Amarillo
Email: melanie.guzman@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I am originally from Pocatello, Idaho but I moved to Amarillo about 5 years ago. I’ve worked for Texas Tech since I moved here. I started out in the Family Medicine department as a PSS. I moved to the Surgery Department as a coordinator about six months ago. I am working with Dr. Misra as his Outreach Coordinator on the CPRIT grant for colorectal cancer screenings.

I am a great choice for staff senator because I have made many contacts within Tech and I feel that I can accurately represent the needs and concerns of the campus. I am outgoing and friendly and want to help contribute to a great working environment. I feel with my people skills, outgoing nature, and the many familiar and friendly faces here on campus, I will make a great addition to the Staff Senate.

Distant Sites

Candidate (Exempt)

Rebecca Ramirez

Rebecca Ramirez

Senior Director/Facility Mental Health Administrator

Montford Unit
Email: rebecca.ramirez@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I currently serve as the Senior Director/Facility Mental Health Administrator for the Montford Unit.  I am very excited and blessed to be part of the Correctional Managed Health Care department at the Health Sciences Center.  I am a graduate of Texas Tech University, with my Bachelor’s in Sociology and my law degree from the TTU School of Law.  I have also earned my Master’s in Health Administration.

As a supervisor, I recognize that strong, open communication and a healthy work environment assist in both the recruitment and retention of quality staff.  As an employee, I am appreciative of those who support and lead the TTUHSC staff and would welcome the opportunity to serve in these efforts as a member of the Staff Senate.  In addition, I believe that my position at a satellite location provides a unique perspective and appreciation on behalf of some of our TTUHSC employees that could be represented through this role.

Personally, I love Texas Tech Athletics and am a true Red Raider…  I can honestly say I bleed red and black and am blessed to work as part of the TTU system.  I would love to serve as an advocate for all TTUHSC employees.

Candidate (Non-Exempt)

Jennifer Ritter

Jennifer Ritter

Administrative Assistant to Regional Dean - School of Pharmacy

Dallas
Email: jennifer.l.ritter@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I have worked for TTUHSC since January 2012. Located at the Lubbock Campus I was Admin Asst. to Dr. Patrick Reynolds, the Director of the Cancer Center, School of Medicine. In July 2014

I transferred to the Dallas Campus, having moved back to the DFW area.

I was surprised to learn about the existence TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Dallas Campus. Most people I spoke to had no knowledge of the Dallas Campus, either. My desire is to bring the Dallas SOP to the attention of others at all the Campuses.

 In my new position here in Dallas I am the Admin. Asst. to Dr. Roland Patry, Regional Dean for the TTUHSC SOP Dallas. I also support our Asst. Managing Director, Michele Miles and faculty members. The Pharmacy Program has been very successful and is growing in the next few years.

I would like to be a part of the Staff Senate to participate fully in advancing the mission and vision of TTUHSC. I am a great listener and I’m eager to learn and contribute. I graduated from UTA in 2014, but I now consider myself to be a Red Raider!!

 


Lubbock

Candidate (Exempt)

Linda Gilmore

Linda Gilmore

Unit Assistant Director - Pharmacy Practice

Lubbock
Email: linda.gilmore@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

When I recently received an email stating that I would be receiving my 10 year service pin for various jobs at TTU and HSC, and also reflected on my three degrees from TTU, I realized how much I have invested in TTU/HSC and how much TTU/HSC has invested in me.  This prompted me to start looking for ways I could become a more integral part of this organization.  When the Staff Senate nomination email came along, I realized that representing the interests and concerns of my fellow staff members would be the perfect opportunity for me to contribute my time and energy to HSC in a productive way.  I look forward to learning how I can help contribute to a positive and beneficial workplace for the staff of HSC.

Candidate (Exempt)

Allison Kerin

Allison Kerin

Director of Employee Wellness and Recognition

Lubbock
Email: allison.kerin@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

My name is Allison Kerin (also known as the WOW! Lady) and I have been the Director of Employee Wellness and Recognition at TTUHSC for close to 3 years now.  I am a proud graduate of Texas Tech University and I am enjoying working with others who serve our community and our students.  I am a mother to 2 very active little boys and if we are not at work or school, we are at a sporting event for one, if not both of them.     

Working in my area has afforded me the opportunity to get out and meet many of our employees and hear their ideas on how we can make TTUHSC the best place to work.      

My goal as a Staff Senator is to foster an environment of teamwork, open communication, and appreciation across all areas to make TTUHSC THE place to work.        

Candidate (Exempt)

Erica McDonald

Erica McDonald

Assistant Director - Pediatrics

Lubbock
Email: erica.mcdonald@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I have been working at the TTUHSC Lubbock campus where I assist with leading the Pediatrics Department.  I enjoy helping others to increase their confidence in the work they do and understand that what they do is critical to the HSC’s success.  I kindly ask for your vote so that I may serve as your Staff Senator.  I plan to use this opportunity as a means to represent staff and articulate their suggestions or concerns to the HSC leadership. 

 

Candidate (Exempt)

Amy Pineda

Amy Pineda

Unit Coordinator, Student Affairs - School of Nursing

Lubbock
Email: amy.pineda@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

Hello, my name is Amy Pineda. I am a Unit Coordinator with the School of Nursing,

Office of Student Affairs. I have been with TTUHSC for the past five years. I also been employed at Texas Tech University for five years.  Both institutions have allowed me the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insight about the importance of both academics and the healthcare field in higher education.

 I am currently active in the Hispanic Association of Women and Young Professionals of Lubbock and I have experience working with a diverse group of individuals.  It would be my honor to serve as your voice while a member of the Staff Senate. I want to make a difference and encourage our employees to address any concerns and suggestions that would benefit not only them, but the institution as well.

Thank you in advance, for allowing me to assist and promote improvement within our great institution.

Candidate (Exempt)

Randy Wallace

Randy Wallace

Engineering Services Lead Analyst

Lubbock
Email: randy.wallace@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I have lived in Lubbock since 2001, and I have worked with TTUHSC since October 2009. I am a frequent visitor to all TTUHSC/TTUHSCEP campuses and academic centers, and I would like to foster greater unity among all TTUHSC/TTUHSCEP staff. I believe that my experiences and familiarity with our staff at each location will help me to be a voice for the TTUHSC staff. I am currently serving on the Staff Senate as an alternate, and I would like to continue serving.

 My wife and I just celebrated our 2 year anniversary, and we have a 1 year old daughter. We both attended TTU, and now we both work for the TTU System in Lubbock. I always try my best to put family first, although my job is often demanding. I believe more so now than I did when I was single that employees should work from 8-5 and that as little as possible should interrupt the time that they have with their families. One of my goals as a Staff Senator would be to help create an environment where employees are happy, hardworking, and are able to leave work at the office most nights.  

Candidate (Exempt)

Daphne Weldon

Daphne Weldon

Health.edu Business Development Specialist

Lubbock
Email: daphne.weldon@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I would like to be Staff Senator for TTUHSC to help promote the campus on the national level and also be involved with the activities offered to us as staff of the TTUHSC community and help to ensure all staff is aware of the many opportunities we have in education, activities, and health care.

I have been with TTUHSC since August 2013 in the IT Division and enjoy the comraderies and close knit atmosphere we have and we be honored to help to generate my enthusiasm for the campus and the benefits we have as employees! I am a 1986 graduate of TTU with a Bachelor of Science and a lifelong resident of Lubbock County and getting married in August! I also am a member of the Downtown Ambucs and past President of the organization; we bring you the ABC Rodeo! I enjoy volunteering my time and have been involved with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce BBQ Committee, Ambassador, and Business Expo and also a past member of Junior League.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking yummy veggies from the garden in my backyard, and taking care of my fur babies Skittles and Raider.

 

Candidate (Non-Exempt)

Vicki Cline

Vicki Cline

Sr. Medical Secretary - Pediatrics

Lubbock
Email: vicki.cline@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I am a true Lubbock native, born and lived here all my life.  I have been with the School of Medicine for over 15 years and with the Department of Pediatrics the whole time.  When you find a place you love to work you stay there and try to help the people around you grow and enjoy it as much as you do.  That is what I hope that I have done and would like to take it to a higher level by being a member of the Staff Senate.  Being the Unit Safety Officer and the SECC Coordinator for the whole 15 years that I have been here, I am always talking and seeing what is happening not just in my department but around HSC.  I believe that I would bring a good perspective to the Staff Senate as not only a new face and ideas but also first-hand knowledge of the ideas and problems of the people around me.  Being the assistant to the Chairman of Pediatrics I am always talking to all the employees and listen to their needs, problems, and visions for not just the Department of Pediatrics but also for the entire Institution.

  

Candidate (Non-Exempt)

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh

Enterprise Network Support Technician III

Lubbock
Email: brian.walsh@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I am lucky to have grown up in the great community of Lubbock, Texas. I have been a staff member of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center community since 2005. I’m currently working on a degree in Management Information Systems at TTU’s Rawls College of Business Administration, and plan to continue by pursuing an MBA. Lubbock, Texas Tech and TTUHSC are not only home to me, but are a part of who I am.

 As an Alternate Staff Senator I have become acquainted with the members, issues, policies, and procedures of the Staff Senate. Serving as a Staff Senator will allow me to promote the SERVICEplus philosophy by representing interests and concerns of all staff members while staying abreast of the activities and decisions being made at TTUHSC. As a member of the Staff Senate I will strive to improved communication between Administration, Faculty, Staff and Students truly making it "Our HSC".

 Making a difference in the life of others is very rewarding for me. I would greatly appreciate your vote allowing me to continue representing staff members of TTUHSC and to give back to the TTUHSC community that has given me so much.

Sincerely,

Brian J. Walsh

Permian Basin

Candidate (Exempt)

Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall

Senior Analyst - MPIP

Permian Basin
Email: stephanied.hall@ttuhsc.edu

About Candidate

I have been with TTUHSC Permian Basin in Odessa for three years.  As part of the MPIP Business Office-Credentialing Department I have enjoyed interacting with co-workers at both Odessa and Midland campuses.  I have served on various local committees including: SECC committee, Holiday Planning committee, and Burgers on the Green.  I have also helped work booths in the community promoting our physicians and services to the public.  I am blessed to work with remarkable people and look forward to serving on the staff senate to hear the happenings on other campuses.  I would like to incorporate other campus’s fun ideas here in the Permian Basin to continue to make Texas Tech an exceptional place to work and have that joy felt by the customers we encounter every day. 

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