Governor Perry Appoints Two New and Reappoints Two Members to Board of Nursing; Appoints Kristin Benton as Board Chair

Governor Perry reappointed one LVN  member and one consumer member of the Texas Board of Nursing.  Beverly Nutall of Bryan is the LVN reappointee and Deborah Bell of Abeline is the consumer reappointee.  The Governor also appointed two new nursing memebers:  Kathy Shipp of Lubbock, a Nurse Practitioner and Mary LeBeck of Weatherford, an ADN program educator.

Additionally, Governor Perry appointed Kristin Benton of Austin as the chair of the Board of Nursing.  Benton is a ADN program professor at Austin Community College.  The full text of the press release announcing the appointments is after the jump:

Gov. Perry Names Benton Chair of Texas Board of Nursing

Also appoints four to board
Thursday, March 17, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has named Kristin Benton of Austin chair of the Texas Board of Nursing, and appointed four members to the board for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2017. The board ensures licensed nurses in Texas meet the necessary requirements to practice, and oversees accreditation of schools of nursing.

Benton is an associate professor of the Austin Community College Vocational Nursing Program. She is a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, Texas Association of Vocational Nurse Educators, and National Council of State Boards of Nursing National Council Licensure Examination Item Review Subcommittee. She is a past student member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and a past member of the South Austin Hospital Peer Review Committee and American Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Benton received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, a bachelor’s degree from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She will serve as chair for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Deborah Bell of Abilene is vice president of Compass Financial Strategies. She is a board member of the Abilene Regional Medical Center, past vice president of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, and a past member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. She holds a chartered life underwriting designation and a chartered financial consultant designation. Bell received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.

Beverly Nutall of Bryan is a pediatric nurse at the University Pediatrics Association. She is a board member of Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach and the Prenatal Clinic of Brazos County, an advisory editor of LPN Magazine 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 and Health for All Indigent Clinic. She is also a past board member of the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Brazos Valley, Brazos County Habitat for Humanity, and St. Michael’s Christian Academy, and past president of the Blinn Junior College Vocational Nursing Advisory Board. Nutall is a graduate of the Bryan Vocational School of Nursing.

Kathy Shipp of Lubbock is a nurse practitioner and director of Family Planning and Women’s Health for the South Plains Public Health District. She is a member of the Texas Health Disparities Task Force, and Texas and South Plains Nurse Practitioner associations. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing, a volunteer with the Parkridge Pregnancy Center, and a past speaker for Lubbock Teen Straight Talk. Shipp received a family nurse practitioner certification from West Texas A&M University, and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas.

Mary LeBeck of Weatherford is an associate nursing degree instructor at Weatherford College. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, and a past member of the Association for Care of Children’s Health, Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing, and American Diabetes Association. She is also a volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, past board member of the Parker County Child Advocacy Center, and a past volunteer with the American Cancer Society and New Hampshire Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. LeBeck received a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and a master’s degree in maternal child nursing from Boston University, and completed the University of Texas at Arlington Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Program.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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