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|Board of Directors|
Jeff Watson, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, NE-BC, CRRN
Kim Belcik, PhD, RN-BC, CNE
Kleanthe Caruso, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Gayle Dasher, RN, PhD, ANP-BC
Jeff Watson has been active with the Texas Nurses Association for many years, serving at both the district and state level. He chaired the TNA Nominating Committee and was a member of the TNA Finance Committee. In District 18, Jeff served in various positions, including vice president and president, as well as delegate to the TNA House of Delegates for several years.
Before joining Texas Tech, Jeff served in several hospital nurse leadership roles. His hero and greatest influence was his mother, a nursing assistant who instilled in him the importance of working through his profession and in his community to relieve needless human suffering whenever possible.
Kim Belcik earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. She graduated with a PhD in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing. Her research focuses on partnerships and social networking in nursing and nursing education. She has over 14 years of teaching and nursing experience with a focus on adult medical-surgical nursing and is a certified nurse educator.
In addition to membership in the Texas Nurses Association and American Nurses Association, Dr. Belcik is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing and the Association of Camp Nurses.
Kleanthe Caruso is currently a clinical advisor with the University of Texas at Tyler. A former president of District 19 and a former TNA board member, Caruso served as chair of the Board of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and was a member of TNA's inaugural Policy Council.
A Registered Nurse since 1983, Gayle Dasher is the Director of Clinical Practice at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in San Antonio. She is a member of TNA's inaugural Policy Council, a former president of District 8, and a former member of TNA's Finance Committee.
Tammy Eades has clinical experience in women’s services, ER, critical care, and medical/surgical. She has also served in leadership positions including chief nursing officer. In the fall Eades will move into the position of assistant director of BSN programs at the University of Texas at Arlington. She served in the United States Navy Reserve as an officer in the Nurse Corps.
Eades served briefly on the TNA board as a regional director. She earned her BSN at Texas Tech Health Science Center, her MSN at West Texas A&M University, and her DNP at Texas Christian University.
Former president of District 18, Patricia Freier has also served on the district Nominating COmmittee and as chair of the District 18 GAC. Since 2008, she has been a member of the TNA CNE Committee and has been active in the TNA Government Affairs Committee. She is currently a project specialist for quality improvement at Covenant Health, where she has worked since 1991.
Shakyryn Napier is a nursing director at Cook Children's Medical Center. A former president of District 3, she is active in the TNA Government Affairs Committee and serves as the District 3 GARD (Government Affairs Representative for District). Napier was a member of the TNA Finance Committee and in 2016, received the District 3 President's Award.