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    Committee Chairs
    CME 1 Committee Chair

    Heather Gibson, PA-C

    Heather received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Texas A&M University in 2010. She then completed a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. After graduation, she joined the Surgical Oncology department at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Heather joined TGCPAA in 2015.

    CME 2 Committee Chair

    Ashley Ready, PA-C

    Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Texas Tech University in 2003. She then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston receiving her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2006. Upon graduation, she completed a surgical residency with Norwalk Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine. After completing the residency program, she returned to Texas and worked for 2 years with Orthopedic Trauma Associates in the Texas Medical Center. In 2008, she began her current position with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Interventional Radiology.

    Professional Development Committee Chair

    Brooke Schweitzer, PA-C

    Brooke is a graduate of Des Moines University with a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Biology, with minor degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Upon graduation, she practiced emergency medicine and trauma at a critical access hospital in Kansas, where she also served as interim administrator. There, she also covered the family medicine clinic, two nursing homes, and patients on the ward. She then moved to Houston and began working at MD Anderson Cancer Center in plastic and reconstructive surgery where she currently practices. She is a didactic preceptor at Baylor College of Medicine, clinical PA preceptor for PA and medical students on surgical rotations. She teaches basic and advanced surgical workshops at MD Anderson and Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA), where she also serves as a conference lecturer. Brooke is an active member of TGCPAA where she currently serves as the professional development chair. She is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Healthcare Administration program.

    Publicity Committee Chair

    Thuy Nguyen, PA-C

    Thuy completed her undergraduate studies at LSU in Baton Rouge with a degree in Information Systems and Decision Science.  She went on to work for an environmental engineering group for 3 years in Atlanta, GA before deciding to pursue a career as a PA. She completed her Physician Assistant studies at Long Island Univeristy- Brooklyn campus in 2010.  During her clinical year of PA school, she traveled to Haiti on a medical mission group for relief efforts following the Haiti earthquake of 2010. She then relocated to Houston, Texas after graduation and has since been an employee at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery department.  She has been a member of TGCPAA since 2011 and previously served as Professional Development Chair.

    Social Committee Chair

    Nina (Carolina) Gomez, PA-C

    Nina graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She took two years off and worked in the Office of Biostatistics at UTMB Galveston working with the Clinical Translational Research Center. She then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch Physician Assistant Studies Program, graduating in 2013. Shortly after, she moved to Houston to begin working at MD Anderson in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, in the section of Ophthalmology, with primary focus in Oculoplastics. 

    Ways and Means Committee Chair

    Lauren Gamble, PA-C

    Lauren graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch and graduated with a Master of Physician Assitant Studies in 2014. Lauren went on to complete a 12-month post-graduate PA surgical fellowship in neurosurgery affiliated with the Texas A&M Univeristy Health Science Center in Bryan, TX. In 2015, she moved to Houston and began working at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is also a memeber of the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Comittee at MD Anderson.

    Student Liaison (Baylor)

    Melissa Caroline Ray, PA-S

    Melissa graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. She then moved to Houston, Texas to begin Baylor College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program. She is currently completing her clinical rotations and will graduate in December 2018.  Melissa joined TCGPAA in 2017, and is also a member of TAPA and AAPA. When not studying, she enjoys exploring Houston and spending time with her friends.