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Committee Chairs


CME I Committee Chair

Shanae Ivey, PA-C

cmemember@tgcpaa.org

Shanae received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2006. Shortly after, she worked at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Behavioral Science Department with the Tobacco Treatment Program. After working as a Research Coordinator for a couple years, she returned to school to pursue a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Shanae returned to MD Anderson after graduating in 2012. She worked as a surgical PA in The Department of Urology and then transferred to The Department of Surgical Oncology with a focus in Colorectal Surgery. Shanae has been a member of TGCPAA since 2016 where she has participated as a member of the CME1 committee.


CME II Committee Chair

Kristen Robinson, PA-C

cmemember@tgcpaa.org

Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University in 2008. She went on to work in a microbiology lab for one year prior to pursuing her graduate degree. Then she attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston receiving her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2012. After graduation, she joined the Surgical Oncology department at MD Anderson Cancer Center where she has a primary focus in the inpatient care of patients with Gastric and Peritoneal Surface Malignancies.


IT Chair

Tushar Patel, PA-C

tusharpateluk@gmail.com

Tushar received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Kentucky in 2011. Since then, he worked in the technology and healthcare sector for several years before deciding to pursue a career as a PA. Tushar is nearing the end of his clinical phase at Baylor College of Medicine and looking forward to his graduation. He also serves as a volunteer at San Jose Clinic. In his free time, he likes to run outdoors and catch up on movies and TV shows.


Membership Committee Chair

Rachael Strom, PA-C

membershipchair@tgcpaa.org

Rachael Strom graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a Bachelor in Science in Allied Health. She went on to work for a year in sleep medicine serving as a durable medical equipment representative prior to pursuing her master's degree. She then went on to attend University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and graduated with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2018. Following graduation, she took a job with Synergy Radiology working in the Interventional Radiology Department at Memorial Hermann Southeast and Pearland; her primary focus is in interventional oncology with liver directed therapies.

Rachael also serves as a volunteer at CASA El Buen Samaritano Clinic. She became a TGCPAA member while she was a PA student, and she is now serving as the Membership Chair.


Professional Development Committee Chair

Thuy Nguyen, PA-C

pdcchair@tgcpaa.org

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 University- 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 and Publicity Chair. She currently also serves as PR chair for TAPA (Texas Academy of Physician Assistants). She recently was recognized as a finalist for the MD Anderson 2019 PA Excellence Award.


Publicity Committee Chair

Christine Vu, PA-C

publicitychair@tgcpaa.org

Christine graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care. She went on to work for a year as a respiratory therapist at North Cypress Medical Center before she knew she had to go back to her alma mater and graduate with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2013. Christine went on to begin working at MD Anderson in the Department of Leukemia as an inpatient PA for about a year and a half before transferring to the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Christine has been an assistant instructor for suture workshops for the UTMB PA program, Baylor PA program, TAPA, and TGCPAA since 2016. She also volunteers for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Health Committee since 2016. Christine has been a member of TCGPAA since 2016.


Student Liaison (Baylor)

Sofia Carretero, PA-S

Sicarretero5@gmail.com

Sofia graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During her undergraduate career, she also studied Spanish and played on the field hockey team. She worked as a scribe in the emergency department in her hometown, St. Louis, Missouri for a year before starting Baylor College of Medicine PA program in June 2018. In her free time, I love to be active outside, travel, and explore all the fun areas/food places of Houston!


Student Liaison (UTMB)

John Patrick Cuenca, PA-S

johnpatrickcuenca@gmail.com

John graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors and Biology. Since then, he has worked as a healthcare consultant for McKesson Health Solutions, ECG Management Consultants, and TeleTracking Technologies. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University Commerce.

John is currently in his didactic year at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. When he’s not studying, John enjoys taking photos, cooking, traveling, and woodworking.