CME I Committee Chair
Shanae Ivey, PA-C
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
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.
Tushar Patel, PA-C
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
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
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
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.
Allison Gould, PA-C
Allison received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She attended The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2019. After graduation, Allison joined the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department at MD Anderson Cancer Center and has loved being a surgical PA. She has been an active member of TGCPAA since she was a PA student. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking and traveling.
Student Liaison (Baylor)
Laura Funk, PA-S
Laura completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Science-Business. In college she was heavily involved in social justice clubs and working with individuals with disabilities. She’s currently in her clinical year at Baylor College of Medicine's PA program and is set to graduate this December! When she’s not studying, she enjoys reading for leisure, walks in the park, and trying out new recipes or restaurants.
Student Liaison (UTMB)
Isabel Nolte, PA-S
Isabel completed her Bachelor of Science in Allied Health at Texas A&M University in 2019. During her undergraduate career, she worked as an EMT for Texas A&M and a blood plasma donation center. She also participated in a medical mission trip to help serve the indigenous Maya population in Guatemala, and she hopes to return as a PA later this year. Isabel is currently completing her clinical year of PA school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and will graduate in August of 2022. When she is not studying, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, weightlifting, and calligraphy.