Board of Directors
Leah Koen May MSN, RN, NE-BC
A long time TNA member and former district 5 president in 2005-2006. Most recently I served as a board member in the capacity of Director of Legislative Affairs for the 86th Texas legislative session for TNAd5 and Director of Nursing Advocacy and Practice.
David Burzynski, BSN, RN
David Burzynski is the 2018-19 Past President of TNA District 5. He has over 12 years of leadership experience in various leadership roles. His future plans include, completing an MSN in administration and DNP within the next five years. He is the evening supervisor at St. David's Medical Center in Austin. He facilitates leadership classes at the St. David's Institute for learning. He is the husband of Karla Burzynski for the last 10 years, and they have a 5 year old son.
Dr. Terry Long, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ
Dr. Long is currently the Director of the Central Regional Clinic Administration, Ambulatory Care for Baylor Scott & White. As a nursing executive leader, Dr. Long has expertise in acute and ambulatory nursing, clinical operations, and quality management in large-scale, integrated health systems. Dr. Long has been instrumental in streamlining processes, enhancing productivity and profitability, implementing solutions, and improving patient care and satisfaction. Dr. Long has a strong focus on employee engagement, education, and retention. Dr. Long is experienced in establishing new facilities and in mergers and acquisitions.
Tricia Tucker, BSN, RN
Tricia received her BSN, RN from Texas State University and began working for Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Round Rock about 3 years ago. She has been active within her unit serving on committees and recently working as relief charge nurse. She is an active member of Texas Nurses Association District 5 since graduation. She previously served as Director or Membership and is now serving as Treasurer. She enjoys meeting different nurses from multiple specialties during the monthly meetings and always look forward to new members.
Director of Communications
Dr. Melinda Hester, DNP, RN-BC
Dr. Hester is an Adjunct Professor at Texas State University St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock, Texas. She teaches Maternal and Newborn Nursing and Community Health Nursing to senior level BSN students. She is currently serving as a Director-At-Large for Texas Nurses Association.
Before starting at Texas State University, Dr. Hester worked in various public health settings such as city and county health departments. She was a school nurse for 14 years. Dr. Hester was Texas’ first state nurse consultant in the Nurse-Family Partnership program and helped to open the first 11 implementing agencies for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She later worked for the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office consulting with Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana implementing agencies.
Dr. Hester was the Lead Practice Consultant for the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) for many years and taught nursing jurisprudence workshops to nurses all over Texas. In 2014, she worked extensively around RN Delegation, helping to revise the BON’s delegation rules. She also worked closely with the Board, Enforcement Department and General Counsel in the development of an alternate form of discipline and BON Rule 213.35 Knowledge, Skills, Training, Assessment and Research (KSTAR) Pilot Program, now known as Targeted Assessment and Remediation Pilot Program.
Dr. Hester obtained her BSN from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1979, her Master of Science in nursing from The University of Oklahoma in 1985 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2011.
Director of Governmental Affairs
Tracey Ramsey Abbott, RN
Tracey Ramsey Abbott is an Army veteran and has been a nurse for more than 25 years. In those 25 years of nursing, she has worked in the most critical areas where peoples’ lives are hanging by a thread. But just as crucial as saving lives is forming that connection with the person in their time of need. To instill the feeling of safety, peace, and calm. That connection also needs to be formed with our nurses. Caring is her passion, and she wants to take that caring further into the legislature and effect change for all the people of Texas and America.
Director of Membership
Megan Gingrich, MSN, FNP, APRN
Megan Gingrich has fourteen years’ experience as a Clinical Nurse, a Nurse Educator, Clinical Instructor, and as a Nurse Practitioner. She is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Austin Veteran’s Affairs Outpatient Clinic in the Pulmonary Medicine Department. As a Veteran herself, she thoroughly enjoys serving Texas Veterans as a healthcare provider.
Originally from Houston, Texas, she began her nursing a career after being inspired to join the field during her service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer at a free clinic for the uninsured. After obtaining her BSN, she worked in the Houston Medical Center on the Jones Stroke Unit of Methodist Hospital. She then joined the US Air Force and was a Distinguished Graduate of Commissioned Officer Training at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. She was stationed at Lackland AFB as a staff RN and charge RN for the postsurgical unit at Wilford Hall Medical Center. She was deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq and served under Operation Iraqi Freedom as an RN. After her military service, she moved to NYC to begin her graduate studies at Columbia University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program while working as an Emergency Room Nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center.
After finishing her NP Program, she worked in Liberia at St. Timothy’s Regional Hospital for three months. While there, she upgraded the Emergency Services Department to enable St. Timothy’s to have a fully functioning ED and started a talk show entitled “Talk Health Radio,” which was an hour-long public health radio show broadcasted in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Upon return to New York, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit of NYU Langone Medical Center and was also an Adjunct Faculty Member at NYU Rory Meyer’s College of Nursing. From September 2017 -September 2018, she was a Clinical Instructor and Visiting Faculty Member at Muhimbili University of Allied Health and Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She served alongside local Tanzanian Faculty, Nursing Leaders, and the Tanzanian Nursing Council as a Global Health Service Corps (GHSP) Volunteer. GHSP is funded by Seed Global Health and the United States Peace Corps and sends qualified Nurses and Doctors to teach for a year at five different countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to help aid with the disparity of trained Nurses and Physicians.
Now that she is back in her home state of Texas, Megan is very excited to serve with TNA District 5 as Director of Membership. At the Texas Policy Summit earlier this year, she was inspired to serve with the TNA to promote quality care for Texans, and to further advance the practice of Nursing in Texas. She is particularity interested in improving the Membership rates of the TNA and in empowering nurses at all levels to take charge in improving health promotion and disease prevention for all Texans.
Director of Public Relations and Community Service
Jessica Duncan, BSN, RN
Director of Nursing Practice/Workplace Advocacy
Serena Bumpus, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Programs & Continuing Education
Joyce Tolofari, MSN, RN
Associate Professor, Joyce Tolofari works at the Austin Community College in the Professional Nursing department. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where her research focus is a needs assessment for retention of African American students in the ADN program of ACC.
One of her goals as a nurse leader is to collaborate with nurse leadership and experts, other leaders on healthcare teams and in the Austin community. One of the components of nursing that she enjoys most is collaborating with other team members. As a floor nurse, circulation nurse in interventional radiology, during a resuscitation with the healthcare team, and now in academia, she has often felt and still feels that she is very much a part of a team. She is surrounded by other nurse colleagues with whom she can consult, reflect, and trouble-shoot when there are ethical dilemmas that arise. There is strength in numbers!!!
So, her leadership vision is to discover her capacity for self-actualization, by cultivating professional leadership skills that lead to greater capacity in educating and encouraging college students to persist to graduation. Her overall goal is to collaborate with interprofessional leadership and stakeholders in formulating innovative policies — thereby engaging and motivating individuals to comprehend the value of pursuing good health and self-care.