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Board of Directors


David Burzynski, BSN, RN

David Burzynski is the 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.

Past President

El Burley, BSN, RN, CPXP

El Burley has been with St. David’s HealthCare as a registered nurse since 2013 and has served as a surgical nurse at North Austin Medical Center and currently works for the St. David’s HealthCare Institute for Learning as an educator focused on enhancing the patient experience. She is active as a member of the Association of PeriOperative Nurses (AORN) and serves as a board member of both Texas Nurses Association District 5 (TNA5) as well as Texas Team Central Region. Within TNA5 El has served as a board member since 2013 and has been the director of Programs and Continuing Nursing Education and is currently the President-Elect for 2016-2017.

One of El’s favorite hobbies is volunteering. In addition to volunteering her time to the profession of nursing she volunteers serving the community. Annually she participates in a health fair that offers free immunizations, sports physicals, dental exams, and eye exams to underserved youth within the Dallas area. In the past she has also served as an AmeriCorps member helping operate a food pantry in East Austin, and has been on a medical mission trip to Peru serving communities within Lima and Viña Vieja. She holds two bachelor degrees: one in French from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and another in nursing from Texas State University, Round Rock. El is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner through Duquesne University. Future plans include earning a doctorate and starting a family.

President Elect



Nicole Votaw, BSN, RN, PCCN

Nicole has been a nurse for 6 years and absolutely loves what she does. She has worked in many different nursing units that include the following: pediatrics, renal, ICU stepdown, rehab, telemetry, medical/surgical unit, mother/baby, nursery, and oncology.  Nicole is amazed by all the opportunities that nursing has presented to her and opportunities that are still available.  Currently, she works as a Float Pool RN/House Supervisor at St David's Round Rock Medical Center.  Nicole is married and has 3 beautiful smart daughters. She loves living in Austin with her family. Nicole is currently pursuing a dual MSN/MBA degree and looks forward to her future in nursing!

Director of Communications 

Melinda Hester, DNP, RN-BC

Melinda Gleason Hester, DNP, RN-BC is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Service-Learning Fellow 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 has been ANCC certified in Public/Community Health since 1985.

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 

Leah May, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Director of Membership  

Tricia Tucker, BSN, RN

Director of Public Relations and Community Service

Christina Hernandez, DNP, RN

Director of Nursing Practice/Workplace Advocacy 

Serena Bumpus, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Director of Programs & Continuing Education 

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