South Texas Chapter of ACHE Newsletter

September 2021
In This Issue
President's Message Summer 2021
Vice President's Message Summer 2021
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Summer 2021
Leadership and Professional Development
Healthcare Leadership - Thoughts From My Foxhole
Chapter Happenings
Diversity Committee Director Update
STC-ACHE Local Program Councils
2021 STC-ACHE Student Symposium
Programs Committee Update
Programs Committee Update
Member Spotlight
Member Spotlight - Pressanna Parackal
Administrative Notes
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Chapter Officers


Mary Anne Weidner, MHA


Immediate Past President

Roxanne Rosa, MHA, FACHE  

Vice President

Kimberly A. Tansey, DPT, FACHE


Roxanne Rosa, MHA, FACHE  

Member Spotlight
Member Spotlight - Pressanna Parackal

Pressanna Parackal
Hospital Supervisor, VA/UHS

Please tell us a little about your background.
Dr. Parackal was a RN for 30 years and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2018 from Chamberlain University. She was the founding president of the San Antonio Indian Nurses Association (SAINA) and helped to form the Austin chapter, along with the Nigerian Nurses Association. In addition, Dr. Parackal was also the previous Treasurer of the San Antonio United Malayalee Association. She was also featured in the American Nursing Association's Nurses You Should Know Project. She currently serves as the Communications Chair for the National Association of Indian Nurses Association. 

Why did you join ACHE?
To become involved with the leadership group.

What do you enjoy most about your current position?
Engaging with leaders brings the best out of me in helping the community.

What inspired you to pursue a career in healthcare?
Compassion to human care and to bring the best out of people.

What is the best advice you have received during your career?
Be the you. Follow your dreams.

What would you consider to be a defining moment in your career?
Forming a non-profit organization and being the first president of the San Antonio Indian Nurses Association. This first success led me to be active in ACHE.

What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing in healthcare leadership?
Nursing shortages during COVID-19 crisis time.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Reading, yoga, spending time with friends, and finding ways to help others.

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