Candidates for Election

SECRETARY


Charlene_Drake_web.jpgCharlene Drake, RN
is the Regional Director of Operations for AccentCare.  She has managed several locations within AccentCare with focus on quality and compliance as well as held many positions in both community care and home health with community care remaining her main interest.   Charlene currently serves as the Secretary for TAHC&H and has chaired the Annual Meeting Committee, and served on the Government Affairs and Finance Committees as well as the Board Advisor for the DEI Committee.  She has also served on the Board under the Personal Care Services auspice.  She is currently earning hours towards her BSN at University of Texas – Galveston.

Statement of Interest/Ability to Serve:   Currently serving as Board Secretary completing the term of previous Secretary. That experience, I feel, qualifies me for this position. Learned so much about the inner workings and financial planning of the board.






HOSPICE


joni_smith_web.jpgJoni Smith, RN, CHPN
is the Director of Clinical Services/ Vice President of Amity Hospice in Dallas.  Her career includes serving in an ICU/ ER at St. Lukes/Texas Heart Institute Criticare, Director of Clinical Services for McKinney, and Clinical Supervisor for Senior Select Home Health.  Joni currently serves on the TAHC&H Board of Directors representing Hospice.  She currently serves as Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee and has served as Chair of the Hospice Committee as well as sitting on the Education, Membership & Public Affairs and Finance Committees.  She received her BSN from the University of Texas at Austin and volunteers for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life where she received the Volunteer of the Year award.  Joni participates on TAHC&H Lobby Day as well as the Texas Delegate to Celebration on the Hill/Grassroots Advocacy.  She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Certified as well as a Certified Hospice Case Manager.

Statement of Interest/Ability to Serve:   I have a passion for providing end of life care to those suffering and families supporting those with a terminal illness. I am a strong advocate for the care of those outside the acute care setting with a desire to provide excellence and further the case for support in Home health & Hospice. With the desire and passion to serve to further the cause I feel I could continue to provide a voice to drive further support for the agency yielding increase support for our practice.  Together we can make a difference and Bring Care Home.



LICENSED HOME HEALTH


Dennis Hosley
is the CM&AO of Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC in Dallas.  He has 15+ years of Pediatric PDN and Therapy Experience and has been a member of TAHC&H for over 12 years where he has served on the Pediatric Committee Member and as Chair and Vice Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.  Dennis served a TAHC&H Board member under the Licensed Home Health auspice from 2018 – 2020 and received the associations Meritorious Service Award in 2020.

Statement of Interest/Ability to Serve:   I have been an active member in TAHC&H for 15+ years and have enjoyed advocating for the providers of Texas. I have served in several roles inside the association and look forward to contributing, if given the opportunity, again to the betterment of Homecare in Texas. 



Katelyn Vinklarek is the Administrative Director for Hill Country Memorial Home Care in Fredericksburg where she currently serve as the Executive at Hill Country Memorial Hospital for all Post-Acute Services including Home Health, Home Care, Hospice, Palliative Care, Outpatient Therapy, and our Outpatient Joint Replacement Program.  She began her career in healthcare as a CNA in a nursing home. After leaving that facility, she started as a home health aide and in the office of a small start-up agency in Austin, Texas. It was there she realized that strong processes, management, and clinical support can affect patient care at the bedside. It was at this point that she decided to work towards becoming the management support system for clinical staff and commit to putting patients and clinical care above all things in healthcare  Katelyn served as the Administrator for that agency for years and decided to pursue an opportunity in Fredericksburg, working for a rural hospital system as their Administrator. 

Katelyn has been active in the TAHC&H having served on Medicare, Education and Annual Meeting Committees as well as serving on the Hill Country Alzheimer’s Association committee.  She currently serves in on the TAHC&H Board of Directors under the Licensed Home Health auspice.




LICENSED & CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH

Eduardo_Guimbarda_web.jpgEduardo Guimbarda, MHA, MBA
is the CEO of Home Nursing and Therapy Services (HNTS) in San Antonio.   He has 30 years’ experience in post-acute care serving as CEO.   HNTS has served Bexar County and surrounding Counties for 40 years and is a partner in a technology company that is dedicated to serving big Pharma, Home Health and physician practices with software integrations, ETL, remote process automations, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Eduardo has served a three year term with the Sloan Alumni Association Board at Cornell University as well as on a fundraising committee for a non-profit Towne Twin Village.  He received his BA Psychology at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, his MBA University of Texas – San Antonio and his MHA Cornell University, Ithaca New York.

Statement of Interest/Ability to Serve:   I feel that my 30 years’ experience in post-acute care and over 20 years’ experience in an executive leadership position allows me to use my experience and collaborate with other professionals.



Lora Mayes, RN is the CEO of Beacon Home Health Agency LLC in Stafford.  She has over 32 years of experience in the industry and 18 years of Home Health ownership since she opened Beacon. Lora has served on the TAHC&H Board of Directors under the Licensed & Certified Home Health auspice and is proud of the level of input and participation she has been able to give the organization.  She has served as Chair of the TAHC&H Clinical Committee as well as serving on the DEI and Annual Meeting Committees

Lora has received the National Black Nurses Association Nurse Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the NBNA and has been recognized by D-Mars.com as Top Black Healthcare Professional in Houston 2020, Honored by Rolling Out Magazine as one of Houston’s “Top 25 Women, 2009, and honored by the Black Nurses Association Greater Houston for her contributions in nursing along with her Co Honoree State Representative Al Green.  She is an alumnus of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and is currently enrolled in UT Arlington BSN program.  She is a previous V/P of Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association and the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation Houston.

Statement of Interest/Ability to Serve:   Corporate boards’ unique position allows them to shape corporate ethos from the top down. And creating a diverse board ensures a variety of perspectives among board members that can unearth new approaches and opportunities for the association, and instill a longer-term outlook and culture. It is my desire to always bring added value and a new perspective to the Texas Association of Home Care.

Nicole Rodgers, MPT, HCS-O is a Master of Physical Therapy (PT) for Healing Hands Healthcare, LLC in Wichita Falls where she has been involved with TAHC&H for the past 4 years.  She is a member of the PAC Council and has served on the Finance, Medicare/Hospice, Membership and Public Affairs, Government Affairs Committees and is currently serving as Vice Chair for the Annual Meeting Committee.  Nicole also attends the yearly March on Washington held by TAHC&H.  She has been a speaker at past conferences and is a current member of Advocacy Committee at Healing Hands Healthcare.  She graduated from Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock with a Master of Physical Therapy and is also a Certified Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) PT and OASIS Certified.

Statement of Interest/Ability to Serve:  I am interested in running and being on the Board of Directors for TAHC&H because I am passionate about Home Health and Hospice, my profession and most importantly my patients and families.  I support TAHC&H's mission, love my profession and want to be a small voice for the better of our agencies and patients/careers alike.  I want to be an advocate and strive to continue to bring the hospital home.  I would be honored to represent TAHC&H.



NON-PROFIT


Marjorie Costello
is the Chief Administrative Officer for Disability Services of the Southwest/Lifespan Home Health in San Antonio and is responsible for strategic planning, human resources, marketing, training and recruitment/retention.  She has also served as the Vice President of Corporate Relations, the Director of Staff Development, the Director of Training and Media and as an Administrator.

Marjorie has served as a Board of Directors (Secretary) for Lifespan Home Health and also serves as the Secretary for CDS in Texas.  She currently serves on the TAHC&H Board of Directors in the Non-Profit auspice and has served on numerous TAHC&H Committees including Government Affairs, Community Care Services, Private Pay, Annual Meeting and the PAC Council.  She attended the University of Southern California studying International Relations. 

State of Interest/Ability to Serve:  I support TAHC&H's overall mission to give a voice to home care and hospice in the federal and state legislature and with health care regulators.  I’m interested in continuing to serve on the board to better support TAHC&H's efforts to improve the economic viability of home care in Texas.  My knowledge and experience with a range of long term care programs and service delivery options gives me a unique ability to see home care on both a micro and macro level.  As well as my extensive experience with lobbying and political activism on behalf of the organizations I’m employed with would contribute to the overall effectiveness of TAHC&H's strategic vision.




PRIVATE PAY


Sheila Davis, CHCE, COS-D
is the Senior Executive Vice President of Operations for Always Best Care Senior Services where she provides overall field support of franchisees through the company’s Area Representatives (AR’s), National Directors, and Business Operations Manager.  This includes orchestrating programs, initiatives, projects, and addresses all areas of concern related to all franchisees' operations, sales & marketing, financial management, human resources, licensing legislation, and aspects of their franchised business and effectively executing business initiatives pursuing opportunities and mitigating possible threats to deliver value to the CEO by envisioning the path for growth and driving the strategy and performance.

Sheila has also worked with US Carenet as Sr. Vice President of Operations; At Home Health as Regional Operations Director; Bethany Healthcare LLP as Regional Operations Development Director; and Nurse on Call as Administrator/General Manager; and HomeCare Home Health Services, Inc., as Administrator/Co-Owner.

She received her Degree in Business, Health Care Administration at Texas Tech University, Lubbock as well as attending Vernon Regional Junior College, Vernon, Texas.  Sheila is a Certified Home and Hospice Care Executive; Certified ACHC Consultant; OASIS- D Certified; CPR Certified has received a Department Certification - Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Records.

Sheila has served on the TAHC&H Government Affairs, Private Pay, Clinical Practice and the Community Care Services Committees and currently serves on the TAHC&H Board of Directors under the Private Pay auspice.  She has spoken at conferences on a national level and serves as a NAHC-PDHCA Board Member and is a founding member of the NAHC Home Care Workforce Action Alliance and the Private Duty Advisory Council.

Statement of Interest/Ability to Serve:   To continue to advocate for the private duty service line and the providers who offer these services.




NOMINATING COMMITTEE


Ricka Willett
is the Alternate Administrator for Healing Hands Healthcare, LLC in Wichita Falls who started her career as a social worker where she assisted in safe discharge planning for patients.  Serving in the only trauma-certified hospital within the region she was forced to expand her critical thinking skills and develop her skills. 

Ricka has spoken publicly at healthcare conferences around the nation and strives to better herself as well as educate on the successes that she brings to the healthcare organization with a social work mindset.   She serves on the National Association of Home Care & Hospice Rural Health committee and is a member of I.D.E.A.L. an inclusion, diversity, and equity alliance in leadership for Healthcare.   She also currently serves on the TAHC&H Finance Committee, Government Affairs Committee, and Membership/Public Affairs Committee.  Ricka is a recent graduate of the Women Who Mean Business executive leadership development program for high-achievers in rising leadership roles from the University of Texas in Austin McCombs School of Business.

Statement of Interest/Ability to Serve:   I am committed to healthcare and actively involved in leadership roles within the healthcare organization. I would love to expand my gained knowledge and become more involved in the leadership of TAHC&H. I am an effective listener and communicator with an executive presence, willing to serve my time on the board of TAHC&H.