The Texas Nurses Association-District 2, in collaboration with the Panhandle Organization of Nurse Executives is proud to announce the Annual Panhandle Great 25 Nurses recognition ceremony. The event was established to raise the awareness and celebrate the exemplary contributions of nurses to patient care, research, leadership, education and community service of more than 4000 thousand nurses practicing in the Panhandle. The event coordinators set forth to promote the nursing profession and encourage individuals to consider nursing as a career path, and to create scholarships so that individuals could go to nursing school to better meet the healthcare needs of the community. Three million and growing strong, nurses represent the backbone, brain, heart and soul of the healthcare system and continue to be the most trusted profession.

This prestigious recognition was determined by the Panhandle Great 25 Nurses Review Committee which evaluated all the nominations submitted by peers, family members, patients, former teachers, physicians, and administrators. The Great 25 were chosen through a blinded process by the Great 25 Committee panel based upon the established criteria with each nominee’s accomplishments in the following areas: 1) Leadership qualities, 2) Service to the community, 3) Compassionate caregiver and 4) Significant contributions. This past year we were happy to announce 27 nurses were chosen to receive this prestigious honor.

The following awardees were honored at the Third Annual Panhandle Great 25 Nurses Ceremony on October 9, 2018, at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo, TX.

2018 Sponsors List


Melanie Allen, RN
BSA Health System

Beth Attebury, RN
Childress Regional Medical Center

Tony Badillo, RN
BSA Health System

Adonna Ballard , RN
Region 16 –Educational Service Center

John Blakley, RN
Amarillo VA Health Care System

Sis Bond,  RN
Amarillo Kindred Hospice

Christine Brewer, RN
BSA Health System

Darla Caldwell, RN
BSA Health System

Abbie Cano, RN
Borger Independent School District

Shirley Collins, RN
BSA Health System

Lisa Formby, RN
Hereford Independent School District

Machelle Funtek, RN
Northwest Texas Healthcare System/ Amarillo VA Health Care System

Jay Griggs, RN
BSA Health System

Angie Hamilton, RN
Northwest Texas Healthcare System

Elizabeth Hammond, RN
Amarillo VA Health Care System

Carolyn Hudson, RN
Northwest Texas Healthcare System

Verena Johnson, RN
Amarillo College 

Clint LaFever, RN
Northwest Texas Healthcare System

Dustin Lambert, RN
Amarillo VA Health Care System

Yessenia Longoria, RN
Moore County Hospital District

Misti Moore, RN 
BSA Healthcare System

Melissa Peavey, RN
Dalhart VA Health Clinic

Teri Quattlebaum, RN
Northwest Texas Healthcare System

Charlene Seale, APRN
Amarillo VA Health Care System

Susan Stach, RN
Region 16-Educational Service Center

Jessica Welch, RN
BSA Health System

Jean Whitehead, RN
Amarillo Independent School District


2018 Scholarship Recipients:

As a result of the generous donations of our sponsors each of the following nursing students received a $1,500.00 Scholarship to assist them in pursuing their education to advance the health of the communities they serve. We gratefully thank our sponsors. These students were recognized during the Panhandle Great 25 Nurses Ceremony:


Mary Graham Texas Tech
University Health Science Center/2nd Degree BSN-Veteran to BSN

Amanda Hokanson
West Texas A&M University/RN-BSN

Donna Kizziar
Texas A&M University/ MSN

LaTina Lewis
West Texas A&M University/DNP-PhD.

Justin Walker-Mulanax
Amarillo College/ADN

Tiffany Ruthardt
West Texas A&M University/Traditional BSN

Our Mission:

To recognize nurses for their caring, compassionate service in the Texas Panhandle

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