The Panhandle Great 25 Nurses Committee in collaboration with Texas Nurses Association-District 2, and the Panhandle Organization of Nurse Executives is proud to announce the 4th 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 to the profession of nursing.  

The proceeds received from this event are used to provide nursing scholarships for students enrolled in various nursing programs throughout the Texas Panhandle. The scholarships contribute to building the nursing workforce and advancing the profession of nursing which helps strengthen the recipients’ respective communities’ health.

The following awardees and scholarship recipients will be honored at the  4th Annual Panhandle Great 25 Nurses Ceremony on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Polk Street United Methodist Church at 6 pm, Amarillo, TX.



Michelle Adkins, RN

BSA Health System

Zanne Baxter, RN

BSA Health System

Terri Bradford, RN

City of Amarillo Public Health

Dr. Marietta Branson

WTAMU School of Nursing (ret.)

Kim Broom, RN

Amarillo VA Health Care System

Jan Cannon, RN

Amarillo College School of Nursing

Chelsey Castillo, RN

BSA Health System

Stephanie Chestnut, RN

BSA Health System

Melinda Conway, RN

BSA Health System

Traci Doss, RN

BSA Health System

Jessica Hawley, RN

BSA Health System

Leandra Henthorn, RN

BSA Health System

Shelby Hill, RN

BSA Health System

Lindsey Kinard, RN,

BSA Health System

Jaimee Lovelady, APRN

Amarillo VA Health Care System

Steve Marshall, RN

LifeStar Air Ambulance

Jamie Martin, RN

Coon Memorial Hospital, Dalhart, Texas

Ryan Roberson, RN

Northwest Texas Healthcare System

Leisa Robinson, RN

BSA Health System

Yolaine Robinson, RN

Amarillo VA Health Care System

Aaron Rowe, RN

Travel Nursing

Natalie Schettino, RN

BSA Health System

Kathy Shipp, APRN

WTAMU School of Nursing

Rose Ann Smith, APRN

WTAMU School Nursing & Hospice of the Southwest

Cassandra Villa, RN, BSN

Amarillo VA Health Care System


2019 Scholarship Recipients:

As a result of the generous donations of our sponsors each of the following nursing students will receive a $2,000.00 Scholarship to assist them in pursuing their education to advance the health of the communities they serve. We gratefully thank our sponsors. These nursing students will be recognized during the Panhandle Great 25 Nurses Ceremony:


School/Degree Program Category

Robin Birch, RN


Debby Hall, RN

UT Tyler/PhD. Program

Kathryn Hilbert

TTUHSC/ Accelerated 2nd Degreed BSN Program

Jasmine Rodriguez

WTAMU – Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program

Mary Spier

UT Arlington- RN to BSN Program

Eloisa Tarango

Amarillo College- Traditional Undergraduate Program

Our Mission:

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

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