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Board President

Dr. Kit Bredimus is the Chief Nursing Officer at Midland Health in Midland, TX. Kit holds three board certifications in Executive Nursing in addition to certifications in Nursing Management and Leadership, Emergency, and Pediatric Emergency nursing. Kit is a nationally recognized leader, being named as a Modern Healthcare Rising Star in Nursing, AONL Early Careerist Award, Nursing Management’s Visionary Leader Award Finalist, and TNA Year of the Nurse Award. Kit is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and presents on the national level through various speaking events, podium presentations, podcasts, and publications on today’s important leadership topics.

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Brandi McDonald

Brandi McDonald has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years.  She has extensive experience in telemetry, pediatrics, med/surg, and nursing education in both the acute care and clinical setting. Brandi currently works as the Director of Clinical Operations and Critical Care Services at Midland Memorial Hospital. Brandi is a Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse through the AMSN, certified as a PCCN-K in Progressive Care, and a Nurse Executive Advanced – Board Certified (NEA-BC). Brandi earned her BSN in December 1999 from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX.  She received her MSN from Grand Canyon University in 2013.  She obtained her DNP from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. 

Sharon Cannon


Brandi McDonald

Dr. Lea Keesee has served as a nurse educator since 1998 and has been teaching in the Permian Basin since 2001. She taught at Midland College for 17 years and began teaching at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin in 2018. She has a BSN (1991) from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Lubbock, a MSN from West Texas A&M University (2001), and a DNP from Boise State University (2017). She holds a certificate as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). She has articles published in professional nursing journals and has presented at international, national, and state conferences.

Melonye Huber


Brandi McDonald

Melonye Huber is the Chief Nursing Officer at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas a Steward Healthcare System’s hospital.  She graduated from New Mexico Junior College in 1995, with an Associated in Applied Science.  She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in Nursing Administration both from Texas Tech University Health Science. 
She is a recipient of the Permian Basin Great 25 Nurse award in 2019.
While active from 2013-2020 with various volunteer opportunities through Odessa Regional Medical Center, Melonye’s primary passion lies in honoring Veteran’s as a medical escort for the Basin Honor Flight, from 2016 to their most recent flight to Washington in October 2021.  

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Brandi McDonald


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Lea Keesee


Melonye Huber

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Pam Castellano

Pam currently serves as the RN Fellowship Manager at Midland Memorial Hospital. She is currently a member of ANPD, SGNA, ENA, AORN, ANA, TNA, and AONL. Pam began her career in 1978 as an LVN and continued her lifelong learning by obtaining her ADN in 1989, BSN in 2013, and ultimately her MSN from Chamberlain in 2021. Pam has served in many areas including flight nursing, home health, hospital leadership, and education. Pam loves interacting with patients, teaching, mentoring, and advocating for nurses, and has a knack for helping nurses find their professional niche. Outside of nursing, Pam enjoys spending time with her family.


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Jessica Booth

Jessica Booth is the Director of Risk Management and Medical Staff Coordinator at Permian Regional Medical Center in Andrews Texas. Jessica has been a nurse for 19 years and graduated with her master’s degree in Nursing Administration and Education in December of 2013 from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has a passion for nursing education and serves as an adjunct clinical instructor for the UTPB nursing program. Jessica serves as a board member for the Lindsey Horton Memorial Scholarship foundation and received the Permian Basin Great 25 award in 2020. She is married (Donny) and has two sons (Jackson & Maddox).



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Danny Whitehead


Danny Whitehead. MSN, RN, is a west Texas native born and raised. Presently he serves as the CNO at Permian Regional Medical Center in Andrews Texas. He has been in healthcare for 25+ years. He has experience in all areas of the hospital to include flight nursing and correctional nursing. He is very active in promoting nursing education and recognition in rural communities through the Rural Nursing Leadership Initiative. He serves on the board of the Community Engagement Panel in Andrews to promote community awareness and education of relevant healthcare challenges in the community. Danny is married (Kerri) and has three children (Samantha, Zach, and Kalyn).

Carol Boswell


Dr. Boswell frequently speaks at local, state, national, and international conferences.  She has authored multiple publications on healthcare literacy, online teaching, mentoring, politics, research, and diabetes.  At this time, Dr. Boswell has textbooks published entitled “Introduction to nursing research: Incorporating evidence-based practice” (Sixth edition) and “Evidence-based teaching in nursing: A foundation for educators” (Second edition).  She has been an educator for over 24 years, working at multiple levels, including ADN, RN-BSN, graduate, and continuing education. Dr.  Boswell was inducted as a fellow in the Academy of Nurse Educators and the American Academy of Nursing.  She holds a certification as a Nurse Educator through the NLN.  Dr. Boswell serves as an elected board member for Permian Regional Medical Center which is a rural hospital district. She works as a nurse researcher with an acute care agency to advance their evidence-based practice with frontline nurses.   Dr. Boswell was appointed to the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council by the governor of the Texas for a second six-year period.

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