Alumni News

  • Edward P. Gruber, Ph.D., R.N., (M.S.N. 1981) San Antonio, is president of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Association, effective September 1998. He also is a co-coordinator of the family nurse practitioner major at the Health Science Center's School of Nursing.

  • Lt. Cmdr. Carlos V. Jaramillo, D.D.S., (1988) Portland, Texas, is awaiting promotion to commander. He is branch director of the dental clinic at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville. He also is the recipient of numerous Navy awards for outstanding service.

  • Lt. Col. Carol A. Ledbetter, Ph.D., (M.S.N. 1979) Bethesda, Md., is chair of the department of nurse practitioner and director of the family nurse practitioner program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services Graduate School of Nursing in Bethesda. She also is director of the Department of Defense/Veterans Administration Distance Learning Project with the adult nurse practitioner program. Lt. Col. Ledbetter is the School of Nursing Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus of 1998.

  • Brig. Gen. Dan L. Locker, (M.D. 1973) Biloxi, Miss., is the commander of the 81st Medical Group, Keesler Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi. He also is lead agent for the Department of Defense (DoD) Health Services Region IV. In these positions, he is responsible for the direct delivery of health care for more than 50,000 patients in the Biloxi area and for providing referral and consultative services for an additional 605,000 beneficiaries in a five-state region (DoD Region IV).

  • Carlene W. Lyle, M.D., (1986) Little Rock, Ark., is president-elect of the Arkansas Psychiatric Society.

  • Capt. Dorothy A. Michael, R.N., (M.S.N. 1985) Newport, R.I., is deputy commander at the naval hospital in Newport. She served as division officer of the orthopaedic ward in Operation Desert Storm and is listed in five different Who's Who categories.

  • David A. Nelson, M.D., (1989) Austin, Texas, was appointed chief of anesthesiology, Central Austin Surgical Hospital.

  • Charles Nicholson, M.D., (1975) Santa Barbara, Calif., was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the California Medical Association. He is the medical director of the Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services.

  • Sandra Sabatini, Ph.D., M.D., (1974) Lubbock, Texas, is co-editor of the American Journal of Kidney Disease.

  • Maj. Frank B. Thornburg, R.N., (M.S.N. 1986) was transferred to RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom where he oversees all health promotion programs in England.

  • Brig. Gen. Harold L. Timboe, M.D., (1978) San Antonio, was selected in January to receive his second star. He is the commanding general of Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). BAMC has the U.S. Army's only certified Level One trauma center. Gen. Timboe also serves as commander of the Great Plains Regional Medical Command, which encompasses BAMC and the supported Army hospitals throughout Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Arizona. He is a Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians and theAmerican College of Physician Executives. The promotion of all general officers is contingent upon Senate approval. With this promotion will come a reassignment, which will be announced by the Army this spring.

Alumni Profile

Lori A. Moreno, B.S.
1996 - School of Allied Health Sciences


Climbing aboard a small, twin-engine airplane to help a 1-year-old child in Eagle Pass who has swallowed poison, giving breathing treatments to a child with cancer in the pediatric intensive care unit at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, or taking a helicopter ride to help transfer a patient from New Braunfels to San Antonio, are all in a night's work for Lori A. Moreno.

A registered respiratory therapist, Moreno is a member of the pediatric transport team at Christus Santa Rosa, headed by Jon A. Courand, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics. Other pediatricians on the team are Thomas C. Mayes, M.D., associate professor; and Richard P. Taylor, M.D., and Andrew J. Macfadyen, M.D., both assistant professors.

"I knew I wanted a health-related career, and respiratory care was a program I could relate to since I am asthmatic," explained Moreno. She was one of 12 students in the Health Science Center's first respiratory care graduating class in 1996. Her class set a trend that has continued--the Department of Respiratory Care graduates have a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the entry-level examination for respiratory care practitioners administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. David C. Shelledy, Ph.D., associate professor, is chairman of the department.

The transport team generally assists patients in the South Texas area. Often, Moreno and a registered nurse are the only health care providers on the plane or helicopter. The team transports some patients who are within an 85-mile radius of San Antonio via ambulance.

"I enjoy this work because we're required to use our critical care and critical thinking skills," said Moreno. "We're cross-trained in other disciplines, too, so I use more than just my respiratory therapy skills. Dr. Shelledy did a good job of preparing me for this kind of comprehensive work through various clinical rotations. I did three of my rotations at Santa Rosa, including a pediatric specialty rotation," she said. " I love working with the kids."

In addition to her night job at Christus Santa Rosa, Moreno is a clinical faculty member at the Health Science Center.

"Occasionally, Dr. Shelledy will ask me to teach a class, which I love to do," said Moreno. "A new master's program in respiratory care is being planned at the Health Science Center--a master's would prepare me to do more teaching. As soon as it's a go, I'm there!"

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