Governor Abbott Appoints Four To Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Abraham Mathew to the Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Amanda Burnett and Sheila Haley, Ph.D. and reappointed Dennis Myers, Ph.D. for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. The committee provides the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services with recommendations for licensure sanctions and rule changes for the Nursing Facility Administrator Licensing Program.
Abraham Mathew of Pasadena is an administrator at MRC The Crossings, a senior living facility, where he oversees the operations of the nursing and assisted living facility. Additionally, he has served as the administrator of several nursing facilities throughout Illinois and Texas, and is a state licensed real estate agent. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and LeadingAge Texas, and currently serves as a Sunday school secretary at his church and is a member and organizer of a soccer league in Houston. Mathew received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a Master of Social Work from Bharathidasan University and a Master of Arts in English literature from Annamalai University. Mathew is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration in health care management and leadership at California Intercontinental University.
Amanda Burnett of Bastrop is a division president at Senior Care Centers, a skilled nursing provider, where she oversees the operational growth of 47 facilities throughout Texas. She has served as vice president and administrator for multiple nursing facilities across Texas. Additionally, she serves on the Advocacy Committee for the Texas Healthcare Association. Burnett received a Bachelor of Science in health professions and business administration from The University of Texas at Tyler.
Sheila Haley, Ph.D. of Lantana is an assistant clinical professor for the College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University. Her primary areas of teaching include community health, aging, and palliative care. She previously served as a nursing instructor at a community college and as the chief financial officer and nursing manager for a doctor’s office. She is a member of the National Black Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Denton County Friends of the Family Organization and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. Haley received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Chicago State University, Master of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from Hampton University.
Dennis Myers, Ph.D. of Waco holds the Danny and Lenn Prince Endowed Chair for Residential Care of Older Adults in the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. His research is centered on career resilience for senior living administrators and social workers. In addition to research and teaching, he serves as regional board secretary of Ascension Senior Living Services and as vice president at Stilwell Retirement Center. He is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, American Society on Aging, and the National Association of Social Work. Myers received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Baylor University and a Master of Science in social work and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin.