Board of Directors

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President

Praznik, Alisha
president@tgcpaa.org

Alisha completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in 2002. She then received a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2005. Alisha has worked as a physician assistant at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center for 10 years in the department of Reconstructive & Plastic Surgery. Throughout her career she has instructed & mentored PA’s, medical students, and PA students on suturing and surgical techniques alike. Alisha has served as both TGCPAA Secretary and Vice President and currently serves on the TAPA CME Committee. Most recently, she was a finalist for the Geneva & James Briscoe Physician Assistant Award for Excellence at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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Vice-President

Wray, Ashley
vicepresident@tgcpaa.org

Ashley received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Texas A&M University in 2005, where she focused her academic efforts in neuroscience. She then went on to receive her MPH from the UT School of Public Health in 2010. During this time, Ashley worked for the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center investigating veterans with depression and suicide ideation, and through this experience, she discovered the role of the PA in patient care. She then pursued her master's degree at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where she graduated in 2013. Currently, Ashley is a practicing PA in the Dept. of Colon & Rectal Surgery at Memorial Hermann Southeast. When she's not at work, Ashley enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and spending time with friends and family.
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Secretary

Hernandez, Sarah
secretary@tgcpaa.org

Sarah received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Texas A & M- Corpus Christi in 2002. In 2005, she received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She began her career in an Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery in private practice in Houston, Texas from 2005-2009. The last 5 years she has been at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Sarah has participated in instructing suture workshops to PA students at UTMB and Baylor PA programs. She has also instructed PAs at TAPA and AAPA suture workshops. Sarah has been a member of TGCPAA since 2010. She as served as TGCPAA Secretary since 2013.
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Treasurer

Treadway Baen, Christen
treasurer@tgcpaa.org

Christen received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois in 2001 after which she worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist in Austin for 5 years. She attended Baylor College of Medicine and received her Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2009. After graduation, she joined the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Christen joined TGCPAA in 2008 as a student.
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Trustee

Witz, Barbi
trustee1@tgcpaa.org

Graduate of Baylor College of Medicine PA program in 1987. She is board certified by the NCCPA and is licensed by the Texas Medical Board to practice medicine. After graduation, she joined an Ob-Gyn group in Houston. She moved to San Antonio and served as Clinical Coordinator of the Advanced Practice Provider Department at RIOSA hospital, where she gained experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation that included neuro, ortho, burn, and spinal cord rehabilitation. After moving back to Houston, she became Faculty at BCM in the Surgery Department and Allied Health Department and is now at UTHSC in the Center for Advanced Heart Failure. She is one of the charter members of TGCPAA.
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Trustee

Barry, Troy
trustee2@tgcpaa.org

PA Barry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Montana State University. In 1995 he graduated from Baylor College of Medicine PA program with a Master of Science degree. After graduation, he joined a multispecialty group and worked in general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology. In 1998 he transferred to MD Anderson Cancer Center as a physician assistant in Orthopedic Oncology. He was recruited to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2000. PA Barry is a Major in the US Army Reserves; commissioned as a 65-D, physician assistant. He has been mobilized four times to practice in: a troop medical clinic, a family medical clinic, deployment medicine, general surgery and the fast track clinic in the ED. He is very involved with teaching physician assistant students from Baylor College of Medicine and precepting medical, nursing and physician assistant students at MD Anderson Cancer Center. PA Barry has given lectures locally and nationally and instructed suture workshops. At MD Anderson Cancer Center he was awarded the Geneva and James Briscoe Physician Assistant Award for Excellence in 2010. In 2015, Troy received Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He joined TGCPAA as a student and previously was the Vice President.