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Nelson named to Easter Seals RGV Board of Directors

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EDINBURG, TEXASJUNE 20, 2015 – Linda S. Nelson, senior director of Clinical Operations at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been appointed to the Easter Seals Rio Grande Valley Board of Directors.

A pediatric nurse practitioner by training, Nelson said she is honored to be on this board, which holds a special place in her heart.

“It’s an organization that always supported a lot of chronically ill children for whom I provided care. I have always admired the organization,” she said.

While living in Florida and Nebraska, Nelson had the opportunity to work with Easter Seals for many years and is looking forward to making a difference in the Valley organization. Nelson joined UTRGV in January 2015, after 22 years of service with the University of South Florida in Tampa in its internal medicine/pediatrics program.

“Working with an agency like Easter Seals is monumental for the medical school because it allows us to share and expand not only the culture of the agency, but also the culture of medical school, which is a community-based organization and the focus of UTRGV School of Medicine Dean (Francisco) Fernandez,” she said. 

About The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 in a historic move that made it possible for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to benefit, for the first time, make it possible for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to benefit from the Permanent University Fund, a public endowment contributing support to eligible institutions of The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System.

UTRGV will also be home to a School of Medicine and will transform Texas and the nation by becoming a leader in student success, teaching, research and health care. UTRGV will enroll its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine will open in 2016.

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Media Contacts:

Marci Caltabiano Ponce, UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications

Jennifer McGehee-Valdez, UTRGV Director of Public Relations