Dr. Leilani Valdes was named a Health Hero by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for her commitment to improving the health of her community. One of only four physicians honored with the award, she was praised for demonstrating leadership and participation with various TMA programs.
As a pathologist, Leilani has served on national committees for the College of American Pathologists, was president of the Victoria-Goliad-Jackson County Medical Society, and is a delegate to the TMA House of Delegates, the association's policymaking body. She is currently a member of TMA's Council on Health Promotion and the TMA HPV Working Group.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. After a brief career in marketing and public relations, she attended the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She currently serves as laboratory director for the RPA Anatomic Pathology Laboratory, Cuero Community Hospital, Jackson County Hospital, and Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital.
January 2018 Spotlight
Gabrielle Salazar Alpha Epsilon/Brown
Gabrielle is a Fulbright Scholar in photography, a National Geographic Explorer, and a member of the Emerging League of the International League of Conservation Photographers. She has served as the president of the North American Nature Photography Association and has had her work featured in several museums, including the Smithsonian. Gabrielle has designed nature education programs and has always gone the extra mile to capture the magic of nature on film. She seeks to connect others to the natural world through images in an effort to help people understand—and desire to protect—the wild.
Currently, Gabrielle is pursuing an MS in conservation science at Imperial College in London. She was named one of the top ten college women in the country by Glamour Magazine, and awarded the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award by BBC in 2004.
Gabrielle was recognized as one of Kappa Alpha Theta's 35 Under 35 winners in 2017.
December 2017 Spotlight
Kelly Corrigan Epsilon Psi/Richmond
Kelly is a New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter & Glue. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Richmond and Masters in literature from San Francisco State University. Kelly was the Leading Women Featured Speaker at Grand Convention 2014, and her speech was the highlight for many participants!
The messages in her books include the bonds between mothers and daughters, the realization you are now an adult rather than a child, to the adventure that is parenting.
This year, Kelly took on a new role as the writer-in-residence and creative director for The Nantucket Project in which she will focus on stories about doing the next right thing...together. In addition, Kelly has a new book coming out in January titled, Tell Me More. Tell Me More contains true stories about 12 phrases that run the different aspects of our lives.
Her book tour for Tell Me More will begin January 8, in New York.