Women's Resource Group

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The Women's Resource Group (WRG) is an inclusive group that expands the support for women in diverse capacities (professional, health and wellness, social, advocacy and work-life balance) and increases unity among women in the UTMB community. The WRG serves as a circle of support for women through shared experiences to empower each other for greatness in all aspects of life.

Women's ERG Mission

  • Mission, Vision and Objectives

    Mission: To collaborate and create an environment that promotes the personal and professional development of all women.

    Vision: To empower women to be their best.

    Objectives: To provide professional and personal development for women, promote safety for women, and demonstrate respect for women.

  • Leadership Committee

    Deborah J. Jones, PhD, MSN, RN
    Senior Vice President, Dean and Professor
    School of Nursing
    Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair
    Executive Sponsor

    Sandra O. Davis, MBA, CHAM
    Sr. Administrative Manager
    Office of County Affairs

    Jill Bryant-Bova, MSN, RN, LNCC, CPHQ
    Quality Program Manager
    Quality and Healthcare Safety Department
    Past Chair

    Jayco “Jay” McCowan, DBA, CLSSBB
    Training/Project Manager
    Course Manager–FDA Sponsored Educational Program
    Institutional Office of Regulated Nonclinical Studies (ORNcS)
    Advisory Board Member

    Vel Watkins
    Application System Analyst
    IS Correctional Managed Care Tech Ops Department
    Advisory Board Member

    Christine “Chris” Mattern
    Educational Technology
    School of Nursing Distance Education and Multimedia
    Advisory Board Member

  • WRG Woman Trailblazer Award

    A trailblazer is defined as an individual who has created a pathway for others to follow such as a pioneer, a mover and shaker, an icon and a forerunner in their own right.

    The WRG Woman Trailblazer Award recognizes a woman in the UTMB community and surrounding area who has modeled excellence and has had a positive impact in the community she serves. This individual leaves her mark and creates a legacy for other generations to follow.

    Previous recipients of the WRG Woman Trailblazer Award include:

    2022 Recipient
    Michelle Sierpina, PhD
    Founding Director, OLLI – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTMB Health

    2021 Recipient
    Dr. Kelley Dineley
    Professor/Faculty, Neurology Department

    2020 Recipient
    Rawan Harirah
    Administrative Coordinator, OB-Gyn Administration

    2019 Recipient
    Donna K. Sollenberger, MA
    Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, UTMB Health System

Meetings and Events

Group meetings and other networking events are held regularly and cover a variety of educational and motivational topics. All members of the UTMB community are invited to attend.

Women's Resource Group Events

How to Join

Member benefits of the Women's Resource Group include:

  • Access to UTMB and community programs, events and activities that promote the values of women
  • Peer network that supports the work and contributions of women
  • Opportunities for open communication between the WRG members and UTMB leadership regarding policies, practices and other resources that assist women to be successful

Want to be a part of this group? Complete a membership application today!

Women's Resource Group Membership Application