Welcome to MCRW!
We are pleased to present our new website to you and we are always eager to have the opportunity to share information about our club. We believe you will find the newly designed site refreshing, easy to navigate and full of information you find stimulating. We will continue to add content, refine some of our pages and tweak forms. Please continue to check back with us regularly. We don't want you to miss a thing!! Thank you for your patience and for your support during this process. I think you will be as pleased as we are!
Karie Polk, Website Committee
Wednesday, June 8, 11:30 am
guest speaker, dr. robin Armstrong, national committeeman for texas
2016 Women of Achievement
Carolyn Creighton Rhode, M.D.
I was born in Detroit Michigan and raised in Dearborn, MI with great parents and 2 older sisters. After graduating from Fordson HS, I earned a BSN degree in nursing from the U of Mich. and worked as an RN full time for about 4 years in pediatrics and teaching practical nursing. I then worked part-time at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital for the next 4 years while attending the U of Mich School of Medicine, graduating in 1972. After a 2 year residency, I joined a group family practice in Howell Michigan and did the full spectrum of family practice for 8 years including obstetrics and minor surgery. While there, I adopted two sons as a single parent, Joey first at almost 3 years of age and Jason 2 years laterat almost 2 years old—both of whom had physical handicaps.
In 1982 Dr. Joseph Rhode, also a family physician, and I were married and we all relocated to Midland TX where our daughter, Kathleen, was born in 1985. Joe and I foundedMidland Family Physicians and both of us served on staff at Midland Memorial Hospital. Joe retired in July 2013 and I turned the office over to Premier Physicians in Dec 2014 and remained with them for another year part-time.
Over the years I had substituted on occasion in at the non-profit Community Childrens Clinic. Finally in 2003 I was hired as their permanent physician during morning hours while working in our office in the afternoons. For the last 5 years I have been also associated with Hospice of Midland as I am Board Certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care.
Our son Joey passed away in 2000. Jason is married and lives in Midland with his wife whose name also happened to be Joey. Kathleen lives on a ranch near Ardmore OK with her husband, Jack Caraway.
My past and present hobbies have included learning to fly, sewing projects, and target shooting. We travel as much as we can in our travel trailer, fly to visit relatives all over the country and enjoy cruising. Midland is home and our church and friends are all here so we plan to stay.
Executive Director of Community Children’s Clinic
Renee’ Meiner is the Executive Director of Community Children’s Clinic. She began her career in the non-profit industry in 1994 when she joined Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center (MCRC) as a Physical Therapist Assistant. From the beginning she felt a tug on her heart to be involved in the fundraising side of things, and in 2001 became the first Development Director for MCRC and later served as Director of Marketing. In 2014 she was named Executive Director of Community Children’s Clinic and is enjoying the newest chapter of her life. She has served on the Board of Director’s for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and completed her Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certification in 2013. Her greatest honor in life has been to help children, who need medical services, receive them, regardless of their ability to pay. She resides in Midland with, her husband, Jeff. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Nancy Leung, R.N.
Nancy Leung grew up in Taiwan, China and received her nursing training at the National College of Nursing in Taipei, Taiwan and the University of Alberta, Canada. She recalls wanting to become a nurse from the time she was a little girl. Having worked a few years utilizing my skills, I found myself more interested in patient care than surgical instrument and procedures. So I changed to pediatric, rehab and internal medicine. My husband, Dr. Leung and l, with 2 daughters and son, moved from Canada to Midland in 1981. From a freezing Canada to a hot sunny Midland was quite a culture shock. We love Midland. My children are all MISD graduates and have gone on to become physicians as well, living in other cities.
I continue working in my husband's Family Practice Clinic as a nurse and office manager. I enjoy treating patients of all ages. I have a special interest in pediatric patients because children are our future. I often counsel teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, school dropout and diet education. I help women in domestic violence situation, and help to refer to financial help and referrals to specialist. I hope America will have a better medical system so everyone has affordable insurance. I encourage patients to be a registered voter and vote for the best persons for America's future. Every day is an interesting day at work for me. I love people and I love my job. My husband and I help and treat many patients of all ages. We gave a scholarship to TAFP (Texas Academy of Family Physicians) and TMA (Texas Medical Association) for medical students. We were given an awarded for philanthropist the year 2015.
I am a member of the Midland County Republican Women, past president of the International Women’s Group and University Graduate Women. Past treasure of the Midland Dongying Sister Cities Association, member of the Petroleum Club Ladies Association and treasurer of Midland Country Club Association. I enjoy Ballroom dancing, traveling, music and Broadway shows. Midland is a great place with wonderful people. I enjoy living here.
Dr. Cynthia Wallum, APRN
I hold a Texas Woman’s University Master’s Clinical Psychiatric Nursing Degree and PhD Degree in Nursing Theory and Research with a Law-Medicine Minor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, I am recognized by the state of Texas Board of Nursing as a licensed Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. I worked as a member of the Medical Staff at Sunrise Canyon Mental Health Mental Retardation Hospital in Lubbock for two years. Presently, I am a part-time faculty member at Lubbock Christian University teaching Nursing Law to Family Nurse Practitioner master’s nursing students. I am self-employed as an Expert Witness for Psychiatric Nursing Medical Malpractice Law Cases.
My nursing journey began in San Antonio, Texas as a graduate of the San Antonio Independent School District Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) post-high school program. On to Ohio where I earned an Associate of Arts in Science Nursing Degree and worked as a registered nurse while earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing Degree. I began a long career as a nursing professor at Kent State University in Ohio and at various universities across the northeast and in Texas including UT Tyler, Midwestern State University and Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Nursing. I was the founding dean of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.
I moved to Midland in 2009 after marrying long-time Midland resident and business owner, Dwight Wallum. I serve on the Board of the Permian Basin Advanced Practice Nurses and am a member of several nursing organizations.
I have been involved with MCRW for about 3 1/2 years as a member, Board and Patron member. I am a TFRW Patron member and will serve as a delegate to the 2016 Republican Party of Texas State Convention.
I am a past secretary and continue as a member of the newly-named Permian Basin Opera. I am a member and secretary of the Permian Basin Opera Guild. I am a member of Golf Course Road Church of Christ in Midland.