Lisa Connelley, CMA (AAMA)
To the Membership of TSMA and Medical Assistants across the state of Texas,
I am overwhelmed with gratitude to have the honor of being your next President of the Texas Society of Medical Assistants (TSMA). This has been a long journey for me to get to this point, it means so much to me that my passion for this organization resonates with others like you.
I want to give a little background about myself. I graduated from Houston Community College in August of 2008, I took my test that October of 2008, and got my results in January 2009. So, I have been a CMA for 14 years. I joined the AAMA as a student in 2008, then became a member in 2009. I really love this organization. I have served on many different committees, such as the Audit, Credential, Education, and Conference committees. I have served on the following board position, Vice-speaker, Speaker, Vice-President now President. I have also had the honor of serving on the following AAMA Committee's-65th AAMA Conference Committee - Co-Chair, Editorial Advisory Board for 4 years, and recently I joined the AAMA Membership Committee.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS), and it took me 15 years to get this degree. I work at Lonestar Star college where I am the Skills Instructor for the Medical Assistant Program. I have worked there for 8 years. I also work as a Hearing Screener for newborn babies, at Methodist Hospital for six years.
I did not do this alone I would like to thank the following persons who have been my inspiration, my sounding board, my mentor, and my friends. Sherry Bogar, you were my inspiration to even think about getting on the TSMA board. Sherry, you encouraged me to speak up before I even got on the board. Elena Espinoza, Tomaria Thomas, and Angela Hensley, you ladies were my sounding board, my venting board, and best of all my friends whom I could not have done some of the things without you. Many a late night talking with you. Donna Gibbins, you were one of my mentors when I first got on the board, who taught me a lot about what was expected of me, especially how to talk to people. Dina Harrett and Rose Gonzalez thanks for being there when I asked you to do something you would do it. Cyndee Lundgren, my MA instructor at Houston Community College always encourage me to get involved with this organization even when I was a student. Then when I got my certificate she was there saying get involved if you want to see change. She is very passionate about this organization.
I want to thank my husband Jim for his love and support throughout this journey. He was there when I decided two years ago to run for Vice-President and eventually become President. He is my partner in everything we do, so I thank him most of all.
I hope to encourage all members to get involved with this organization because without the members this state society is just a lonely place it takes more than one person to keep this organization going to its fullest potential.
Lisa M. Connelley CMA (AAMA)
2022-2024 TSMA President