Annette Gary was born in Big Spring, TX and moved at an early age to Cloudcroft, NM. Committed to a life of learning, she began her nursing career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1975. Decided to pursue her education as a Registered Nurse, she completed her Associates Degree in 1980, her BSN (TTUHSC) 1984, MSN (TTUHSC) in 1990, and, finally, her PhD (UTHSCSA) in 1998. Along the way, she also became a Family Nurse Practitioner. Annette has over 30 years in community psychiatric nursing...25 of those have been in nursing management and leadership. Annette has one awesome daughter, Emily, a terrific son-in-law, Jeremy, and everyone's pride and joy, a grand-daughter, Lainey. In her spare time, she loves to sing, travel, hike, and read....not necessarily in that order.