Dionne-Vahalik holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and has been an RN for 27 years. Most of her clinical and nursing experience has been caring for those who are aging. She has a background in acute care, long-term care, and home and community based services. Her state government experience includes long-term care regulatory, home and community-based services, Medicaid waivers and state plan services, and quality-based initiatives. She currently is the Director of the Office of the Quality Monitoring Program with Texas Health and Human Services (THHS). As part of her role with THHS most of her work has been implementing programs and educating the Texas workforce on care of those with Alzheimer's or a dementia-related condition. This includes evidence-based practice and alternate interventions in lieu of pharmaceuticals. In addition, Dionne-Vahalik also oversees the annual Texas Geriatric Symposium and the initiative with the University of Texas of Austin's School of Nursing, Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care.
Director, Quality Monitoring Program and Initiatives, Medicaid Chip Division, Texas Health and Human Services