Vanessa Rendón-CazarezRegional Director – Southwest
Vanessa Rendón-Cazarez, Southwest Regional Director, is a full-time doctoral student at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, with plans to graduate in 2017. Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2007 and earned her Critical Care Registered Nurse certification in 2011. After her undergraduate studies, she commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Vanessa gained a variety of experience from the Navy Nurse Corps, and mastered skills in departments including: Telemetry, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Labor and Delivery and Emergency Department. Vanessa served nearly six years on active duty before returning to her home in San Antonio, Texas, where she created protocols and curricula for diabetes and hypertension education for the indigent and underserved population in a community clinic. In her personal life, Vanessa is married and the proud “mother” to three dachshunds. She is an active member of her Catholic parish, and a volunteer for a non-profit dachshund rescue organization, Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas. She enjoys travel and is willing and eager to try anything. Her favorite activities include SCUBA diving, surfing, zip-line, deep-sea fishing and hiking.
Southwest Region presently includes the following states and territories: