Dr. Trenda Ray, BSN, MSN, PhD, is now Chief Nursing Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Patient Care Services for UAMS Health. Ray earned her nursing degree from Henderson State University (Arkadelphia) in 1997. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing in 2000 and a Ph.D. in nursing in 2010, both from UAMS. Though a great portion of her career has been in various roles at UAMS, she served directorship roles at Arkansas Children’s Hospital for nearly four years. She was selected as the recipient of the Society of Pediatric Nurses New Researcher Award of Excellence in 2008.