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Tamara Jean Parrish Cowen

Tamara Jean Parrish Cowen, American healthcare administrator. Registered Nurse, Texas; certified in professional healthcare quality. Named Volunteer of Year Brownsville chapter American Red Cross, 1989.


  • Cowen, Tamara Jean Parrish was born on April 6, 1953 in Charles City, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Kenneth R. and Marcia (Gates) Parrish.

  • Education

    • Associate Degree in Nursing, Pan American University, Edinburg, Texas, 1974. Bachelor of science in nursing, University Texas Pan America, Edinburg, 1989. MSN summa cum laude, University Texas, 1994.


    • Chief nursing officer, chief information/resource officer Valley Regional Medical Center, Brownsville, since 1986.

    Major achievements

    • Registered Nurse, Texas. Certified in professional healthcare quality.


    DHSR member American Red Cross. Gubernatorial appointee Texas Practice Residency Advisory Committee, 1994-1997. Member Work Force Development Board.

    Commissioner Brownsville Planning and Zoning. Member American Nurses Association, Valley College of Chamber (board directors, named Brownsville Professional Woman of Year 1991), Sigma Theta Tau.


    • Married Paul C.T. Cowen, March 18, 1972. Children: Tara, Jonathan, Timothy.
    • father: Kenneth R. Parrish
    • mother: Marcia (Gates) Parrish
    • spouse: Paul C.T. Cowen
    • children: Tara Cowen
    • Jonathan Cowen
    • Timothy Cowen
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    Born April 6, 1953
    (age 64)