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Diana Vela and Tina Butler

Diana Vela is a resident of San Antonio, Texas. She is a wife, mother, ZERO Champion, and works in education — her favorite job is being a wife and mom! She’s an avid reader who enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with her family.

Dr. Tina Butler is the Associate Program Director for the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program. She has been involved in PA education for over a decade and previously served as the Academic Director and Chair of the Admissions Committee. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as Dallas Physician Assistant Program in 1998, and obtained her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies with an emphasis in Cardiology from the University of Nebraska in 2007. She earned her Doctor of Medical Science in 2020 from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. 

Dr. Butler has practiced clinically as a PA for over 20 years with the majority of her clinical experience in cardiology. She has also practiced in family practice and urgent care settings. Mrs. Butler has served on multiple committees at both the state and national level. She served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Academy of PAs (TAPA) for over 10 years and served as President of TAPA from 2017-18. Dr. Butler is a published author in both educational and professional journals and has presented at Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences and education forums. Dr. Butler serves as the Chair of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Rotation Exam Review Committee under the Internal/Family Medicine section. For relaxation, Mrs. Butler enjoys reading and spending time with her husband, their two children, three dogs, two goats, and several chickens and bunnies.