Belinda Fay Allen, B.S.N., RN, CNOR, CST
Program Coordinator and Faculty
Belinda Allen has served as the coordinator of the Surgical Technology program at El Centro College since August 2007 and has been an adjunct faculty member in the program since 1999. She also serves as the coordinator for El Centro’s Perioperative Nurse Internship program.
She has been a staff nurse in the operating room of Medical City Dallas Hospital since 1995, assisting in procedures from day surgery to open-heart procedures. From 2004 to 2007, she served as an educator in surgical services for UT Southwestern University Hospital - St. Paul, where she help to design, validate and implement a new computer program for the hospital’s perioperative nursing internship. She has also served as a staff nurse at Medical City in its ambulatory surgery center and on a surgery and urology floor.She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Dallas Baptist University, graduating cum laude, and in 2007 earned a certificate in Surgical Technology. She is an active member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). She is nationally certified as a certified nurse operating room (CNOR) and certified surgical technologist (CST).
Elizabeth “Liz” Thiele, B.S.N., CNOR
Elizabeth “Liz” Thiele received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Houston campus of Texas Woman’s University. She spent most of her nursing career in the operating room of Parkland Hospital, where her last position was as a nursing educator.
Carolina “Lolly” Palmario-Stone, B.S.N., RN, CNOR
Carolina “Lolly” Palmario-Stone graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and trained at the university hospital for a year before immigrating to the U.S.
She was hired by Baylor University Medical Center, where she finished her training in trauma surgery and served as a clinical nurse III and preceptor to new nurses. In 1998, she moved to Medical City Dallas Hospital, where she serves as the charge nurse on the night weekend shift and acts as a support educator for the operating room. In 2007, she passed certification requirements to become a certified nurse operating room (CNOR). She has taught at El Centro since 2006, teaching in the laboratory and clinical follow-up for the Surgical Technology program.