Joe “Okie” Miano – President
RN, BSN, Flight Nurse
I grew up riding sport bikes from the age of 16. I had a Honda VFR-750 that I rode until the wheels literally fell off. I then upgraded to a GSXR-750 many years later I found the joy of Harley. I was a member of the Downed Bikers in Tulsa and was involved in many charity events to help bikers that have been down and need help financially. Professionally I am a ten year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, where I was a first responder and search and rescue. I then got my BSN worked in trauma ER and trauma ICU until I started flying for Air Evac. I am now flight nurse based out of La Grange and live in League City married to my lovely wife Amy and have two beautiful step daughters.
Amy “Capella” Miano – First Lady
The first time I ever rode a bike was two years ago with my husband when we first started dating. Now I couldn’t imagine not riding on one! I work full time at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where I have been for the last 14 years. I get to be a part of this amazing group through my husband Joe, the Gulf Coast President. I was born and raised here in Texas, and currently, live in League City with Joe and my two daughters.
Scott “Smokey” Shaver – VP
Licensed Paramedic & RN
I began my career in healthcare in 1991 when I became a paramedic and initially worked as a medic in a maximum security prison and then a rural 911 service. In 1998 I began working in a very busy urban 911 service in northern Harris County and in 2000 I also started working as a tech in the ER at Memorial Hermann. In 2005 I received my ADN from North Harris College and then graduated with my BSN from Texas Tech in 2008 and began my career with Memorial Hermann Hospital ER as a Trauma Nurse. I have recently remarried and have 3 children. I am a master scuba diver as well as a rescue diver.
Anastasia Hinojosa-Shaver – Secretary
I am currently a registered nurse that works in recovery for an outpatient surgery center, but that’s not where I started. My nursing career started later in life after taking care of my father while he was sick for six years, and realizing I needed to get back into school so my 2 precious kids could have the life they deserved. It was not easy, but I did it!
I was fortunate to start my nursing career at a level 1 trauma hospital in Texas Medical Center in their Stroke Unit and then moved on to their Neuro Trauma ICU. I loved it and felt I found my specialty I would be in for years to come. On October 15, 2013, that all changed. I lost my son, Frankie, to suicide by a single GWS to the head. My only comfort is to know he died instantly and that he had no doubt that God would welcome him home. He is 16 forever. My daughter, Sophia, was 12 when she was the one to find her brother. That is when my world was introduced to PTSD. I could no longer go back to Neuro Trauma and take care of the occasional life gift patient’s whose body managed to survive what my son did long enough to get on life support while their brains did not, and my daughter would never be the same.
That started my journey to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at the hospital, but at this time I realized that what I really wanted to do was to spread mental health and suicide awareness. I was clueless to the silent struggle my son faced. Now all I can think about is how I can help to stop this so another family will not have to suffer the loss that we did? No parent should ever have to bury their child, no matter what the age. Sadly, I realized there was a lot of support out in the community for the parents and adults, but it was extremely lacking for the siblings and teenage friends of a soul lost the monster suicide. Thus, Frankie’s Promise was born. I ended up taking a class this past July in Indianapolis to facilitate a teen suicide survivor support group that I will have up and running in the spring.
My husband, Scott, joined EMS Roaddocs last year. I honestly did not know what the group did, or even really cared. I thought it was a bunch of people who just rode together, but then I attending a meeting. I realized I had to get involved because this group was set to help first responders who suffered from PTSD. This had me thinking to the first responders who came and saw Frankie. How are those people getting supported in our community? Now the mission of my support group will not only be to help the teens and their families who are suicide survivors with a support group but to also have resources available for the first responders.
One day I hope to be able to retire from nursing and focus on Frankie’s Promise full time.
Daniel “Possum” Diaz – Peacekeeper
Hello, I’m Daniel Diaz, AKA, D, Double D, or Delicious to my friends. I was born, raised and still live in a smaller town in Southeast Texas called Groves. Groves is about 1 1/2 hours East of Houston, and somewhere I’ll never leave.
Begin in Emergency Services 14 years ago at the age of 19. Here I am at 34 years old still doing the same thing, and still loving every minute. I have done dispatch, EMT-B field medic, Public Relations to a supervisor. It’s been a great ride in this field.
Currently, I am single and happy, live alone with my Husky named Nala, and my second love, my 2009 Harley Street Bob (Black Beauty)… 🙂 In 2003 I joined a local Critical Incident Stress Management/Debriefing Team. Over the years I have obtained my Basic, Group, Suicide Intervention & Prevention Certifications through the ICISF. If you’re curious about our group, go take a look, www.setxcism.org. If you ever need to talk, I’m here. I am so happy to be a part of the Roaddocs and look forward to a long future here!
BSN, RN, LP
I became an EMT-Basic in 1991, and promptly took to rope rescue and search and rescue (probably still owing a case or two of beer for the ropes stepped on). When my instructors insisted I become a nurse instead of an Intermediate, I listened. I graduated in 1995 from UTHSC San Antonio starting my career at Scott and White (Temple) SICU as an ICU Intern. I have also worked ER and hospice but presently work for UTMB Angleton Danbury Campus in the Cardiac Rehab.
In 2012, I fulfilled my dream of becoming a Licensed Paramedic, and volunteer in my hometown with Angleton Area Emergency Medical Corp (AAEMC) with my wife, Kim.
On rare occasion, I pick up a brush and enjoy painting abstracts. I may even be seen riding horseback but more often can be found riding my Indian.
I grew up in Houston, TX, where I finished high school at Kingwood High School in 1994. I attended The Art institute of Houston for Culinary Arts. Shortly after that, I joined the U.S. Army, and became a specialist in the field of transportation obtaining the rank of E-4. While serving, I became the unit medic and that’s where my love of medicine began. I served two years overseas in Iraq and trained Iraq MP’s in basic first aid. I am currently an EMT-I and have volunteered for several local 911 services, worked for private transfer services and have also done special events. I am currently enrolled in paramedic school with at the College of the Mainland. I am also pursuing my bachelors in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Emergency Management at the University of Phoenix. Completion should be January 2017. I have two boys 12 and 7 and am engaged to a wonderful woman, Katie. I have always had a love for riding with my first bike, as a kid, being a little 50cc. My first real bike was a Suzuki gsxr 600. My new love is a Canam Spyder touring bike.
I grew up riding Hondas because my Dad owned the local Honda motorcycle store in my hometown in Arkansas. When I got older, I purchased a Harley because I liked the cruiser type bike. My dad was not happy, to say the least. He still won’t go into a Harley store with me, but I really like my Road King! For years, I rode my horses exclusively, staying away from the motorcycle scene. I rode in rodeos and participated in charity events helping our community cope with and help people with aids. I have also participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo week long Trail Ride into Houston to promote the Rodeo, acting as the ride medic for the last 24 years.
I became an EMT when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I also used it at my work to be part of a rescue squad for our site. I liked this work so much that I completed my paramedic in 2001 and joined my local EMS service as a volunteer. I have volunteered for AAEMC the last 9 years and have been a member of the Board for the last 3 years.
So, “Horses, Harleys and EMS”… if I’m not doing one, I’m usually doing the other! My friends just call me “Cowgirl” or “Asphalt Cowgirl”.