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Meet Thayra “Tye” Hausheer, Hispanic Woman of Distinction, Retired, Volunteer Leader

“Hispanic women, especially Afro-Latinas, have strived to have a seat at the table in order to represent our cultural perspective and showcase our ideas, accomplishments, and strength.”

Born and raised in Panama, Tye arrived in the United States at age 19 and joined the U.S. Air Force where she served for four years.  After her honorable discharge, Tye attended Boise State University in Idaho studying Health Information Management.  During the 2020 Covid pandemic, she took advantage of the quarantine by finishing her degree in Business Adminstration and obtaining a substitute teaching certificate from Miami Dade College.

While living in Idaho, she was an activist serving as president of the state-wide organization, Mujeres Unidas de Idaho, and a member of the Idaho Women’s Network advisory board. Tye and her family relocated to Miami in 1998. 

Tye retired from the Social Security Administration after 22 years of service in 2014, and since she has dedicated herself to her passion – volunteerism and community service. Thayra Hausheer Tye is currently a Volunteer Leader for AARP South Florida where she coordinates and executes Educational and Outreach programs, including the advocacy for Prescription Drug prices and Nursing Home Improvements, she is also part of “La Voz Amiga de AARP/AARP Friendly Voices” national team.  She is a volunteer Leader for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) under the Alliance for Aging; she also volunteers for VITAS in the Bereavement Department, and she is a member of the Latino Center on Aging advisory board. In addition, she is a certified instructor for the Florida Health Networks and the Alliance for Aging.

Named the VITAS Best Volunteer of the Year in 2019 for her work with hospice care patients, she was also an integral part of the VITAS Volunteers for Veterans Team that recognizes Veterans at their end-of-life stage.  Tye is also frequently invited on radio and other media outlets such as “Para Mayores” ” and as an Aging Mastery Program Presenter.

Tye, proud of her culture, was part of the Ballet Folklorico Aires Panameños in Miami for over 15 years as an Executive Board Member and as the Dance Director and instructor of the group’s children’s section.

Happily married for 34 years to Jeff, also an Air Force Veteran, they have two children, Jair, an Air Force Veteran, and Kirei, who is currently serving in the Air Force.  They live in Miami and Tye enjoys traveling, learning languages, and working on art projects. We are proud to announce the 2021 Hispanic Women of Distinction and the Latina Pioneer of the Year. 2021 Honorees: MELIDA AKITI, VP Ambulatory & Community Service, Memorial Healthcare Systems (Broward) YINETH SANCHEZ ASLAN – GEICO Staff Counsel, Law offices of George L. Cimballa, III (Broward) MARIA S. ANTUNA – CEO Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County – (Palm Beach) ERBI BLANCO-TRUE – Community Development Manager, IBERIABANK, First Horizon Bank (Miami) THAYRA “Tye” HAUSHEER – Volunteer Community Leader AARP Florida (Miami) HEIDI ALZATE KAUFMAN – Founder/President Heidi Alzate Consuting (Broward) JACQUELINE LOPEZ-DEVINE – Chief Clinical Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Trustbridge ( Palm Beach) JESSICA MARRA – Attorney, Law Firm of Kelley Kronenberg – (Broward) JAENE MIRANDA – Pres/CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (Palm Beach) LUBBY NAVARRO – School Board Member Miami-Dade County/Director of Government Affairs Memorial Healthcare Systems (Miami) KIMBERLY VALENTIN – Hospice Liasion Amedisys Hospice (Broward) CAROLINA VEIRA – Dir. Community & Corporate Partnerships IMC Health (Miami) Juliette Ashley Valle, 2021 Hispanic Woman of Distinction Up & Comer Award JOIN US on September 10th to honor these fantastic women! Tickets $95 per person, table sponsorship $1500. For more information, sponsorship opportunities and updates visit or on Facebook.

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