Lee Ann Kroon, CPA, is the Chief Administrative Officer at Axia International and has over 35 years of non-profit accounting experience. She most recently was Executive Director at TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries for over 4 years and previously spent 15 years as the CFO/COO at San Jose Clinic. A native Houstonian, Lee Ann received her education through the Catholic school system of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. In 1986, she received her B.A. in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas. She is a current board member and vice president of the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics, Women’s Business Forum and Christian Business Luncheon. Lee Ann is the mother of 5 and a grandmother of 1. She is active in various parent organizations to support her kid’s activities.
Cherrie Pullium, DNP APRN ACNS-BC
Cherrie Pullium DNP APRN ACNS-BC is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas A & M Health Science Center in the College of Nursing. Before moving to Aggieland in 2015, Cherrie was an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) in a rural Central Texas primary care clinic as well as a volunteer APP on Saturday mornings at the community free clinic. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse since 2006. She currently teaches in the Masters of Science Nursing program at TAMHSC as well as caring for patients as an APP at Health For All in Bryan TX. Cherrie spends as much time as possible with her 5 grandchildren. She and her husband Wayne are die hard Aggie Football fans, as well as enjoying most outdoor activities.
Adam Wright, CPA
Adam Wright, CPA is the Associate Director of Accounting and Operations for the University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Company, located in Austin TX. His previous experience includes working for nearly ten years with the State of Texas Auditor’s Office; the public accounting firm Weaver & Tidwell, LLP; and for CohnReznick as an consulting and disaster recovery services for government and not-for-profit organization. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jon Opelt, Secretary
Jon Opelt is the Executive Director of Texas Alliance For Patient Access, a statewide coalition of doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, charity care clinics and physician liability insurers. This advocacy group researched, helped draft, and successfully lobbied for the passage of Texas’ landmark medical lawsuit reforms. Passage of these reforms have substantially reduced lawsuits and liability costs, and have increased the number of doctors practicing in the state. Jon has appeared on “Oprah” and “NBC Nightly News” and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report, as well as leading newspapers and broadcast media outlets in Texas. Before joining TAPA, Opelt served 11 years as the Executive Director of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Houston.
Michael McMillin, J.D., Secretary
Michael is an associate attorney at Thompson Knight, LLP in Austin, TX. Michael focuses his practice on regulatory and administrative law as well as civil litigation. His practice emphasizes state and federal energy regulations, energy markets, energy litigation, and government affairs. As part of that practice, he has litigated many cases in front of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), has represented the interests of industrial consumers in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) stakeholder process, and has worked with clients to provide practical solutions for managing a wide range of issues related to their electricity consumption. He also regularly represents clients in state and federal court litigation matters, including appellate matters in front of the Texas Supreme Court.
Kara Hill, Ex-Oficio
Kara Hill is the Director of Integrated Healthcare Initiatives at Mental Health America of Greater Houston, in Houston, TX. Kara began her career in Columbus, Ohio at New Directions of Knox County, assisting victims of domestic violence. Throughout her career, she has helped homeless individuals find housing as Director of Housing Services with The Salvation Army of Greater Columbus, and as a Rapid Re-Housing Trainer. Kara has assisted needy individuals addressing their healthcare needs as Clinic Manager with The Clinic at Faith Mission and as a social worker at Physicians’ Free Clinic. Prior to coming to MHA, Kara led Christ Clinic in Katy, Texas as its Executive Director. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Kara holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She earned her Biblical Leadership Certificate at Vineyard Leadership Institute and successfully completed the Leadership Institute for Non Profit Executives at Rice University. Kara and her husband live in Katy with their two children.
Michael Garcia joined Bill Messer, PC in January 2001. Bill Messer PC is a fullservice lobbying firm represent a very diverse group of clients interested in issues related to taxes, natural resources, electricity, financial services, insurance, technology, employment, gambling, tort reform and transportation. Prior to joining Bill Messer’s Group, Michael was a Policy Analyst for Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., responsible for all Natural Resources public policy and related agencies (TCEQ, Railroad Commission, Department of Agriculture, Water Development Board). Michael is very active in local politics and has advised House of Representative and Senate Candidates in their races for election/re-election. Since joining Messer’s team, Michael has helped to pass comprehensive tort reform legislation in 2003, reforms to Public Education to ensure multiple pathways for high school students in 2013, expedited air permitting at TCEQ in 2015, port transportation reform in 2017, efficiency reforms to the Texas Medical Board in 2019, and the extension of the Chapter 312 tax abatement act in 2019. Michael received his B.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003.He is the founder of the Garcia Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to South Texas high school students in Medina County who exemplify a dedication to community service. Michael is from Hondo, Texas. When he is not with his family in Medina County where he enjoys hunting, fishing and camping, he can be found running the Town Lake trail in Austin, or hiking on the trails of Texas’ numerous state parks.
Alice Mae Britt
Alice Mae Britt, Executive Director, of Hope Clinic of Garland, Inc., is a senior executive with 34 years of professional experience achieved through a blend of work in nonprofit management, higher education administration, and college pedagogy. The appointment at Hope Clinic represents the second medical facility Britt has overseen and the third nonprofit for which she has been the lead executive. For almost a decade, Ms. Britt served as the chief executive officer of Network, Inc., Richardson, TX., and prior to that as chief executive officer for the post 9/11 Todd Beamer Foundation, New Jersey. At Network, Inc., Britt oversaw the Adolescent and Children’s Clinic, leading it through upgrades and expansion with a 78 member, volunteer medical team. For Britt, Hope Clinic is ideal because it combines the spiritual, physical and emotional facets of caring for another.
Maureen Sanders has served as the President and CEO of San Jose Clinic, Houston's oldest safety-net clinic since October 2018. Prior to her current role as President & CEO of San Jose Clinic, Ms. Sanders worked in the banking industry and the non-profit development. Her tenure in non-profit and development leadership included her service as the Development Officer of San Jose Clinic between 2013 and 2016; and as Development Director at Houston Community College Foundation. She also served as the Executive Director for the Mission of Yahweh. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and in 2019 she completed a Certificate in the Healthcare Administration program at Rice University. In addition to being active in the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics and the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, she serves on the board of the Levy Park Conservancy, sits on the Healthcare Council at the Greater Houston Partnership, serves on the board of the Greater Houston HealthConnect and the Advisory Board for Baylor College of Medicine Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Greg Smith, DMin, MBA
Greg Smith strives to make the world a better place for all people. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of the White Rock Center of Hope and as Founder of So What Faith. Greg’s healthcare experience focuses on providing innovative, scalable, quality care to underserved populations. When the Mansfield Mission Center acquired a free medical clinic serving uninsured adults, Greg oversaw the integration of the practice into the organization’s approach to whole person wellbeing. At Evolution Health, Greg led the training and development department of a national company with more than 4,000 employees, including those delivering value-based mobile integrated healthcare solutions. At the American College of Emergency Physicians, Greg directed the teams responsible for the development and sales of educational products supporting the continuing medical education of the organization’s 40,000 members. Greg’s ministry focuses on bringing individuals and congregations together to transform their communities. He served nine Christian congregations affiliated with five denominations, and two faith-based non-profits supported by coalitions of diverse local congregations. Additionally, Greg has considerable experience as an adjunct professor, preacher, teacher, coach, and ministry consultant.
Jody Hopkins, LCSW, ACSW,
Jody Hopkins, LCSW, ACSW has been in the non-profit sector for over 29 years with the majority of these years in non-profit management. Jody began her career working with children and families. In 1999 Ms. Hopkins became involved in the free and charitable clinic sector and was an Executive Director for ten years at two different Charitable Clinics. In 2010 Jody was named the Executive Director for the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics. This is a statewide association that supports volunteer based free and charitable clinics. In this role she works with clinics throughout the entire state providing them with information, capacity building resources, and advocacy services. Jody is further involved in the local and statewide nonprofit community and is a member of the community leadership council for the Center for Nonprofits, co-chair of the public policy committee for One Voice Central Texas and serves on the public policy committee for the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. Jody is a licensed social worker and received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston.
Program Services Manager
Karolina Rivera has been with Texas Association of Charitable Clinics now for 3 years as their Administrative Assistant and more recently the Program Services Manager. Before TXACC, Karolina served in the United States Air Force in Albuquerque, NM for 6 years as a Military Policeman. Soon after she moved back home to Killeen, TX and finally settling in Austin and receiving her Associates in Information Technology. Now, Karolina manages TXACC's website, social media presence, along with several other programs for the association. Just this year TXACC received a grant from Direct Relief and with those funds she will be overseeing the Disaster Preparedness Program for TXACC and its clinic members. Karolina is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Information Technology.
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