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.
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.
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.
Michael McMillin, J.D.
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.
Diane Arms is the Director of Behaviors at Avenue 360, a federally qualified health care center. Prior to that she was the Director of Programs at the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans. Diane not only has nonprofit expertise in healthcare, but also in the areas of management, administration, strategic planning and evaluation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ashan Armstrong, VISTA Leader
Ashlan Armstrong is the VISTA Leader for the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics She works with up to 11 other VISTAs to ensure they have the resources and guidance to be top-notch capacity builders for their diverse clinics. Ashlan believes that every person has a right to basic necessities to be a successful person. Ashlan trained as part of the equity team for Federal Way Public Schools Americorps. This year she has dedicated her second service term to providing the resources and capacity building needed to help ensure every person has access to the quality medical care they deserve. After her time with Americorps and TXACC comes to a close she hopes to further her education with a degree in Macrosocial work and Politics.