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Below is a list of the members of the Expert Panel, their organizational representation and their professional affiliation.

Steering Committee Members

SME – Family Medicine, Rural Health

Adrian Billings MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Academy of Family Physicians

SME - Obstetrics & Women’s Health

Sean Blackwell MD

Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

SME – Obstetrics & Women’s Health

Kimberly Carter MD

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Austin Programs

Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Texas Department of State Health Services

Evelyn Delgado

Assistant Commissioner for Family and Community Health Services 

Texas Department of State Health Services - Family and Community Health Services

SME – Neonatology

Charleta Guillory MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics – Neonatology

Baylor College of Medicine

SME – OB & Women’s Health, Rural Health

Moss Hampton MD

Vice Chair, ACOG District XI

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Midland-Odessa

SME – School of Public Health / Community Infant Mortality Prevention

Richard Kurz PhD

Dean

University of North Texas School of Public Health

SME - Nursing

Laura Lerma MSN, RN

Continuing Nurse Education Program Manager

Texas Nurses Association

March of Dimes

Sharyn Malatok

State Director of Program Services

March of Dimes, Texas Chapter

SME – African American Health

Marva Overton MBA

Executive Director

Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas

SME – Obstetrics & Women’s Health

George Saade MD

Director Maternal-Fetal Medicine

University of Texas Medical Branch

SME – Neonatal transport

Rhonda Sageser BSN, RNC-NIC

Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Transport

St. David's Medical Center

Local Health Department

Ann Salyer-Caldwell RD/LD, MPH

Associate Director, Community Health Promotion

Tarrant County Public Health

SME – Neonatology

Michael Speer MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Ethics

Baylor College of Medicine

Providers – OB-GYN Physicians

SME – Women’s Health & Obstetrics, Telehealth / Early Access to Care

Gary Hankins MD

Professor & Chairman, Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Texas Medical Branch

ACOG District XI

Lisa Hollier MD, MPH

Chair

District XI, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

SME - Maternal Fetal Medicine

Celeste Sheppard MD

Medical Doctor

Hill Country Maternal Fetal Medicine

Providers – Neonatologists & Pediatricians

SME – Pediatrics

Alice Gong MD

Professor of Pediatrics

UTHSC at San Antonio

SME –Child Fatality Review

Juan Parra MD, MPH

Past Chair – State Child Fatality Review Board

CentroMed

Providers – Midwives / Certified Nurse Midwives / Women’s Health & Primary Care Nurse Practitioners

SME – Midwife

Brielle Epstein LM, CPM

Midwife

Association of Texas Midwives

SME – Nurse Midwife

J. Paige Gilliam CNM

Secretary to the Board

Consortium of Texas Certified Nurse Midwives

Providers – Primary Care Physicians

SME – Primary care

Neil Levy DO

Private Practice Board Certified Pediatrician

Texas Osteopathic Medical Association

Providers – Women’s Health, Community, OB & Neonatal Nurses

Faith-based community health nursing

Paulette Golden RN, MS

Manager Community Health & Education and Faith Community Nursing

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Texas Health Ministries Association

Nursing

Clair Jordan MSN, RN

Executive Director

Texas Nurses Association

Texas Nurses Association

Laura Lerma MSN, RN

CNE Program Manager

Texas Nurses Association

Neonatal Nurses

Margie Lieck RN

AWHONN Texas Section Chair

Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Nurses – Texas Chapter

Faith-based community health nursing

Sharon Skaggs RN

Community Health Wesley Nurse

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

Pediatric Case Management

Cheryl Timmins BSN, RN

Disease Management Coordinator

Seton Health Plan STAR

Neonatal Nursing

Gilda Villareal RN

Nursery and NICU Manager

Universal Health Services

Professional Organization Representatives

Texas Pediatric Society

Laura Blanke MPH

Practice Education Manager

Texas Pediatric Society

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Jill Johnson

Executive Director

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District XI (Texas)

Texas Medical Association

Margaret Mendez MPA

Director, Public Health

Texas Medical Association

Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Eugene Toy MD

Past -President

Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Insurance Company Representatives

Insurance Plan

Harvey Balthaser MD

Medical Director for Central Texas

United Healthcare

Insurance Plan

Ernest Buck MD

Medical Director

Driscoll Children's Health Plan

Insurance Plan – Quality Assurance

Thomas Erlinger MD, MPH

Vice President, Chief Analytics and Quality Officer

Firstcare

Insurance Plan - Medicaid

William Glomb MD

Associate Medical Director

Health and Human Services Commission - Medicaid

Insurance Plan

Michael M. Hawkins MD, FACOG

Sr. National Medical Director

United Healthcare - Healthy First Steps

Insurance Plan

Ashleigh Kent

Physician Liaison

Cook Children’s Health Care System

Insurance Plan

Barry Lachman MD

Medical Director

Parkland Community Health Plan

Insurance Plan

Barbara Maxwell

Deputy Director

Texas Association of Health Plans

Insurance Plan

Angie Miller RN

Senior Director Quality Improvement

Firstcare

Insurance Plan

Sheila Owens-Collins MD

Medical Director

Community First Health Plan

Insurance Plan

Greg Preston MD

Medical Director

Aetna Better Health

Insurance Plan

Anita Rajan MD

Medical Director

Unicare Health Plan of Texas

Insurance Plan

Scott Simpson  MD

Vice President, Medical Director

Scott & White Health Plan

Insurance Plan

Eduardo Sanchez MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Insurance Plan

Melvin Watson MD, FAAP

National Lead Medical Director, Neonatal Case Management

CIGNA Pointe

Insurance Plan

Gerald Woolam MD

Medical Director

Firstcare

Partner Organization Representatives

SME –Family Violence

Krista Del Gallo

Policy Manager

Texas Council on Family Violence

SME - Breastfeeding

Annette Frantz MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, IBCLC

Chair

Texas Breastfeeding Coalition

March of Dimes

Bunny Forgione PhD

Volunteer, State Program Services Committee

March of Dimes; TAMUCC

SME – Healthy Start

Cindi Garcia

President Texas Healthy Start Alliance

BCFS Health & Human Services 

SME - Breastfeeding

Susan Glaeser RNC, BSN, IBCLC

Nurse

International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants

Texas Attorney General's Office

Michael Hayes

Deputy Director, Family Initiatives

Office of the Attorney General

March of Dimes

Marilyn Herrick MA

Director of Program Services Region 3

March of Dimes, Texas Chapter

SME – Family Violence

Surabhi Kukke MPH

Director of Prevention Programs

Texas Council on Family Violence

SME – Nutrition/Breastfeeding

Susan Landers MD

Past Chair

Texas Breastfeeding Coalition

Healthy Start

Linda Mata

Program Supervisor

BCFS Healthy Start Laredo

March of Dimes

Kim Petrilli MSPH, MSW

Director of Program Services Region 7

March of Dimes, Texas Chapter

SME – Community Involvement

Jerry Roberson DrPH, MA

Senior Associate

United Associates Consulting Firm,
Tarrant County Infant Mortality Network,
Texas Healthy Start Alliance,
University of Texas School of Public Health

Texas Hospital Association

Elizabeth Sjoberg RN, JD

Associate General Counsel

Texas Hospital Association

Texas Attorney General's Office

Rebecca Turnbow

PAPA Program Director

Texas Office of the Attorney General

Texas Parent to Parent

Laura Warren

Executive Director

Texas Parent to Parent

March of Dimes

Wanda Ford Wesson MS

Director of Prematurity Initiatives, Director of Program Services Region 5

March of Dimes, Texas Chapter

Health Department Representatives

Local/County Resource – Harris County Hospital District

Margo Hilliard Alford MD, MPH

Senior Vice President, Community Health and Wellness

Harris Health System

Local Health Department (Small)

Ingrid Holmes

Director

Beaumont Public Health Department

Local Health Department (Large)

Dr. Waldo Lopez PhD, MPH, RS

Associate Director and Chief Epidemiologist

City of Laredo Health Department

Local Health Department (Rural, Medium)

Sherry Ulmer

Interim Director

Beaumont Public Health Department

State Agency Employees

SME – Maternal Child Health

Joan Aalbers RN, PNP-BC

Maternal Child Health Nurse Consultant

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Children’s Protective Services

Paula Clark

Medical Services Lead, Children's Protective Services

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

SME – Home Visiting

John Chacon

Healthy Child Care Texas Program Coordinator

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

SME – Maternal Child Health

Sam Cooper LMSW-IPR

Director of the Office of Title V & Family Health

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Developmental Disabilities Prevention

Leah Davies LMSW

Associate Director, Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

SME – Maternal Mortality and Quality Assurance in Medicaid

Larissa Estes DrPH

Health Policy and Clinical Services

Texas Health and Human Services Commission – Medicaid

SME – Medicaid and Quality Assurance

Matthew Ferrara

Director, Quality Unit Health Policy and Clinical Services

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

SME – Community Health Workers & Promotores

Anna Garcia

Community Health Worker Training & Certification Program Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services – Community Health Worker Training and Certification

SME – Provider Education

John Gemar

Training Specialist V, Health Screening and Case Management Unit

Texas Department of State Health Services – Texas Health Steps Clinician Education

SME - Medicaid

Dr. William Glomb M.D., FCCP, FAAP

Medical Director, Texas Medicaid and CHIP Programs

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

SME – Maternal Child Health

Catherine Gorham MPA

Maternal Child Health Program Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Smoking Cessation

Penny Harmonson LCDC, CPS

Manager, Tobacco Prevention and Control

Texas Department of State Health Services – Tobacco Prevention and Control

SME – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children

Matt Harrington

Nutrition Education Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services – WIC

SME - Breastfeeding

Veronica Hendrix LVN, IBCLC, RLC

Texas Ten Step Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services – WIC

SME – Legislative Affairs

Patricia Hicks

Legislative Liaison, Government Affairs

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Health Disparities Prevention Research and Practice

Joyce James LMSW-AP

Associate Deputy Executive Commissioner – Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

SME – Home visiting and Early Childhood Development

Kathy Kramer PhD

Coordinator, Office of Early Childhood Coordination

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

SME – Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs – Medical Home

Ian Kubacak

Program Coordinator for CSHCN

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – National Prematurity Prevention

Dr. David L. Lakey MD

Commissioner of Health, Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Department of State Health Services

Past President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

SME - Obstetrics

Dr. Janet Lawson MD

Medical Consultant, Community Health Services Section

Texas Department of State Health Services, Family and Community Health Services Section

SME – Community Health Workers and Regional and Local Health Services

Beverly MacCarty MA

Maternal Child Health Program Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Maternal Child Health Epidemiology

Dr. Dorothy Mandell PhD

Epidemiologist

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Legislation and Policy

Alison McCool MPAff

Legislative and Policy Coordinator, Family & Community Health Services

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Perinatal HIV/STD Prevention

Jenny McFarlane

Perinatal Prevention Coordinator, HIV/STD Prevention & Intervention Services Group

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Regional and Local Health Services

Dr.Paul McGaha DO, MPH

Acting Assistant Commissioner, Division of Regional and Local Health Services

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Infant Mortality Prevention

Aisling McGuckin BSN, MSN, MPH

Maternal and Child Health Nurse Consultant – Healthy Texas Babies Initiative

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Case Management

Marlene McLeod RN, MPH

Case Management Program Consultant

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Perinatal HIV/STD

Dr. Sharon Melville MD, MPH

TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch Manager

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Regional and Local Health Services

Mike Messinger MPH

System Improvement Specialist

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Birth Defects Surveillance

Karen Moffitt MPH

Research Specialist, Birth Defect Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Communications

Luis Morales

Communications Director, Center for Consumer and External Affairs

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

Jean Origer

Program Specialist, Policy and Support

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

SME – Perinatal Substance Abuse

Lisa Ramirez MA, LCDC

Women's Substance Abuse Services Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Child Fatality Review

Susan Rodriguez

Texas Child Fatality Review Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME - WIC

Ponna Sambasivan

WIC Quality Group Manager

Texas Department of State Health Services - WIC

SME – Project Management

John Scott MPAff

Project Management Specialist

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Prevention of Developmental Disabilities

Janet Sharkis

Executive Director, Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

SME – Community Health Workers & Promotores

Beatrice Smith

Community Health Worker Program Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services – Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program

SME – Nursing Quality Assurance

Mary Smith RN

Nurse Consultant

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Title V Block Grant

Mike Spencer

Title V Block Grant Administrator

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Breastfeeding, Women’s and Perinatal Health

Julie Stagg MSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC

Nurse Consultant / State Breastfeeding Coordinator, Women’s and Perinatal Health Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Fatherhood Engagement

Kenneth D. Thompson

Child Protective Services, Fatherhood Program Specialist

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

SME – Community Health Services

Tricia Vowels

Community Health Services Manager, Health Service Region 1

Texas Department of State Health Services

SME – Medicaid and CHIP

David Williams

Quality Unit, Health Policy and Clinical Services – Medicaid/CHIP

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

SME – Child Health

Kim Wilson MS

State Child Health Coordinator

Texas Department of State Health Services

Academic Institution Representatives

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Ralph Anderson MD

Chairman & Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of North Texas Health Science Center

School of Nursing

Jeanette Crenshaw DNP, RN, LCCE, IBCLC, NEA-BC

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Leadership in Nursing Specialization

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Donald Dudley MD

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

Pediatrics

Dr. Jose Garcia MS, SM

Professor of Pediatrics

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

School of Nursing

Peggy Humm MSN, RN, CNS-MCH

Clinical Instructor, Nursing Faculty

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio - Family Nursing

General Pediatrics

Sylvia Leal-Castanon MD

Attending Physician

General Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Luis Pacheco MD

Assistant Professor, OB-GYN

University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston

Hospitals & Hospital Organization Representatives

SME – Children’s Hospital

Dr. Michael Belfort

Chair Dept. of OB/Gyn Baylor College of Medicine, Obstetrician-Gynecologist-in-Chief Texas Children’s Hospital

Baylor/Texas Children's Hospital

SME – Children’s Hospital

Kathy Eckstein

Director of Public Policy

Children’s Hospital Association of Texas

SME – Pediatric Hospital

Bryan Sperry MS

President

Children's Hospital Association of Texas

Local Coalition Representatives (alphabetically by coalition)

Corpus Christi-Nueces County Preconception and Inter-conception Health Project

Ann Cornelius RN, COHN-S

Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist

Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District

Corpus Christi-Nueces County Preconception and Inter-conception Health Project

Susie Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District

Corpus Christi-Nueces County Preconception and Inter-conception Health Project

Margot Nier RN

Corpus-Nueces Pre- and Inter-conception Health Program Coordinator

Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health Department

Corpus Christi-Nueces County Preconception and Inter-conception Health Project

Annette Rodriguez

Director

Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District

Dallas County Healthy Babies Coalition

Eulalia Gillum-Roberson LMSW

WISH Community Programs Manager

Dallas Healthy Start

Dallas County Healthy Babies Coalition

Bunnoi McDaniel MA, LPC

FIMR Maternal Interviewer/Records Abstractor

Dallas County Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)

Dallas County Healthy Babies Coalition

Rebecca Shoemaker

Assistant Program Coordinator

Dallas County Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)

El Paso Healthy Babies Coalition

Lisa Aguilar LBSW

Director of Social Services

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso

El Paso Healthy Babies Coalition

Michael Cardwell M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Associate Professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Texas Tech El Paso Health Babies Coalition

El Paso Healthy Babies Coalition

Veronica Mallett MD, MMM

Professor and Founding Chair

Texas Tech El Paso Health Babies Coalition

El Paso Healthy Babies Coalition

Susanne Van Weelden MS

Senior Director, Research Division

Texas Tech El Paso Health Babies Coalition

Galveston County Healthy Babies Coalition

Dana Beckham DVM

Director of Community Health Services

Galveston County Health District

Galveston County Healthy Babies Coalition

Krystle Griffin

WIC Health Educator

Galveston County / City Health District

Galveston County Healthy Babies Coalition

Chantea Palmer

Mother Friendly Worksite Coordinator, Community Health Services

Galveston County Healthy Babies Coalition

Galveston County Healthy Babies Coalition

Michelle Roque RN

Community Health Nurse

Galveston County / City Health District

Harris County IMPACT Collaborative

Shebia Dunn

Healthy Start Program Manager

Neighborhood Centers Inc.

Harris County IMPACT Collaborative

Jamie Freeny MPH

Health Educator

Harris County Hospital District, Women with IMPACT

Harris County IMPACT Collaborative

June Hanke RN, MSN, MPH

Strategic Analyst / Planner, Community Health and Wellness

Harris County Hospital District, Women With IMPACT

Harris County IMPACT Collaborative

Yvette Hill LBSW-IPR

Case Management Coordinator

SUNNY FUTURES Healthy Start

Harris County IMPACT Collaborative

Daisy Morales

Vice President - Marketing and Outreach

Community Health Choice

Harris County IMPACT Collaborative

Jessica Saavedra MHA

Operations Manager - Strategic Programs, Ambulatory Care Services Administration

Harris County Hospital District, Women With IMPACT

Harris County IMPACT Collaborative

Hallee Winnee MPA

Director of Program Services, Public Health Region 6

March of Dimes

Tejanitos Saludables – Laredo Healthy Babies Coalition

Tatiana Friar MPA

Program Coordinator

City of Laredo Health Department

Tejanitos Saludables – Laredo Healthy Babies Coalition

Rocio Lona BSN, RN

Nurse-Family Partnership Program Supervisor

City of Laredo Health Department

Lubbock Perinatal Coalition

Belinda Gallegos RN, MSN

Program Coordinator

Lubbock Perinatal Coalition

Lubbock Perinatal Coalition

Amy Johnson-Rubio MPA

Director of Program Services, Texas Chapter - Lubbock Division

March of Dimes

Lubbock Perinatal Coalition

Dawn Kineman RN, MSN

Academic Instructor

Lubbock Perinatal Coalition

Lubbock Perinatal Coalition

Dr. Blan Laymon

Manager, Department of Obstetrics / Gynecology

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Healthy Families Network of Greater San Antonio

Kelly Bellinger

Health Program Manager

San Antonio Healthy Start/San Antonio Metro Health Department

Healthy Families Network of Greater San Antonio

Ray Howard

Volunteer

San Antonio Healthy Start

Healthy Families Network of Greater San Antonio

Sonya Lynch

Senior Management Analyst/Social Services Supervisor, San Antonio Healthy Start HOPES Project

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Healthy Families Network of Greater San Antonio

Higinia Paszkowski

Healthy Families Network Coordinator

San Antonio Healthy Start

Healthy Families Network of Greater San Antonio

Cynthia Torres

Health Program Specialist, Healthy Start Program

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Tarrant County Infant Mortality Network

Micky Moerbe MPH

Biostatistician

Tarrant County Public Health

Tarrant County Infant Mortality Network

Amy Raines-Milenkov DrPH

Assistant Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth   

Waco McLennan County Healthy Babies Coalition

Alicia Hernandez RN, BSN, HACP

Program Administrator- Nursing Division

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District

Waco McLennan County Healthy Babies Coalition

Tiffani Johnson

Health Services Coordinator / Health Educator

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District

Waco McLennan County Healthy Babies Coalition

Ashley Weaver

Director of the SmartBabies Initiative

Waco Foundation

Waco McLennan County Healthy Babies Coalition

Sherry Williams RNC, WHNP

Director

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Last updated April 29, 2013