Newborn Screening Advisory Committee-Members

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Membership Appointments and Terms of Membership

An application process is required to become a member of the committee.   Candidates must complete an application and must include at least two (2) recommendation letters.  In Spring, 2010 the Commissioner of DSHS appointed the initial nine (9) members of the committee. Initial members serve staggered terms of two to six years.  As vacancies occur or terms expire, applications are solicited and appointments made to fill vacant or expired terms.  Watch this section for news of future opportunities to be appointed to the committee.

Current Committee Members

Kelly McDonald - McLennan County
Membership Position – Person who has family members affected by a condition for which newborn screening is or may be required.
Term Expires April 30, 2015

Kelly McDonald is the mother of a daughter with phenylketonuria (PKU) and has several years of experience in legislative advocacy for newborn screening and treatment of rare genetic disorders at the state and national level. She currently serves on the Executive Committees of the North Texas PKU Association and is a Board member and serves on the Executive Committee for the National PKU Alliance. Ms. McDonald is an advocate for genetic privacy and research and champions education on newborn screening for parent and health care providers. She brings a wealth of experience and perspective as a parent. Ms. McDonald will fill a position representing family members affected by a condition for which newborn screening is or may be required. 

Vacant
Membership Position - Persons who are involved in the delivery of newborn screening services, follow-up, or treatment.
Term Expires April 30, 2015 

Michael Emory Speer, M.D. - Harris County
Membership Position – Health Care Provider
Term Expires April 30, 2015 

Dr. Michael Emory Speer, M.D. is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and a Professor of Pediatrics and Ethics in the Section of Neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is a past Medical Director of Methodist Hospital Nurseries and currently serves as the Medical Director of St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital Nursery. Dr. Speer is a current member and Chair of the Texas Pediatric Society, Committee on Fetus and Newborn; and a current member of the Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Perinatal Association and the Texas Medical Association. As a board certified neonatologist since 1976, Dr. Speer has extensive experience in the care of newborns and was recognized by the National Perinatal Association and awarded its Recognition Award for Individual Contribution to Maternal and Child Health. He has served in various leadership roles in relevant organizations including the Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Fetus and Newborn (Member and Chair); the Houston Academy of Medicine; the Harris County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association’s Perspective on Newborn Screening in Texas.

Alice Gong, M.D. - Bexar County
Membership Position – Health Care Provider
Term expires April 30, 2014

Alice Gong is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Dr. Gong is also the Director of Newborn Nurseries for the University Health Systems in San Antonio. She holds a BS in Chemistry from Mississippi College and a MD from the University of Mississippi.  She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch and at the State University of New York (SUNY); and her perinatal-neonatal medicine fellowship at SUNY. Dr. Gong chaired the Texas Pediatric Society’s (TPS) fetus and newborn committee in the mid-1990s, where her interest in newborn screening grew. Her other interests, about which she frequently speaks to diverse audiences, include newborn nutritional issues, particularly breastfeeding, and ethical dilemmas in the field of perinatal-neonatal medicine. She is the current chair of the Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health, serves on TPS’ executive board, and on the TPS Medical Education, and Fetus and Newborn committees.

Charleta Guillory, M.D. Committee Vice Chairperson - Harris County
Membership Position – Health Care Provider
Term expires April 30, 2016

Charletta Guillory is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Neonatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Guillory also serves as the Associate Director of the Level II Nurseries at Texas Children’s Hospital and as Director of Texas Children’s Hospital Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program. She is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. She holds a BS in Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and an MD from Louisiana State University Medical School. Dr. Guillory is completing her Master of Science degree in Public Health at the University of Texas, School of Public Health.  Dr. Guillory has extensive experience in the care of newborns, including those with genetic and metabolic disorders, and has served in leadership roles with various organizations, including the March of Dimes and the Texas Pediatric Society. 

William Morris, LVN Committee Chairperson - Comal County
Membership Position – Persons who have family members affected by a condition for which newborn screening is or may be required
Term expires April 30, 2016

William “Bill” Morris has been a pediatric home health care nurse working with special needs children for the last 14 years. He completed his vocational nursing course at St. Phillips College. The legislation creating the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee is also known as “Greysons” Law. Mr. Morris and his wife, Nicole, lost their son, Greyson in 2008 to Krabbe Disease. Another of his sons has phenlykentonuria (PKU). This son’s condition was detected through the Texas Newborn Screening Program 11 years ago and he is now a healthy, active student. Mr. Morris speaks to local hospitals and organizations to educate others of the importance of newborn screening and early detection of rare disorders, as well as working with other organizations targeted to educating others about Krabbe Disease and other leukodystrophies.

Mark Edward Lawson, M.D. - El Paso County
Membership Position – Persons who are involved in the delivery of newborn screening services, follow-up, or treatment
Term Expires April 30, 2016 

Mark Edward Lawson, M.D. is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine, currently provides care for newborn and pediatric patients in a rural clinic in Fabens, Texas, and is an Associate Medical Director at El Paso First Health Plans. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Paul F. Foster School of Medicine and a Clinical Preceptor for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Texas El Paso and San Antonio. Dr. Lawson has extensive experience in public health and holds a Masters in Public Health-Quantitative Methods and Maternal/Child Health from Harvard School of Public Health.  In addition, he has served as a committee member of numerous organizations including the Texas Medicaid/CHIP Regional Advisory Committee; the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department Advisory Committee; the American Public Health Association; the Promotora Development Committee for DSHS; the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research; and the National Disease and Therapeutic Index Pediatric and Neonatal Panel Member. 

Elizabeth Stehel, M.D.  - Dallas County
Membership Position – Hospital representative
Term expires April 30, 2014

Elizabeth Stehel has worked for 10 years as an attending physician in general pediatrics in the newborn nursery at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas. Dr. Stehel also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  She holds a BS in Biology from the University of California at San Diego, and an MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She is an active member of the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS), has served on TPS’ Fetus and Newborn Committee since 2002, and is a board member of the Internal Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. She has published several papers focused on the newborn, including newborn hearing screening.

V. Reid Sutton, M.D. - Harris County
Membership Position – Persons who are involved in the delivery of newborn screening services, follow-up, or treatment in the state.
Term expires April 30, 2014

Dr. Sutton provides medical care for individuals with inborn errors of metabolism in the Texas Children’s Hospital Metabolic Clinic in Houston and is an Associate Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Medical Director of the Biochemical Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory and is Director of both the Medical Genetics Residency Program and the American Board of Medical Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory training programs in clinical biochemical genetics, clinical cytogenetics, and clinical molecular genetics. Dr. Sutton received his BA from Transylvania University and his MD from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine. His pediatric residency was at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital and he received training in Medical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Sutton’s memberships include, but are not limited to, the Society of Inherited Metabolic Disease, the American College of Medical Genetics, American Society of Human Genetics, and the International Skeletal Dysplasia Society.

 

Last updated February 05, 2013