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 newborn screening advisory committee. Candidates must complete an application and must include at least two (2) recommendation letters. In spring 2010, the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) appointed the initial nine (9) members of the committee. Initial members serve staggered terms of two to six years.

In spring 2013, the passage of House Bill 740 during the 83rd Legislative Session (R), amended Texas Health & Safety Code §33.017 increasing the minimum number of committee members in certain categories, requiring at least four (4) physicians licensed to practice medicine in Texas, at least two (2) hospital representatives, at least two (2) persons who have family members affected by a condition, and at least two (2) healthcare providers. The committee currently consists of eleven (11) members. As vacancies occur or terms expire, applications are solicited and appointments are made to fill vacant or expired terms.

Current Committee Members

William Morris, LVN, Committee Chairperson – Comal County
Membership Position – Family Affected By A Condition
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 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.

Alice K. Gong, M.D. – Bexar County
Membership Position – Physician/Neonatal
Term expires April 30, 2017

Alice Gong is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal perinatal medicine and is employed at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as a professor of pediatrics. She served as a principal investigator on the Texas Pulse Oximetry Project, which resulted in development of educational materials relevant to the implementation of critical congenital heart disease screening for newborns in Texas. She has volunteered and served on numerous committees and boards related to pediatric health, including the March of Dimes, Baptist Health Foundation Board, Texas State Child Fatality Review Committee, and Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies. Dr. Gong’s professional memberships include the Texas Medical Association, Texas Pediatric Society, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Bexar County Medical Society, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and International Lactation Consultants Association.

Charleta Guillory, M.D. – Harris County
Membership Position – Physician/Neonatal
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 Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and an M.D. 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. She 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.

Michael E. Speer, M.D. – Harris County
Membership Position – Physician/Neonatal
Term expires April 30, 2018 

Michael E. Speer is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and is employed with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as a professor of pediatrics and medical ethics. He currently serves on numerous committees and boards related to pediatric health and newborn screening. He is a board member of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and vice-chair of the executive committee of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies. Dr. Speer served for six years on the board of trustees of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), including serving as chair. He served for 40 years on the Texas Pediatric Society’s Committee on Fetus & Newborn. Dr. Speer maintains professional memberships with the TMA (president, 2012-2013); the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (president, 2003-2005); the Texas Perinatal Association (president, 1993-1995); and the Harris County Medical Society (president, 2000). He has extensive experience including 39 years as a practicing neonatologist at a Level IV NICU at Texas Children’s Hospital. He has written and lectured on congenital, metabolic disorders and newborn screening throughout his career. Dr. Speer has served as a very active and vocal member of the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee since 2012, providing invaluable expertise and knowledge.

Thomas Michael Zellers, M.D. – Dallas County
Membership Position – Physician
Term expires April 30, 2017

Thomas Michael Zellers graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1983. Dr. Zellers completed his pediatric residency at the University of Virginia Health System in 1986 and his fellowships in pediatric cardiology at the Mayo Clinic Rochester in 1989 and Baylor College of Medicine in 1997. He is currently vice president of medical staff affairs at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where he practices pediatric interventional cardiology. He has initiated a program at Children’s Medical Center focusing on early detection of potential complications in single ventricle patients. Dr. Zellers is currently the president of the Congenital Cardiovascular Interventional Study Consortium and other professional affiliations include the American Heart Association Councils for Basic Science and Cardiovascular Disease in the Young and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention. His board memberships include Children’s Medical Center, University of Dallas, Camp John Marc, and Southwestern Diabetic Foundation.

Felicia M. Adams, MSN – Smith County
Membership Position – Hospital Representative
Term expires April 30, 2017

Felicia Adams is employed at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics as the divisional director of women and children’s services. She has worked directly with newborn screening since 1993 in various capacities as a staff nurse, director of perinatal services, chief nursing officer, and divisional director of women and children’s services. Ms. Adams’ extensive hospital and nursing experience with the newborn screening process will be valuable to the committee. Additionally, her experience in rural, urban and large metropolitan hospitals brings a particularly unique perspective to the committee. Her experience working in three bordering states and her current location in East Texas expands the geographical perspective of the committee. Ms. Adams’ professional memberships include the Perinatal Transformation Committee at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital and Clinics, Statewide Louisiana Perinatal Symposium (2010-2012), and system-wide Memorial Hermann Women’s Services leadership team.

Aida Gonzalez, RN, BSN – Hidalgo County
Membership Position – Hospital Representative
Term expires April 30, 2017

Aida Gonzalez is a registered nurse and has been vice president of Women’s Hospital at Renaissance, Edinburg, Texas since 2009. She was the coordinator of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic in Edinburg from 2009-2012 and became the administrator of the Nurse-Family Partnership at the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance in 2012. Ms. Gonzalez is a member of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the Nurse Family Partnership, the CAB Strategic Project-Prenatal to Preschool, and the CAB Strategic Project for Cancer Center. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the American Organization of Nurse Executives; the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; the Texas Nurses Association; and a former member of the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses. Ms. Gonzalez’s has experience in administration and operations at the only free standing maternity hospital in South Texas, which includes a nursery that cares for over 8,000 babies yearly and a level three neonatal intensive care unit. In her role, she has implemented a maternal transport team and is currently implementing a method for obstetricians to present their high risk cases to a panel of physicians for evidence-based plans of care.

Benna Timperlake – Nueces County
Membership Position – Family Affected by a Condition
Term expires April 30, 2018 

Benna Timperlake has devoted years to the advocacy and education of Texans with hearing disorders, including working with national advocacy organizations promoting universal newborn hearing screening. Ms. Timperlake currently serves as an appointed member of the Texas Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Advisory Board, and was president of the Nueces County Medical Society Alliance (1996-2000). She was appointed to the Texas Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, and was executive director (2006-2009). Ms. Timperlake currently serves as a director at Halo Flight air ambulance service and South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind. She also volunteered with the American Society for Deaf Children (president, 1994-1996). Ms. Timperlake earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and obtained a registered nurse license in Louisiana. She is a Texas BEI Certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. Her education also includes training in pediatric nursing, and in ASL and Deafness. Ms. Timperlake has extensive experience working with newborns and children with a variety of anomalies and congenital conditions. She has presented at conferences on parenting deaf children and has published articles in national publications. Ms. Timperlake resides in Corpus Christi, a more rural region of the state, which expands the geographical perspective of the committee.

Nancy Louise Beck, M.D. – Lubbock County
Membership Position – Healthcare Provider
Term expires April 30, 2018

Nancy Louise Beck is board certified in pediatrics, and includes a specialty in pediatric endocrinology. She is employed with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as an assistant professor. Dr. Beck’s extensive educational background includes a bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in nutrition and she is a registered dietitian. She completed her pediatric residency at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin and her pediatric endocrine fellowship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Beck is currently a pediatric endocrinologist at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. With her background in endocrinology and nutrition, she brings the knowledge and experience related to the screening and treatment of newborn and childhood metabolic disorders to the committee. Dr. Beck currently practices in West Texas and her experience working in a border region expands the geographical perspective of the committee. Dr. Beck previously served on the Pediatric Endocrine Society, Obesity Committee, and she has been an active member of the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee since 2013.

Scott D. McLean, M.D. – Bexar County
Membership Position – Healthcare Provider
Term expires April 30, 2017

Scott McLean is a board certified clinical geneticist and is employed at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and Baylor College of Medicine. He served 26 years as a medical officer in the U.S. Army and developed the Department of Defense policy for newborn screening. His experience in policy development related to newborn screening and his role as a clinical geneticist specializing in metabolic disorders will be important to the committee as the Newborn Screening Program begins planning for implementation of the secondary panel of metabolic conditions in Texas. Dr. McLean’s professional memberships include the American College of Medical Genetics Expert Committee; Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society; and metabolic consultant to the Newborn Screening Program.

Vacant
Membership Position – Healthcare Provider

 

Last updated July 21, 2015