The Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies is governed by an Executive Committee, which oversees four subcommittees:



The Obstetrics Subcommittee aims to improve the quality of maternal-fetal care through the design of quality improvement projects and partnership with obstetric (OB) care providers for implementation.


The Neonatal Subcommittee works to reduce infant mortality and morbidity through partnership with Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and health care practitioners throughout the state of Texas.


The Data Subcommittee will create the data infrastructure and relations with hospitals to support and drive quality improvement projects.

Community Health

The Community Health Subcommittee works to improve the health of Texas mothers and babies through awareness, education, and services at the community level.



The Executive Committee currently has 24 members, led by a Chair and Vice Chair.  13 are voting committee members and 11 are non-voting or Ex Officio representatives from organizations/agencies. Five are representatives of the March of Dimes, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and The University of Texas System Administration. Two members serve as At Large Members, while the Co-Chairs of the four Subcommittees are also on the Executive Committee. They lead TCHMB and determine the direction of its work.

Michael Speer, MD

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect:
Patrick Ramsey, MD

Past Chair:
George Saade, MD

Obstetrics Subcommittee Co-Chairs: 
Christina Davidson, MD
Catherine Eppes, MD

Neonatal Subcommittee Co-Chairs:
Charleta Guillory, MD
Nancy Hurst, PhD

Community Health Subcommittee Co-Chairs:
June Hanke, RN, MSN, MPH
Janet Jones, MPH

Data Co-Chairs

At Large
Lynda Tyer-Viola, PhD
Moss Hampton, MD

UT System
David Lakey, MD


George Saade, MD
Past Chair, TCHMB

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Cell Biology
Chief of Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine
Director, Perinatal Research Division
University of Texas Medical Branch

George Saade, MD, is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chief of Obstetrics, and the Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).   His basic science research focuses on preterm labor and Preeclampsia, the two most important causes of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity, as well as fetal programming of adult Diseases.  He was the first to describe a novel treatment for twin-twin transfusion syndrome, a uniformly fatal condition if untreated. Saade is currently the principal investigator on 2 NIH-funded clinical research networks, the Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network and the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network. Saade is the director of the Perinatal Research Division, a large group of research staff, scientists, and students who are involved in several basic and clinical research studies. He is a member of the editorial boards of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, and Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Perinatology.  He is currently the chairperson for the Endocrinology, Metabolism, Nutrition, and Reproductive Sciences Small Business Activities [SBIR/STTR] Special Emphasis Panel and for the NICHD Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Biology Subcommittee.


Michael Speer, MD
Chair, TCHMB

Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology
Baylor College of Medicine
Medical Director, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
Texas Children's Hospital

Michael E. Speer, MD, of Houston, is a full-time neonatologist and medical director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Children’s Hospital, and professor of pediatrics and ethics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Speer graduated from Baylor in 1968 and completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the same institution. He is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and has been practicing medicine for 37 years. His academic interests include infectious diseases of the newborn and the measurement of quality of care. Dr. Speer has served as president of the Houston Academy of Medicine (1994), as well as president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA).


Charleta Guillory, MD, MPH
Neonatal Subcommittee Co-Chair

Neonatal Subcommittee Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Pediatrics-Newborn
Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program
Texas Children's Hospital

Charleta Guillory, MD, MPH, FAAP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Director of the Texas Children's Hospital Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program. Her primary research focus addresses the issue of decreasing infant mortality and morbidity. Guillory presently serves as Chair of the Texas Department of State Health Services Newborn Screening Advisory Committee and as Co-Chair of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mother and Babies (TCHMB)-Neonatology Section. In addition, she serves on the Texas Health and Human Services Perinatal Advisory Council designating levels of neonatal and maternal care; as Chair of the March of Dimes State Prematurity Campaign; and Chair of the March of Dimes State Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee. Guillory was one of six physicians nationally to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows Award from The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences for Outstanding Health Science Professionals. She was recently appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Federal Government Affairs – Access to Care and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Neonatal Advisory Committee.


Nancy Hurst, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Neonatal Subcommittee Co-Chair

Director, Women's Support Services, Texas Children's Hospital

Dr. Hurst received her BSN, MSN and PhD from the University of Texas, School of Nursing, Houston. As director of the Women Support Services at Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women, she oversees clinical, operational and research activities for the Lactation/Milk Bank services and Patient Education program. Her expertise in breastfeeding and lactation management for mothers of hospitalized infants has led to clinical and research projects designed to improve patient outcomes. She served as the project leader for the hospital’s Baby Friendly Hospital designation which was achieved in February 2016. She currently holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Texas School of Nursing in Houston. Her research has included various topics in breastfeeding and lactation, specifically related to human milk feeding and breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care setting. She supports the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies and serves as a member of the NICU-Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative group and co-chair of the Neonatal Sub-Committee.


Christina Davidson, MD
Obstetrics Subcommittee Co-Chair

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Baylor College of Medicine

Christina Davidson, MD, is a board certified physician in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine in the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Davidson served as the Chief of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Service at Ben Taub Hospital from 2011-2016 and is currently the Associate Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine. She is the Chair of the Ben Taub Hospital Perinatal Guidelines Committee, the Associate Director of the Texas Children's Hospital Evidence Based Outcomes Center, and Co-Chair of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies Obstetrics subcommittee. During her time as Chief of Service, Dr. Davidson assisted with the development of an Obstetric Infectious Disease Clinic at Ben Taub Hospital, which has become a recognized referral center for women with possible Zika exposure.


June Hanke, RN, MSN, MPH
Community Subcommittee Co-Chair

Strategic Analyst / Planner/ GIS Analyst
Harris County Hospital District

June Hanke is Strategic Analyst and Planner and provides GIS analysis and mapping for the Harris Health System. Ms. Hanke researches and gathers data to analyze the various health indicators for Harris County. Her master in nursing was perinatal nurse practitioner and the master in public health focused on international maternal health and health policy. Her clinical nursing experience has been in women’s and infant’s health. Ms Hanke has participated in numerous community committees addressing issues related to maternal and infant health, including: Co-Chair of the March of Dimes’ Houston Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait project, SUNNY FUTURES Healthy Start Executive Committee, the Nurse Family Partnership Community Board and the Prenatal/Obstetrical Service Task Force, of the Greater Houston Partnerships Public Health Taskforce. Ms. Hanke is a member of IMPACT (Impacting Maternal and Prenatal Care Together) a collation of individuals and organization working to address women’s and infant health in Harris County and participated in the work to have legislation passed to have a maternal mortality morbidity review taskforce in place in Texas. She is a member of the Texas Maternal Mortality Morbidity Review Taskforce.


Janet Jones, MPH, CHES
Community Subcommittee Co-Chair

Public Health Education Specialist Lead and Supervisor for the Health Education Department, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District

Janet Jones, MPH, currently works for the City of Waco as the Public Health Education Specialist Lead and is the Supervisor for the Health Education Department at the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District. In addition to serving on health advisory committees throughout the county, in her day-to-day activities, she works on programs that focus on reduction of infant mortality and preterm birth, healthy eating and active living, access to healthcare, as well as reduction in smoking and chronic disease. Jones serves as manager of the Healthy Texas Babies grant and project lead for the maternal & child health program. Jones is also temporary Faculty for Baylor University serving as an Adjunct Instructor in the Family & Consumer Sciences Department.


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Catherine Eppes, MD, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine
Obstetrics Subcommittee Co-Chair

Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician, Baylor College of Medicine
Chief of Obstetrics, Ben Taub Hospital

Dr. Catherine Eppes is a maternal fetal medicine physician at Baylor College of Medicine, and the Chief of Obstetrics for Ben Taub Hospital. She received dual degrees in molecular biology and psychology from the University of Texas, Austin. She received her MD from The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and completed residency at Johns Hopkins. Her fellowship, and masters of public health, were received from Northwestern University. Her primary areas of focus are quality & safety and infectious diseases in pregnancy. Recently, she has been focused on Zika virus during pregnancy, including numerous collaborations with the CDC, ACOG, and the Texas Medical Association. She has travelled with the Zika to Brownsville to partner with the Brownsville department of public health in their efforts to stop local spread. She also was the course director for the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Zika and other infectious disease course in 2017. She has given grand rounds and plenary presentations in multiple venues, in efforts to educate providers and patients about Zika virus. She is currently the ACOG District XI (Texas) patient quality and safety chair, serves on the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies, and the Texas fetal and infant review of HIV and Syphilis. She holds several grants with the CDC for influenza and HIV in pregnancy.


Patrick Ramsey, MD, MSPH
Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Professor and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, UT Health San Antonio

Patrick S. Ramsey, MD, MSPH is Professor, practicing maternal-fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio where he serves as Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship and Maternal Transport and Outreach Program. Dr. Ramsey received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1987 and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine in 1994. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN in 1998 and subsequently completed sub-specialty fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he also received his Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama in 2003. Her serves on the Executive Committee of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) and as co-Chair of the Data Subcommittee. He also serves as a member on the State of Texas Maternal Mortality Task Force. His research interests include preterm birth and prevention strategies and infectious diseases in pregnancy. Dr. Ramsey had led regional efforts in South Texas, in collaboration with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and Center for Disease Control and Prevention, for promotion of Zika awareness and education.


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Heather Butscher, LMSW
March of Dimes Representative

Maternal & Child Health Director

Heather joined the March of Dimes in 2012 as the Maternal & Child Health Director. Her coverage area includes the Texas Gulf Coast from Beaumont to Houston to Corpus Christi. She has always had a passion for advocating for children and families. Heather is the staff liaison with the March of Dimes Houston Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Advisory Board and the Corpus Christi Maternal & Child Health Committee. Her focus with the March of Dimes has covered topics such as NICU and Antepartum family support, access to 17P, reduction of non-medically indicated late preterm inductions and c-sections, early entry in to prenatal care, congenital Zika, birthspacing, and birth equity. Heather has a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston. Heather completed her Masters internship with the Houston based research and advocacy non-profit, Children at Risk. There, she was involved in the publication of their bi-annual Growing up in Houston report and developing and building awareness around legislative priorities for that year’s Legislative Session. She began her social work career at Spaulding for Children as a Case Manager for foster and adoptive families in Houston. She later started and supervised a TDFPS Prevention & Early Intervention supported parent education program in the Corpus Christi area with Spaulding. She is currently a member of the Houston IMPACT Collaborative, the Nurse-Family Partnership Community Advisory Board, and volunteers with the Junior League of Houston.


Emily Briggs, MD, MPH, FAAFP
TMA Representative

Family Medicine Physician
Briggs Family Medicine

Emily Briggs, MD, MPH, FAAFP is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician in New Braunfels, TX. She provides her patients full scope family medicine services, including operative obstetrics. Dr. Briggs received her medical degree in Family Medicine as well as a Masters in Public Health from University of Texas at Houston HSC. Dr. Briggs has a long standing history of actively serving with the AAFP, TAFP, and TMA. Over the years she has served as New Physician Board Member to the AAFP, President for the Alamo Chapter of TAFP, and President of the TMA Comal County Medical Society. She just completed serving 2 years as Chief of Staff at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels. Currently she serves as a board member of the TAFP, the Chair of the TMA’s Reproductive Women's and Perinatal Health Committee, the Chair of the Perinatal Advisory Council for DSHS under HB 15, and remains active her in local community serving as Medical Director for both Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD.


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Stephanie Stephens
HHSC Representative

Deputy State Medicaid Director
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Stephanie Stephens serves as the Deputy State Medicaid Director at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). She provides strategic direction and oversight of policy and quality for Texas Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Stephanie has nearly 15 years of experience in Texas health and human services policy, finance, and operations. She first joined HHSC in 2008 as a Medicaid and CHIP policy analyst and promoted through the Medicaid CHIP organization and HHSC. Her prior leadership roles have included Senior Policy Advisor and Policy Director in HHSC’s Office of Social Services where she directed strategy, analysis, development, and implementation of eligibility policy for Texas social service programs. Before joining HHSC, she served as a health and human services budget analyst at the Texas Legislative Budget Board for over 4 years. Stephanie is committed to excellence and innovation in the administration of health care and social services to Texans.


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Manda Hall, MD
DSHS Representative

Associate Commissioner for Community Health Improvement
Department of State Health Services

Manda Hall, M.D. was named the Associate Commissioner for Community Health Improvement (CHI) effective October 1, and also serves as the Title V Maternal and Child Health Medical Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services. Prior to these positions, Dr. Hall served as the Interim Associate Commissioner for Family and Community Health Services and served as the Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Director for over three years. She has also had experience in private practice and worked as a State Agency Medical Consultant at Disability Determination Services in Texas. Dr. Hall graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Lamar University and her Medical Degree from Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Hall is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Hall is the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Region VI Director. She graduated in May of 2014 as a fellow in the Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Texas Health and Human Services Executive Leadership Academy in 2017. She is a faculty member of the DSHS Preventative Medicine and Public Health Residency Program and serves as a mentor in the University of Texas Health Careers and Mentorship Program. Dr. Hall is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Texas A&M College of Medicine.


Sasha Rasco, MPAff
DFPS Representative

Associate Commissioner of Prevention and Early Intervention
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Ms. Rasco is currently serving as the Associate Commissioner Prevention and Early Intervention at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She took this position in August of 2013. Previously, Ms. Rasco worked for 14 years regulating and supporting early childhood education and foster care, including two years as the Assistant Commissioner for Child Care Licensing at DFPS. Ms. Rasco has also developed programs and projects in other child and family service organizations including the Early Childhood Intervention program, the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services and as a Governor’s Policy Fellow in the Governor of Maryland: Office of Children, Youth, and Families. She received her Master of Public Affairs and Bachelor of Arts from University of Texas at Austin in 1996, and 1994, respectively.


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David Lakey, MD
UT System Representative

Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, The University of Texas System
Senior Adviser to the President, UT Health Science Center at Tyler

David Lakey, MD, is Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for The University of Texas System. He previously served on federal public health advisory committees for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Defense Health Board. He currently serves on the March of Dimes Board of Trustees and the Trust for America's Health Board of Directors. Lakey served as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from January 2007 to February 2015. As Commissioner, Dr. Lakey led one of the state’s largest agencies with a staff of 12,000 and an annual budget of $3.3 billion and oversaw programs such as disease prevention and disaster preparedness, family and community health services, environmental and consumer safety, regulatory programs and mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. Lakey served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in 2011‐2012. In 2015, he was elected by the March of Dimes to a five‐year term on its board of trustees.


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Shellie Nelson, RN, BSN
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

Texas Section Leader, AWHONN
Director of Women’s Services, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

Shellie Nelson, RN, MS has 14+ years of professional experience in Women’s Health. She has faithfully given her time to Women’s Services as a nurse, charge nurse, manager and director.

Her clinical experience includes an outstanding academic background which includes two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s; a BBA in accounting from Prairie View A&M University, a BSN in nursing from Avila University, and a Master’s of Science in Health Systems Management at Texas Woman’s University. Shellie is currently in her final stages of studies for her PhD in Nursing Science.

Shellie currently works as a Director of Women’s Services for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). In her role as Director she has developed and is implementing many programs in efforts to assist her staff in providing safe, quality and efficient care. She is actively involved in maternal and infant health initiatives and serves as the Texas Section Leader for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Shellie’s dedication to her craft and the health of women and infants earned her the Houston Chronicle Salute to Nurses award. She was one of ten nurses selected in the greater Houston area for their outstanding commitment to patient care.


Lynda Tyer-Viola, PhD, RNC, FAAN
At Large Member

‎Director of Nursing, Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women

Dr. Tyer-Viola received her PhD from Boston College in Nursing Research and Statistics. She received an MSN in Nursing and Midwifery from the University Of Miami, Florida and her BSN from Boston University. She served as a post-doctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital studying HIV related fatigue in pregnancy. Her research has focused on high risk pregnancy and persons living with HIV/AIDS. Currently Dr. Tyer-Viola is the nursing executive for Women's Services at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston. She has extensive clinical experience with large urban obstetrical care delivery systems across the United States and in low resourced countries in Africa and Asia. She provides grant and research support as a board member of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and is a member of the greater Houston advisory board for the March of Dimes campaign for Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait. Dr. Tyer-Viola supports the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies as the At-large Executive Board member and is a member of the Obstetrics Subcommittee.


Moss Hampton, MD
At Large Member

Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Texas Tech University Health Science Center of the Permian Basin

For the last 11 years Moss Hampton, MD, has been the chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin, in Odessa, Texas. Hampton is a past president of Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (TAOG), and was District Chair of ACOG District XI from 2013-16. He also serves on the Women’s Health Advisory Committee for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Increasing Access to Contraception Learning Committee, and the Maternal-Child Health Committee for the Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes. He became involved with the Healthy Texas Babies Initiative Steering Committee in 2012 and has subsequently been involved with the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies since its inception in 2014. He is currently serving his second term as Member at Large to TCHMB.


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C. Tony Dunn, MD, FACOG
ACOG Representative

Chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center

Carl A. (Tony) Dunn, MD, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He received his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. Since 1994 Dr. Dunn has been a staff physician in the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Baylor Scott & White Clinic in Waco, Texas, and was the founding Division Medical Director until 2006. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Dunn has long been an active member, and is the current Chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District XI (Texas). He is a member and a past President of the Texas Association of Obstetricians of Gynecologists. Dr. Dunn has served as a member of the ACOG Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Champions working group since 2015.


Carrie Kroll
THA Representative

Vice President for Advocacy, Quality and Public Health
Texas Hospital Association

Carrie Kroll joined the Texas Hospital Association in February 2013 as the Vice President for Advocacy, Quality and Public Health. In this capacity she works to educate lawmakers on numerous issues including quality and patient safety, trauma and end of life care. Prior to joining THA she served for 10 years as the Director of Advocacy and Health Policy for the Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Carrie’s interest in health care advocacy was born when she worked as a legislative associate under former Texas State Representative and House Public Health Committee Chairman, Hugo Berlanga. Prior to that Carrie spent time working both inside the Capitol as a legislative aide and outside the Capitol as a campaign manager for two members of the Texas House of Representatives. Carrie serves as president, and is in her 7th year of service, on the board of trustees for the Dripping Springs Independent School District (DSISD), the same school district where she received her primary education.


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Jose Camacho, JD
TACHC Representative

Executive Director/General Counsel
Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC)

José serves as the Executive Director and General Counsel for TACHC. As Executive Director, José is the primary liaison to the TACHC Board of Directors and under the Board's direction, represents the organization to ensure the duties and goals of the Texas Primary Care Association are fulfilled. José advocates to the state and federal government to strengthen and preserve the health care safety net and assists in the development of health centers in medically underserved communities. José designs and implements trainings for members, identifies and responds to funding opportunities and requirements for TACHC, and manages the operations of the association. As General Counsel, José provides in-house counsel to TACHC's Board of Directors and members. He negotiates and reviews legal documents, designs and implements trainings, and conducts policy analysis and drafting of legislative proposals on behalf of TACHC and the community health centers the association serves. José earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1973 and worked in private practice until 1979 when he became the Director of Farmworker Policy Impact Project for the Texas Rural Legal Aid in Austin. In 1982 José became the General Counsel for the National Migrant Referral Project and in 1983 began his career with TACHC as General Counsel where he assisted in the development of the organization before becoming the association's Executive Director in 1984. José is also involved with the Texas State Legislature, the United States Congress, and local community action groups and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.



Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP
TPS Representative

Senior Vice President, Health Policy & Legislative Affairs
The University of Texas Medical Branch

Over the past three decades, Dr. Ben Raimer has held numerous academic and administrative positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. A tenured professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Dr. Raimer was appointed senior vice president for the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs in 2008. In 2016 the UTMB Provost also asked that he assume the role as Executive Director of the UTMB Community and Global Health Collaborating Center. In addition to the many hats he wears at UTMB, Dr. Raimer is President of the Texas Pediatric Society, serves as chair of the Texas Health Institute Board of Directors, and is chair of the East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and serves as a commissioner on the BGCT Christian Life Commission. He also serves as the chair for the Galveston County Health District United Board of Health