Our Team

The Immunization Partnership is made up of an outstanding team of knowledgeable individuals whose backgrounds comprise public health, policy, law, and finance expertise. We value the collaboration of distinct ideas in an effort to launch advocacy initiatives, establish long-lasting partnerships, support immunization best practices, and conduct grassroots community education programs. We are all committed to the mission of eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Terri Burke

Executive Director

Terri Burke is the former executive director of the ACLU of Texas, a position she held for nearly 13 years.

Terri had a 32-year career in journalism prior to joining the ACLU of Texas. She held senior editor roles at The Hartford Courant, The Dallas Morning News, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Albuquerque Tribune. She also was editor-in-chief of the Abilene Reporter-News.

She is a fourth-generation Texan and a Houston native. She has served on the Greater Houston Partnership’s Quality of Place Committee; volunteered with the Sunshine Coalition that worked with state legislators to increase transparency in government; and is a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas.

Terri studied journalism and political science at The University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Lamar University.

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Hill Powell, J.D.

Interim Executive Director

Hill Powell is the Interim Executive Director of the Immunization Partnership where she manages daily program and administrative operations. She oversees program development, implementation, and evaluation to ensure existing and emerging community needs are met.

She is a licensed attorney and certified mediator. Before joining the TIP team, Powell spent eight years working in the public health and government sector. She has experience in several leadership positions, including administering ten departments ranging from compliance and auditing to HIPAA privacy and security.

Powell earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing research and analysis and sales management from the University of Houston and her Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law.

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Rekha Lakshmanan, M.H.A.

Director of Advocacy and Public Policy

Rekha Lakshmanan, M.H.A. is the Director of Advocacy and Policy for The Immunization Partnership, serving in the role since 2014. Rekha develops and implements the organization’s public policy and advocacy strategy at the Texas Legislature. She has worked three state legislative cycles and successfully passed legislation to improve access to care and health outcomes. Previous to The Immunization Partnership, Rekha spent over twelve years in the private sector helping health care organizations develop preventative and chronic care protocols to improve health outcomes. Rekha is also a contributing expert to Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. She holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Texas Woman’s University- Houston Medical Center and a B.A. in government from The University of Texas in Austin. Rekha is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change program.

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Ashtyn Hooper

Chief Development Officer

Ashtyn Hooper is Chief Development Officer of the Immunization Partnership where she specializes in leading development strategies. She is dedicated to improving the health of communities across the state by driving TIP’s mission forward as it works to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases through education, advocacy and support of immunization best practices.

Prior to joining TIP, she served as Deputy Assistant Director at the City of Houston where she devised and implemented development strategies, marketing and communications plans, and operational initiatives.

Hooper received her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Katy Gore, M.P.H.

Coalitions and Education Program Manager

Katy Gore is Coalition and Education Program Manager of the Immunization Partnership where she conducts community and provider forums to educate the public on the latest in vaccine-related science and builds the capacity of community-based immunization coalitions.

Prior to joining TIP she served as Program Analyst for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Her experience includes working with local health departments on raising HPV vaccination rates by guiding coalitions through a process of creating a mission and vision statement, partnership building, and the development of an action plan.

Prior to her work with HPV coalitions, Gore worked with the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework, which guides local health departments through a process of community engagement and strategic partnership building with the goal of creating a Community Health Improvement Plan for Accreditation of their local health department. She spent a year with AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps working with teens on health education. She also served as a Reproductive Educational Advocate at Planned Parenthood.

Gore received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from American University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.

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Ashley Beale, M.P.H.

Program Coordinator

Ashley Beale is Program Coordinator for The Immunization Partnership. She uses her public health knowledge to coordinate projects and conduct research – ranging from state-funded initiatives like the Texas Immunizers and Stakeholders Working Groups (TISWG) to projects that explore factors contributing to immunization rates in a variety of communities throughout the state. She also provides program and administrative support for the TIP team.

Prior to joining TIP, Ashley served as Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Health Communications Fellow at the U.S. Army Public Health Center for five years. She developed print materials, created health campaigns, and generated innovative targeted messaging – contributing to the health and wellbeing of Soldiers worldwide.

Beale earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College and a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.

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Carrie Fitch

Development Assistant

Carrie Fitch is Fund Development Assistant of The Immunization Partnership, serving in that role since November 2015. She applies her planning, writing, and administrative expertise to further TIP’s donor development and fundraising activities. Previously, she has worked in an administrative capacity in a variety of industries, including energy, finance, and other non-profits. Prior to joining TIP, Carrie was traveling the world and pursuing her passion for screenwriting.

Fitch earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia. When she’s not working, Carrie enjoys screenwriting, traveling, exploring world cuisines, healthy plant-based eating, and spending time with family and friends.

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John Powell, M.B.A.

Communication Specialist

John Powell has held communication leadership positions at public institutions and news organizations for more than 40 years. He has extensive experience leading or formulating executive and institutional communication at public research universities and state medical schools and clinics including the University of Houston System, the University of Houston, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. This includes writing speeches, op-ed pieces, legislative testimony, and magazine articles for presidents of five colleges and universities, governing board chairs, and the head of an international business association. He also served as the political media adviser for a state office holder in Texas and has taught at universities in Indiana, New Mexico, and Texas.

Powell's background also includes broadcast, print, and Web-based journalism for which he has received numerous awards, including 17 Houston Press Club Lone Star awards for Internet opinion writing. He has been a radio and television reporter, producer, and anchor and a commentator for The Red River Radio Network.

Executive Committee

John T. Dugan III, M.D.

Chair
Medical Clinic of Houston, LLP

Brooke McNeil, C.P.A.

Finance Chair
Tax Senior Manager, Deloitte

Lindy McGee, M.D.

Secretary
Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital

Ken Letkeman

At Large
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Houston Methodist

Nidhi Malpani, M.P.H.

At Large
AVP Strategy Planning, HCA Healthcare



Directors

Beth Colle, M.S., C.P.A.

Partner
Ernst & Young, LLP

C. Mary Healy, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics-Infectious Disease, Baylor College of Medicine

Autumn Pruette, M.D.

Pediatrician
Texas Children's Pediatrics Baytown

Julie Davidson, M.B.A.

Senior Manager
Cheniere Energy

Nick Janik, M.B.A

Director of Business Development
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

Kenneth Russo, M.B.A., CHEP

Chief Financial Officer/ Ethics & Compliance Officer
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas

Lisa L. Ehrlich, M.D.

Physician
L. Ehrlich & Associates Medical Clinic PLLC

Brandi Johnson

Regional Vice President
Medicaid Plan Marketing, Amerigroup

Kalyani B. Sonawane, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

Lisa R. Fuller, M.D.

Pediatrician

David R. Lairson, Ph.D.

Professor of Management and Policy Sciences
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

Cassandra A. Wertz, M.D.

Internal Medicine
Houston Methodist

Elizabeth Roath Garcia, M.A. (Ex-Officio)

Manager of Studio and Gallery Programs
The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

Gwen Emmett

Director Emerita

Melanie E. Mouzoon, M.D.

Director Emerita

Julie A. Boom, M.D.

Director, Immunization Project, Texas Children's Hospital

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.

Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development

William Decker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pathology and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.

Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Sabin Vaccine Institute

Albert G. Karam, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics UTSW School of Medicine Dallas, TX; President and Owner Karam Pediatric Group

Lindy McGee, M.D.

Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics Around the Bend

Melanie Mouzoon, M.D.

Managing Physician for Immunization Practices, Kelsey-Seybold Clinics

Stanley Spinner, M.D.

Texas Children’s Pediatrics

Susan Wootton, M.D.

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Memorial Hermann

Strategic Plan Summary for FY 2021 – 2022. Read the summary.

Annual and Financial Reports

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