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.
Hill Powell is the Interim President & CEO 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Powell is the Communication Specialist for The Immunization Partnership. He 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, 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.
Jinny Suh is the Immunize Texas Lead for The Immunization Partnership. Jinny organizes community advocates from across Texas to support pro-vaccine legislation at the Texas Capitol. Prior to joining TIP she practiced biopharmaceutical patent law and studied evolutionary herpetology in graduate school.
Suh earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University Law School. She is the mother of two young children and lives in Austin.
Rachel Walker is a Program Coordinator for The Immunization Partnership. In a role she’s held since May 2020, she contributes to TIP’s work to better understand factors impacting immunizations in Texas, while also working to increase community knowledge. Previously, she served as Program Assistant for TIP, working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services to coordinate the Texas Immunizers and Stakeholders Working Groups (TISWG). Rachel has a love for the non-profit world and previously worked for an organization that served individuals with Down syndrome in Austin, Texas.
Walker earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. In her free time, Rachel enjoys running marathons, exploring the outdoors, volunteering, discovering local restaurants, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog and cat, Charlie and Ralphie.
Lacy Waller is the Immunize Texas Program Assistant for The Immunization Partnership, where she organizes community outreach to grassroots advocates. Lacy is an experienced community organizer and advocate with a demonstrated history of working in the civic and social organization industry. She is skilled in community outreach, political consulting and campaigns, non-profit organizations, health advocacy, event planning, and research and data analysis.
Waller earned her Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities from Amarillo College and continued her studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Erich M. Sturgis, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Baylor College of Medicine
John T. Dugan III, M.D.
Medical Clinic of Houston, LLP
Brooke McNeil, C.P.A.
Tax Senior Manager, Deloitte
James E. Zucker, J.D., M.A.
Beth Colle, M.S., C.P.A.
Ernst & Young, LLP
Julie Davidson, M.B.A
Compensation Department, Cheniere Energy
Lisa L. Ehrlich, M.D.
L. Ehrlich & Associates Medical Clinic PLLC
Lisa R. Fuller, M.D.
Elizabeth Roath Garcia, M.A.
Manager, Studio and Gallery Programs
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Kimi Gordy, J.D., M.A.
C. Mary Healy, M.D.
Pediatrics-Infectious Disease, Baylor College of Medicine
Nick Janik, M.B.A
Director of Business Development
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Regional Vice President
Medicaid Plan Marketing, Amerigroup
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
Senior Vice President
Chief Information Officer, Houston Methodist
Nidhi Malpani, M.P.H.
AVP Strategy Planning
Lindy McGee, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital
Autumn Pruette, M.D.
Texas Children's Pediatrics Baytown
Kenneth Russo, M.B.A., CHEP
Chief Financial Officer/ Ethics & Compliance Officer
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
Kalyani B. Sonawane, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health
Melanie E. Mouzoon, M.D.
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
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