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About Us

Mission Statement

Vision:  A community protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Mission:  To eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases by educating the community, advocating for evidence-based public policy and supporting immunization best practices. 


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TIP Programs and Services

The Immunization Partnership helps individuals, physicians and others to make smart choices about protecting their communities from vaccine-preventable diseases. Every year, roughly 3 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases worldwide, and countless more suffer life-long disabilities. TIP endeavors to prevent what's preventable. All across Texas, TIP conducts community and provider forums to educate the public on the latest in vaccine-related science and policy, advocates for evidence-based legislation, and builds the capacity of community-based immunization coalitions. 



Evidence-based Legislation and Advocacy

The Immunization Partnership works to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases through evidence-based public policy. TIP staff serve as subject-matter experts for legislators and stakeholders, regularly providing legislative testimony and presenting to stakeholders at the local, state and national level. Since 2007, immunization advocates have helped pass 17 pieces of legislation to help protect Texans against vaccine-preventable diseases. Since 2011, TIP has provided 76 legislative testimonies and conducted over 1,000 legislative visits to advocate for evidence-based immunization policy, including multiple visits made by stakeholders during Immunization Legisltive Days at the Capitol.  In 2016, TIP partners with pro-immunization parents and citizens statewide to become effective advocates in their circles of influence for evidence-based, pro-vaccine policies.

Stakeholder Engagement

TIP's biennial town hall meetings and survey gives a voice to more than a thousand immunization stakeholders statewide, empowering participants to identify immunization issues in their community and effectively advocate on behalf of positive policy change. Since 2008, TIP has hosted 35 stakeholder meetings and distributed five statewide surveys. TIP's biennial immunization stakeholder meetings have engaged over 1400 immunization participants through its stakeholder meetings and over 1880 stakeholders through its statewide surveys. TIP's biennial report is distributed to over 1,000 immunization partners and stakeholders, and highlights recommendations for improving immunization rates in Texas. TIP follows a grassroots process that fosters community engagement, builds partnerships and serves as a catalyst for agencies to coordinate and improve immunization outcomes. 

Coalition Capacity Building

In 2010, The Immunization Partnership (TIP) launched Building Coalitions across Texas (BCaT), an innovative capacity-building project designed to empower local immunization coalitions and stakeholder groups by providing coordination, collaboration and technical resources. Since 2011, TIP has worked directly with seven immunization coalitions in Texas communities, providing tools and support to help them meet their organizational and programmatic goals. TIP routinely conducts in-depth needs assessments with the coalitions to identify their strengths and successes, as well as areas for growth and improvement. TIP is committed to strengthening the capacity of Texas coalitions by providing technical assistance to local coalitions with respect to immunization education, best practices and advocacy.

Community, Provider, and Stakeholder Education

TIP’s educational forums provide medical and public health professionals and community stakeholders with evidence-based information about vaccine recommendations, past and current trends in vaccine refusal, step-by-step guides on how to address concerns from patients or parents and other useful and timely immunization information. Five provider forums were conducted in 2016 on topics including 'Preventing Pertussis' and 'Improving Immunization Rates in Your Clinic'.  TIP produced three webinars in the 2016 fiscal year for coalitions and community health workers, reaching more than 500 stakeholders from across Texas.


TIP also uses the TIP Talk blog and its social media pages to promote personal pro-immunization stories and fact-based information through different media outlets. The overall goal is to promote pro-vaccine messaging focused on the necessity of the immunizations to protect the health of every Texan. Finally, The Texas Immunization Summit is TIP's biennial event, where immunization stakeholders obtain information and tools regarding immunization-centered programs, vaccine administration, education and outreach activities, epidemiology and vaccine development, and advocacy. 

Areas Served

The Immunization Partnership serves communities throughout Texas with its education and awareness programming, and supports best practices in coalitions and clinics in over 17 counties in Texas. Through its advocacy work at the state level, The Immunization Partnership serves all Texans.

Allison Winnike, JD PRESIDENT/CEO

AllisonwinnikeA nationally recognized expert in public health law and legislation will lead The Immunization Partnership as its President and CEO.

Allison Winnike has most recently been the research director and research professor at the University of Houston Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute. She received two prestigious national awards for her work, including the National Center for State Courts' 2016 Distinguished Service Award and the 2016 Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law from the American Public Health Association Law Section.

Winnike is no stranger to The Immunization Partnership’s work; she has volunteered for TIP for several years, helping to draft and edit TIP’s vaccine advocacy legislation. During the 85th legislative session, Winnike also testified on TIP’s behalf before the Texas House of Representatives’ Public Health Committee.

Winnike has been honored within the state as well, selected as a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2016 where she joined the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the nation. She also is a member of the Texas Bar College, an honorary society of lawyers that recognizes lawyers who enhance their professional abilities and service to the public.   

“I am honored to serve as the new president and CEO of the Immunization Partnership,” Winnike said. “I look forward to working with the board, my new colleagues, our volunteers and supporters to realize our vision of a community protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.”  

Before joining the University of Houston Law Center, Winnike worked on health policy in the U.S. Senate Office of the Majority Leader for Sen. Bill Frist, M.D., and on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Public Health.

She received her Bachelors of Arts in political science and health policy studies from Rice University and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Meet the TIP Team

Allison Winnike, JD

Hill Olson, JD
Chief Operating Officer

Ashtyn Hooper
Chief Development Officer

Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, PhD, MPH
San Antonio Program Director 

Rekha Lakshmanan, MHA 
Director of Advocacy and Public Policy

Carrie Fitch
Development Assistant 

Katy Gore, MPH
Coalitions and Education Program Manager

David Fletcher
Communications Manager

Ashley Beale, MPH
Program Coordinator 

Rachel Walker
Program Assistant



Executive Committee

Board Chair

Melanie E. Mouzoon, M.D.

Managing Physician for Immunization Practices

Kelsey-Seybold Clinics

Incoming Chair

Erich M. Sturgis, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Allison Connally

Community Volunteer

Finance Chair

Brooke McNeil, C.P.A.

Tax Senior Manager


Legal Chair

James E. Zucker, J.D., M.A.


YetterColeman LLP


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


Ernst & Young

Julie Davidson, M.B.A.

Senior Manager

Compensation Department

Cheniere Energy

John T. Dugan III, M.D.


Medical Clinic of Houston, LLP

Elizabeth Roath Garcia, M.A.

Manager, Studio and Gallery Programs

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Kimi Gordy, JD, M.A.


BakerHostetler, LLP

Catherine Mary Healy, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Pediatrics-Infectious Disease

Baylor College of Medicine

Nick Janik, M.B.A.

Director of Business Development

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Brandi Johnson

Regional Vice President

Medicaid Plan Marketing


David R. Lairson, Ph.D.

Professor of Management and Policy Sciences

University of Texas Houston Health Science Center

School of Public Health

Ken Letkeman

Senior Vice President

Chief Information Officer

Houston Methodist

Nidhi Malpani, M.P.H.

AVP Strategy Planning

HCA Healthcare

Lindy McGee, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Baylor College of Medicine

Texas Children’s Hospital

Autumn Pruette, M.D.


Texas Children’s Pediatrics Baytown

Kenneth Russo, M.B.A., C.H.E.P.

Chief Financial Officer/Ethics & Compliance Officer

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas

Directors Emeriti

Gwen Emmett


  • Julie A. Boom, M.D.

    Texas Children's Hospital - Houston

  • Lindy McGee, M.D.

    Pediatrician, Texas Children's Hospital Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Melanie Mouzoon, M.D.

    Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Houston

  • Members

  • Ari Brown, M.D.

    411 Pediatrics - Austin

  • Wendy Chung, M.D.

    Dallas County Health and Human Services - Dallas

  • Michele Curtis, M.D.

    University of Texas Medical School - Houston

  • Jennifer Dietrich, M.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine - Houston

  • Desiree Evans, M.D.

    Texas Children's Pediatrics - Cullen

  • Mark Farrior, M.D.

    Texas Children's Pediatrics - Humble

  • W. Paul Glezen, M.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine - Houston

  • Cheryl Hardin, M.D.

    Texas Children's Pediatrics - Houston

  • C. Mary Healy, M.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital - Houston

  • Atoosa Kourosh, M.D.

    Children's Medical Center - Dallas

  • Flor Munoz, M.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine - Houston

  • Donald Murphey, M.D.

    Cook Children's Medical Center - Fort Worth

  • Chris Pielop, M.D.

    Blue Fish Pediatrics - Houston

  • Pablo Sanchez, M.D.

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas

  • Joshua Septimus, M.D.

    Weill Cornell

  • Grace B. Villareal, M.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine - Houston


  • Donna Alexander

    DGA Healthcare Consulting

  • Robert Austin, M.D.

    R. J. Austin Consulting

  • D. Glenn Baird

    Amegy Bank of Texas

  • Robert Baker

    Rotary Club

  • Meghan Blanton

    The Methodist Hospital System

  • Barron Bogatto

    Jackson Walker L.L.P.

  • Marc Boom, M.D.

    Houston Methodist Hospital

  • Julie Boom, M.D.

    Texas Children's Hospital

  • Vicki Brentin

    Rotary Club

  • Lauren Burke

    Community Volunteer

  • Craig Cordola

    Memorial Hermann – TX Medical Center Campus

  • Jacquelyn Cox

    RIO Advisors, LP

  • Mary des Vignes-Kendrick, M.D.

    Fort Bend County 's Public Health Authority

  • Kim Cotner David

    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Susie Distefano

    Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

  • Chet Fenner

    BMC Software

  • Melinda Grady

    CHI St. Luke's Health

  • Patricia Gray

    University of Houston Law Center

  • Cheryl Hardin, M.D.

    Texas Children's Pediatrics

  • Susan Feigin Harris

    BakerHostetler, LLP

  • Erin Holsinger, M.D.

    Texas Children's Pediatrics

  • Peter J. Hotez, M.D., PhD

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

  • Therese Hoyle

    Hoyle Consulting

  • James Hoyle, M.D.

    Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

  • Joe Lastinger

    Families Fighting Flu

  • Todd Litton

    Citizen Schools

  • Catherine McCoin

    Junior League of Houston

  • Ginnie McConn

    Community Volunteer

  • Aileen McCormick


  • Barbara McCormick

    Community Volunteer

  • John McKeever

    Gelb, an Endeavor Managment Company

  • Flor Munoz-Rivas, M.D.

    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Andrew Pikoff

    Pikoff team with Keller Williams Realty

  • Anna Rotman

    Yetter Coleman

  • Carter Stern

    Johnson, Trent, West & Taylor

  • Sunny Sharma

    Sunbelt Medical Group

  • Kay Tittle

    Texas Children's Pediatrics

  • Tamara Turk

    Deloitte LLP

  • Barry L. Zeitz, M.D.

    Texas Children's Pediatrics


  • Julie A. Boom, M.D.

    Texas Children's Hospital - Houston

  • Maria Elena Bottazzi, M.D.

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

  • William Decker, PhD

    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Hunter Hammill, M.D.

    Women's Hospital of Texas

  • Albert Karam, M.D.


  • Lindy McGee, M.D.

    Pediatrics Around the Bend - Houston

  • Melanie Mouzoon, M.D.

    Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Houston

  • Stanley Spinner, M.D.

    Texas Children’s Pediatrics

  • Susan Wootton, M.D.

    UT Health Science Center & Memorial Hermann

  • Peter J. Hotez, M.D, PhD

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

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