While attending the 2003 Southeast Regional Meeting of the National Association of free clinics, representatives of 3 Texas clinics explored the idea of creating a State association. They wanted an organization similar to the National Association which would be more accessible and would better serve the unique needs of Texas Charitable Clinics.
Over the next two years, they continued to meet, along with a growing number of clinics. In March of 2005, Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics incorporated in Texas. In September of that same year, LSACC received 501(c) (3) status.
In the fall of 2007, through the generosity of then St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, located in Houston, along with the Texas Hospital Association located in Austin, LSACC opened its first office, based in Austin, Texas, and hired its first executive director.
To better distinguish this organization from others in 2015 the name was changed to ‘Texas Association of Charitable Clinics”.
TXACC Board of Directors:
Jackie McLaughlin, President
Ms. Jackie McLaughlin currently works with the TX Bell County FCS as an AgriLife Agent. Prior to that she worked for many years with for the State of Texas as the community relations specialist for region 7 of the CHIP/Medicaid program. Her expertise lies in state programming as well as public health issues.
Kara Hill, Vice President
Kara Hill is the President of the Christus Foundation located in Houston, TX. Kara began her career in Columbus, Ohio at New Directions of Knox County, assisting victims of domestic violence. Throughout her career, she has helped homeless individuals find housing as Director of Housing Services with The Salvation Army of Greater Columbus and as Rapid Re-Housing Trainer; she has assisted needy individuals addressing their healthcare needs as Clinic Manager with The Clinic at Faith Mission and as a social worker at Physicians’ Free Clinic. For the past 4 years, Kara led Christ Clinic in Katy, Texas as its Executive Director. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Kara holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She earned her Biblical Leadership Certificate at Vineyard Leadership Institute and successfully completed the Leadership Institute for Non Profit Executives at Rice University. Kara and her husband live in Katy with their two children.
Adam Wright, C.P.A., Board Treasurer
Adam Wright is a Senior Associate of Risk Advisory Services for Weaver and Tidwell, LLP located in Austin TX. In this role he specializes in process improvement services for nonprofits. His previous experience includes working for five years with the State of Texas Auditors Office. He graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Greg Cortez, M.D., Board Member
Dr. Greg Cortez is the Medical Director for the Community Health Plan of Texas, which is administered by United Health Care.
Michael McMillin, J.D.
Michael is an associate at Thompson Knight, LLP in Austin, TX. Michael focuses his practice on regulatory and administrative law as well as civil litigation. His practice emphasizes state and federal energy regulations, energy markets, energy litigation, and government affairs. As part of that practice, he has litigated many cases in front of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), has represented the interests of industrial consumers in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) stakeholder process, and has worked with clients to provide practical solutions for managing a wide range of issues related to their electricity consumption. He also regularly represents clients in state and federal court litigation matters, including appellate matters in front of the Texas Supreme Court.
Larry Robins, MSW, Ex-Oficio
Larry Robins has provided professional leadership to nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years and is the Executive Director for PediPlace, a non-profit pediatric medical practice providing access to quality primary healthcare to uninsured and underinsured North Texas children. Larry’s nonprofit career includes positions with the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center as interim President and CEO and Vice President of Programs, Director of Major Gifts for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and in other leadership positions with organizations in Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Larry serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Medical Center of Lewisville, and is a member of the State of Texas Medicaid Regional Advisory Committee. He earned masters’ degrees in social work and nonprofit management from the University of Southern California and the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and a BA degree from Austin College.
Jody Hopkins, LCSW, ACSW, Executive Director
Jody Hopkins, LCSW, ACSW has been in the non-profit sector for over 29 years with the majority of these years in non-profit management. Jody began her career working with children and families. In 1999 Ms. Hopkins became involved in the free and charitable clinic sector and was an Executive Director for ten years at two different Charitable Clinics. In 2010 Jody was named the Executive Director for the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics. This is a statewide association that supports volunteer based free and charitable clinics. In this role she works with clinics throughout the entire state providing them with information, capacity building resources, and advocacy services. Jody is further involved in the local and statewide nonprofit community and is a member of the community leadership council for the Center for Nonprofits, co-chair of the public policy committee for One Voice Central Texas and serves on the public policy committee for the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. Jody is a licensed social worker and received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston.
Jon Opelt, Board Member
Jon Opelt is the Executive Director of Texas Alliance For Patient Access, a statewide coalition of doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, charity care clinics and physician liability insurers. This advocacy group researched, helped draft, and successfully lobbied for the passage of Texas’ landmark medical lawsuit reforms. Passage of these reforms have substantially reduced lawsuits and liability costs, and have increased the number of doctors practicing in the state. Jon has appeared on “Oprah” and “NBC Nightly News” and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report, as well as leading newspapers and broadcast media outlets in Texas. Before joining TAPA, Opelt served 11 years as the Executive Director of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Houston.
Lisa is a nonprofit consultant located in Houston. Prior to this she was the Executive Director of the Harris County Healthcare Alliance. In this role she worked closely with state policy-makers, foundations, community groups and local leaders to improve the health and healthcare delivery system in the Houston/Harris County area. She formed and oversaw multiple collaborations and partnerships and was also in charge of planning and evaluation.