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.
Mrs. Kara Hill is the Executive Director of the Christ Clinic in Katy, Texas.
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.
Donelle M. Barnes PhD, RN, CNE. Board Secretary
Dr. Donelle Barnes is an Associate Professor, College of Nursing, the University of Texas at Arlington. She teaches research with graduate nursing students, and is
studying blood pressure control in hypertensive Mexican immigrants. As a volunteer, she chairs the Board of Mission Fort Worth, and volunteers as an English/Spanish interpreter for the primary providers.
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.
Mr. Michael McMillin is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is currently employed with Thompson & Knight LLP, located in Austin, TX. Michael is a commercial litigation associate. Michael assists with civil litigation, writing and research, depositions, and case strategy. He has handled several active pro bono matters, including contract and family disputes.
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 27 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. From 2011-2013 Jody served on the state Task Force to Improve Nonprofit Relations. 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 Mayes, Board Member