HNTC Advisory Committee

The CDC has provided each RTMCC with their expectations for the development and composition of RTMCC Advisory Committees. CDC guidance states that each RTMCC have an Advisory Committee to provide key direction in the planning and implementation of trainings, product development and medical consultation activities.

The purpose, tasks, duration of terms, composition of committee members, number of meetings, etc. for the members have been outlined in a written policy. The composition of the Heartland Advisory Committee was made based on geographical representation, low and high prevalence areas, and urban and rural areas; the breakdown is listed below:

  1. Three to four TB Controllers representing the jurisdictions of the HNTC region;
  2. Three to four TB Education Focal Points representing the jurisdictions of the HNTC region;
  3. Three Medical and/or Nurse Consultants representing the jurisdictions of the HNTC region;
  4. The Medical Director/PI, the Assistant Medical Director/PI and the Executive Director

Each year, the Advisory Committee meets in San Antonio, Texas to provide input on Heartland's current activities and products as well as advice on future work plans. In addition, several conference calls are conducted to further facilitate communication and the decision-making process. Please feel free to contact any of the Advisory Committee members or Heartland staff to share your suggestions and questions.

Committee Members

  • Arizona Department of Health Services

    Cherie Stafford, RN

    TB Nurse Coordinator

    150 North 18th Avenue, Suite 110

    Phoenix, AZ 85007

    Phone: 602-364-0715

    Fax: 602-364-3267

    Email: cherie.fulk@azdhs.gov

    Committee Role: Nurse/Ed. Focal Point

    Position in TB Program: TB Nurse Coordinator

  • Arkansas Department of Health

    Leonard Mukasa, MBChB PhD

    Chief Epidemiology Officer

    TB Control Program

    4815 West Markham St., Slot 45

    Little Rock, AR 72205

    Phone: 501-280-4106

    Fax: 501-661-2226

    Email: leonard.mukasa@arkansas.gov

    Committee Role: Epidemiologist

    Position in TB Program: Chief Epidemiologist

  • Baylor College of Medicine

    Andrea Cruz, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics

    6621 Fannin Street, MC 1-1481, A210

    Houston, Texas 77030

    Phone: 832-824-5582

    Fax: 832-825-1182

    Email: atcruz@texaschildrens.org

    Committee Role: Ex-officio

    Position in TB Program: Physician

  • Heartland National TB Center

    David Griffith, MD, Assistant Medical Director

    11937 US Hwy 271

    Tyler, Texas 75708

    Phone: 903-877-7267

    Fax: 903-877-5566

    Email: david.griffith@uthct.edu

    Committee Role: Heartland National TB Center

  • Heartland National TB Center

    Stephanie Ott, Executive Director

    Heartland National TB Center

    2303 SE Military Drive

    San Antonio, TX 78223

    Phone: 210-531-4542

    Fax: 210-531-4590

    Email: stephanie.ott@uthct.edu

    Committee Role: Heartland National TB Center

  • Heartland National TB Center

    Barbara Seaworth, MD, Medical Director

    Heartland National TB Center

    2303 SE Military Drive

    San Antonio, TX 78223

    Phone: 210-531-4541

    Fax: 210-531-4500

    Email: barbara.seaworth@dshs.state.tx.us

    Committee Role: Heartland National TB Center

  • Heartland National TB Center

    Alysia Wayne

    Heartland National TB Center

    2303 SE Military Drive

    San Antonio, TX 78223

    Phone: 210-531-4540

    Fax: 210-531-4590

    Email: alysia.wayne@uthct.edu

    Committee Role: Ex-officio

  • Houston Department of Health and Human Services

    Barbarah Martinez, RN, BSN

    Chief Nurse

    Bureau of TB Control

    8000 North Stadium Drive

    Houston, TX 77054

    Phone: 832-393-4771

    Fax: 832-393-5245

    Email: barbarah.martinez@houstontx.gov

    Committee Role: Nurse

    Position in TB Program: Chief Nurse

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment

    Phil Griffin, BBA, CPM

    Deputy Director

    Kansas Tuberculosis Controller

    1000 SW Jackson, Suite 210

    Topeka, KS 66612

    Phone: 785-296-8893

    Fax:785-291-3732

    Email: pgriffin@kdheks.gov

    Committee Role: TB Controller

    Position in TB Program: TB Controller

  • Louisiana Department of Public Health

    Michael Lacassagne, MPH, MT (AAB)

    Program Director

    1450 Poydras Ave. Suite-1239

    New Orleans, LA 70112

    Phone: 504-568-5015

    Fax: 504-568-5016

    Email: michael.lacassagne@la.gov

    Committee Role: TB Controller

    Position in TB Program: TB Controller

  • Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

    Teresa Wortmann, RN

    TB Elimination Program

    930 Wildwood Drive

    Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

    Phone: 573-526-7386

    Fax: 573-526-0234

    Email: teresa.wortmann@health.mo.gov

    Committee Role: Nurse

    Position in TB Program: PH Senior Nurse, MDR Coordinator

  • Central Nebraska Infectious Disease Clinic

    Daniel Brailita, MD

    Infectious Disease Specialist

    715 North Kansas Avenue, Suite 204

    Hastings, NE 68901

    Phone: 402-461-5358

    Fax: 402-461-5368

    Email: dbrailita@marylanning.org

    Committee Role: Physician

    Medical TB Consultant

  • New Mexico Department of Health

    Marcos Burgos, MD, Medical Director

    Tuberculosis Program

    New Mexico Department of Health

    1 University of New Mexico

    MSC105550

    Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

    Phone: 505-205-2434

    Fax: 505-841-4172

    Email: mburgos@salud.unm.edu

    Committee Role: Ex-officio

    Position in TB Program: Physician

  • New Mexico Department of Health

    Diana Fortune, RN, BSN

    TB Control Program

    1190 St. Francis Drive

    Santa Fe, NM 87505

    Phone: 505-827-2473

    Fax: 505-827-0163

    Email: diana.fortune@state.nm.us

    Committee Role: Nurse/Ed. Focal Point

    Position in TB Program: TB Program Manager

  • Oklahoma State Department of Health

    Charles Harvey, DO

    TB Controller

    Acute Disease Service

    1000 NE 10th

    Oklahoma City, OK 73117

    Phone: 405-271-4060

    Fax: 405-271-6680

    Email: charlesh@health.ok.gov

    Committee Role: TB Controller/Physician

    Position in TB Program: Associate TB Controller

  • Texas Children’s Hospital

    Jeff Starke, MD

    Director, Infection Control

    6621 Fannin St., Suite 1150

    11th Floor, MC 3-2371

    Houston, TX 77030

    Phone: 832-824-4330

    Fax: 832-825-4347

    Email: jrstarke@texaschildrens.org

    Committee Role: Ex-officio

    Position in TB Program: Physician

  • Texas Department of State Health Services

    Sandra Morris

    TB Controller

    Mail Code 1939

    PO Box 149347

    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Phone: 512-533-3128

    Fax: 512-533-3167

    Email: Sandraa.morris@dshs.state.tx.us

    Committee Role: TB Controller

    Position in TB Program: TB Controller