Board of Directors

SMART Family Literacy is managed by a Board of Directors that meet regularly to oversee all aspects of SMART. We would like to recognize each Board Member for their invaluable service and commitment to SMART and the community we serve. Thank you!

Family Literacy
Board of Directors

​Board President

Elizabeth Beavers, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Special Education, University of Houston - Clear Lake 



Vice President 

Suzanne La Forte, MD, FAAP 

Pediatrician, UTMB

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Secretary and Co-Founder

Ginger Turner

Head Operational Excellence & Data Management; Director Life & Health Business Management, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland



Heidi Coggeshall, MBA

Managing Director (Retired), BNP Paribas; Board President for Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation



Mark Greenwalt  

Professor of Art, College of the Mainland; Artist, Hooks-Epstein Gallery; Past President Texas Association of Schools of Art

Christal G. Burnett Sánchez, Ed.D

Associate Professor of Bilingual Education and Chair, Department of Urban Education, University of Houston-Downtown

Veronica Hugger

Accounting Assistant, Edward J. Walsh & Associates, CPA

Laura Hughes 

Associate Legal Counsel, American National Insurance Co.

Christina Koch

NASA Astronaut, Physics and Engineering

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Kathy Machol, LCDR, MSC, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Retired Social Worker, U.S. Navy and UTMB


Steve Mataro, Disaster Recovery Specialist  

DSW Synergy, Systems, Solutions


Dawn McCarty, Ph.D., LMSW, ACUE

University of Houston-Downtown, Professor of Social Work


Martha Montenegro Norris 

Physicians’ Assistant, UTMB Teen Health Clinic at Ball High

Dominic Etienne, QPA, QKA

Pension Sales Division, American National Insurance Company; 2019 President of United Way Galveston 

Abe DeAnda Jr., MD, FACS, FAHA

Professor and Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vice-Chairman Faculty Development, UTMB