2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Board President

Elizabeth Beavers, Ph.D. 

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

 

President Elect (2023 President) 

Dominic Etienne, QPA, QKA

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

 

Immediate Past President

Abe DeAnda Jr., MD, FACS, FAHA

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

 

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

 

Treasurer

Heidi Coggeshall, MBA

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

  

Director and Co-Founder 

Mark Greenwalt  

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

Directors

Christal G. Burnett Sánchez, Ed.D

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

Veronica Hugger (served as President 2011 through 2015, VP 2021) 

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

2021 Board of Directors

President

Abe DeAnda Jr., MD, FACS, FAHA

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

 

President Elect (2022 President)

Elizabeth Beavers, Ph.D.

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

  

Immediate Past President

Dominic Etienne, QPA, QKA

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

 

Vice President

Veronica Hugger (served as President 2011 through 2015)

Accounting Assistant, Edward J. Walsh & Associates, CPA

 

Treasurer

Heidi Coggeshall, MBA, Harvard

Retired Investment Banker, BNP Paribas; Goldman, Sachs, & Co.; Board President for Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation

 

Secretary and Co-Founder

Ginger Turner 

Director, Life & Health Business Management, Swiss Reinsurance Co., Zurich, Switzerland

 

Christal G. Burnett- Sanchez, Ed.D. (served as President 2017) 

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

 

Mark Greenwalt, Co-Founder 

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

 

Laura Hughes

Associate Legal Counsel, American National Insurance Co. 

 

Christina Koch

NASA Astronaut, Physics and Engineering

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

 

Suzanne La Forte, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician, UTMB

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

 

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

Retired Social Worker, U.S. Navy and UTMB

 

Steve Mataro (served as President 2018) 

Co-Owner, DSW Homes

 

Martha Montenegro Norris

Physicians’ Assistant, UTMB Teen Health Clinic at Ball High

 

Heather Rivers

Environmental Engineer, Valero Energy

 

2021 Youth Representative

Position vacant

2020 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors includes professionals from the education, medical, and business sectors; expertise from the fields of science, math, art, reading, technology; expertise from early childhood, health, and bilingual literacy fields, and representatives from all age groups. 

 

Board President

Dominic Etienne, QPA, QKA

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

 

President Elect (2021 President)

Abe DeAnda Jr., MD, FACS, FAHA

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

 

Immediate Past President

Suzanne La Forte, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician, UTMB

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

 

Vice President

Laura Hughes

Associate Legal Counsel, American National Insurance Co.

 

Secretary and Co-Founder

Ginger Turner 

Director, Life & Health Business Management, Swiss Reinsurance Co., Zurich, Switzerland

 

Treasurer

Veronica Hugger (served as President 2011 through 2015)

Accounting Assistant, Edward J. Walsh & Associates, CPA

 

Co-Founder

Mark Greenwalt 

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

 

Elizabeth Beavers, Ph.D.

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

 

Christal G. Burnett- Sanchez, Ed.D. (served as President 2017) 

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

 

Heidi Coggeshall, MBA, Harvard

Retired Investment Banker, BNP Paribas; Goldman, Sachs, & Co.; Board President for Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation

 

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

Retired Social Worker, U.S. Navy and UTMB

 

Steve Mataro (served as President 2018) 

Co-Owner, DSW Homes

 

Martha Montenegro Norris

Physicians’ Assistant, UTMB Teen Health Clinic at Ball High

 

Heather Rivers

Environmental Engineer, Valero Energy

 

2020 Youth Representative

Mindy Fu, Ball High Senior, Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society), volunteer recruiter

New Board Member Tool Kit

SMART Family Literacy welcomes new applicants to our active and dedicated Board of Directors. To learn more about the skills we are seeking and to serve as a member of the Board of Directors, complete commitment form and conflict of interest statement and return to: SMART Family Literacy, 2728 Avenue Q, Suite 1A, Galveston, Texas 77550.  

Responsibilities of Board of Directors

 

  • The SMART Board meets quarterly, but individual board members participate in projects, volunteer days, and committees in between quarterly meetings.  

  • Board members must agree to respond to email in a timely manner, especially for voting on issues that arise between meetings. 

  • Directors and Officers sign a Board Member Commitment. 

From the SMART Board: Thinking About Literacy

 

"No Laughing Matter: Can Comic Books Teach?" by Marina Krakovsky

 

School readiness has long been touted as a way to ensure the best educational outcomes, but a new study indicates that it can also help with health outcomes too. https://www.contemporarypediatrics.com/view/kindergarten-readiness-has-long-reaching-education-and-health-outcomes

School readiness has long been touted as a way to ensure the best educational outcomes, but a new study indicates that it can also help with health outcomes too. https://www.contemporarypediatrics.com/view/kindergarten-readiness-has-long-reaching-education-and-health-outcomes

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/us/pediatrics-group-to-recommend-reading-aloud-to-children-from-birth.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/06/01/615188051/lets-stop-talking-about-the-30-million-word-gap 

"The Early Catastrophe:  The 30 Million Word Gap" by Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley