Gina Hardalo Pepchinski – President
Gina Hardalo Pepchinski has been involved with Project DOCC Houston as a parent teacher volunteer since 2003. She is the mother of an adult son who has diagnoses of autism, apraxia and Lennox-Gaustaut Syndrome. Upon his initial diagnosis of autism, Gina began using her professional skills as a reference librarian to provide information and referral to other families through the PDD-IDA parent support group. She served as vice president of that organization for over 10 years. Gina is a native of Massapequa, New York who has lived in Houston since 1982. In addition to a Masters in Library Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she has a BA from Cornell University and an MA in Hispanic Linguistics from Indiana University. She has worked as a reference librarian for Houston Public Library and Houston Community College. Her hobbies include knitting, crocheting and beading.
Mary Bramlett Gibbs - Treasurer
Mary Gibbs is a professional fundraising consultant with Dulworth & Gibbs, a community volunteer and a mother of 3 children. She has extensive background in operations management and corporate communications in the banking industry, and began her fundraising career 8 years ago in an effort to better balance her work and family life. She is currently serving as the VP of Philanthropy with the Bayou City Chapter of the National Charity League and has served on the boards of numerous Houston-area charities. She is the mother of three children, Meryl, and twins Connor and Jason, 11 years. In her (rare) free time, she enjoys spending time at her farm in Carmine, Texas.
Carmen Dickerson LCSW - Director
Now retired from social work position for more than 30 years at The Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital, Carmen has dedicated her life to children with disabilities and their families. She enjoys staying busy with her volunteer work and her two grandchildren. She is a member of the Families Can Advisory Board.
Stephen Fletcher M.D., University of Texas Medical School Houston
Dr. Fletcher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School Houston. Dr. Stephen Fletcher received his doctorate of osteopathic medicine from North Texas State University Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital and Memorial Hermann Hospital, and completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Dallas Children's Hospital. Dr. Fletcher is board certified in neurosurgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, and has a special interest in brain tumors and vascular disorders in children.
Jo Ann Formby, Psy.D.
Jo Ann Formby Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Texas. As a resident of Houston since 1993 she has been actively involved in many professional and volunteer roles in providing services and support to those in the disabled community. Jo Ann has a private practice with Renewing Hope, located in the Houston area. Jo Ann is also employed with Vericare in the delivery of psychological services to geriatric and rehabilitation patients. Being born with a congenital disability, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Jo Ann is familiar with life with physical challenges. She is passionate about empowering and enabling people to live their lives as fully as possible despite whatever physical and mental challenges they may face. Jo Ann was recently appointed as a commissioner on the Houston Commission on Disabilities.
Jonathan Horowitz - Director
Jonathan Horowitz is a partner in Lasco Enterprises, LLC, the parent company for The Tasting Room Wine Cafes, MAX’s Wine Dive restaurants, and The Black Door retail wine sales concept. Jonathan is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and oversees all communications and media relations for the MAX’s Wine Dive restaurants in three cities, the three Tasting Room locations in Houston, and The Black Door concept at all locations. Jonathan is extremely proud of his involvement in the community, including his service on the Board of Directors for Stages Theatre, his prior service as the president of the Board of Directors for the non-profit performing arts group Project Divisi, and his direct association with and support of Texas Children’s Hospital and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A graduate of Rice University and South Texas College of Law, Jonathan spent 6 years practicing law before following his entrepreneurial dream. His young son, Samuel, was born with Sturge-Weber Syndrome and has been battling seizures and glaucoma since he was four months old. In addition, in less than four years, Samuel received over a dozen laser treatments under anesthesia to reduce the port-wine stain on the right side of his face. Consequently, Jonathan is acutely aware of the issues parents and doctors face when dealing with chronically ill children. On the other hand, Sammy is just waiting for the time his dad opens a restaurant named after him.
Angela Mazur M.D. - Director
Angela Mazur is a general pediatrician who specializes in the care of children with complex medical needs. She completed both medical school and residency education at Baylor College of Medicine, and has experienced the Project DOCC curriculum first hand. She is now working at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Special Needs Primary Care Clinic. Every day she is humbled by the strength and resilience of her patients, and by their parents’ tireless efforts as caregivers and advocates. Her interests are focused on improving the education of medical students and residents about the needs of children with complex medical issues and their families.
Bonnie Smith RN, BSN
Bonnie Smith, RN, BSN is Director of Marketing for The Care Group/REACH Therapy Center. She has worked in the home healthcare industry since 1985 and held positions in clinical management, program development, and marketing/business development. Her experience is primarily related to program development to meet the complex care needs of chronically ill/disabled children and adults in their home. This has included educating healthcare professionals and payers on viable care options in the home setting. Bonnie has participated in event planning and educational conference planning committees such as Case Management Society of America and Association for Rehabilitation Nurses.
Safieh Campbell, Associate with Locke Lord LLP
Elaine Hime is the Program Director of Project DOCC, Delivery of Chronic Care, and coordinates DOCC at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and DOCC at The University of Texas Medical School Houston (UTMSH). Beginning in 2002 as Program Director, Elaine formulized Project DOCC at BCM from a volunteer project into a non-profit organization, secured funding, increased the roster of parent teachers and expanded DOCC to UTMSH in 2008. Elaine also serves as a DOCC parent teacher and enjoys training pediatric residents. In 1993, Elaine developed The Resource Guide for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Houston and Surrounding Areas and has updated, bartered for the Spanish translation and reprinted The Resource Guide for the past 18 years in partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital. Elaine has served on several state and local advisory councils concerning services for families of children with special health care needs and Medicaid Managed Care and is currently an appointed member on the Children Policy Council with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Elaine Hime and her husband Jim are the parents of three adult children including their youngest son Rutherford who has multiple disabilities and is medically fragile. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Zoology, Elaine enjoys caring for her dogs and has worked for the Houston Zoo in the Education Department as an Evening Specialist.
Robin Powell is our Financial/Administrative staff member. She holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA, both from the University of Houston Central Campus. Robin also received her CPA certificate in 1997. Robin has 20 years of Corporate and Tax Accounting experience and 14 years of Non-profit Accounting experience and works with multiple charities in the Houston area. Robin is married and has three children and has lived in the Houston area for over 33 years.