Newborn Screening Advisory Committee Members

Membership Appointments and Terms

An application process is required to become a member of the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee. Candidates must complete an application and include at least two (2) letters of recommendation. In spring 2010, the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) appointed the initial nine (9) members of the committee. Initial members served staggered terms of two to six years.

In spring 2013, the passage of House Bill 740 during the 83rd Legislative Session (R), amended Texas Health & Safety Code §33.017 increasing the minimum number of committee members in certain categories, requiring at least four (4) physicians licensed to practice medicine in Texas, at least two (2) hospital representatives, at least two (2) persons who have family members affected by a condition, and at least two (2) healthcare providers. As vacancies occur or terms expire, applications are solicited and appointments are made to fill vacant or expired terms.

Current Committee Members

Charleta Guillory, MD – Harris County (Committee Chair)
Membership Position – Physician/Neonatal
Term expires April 30, 2019 

Charletta Guillory is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Neonatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Guillory also serves as the associate director of the Level II Nurseries at Texas Children’s Hospital and as director of Texas Children’s Hospital Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program. She is a board certified physician in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and an M.D. from Louisiana State University Medical School. Dr. Guillory is completing her Master of Science degree in Public Health at the University of Texas, School of Public Health. She has extensive experience in the care of newborns, including those with genetic and metabolic disorders, and has served in leadership roles with various organizations, including the March of Dimes and the Texas Pediatric Society. 

Alice K. Gong, MD – Bexar County (Committee Vice-Chair)
Membership Position – Physician/Neonatal
Term expires April 30, 2020 

Alice Gong is a board certified physician in pediatrics and neonatal perinatal medicine. She is a professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio since 1985 and a staff neonatologist at University Hospital, San Antonio. She served as co-chair of the Texas Pulse Oximetry Project (TxPOP) coalition which developed educational materials about critical congenital heart disease screening for newborns in Texas. Dr. Gong has served on numerous committees and boards related to pediatric health including March of Dimes Texas State Advocacy and Government Affairs, Texas Pediatric Society Board, Texas Medical Association Council on Science and Public Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, International Lactation Consultant Association, and Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies Executive Board. Dr. Gong is an original member of the Texas Newborn Screening Advisory Committee established in 2010. She has been an active member and was recently elected as vice-chair of the committee.  

Michael E. Speer, MD – Harris County 
Membership Position – Physician/Neonatal
Term expires April 30, 2018 

Michael E. Speer is a board certified physician in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and is employed with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as a professor of pediatrics and medical ethics. He serves on numerous committees and boards related to pediatric health and newborn screening. He is a board member of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and vice-chair of the executive committee of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies. Dr. Speer served for six years on the board of trustees of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), including serving as chair. He served for 40 years on the Texas Pediatric Society’s Committee on Fetus & Newborn. Dr. Speer maintains professional memberships with the TMA (president, 2012-2013); the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (president, 2003-2005); the Texas Perinatal Association (president, 1993-1995); and the Harris County Medical Society (president, 2000). He has extensive experience including 39 years as a practicing neonatologist at a Level IV NICU at Texas Children’s Hospital. He has written and lectured on congenital, metabolic disorders and newborn screening throughout his career. Dr. Speer has served as a very active and vocal member of the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee since 2012, providing invaluable expertise and knowledge.

Elizabeth “Kaili” Stehel, MD – Dallas County 
Membership Position – Physician 
Term expires April 30, 2019

Elizabeth “Kaili” Stehel is a board certified physician in pediatrics and is a board certified lactation consultant. She is employed with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as an associate professor of pediatrics as well as Pediatrix Medical Group. Dr. Stehel also is a professor of pediatrics at Texas A&M University. She works in the newborn nurseries at Parkland Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center Texas. Her experience working in the Dallas/Fort Worth region expands the geographical perspective of the committee. She participated in the HB411 Oversight Committee as an external stakeholder with knowledge and expertise in the statewide implementation of the parental consent in newborn screening. Dr. Stehel is a member of the Texas Medical Association Maternal and Perinatal Health Committee and a member of the Texas Pediatric Society Fetus.

Joseph Schneider, MD – Dallas County
Membership Position – Physician
Term expires April 30, 2020 

Joseph Schneider is a board certified physician in pediatrics and is a pediatrician in the newborn nursery at UT Southwestern/Parkland Hospital in Dallas since 2006. Dr. Schneider also holds a Master of Business Administration with substantial experience in clinical informatics and a focus on newborn screening. He has served on numerous committees and boards including the American Academy of Pediatrics, chair and vice-chair for the Council on Clinical Information Technology Executive Committee; Texas Medical Association, chair for the Council on Practice Management, and chair for the Committee on Health Information Technology; Texas Pediatric Society, Board of Directors, Committees on Practice, Legislation, Children with Disabilities and Hospital Practice; and Dallas County Medical Society, chair on the Council of Socioeconomics. Dr. Schneider currently serves as an appointee of the Follow Up and Treatment Workgroup of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. He was an appointee to the Texas State Medicaid Medical Advisory Committee with the Texas Pediatric Society.

Tiffany House, JD – Bexar County 
Membership Position – Family Affected by a Condition
Term expires April 30, 2019
 
Tiffany House has devoted years to the advocacy and education of Texans and individuals across the country on Pompe Disease, a rare neuromuscular disease that affects approximately 1 in 40,000 people worldwide. Ms. House is in a unique position to advocate for newborn screening as she is an individual living with the disease. She was diagnosed with Pompe Disease in 1994 and has been very active in the Pompe community for over 20 years. Her efforts have included early diagnosis and treatment of newborns and children to facilitate the best outcomes. Ms. House serves as president on the following organizations: Acid Maltase Deficiency Association and the International Pompe Association. Additionally, she is a patient representative with the United States Food and Drug Administration. Ms. House earned both a Bachelor of Administration and a Master of Arts from The University of Texas at San Antonio; and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. 

Benna Timperlake, RN – Nueces County
Membership Position – Family Affected by a Condition
Term expires April 30, 2018 

Benna Timperlake has devoted years to the advocacy and education of Texans with hearing disorders, including working with national advocacy organizations promoting universal newborn hearing screening. Ms. Timperlake currently serves as an appointed member of the Texas Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Advisory Board, and was president of the Nueces County Medical Society Alliance (1996-2000). She was appointed to the Texas Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, and was executive director (2006-2009). Ms. Timperlake currently serves as a director at Halo Flight air ambulance service and South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind. She also volunteered with the American Society for Deaf Children (president, 1994-1996). Ms. Timperlake earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and obtained a registered nurse license in Louisiana. She is a Texas BEI Certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. Her education also includes training in pediatric nursing, and in ASL and Deafness. Ms. Timperlake has extensive experience working with newborns and children with a variety of anomalies and congenital conditions. She has presented at conferences on parenting deaf children and has published articles in national publications. Ms. Timperlake resides in Corpus Christi, a more rural region of the state, which expands the geographical perspective of the committee.

Nancy Louise Beck, MD – Lubbock County
Membership Position – Healthcare Provider
Term expires April 30, 2018

Nancy Louise Beck is a board certified physician in pediatrics, and includes a specialty in pediatric endocrinology. She is employed with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as an assistant professor. Dr. Beck’s extensive educational background includes a bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in nutrition and she is a registered dietitian. She completed her pediatric residency at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin and her pediatric endocrine fellowship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Beck is currently a pediatric endocrinologist at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. With her background in endocrinology and nutrition, she brings the knowledge and experience related to the screening and treatment of newborn and childhood metabolic disorders to the committee. Dr. Beck currently practices in West Texas and her experience working in a border region expands the geographical perspective of the committee. She previously served on the Pediatric Endocrine Society, Obesity Committee, and she has been an active member of the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee since 2013.

Scott D. McLean, MD – Bexar County
Membership Position – Healthcare Provider
Term expires April 30, 2020

Scott McLean is a board certified physician in clinical genetics and works at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. McLean is directly involved in the follow-up care of infants who receive an abnormal newborn screening test. He teaches residents and faculty about newborn screening, hearing loss, and inborn errors of metabolism. He developed a multidisciplinary newborn screening follow-up clinic to serve patients in San Antonio and the surrounding region. Dr. McLean has been involved with public policy for newborn screening for at least 25 years. He is a board member of the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas and Jewish Family Service of San Antonio. He served for 26 years as a medical officer in the United States Army and developed the Department of Defense policy for newborn screening and clinical genetics. Dr. McLean has been a member of the Texas Newborn Screening Advisory Committee since 2014. He has been an active member, and brings extensive experience in policy development and patient care in the area of newborn screening, particularly regarding population-based genetic screening.

Tiffany McKee-Garrett, MD – Harris County 
Membership Position – Hospital Representative 
Term expires April 30, 2020 

Tiffany McKee-Garrett is a physician specializing in pediatrics. She has been a newborn hospitalist for almost 20 years, specializing in neonatal and perinatal medicine. She was a lead physician involved in the implementation of newborn screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Dr. McKee-Garrett has a leadership role at Texas Children’s and regularly reviews newborn screening data, allowing her to be familiar with barriers to screening, education of providers, and quality improvement initiatives for newborn screening. She was involved in the newborn screening initiative for universal hearing screening, and as an associate medical director, was directly involved in the opening of a Mother-Baby Unit (MBU) at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston in 2012. Dr. McKee-Garrett was a team member on the Texas Pulse Oximetry Project (TxPOP) coalition that allowed her to educate students, interns, residents, and families on the importance of newborn screening. She has served as a member on the Texas Pediatric Society Fetus and Newborn Committee. 

Linda Zediana, RN – Tarrant County 
Membership Position – Hospital Representative
Term expires April 30, 2020

Linda Zediana has 11 years of experience as a registered nurse with the Mother-Baby Unit at Baylor Scott and White Hospital, Fort Worth. She is the charge nurse and unit leader for newborn screening in the nursery. She trains and supports experienced and new graduate nurses in the collection of blood specimens as part of an ASPIRE project, which is a successful quality initiative for proper blood spot sampling in newborn screening. Ms. Zediana also trains and educates staff nurses and technicians who provide direct care to moms and newborns. She advocates in raising awareness on proper newborn screening and follow-up in pregnancy centers and pediatric offices. She collaborates with the hospital management staff, hospital laboratory, education department, and Family Center Unit for proper newborn screening processes. In addition to her experience within Texas, she was on staff in the level II nursery in Massachusetts. Ms. Zediana has served in an advocacy role with Pastor Craig Johnson’s Champions Club, which focuses on incorporating sensory learning in a church setting to children with special needs.

Last updated June 16, 2017