Seven new members join UT Health Northeast Development Board

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February 28, 2014

Seven new members join UT Health Northeast Development Board

February 28, 2014

Seven new members recently joined the UT Health Northeast Development Board. They are Mike Allen; the Rev. Ralph E. Caraway, Sr.; Charles Hill; Janet Hills; Felicity Reedy; Eleanor Stringer; and Ed Thompson.

“We are very pleased to welcome these seven outstanding individuals as members of our development board. Their unique perspectives and talents will help UT Health grow and achieve its full potential in providing excellent health care, innovative research, and comprehensive education for the residents of Northeast Texas,” said UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun.

White_star_blk_bckgrd_02-28-14 Seven new members join UT Health Northeast Development BoardAllen is an estate planning attorney and is board certified in estate planning and probate law. He has served on the Austin College Board of Trustees, as well as the governing boards of the East Texas Communities Foundation, Hospice of East Texas Foundation, and Mercy Ships Foundation.

The Rev. Caraway, Sr., is pastor of St. Louis Baptist Church in Tyler. He has served on the Tyler City Council, the city of Tyler’s Half Cent Sales Tax Board, CASA for Kids of East Texas Board, and the Texas State Baptist Educational Convention Board.

Hill is east region customer operations manager for Oncor. He serves on the Texas College Board of Trustees and the governing board of the Park of East Texas. Hill is the incoming chairman of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hills’ professional vocation is volunteering. She has been president of the Junior League of Tyler, the TMF Foundation Board, and the Stepping Stone Scholarship Foundation.

Reedy is president of the Genecov Group, a company that invests in oil and gas interests and commercial real estate. She has served on the Tyler City Council and has been chairman of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tyler Economic Development Council, and the Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas.

Stringer has been active in the Tyler community for many years. She has served as an officer on the boards of the Women’s Symphony League and Historic Tyler; she also has served as chairman of the administrative board of Marvin United Methodist Church.

Thompson is president of Northchase Development LLC, a planned mixed-use residential area that includes retail, commercial, and office space, as well as greenspace. He has served on the boards of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Tyler Area Builders Association. Thompson currently is on the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.

Bob Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Fair Oil Company, is chairman of the development board, which has 23 members.

For 65 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, and primary care. Its annual budget of $150 million represents a major economic impact of over $350 million for Northeast Texas. Since 2004, scientists in the Biomedical Research Center have been awarded more than $122 million research dollars. As the university medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities across the state and beyond. It also sponsors the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. For more information, visit

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