By Jerry Saavedra, Senior Local Policy Manager
The American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to announce the formation of the 2015-2016 Texas State Leadership Council – Smoke-Free. The SLC for Smoke-Free, as those of us at the AHA who like to use acronyms like to call it, will work to provide critical advice and support for AHA’s smoke-free efforts across the great state of Texas.
The SLC membership is comprised of a diverse set of AHA volunteer leaders united in their vision for a smoke-free Texas. While some are veterans of AHA who have already played integral roles in local smoke-free campaigns, others are new to the AHA family and are already contributing fresh and new ideas.
While working on smoke-free policy is a huge responsibility and undertaking where people’s lives are literally at stake, having a group of top-notch volunteers to support our efforts makes all the difference in the world. We are humbled and excited to begin working with this great group of people.
2015-2016 Texas State Leadership Council Membership
- Mathew Harris (Chair)
Attorney, Matthew Harris Law, PLLC
- Annette Torres (Co-Chair)
El Paso, Texas
Program Coordinator at A Smoke-Free Paso Del Norte
- Michael Clintsman
Owner, Local Bar & Grill/ Bar PM
- Ruthie Ewers
Chairman Smoke-Free Harlingen, American Heart Association
- Steve Love
President/CEO, Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council
- LaShonda Malrey-Horne
Residency & Education Program Manager, UT Health Northeast
- Bill Owen
Senior Business & Communications Consultant, Southwest Airlines
- Randy Riggs
Tax Assessor Collector, McLennan County
- Dr. Thomas Tenner
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Neurosciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – School of Medicine