Board of Directors

Monica Brown, MD, MPH
Founder/Executive Director

Dr. Monica Brown attended college, medical school, and graduate school in the University of Texas system. Dr. Brown has completed residencies in Emergency Medicine and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Brown is also actively involved in leadership positions within other medical organizations. In addition to this, she participates in international medical missions in various countries. Dr. Brown is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She has held several leadership positions in the sorority.

Karin Martin Howard
Board member

Karin Martin Howard retired after 43 years as an educator and secondary school administrator.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. Counseling and vocational educational credentials allowed her to counsel and prepare students for the workforce. She is a member Park Windsor Baptist Church, co-chairing several ministries and a proud Cultural Pearl in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She also has the honor of being a charter member of Gamma Kappa Undergraduate Chapter, at California State University Long Beach.

Jeremy D. Nelson
Board member

Jeremy D. Nelson currently serves as the Regional Operational Manager of the PacTrans Federal Credit Union. With over 10 years of credit union experience, Jeremy is adept in team leadership, business development and revenue generation. He is a powerful force in the workplace. He uses his positive attitude to encourage others to work hard and succeed. Jeremy graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Jeremy is a devoted Christian and is fully committed to the ministry of his local church. He volunteers his time to assist his ministry in serving essential needs to the community. Jeremy loves spending quality time with his family. He is very influential and an asset to society.


Betty Smith
Board member

Betty Smith, a native of Louisiana attended Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Healthcare Administration as well as a Master of Science from Texas Southern University. She is presently working on a Doctoral degree in Healthcare Management. She retired after serving 23 years in Harris Health Systems (formerly the Harris County Hospital District) and in June 2021 after 30 years of service as an adjunct professor retired the Houston Community College Systems.  She is the owner of a first aid, CPR and AED training service in Houston, Texas and a co-founder of the Gabriel Home Healthcare Services. She serves the president of the women’s ministry at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Houston.