Interim Chair: Diane Collins
Interim Vice Chair: Sophie Rydin
Secretary: Erin Shirk
Treasurer: Kelly Parmet

Committee on Development:
Committee on Education:
Committee on Membership:

Committee on Standards & Practice:
Committee on Legislative & Political Affairs:
OTA Representative:

 Student Representatives:


Sharon Hennigan
Catherine Graves
Seneca Wilson
Michelle Atanu
Brittany Dilleshaw
Nikita Gandhi

Kyra Brown - TWU 
Sean Bomer - HCC 
Kailie Powder - UTMB 
Listed with Virtual Meeting Site Locations

News and Announcements:

No information for Gulf Coast East District at this time.

Meeting Information:

All regular district meetings will be held the third Wednesday of the month (except for the months of March and August which will be the last Wednesday). Networking begins at 5:45 p.m., with the meetings starting at 6:15 pm. A light meal will be provided at the meetings if sponsor is available.

All meetings are free to TOTA members, $20 for OT and OTA non-members and $10.00 for student non-members. Non-members, please bring exact change or a check. TOTA membership applications will be available at all meetings for all non-members or those in need of membership renewal. Attendees will receive 1 to 1.5 CE credits at all district and cluster group meetings.

Meetings are also broadcast at outlying locations throughout the state via Virtual Meeting. Cut your travel while receiving quality continuing education credits and participating in the activities of TOTA. Check the GCED schedule for location details.

For information regarding upcoming workshops, please contact interim district chair Diane Collins  or visit the calendar

Meeting Locations:

Main Location: Shriner's Hospital for Children6977 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030  [5th Floor Auditorium]
Months Available: Aug, Sept, Oct, Jan, Feb, March, April, May

Virtual Meeting Sites:

Lonestar-Tomball Health Sciences Building 
700 Graham Drive 
Tomball, Texas 77375 
Contact Terra Ruppert, 281-826-5394 
[email protected] 
Months Available: Sept, Oct, Feb, March

Memorial Hermann Southeast 
11800 Astoria Blvd., 3rd floor classroom 
Houston, TX 77089 
Contact: Jodi Jung 
[email protected]
Months Available: Aug, Sept, Oct, Jan, 
Feb, March, April, May
Pima Medical Institute 
10201 Katy Freeway
Suite C, Room 139 
Houston, TX 77024 
Contact: Barbara Palmer
713-778-0778, Ext. 26148 
[email protected]
Months Available: Aug, Sept, Oct, Jan,
Feb, March, April, May
Tomball Independent School District
Special Services Building
1302 Keefer Rd.
Tomball, TX 77375 
Contact: Eileen Garza
[email protected]
Months Available: Aug, Jan, April, May
University of Texas Medical Branch
@ Galveston
 School of Health Professions 
301 University Blvd., Room 2.304
Galveston, TX 77555 
(corner of 13th St. & Mechanic St.) 
Contact: Diane Collins
Cell 412-559-7249
Office: 409-772-3080
[email protected]
Months Available: Aug, Sept, Oct, Jan, 
Feb, March, April, May

 ***Note*** The location previously hosted
at Texas Children’s Hospital-West Campus
is no longer active. If you live in this area
and are interested in starting a new virtual
site, please contact Eileen Garza.

Weather: The following numbers are provided to the members of Gulf Coast East District in the event that the evening of a scheduled meeting is accompanied by severe weather or some other emergency. If the weather is inclement, we will make a determination by 4:00 PM whether to cancel the meeting or not.  If there are weather warnings (severe storms, flash flood, tornado, hurricane, etc) chances are high that we will cancel the meeting. Please call before driving to your meeting site.

Name District Position Phone Number / Email
Diane Collins Chair

[email protected]

Eileen Garza MegaMeeting (713) 805-5147 C 
(281) 356-7559 H
[email protected]


Other District Information: