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

Committee on Development: Sharon Hennigan
Committee on Education: Pei-Fen Chang
Committee on Membership: Seneca Wilson
Committee on Standards & Practice: Michelle Atanu
Committee on Legislative & Political Affairs:  
OTA Representative: Nikita Gandhi
Student Representatives: Madeline Maples - TWU
  Sean Bomer - HCC 
  Kailie Powder - UTMB
Liaisons: Listed with Virtual Meeting Site Locations

News and Announcements:

The success of TOTA and GCED rests with our colleagues who serve the membership, volunteering numerous hours to keep you informed of healthcare changes impacting our practice, creating educational and networking opportunities, and delivering benefits to support your professional development and growth.

Throughout this year, the GCED leadership will share their stories of why these colleagues choose to serve our members. Please join us in recognizing and thanking them for their service!!!

This month, we are recognizing Eileen Garza, OTR, ATP/SMS, PhD, FAOTA for her numerous years of leadership and service to TOTA. Click here to read on...

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, 6977 Main St., Houston, TX  77030.

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 
11125 Equity Drive 

OTA classroom (229) on the second floor
Houston, TX 77041
Contact: Barbara Palmer
713-778-0778, Ext. 26148 
[email protected]
Months Available: Aug, Sept, Oct, Jan,
Feb, March, April,

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 Virtual Site [email protected]

Meeting Handouts:

Other District Information: