Gulf Coast East District


Chair: Anna Haertling
Vice Chair: Diane Collins
Secretary: Erin Shirk
Treasurer: Kelly Parmet
Committee on Development/Public Relations: OPEN
Committee on Education: Catherine Graves
Committee on Membership : OPEN
Committee on Standards and Practice: OPEN
Committee on Legislative and Political Affairs: OPEN
OTA Representative: Nikita Gandhi
Members-At-Large: Len Sobel
Student Representative (UTMB): Ashley Fox
Student Representative (HCC): Sean Bomer
Student Representative (TWU): Jade Sanchez
Student Representative (Lone Star College): OPEN
Student Representative (PMI): OPEN

District Meetings

  • 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.
  • Receive 1 to 1.5 CE credits at all district and cluster group meetings. All meetings are free to TOTA members, $20 for OT and OTA non-members and $10.00 for student non-members. 
  • For general information TOTA or district meetings, contact District Chair Anna Haertling.
  • If you are a member of TOTA, you should receive meeting reminders and other information via email. If your membership is current and you are not receiving these emails, contact District Chair Anna Haertling to get added to the email list.
  • Interested in hosting a cluster group Virtual Meeting? Contact Eileen Garza at 281-356-7559 for details.

Save On Travel With Virtual Meetings
Gulf Coast East District 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.

GCED Meeting Dates for 2018-2019


August 29, 2018
September 19, 2018
October 17, 2018
November: No Meeting
December: No Meeting
January 16, 2019
February 20, 2019
March 27, 2019
April 17, 2019
May 15, 2019


GCED Meeting Locations for 2018-2019

Shriner's Hospital for Children
5th Floor Auditorium
6977 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030
(Free parking in the attached garage)
Contact: Anna Haertling
[email protected]
Months Available: Aug, Sept, Oct, Jan, Feb, March, 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

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

Tomball Independent School District
Special Services Building
1302 Keefer Rd.
Tomball, TX 77375
Contact: Eileen Garza
[email protected]
Months Available: Aug, Jan, April, May

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

***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.


Emergency Numbers
Gulf Coast East District Meetings  

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.

Name District Position Phone Number / Email
Anna Haertling Chair (573) 587-2757 C
[email protected]
Eileen Garza MegaMeeting (713) 805-5147 C
(281) 356-7559 H
[email protected]
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.

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