The board of trustees comprises physicians, non-physicians and consumer (Medicare) beneficiary representatives.
For more information regarding TMF’s corporate mission and governance structure, visit the TMF website.
Gary W. Floyd, MD - Chair
Dr. Floyd is a pediatrician with the JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is a diplomate at The American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Floyd is a delegate to the Texas Medical Association and a member of the Tarrant County Medical Society Board of Directors. Dr. Floyd has served on the TMF board since 2015.
Timothy Graves, MSSW - Vice Chair
Mr. Graves has extensive health care policy analysis and advocacy experience. He previously served as president and CEO of the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) and prior to THCA, he held several positions with the Texas Health & Human Services Commission, including as associate commissioner for budget and support services, as well as deputy commissioner and chief of staff. He worked for the Texas Legislature for 15 years, concluding his career with the legislature as assistant director of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. Mr. Graves has served on the TMF board since 2014.
Gayle Lucas Semtner, M.Ed - Chair of the Operations Committee
Ms. Semtner represents Medicare beneficiaries on the TMF Board of Trustees. She has served as the community development specialist for the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and as program manager for the Aging and Disabilities Resource Consortium with the Aging Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. She currently volunteers for the Juliette Low Leadership Society, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, and the Ladies of Grace at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church. She has served on the boards of six other cultural and arts organizations in Oklahoma. She has a Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Ms. Semtner has served on the TMF board since 2017.
Michael P. Sullivan, MBA, CPA - Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Sullivan is a certified public accountant (CPA) and is the current CEO of the Community Health Center of Lubbock, a federally funded primary health center. He held the positions of CFO and COO before becoming CEO. Mr. Sullivan believes in continuous quality improvement and has extensive training in Lean Six Sigma methods. For the last 15 years he has served as a financial and administrative consultant and auditor for primary health centers throughout the U.S. for the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Since 1985, Mr. Sullivan has worked in health care management through employment with West Texas health care facilities. Mr. Sullivan has served on the TMF board since 2014.
David C. Mason, DO, MBA, FACOFP- Officer-at-Large
Dr. David Mason works in Fort Worth, Texas and specializes in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He obtained a doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Mason also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Mason is certified in family medicine as well as neuromusculoskeletal medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Throughout his career, he has received many awards and honors, including the American Osteopathic Association Mentor Hall of Fame, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, and the What Others Want Award for Clinical Service from University of North Texas Health Science Center. He currently serves on the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians’ Osteopathic Clinical Research Committee, and has previously served on several other national committees and boards. Dr. Mason joined the TMF board in August 2019.
Melissa Rowan, MSW, MBA - Officer-at-Large
Ms. Rowan is a health care consultant from Austin, Texas, with 25 years of experience working with private and governmental clients on health care and social service policy. Her career has focused on federal and state health policy analysis, as well as Medicaid managed care and program development, and implementation and evaluation of programs for special populations. She serves on the LifeWorks Board of Directors as an advocate for youth and families seeking self-sufficiency. Ms. Rowan has served on the TMF board since 2014.
Nancy Adams, RN, MSN, FAAN, Retired Major General
Major General Nancy Adams has more than 25 years of clinical, administrative and senior management experience in large, complex government health care systems. She has demonstrated expertise as an organizational leader, effective communicator and resource manager with results that produced performance improvements. She recently served as the source selection authority for five major health care procurements for the U.S. Department of Defense. All procurements were accomplished on time and two awards were sustained on appeal with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Her areas of expertise include clinical nursing, health care administration, managed care, personnel management, performance improvement and the acquisition process. Maj. Gen. Adams holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cornell University, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Maj. Gen. Adams joined the TMF board in August 2019.
Ruth Atkins, BSN, MA
Ms. Ruth Atkins is an independent consultant who focuses on Medicare and Medicaid health plan management and operations, including assisting Medicare/Medicaid clients and special needs clients with product design, application submission, document preparation and more. Prior to her current position, Ms. Atkins gained experience consulting in different capacities and most recently held a position as the vice president of dual strategy at Universal American. She is an honorary councilwoman for the Kentucky Opera and is a member of the board for the Dare to Care Food Bank. In addition, Ms. Atkins formerly served on boards of the Kentucky Opera and the Dare to Care Food Bank. Previously, she served as a board member for Volunteers of America. Ms. Atkins has a Master of Arts in Health Services Management from Webster University, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellarmine College. Ms. Atkins joined the TMF board in October 2019.
J. Nile Barnes, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Barnes is a clinical assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. He is board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist and is a pharmacist immunization provider/instructor. He is also certified as an instructor in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and basic life support. Dr. Barnes has served on the TMF board since 2015.
Laurie East, MBA, CPA, FACMPE
Ms. Laurie East is a leader with extensive health care finance, physician practice, small business and nonprofit experience. She is currently a managing partner at Cardinal 360, LLC, a health care consulting business. In this position, she assists physician medical and dental practices in practice setup, operations, revenue maximization, reporting, finance, governance, payer contracting, compliance, and project management, as well as electronic medical record implementation. Prior to her position at Cardinal 360, she gained experience as a COO, a CFO, and a finance consulting manager. Ms. East volunteers for organizations including No One Dies Alone, as well as leading a team for Mobile Loaves & Fishes and acting as an advisor to the Mark Felice Childhood Cancer Foundation. She has a Master of Business Administration in accounting from Tulane University. Ms. East joined the TMF Board in August 2019.
Dee Margo, BA
Dee Margo is the 54th mayor of El Paso, Texas. From 2013-2015, he served as president of the El Paso Independent School District Board of Managers and prior to this role, he served in the Texas House of Representatives. He spent 35 years with JDW Insurance as CEO and has also served as chairman of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and previously served as chairman on the YPO International Board. Margo is president of Operational Noel, a 501 (c) (3) charity in El Paso that aims to provide more than 25,000 coats to children ages 1 to 12 during the holidays. Margo has served on the TMF board since 2014.
Kevin H. McKinney, MD
Dr. McKinney is as associate professor of internal medicine at the Division of Endocrinology and Stark Diabetes Clinic at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). He earned a Doctorate of Medicine at UTMB. He is a diplomate in endocrinology, diabetes, internal medicine and metabolism with the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. McKinney is a delegate to the American Medical Association and has served in numerous leadership positions on local, state and national medical organizations. Dr. McKinney has served on the TMF board since 2016.
Erick Santos, MD, PhD
Dr. Erick Santos of Corpus Christi is CEO and owner of South Central Texas Bone and Joint Center, a general orthopaedic surgery and medical consulting practice. He earned a Doctorate of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Santos obtained a PhD in engineering and applied science with a focus on bioengineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a board certified general orthopaedic surgeon and is trained in advanced trauma life support. Dr. Santos is also a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has served as a flight surgeon and captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. Dr. Santos has served on the TMF board since 2016.
Jeffrey Schmeltekopf, CLU, ChFC, CFP, AIF
Mr. Jeffrey Schmeltekopf is co-owner, partner and chief compliance officer (CCO) of Dean, Jacobson Financial Services, LLC. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and has completed multiple executive education programs, including at The University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, and Duke University. Mr. Schmeltekopf is active in the health care industry, currently serving as chair of the Baylor Scott & White (BSW) North Texas Operating, Policy and Procedure Board, which governs 10 BSW hospitals in North Texas. He also serves on the board of BSW All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth. Mr. Schmeltekopf’s community activities also include serving as chair of the executive committee for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, chair of the Board of Advocates of Baylor University’s Truett Seminary, and several other charitable board roles. Mr. Schmeltekopf joined the TMF board in August 2019.
Ronald S. Walters, MD, MBA, MHA
Dr. Walters is deputy leader at the Institute of Cancer Care Innovation at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is also professor of clinical medical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Department of Breast Medical Oncology. He earned a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Walters is a delegate to the Texas Medical Association and president-elect for the Harris County Medical Society. He represents his institution at the National Quality Forum, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the National Quality Partners. He has coauthored more than 100 peer-reviewed original medical research articles in clinical care and lectures regularly on value-based health care initiatives. Dr. Walters has served on the TMF board since 2016.