The board of trustees is comprised of physicians elected from the TMF membership, non-physicians and consumer (Medicare) beneficiary representatives.
Number of Members
The TMF Board of Trustees has 18 members, comprised of:
- 6 Doctors of Medicine
- 2 Doctors of Osteopathy
- 2 Consumer (Medicare) beneficiary representatives
- 7 Non-physicians
- 1 Immediate Past Chair
Length of Appointment
Trustees are elected for three-year terms and no person may serve more than six years. TMF may exempt up to three members from the six year term limit.
Elections are held annually at the time of the TMF Annual Membership Meeting, which is set by the board. Each year, approximately one-third of the governing body is elected.
TMF Board of Trustees, 2015-2016
Steven Gates, DO, FACOI, Corpus Christi, Texas (Chair)
Robert B. Morrow, MD, Sugar Land, Texas (Immediate Past Chair)
John C. McDonald, DO, FACOI, Longview, Texas (Vice Chair)
Starr West, RHIT (Retired), Austin, Texas (Secretary/Treasurer)
James Humphrey, CPA, Houston, Texas (Representative to the Executive Committee)
Gary Floyd, MD, Roanoke, Texas (Officer-at-Large)
J. Nile Barnes, Pharm. D., Dripping Springs, Texas
Luis M. Benavides, MD, Laredo, Texas
Timothy Graves, Austin, Texas
Dee Margo, El Paso, Texas
Kevin H. McKinney, MD, Galveston, Texas
Marilyn Pattillo, PhD, RN, Austin, Texas
Susan Pike, MD, Georgetown, Texas
Melissa Rowan, MSW, Austin, Texas
Erick Santos, MD, PhD, Corpus Christi, Texas
Russ Stromberg, MBA, Moorpark, California
Michael P. Sullivan, MBA, CPA, Lubbock, Texas
Ronald S. Walters, MD, MBA, MHA, Houston, Texas
TMF Board Compensation
Trustees are compensated $1,000 for trustee and executive committee meetings for their time spent at the meeting, in preparation for the meeting, and for their time spent traveling to and from the meeting. Trustees are compensated for telephone conference call meetings of the trustees and/or executive committee at the rate of $125 per hour with a minimum of $125 per call. The chair is compensated $1,700 per month for the additional time and resources required of this individual.
Affiliations: No member of the TMF Board of Trustees is affiliated with TMF in any other capacity than their board service.