Robert E. Jackson, MD, MACP – Clinical Professor of Medicine
Robert E. Jackson, completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and has been in private practice at the Texas Medical Center for over 30 years. Dr. Jackson is a professor of medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a clinical associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine and has received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award from Baylor twice during his teaching career. Dr. Jackson continues to be involved in education, research and patient care as well as quality integration for large physician groups and hospitals. Dr. Jackson currently serves as chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee and the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Jackson highly values education and mentoring young medical students and residents as they advance through their careers. With close collaboration with Cynthia Pickett-Stevenson, he helped spearhead the Center for Health & Nature initiatives.
Rebecca Hall, PhD – Director, Office of Communications & External Relations, Institute for Academic Medicine
Rebecca Hall is the director of communications and academic reporting for Houston Methodist. Dr. Hall is responsible for executive and academic communications and marketing, faculty networking, and academic strategic plan and research development. Dr. Hall received her BS in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her PhD in immunology from Baylor College of Medicine. She was assistant professor of cell and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine and is an Aspen Cancer Conference fellow. Hall received the Theodore T. Puck Award for Cancer Research for her work on molecular cancer diagnostics. She is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals, the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Development, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Hall joined Houston Methodist in 2010 to lead its communications and external relations office for the Institute for Academic Medicine, overseeing communications, marketing, and academic development.
Texan by Nature
Joni Carswell, MBA, MEM – President and CEO
Joni Carswell is the CEO and president of Texan by Nature where she is responsible for leading their mission to spur Texan-led conservation that produces tangible benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources. Joni, who was previously CEO of LivingTree, pairs her business strategy, engineering and technology background with her passion for Texas and the outdoors to realize Texan by Nature’s vision of bringing both science-based and community-organized initiatives to the forefront. Joni is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and served on the advisory board for the Kellogg Women’s Business Association.
Cynthia Pickett-Stevenson, JD – Vice Chair, Texan by Nature, Co-Chair, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center Advisory Council, Houston Methodist
Cynthia Pickett-Stevenson is a fourth-generation Houstonian and a practicing attorney with over 36 years of experience. She is a longtime board member and former chair of the Galveston Bay Foundation. She serves as a director and co-vice chair of the Lone Star Coastal Alliance Board focused on securing a federal congressional designation known as the Loan Star Coastal National Recreation Area for the upper Texas coastal counties. Cynthia is also director of the Center for Excellence in Education, established by the late Admiral Rickover and Joann DiGennaro, co-chair of the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation, is on the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center council, and is a senior cabinet member of the Houston Methodist President’s Leadership Council.
Texas A&M University
Marcia Ory, PhD, MPH – Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnership and Initiatives and Regents & Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health
Marcia Ory is a regents and distinguished professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences and serves as director of the Program on Healthy Aging at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. Dr. Ory manages many community-engagement partnerships and initiatives, which consider the importance of the environment. Dr. Ory is a fellow of several societies including the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, American Academy of Health Behavior, Gerontological Society of America, and Society for Behavioral Medicine. In recognition of her contributions to the field, she was recently awarded the American Public Health Association Life Time Achievement Award by the Aging and Public Health Section.