Texas Health Action is a non-profit organization that promotes sexual health and wellness by empowering the entire community through education, healthcare, and advocacy.
Our vision is to eliminate sexually transmitted infection in Texas, and build an empowered community that fosters healthy sexual behaviors and practices.
We believe that all people, regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation, have a right to the knowledge and healthcare needed to ensure their sexual wellness without judgment or stigma.
Christopher AdamsBoard Treasurer
A native of Houston, Christopher Adams moved to Austin in 1998 to attend the University of Texas at Austin and simply never left.
Like many Austinites, Chris loves eating tacos, relaxing at Barton Springs, riding his bike, complaining about the traffic, and bemoaning the gentrification of the east side. Chris grew up in a community with a tireless devotion to volunteerism and he does his best to continue to embody that spirit as an adult. He has invested time volunteering and serving in leadership roles with various human services and recreational sports organizations and has loved every second of it.
Chris currently serves as the CFO/CIO of Any Baby Can Child and Family Resource Center and never passes up an opportunity to explain to a reluctant student (of any age) why math is important. Prior to Any Baby Can, Chris spent 14 years working (and bleeding burnt orange) at the big university downtown overseeing financial affairs, grant administration, business operations, and information technology for various world-class, academic departments.
Dr. Cynthia C. Brinson
Dr. Cynthia C. Brinson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her medical doctorate
at Texas Tech University, Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. She completed her Family Practice residency at Brackenridge Hospital in 1993, serving as the Chief Resident her final year. In addition to being a private physician at Red River Family Practice, Dr. Brinson has been the Medical Director of Central Texas Clinical Research, LLC for more than 15 years. She has overseen more than one hundred HIV/AIDS related clinical trials and research studies, as well as another fifty studies within a variety of other health concerns. Dr. Brinson has been both a tireless attendee and featured presenter in the world’s most highly regarded conferences on HIV/AIDS, and has been published in numerous esteemed scientific journals.
In 2013, Dr. Brinson was awarded the Byron E. Cox Spirit of Caring Award for her “courageous and faithful commitment to no one facing serious illness alone" and has been named one of the “Best Doctors” in Austin six times. She is the Travis County Correctional Facility’s HIV and Chronic Care Physician and an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate at the University of Texas School of Nursing. Astoundingly, she still finds time in her life to donate her unparalleled HIV/AIDS expertise to our clients here at APAP and is the generous provider of the clinical space we need to see our patients.
Mark Erwin moved to Austin from Tyler, TX in 1990 to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a BBA
in Management Information Systems. Mark worked as a consultant and technical manager for 14 years before trying his hand at entrepreneurship for a few years in digital commerce. He has since committed himself to civil service and joined Travis County to manage information systems for the local court system. In this capacity, Mark works nationally to promote court technology and serves in a variety of capacities including the National Institute of Justice Court Advisory Panel in Washington D.C. and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Systems and Technology committee. Mark has been recognized by the e.Republic Center of Digital Government with the Best of Texas in Analytics and Business Intelligence in 2015 and by the Texas Association of Counties for Best Practices in 2016. He also co-authored a Maturity Model for Technology in Indigent Defense that guides jurisdictions nationally.
Community is important and Mark believes in a world that gives back to itself through service. To that end, he has served on the board of directors for Equality Texas and AIDS Services of Austin. Mark has served as chair of the local Gay Pride Festival and enjoys planning fundraisers and parties through the Octopus Club, an all-volunteer organization raising over $2 million dollars for people living with HIV to date. Because of this work, Mark was included in the Austin American Statesman's Fortunate 500 and was recognized in the Austin Chronicle's “Best of Austin” for charity. Mark sits on the Austin Area HIV Planning Council, a federally mandated body which allocates $4 million of local Ryan White Part A funds.
Mark and his husband of 20 years, Stephen Rice, live in Austin’s Mueller Community neighborhood with their two Welsh Corgis, Bart and Tony.
James R. Nowlin, Esq
James R. Nowlin, Esq., is CEO of Excel Global Partners and Fund Managing Principal of the EGP Family of Companies.
Having served clients in 14 states and in more than 16 countries across the world, Excel Global Partners is a leader in full-service, executive-level consulting solutions. Providing services to clients ranging in size from $10M to $50B, Excel Global Partners' professionals are the best and brightest consultants in financial systems and data IT, legal augmentation, finance and accounting, and business strategy. They provide real-world experience and customized solutions that make mid to large-market businesses more efficient and profitable. Excel Global Partners has received numerous awards including National Supplier of the Year and Nowlin has been recognized for his work in various 40 under 40 and “Who’s Who” publications.
The EGP Family of Companies other holdings include: EGP Eco, a global distributor of cutting-edge water saving products including the worldwide leading patented formulas of Raindrops™, FireSuppress, RoadMoisture, and DustSuppress; EGP Realty, the real estate Investment arm of the EGP Family of Companies; and EGP Private Equity, which provides corporate funding, strategic alignment, and value creation for companies ranging in size from start-up to mid-market.
Nowlin’s community service includes having been appointed by the Dallas City Council to the Citizens Police Review Board on which he served for three years. He has served on the board of AIDS Services of Dallas, The Progressive Center of Texas, and has been a major fundraiser and committed volunteer for a ranking member of the United States Congress. In addition to his community service, Nowlin is a prolific author and public speaker, having been published on topics ranging from real estate investment financing to corporate business strategy.A graduate of Duke University School of Law (former Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy) and the University of Virginia (Intermediate Honors), Nowlin is admitted to the State Bar of Texas and has completed executive coursework at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He and his partner relocated to Austin in 2013. Nowlin can be reached at jnowlin@ExcelGlobalPartners.com.
A graduate of Duke University School of Law (former Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy) and the University of Virginia (Intermediate Honors), Nowlin is admitted to the State Bar of Texas and has completed executive coursework at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He and his partner relocated to Austin in 2013. Nowlin can be reached at jnowlin@ExcelGlobalPartners.com.
Douglas Plummer has a BA in Economics from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard University. He worked as
a management consultant for 10 years, providing strategy and operations consulting services with Renaissance Solutions and later at Ernst and Young's Strategic Advisory Services Group. He was originally hired as a consultant to help streamline the closing process for Dallas offices of Ishmael Fox and Rasansky (IFR) and co-designed with Celeratec LLC. the OMEGA system, a proprietary software system that tracks and manages the closing process. Douglas was one of the founders with IFR in 2006 of the Midtown Office and remains its Managing Director.
Douglas is an active member in his community, serving on the Executive Committees for the North University Neighborhood Association, Equality Texas, and as VP of Philanthropy for the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Austin.
Chad Denman, DDSBoard Secretary
Chadwick Denman from an early age has known he was on this planet to help others. He has devoted his life from an early age
volunteering to mold our youth with the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scout Camps, YMCA, and Habitat for Humanity. Chad achieved numerous life achievements including Eagle Scout, Traveling as a professional Trumpet player for 1 year around the world, Expert level Trainer, Doctor in Dentistry and Life Coach for local Austinites.Chad currently manages, owns, and runs three multi-million dollar dental offices all with all the latest possible technology in the field, encompassing all specialties in
Chad currently manages, owns, and runs three multi-million dollar dental offices all with all the latest possible technology in the field, encompassing all specialties in house.
He is very active as the fundraising chair for Texas Health Action and accepted the opportunity of raising over $150,000 each year for five years.
Chad helped found the first non-profit gay fraternity, whose goal is to raise funds for many different other non-profits each month.
Chad is someone that has dedicated his adult life to helping raise funds for people who are medically suffering or terminally ill with cancer or AIDS, and will continue but now turns his attention to education and prevention of HIV and STDs
Melanie McLeroy is passionate about finding high leverage solutions to social issues, which is what drew her to THA.
Originally from Keller, TX, Melanie has been in Austin since 1987. She has degrees in History/Classical Civilization from UT and a Masters in Environmental Ethics from UNT.
Melanie is co-owner of Taurus Academy, an animal care facility focused on improving the physical and behavioral health of mostly dogs. Her 20 year dog training career ended in 2015, when she left the technical side of Taurus to consult, network, and focus on Board service. Melanie has served on several City of Austin Advisory Committees and served on the Board and as Chair of Emancipet from 2006-2016. When not saving the world, Melanie can be found reading, exercising, gardening, scuba diving, or traveling.