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Mission & Governance


TMF’s board of trustees provides corporate oversight and direction. The board is comprised of 18 members—eight physicians elected from the TMF membership, two Medicare beneficiaries, seven business or health care professionals and one immediate past chair. Between quarterly board meetings, operations are overseen by an Executive Committee elected from the board.  TMF’s day-to-day operations are managed by its president and chief executive officer and senior management team, under direction of the board.

Mission & Core Values

Mission Statement

To make measurable improvements in the quality and delivery of health care.

Our Core Values
  • Model Integrity
  • Embrace Innovation
  • Celebrate Success
  • Strive for Excellence
  • Foster Trust and Teamwork
  • Focus on Those We Serve

TMF Board of Trustees

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.


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.

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