Dr. Meena Julapalli is a board-certified pediatric dermatologist who recently moved back to her hometown of Houston, TX. Prior to moving back to Houston, Dr. Julapalli was an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Colorado in Denver and Dell Medical School in Austin. She has a passion for providing comprehensive care that acknowledges and supports more than just the physical aspects of her patients’ skin disease but also the social and emotional needs of her patients as well. She believes that when children and families affected by skin disease have a space and community where they feel loved and supported, it empowers and transforms them in profound and life-changing ways. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Julapalli has served on the leadership teams of Camp Dermadillo, Camp Spirit, and Roundup River Ranch, through which she has been blessed to facilitate and witness these transformations, but what she finds extra special about A Children’s House For The Soul is its commitment to sustain that community and support throughout the year and provide a platform for these children and their families to advocate for themselves and for others. She is excited to help build that impact even more as a board member.
In her spare time, Dr. Julapalli loves making memories with her friends and family, especially her beautiful nephews. You will often find her fanatically supporting her beloved Houston Astros and Rockets, New Orleans Saints, and Crimson Tide football teams, hiking up 14,000+ ft mountains, traveling the world and being invigorated by all the beauty that surrounds us, enjoying and playing music in all its forms, spreading love and kindness, and being the quintessential kid at heart who always finds the joy in even the smallest of things.
Stephanie A. Bedford was born In San Dimas, California and raised in Houston, Texas. Receiving a degree in Business Administration and Management from Azusa Pacific University, followed by second-hand experience of the drilling and workover industry, she founded Vanguard Safety Systems in 2017. Guided on the sole purpose of protecting the industry’s most important assets, she envisioned an opportunity to ensure that only the highest quality American made safety products would be distributed to workers both onshore and off. Stephanie is part of the 1% of the world’s population that has vitiligo. She is passionate about spreading awareness and offering support and encouragement by those affected by vitiligo and other skin diseases. Stephanie is married to Lewis and is expecting their first child this August. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys going to live music events, spending time with family and friends, and reading.
Clint Reiff is a fourth generation Houstonian. After graduating Spring Woods Senior High, he received a BBA in finance from the University of Texas – Austin and worked as a banker in Houston and in Florida. He left his position as a Senior Vice President at Community Bank of Charlotte County to enter Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters in Divinity. He has served as Senior Pastor at Rice Temple Baptist Church since 2000. He has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity -Southwest Florida and Christian Community Service Center in Houston. He and his beautiful wife, Donna grew up in the same neighborhood and have been married for 32 years.
Mark Troth was born in Denver, CO. He moved to Houston over 50 years ago and is a resident of Richmond in Fort Bend County. He obtained his degree from University of Arkansas and has a long career in the Houston Banking industry. He is President of The Bank of River Oaks and has held this position since 2006. He has served on numerous governing and advisory Boards over the years, as well as led and participated in countless volunteer and community outreach efforts. His primary charitable interests include advocating for health, education and children’s initiatives. He has been married to his lovely wife, Mary Loria, for 35 years and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Chad Brandt is a provisionally licensed psychologist with expertise in treating anxiety based disorders. He received his BS in Psychology from Florida State University, his MS in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. Dr. Brandt completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Brandt works at The Houston OCD Program and specializes in assessing and treating anxiety disorders, and has additional expertise treating anxiety and depression among persons living with health complications. He truly understands the needs of the children we serve and is excited to help make a positive impact in their lives.
Dr. John Cangelosi is a board-certified Dermatopathologist and Founder of Sagis Diagnostics. He trained at the University of Texas. He has performed research in such topics as cutaneous adnexal tumors, histiocytic tumors, cutaneous t-cell lymphomas, and non-melanoma skin cancers, and has published in various pathology journals including The American Journal of Dermatopathology, Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Kathy Krueger grew up and lived in Colorado Springs before marrying her husband, Dan Krueger. They spent almost 30 years moving and traveling around the USA and world, while he served in the US Army, before finally settling in Houston in 2010. She has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Memphis in public relations, with an emphasis in non-profit communications and fundraising, and she brings to our organization a wealth of knowledge and experience. While at the University of Memphis, she won a National PRSA Award for Ethics Writing. As owner of KKrueger Communications, she prepared communication plans based on broad strategic goals.
Margaret T. Hirsch, RN, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and currently resides in Houston with her husband, Kevin. She is the proud mother of her two grown children- a daughter, Haley, who is a cosmetologist and resides in California and a son, Jimmy, who followed in her footsteps and is a nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital. Margaret obtained her B.S. in Nursing at the University of Houston and serves as the Nurse Coordinator for the Dermatology Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH). She has served as the President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Dermatology Nurses Association (DNA). She has given many nationally invited lectures, has several peer-reviewed publications and has participated in several national studies as a study coordinator. She is a course instructor for the Phototherapy Fundamentals Workshop through the DNA and has been a member of the Amgen Speakers Bureau. She has received many awards for her work including Nurse of the Year from Texas Children’s Hospital, the Anthony J Jannetti Dermatology Nurse Practice Award from the DNA and was a finalist in the Houston Chronicle’s Salute to Nurses. She is an active volunteer in her community and has assisted at the American Red Cross and has also served as a Blood Drive Committee member at Unity Church. She has also helped organize TCH’s Don’t Fry Day event from 2010-2015. She enjoys serving on the Leadership Team and directing the medical team for Camp Dermadillo, which is a national camp program for children and teens with life-altering skin conditions supported by the American Academy of Dermatology and Texas Children’s Hospital. Seeing the positive impact of the Camp on the campers is a highlight for her each year. Her hobbies include gardening, reading and spending time with her large extended family.
Susan M. Hamm was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and spent her formative years as a US Naval dependent moving throughout the United States. She has a B.A. in Marketing from The University of South Florida. She currently resides in Spring, Texas, and is the Vice President of Operations for Oz Gas Corporation. She is also actively involved in her community as a volunteer. She serves as the Family to Family Network Liaison for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) and was the National Family Conference Chairperson in 2013. She has also spearheaded the Zach Hamm’s Don’t Sweat It Golf Classic as the Co-Chair from 2008-2012 which has raised over $150,000 benefitting the NFED. She is additionally a committee member for the Klein ISD Collaborative Action Network with Lone Star College and was the PTO President for Doerre Intermediate School. She has received the Klein ISD Friend of Freedom Award and was recognized as the Volunteer of the Month. She is married to Paul and is a dedicated mother to her son, Zach, who is affected with ectodermal dysplasia, as well as being an honor student at St. Thomas High School and a nationally recognized golfer. She enjoys painting and traveling in her spare time.
Alana Kennedy-Nasser, MD, well known as Dr. Alana, is the founder of purePEDIATRICS. Her goal is to change the way children, adolescents and young adults receive medical care through personalized medicine, integrative wellness and a healthy dose of prevention. She has vast experience in all aspects of pediatric care, from healthy newborns to the most complicated and chronically ill children.
Dr. Alana holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from SMU and earned her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She completed her Pediatrics residency at Tulane University and completed her Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital. While she is, double board certified in Pediatrics & Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, her primary passion is the prevention and early recognition of disease.
Prior to private practice, Dr. Alana was an Assistant Professor on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital for five years. This experience gave her tremendous insight into the care of chronically ill and immunocompromised children, as well as acknowledging the importance of prevention.
In her spare time, she has completed the Boston Marathon and multiple Ironman triathlons, including the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Dr. Alana is a mother to four amazing children, from elementary age through college. She and her husband, Dr. Dean Nasser, a pulmonologist, have called Houston home for over 12 years. In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 15 publications, Dr. Alana has been named a Texas Rising Star in 2012 and 2014 and a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2015, 2016 and 2017.