National Advisory Board

The National Advisory Board is an all-volunteer board comprised of individuals who are interested in women's health. The members come from varied backgrounds and advise the Executive Director on ways to advance and enhance the Institute's mission and programs while serving as ambassadors for the Institute.

2019 National Advisory Board

Back Row:  

Connie Tyne, Elizabeth Webb, Lisa Troutt, Maggie Murchison, Laura Street,
Larry Gill, Nancy Neal, Norman Dozier, MD, Christy McClendon, Marjorie Jenkins, MD,
Elisa Brown, MD, Janet Tornelli-Mitchell, MD, and Margaret Purvis

Front Row:

Meredith Land, Diane Scovell, Lee Ann White, Lana Andrews, Nancy Weiss,
Jeanne Tower Cox, Laura Bush, Jan Rees-Jones, Kit Moncrief, Liz Bates, Donna Williams,
Lea Wright, and Debbie Francis

Not Pictured:

Andi Ball, Terri Duncan, Susie Hance, Gloria Hicks, Betsy Sowell, Diana Strauss, and Bitsy Stone


Board Member Information

Lana Andrews

Mrs. Andrews, along with her husband Barry, is co-founder of Andrews Distributing, a leading beverage distributorship. She believes in giving back and as such, has been actively involved with Cattle Baron's Ball and the American Cancer Society for many years both in Dallas and in her native Corpus Christi. She is a member of Crystal Charity Ball in Dallas and past member of the Junior League of Corpus Christi.

Andi Ball

Mrs. Ball is former Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Chief of Staff to Mrs. Bush while George and Laura W. Bush served in the Texas Governor's Office. Ball also was Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady from 2001 to 2005 during the Bushes' first term in the White House.

Liz Bates

Mrs. Bates is a native of West Texas and a graduate of Texas Tech University. She serves on the Community Advisory Board of the LWBIWH in San Angelo. She has many years of experience serving on boards, leading nonprofits and raising funds for worthy causes.

Jeanne Tower Cox, Co-chair

Jeanne Cox is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) where she serves on the University's Board of Trustees and the boards of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College and the Texas-Mexico Center.  She is a former Trustee of the Communities Foundation of Texas and the Board of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.

Norman Dozier, M.D.

Dr. Norman J. Dozier, born and raised in Anson, Texas, has been practicing medicine for 32 years. Dr. Dozier graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1982. He practices Anesthesiology and Pain Management in Abilene, Texas. Dr. Dozier is affiliated with Hendrick Medical Center and has served on multiple civic, charity and professional boards.

Terri Duncan

Mrs. Terri Duncan is the wife of Robert L. Duncan, the fourth chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, and serves as the first lady. In her role, Terri works alongside her husband to further engage local communities, business industries and other educational entities across the region and state on behalf of the Texas Tech University System. Terri was born in San Angelo and has lived in Lubbock all but 10 years of her life. She received two degrees from Wichita State University – a Bachelor of Business Administration and an associate’s degree in paralegal studies.

Debbie Francis

As a civic leader, Mrs. Francis has held many volunteer roles, including serving on the national and local boards of United Cerebral Palsy. She is a Founding Board Member of Camp John Marc for Special Kids and serves as chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. In addition, she was appointed by Texas Governor William P. Clements to serve on the Texas Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities and served on the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Host Committee for George W. Bush.

Larry Gill

Mr. Gill is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and currently serves as Vice President and Grants Administrator for the Dodge Jones Foundation. He is quite active in the Abilene community serving on the executive committee of the Abilene Industrial Foundation and as chair of the Abilene Airport Development Board. He is Founding Chair of Abilene Child Advocacy Center Board and serves on the Texas Tech University Athletic Council.

Susie Hance

Mrs. Hance, an attorney, practiced Commercial Law in Dallas after graduating from SMU. She is married to Kent Hance, Chancellor Emeritus for Texas Tech University System. She is a board member for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the South Plains and her current philanthropic efforts include working with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing and the Garrison Institute on Aging, in addition to the Laura Bush Institute. She and her husband currently reside in Austin.

Gloria Hicks

Mrs. Hicks is a longtime community and civic volunteer in her hometown of Corpus Christi. She is chief financial officer of Ed Hicks Imports and is a member and past president of the Texas State Aquarium board and the U.S.S. Lexington Museum and member of the South Texas Institute of the Arts Board of Governors. Hicks is also past president of the Art Museum of South Texas and board member of the South Texas Botanical Gardens, South Texas Academic Rising Stars scholarships program, Citizens for Education Excellence, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Public Accountancy. She received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.

Meredith Land

Meredith Land is the lead evening anchor for the NBC owned and operated television station in Dallas-Fort Worth. Land is a graduate of Clemson University where she majored in English and minored in Journalism. Her career started at the NBC television station in Charleston, S.C. where she served as the morning anchor and lead investigative reporter. Ms. Land received a National Gracie Award for reporting on groundbreaking treatment that stopped a young girl’s seizures. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children.

Christy McClendon

Mrs. McClendon is a native of Lubbock and a summa cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University (BBA Accounting). She has been actively involved with numerous civic organizations and is currently serving as a member of the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders Advisory Board, the Underwood Center for the Arts Board of Trustees and the Texas Tech Rawls College of Business Advisory Council.

Kit Moncrief

Mrs. Moncrief is a Fort Worth community leader whose interests include ranching, art, wildlife conservation and education.  She is president of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, is co-chair of the Fort Worth Zoo, serves on the UT Southwestern Medical Center President’s Advisory Board and the Southwestern Medical Foundation.   Additionally, Mrs. Moncrief serves on the boards of UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute, the Moncrief Cancer Foundation, MD Anderson Board of Visitors, director of the Brown-Lupton Foundation and is vice-chairman of the board of Texas Christian University.

Nancy Neal

Mrs. Neal holds a diploma in Nursing from Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). A longtime advocate for education and health care, she currently serves as a member of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents while she previously served as member and past president of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System. She also is a past member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, past president of the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees and the Texas Medical Association Alliance, among others. Mrs. Neal is involved with ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), Lubbock Symphony Guild, United Way of Lubbock, a member of the community advisory committee for the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University (Texas Institute of Environmental and Human Health), on the national board of Buckner International and is active with Lubbock Area Republican Women.

Margaret Purvis

Mrs. Purvis has served as a trustee or board member to a number of non-profit and governmental organizations in Midland, including Manor Park, Inc., Midland Memorial Foundation, the City of Midland Planning & Zoning and the Airport Board. In addition, she currently serves as vice president of the Marshall Verne Ross Foundation; past president, lifetime board member and past president of the United Way of Midland; and chair of State Public Affairs Committee for the Junior League of Midland.

Jan Rees-Jones, Co-chair

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Jan Rees-Jones serves on the board of the Rees-Jones Foundation, which she and her husband co-founded in 2006. Additionally, her passion for animal welfare led to her support of the SPCA of Texas where she is an honorary member of the Board of Directors.

Diane Scovell

Mrs. Scovell is director of Texas Country Bancshares Holding Company and owner-operator of several banks across Central and West Texas. A graduate of Texas Tech University, she is a general partner in S&K Ranches and a member of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Institute Board. She also serves as a member of the Field Scovell Foundation, Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Board, The Charter 100 of Dallas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Leadership Council and the Dallas Historical Society Board.

Betsy Sowell


Bitsy Stone

As an active civic leader, Mrs. Stone currently serves on the boards of Texas Tech Foundation, San Angelo Community Medical Center, San Angelo Parks Commission, and CAB for LWBIWH in San Angelo. In past years she has chaired or co-chaired events and benefits for Hospice of San Angelo, Angelo Civic Theatre, West Texas Boys Ranch and other non-profit organizations. She is an advocate of serving for the betterment of her community. Mrs. Stone, a graduate of Texas Tech and a former teacher, is a partner with her husband in ranching operations.

Diana Strauss

As an active civic leader and community volunteer, Mrs. Strauss has chaired or co-chaired numerous events and benefits for organizations ranging from the Princess Grace Foundation to Cattle Baron’s Ball, Crystal Charity Ball, March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She serves or has served on multiple boards, including Dallas Challenge, Dallas Child Advocacy Center, Deposit Guaranty Bank, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the executive committee of Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation. She is a trustee of the Lowe Foundation and member of The Charter 100 of Dallas and Sweetheart Ball Committee.

Laura Street

Mrs. Street, Immediate Past Executive Director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, has been a physical therapist, nurse practitioner, administrator and executive director during her career. She has extensive experience in developing programs including financial, public relations and marketing aspects. In the health care field, she has been involved in practice as a nurse practitioner, public speaker, teacher, researcher and administrator.

Janet Tornelli-Mitchell, M.D.

Dr. Tornelli-Mitchell, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, is a specialist in internal medicine. She earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Throughout her career, she has been very involved in regulatory medicine as a member of the Texas Medical Board as well as at the national level with the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Lisa Troutt

Mrs. Troutt attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a major in fashion design and a minor in business. Her past employment includes marketing/sales, design and merchandising for companies including Prophecy Corp., Leslie Fay, BIS by Gene Ewing and Barboglio. Her current involvement includes The Council for Life founding board member, New Friends New Life board member, Salvation Army advisory board member, One Hundred Shares founding board member, Point of View advisory board member, SMU Meadows School of the Arts board member, Baylor Foundation Board member, Providence Christian School parent council, ESD parent council, Park Cities Republican Women, The Laura W. Bush Women’s Initiative council and The Race Track Chaplaincy of America.

Elizabeth Webb

Mrs. Webb was born and raised in the San Francisco area. She has worked for a privately owned, Bay Area retailer for 30+ years as their EVP of buying, merchandising and product development. Four years ago, Elizabeth married Carl Webb of Dallas and relocated to Texas. She is actively involved with the Dallas Museum of Art, chaired the 2014 DMA Silver Supper and supports TACA of Dallas. For the past 10 years, a great joy for Elizabeth is mentoring prospective fashion institute students in New York. Elizabeth is also passionate about our national parks and serves on the Yellowstone Park Foundation Board’s, National Advisory Council.

Nancy Weiss

Mrs. Weiss has been a longtime advocate and community supporter of youth. She was appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Commission for Volunteerism and Community Service and served on the "West Texas Coalition" to locate the George W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas Tech University. She also was named in the list of 100 people who helped Lubbock become the Hub of the South Plains during the city's first 100 years.

Lee Ann White

Mrs. White is a senior vice president and director of public relations for PlainsCapital Corporation. She is active in the Dallas community and chaired many fundraising events for groups like the Phoenix House of Dallas, CARE - Chemical Awareness Resources and Education and the Texas Tech University College of Visual and Performing Arts. She also serves on the board of several organizations, including North Texas Youth Education Town, Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and Baylor Health Care Foundation.

Donna Williams

Mrs. Williams is a vice president and program manager for Parsons Government Services, a subsidiary of the Parsons Corporation, a global engineering and construction firm. She holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Prairie View A&M University and has received numerous state and national accolades for her work. Former President George W. Bush appointed and the United States Senate confirmed her as a director of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She also is involved in many civic activities, including the Arlington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Texas Federation of Republican Women and Women's Golf Association. She serves on the board for the Dallas African American Museum and is a member of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System.

Lea Wright

Mrs. Wright, a native of Lubbock and longtime Amarillo civic leader, graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Medical Technology. She has worked for American Glass since 1976 and has been involved with the LWBIWH since its inception. She was the first chair of the LWBIWH Community Advisory Board in Amarillo and co-chaired the Power of the Purse event in 2012. The ASCO (Associate Supply Company Inc.) Endowed Chair for Excellence in Women's Health was graciously provided to the LWBIWH by Steve and Lea Wright.