Teresa Lucher
President

Debra McGregor
Vice-President for Education

Libby Watts
Vice-President for Development

Patricia Ricks
Secretary

Ken Swinson
Treasurer

Susan Williams
Member at Large

Sharon Abercia
Public Relations

Leadership

Teresa Lucher
President
Teresa Lucher became interested in Lyme disease after finally obtaining a diagnosis for her numerous health problems. She has had Lyme and co-infections since 1973 and was diagnosed in 1999. She is the Founder and Leader of the Houston Lyme Support Group, which was established in 2004. They meet the second Saturday of each month at the Kindred Hospital, 3-5pm, in the cafeteria. She can be contacted at
Teresa Lucher. Teresa has also been instrumental in establishing Austin, South Texas, and Clear Lake Lyme support groups. She is a tireless patient advocate, and her passion to educate the public about Lyme/tick-borne diseases has made her the primary contact for the Houston area for anyone looking for information and support. She lives on the west side of Houston with her husband of 23 years. She has a son who lives less than a mile away, which makes her very happy. Her son has been a member of the CyFair VFD for 18 yrs.
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Debra McGregor
Vice-President for Education
Debra has a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Texas/Austin. She spent many years of her clinical career specializing in Surgery at St. Luke's/THI in Houston and St. Joseph's Hospital in Bryan, TX. Subsequently, she spent many years as a Nurse Legal Consultant for Andrews Kurth LLP in Houston, TX. She has a husband and 3 children who have spent many years living in the Middle East due her husband's career in the oil & gas industry.

Debra became involved with the Lyme/tick-borne disease problem when her 14 year old son was bitten by ticks while on a Boy Scouting trip. He suffered with multiple systemic neurological issues and was unable to attend school. She could not find a physician in Houston who could help her son get well. After second opinions in New York City and Louisiana, she was finally able to find a doctor out of state who specialized in Lyme/tick-borne diseases and was able to return her son to his happy, healthy self 3 years later. She is passionate about solving this problem so that no other families have to suffer.
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Libby Watts
Vice-President for Development
Libby Watts became very passionate about raising awareness for Lyme disease after being misdiagnosed by several doctors for over a year and told there was no Lyme disease in Texas. Libby was infected on her family ranch near Uvalde, Texas. Before being infected with Lyme disease, she owned and operated a boutique and salon in Houston. Libby continues to enjoy the outdoors with her husband and four children while being treated by a Lyme expert in Los Altos, California. Libby spearheaded the first major TXLDA fundraiser in Houston in preparation for the first Lyme disease awareness walk in Texas. With these efforts, Libby hopes more Texas families will be educated about the disease, and that better treatment will follow.
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Patricia Ricks
Secretary
Patricia Ricks has a B.A. from Rice University, Houston, with a masters degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, AZ. Formerly in international commercial banking in Chicago, Chicago, she is the published author of 14 books and the owner/publisher of Pemberley Press, a small publishing company founded in 2001. She served on the board of the Texas Lyme Coalition and testified at hearings held by the Texas Senate Committee on Administration to investigate issues related to tick-borne diseases in Texas. Along with other members of the TLC, she formed the Texas Lyme Disease Association and obtained its 501(c)(3) status to affiliate with the national LDA. She also owns and moderates an online support and education group, txlyme@yahoogroups.com.
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Ken Swinson
Treasurer
Ken Swinson was born in Georgia in 1950. Since his father was in the Air Force, he has lived and traveled to numerous places and countries around the world. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University and was drafted and served in the US Army during the Vietnam era. He worked as a manager in the Veterans Benefits Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs for 32 years and retired in 2005. Ken served as a board member of the Little Peoples Research Fund for 8 years, and is very active in his church and community.
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Susan Williams
Member at Large
Susan Williams became interested in Lyme disease after she and members of her family contracted the illness and encountered incredible difficulty in the medical community when they tried to obtain proper diagnosis and treatment. She currently serves as Developmental Director of The National Lyme Disease Memorial Park Project and Assistant Editor of the Public Health Alert, an integrative health publication on chronic illnesses. Susan holds a B.S. degree in Community Health Education and is currently working on a post-baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University. She lives in Georgetown, TX with her husband and four children, along with two dogs, a cat, and numerous wildlife.
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