Teresa Lucher
President

Debra McGregor
Vice-President for Education

Libby Watts
Vice-President for Development

Patricia Ricks
Secretary

Jennifer Justiss
Treasurer

Jill Justiss
Volunteer Coordinator

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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Jennifer Justiss
Treasurer
Jennifer was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2005 and believes she and her twin sister were initially infected as children in East Texas. She became interested in raising awareness for Lyme disease as she became aware of the difficulty patients have in getting diagnosed and treated accurately. She hopes that through her work with TXLDA, she can contribute to improving patients' access to Lyme-literate healthcare here in Texas. Jennifer has a B.S. in Speech Pathology/Audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas and works as a civil litigation paralegal in Houston. She lives in Missouri City, Texas with her husband and daughter.
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Jill Justiss
Volunteer Coordinator
Jill Justiss is a stay at home mom living in Katy, Texas with her husband and three children. She received a diagnosis for Lyme disease and tick-borne co-infections after being ill for nine years. She and her twin sister were both infected with Lyme while living in east Texas and she has undergone treatment for Lyme with an LLMD in Texas. She is the volunteer coordinator for TXLDA and is working to raise awareness of this disease with the hope of improving diagnosis and treatment options for future patients.
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