Meet our Officers and Board Members

Carla Falco, MD

Carla Falco, MD

President

Carla is a native Houstonian and attended Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and the University of Notre Dame. Completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, she is currently a pediatric hospitalist. After experiencing the need for a Catholic group whose focus was on medicine, she felt inspired to help create CHPH. She and her husband are members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Chris Neumann, MD

Chris Neumann, MD

Vice President

Chris is a husband and father of 6 living in Katy, Texas. A native of El Paso, Texas, he completed undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University, followed by medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. In the midst of his training, he spent a year in discernment and worked with the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life and 40 Days for Life.  He practices General Pediatrics in the Katy area. Passionate for Pediatrics and the Pro-Life cause, he spends his non-work time fulfilling his role as husband and father, and participating in Pro-Life, Pro-Family events, and is excited about the future of CHP of Houston.

Christine Palacios, MD

Christine Palacios, MD

Secretary

Christine grew up in southern California and studied Biology and German at Stanford University. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Texas Children’s Hospital. She is currently a primary care pediatrician in Pearland. She is very grateful to have found the CHPH community, which encourages and inspires her to more fully embrace her vocation to compassionate care within the medical field. She and her husband are parishioners at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Justo Montalvo, MD

Justo Montalvo, MD

Treasurer

Justo is a native of Lima, Peru and earned his medical degree at Cayetano Heredia University. He then completed his residency and sub specialty medical training in the United States in pulmonary medicine, critical care and sleep medicine. He helped form the local chapter of CMA to spread and learn more about the teachings of our Catholic Church in the practice of medicine. He and his family are parishioners of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Annette Howe, RN

Annette Howe, RN

Marketing and PR

Annette graduated from Rice University in 1999, and earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from WGU Texas in 2018. She is currently a pediatric CVICU nurse and pursuing her Masters in Nursing Education at the University of St. Thomas.  She embraces being able to live her Catholic faith as a healthcare provider and for fellowship with other Catholics in the medical field.  She, her husband, Andrew, and son, Aaron, live in Sugar Land and are parishioners at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

William Granberry, MD

William Granberry, MD

Board Member

Bill is a board certified orthopedic surgeon practicing in Houston Texas for over 23 years. He obtained a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine where he is currently a faculty member. He has served in various leadership positions at the College, with national Orthopedic Societies, and at St. Luke’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.  Bill has been involved with CHPH since the beginning because he believes there needs to be a voice of conviction and morality in the medical arena in addition to a venue for education and support for Catholic clinicians in Houston. Bill and his family are parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Ron Taylor, MD

Ron Taylor, MD

Board Member

Dr. Taylor is originally from New York and graduated from Fordham University in 1981. He then got to Texas as fast as he could, and earned his MD from UT-Houston in 1985. He is married  to Marilyn Mayer, MD and they practice together in Cypress. They have four children,all of whom are or went to Notre Dame (their mother brainwashed them). He is an internist and geriatrician and loves to go on medical missions. He is a parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Jonathan Cunningham, PA-C

Jonathan Cunningham, PA-C

Board Member

Jonathan is a Physician Assistant, who graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 2019. He was raised in Austin, TX and received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, with a minor in biopsychology, from the University of Dallas in 2017. After becoming a PA, Jonathan entered an oncology fellowship at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and now works there in the Lymphoma-Myeloma department. In Houston, Jonathan has found a great community in the numerous Catholic organizations, one of those being the CHPH because it provides a community for enrichment and growth, both religious and professional.

Tera Polson, DO

Tera Polson, DO

Board Member

Tera is originally from Chicago and attended the University of Notre Dame prior to completing medical school in Des Moines, Iowa. She is currently a pediatric resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and is excited to be a part of the CHPH community. Tera and her husband, George, are parishioners at St. Joseph Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Missouri City, TX.

Jasmine Moreno, MD

Jasmine Moreno, MD

Board Member

Jasmine grew up in El Paso, Texas surrounded by her awesome Mexican family. She attended the University of Notre Dame and obtained her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently a Pediatric Resident at Texas Children’s Hospital. As part of the CHPH community, she hopes to continue to grow in community and learn about incorporating our Catholic faith into our medical practice. She is currently a parishioner at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. 

Arland K. Nichols

Arland K. Nichols

Advisor to the Board

Arland is the President of the St. John Paul II Foundation. Mr. Nichols earned a Master of Divinity from the University of St. Thomas and he holds a certification in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. A popular speaker and writer, Mr. Nichols is currently completing a Doctorate in bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Arland believes CHPH is important because medical professionals have a tremendous impact on the culture and on families and providing them with regular opportunities for education and fellowship is essential. Father of nine children, Arland and his wife are parishioners at St. Bartholemew the Apostle Catholic Church.

Fr. Richard Hinkley

Fr. Richard Hinkley

Chaplain

Fr. Hinkley was born and raised in Southwest Houston, attending Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church and School. After finishing high school at Strake Jesuit, he went to the University of Notre Dame where he majored in theology, Greek and Latin. He studied in Rome at the Pontifical North American College and completed his licentiate studies with a specialization in the Sacraments and Liturgy. He is the Director of Spiritual Formation at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Adjunct Academic Faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary.

Vanessa Phung

Vanessa Phung

Board Member

A native Houstonian, Vanessa Phung, is the elder of two children born to a couple of Vietnamese immigrants. She and her family are parishioners at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Vanessa is currently a second-year student at McGovern Medical School and is interested in general pediatrics. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2020 with a biology degree. Her education and campus involvement at UST greatly deepened her Catholic faith and desire to live and share that faith while serving others, growing in knowledge, and fostering relationships. She is grateful to have found the CHCP of Houston and looks forward to becoming more involved and helping to build the community with other medical students. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, exploring local coffee shops and restaurants, and going for long drives in her truck.

Aaron Lassmann

Aaron Lassmann

Board Member

Aaron is an MS2 at Baylor College of Medicine and interested in neurology. He is also an MPH student at UTHealth. He is originally from League City, TX and attended UT Austin for undergrad. He is a parishioner and sings in the choir at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham. He enjoys being a member of CHPH for the community and for the events and information it provides about how faith influences and impacts how we view and practice our profession.