Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Meet Our Advisory Boards

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Our Community Advisory Board

Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center's Community Advisory Board represents the diverse populations and organizations of Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Through their unique perspectives and talents, board members advise Simmons on the development of successful cancer education and outreach strategies for our area. 

The board also helps Simmons align research priorities with the community’s highest needs, and it mobilizes civic partnerships so that everyone can join forces in the fight against cancer.


Edgar Carmona
Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas

Mercedes Cruz-Ruiz, CHW I
Aetna, HealthBridge4U

Tanya Downing
Hope Clinic

David Faltys
Past Affiliation: Carroll ISD

Martha Fernandez
Dallas College

Pearl Garza Fracchia, Chair
Past Affiliation: Dallas ISD

Kimberly Fulda
Nortex Communications, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Danny Garcia, Vice Chair
Community Activist

Matt Garcia
Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Gibson-Dias, Ph.D.
Texas Christian University

Fernando Gonzalez
Past Affiliation: City of Fort Worth Fire Department

Lakeye Hurd
American Cancer Society

Mervil Johnson
Tarrant County Workforce Solutions, Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County

Mateo Magdaleno
IDQ Group, Inc.

Sunil Maini
US-India Chamber of Commerce DFW

Edward Moore
Garland City Council

DT Nguyen
Koan Health

Aideé Granados Peña
Rosa Es Rojo

Sydney Portilla-Diggs
Any Step Community Services

Cristal Retana
Children's Health

Mimi Tran
Me Squared Cancer Foundation

Rev. Elizabeth Watson-Martin
Texas Health Resources

Roselyn White
Susan G. Komen

Bob Williams
North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition

Our Patient and Family Advisory Council

Simmons’ Patient and Family Advisory Council was created and developed with generous support from Kim and Jeff Chapman to address the wide-ranging needs of patients and their caregivers. Members of the council meet regularly to share their views on all aspects of the cancer journey. Their input guides Simmons’ efforts to create an uplifting care environment, offer patient-centered services, and enable access to clinical trials.

To learn more about the Patient and Family Advisory Council, please contact Alex Huffman at SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu.

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