Contact Us / About Us
- Joseph Bishara
Joseph works closely with other team members to create websites, brochures, and videos
for the public. He has contributed to more than 70 educational multimedia titles,
earning awards since 1992. He was the lead researcher and developer of the first state-funded
multimedia secondary biology course in America. In 2001, he earned a Master of Education
degree from Texas Tech University, where he focused on integrating research into the
improvement of education. Bishara has taught courses including physics, mathematics,
and video production.
- Dave Lefforge, MBA, MS
Dave Lefforge, MBA, MS, joined the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community
Health in January 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer, after completing 30 years of
service to the nation as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. While serving in the Air
Force, he was a pilot, commanded many organizations and completed several high-level
staff positions. He then sought to continue serving his community by becoming a member
of the Institute where he is focused on improving health for West Texans.
Dave's many roles within the Institute include being a leading member of our Pandemic
Influenza project. In addition to professional credentials and memberships in professional
organizations, he holds multiple academic degrees from the University of Arizona,
Golden Gate University and the National War College.
- Cathy Hudson, BS, CCRC
Cathy holds a B.S. in Biology from Texas Tech University. She began her career with
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1990. Her background includes 10 years
of basic science research in the area of Nephrology, and 8 years experience in coordinating
clinical trials and research involving human subjects. She has authored and co-authored
numerous abstracts and manuscripts and her professional memberships include the Association
of Clinical Research Professionals and the Society of Clinical Research Associates.
Cathy is currently enrolled in the Certificate of Public Health program through the
University of Texas School of Public Health.
- Gordon Gong
Gordon Gong joined the Rural Health Research Group after working as a faculty member
at Hereditary Cancer Institute and Osteoporosis Research Center, Creighton University
since 1994. His most recent publications involve biostatistics, genetic epidemiology,
and human population genetics.
After graduation in 1970 from Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China, Gordon worked
as a surgeon and then a physician till 1979. Gordon obtained a Masters degree from
Capital University of Biomedical Sciences, Beijing, China after training in cardiology
research (1979-1982). He worked as a cardiologist and assistant professor in this
University until 1984. He came to the US in 1986 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow
at Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at
- Erin Braddock
Originally from the Texas Gulf Coast, Erin graduated from Texas Tech University in
the spring of 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology. As a former psychology major and sociology
minor, her interests lie mainly in the effects of the environment on individuals and
groups and the disparities caused by socioeconomic influences. During her undergraduate
studies, Erin was a member of the Honors College and also participated as a mentor
in the PEGASUS Program for First Generation College (FGC) students. Her future plans
include entering a health-related masters program.
The Rural Health Research Group is located in Suite 301A at the Texas Tech Plaza (the
Bank of America building at 19th and University). The Rural Health Research Group
is the research arm of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health
at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Rural Health Research Group
Box 45013, MS 5013
Lubbock, TX 79409
For more information or to schedule a meeting, please contact Project Manager Cathy