ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

IT’S TIME TEXAS is a non-profit organization composed of innovators, opinion leaders, and an army of motivated Texans.
Together, we’re building a healthier state.


ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

IT’S TIME TEXAS is a non-profit organization composed of innovators, opinion leaders, and an army of motivated Texans. Together, we’re building a healthier state.



The Crisis


Unhealthy has become the new normal in America. In the last 30 years, the number of overweight/obese kids in the U.S. has tripled, and one-third of all American kids born in the year 2000 are projected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Even more alarming, this generation of U.S. children represents the first in more than 100 years to likely have a lower life-expectancy than their parents. Sadly, American adults are faring no better. More than two-thirds of all U.S. adults are overweight/obese, and if these trends continue, nearly 90% of all American adults will be overweight/obese by 2030 and the associated healthcare costs will exceed $1 trillion.


Our Cause


IT’S TIME TEXAS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a statewide organization focused on dramatically improving the landscape of health and wellness in Texas. Our free programs, tools, and services leverage innovative technology and harness the collective power of Texas’ leading agencies, institutions, organizations, and companies to empower Texans to lead healthier lives and build healthier communities. Simply put, we make healthy easier in the Lone Star State.

Our Leadership 

Baker Harrell, PhD, Founder & CEO 

Baker Harrell, PhD, Founder & CEOBaker’s background and expertise in new media, social movement theory, and health marketing drive the efforts of IT’S TIME TEXAS. In less than two years, IT’S TIME TEXAS has become the preeminent community health organization in the Lone Star State. This year, IT’S TIME TEXAS will impact the health of more than 5 million Texans in over 550 communities.

Baker’s prior ventures in the public health arena have received the Best Practices Health and Fitness Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services and a Most Promising Initiative award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Prior to founding IT’S TIME TEXAS, Baker completed a master’s in Health Education with a concentration in childhood obesity. His philosophy of empowering people to initiate pro-social change is reflected in the work of IT’S TIME TEXAS and supported by Baker’s interdisciplinary, doctoral research, which focused on the intersection of social movement studies, social marketing, and public health.


Megan Carvajal, Vice President, Executive Operations

Baker Harrell, PhD, Founder & CEO

In her 16 years as a non-profit professional, Megan Carvajal has developed an expert knowledge of nonprofit fund development and corporate philanthropy.  She has raised millions of dollars, spoken on the national level about corporate relations and nonprofit partnerships, and demonstrated leadership at organizations in Austin, TX including United Way for Greater Austin, Any Baby Can, and SafePlace. Prior to her non-profit career, Megan spent four years at a large cooperative marketing firm, managing third-party advertising programs for major corporations including IBM, Sealy/Serta, and Nokia.

In her role at IT’S TIME TEXAS, Megan will focus her energy on building corporate, foundation, and individual investment opportunities to diversify funding and support the ITT mission.  As a professional, she brings her expertise and enthusiasm to this organization in order to effect change in the next generations of Texas.  As a parent, she knows that nothing could be more important.  Megan is a vegetarian, an experienced home chef, and has recently begun boxing for fitness.  She also believes in good wine and cheese.

Amy McGeady, PhD, Vice President, Mission and Strategy

Amy McGeady, PhD, Vice President, Mission AdvancementAmy is a strategic thinker who loves helping great organizations grow to their full potential. Before joining IT’S TIME TEXAS, she spent 15 years helping a diverse group of companies and organizations win billions of dollars in new and repeat business. She is a dynamic speaker who has delivered keynote addresses, lectures, and workshops for clients and organizations nationwide. Throughout her career, she has helped individuals, teams, and organizations work together to develop solutions to complex problems.

In her role at IT’S TIME TEXAS, Amy is helping the organization create, communicate, implement, and sustain strategic initiatives that advance our mission and help us grow and expand our reach. She keeps the team focused on measuring results and enhancing our efforts to improve the health and wellness of Texans throughout the state.

Amy earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from Purdue University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served on several nonprofit boards of directors and currently serves on the board of Wonders & Worries. Amy and her family love to travel and experience different food, cultures and ways of life.

Our Staff 


Paige Kroll

Paige Kroll, Marketing Specialist


Sara Dube

Sara Dube, MPH, CHES, Living Healthier Program Coordinator


Sara Jefferson

Sara Jefferson, School Programs Manager


Caroline Hilbert, MD, MPH

Caroline Hilbert, MD, MPH, Programs Manager


Kristen Nussa, MPH

Kristen Nussa, MPH, Director of Mission


Coco Plunkett

Coco Plunkett, Director of Events and Initiatives


Kinsey Gray

Kinsey Gray, Choose Healthier Program Coordinator


John Waterman

John Waterman, Director of Technology Resources


Elizabeth Nevarez

Elizabeth Nevarez, Bookeeper


Tracy Walker

Tracy Walker, Director of Marketing and Communication


Hilary Kotrla

Hilary Kotrla, After School Program Coordinator


Beth Michel

Beth Michel, Events and Initiatives Coordinator


Gloria Pena

Gloria Pena, Office Manager


Natalie Richardson

Natalie Richardson, Living Healthier Coach


Ben Clutter

Ben Clutter, Director of Employer Relations


Megan GuilbeauxMegan Guilbeaux

Megan Guilbeaux, Impact & Evaluation Specialist


Carley McCaw

Carley McCaw, Events & Initiatives Coordinator


Hector Gonzalez

Hector Gonzalez, Living Healthier Coach


Melanie Rose GomezKevin Sibrian

Kevin Sibrian, Teach Healthier After School Supervisor


Salazar-Collier, MPH CHES

Cindy Lynn Salazar-Collier, MPH CHES, Rio Grand Valley Regional Coordinator


David GalvinLatrice Sales

Latrice Sales, Director of School Health & Youth Programming


David GalvinDavid Galvin

David Galvin, Teach Healthier After School Supervisor


Melanie Rose GomezMelanie Rose Gomez

Melanie Rose Gomez, Teach Healthier After School Supervisor

Board Members


Chris Perkins

Partner, Holtzman Partners
IT’S TIME TEXAS Board Chair


Mike Fitzpatrick

Business Consultant
IT’S TIME TEXAS Board Treasurer


Cathleen C. Slack

Partner, SMITH|ROBERTSON
IT’S TIME TEXAS Board Secretary


Bill Baker

Healthcare Consultant
IT’S TIME TEXAS Board Member


Carrie Isaac

Health and Wellness Professional
IT’S TIME TEXAS Board Member


Jaclyn Beerens

Program Manager, Sense Corp
IT’S TIME TEXAS Board Member


Julie Bedingfield

H-E-B, Public Affairs Health & Wellness Manager
IT’S TIME TEXAS Board Member


Brooks Ballard

Senior Communications Specialist, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The UT School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus
IT’S TIME TEXAS Board Member


Michelle Riddell

Vice President, Strategic Communications and Community Investment at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
IT’S TIME TEXAS Board Member

Our Interns 

Texas State University, Exercise Sports Science
Fun Fact: A goal of mine is to explore every national park…so far I have been to 7 of 59!
IT’S TIME to celebrate good times…come on!
The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, Marketing
Fun Fact: I grew up in New Jersey, aka the land of suburbia.
IT’S TIME to Get Funky! (props to anyone who recognizes what song this is from)

The University of Texas at Austin, Neuroscience
Fun Fact: I am a third degree black belt and instructor.
IT’S TIME to look, think and feel positive/healthy.
The University of Idaho, International Studies with a concentration in Global Development
Fun Fact: I’m from Colorado and love hiking and french bulldogs! (oh wait that’s three, I just feel like they all go hand in hand haha!)
IT’S TIME to be bold!
Arizona State University, Health and Wellness
Fun Fact: I’m a Former Diamondback Rallyback
IT’S TIME to think positively, exercise daily, eat healthy, work hard, and worry less!
The University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication and Advertising
Fun Fact: I broke my leg jumping on a trampoline.
IT’S TIME to get this show on the road!
The University of Texas at Austin, Grad Student in Learning Technologies
Fun Fact: I’ve lived on all three coasts – West Coast, East Coast, the third coast 😉
IT’S TIME to make healthy the new cool.
Texas State University, Health and Wellness Promotion and a Minor in Exercise and Sports Science
Fun Fact: My birthmark is in my right eye.
IT’S TIME to soak up as much knowledge as possible during my time as an intern!
Concordia University, Communications with a Public Relations focus
Fun Fact: I was voted “most likely to become famous” by my high school graduating class.
IT’S TIME TO become a B O S S in the communications world (drops mic)
The University of Texas at Austin, Advertising
Fun Fact: I spent the summer backpacking around Europe.
IT’S TIME to put your health as a top priority.
Texas State University, Health and Fitness Management
Fun Fact: I played college baseball and still kind of wish I was playing.
IT’S TIME to make a change!
The University of Texas, Public Health
Fun Fact:I will be studying abroad in Dublin this spring!
IT’S TIME to make healthy living easy for Texans!
The University of Texas at Austin, Economics
Fun Fact: I visited Colorado to see the mountains.
IT’S TIME for us to enjoy the life in a healthy way.
The University of Texas at Austin, Sport Management
Fun Fact: I LOVE dogs, especially Pitbulls and German Shepherds!
IT’S TIME for all communities to come together and work towards a healthier Texas!
The University of Texas at Austin, Public Health
Fun Fact: I am a dessert enthusiast and enjoy trying different dessert places.
IT’S TIME for a change!
IT'S TIME TEXAS Interns

Financials

2014 Audit Report – click to download

2013 Audit Report – click to download

2013 Form 990 – click to download

2012 Form 990 – click to download


“IT’S TIME TEXAS, and specifically their Community Challenge, provides a platform for San Antonio to step up and display its winning spirit and commitment to health.”


Julian Castro,

United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former Mayor of San Antonio, TX


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THANK YOU TO OUR ALLIES

HEB
BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
SNAP