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Kenneth Podell, PhD

Director, Houston Methodist Concussion Center
Dr. Kenneth Podell is a board-certified neuropsychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals who have sustained brain injury or disease, with particular expertise
in sports concussion, traumatic brain injury and dementia. He serves as a team neuropsychological consultant for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo
and Rice University Athletics.

Munro Cullum, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Principal Investigator, ConTex Study
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology & Neurotherapeutics
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Dr. Cullum is active in research, teaching, and clinical practice and performs neuropsychological evaluations to measure cognitive function in people with a variety of suspected or diagnosed brain conditions.  He has assembled a distinguished multidisciplinary team of leaders in concussion research through UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute.  Dr. Cullum currently oversees ConTex, the nation’s largest statewide effort to track concussions among youth athletes – a partnership between the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the UT Southwestern Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair (TIBIR).

Texas State Director, NeuroRestorative

Drawing on over 25 years of clinical experience across the traumatic brain injury continuum of care, Rene specializes in community re-entry and emphasis on a truly transdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation. 

Kristy Easley, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Speech-Language Pathologist, NeuroRestorative

Kristy Easley, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, has worked in the field of speech-language pathology for over 15 years and is a member of the rehabilitation team at NeuroRestorative Texas, a post-acute brain injury program located in Tyler. She has also assisted in rebuilding the local East Texas Brain Injury Support Group for survivors and caregivers that serves the local community. Most recently, she joined the Texas Brain Injury Alliance as a representative on the Board of Directors.

Charles R. Walker, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Neuropsychologist, Center for Healthy Aging, Consulting Neuropsychologist, NeuroRestorative Texas

Charles Walker has a doctoral degree from the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences where he completed an internship and a clinical neuropsychology fellowship. He was on the faculty at UT Southwestern before accepting a position at the Methodist Rehabilitation Institute in Lubbock, Texas, as neuropsychologist and management team member. After entering private practice he became a partner at the Southwest Center for Psychological Development. He taught and supervised doctoral students from Texas Tech University and he was a consulting neuropsychologist to the Lubbock Independent School District and Texas Tech Pediatric Integrative Clinical Services. In 2004, he returned to Tyler, Texas, and joined the graduate psychology faculty at UT Tyler. He then served as Corporate Director for Clinical Affairs for NeuroRestorative Specialty Centers, Inc., a four-state system of brain injury rehabilitation programs. In 2013 he accepted his current position as Associate Professor of Medicine at UT Health Science Center at Tyler, where he helped to found a doctoral internship program in professional psychology. In 2007 he served as president of the East Texas Psychological Association, and he presently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Psychological Association. He has been active in community service and volunteer efforts, and his teaching and professional service has garnered a number of awards over the years. He is a licensed psychologist health service provider and has provided expert testimony concerning brain injury and mental health issues in State and Federal courts.

Michael "Spanky Stephens, ATC, LAT
Executive Director for the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association

In July 2001, Michael “Spanky” Stephens became the Executive Director for the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association after working 33 years at the University of Texas and the last 22 as the Head Athletic Trainer. Spanky served 22 years on the Governor appointed Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers and has severed on numerous committee’s and focus groups within the NATA and State Government. He also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the TV show “Friday Night Lights” for 5 years and had several appearances on the show itself. Spanky put together a task force of physicians, licensed athletic trainers, and brain trauma researchers and specialist to write HB 2038 which is now known as “Natasha’s Law” which set up and define concussion protocols and return to play protocols for any high school student athlete in the state of Texas. This bill was passed in 2011. For the past 12 years and counting, Spanky has represented the Licensed Athletic Trainers in Texas to make sure Texas has a voice in protecting the Texas Licensure act of 1971 and that each and every LAT in Texas is respected for the job that is given to them concerning the health and safety of the student athletes and athletes in our great state of Texas. Spanky is in several Hall of Fames, University of Texas Hall of Honor, Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, American Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Bellville High School Hall of Fame.