Meet Our Team
WTxHITREC is a program of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center located in Lubbock, Texas, providing technical on-site assistance, guidance, and information on best practices to support and accelerate providers' efforts to become meaningful users of certified EHR technology.
Billy U. Philips, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Executive Vice President & Director, Rural and Community Health
Dr. Billy U. Philips, Jr. is the Executive Vice President for Rural and Community Health. Dr. Philips holds an M.P.A. and a Ph.D. in Human Ecology (Epidemiology) from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is recognized nationally for his expertise in cancer control education.
The F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health serves as the primary liaison with communities across the 108-county TTUHSC service area. These community partnerships provide both the framework and the mechanism for achieving the mission of improving the health of West Texans.
Travis R. Hanson, JD, MS
Travis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where he attended the University of Utah earning bachelor degrees in social statistics and criminology. Travis later moved to Texas to attend graduate school where he graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in personal financial planning from Texas Tech University. Travis also graduated cum laude with his juris doctorate from the Texas Tech University School of Law.
Becky Jones, RN, MSN, CPHQ, HIT-Pro PW
Becky received both her BSN and MSN (20 years apart), both from the TTUHSC School of Nursing. She has more than 20 years’ experience in nursing including a large teaching hospital, rural area hospital and home health care in the West Texas area. The last ten years has been focused on the area of healthcare quality, including certification from the National Association for Healthcare Quality. She has been involved with many aspects of quality and compliance for a large clinic system (TTUHSC SOM clinics) and a smaller private oncology practice, including leading successful Joint Commission surveys and a certification specific to quality in oncology. Her most recent experience comes from an oncology practice that has utilized an EHR for more than 10 years. She worked with the practice to find EHR support for improvement opportunities and was part of a team that implemented Clinical Pathways. It was the first practice in the country to implement this set of oncology pathways electronically.
Cappi joined the West Texas Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center in July of 2012 as a Regional Coordinator. Cappi has a diverse background with over 20 years of experience in administration and billing practices, with the last nine years being focused on information technology in the healthcare industry. She is also a licensed Workers’ Compensation Adjuster for the State of Texas. Cappi has been extensively involved in researching and maintaining compliance rules and standards for leading insurance carriers, in addition to providing one on one client support. She enjoys helping others by providing knowledge and confidence through proper training and support.
Denise Lopez, MBA, MS
Director of Finance
Denise Lopez is originally from Levelland, Texas. She moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University where she graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and General Business. She earned her Master of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University and her Master of Science i Clinical Practice Management from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Denise has worked for the Texas Tech University system since 2008 and joined the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health in December 2013.
Luciano Vilas Boas, MBA
Executive Administrative Associate
Luciano is originally from Brazil and has a Bachelor's in Business Administration and an MBA in Business Economics from Universidade Federal Fluminense. He has ten years of retail experience in market analysis, business planning, negotiation, product development, customer service, and supplier management with other countries such as Brazil, China, Argentina, and Uruguay.
His hobbies include reading business books, visiting museums and parks, and traveling to different cities and countries. He moved to Lubbock, TX in August of 2014 with his wife who is pursuing her post doctorate at Texas Tech University. His motto is "always learning".
Sharon Rose, RN, MAM, BSOE, HIT-Pro CP
As a graduate of Odessa College School of Nursing, Sharon moved to Lubbock to work at University Medical Center and continue her education. With more than 20 years nursing experience, she has worked in many different areas of hospitals including Medical-Surgical, ICU, ER, Staff Educator, and Director of Emergency Department. She received her degrees from Wayland Baptist University, Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Education with Specialization in Nursing and Master of Arts in Management with Specialization in Health Care Management, while continuing to work as a full time nurse. She did take 3 years away from nursing to teach in the Medical Magnet Program for Lubbock Independent School District.
Sharon recently completed the HITECH Program through Midland College and received her certification as a Clinician/Practitioner Consultant. She most recently worked at Grace Medical Center in Lubbock as a Clinical Applications Specialist training staff on Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records and preparing for attestation. Sharon is joining the West Texas Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center as a Regional Coordinator for the Lubbock area.
Terry G. Alexander, BS
Director of Critical Access and Rural Hospitals
Terry Alexander earned a Bachelor Of Science degree from The University Of Texas at Dallas where he majored in accounting and management information systems. Soon after graduation, he obtained 3 copyrights for software directly related to the financial sector. Mr. Alexander enjoyed a lengthy career as a Senior Manager specializing in project management and data warehousing for a Fortune 100 company. In 2008, Mr. Alexander and his family moved to their farm in West Texas. Hired by the Stamford Memorial Hospital as the Electronic Health Records project manager and IT Manager, the hospital successfully attested to have achieved "Meaningful Use" in April, 2011.
Mr. Alexander is a former Marine, has 2 grown children, and spends his spare time woodworking, cooking, and working on the farm.