The committee coordinates the HBA’s Interprofessional Drug Education Alliance (IDEA) in the fall and spring each bar year. The committee is responsible for recruiting medical professionals and attorneys to volunteer to educate 5th graders on the medical and legal consequences on drug and alcohol abuse. The committee reviews and updates the legal information included in the training materials used for the volunteers.

2017 IDEA Program Press Release

Committee members and volunteers gathered for the IDEA program orientation held at the HBA office on September 19.


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Thank you to the schools and volunteers who participated in the 2017 IDEA Program

School, District
Crenshaw Elementary, Channelview ISD Angelica Hernandez & Dr. Nidhi Anireddy
DeZavala Elementary, Channelview ISD Mark Kressenberg & Dr. Veena Chavakula
Cobb Elementary, Channelview ISD Kene Chinweze & Dr. Casey Tran
Francone Elementary, Cy-Fair ISD Beny Agosto, Jr., Dr. Amanda Patterson & George Schlicter
Purple Sage Elementary, Galena Park ISD Amy Tomlinson & Dr. Mohammad Koaja
Jefferson Elementary, Houston ISD Katherine McGregor, Shannon Rice & Dr. Anayatzy Franco
Lyons Elementary, Houston ISD Hon. Clarinda Comstock, Gisele Urrutibeheity, Trisha Pollard & Dr. Priyanka Chakrabarti
MacGregor Elementary, Houston ISD Meagan Scott & Christopher Steininger
Osborne Elementary, Houston ISD Islara Irgit & Dr. Amarilis Vega
Pleasantville Elementary, Houston ISD Chelsea Egmon & Dr. Sneha Patel
Smith Elementary, Houston ISD LaVerne Chang, Victoria Vonder Haar & Dr. Liliana Rueda Castrillon
Atkinson Elementary, Pasadena ISD Derek Mendoza & Dr. Sheldon Gaines
Meador Elementary, Pasadena ISD Hon. Carlos Garcia & Dr. Reginald Nguyen

Lyons Elementary School presentation
“On behalf of our Principal, Cecilia Gonzales, the Lyons Elementary Fifth Grade Team and myself, I would like to thank each of you for your time and efforts with the IDEA Program. The program was a great success…. The students not only learn the legal and medical reasons why to stay away from drugs, but they also get to interact with doctors and lawyers in a friendly environment. It gives them other, out-of- school, role models delivering the same message to stay away from drugs.” – LaShawnda Harris, MS, RN, Lyons Elementary School

Atkinson Elementary School students
“All went well at Atkinson. As I’m sure many have, we also got the kids to practice saying ‘no’ to us. Thank you!” – Derick Mendoza, IDEA Presenter

Crenshaw Elementary School presentation
“I had a good talk with the students at each session.” – Angelica Hernandez, IDEA Committee Co-Chair & Presenter

Smith Elementary School presentation
“Dr. Rueda Castrillon and Mrs. Chang were wonderful!!” – Olga Chavez, Smith Elementary School

MacGregor Elementary School presentation
“Great presentation!” – Cheryl Hensley, MacGregor Elementary

Francone Elementary School presentation
“The program went very well. We had two lawyers and one doctor. Dr. Patterson is a young and brilliant doctor. She did great. Thanks again for the opportunity.” – Benny Agosto, Jr., IDEA Presenter

Meador Elementary School presentation
“The kids and teachers really enjoyed both presentations from the Lawyer & the Doctor. Carlos Garcia and Reginald Nguyen were great!” – Tara Merida, Meador Elementary

Kene Chinweze
Barry Conge Harris LLP
1800 West Loop South, Ste. 750
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 331-7660

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Angelica M. Hernandez
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
4828 Loop Central Dr., Suite 600
Houston, Texas 77081
(713) 576-7245

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J. Mark Kressenberg
Sheehy, Ware & Pappas, P.C.
909 Fannin, Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 951-0136

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