Board of Directors

Every member of our Board of Directors demonstrates their commitment to this organization and our mission by investing in ETAA with personal donations.

Cammie Camp, R.N.Read Bio

Cammie Camp, R.N.

Cammie Camp currently resides in Longview, Texas and is the Clinical Admissions Director at Longview Hill. She serves as President on East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance (ETAA) Board. She received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Tarleton State University.

Prior to joining Longview Hill, Cammie has served as Regional Director of Marketing with Skilled HealthCare, Regional Director of Quality Assurance with 22 Acquisitions, ZA Consulting and Total Health Care Consultants. She has been Director of Nursing, Risk Management Director and Director of Rehabilitation Services in several facilities owned by those companies. She is also a Certified Operating Room Nurse and has served as Director of the Women’s Unit at Community Psychiatric Center Millwood Hospital. Cammie has served on multiple other boards including Adult Protective Services of Smith County. Cammie is currently on the planning committee for REACH. Cammie is an alumni of Leadership Tyler and participates in the selection team for each year’s class. Cammie has been honored by being selected Marketer of the Year with Skilled HealthCare and Genesis HealthCare.

Cammie enjoys travel, hunting for antiques, history, cooking and scrapbooking. Cammie’s proudest accomplishments include her marriage of over 40 years to Mike, her 3 grown sons and 11 amazing grandchildren.

Julia L. FritzRead Bio

Julia L. Fritz

Julia L. Fritz currently resides in Longview Texas and is the Director of Marketing & Sales for Buckner Westminster in Longview. She was the business development director for Heritage At Longview for 12 years. Julia is one of the founding board members of the East Texas Alzheimer Alliance and also serves as a board member for the Gregg County Adult Protective Service (APS) and the East Texas Senior Citizen Coalition (ETSCC). Julia is a member of Growing Valley Baptist Church and the mother of five Deldrick, Ronnie Jr., Bryan, Breana and Britney. In her spare time Julia enjoys reading, writing, listening to old albums and spending time with family and friends.

Beth GodseyExecutive DirectorRead Bio

Beth GodseyExecutive Director

Beth began working part-time as Executive Director of the East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance in December, 2018 and transitioned to full-time in July, 2019.  She received her Master’s Degree in Business from LeTourneau University and most recently became a Certified Dementia Specialist in Spring 2021.  Although born and raised in Longview, Texas, Beth and her husband, Mike, have lived in Hallsville the past 31 years, and they have three children and four beautiful granddaughters.

Beth is a board member of the Hallsville Area United Fund, serves on the City of Hallsville Culture/Heritage Committee, and is also the part-time Executive Director of the Hallsville Education Foundation where she has been involved the last 20 years.  She enjoys camping, beach trips to Florida, running 5Ks and half marathons, and spending time with her family.

Chris HallRead Bio

Chris Hall

Beth HawthornDIRECTOR AT-LARGERead Bio


Dorothy HorneRead Bio

Dorothy Horne

Dorothy Horne, a retired first grade teacher, is a freelance writer, author, speaker and contributing columnist and blogger for the Longview News-Journal. She was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dorothy and her late husband, Byron, were married in 1977 and moved to Longview from Dallas in 1986. He was diagnosed in 2011 with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and died in May of 2018 at age 69.

Dorothy wrote columns about their journey throughout the course of Byron’s illness to help raise awareness about the disease, and also to share about God’s grace and provision in the midst of it. In 2015, she self-published a collection of these columns in her first book, “Glimpses of Grace: Walking in Hope through Alzheimer’s and Ordinary Days.” (A second collection of columns chronicling the remainder of their Alzheimer’s journey will be published in late 2020.) Also in 2015, Dorothy was humbled and honored to receive 1st Place in AAA Blogs in the annual TAPME (Texas Associated Press Managing Editors) Excellence in Journalism Awards state conference.

Dorothy remains passionate about advocating for and finding ways to help caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s. She feels blessed to be part of this dedicated and hard-working group of volunteers serving on the ETAA Board.

Dorothy has two daughters and four grandsons. She enjoys being with her family and friends, reading, writing, trail-walking, cycling and traveling.

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Breneda MathisTREASURERRead Bio

Breneda MathisTREASURER

Breneda Mathis is a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager at Texas Bank & Trust in Longview.  She was a 2002 Star Over Longview, 2012 Longview High School Distinguished Alumni, and received 2005-2006 Regions Bank Chairman’s Club award.  Breneda is very active in the Longview community participating in the Zonta Club, United Way, March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, and a Family Promise board member.  Breneda was elected to the ETAA Board of Directors in August, 2020.

Angela McCaslandRead Bio

Angela McCasland

Chris ParkerRead Bio

Chris Parker

Chris is an elder law attorney with the firm of Ross & Shoalmire. He is an accredited Veterans Affairs Attorney, a member of the National Association of Elder Law attorneys and licensed to practice in Texas. Chris is married to Danieli Parker who is the principal at Hallsville North Elementary. They have three children Jacob, Audrey, and Jackson.

Chris is a former felony prosecutor in Gregg County where he represented the victims of the community for over a decade. He prosecuted hundreds of cases and represented many of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Chris and his family attend service at St. Mary’s Church and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Chris and his family are involved in local soccer, rugby and wrestling leagues.

Morgan PatelRead Bio

Morgan Patel

Morgan is a resident of Longview, Texas, and is the Director of Nursing for Oceans Behavioral Hospital.  Oceans provides immediate inpatient care for patients suffering from mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s.  Morgan received her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler and is currently taking classes to earn her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner license from Walden University.  Morgan is the wife to Janti Patel and the mother of Jagger and Riya Patel.  Morgan enjoys trips to Destin, Florida, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family.  Morgan is a member of the East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance because she wants to spread the word to people in need the resources available, as well as, be a part in developing new resources for such a vicious, heartbreaking disease.

James "Jim" Sawyer, M.D., FACPDIRECTOR AT-LARGERead Bio


Dr. James Sawyer lives in Longview with his wife Nancy and retired from active medical practice in January 2017. He continues to serve as a consultant to the Medicare Center of Diagnostic Clinic of Longview (DCOL) and to the DCOL IT department on a limited basis. Dr. Sawyer graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1973, then earned his M.D. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1976. Dr. Sawyer then moved to Houston to complete his residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where he remained on faculty for 2 years prior to his move to Longview in 1982. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Texas Medical Association. He is active at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview. He volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Alliance of East Texas, Refuge International, and Meals on Wheels through Trinity Episcopal Church.

Dustin ShirleySECRETARYRead Bio

Dustin ShirleySECRETARY

Jennifer Smith, DDSPRESIDENTRead Bio

Jennifer Smith, DDSPRESIDENT

Jennifer Smith currently resides in Longview, Texas and is the Chief of Dental Services at Wellness Pointe. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Loyola University New Orleans and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. Jennifer is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and East Texas Dental Society.  She serves as Treasurer on East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance (ETAA) Board. Jennifer is an active member of the Junior League of Longview and New Beginnings Church and on the Board of Directors of the East Texas Literacy Council. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys traveling, exercising, hiking, watching sports, and spending time with her dogs.

Nona SnoddyRead Bio

Nona Snoddy

Nona Snoddy is a lifelong resident of Longview, Texas and is a Special Education Teacher for Longview Independent School District. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sociology from East Texas State University now Texas A&M in Commerce, Texas. Prior to becoming an educator, Nona gained extensive experience in the professional fields of recreation and mental health. Nona was a supervisor at Broughton Recreation Center with the city of Longview and a qualified mental health professional for Sabine Valley MHMR. Nona currently serves on the Community Advisory Council for Bancorp South, Longview City Council for District Two, member of National Education Association and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Nona is a member of Parkview Missionary Baptist Church where she enjoys singing in the choir. Nona loves working with children and adults, spending time with family, watching sporting events and being a public servant. Nona and her husband Melson have been married for 32 years and have two beautiful daughters Roshundalyn and Rikki Snoddy.

Nelda StrongRead Bio

Nelda Strong

Nelda Strong is a proud native of Longview and has been a resident here for much of her adult life other the years spent in Austin. She and her husband, Jack Strong moved back to Longview after his retirement in the year 2000.

Nelda graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S. Degree in Education. She spent most of her career in public, private, and for-profit education. She was a classroom teacher and later became the director of a private school. Nelda pioneered the first all-day kindergarten in Trinity School of Texas, and brought Sylvan Learning Center to this area in 1984. She has also received training for mediation, and has conducted support groups of teen agers with divorced parents. Nelda was appointed to the Board of Regents of East Texas State University, at which time the board accepted the idea to join the Texas A&M system and it became Texas A&M, Commerce. She was on the founding board of Children’s Advocacy Center- Martin House. She is a sustainer in Junior League Longview, a member First United Methodist Church Longview, and was a board member of Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas. Nelda’s proudest involvement is being on the board of East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance.

Nelda’s joy in life is family. She is the mother of two married daughters, five biological grandchildren, a foster grandson, and four step families. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, life-long friends, and continuing to honor the memory of her beloved Jack, who died with Alzheimer’s in 2015.