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Health Scholar Showcase

Texas State Research Community:
Due to the University response and protocol concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are canceling the 2020 Health Scholar Showcase. It is our intention to schedule for a later date. We will keep you updated as we move forward.


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The Health Scholar Showcase is part of Texas State University’s Translational Health Research Initiative, which seeks to improve health by connecting faculty and community partners to engage in innovative research and sponsored programs. An increasing number of Texas State faculty representing at least 30 departments, schools and centers, and at least eight colleges, are currently engaged in health research and sponsored programs.

Our growing health research portfolio provides new opportunities to develop collaborative partnerships among scientists, clinicians, and members of our community to tackle complex health issues. In conjunction with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Dr. Melinda Villagran leads the Translational Health Research Initiative and supports faculty seeking to attract new grant funding, build their research teams, develop research tools, or move forward on multidisciplinary programs.

Ann Stevens

Ann Stevens, Keynote Speaker
President, BioMed San Antonio

As Founding President of the non-profit corporation, BioMed SA, Ann Stevens brings a unique combination of experience in the biomedical field, investment community and media industry – along with a collaborative leadership style and a passion for community service – to her role of promoting and growing San Antonio’s leading industry, healthcare and the biosciences. In this role, she fosters the growth of local startup companies as well as homegrown industry leaders; helps recruit biomedical companies to San Antonio, and travels throughout the nation and world to raise the visibility of San Antonio as a City of Science and Health.

Before accepting her leadership role with BioMed SA in 2005, Stevens spent eight years as Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for ILEX Oncology, Inc., San Antonio’s first publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. She was a key member of the leadership team that raised the market capitalization of this homegrown, startup company from under $100 million to its final acquisition price of $1 billion by Genzyme Corporation in December 2004.

While at ILEX, Stevens participated in getting two new anti-cancer drugs approved by the FDA, representing new hope for patients with leukemia, and experienced first-hand the difference this industry can make in people’s lives. She also developed a strong working knowledge of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, partnering with other drug companies and interfacing regularly with peer companies, investors and physicians at national medical meetings and investment banking conferences.

Prior to joining ILEX, Stevens spent 17 years on the corporate staff of global media firm, Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc., where she served as Director of Corporate Communications. She began her career as a reporter for two Harte-Hanks daily newspapers in West Texas. She holds a B.A. degree in journalism from Texas State University, graduating with highest honors, and was named a Distinguished Alumna in 2013. She was honored by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2014 with Women’s Leadership Awards for Non-Profit Leadership and Community Leader of the Year.

Hall of People

Schedule of Events

  • The Health Scholar Showcase will be on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 2:00-5:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center.

    1:30 - 2:00 PM

    Poster Presenter Check-in and arrival at the PAC 

    2:00 - 3:00 PM

    Poster Session

    3:00 - 4:15 PM

    Keynote and Panel Discussion

    4:15 - 4:20 PM

    Closing Remarks

    4:20 - 5:00 PM

    Refreshments and Networking

  • Location: University map and location of Performing Arts Center
  • Attire: Business or Business Casual

The 2020 Health Scholar Showcase will feature a panel of distinguished alumni working in health-related industries.


Brad Nations

Brad Nations, Panelists
Vice President of Employer Solutions at ConsumerMedical

Mr. Brad Nations is Vice President of Employer Solutions at ConsumerMedical, a leading healthcare decision support and concierge company serving approximately 3 million individuals through some of the nation's largest employers, health plans, and private exchanges. Mr. Nations earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications at Texas State, and was the student body president. As a Medical Ally, ConsumerMedical uses predictive analytics and patient engagement technology to assist participants and their loved ones making informed medical care and treatment decisions using evidence-based research, compassion and deep clinical expertise. The company works with health plans, employers and a host of partner providers to help participants navigate the ever-complex healthcare system and access care from the highest-quality providers—leading to better health outcomes and lower costs. ​

Mike Rubal, PhD, Panelists
Principal Scientist, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio

Dr. Rubal is a Principal Scientist at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. SwRi sponsors biomedical research for biomaterials and pharmaceutical development, food safety assessment, and biomechanics and human performance testing and evaluation. SwRi scientists also collaborate to design, prototype, and test medical devices for the healthcare industry, and conduct biomechanical research to address musculoskeletal problems such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, bone fracture risk, and musculoskeletal injury risks.​

Michal Waechter, MHA, FACHE

Michal Waechter, MHA, FACHE, Panelists
Waechter Consulting Group

Michal Waechter is a healthcare administrator with more than a decade of experience in healthcare business development. She has diverse experience in strategic planning, program execution, operational improvement, physician outreach, brand positioning and consumer engagement in the San Antonio area. She earned her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University. As an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, she achieved board certification and became a Fellow in 2012. In addition to her professional obligations, Michal serves on several non-profit boards and enjoys running, spending time with her three children and traveling with her husband.​

Lori Lane


Lori Lane, DPM, MHA, FACHE, Panelists
Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization, LA Podiatry

Dr. Lori Lane is a podiatric surgeon in Palm Beach, FL. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Texas State University and is a graduate of Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Lane is Board Certified by the American Board of Wound Management and is actively involved in all aspects of advanced wound healing, including being Principal Investigator on several clinical trials for the development of wound healing products and medications. Dr. Lane is also a founding member of the Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization (PBACO) which was the first of 559 Accountable Care Organizations that are now licensed and recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. PBACO consists of over 450 physicians who serve over 80,000 Medicare beneficiaries in South Florida. PBACO was the #1 performing Accountable Care Organization in the U.S. in 2018, saving over 100 million dollars while earning a quality score above 90%.