Project Team

Team Leaders

Jason McKnight, MD


Dr. McKnight is Board Certified in Family Medicine. A 2017 graduate of the Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency program, Dr. McKnight has advanced training in endoscopy, including certification in Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) through the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He serves as the Principal Investigator for our colorectal cancer screening and prevention grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Jane Bolin, BSN, JD, PhD


Dr. Bolin has expertise in chronic disease management research and methods, rural health research and policy, healthcare delivery in special populations and legal and regulatory aspects of healthcare. Dr. Bolin is a Professor in the Health Policy and Management Department, School of Public Health at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, and the Director of the Southwest Rural Health Research Center. Dr. Bolin is also a cancer survivor. She serves as the Co-Principal Investigator on both CPRIT grants.

Anna Lichorad, MD


Dr. Lichorad has expertise in women’s health services and is board-certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Lichorad is an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Faculty Physician, College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center. She is the Principal Investigator/Program Director for the breast and cervical cancer prevention grant. Dr. Lichorad has primary responsibility for women’s health services at Texas A&M Physicians and oversees the development of the simulation training modules for training of the resident physicians and nursing students.

Faculty

Robert Pope, MD


Dr. Pope is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Pope is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has been a faculty member of the Department of Family & Community Medicine since 1996. He has served as Medical Director for Hospice Brazos Valley since 2007 and is a member of the American Association for Primary Care Endoscopy and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr. Pope is involved in community outreach and is the recipient of the Texas A&M Health Science Center President's Award for Excellence in Community Outreach. Dr. Pope is also fluent in Spanish.

Brandon Williamson, MD


Dr. Williamson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Texas A&M Physicians Family Medicine Residency program. A 2017 graduate of the John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency, he has expertise in endoscopy, maternal-child health and obstetrics. Dr. Williamson is Board Certified in Family Medicine and provides clinical services in breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and prevention through our Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grants.

Support Team

Marvellous Akinlotan, BDS, MPH, serves as a Research Assistant for Texas C-STEP. She is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. She assists in data management, reporting, and evaluation. Marvellous previously worked as a data analyst with the Rural and Community Health Institute of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Janet Helduser, MA, serves as the Program Manager for Texas C-STEP. She is employed in the Health Policy and Management Department at the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. She has extensive experience in academic research and program management including organizational development, resource management, and extensive program planning. She is also certified to teach chronic disease self-management, diabetes self-management and cancer survivorship programs.

Angie Choate, BS, is a Texas state-certified community health worker/promotor employed by the Texas A&M Physicians Family Medicine Center. She serves as a liaison between clinicians and patients and provides navigation assistance to patients seeking colonoscopy. Angie is originally from Columbia and is fluent in Spanish.

Rebecca Martinez is a state certified community health worker/promotora employed by the Texas A&M Physicians Family Medicine Center since October 2015 to assist women seeking C-STEP’s health services. Rebecca is from Bryan, Texas, and is fluent in Spanish.

Leigh Rhodes, MBA, is the Grants Program Manager at the Texas A&M Physicians Family Medicine Center. Among other duties, she is responsible for coordination of all clinical aspects of the Texas C-STEP grants. Prior to joining our team, Leigh was an EHR Data Specialist at HealthPoint in Bryan, Texas.

Sarah Greer, RN, is a Nurse at the Texas A&M Physicians Family Medicine Center. She provides direct patient care to our C-STEP clients before, during and after colonoscopy (including monitoring conscious sedation) and assists the physicians in any necessary follow-up care.

Marivel Sanchez, BA, is a Program Assistant for Texas C-STEP and the National Community Health Worker Training Center. Marivel holds a BA degree in Bilingual Healthcare Studies, with a Spanish language minor, from Sam Houston State University. Marivel will assist in coordinating the training and community outreach activities of our C-STEP community health workers.