Steering Committee

Steering Committee Members

  • Immediate Past Mayor, Jim Bush, City of Waco, SmartBabies Steering Committee Chairman 
  • Betty Bauer, Community Volunteer, Waco Foundation Trustee
  • Pam Briggs, McLennan Community College Child Development Instructor
  • Dr. Roland Goertz, MD, MBA Waco Family Health Center Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr. Carole Hanks, RN, Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Debora Jones, Head Start/Early Head Start Program Director
  • Stewart Kelly, Kelly Realtors, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman
  • Sherry Williams, RNC, WHNP Waco-McLennan County Public Health District Director 

Steering Committee Purpose & Duties

  • Meet quarterly to give strategic direction to SmartBabies Early Childhood Initiative.
  • Advise the development and implementation of a strategic plan that will raise the Early Childhood Quality of Life Index by 10% within five years and 25% within 10 years in McLennan County, specifically focusing on efforts to improve conditions in all zip codes where the Quality of Life Index is below the County’s overall score of 41.67%.
  • Oversee the plan to measure progress in the community.
  • Promote the work of SmartBabies Early Childhood Initiative in Greater Waco.

Phone: 254-754-3404
Fax: 254-753-2887


1227 N. Valley Mills Drive
Suite 235
Waco, TX 76710

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