We are privileged to be part of the ministry of Bethesda.
Each member of the management team supports our core values and serves our customers, patients and one another with enthusiasm.
John English, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. John English is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has been practicing medicine since 1993. Prior to becoming the Medical Director of Bethesda Health Clinic, he practiced medicine at Trinity Clinic in Tyler, Texas. John holds a M.D. degree from U.T. Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital.
Chief Development Officer
Diane Thomason is Bethesda’s Development Director, and she handles all donor relations and fundraising events. Diane served on the very first board of directors for Bethesda in 2002, and joined the organization officially in 2009. Diane studied Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, and has a background in technology. She has served in leadership positions with many local organizations, including UT Tyler’s College of Business & Technology, Tyler Executive Women’s Network (TEWN), Christian Women’s Job Corps, The Women’s Fund and GetIT.
Chief Financial Officer
Melissa absolutely loves the mission of Bethesda and is grateful everyday she can be a part of it. She has worked or supported Bethesda Health Clinic and Hangers of Hope since 2014. Melissa earned her BBA in Accounting and has worked in healthcare accounting and management since 1995. Melissa loves her community of Whitehouse and has volunteered for WISD Education Foundation and Keep Whitehouse Beautiful, along with serving on the Parks and Recreation Board and committee.
Matt Humphries, MD
Dr. Matt Humphries is board certified in Family Practice, and he has been practicing medicine since 1996. From 1996 to 2015, Matt served as a Medical Missionary in East Asia with the International Mission Board. Matt holds a M.D. degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and he completed his residency at the University of Alabama. Matt also holds a B.S. in Biology from Baylor University.
Marsha Jones, RN
Marsha Jones joined Bethesda in 2022 as a Lead Nurse.
Marsha is a 1981 graduate of Texas Eastern School of Nursing. She has 42 years of experience. These years include time in ICU, ER, Cardiology, Home Health and Hospice. Marsha has been a volunteer at Bethesda with Grace Community for the last 6 years.
In her spare time, Marsha spends time with family. Her hobbies include quilting, needlework and making things for her family including her 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Clinic Operations Director
Chelsea manages and develops the volunteer program, recruits volunteers and serves as the liaison between clinic staff and volunteers. She is regularly involved with the Bethesda Alliance and assists with Dr. Luke and the Birthday Bash. She also serves on the planning committee for Dia de las Madres. Chelsea holds a MA in Strategic Leadership and a BA in Business Administration from LeTourneau University. Prior to joining Bethesda in 2019, Chelsea worked in the veterinary industry for 7 years doing everything from managing a clinic and recruiting veterinarians to pharmaceutical and equipment sales.
Director of Culture and Engagement
Laura provides a wide range of services for the Chief Development Officer, the Board of Directors, donors and the clinic. These include fundraising support, database management, grant writing, donor correspondence, gift processing, clerical support, event planning, supply management, facilities management and calendar management.
Laura holds a BA in Business Management from Stephen F. Austin University.
Prior to joining Bethesda in 2014, Laura held positions as Customer Service/Engineering Rep. with TXU Energy, Executive Director of a Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, Retail Manager of Teacher Supply, and Administrative positions in 2 churches, a Christian school, and Young Life.
Terry joined Bethesda in 2022 and serves as the Human Resources Manager. He coordinates administrative activities, manages recruiting, hiring, onboarding, development and training for Bethesda Health Clinic and Hangers of Hope personnel. Prior to joining Bethesda, Terry served in the United States Air Force for 22 years and 9 months eventually retiring as a First Sergeant.
Director of Community Relations
Megan Riaz joined Bethesda in March of 2018 and serves as Director of Community Relations. She earned her BA and MA degrees in English literature from UT Tyler and has a background in Public Relations, Marketing and Communications. Megan is a graduate of Leadership Tyler Core Class 31 and serves on the boards for SPORTyler and Rose Capital West Little League. Megan is a member of South Tyler Rotary and enjoys giving back to her community through service projects.
Don Bristow came to Bethesda as a Database Consultant in 2013, then became IT Director in 2014. His background includes 20 years in the software development industry, 5 years as a fulltime professional photographer, and 13 years in the website design and hosting business. Don received a BA in Liberal Studies (Elementary School Teacher Program) and a BA in Mathematics from Sacramento State University, Sacramento. He currently serves on the boards of the BBB of Central East Texas and Operation Go Quickly. He previously served on the boards of Greater East Texas IT Professionals, Innovation Advancing Education and Parent Services Center.
Chrystal Carter oversees operations and over 60 employees at 2 Hangers of Hope thrift stores and the Hangers of Hope Production Facility. Chrystal joined Hangers of Hope as a cashier in 2016, and she worked her way up to Retail Director in just 5 years. Prior to joining Hangers of Hope, Chrystal spent over 15 years in the home health industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant.