The Team

Cathy Easter, BS, MPH, Senior Vice President, Community Development
Cathy Easter joined Houston Methodist in 1991 and serves as senior vice president of community development. She played a fundamental role in establishing the Community Benefits Program and continues to coordinate Houston Methodist’s charity care and community benefit initiatives. Easter was a 2012 community honoree at the Shalom Health Ministries Benefit Luncheon and Bering Omega’s 2007 Songs for Hope fundraising event. In 2004, she was named an “Up & Comer” in Modern Healthcare magazine, due largely to her role in community development.

Concurrently, Easter serves as president and CEO of Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, a sub-corporation of Houston Methodist. Prior to her role as president and CEO, she served as vice president of operations for Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services. Easter holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Education/Health and a Master of Science in Public Health from Baylor University.

Ryane K. Jackson, BA, MLA, Director, Community Development
Ryane Jackson joined Houston Methodist in 2012 and serves as manager for the Office of Community Benefits. Her role focuses on cultivation of community partnerships, strategic planning, internal volunteer programs, and management of community initiatives and charity care for all seven hospitals within Houston Methodist. Concurrently, Jackson serves as director of global operations for Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, a sub-corporation of Houston Methodist.

Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Jackson served as the assistant director of annual giving at the University of St. Thomas, where she was charged with generating operational support as well as cultivating relationships with alumni and the general Houston community. In addition to her current role, Jackson served as a media relations associate for the Houston Rockets seasonally 2007 - 2015. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Public Relations from the University of St. Thomas.

Erin Thannisch, BS, MPH, Project Specialist, Community Development
Erin Thannisch joined Houston Methodist in 2013 and serves as the project specialist for the Office of Community Benefits. Her role focuses on building upon the foundation of the I CARE In Action employee volunteer program, cultivating community partner relationships, conducting community research, and assisting with general community outreach efforts on behalf of Houston Methodist.

Prior to joining Community Benefits, Thannisch served as a patient liaison within Houston Methodist USA, a department at Houston Methodist that provides a concierge service for patients arriving from outside the Houston area. Thannisch holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from The University of Texas and a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Angelina Albert, BA, MPH, Project Specialist, Community Education
Angelina Albert joined the Houston Methodist Office of Community Benefits  in 2015 and serves as a project specialist. Her role focuses on the cultivation of community clinic relationships in relation to the Community Scholars Program, conducting research on public health needs and assisting with general community development efforts on behalf of Houston Methodist. 

Prior to joining Community Benefits, Albert served as the development manager for The Immunization Partnership and also as a patient liaison within Houston Methodist USA, a department at Houston Methodist that provides a concierge service for patients arriving from outside the Houston area. Albert holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from American University in Washington D.C. and a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.