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. In 2017, Cathy was inducted into the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. In 2016, Cathey was one of five recipients awarded the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce Women in Executive Leadership Award for her contributions to local, regional and global economies. Easter has been a community honoree and even chair for San Jose Clinic, Bering Omega's and Shalom Health Ministries fundraising events. 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, and, additionally, leads strategic planning and business development efforts for the system. 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 director for the Office of Community Benefits. Her role focuses on supporting Houston Methodist's efforts to provide access to health services for underserved communities through cultivation of community nonprofit partnerships and guiding charitable strategic investments for the hospital system. Concurrently, Jackson serves as director for the Office of Global Education & Training for Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, a sub-corporation of Houston Methodist. In her global role, Jackson supports providing access to education and training opportunities for international health care providers and international administrators seeking ways to enhance the quality of health care in their countries.

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. 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. She is also a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum.

Sarah Betancourt, BBA, MPH, Community Outreach Program Manager 
Sarah Betancourt joined Houston Methodist in 2019 and serves as a program for the Office of Community Benefits. Her role focuses on managing the Community Network of Care and grants programs.

Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Sarah worked to improve community health in Houston through injury prevention initiatives at Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute and community-based health promotion research at UTHealth McGovern Medical School. She also worked in Guatemala for Faith in Practice, a health care non-profit, and she currently serves on the board of Hermano Pedro Social Works Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Christian University and a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health.

Katherine E. Casarez, MA, Program Manager, Faith Health Initiative
Katherine Casarez joined Houston Methodist in 2019 and serves as the program manager for the Faith Health Initiative. In support of the Office of Spiritual Care and the Office of Community Benefits, her role focuses on operationalizing the Faith Health Initiative, cultivating congregational partner relationships to expand patient community resources.

Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Casarez served as a Senior Counselor at the Houston Area Women's Center, where she provided counseling and crisis intervention for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. In addition to her current role, Casarez is also a medical sociologist specializing in narrative medicine and caring labor. Casarez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Arts in Applied Philosophy & Ethics, and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Texas State University.

Alicia Toval, MPH, Project Specialist, Community Scholars Program

Alicia Toval joined Houston Methodist in 2017 and serves as a project specialist for the Community Scholars Program. In support of the Institute of Academic Medicine and the Office of Community Benefits, her role focuses on expansion of the Houston Methodist Community Scholars Program; coordination of I CARE in Action, and employee volunteer program; and assisting with general community outreach efforts on behalf of Houston Methodist.

Prior to joining Community Benefits, Alicia served as the project specialist for Volunteer Services within Houston Methodist Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from The University of Oklahoma and a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health.

Sabrina Tso, MHA, Project Specialist
Sabrina Tso joined Houston Methodist in 2016 and serves as a project specialist for the Office of Community Benefits. Her role focuses on cultivating community partner relationships in regard to sponsorship and assisting with general community outreach efforts on behalf of Houston Methodist.

Prior to joining Community Benefits, Sabrina served as a Foundation project manager of special events at Houston Methodist. She planned many events for the institution including grand openings, galas, and those related to the Centennial Campaign. Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trinity University. She also earned a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University and completed an Administrative Fellowship at Harris Health in 2013.
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