Ms. Simmons has been connected to TOMAGWA since 2008, when her career landed her in Tomball, TX to open a skilled nursing facility. She joined the TOMAGWA Board of Directors in 2013. Prior to joining TOMAGWA as the Chief Executive Officer in 2019, Ms. Simmons led a dynamic 20-year career in health care administration, in both acute and post-acute settings with a trade focus in service line development, business development, medical practice development, strategic planning, and public affairs.
Under Ms. Simmons’ leadership, TOMAGWA has earned quality awards from both the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and Gold Standard Awards from the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association for its Target BP hypertension control program. Other awards include first place for diabetic excellence in weight loss and weight management in patients among safety net clinics across Texas from Omada and Americares and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Ms. Simmons also has a relentless passion for community and economic development and is actively involved in supporting local organizations through volunteer work. Ms. Simmons currently is a member of the Community Action Council for Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center's Office of Outreach and Engagement supporting important cancer prevention and outreach initiatives that can help serve critical, underserved and rural populations and the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine supporting Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) programs for the underserved. Ms. Simmons is also a member of UT Health's, Health Equity Collective and serves on the Board of Directors for First Community Credit Union's Community Cares Foundation.
Ms. Simmons is a native Houstonian who grew up in the underserved community of Acres Homes in northwest Houston. She is a graduate of Lone Star Community College and the University of Houston – Downtown and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Louisiana State University in Healthcare Administration. Ms. Simmons resides in the Champion Forest community in northwest Harris County, along with her three daughters - Sade’, Zoe and Katelyn. All 3 daughters are attending college in Texas, with majors in Music Engineering, Computer Science and International Business.