Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team

Suyen Schneegans, MA

TTA Staff Lead

Ms. Schneegans oversees the delivery of RTTC training and technical assistance and supports the evaluation of its implementation.. As a Research Scientist, Ms. Schneegans has worked on various social science projects pertaining to substance use disorders, community health, and screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment (SBIRT). She is also a qualitative researcher and has presented at numerous local and national conferences and co-authored several publications. She has a MA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Bicultural Bilingual Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies and is a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word with a BA in Spanish, Literature and Language and a minor is Psychology

Laura Potter, MSW, LCSW

TTA Facilitator

Laura Potter works closely with the RTTC staff to develop Training and Technical Assistance plans for Learning Partners and ensure they receive the support and resources needed to effectively implement their telementoring program. She has over 14 years of experience in mental health, training, health communication, grants administration, and community engagement. Laura is a LCSW and received her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in healthcare from Indiana University.  After receiving her LCSW, she transitioned into clinical counseling, specializing in telephonic counseling while also working as a crisis counselor responding to natural and human-caused disasters across the country. She then decided to focus her work in public health and worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services in the TB/HIV/STD section where she led a team focused on health communication and community engagement.  

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Otis L. Lee III MBA, M.Ed

TTA Curriculum Advisor

Otis Lee assists the RTTC in overseeing the design and development of curricula for the telementoring programs. He brings over 25 years of experience in organizational learning and development and has worked with non-profits, universities, healthcare, and private organizations in building and strengthening learning and training programs. He has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Johnson and Whales University and a Master of Education with a concentration in Instructional Design and Technology from the American College of Education.

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Blake Ross, MPH

Research Assistant

Blake Ross is a Research Assistant at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Department of Research and Innovation, Center for Health Policy. He earned his Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from UNTHSC.  As a part of his MPH practicum, Mr. Ross spent time working with urban farming projects and discount food events in Southeast Fort Worth and gathered extensive data on the food inventory of vendors across Tarrant County.  From these experiences, his professional desire is to contribute to innovative and multifaceted approaches to building healthier and more resilient communities.