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Our Leadership

The executive leadership and board of directors at ALS Texas are deeply committed to the fight against ALS. Together, we will find a cure!

Tanner Hockensmith

Executive Director

Tanner started his career with the ALS Association as the Executive Director for the Iowa Chapter. There, he oversaw the expansion of programs and services, improved operations, and led the Chapter to double-digit donation growth. In August 2014, Tanner decided to move to Texas to be closer to his family, and he joined the Texas Chapter as our Executive Director.

In the nine years before he worked with the ALS Association, Tanner held various leadership positions, including one at a nonprofit that worked to revitalize Dallas’s Deep Ellum neighborhood.

Kelly Hall

President
Houston, TX

Holly Crowder

Vice President
Dallas, TX

Alison Talarcek

Secretary
Austin, TX

Chris Clark

Treasurer
Dallas, TX

Bob Ballou

Austin, TX

Stacy Brown

Houston, TX

Jeff Duncum, DDS

Dallas, TX

John Fleming

Houston, TX

Sterling Hillman

Dallas, TX

Kristofer Knapstein

Dallas, TX

Trent Parten

Houston, TX

Philip Russell

San Antonio, TX

John Spiekerman

Helotes, TX

Mary Klenke, Emeritus

San Antonio, TX

Learn more about the Texas Chapter

The ALS Association and the Texas Chapter operate under a shared mission: To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.