Our Mission + Team

THEA protects your right to a safe environment through education and advocacy.

MISSION

Texas Health and Environment Alliance is a regional nonprofit whose mission is to protect public health and the environment by engaging, educating, and empowering impacted communities to advocate effectively for the clean-up of historical contamination.

Why Superfund Sites?

Abandoned toxic waste sites (Superfund Sites) contaminate land, air, and water throughout the United States which may manifest as illnesses within our communities. We have a personal connection to this cause. Read our founder’s story here.

Committed to Safe Water

THEA is committed to safeguarding public health by holding polluters accountable for environmental contamination. We serve as your voice to local and national government agencies. Dive deeper into our initiatives to learn more about our work.

Community Health Survey

We actively ensure that your health is at the forefront of local and national government officials’ agenda. Help us represent your voice by taking our Community Health Survey which allows us to collect health data on potential contamination exposure.

About THEA

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PROGRAMS

THEA works to safeguard public health by preventing exposure to harmful contaminants, striving to restore our precious environmental resources for future generations. As our capacity increases, our service area will expand across the Houston metropolitan region. Our long-term goal is to improve the environment where Houstonian’s live, work, play, and worship.

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JONES ROAD

The Jones Road Superfund Site has continued to contaminate Cypress residents’ underground water wells and aquifers. Sign the Jones Road Letter to support remediation. More Info on the Jones Road Program here.

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SAN JACINTO

Over 50,000 supporters have joined the fight for remediation of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. See how you can get involved, or meet us at our next town hall. More Info on the San Jacinto Program here.

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GREATER FIFTH WARD

Historical Contamination and environmental injustices have plagued the communities of the Greater Fifth Ward for far too long. See how you can get involved, join us at our next community meeting, or learn more about the Greater Fifth Ward here.

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SAN JACINTO

Over 50,000 supporters have joined the fight for remediation of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. See how you can get involved, or meet us at our next town hall. More Info on the San Jacinto Program here.

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JONES ROAD

The Jones Road Superfund Site has continued to contaminate Cypress residents’ underground water wells and aquifers. Sign the Jones Road Letter to support remediation. More Info on the Jones Road Program here.

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COMMUNITY HEALTH SURVEY

Our Community Health Survey uses health data to identify potentially contaminated communities. Help us know which areas to focus our efforts by taking this 2-minute survey.

Meet Our Board

Lisa Gossett, Secretary + Treasurer

Lisa Gossett

Treasurer
Lisa Gossett, J.D., chairs the Environmental Management program at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where her courses include environmental law and water management. She previously worked as an attorney for Blackburn and Carter and a larger downtown law firm. Before earning her J.D. degree at the University of Houston Law Center, Professor Gossett worked in the petrochemical industry. She also earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. She continues to support THEA by volunteering her expertise in environmental law, regulatory processes, and environmental management.
Rhian Davies

Rhian Davies

President
Rhian Davies is a Senior Consultant at Simon-Kucher Partners and an MBA candidate at the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business. Ms. Davies graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Management Science and has since accrued over ten years of strategy and commercial experience in energy companies on an international scale. She has worked extensively within the StartUp environment building strategic partnerships and investor relations, and, in addition to her background as a strategic leader in the energy company ecosystem, Ms. Davies has experience in the Texas nonprofit network, including serving as a board member for the Galveston Bay Foundation. Given her skilled ability to negotiate with large corporations, her understanding of the discourse around environmental issues in Texas, and her fluency in Spanish, we believe she will be a powerful asset to the THEA board.
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Jeffrey Spike Ph.D.

Vice President
Dr. Jeffrey Spike is a national leader in the fields of clinical ethics and medical and public health education. Since graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1987, Dr. Spike began his career in education, with a focus on Clinical Ethics. He was Professor and the director of campus-wide ethics at the University of Texas in Houston until 2018. He is now a Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and on the ethics committee of the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. With his extensive experience in environmental ethics, his leadership provides THEA valuable guidance in the area of public health.
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Sean Matula

Secretary 
Sean Matula’s background includes emergency response and emergency management, focusing on public safety and environmental response. Mr. Matula previously volunteered with Texas Health and Environment Alliance and now serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors and chair’s the organization’s programs committee. Currently, he is developing a two-part stethoscope for the intensive care unit that reduces the risk of infection for the patient and healthcare provider. Mr. Matula is also an advocate for workplace safety and disability reform as the author of, Injured on the Job – Texas. A guide to the Texas workers’ compensation system. His knowledge and experience are invaluable assets to our organization.

Testimonials

“Water is in everything. It’s a basic human right, and it’s just so nerve racking to think that something you use everyday to take care of your family can cause you harm. THEA has equipped me to keep my family healthy.”

- Rafaela

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Be a constant champion in our corner with a monthly recurring donation. We rely on your support to maintain our small and mighty team that protects your health by keeping your water safe.

News + Awards

Environmental Justice and Toxic Waste

Environmental Justice and Toxic Waste

November 15, 2022

There has been a lot said about environmental justice recently. The Government’s definition is: Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, … Read More

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Fundraiser Recap

Fundraiser Recap

May 5, 2022

Thank you to everyone who supported our first annual fundraiser, Clean Mud for Bugs. The event was more to me than a fundraiser, it was an observance of our achievements … Read More

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Meeting Replay

Meeting Replay

March 24, 2022

Thank you to all who attended the San Jacinto Community Coalition community meeting this week! If you missed the meeting, you can keep reading for a brief summary below, view … Read More

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