About Acacia Medical Mission

 

Acacia Medical Mission is a faith-based, 501(c)3 volunteer medical ministry serving the uninsured and underinsured of Comal County. AMM was established in 2006 as a non-profit organization to serve a vast number of residents who have no access to affordable healthcare. Our mission is to provide high quality, primary medical care to the low income of Comal County. AMM partners and is supported by United Way of Comal County, local churches, individual residents, nurse practitioners, physicians, and other volunteers through their volunteer hours.

Our Staff and Volunteers

Chery Johnson

Acacia Medical Mission
Clinic Director


Chery moved to Texas in 1981 and worked for Spalten-Mueller, Inc. for 31 years until she “retired”in 2012.  She started volunteering with Acacia Medical Mission in 2011 when the doors opened, then became a paid employee in 2012. She is an EMT-B, and feels privileged to work at Acacia Medical Mission and get to help and love on people who have no insurance and are so grateful for our clinic.

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Marilyn Pozero FNP

Marilyn Pozero has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1997. She worked mainly at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio until she retired in 2012.  She also served in the United States Air Force Reserves as a Flight Nurse for 16 years. She was honorably discharged with the rank of Major. Since her retirement she has worked part time in the community giving physicals. She also worked in New Braunfels for a local provider. She currently works as a provider through an agency in a large corporate clinic in San Antonio. Her main love is helping her community at the Acacia Medical Mission where she has worked since 2012. 

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Gina Campbell ANP

Gina Campbell is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with a focus on Women’s Health. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Women’s University Houston in 1996 and completed the Nurse Practitioner Program with a Master’s of Science degree from Texas Women’s University in 2010. She has worked as a volunteer provider at Acacia Medical Mission, providing women’s health services, since 2013. She also provides services to young women at a teen clinic in Pleasanton. Gina is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Texas Nurse Practitioners Association, and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. She resides in Blanco with her husband Mark. She has three grown children and one sweet grandchild.

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Dana Roby RN

Dana recently relocated to Spring Branch with her husband.  They are grateful to settle in one location after relocating frequently for the past 37 years.

 

One of the first things Dana looked for when moving to BSB was a charitable clinic like AMM where she can volunteer.  As an RN for 40+ years, she is passionate about others receiving quality healthcare. 

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Julie Stuckey, DNP, ANP, APNP-C

Julie has a passion for providing healthcare for hard-working people who are uninsured and underinsured in our communities. She feels blessed to be associated with the ACACIA Medical Mission in Bulverde/Spring Branch, TX area caring for the health needs of acute and chronic patients with a team of dedicated compassionate providers.
She was the former Director of Health Services with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Nursing Education, Nursing, Healthcare, Public Health, Research, and Health Education. Strong healthcare services practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University and a Masters of Science in Nursing focused in cardiology as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

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Cydney Black

Cydney is an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) serving as the Communications and Development Associate for Acacia. This is her second term with AmeriCorps as she previously served in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). She hails from New Jersey where she graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Media. Cydney specializes in Public Relations and has a strong passion for building connections and serving others. She enjoys hiking, camping, watching the sunset, and being outdoors.

Bernadette Kopanski

Throughout her children’s’ active lives, she has always volunteered as a way of keeping in touch with whatever activities/programs they were involved with. She also volunteered in order to support & help make these activities/programs successful. After raising two beautiful & very smart young ladies, she found that she had some free time on her hands. Since she has always wanted to give back to my local community & with some luck from her eldest daughter who obtained her EMT certification from Bulverde Spring Branch Fire / EMS station, she was put in touch with an amazing opportunity to volunteer at Acacia Medical Mission. She is so thankful to be volunteering there every Wednesday afternoon and loving the fact that she is able to help make a difference in someone else’s life.

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Larry J. Miller MD

Dr. Larry J. Miller is uniquely qualified as a board-certified emergency medicine physician, industry leader, researcher, instructor, and a successful business man. Dr. Miller practiced Emergency Medicine at the Baptist Health System Hospitals in San Antonio for 31 years, where he treated more than 120,000 emergency patients.  He was chairman of the Emergency Departments of the 5 Baptist hospitals for more than 15 years and Medical Director for 10 EMS agencies in South Texas for more than 30 years.  During his tenure as an emergency physician, Doctor Miller was never involved in a malpractice action.  Dr. Miller received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the University of Michigan in 2017. He also received the innovation of the year award from the Wall Street Journal in 2008 for his development and commercialization of the EZ-IO. Since selling his company to Teleflex in 2013, he has been practicing volunteer medicine in South Texas and El Salvador. He is currently a staff physician for Texas MedClinic, 19 urgent care facilities, headquartered in San Antonio, TX.  

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Virginia Wistrand

Virginia Wistrand is a wife, a mother to three daughters and a grandmother to five grandsons and one granddaughter, and a volunteer at Acacia Medical Mission. Her hometown is Houston, Texas, but has lived in many states in the United States due to her husband's career with the U.S. Forest Service. She graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida with a BS in Education.

 

She has worked off and on in the medical profession for the better part of the last 27 years. My favorite part has been meeting the patients and enjoying the camaraderie of my coworkers.

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Sherrick Cunningham PA

Sherrick was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He left to serve in the U.S. Army after high school. He then served as a medical specialist and nurse, then retired as Physician Assistant in the rank of Captain (O-3E) after 24 years, and settled in Cibolo, TX. Sherrick is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and Interservice Physician Assistant Program. He currently serves as the Senior Clinical Coalition for CVS Minute Clinic, San Antonio.

Sherrick enjoys giving back and serving by volunteering with Acacia since 2018. He also enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

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Pilar Espinal FNP

Pilar Espinel is from Fort Lauderdale Florida. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her career as a nurse in 2007.  She continued her education at Florida Atlantic University graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2010 and a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) Administration and Leadership in 2014. She went on to pursue a Post-Graduate certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Troy University in 2021 and is currently completing her Doctorate in Nursing at Troy University. She is currently a Nurse Practitioner in the Air Force Reserve and will transition to active duty once she completes her studies. Her interest outside of healthcare includes reading, hiking, running, and traveling. She also enjoys providing belly and whisker scratches to her dog and cat. 

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Glenda Irene Deahl FNP
Our Board
Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson is a retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) Intelligence analyst with 22 years of service.  After his military career, Mike has established himself as a true entrepreneur which includes several business ventures.  His primary venture since 1998 has been SA Print Supplies, and since 2012 has run (seasonally) the Mr W Fireworks superstore in Bulverde.

Mike has been a member of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Area Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and currently serves on the Board of Directors, as well as an Ambassador for special events.

Mike is married to Chery Johnson, who serves as Clinic Coordinator for Acacia Medical Mission.  Their blended family includes 3 daughters (two married), 2 sons (one married), and 6 grandchildren.

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Mechelle Salmon

Mechelle has resided in the Bulverde / Spring Branch area for over 20 years.   She knew immediately that this was going to be the place where she and her husband would raise their 5 children and call home. She cherishes the sense of community, the history, wonderful people, beauty, and rural hill country charm.

 

She has dedicated her life to improving the safety and quality of life of our community through 20 years of public service with the last ten serving as the Chief Executive of EMS.  She also volunteers her skills of a strategic planning and community organization to develop and empower several local non-profit organizations like; Acacia medical mission (10 years), Wellness on Wheels (WOW), the Bulverde/Spring Branch Economic Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, Riverside Community Church and as councilwoman for the City of Bulverde.

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Alison McCully

Alison (Ali) recently moved her family to the Bulverde area. After growing up in this community, she knew that the Bulverde-Spring Branch area was where she and her husband wanted to rear their two young daughters. Ali is married to a local first responder. 

 

Ali comes from a Corporate Oil & Gas Business/Finance background. Ali started as an intern while still in college full time. Out of 60 interns that summer, Her internship, turned into an opportunity to be one of five total interns placed in a prestigious leadership and development tract. This foundation shaped the business acumen she leads with today. At the end of the day, Ali's heart was to be connected to a nonprofit. Her love for nonprofits began when she was in high school with the Centre. The Centre is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative medical education and research. In February 2020 Ali was able to see that dream come to fruition as she became the Director of Operations for the Centre: Healthcare, Innovations & Sciences. 

 

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Richard Britz

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