By UTMB Communications Department

Voters in Galveston County have a new place to vote in today’s election — UTMB’s main campus in Galveston. Anyone registered to vote in Galveston County may vote at the polling place — a first for UTMB — on the first floor of Rebecca Sealy, on Eighth Street, between Postoffice and Market streets, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters will be required to show government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, to vote. For more information, call the Galveston County Clerk’s office at 409-770-5108 or go to

Brown elected state pediatrics chairman
UTMB’s Dr. O.W. “Skip” Brown has been elected chairman of The Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for a three-year term. Brown is past-president of TPS — a state professional nonprofit organization of 2,800 Texas pediatricians and 250 medical students. The goal of the society is that all children in the State attain their full potential for physical, emotional and social health. Brown is medical director for the Pediatric Specialty Center at Bay Colony and associate professor of pediatrics in the division of general academic pediatrics.

Diabetes support group
There will be a pot luck supper and recipe exchange at this month’s meeting of the UTMB diabetes support group on Nov. 11. The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in Suite 9 of the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. To reserve a place, call 832-505-2300.

Couture on the coast
The second annual Holiday Style fashion show and luncheon, at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Moody Gardens Hotel, brings runway models to Galveston for the benefit of the School of Nursing honors program. For information and to purchase tickets, call 409-772-1520 or go to

Chief information officer
Todd Leach has been promoted to vice president and chief information officer at UTMB, responsible for the overall strategic direction of UTMB’s information services function, overseeing more than 300 employees and a budget of approximately $100 million. Leach first joined UTMB in 1992 as senior network analyst. In addition to a master’s degree in business, he is a graduate of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Information Resources Leadership Institute and an affiliate member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Technology transfer officer
Anne Culotta has been appointed associate vice president for technology transfer. In private practice she managed a diverse range of intellectual property issues and transactions, and before that, she served as director of patents in the energy services intellectual asset management group at Halliburton and was senior chemist at Exxon Mobil Corporation. Culotta received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, a doctorate in physical organic chemistry and MBA from Rice University and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.