Laurie Bachorek

Board Member

Laurie Bachorek is the COO and next generation of family leadership at MetroCare HME in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.  MetroCare is a Medicare and Medicaid contract provider and active members of BBB, VGM, MedGroup, TexMEP, and AAHomecare.  Prior to joining MetroCare, she earned accolades in the high end event production and lighting industry/tech-manufacturing in Austin, TX.  She is a passionate advocate for seniors and the disabled in her home state, an inaugural member of TexMEP (Texas Medical Equipment Providers), AAHomeCare, VGM, US Rehab, MHA/Medgroup, and periodic contributor for HME industry publications. Laurie enjoys writing, live music, cooking, and exploring Fort Worth where she now lives with her husband and two children.

Laurie Bachorek, Chief Operating Officer

MetroCare Home Medical Equipment, Inc.

1340 Post N Paddock, Ste 100, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

(512) 673-9298


Josh Britten

Board Member

Josh Britten, Owner

1800 S. Coulter, Amarillo, TX, 79106

(806) 351-2500

David Chandler

Board Member

David Chandler is the Director of Payer Relations for American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare).  David has worked to build relationships with payers across the country and assist Home Medical Equipment (HME) providers in ensuring their patients have access to quality equipment and care.  He continues to work with state and regional associations throughout the nation to find solutions and fight for regulatory and legislative change.  David has worked in the HME industry since 2003, most recently with Liberty Medical Specialties as Director of Reimbursement and Government Affairs.  He has considerable experience in sales, operations, reimbursement, payer, and government relations.  

Chandler’s service to the HME community also includes a term as President of the Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Services Association.  He served as Chairman of the Medicare Jurisdiction C Advisory Council and was a member of AAHomecare’s Regulatory Council and State Leaders Council.  Chandler was elected to the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy/ DME Subcommittee in 2016.  Chandler also currently serves on the board for Alabama Durable Medical Equipment Association (ADMEA), Great Lakes Home Medical Services Association, and Northeast Medical Equipment Providers Association (NEMEP).

David Chandler, Director of Payer Relations

American Association for Homecare

241 18th Street, South, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22202

(202) 372-0757

Mark Gowen

Board Treasurer

Mark Gowen is the CFO/Controller of Angel Medical Supply and is responsible for the company’s financial functions, human resources, and credentialing and compliance with insurance companies, which include Medicare and Medicaid.  He joined Angel Medical having left the position of Senior Medicare Fraud Investigator with the National Supplier Clearinghouse, Palmetto GBA.  He has over 25 years of experience in the medical equipment and supply industry and was a founding member of Texas Medical Equipment Providers (TexMep).  He is recognized by many as an authority of the HME/DME and home health industry, and provides consultation for many companies throughout Texas.  Mark is a graduate of Katy High School and attended Texas A & M University where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) and a licensed Private Investigator.

Mark Gowen

5829 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Suite 1209, Houston, TX 77041

(713) 856-9930

Ted Metcalf

Board Member

Ted Metcalf with VGM and Associates is the Regional Account Manager covering Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas. Ted most recently was with Compass Health Brands as the Western Regional Sales Director, where he was responsible for managing the outside sales team, developing markets, and working with key customers and regional distributor partners throughout the west. Prior to that, he was the Director of Rehab, O&P, and HME Retail for MED Group / MHA Inc., as well as served as the Regional Account Sales Manager covering the Southeastern United States. In these roles, Ted has served on state board associations in the industry, such as ACMESA and ATHOMES, and has held responsibilities in legislative affairs and presented on industry topics. Ted’s background also includes working for Numotion as an Area Manager with 4 sites in Texas, as well as a Director of National Accounts for manufacturer Pride Mobility Products. Inc. / Quantum Rehab. He began his career working in the financial securities industry with Fidelity Investments, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Ted is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a degree in Finance and holds a Professional MBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.

Ted Metcalf

VGM & Associates

1111 W. San Marnan DriveWaterloo, IA 50704

Victoria Peterson

Board President

Victoria Peterson


9801 Carnegie Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79925

(915) 595-3356

Faisal "RJ" Poonawala

Board Member

Faisal "RJ" Poonawala, General Manager

Spring Branch Medical Supply

8700 Long Point Rd, Suite 106, Houston, TX 77055

(713) 465-2200

Adrienne Trigg 

Board Member, Legislative Committee Chair

Adrienne Trigg is the Government and Payer Relationship Manager that leads the strategic regulatory and legislative negotiations as a member of the Apple Homecare Medical Supply leadership team.  She has been an outspoken advocate for medically fragile kids for the past 12 years due to being a parent to a rare complex medical needs child.  She has worked since 2016 to build relationships with Texas legislative governing bodies regarding bi-partisan policy changes needed for Medicaid relating to Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) oversight of state contractual financial services with the consumer stakeholder value in mind.  She was invited to the signing ceremony with Governor Abbott of SB1207 to protect Medicaid patients’ rights signed into law in the 86th session and continues to work to push further promulgation and enforcement of the law. 

Trigg’s service also includes repeat guest lecturing at the University of Texas (UT) regarding access to health care and the social determinants of health with the full cycle of care.  This last semester she was invited for postgraduate continuing education at UT for financial acumen for Health Care Leaders at the Value Institute for Health and Care in partnership with UT Dell Medical School.  She also serves on the boards of other state non-profit organizations that service the rare and medically complex pediatric community.  Currently she serves on the board for Protect Texas Fragile Kids (PTFK).

Adrienne Trigg, Government and Payer Relationship Manager

500 Industrial Drive, Suite 100, Richardson, TX 75081


Lauryn Estrella

Executive Director

Lauryn Estrella is the Executive Director of the Texas Medical Equipment Providers Association (TexMEP).  Lauryn has been in the home medical equipment industry for over 10 years coming to the association with a background in management and administration. In 2014 she began working for the Home Medical Equipment and Services Association of New England (HOMES) for six years before branching out to assist other HME state associations.  She enjoys working with members and is enthusiastic to understand the issues that impact the HME industry.  

Lauryn Estrella, Executive Director

Texas Medical Equipment Providers Association

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PO Box 371140, El Paso, TX 79937-1140


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