Diversity is our Strength

GI Alliance - Diversity and Inclusion

At GI Alliance, we believe a strong culture does not happen by accident. We embrace all teammates who, because of our differences, allow us to connect with each other and our patients in a powerful way. By creating our own culture based on respect, compassion and acceptance, we can be our best when interacting and caring for the patients in our communities from diverse backgrounds.

Our Practice Commitment Statement To Culture

  • GI Alliance is committed to building a workforce that resembles the diversity of our patients and communities.
  • We recruit talented employees with valuable expertise irrespective of race, religion, gender, age, or sexual expression.
  • While we may come from varying backgrounds, we share the same common goal of delivering high-quality patient care.
  • Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is the cornerstone of our workforce culture.
  • All are welcome as valued members of our community whether you are a patient, employee, physician, or visitor.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Our practice encourages all of our local regions to build and embrace their local culture. However, to guide our culture of diversity nationally, our practice has two volunteer filled committees comprised of people from all our regions and different types of practice members. One committee is comprised of providers and the other has non-physician members. These committees meet regularly to discuss how to celebrate our practice’s successes in diversity and how to continue to grow, develop and foster activities that align with our commitment statement.

Committee Leaders


Kate Conklin

Kate Conklin serves as the Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer for GI Alliance. Before joining GI Alliance, Kate served in senior executive roles at Steward Health Care, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and HCA. Throughout her career, Kate has championed the promotion of ensuring that organizations recognize foundational leadership pillars and the importance of ensuring a workforce that represents our diverse communities and the patients we serve. Kate serves as the Executive Leadership sponsor for the DEI Committee at GI Alliance.

Trissi Gray

Trissi Gray joined GI Alliance in May 2021 and is the Senior Director for Healthcare Compliance Operations. Prior to joining GI Alliance, Trissi has served in various senior leadership roles in the healthcare industry. Additionally, she is a doctoral student at the University of Southern California where her research focuses on reducing health disparities and improving patient outcomes for black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC). Trissi serves as the DEI Employee Committee Champion at GI Alliance.


Committee Members


Fred Clayton

Fred Clayton joined the GI Alliance team in April 2021 and is the Executive Director, Information and Cybersecurity. Before joining the GI Alliance team, he served nearly 25 years of honorable service as a senior leader in the Signals and Cyber cohorts in the United States Army and was part of the cybersecurity leadership team for a large financial services provider in Fort Worth Texas.

Jess Hay

Jess Hay is Medical Records Team Lead for the central region of Austin Gastroenterology. Before pursuing a career in healthcare, he assisted in creating the first cooperative housing development for low-income residents in North America, and served as CEO of Athos Services, LLC. His personal interests include cinema, live performance art, making his wife laugh, and his cats.


Sara Morea

Sara Morea has been with GI Alliance since 2017. She serves as the assistant for Dr. Jones as well as the clinic supervisor for the Flowood, MS location. Sara is married and stays very busy with her two amazing children, Ava, and Deegan. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and traveling.

Scott Olden

Scott Olden is the IT Manager for Illinois Gastroenterology Institute (IGI) in Peoria, IL. Scott is a graduate of Orla Roberts University and has been with IGI for 16 years. Throughout his tenure, IGI has been able to successfully move from paper to an EMR and now to the GIA cloud. Scott’s goal is that hopefully by reducing if not eliminating the hurdles of technology, we can improve the quality of care for our patients and providers.


Briana Stephen

Briana Stephen works in the Research and Education Department as a Clinical Research Coordinator for GI Alliance. Briana is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Physiological Psychology and a minor in Quantitative Sciences. Briana enjoys being a part of an organization that has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Heather Walker

Heather Walker is the Director of Operations at Gastroenterology Associates in Baton Rouge, LA. Heather has been with the organization since 2004 and is dedicated to serving her community through her commitment to nursing.


Talisha Williams

Talisha Williams joined GI Alliance in September 2021 as the Manager for Compliance Program Integrations. Prior to joining GIA, she served as a Senior Compliance Analyst and as the Compliance Audit Readiness Analyst for a large academic medical center and population health organization, respectively. Outside of her role at GI Alliance, Talisha also serves as an independent consultant/investigator for Child Protective Services (CPS). Talisha is a huge promoter of ensuring the recognition of unconscious bias and cultural competency in the workforce.