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    Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program
    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    MC 1945
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

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About the Council

Pursuant to Chapter 93 of Texas' Health and Safety Code, Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Council members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. They serve staggered six-year terms, with the terms of four members expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year. A nonvoting member representing a state agency serves at the will of the appointing agency.

Visit the Governor's website for more information regarding appointments. 

Council Composition

(A)  a licensed physician with a specialization in cardiology;
(B)  a licensed physician with a specialization in neurology to treat stroke;
(C)  a licensed physician employed in a primary care setting;
(D)  a registered nurse with a specialization in quality improvement practices for cardiovascular disease and stroke;
(E)  a registered and licensed dietitian;
(F)  two persons with experience and training in public health policy, research, or practice;
(G)  two consumer members, with special consideration given to persons actively participating in the Texas affiliates of the American Heart Association or American Stroke Association, managed care, or hospital or rehabilitation settings; and
(H)  two members from the general public that have or care for persons with cardiovascular disease or stroke; and
(I)  one nonvoting member representing each of the state agencies that oversee: health services; assistive and rehabilitative services; and aging and disability services.

Council Members

Elected Members
J. Neal Rutledge, M.D., Chair
Licensed Physician in Stroke

Suzanne Hildebrand
Public Member

Cheryle Locke Pingel
Public Member

Michael M. Hawkins, M.D.
Consumer Member

Shilpa Shamapant
Consumer Member

Bob C. Hillert, M.D.
Licensed Physician in Cardiology

Sherron D. Meeks 
Registered Nurse

Floristene Johnson, MS
Licensed Dietitian

Harry "Kyle" Sheets, M.D.
Licensed Physician in Primary Care

Maricella "Marcie" Gonzalez Wilson
Public Health, Policy and Research

Vacant
Public Health, Policy, Research, Practice Member

Non-Voting Agency Representatives
Diane Himmel, LPC
Program Specialist for Physical Disabilities
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

Last updated June 1, 2017