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Administrative Contact Information

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Administrative Contact Information
Department or Unit Contact/Phone Number
Commissioner of Health John Hellerstedt, MD (512-776-7363)
     DSHS Council (512-776-7404)
     State Epidemiologist Linda Gaul, PhD, MPH (512-776-7198)
Associate Commissioner Jennifer Sims (512-776-7376)
Senior Advisor Kirk Cole (512-776-7376)
Deputy Commissioner Mike Maples (512-776-7792)
     Office of Academic Affairs Courtney Dezendorf  (512-776-6559)
     Office of Border Health R.J. Dutton, PhD (512-776-7675)
     Center for Policy and External Affairs Ricardo Garcia
          Communications Unit Melissa Loe
          Executive Operations and Support Unit (Vacant)
          Governmental Affairs Unit (Vacant)
          Health Policy and Coordination Unit Carolyn Bivens
          Media Relations Carrie Williams
Internal Audit Thomas Martinec (512-776-7354)
     Program Audits Unit Bertha Estrada
     Administrative Audits and Consulting Services Marcelo Barba
Chief Operating Officer (Vacant) (512-776-7153)
     Operations Management Unit (Vacant)
     Executive and Staff Operations Section Gabe Pina (512-776-3642)
          Property Management/Building Services Unit David McCormick (Interim) (512-776-7242)
          Printing Services, Reprographics and Materials
          Management Unit (Technology Warehouse)
Paul Kida (512-996-9507)
     Information Technology Section Mike Cardwell (512-776-7271)
          Applications Development Unit Crystal Dennstedt (512-776-2756)
          Project Management Office  Neil Cooke (512-776-7605)
          Operations Unit Ricardo Blanco (512-776-6000)
     Legal Section Lisa Hernandez (512-776-7236)
          Government Law Unit Tim Bray (512-776-6966)
              Public Information Coordinator/Open Records Joshua Friedman (512-776-3835)
          Enforcement Unit Barbara Klein (512-776-6683)
              Texas Register     Kim Wolfe (512-776-6972)
     Health Information and Vital Statistics Section (Vacant) (512-776-7153)
          Center for Health Statistics Unit Bruce Burns, Acting (512-776-3688)
          Vital Statistics Unit Victor Farinelli, Acting (512-776-7646)
     Contract Oversight and Support Section (Vacant)(512-206-4502)
Chief Financial Officer (Vacant) (512-776-7674)
     Deputy Chief Financial Officer (Vacant) (512-776-7674)
     Accounting Section Leslie Aguilar (Interim) (512-776-2227)
          Claims Unit Jim Curik (512-776-6869)
          Revenue Management Unit Barbara Kelly-King (512-776-2589)
          General Ledger Unit Wayne Hill (Interim) (512-776-2217)
     Budget Section Becky O’Brien (512-776-7174)
          Assistant Budget Director Mary Ann Uranga (512-776-7566)
     Funds Coordination and Management Branch Elaine Quinn McHard (512-776-6646)
Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and
Substance Abuse Services
Lauren Lacefield Lewis (512-206-5000)
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Thomas Best, (512-206-5015)
     Decision Support Unit William Manlove (512-206-5139)
     Information  (512-206-5000)
     Policy Advisory/Medicaid Dena Stoner (512-206-5253)
     Medical Director for Behavioral Health (Vacant)
     Community Mental Health Program Services Section I Mary Sowder (512-838-4302)
          NorthSTAR Tegan Henke (512-838-4315)
           Disaster Behavioral Health Services Deedra Harrison (512-206-5516)
          Substance Abuse Services Unit Philander Moore (512-838-4303)
          Child and Adolescent Services Unit Angela Hobbs-Lopez (512-838-4323)
     Community Mental Health Program Services Section II Trina Ita (512-206-5227)
          Adult Mental Health Services Unit (512-206-5103)
          Special Projects/YES/HCBS AMH (512-206-4510)
          Mental Health Contracts Management Unit (512-206-5432)
          Substance Abuse Contracts Management Unit Juanita Salazar (512-467-5496)
          Quality Management Dean Ortega (512-206-5972)
     Hospitals Section Peggy Perry (512-206-5184)
          Austin State Hospital Randall Hines
          Big Spring State Hospital Lorie Dunnam 
          El Paso Psychiatric Center Zulema Carrillo
          Kerrville State Hospital Leigh Ann Fitzpatrick
          North Texas State Hospital James Smith
          Rio Grande State Center Sonia Hernandez-Keeble
          Rusk State Hospital Brenda Slaton
          San Antonio State Hospital Bob Arizpe
          Terrell State Hospital Dorthy Floyd
          Waco Center for Youth Chuck Russell
          Texas Center for Infectious Disease James N. Elkins, F.A.C.H.E.
          South Texas Health Care System Sonia Hernandez-Keeble
Assistant Commissioner for Family and Community Health Services Evelyn Delgado (512-776-7321)
Family and Community Health Services – Special Assistant Emma Gomez (512-776-7727)
     Community Health Services Section David Auzenne (512-776-6388)
          Performance Management Unit Tori Jones (512-776-6248)
          Office of Program Decision Support Karen Ruggiero (512-776-2749)
     Specialized Health Services Section Sam Cooper (512-776-2002)
          Purchased Health Services Unit Carol Labaj (512-776-3104)
          Health Screening/Case Management Unit Margaret Bruch (512-776-7745)
          Newborn Screening Unit David Martinez (512-776-2216)
     Nutrition Services Section Lindsay Rodgers (512-341-4563)
          Nutrition Education/Clinic Services Unit Amanda Hovis (512-341-4511)
          Vendor Management & Operations Unit Magdalena Blanco (512-341-4504)
          Program Development & Process Improvement Services Unit Patrick Kampman (512-341-4554)
          Office of Title V & Family Health Tammy Sajak (512-776-2184)
Assistant Commissioner for Disease Control and Prevention Services Janna Zumbrun (512-776-7729)
     Contract Management Unit Patricia Melchior (512-776-7115)
     Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section Patricia Moore (512-776-7234)
     Infectious Disease Prevention Section Imelda Garcia (512-776-7679)
          TB/HIV/STD Unit Felipe Rocha (512-206-5715)
          Infectious Disease Control Unit Monica Gamez (512-776-6678)
          Immunization Branch Monica Gamez (512-776-6678)
          Pharmacy Branch James Abshier (512-776-2494)
     Environmental Epidemiology and Disease Registries Section Heidi Bojes, PhD, MPH (512-776-6704)
     Laboratory Services Section Grace Kubin, PhD (512-776-2468)
          Quality Assurance Unit Eleanor Williams, Acting (512-776-2055)
          Lab Operations Unit Susan Tanksley, PhD (512-776-3106)
Assistant Commissioner for Regional and Local Health Services David Gruber (512-776-7770)
    Community Preparedness Section Bruce Clements  (512-776-7219)
     Region 1 Peter W. Pendergrass, M.D., M.P.H. (806-744-3577)
     Region 2/3 James A. Zoretic, M.D., M.P.H. (817-264-4500)
     Region 4/5N Sharon Melville, M.D., M.P.H., Acting  (817-264-4500)
     Region 6/5S Julie D. Graves, M.D., M.P.H., PhD. (713-767-3000)
     Region 7 Sharon Melville, M.D. M.P.H. (254) 778-6744
     Region 8 Lillian Ringsdorf, M.D., M.P.H. (210-949-2000)
     Region 9/10 Mary Anderson, M.D., M.P.H. (806-744-3577)
     Region 11 Mary Anderson, M.D., M.P.H., Acting (713-767-3000)
Assistant Commissioner for Regulatory Services (Exchange) Kathryn Perkins (512-834-6660)
     Enforcement Unit Chris Drews (512-834-6621)
     Health Care Quality Section Renee Clack (512-834-6744)
     Professional Licensing and Certification Unit Timothy Speer (512-834-4525)
     Regulatory Licensing Unit Charlotte Sullivan (512-834-6730)
     Patient Quality Care Unit (Vacant) (512-834-6700, ext. 2374)
     Office of EMS/Trauma Systems Coordination Jane Guerrero (512-834-6745)
     Environmental and Consumer Safety Section Jon Huss (512-834-6687)
          Policy/Standards/QA Unit Rod Moline (512-834-6770, ext. 2276)
          Inspection Unit Greg Wilburn (512-834-6747, ext. 6675)
          Meat Safety Assurance Unit James Dillon, D.V.M. (512-834-6760, ext. 2541)
Health and Human Services Commission – Human Resources (512-487-3476)
Health and Human Services Commission – Civil Rights Office 1-888-388-6332 or 512-438-4313
Health and Human Services Commission – Procurement & Contract Operations Division

Building Key (Austin, TX)

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8407 Wall Street, Austin, TX 78754

Howard Lane:
4616 W. Howard Lane, Building 2, Suite 275, Austin, TX 78728

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
909 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78751-2803

Central Campus - Buildings A, G, L, M, R, S, T, W:
1100 West 49th Street, Austin, TX 787561100 West 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756

Last updated September 6, 2016