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    Mission: To improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.
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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)
     Senior Advisor Kirk Cole (512-776-7376)
     State Epidemiologist Linda Gaul, PhD, MPH (512-776-7198)
Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Sims (512-776-7376)
     Center for External Relations Ricky Garcia (512-776-7113)
          Communications Unit Melissa Loe (512-776-6085)
          Executive Operations and Support Unit Mercy Bryant (512-776-3482)
          Governmental Affairs Unit Rachael Hendrickson (512-776-3765)
          Legal Lisa Hernandez (512-776-7236)
          Media Relations Chris Van Deusen (512-776-7119)
          Stakeholder Relations Carolyn Bivens (512-776-2370)
Assistant Deputy Commissioner Mike Maples (512-776-7792)
     Academic Affairs Courtney Dezendorf  (512-776-6559)
     Border Services R.J. Dutton, PhD (512-776-7675)
     Health Policy and Performance Peter Hajmasy(512-776-6537)
     Health Statistics Lisa Wyman (512-776-3548)
     State Hospitals Tim Bray (512-206-5336)
          Austin State Hospital Alan Isaacson
          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 Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez
          South Texas Health Care System Outpatient Clinic Sonia Hernandez-Keeble
     Vital Statistics Tara Das, PhD  (512-776-7368)
Internal Audit Hector Gonzales (Interim) (512-776-7354)
     Program Audits Unit Bertha Estrada (512-776-6413)
     Administrative Audits and Consulting Services Marcelo Barba (512-776-7654)
Chief Financial Officer Donna Sheppard (512-776-7674)
     Deputy Chief Financial Officer Christy Havel (512-776-7426)
     Accounting Section Leslie Aguilar (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 Charles Rotan (Interim) (512-776-6931)
          Assistant Budget Director Amanda Hudson (Interim) (512-776-3457)
Associate Commissioner for Program Operations Wanda Thompson, PhD (512-776-7153)
     Fiscal Monitoring Ann Gaunt (512-776-6991)
     Information Technology (IT) Peter Apostolakos, Acting (512-776-2620)
          Applications Development Crystal Dennstedt (512-776-2756)
     Operations Management Paula Cook (512-776-7275)
          Government Law Unit Elizabeth Fitzgerald (512-776-3837)
              Public Information Coordinator/Open Records Joshua Friedman (512-776-3835)
          Enforcement Unit Barbara Klein (512-776-6683)
              Texas Register     Kim Wolfe (512-776-6972)
Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Services (Exchange) Jon Huss (512-834-6660)
     Enforcement Unit Chris Drews (512-834-6621)
     Health Care Quality (Vacant) (512-834-6744)
     Professional Licensing and Certification Timothy Speer (512-834-4525)
     EMS and Trauma Systems Coordination Jane Guerrero (512-834-6745)
     Environmental and Consumer Safety Jon Huss (512-834-6687)
          Policy/Standards/QA Rod Moline (512-834-6770 ext. 2276)
          Inspection Greg Wilburn (512-834-6747, ext. 6675)
          Meat Safety Assurance James Dillon, DVM (512-834-6760, ext. 2541)
Associate Commissioner for Disease Control and Prevention Services Janna Zumbrun, MSSW (512-776-7729)
     Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Richard Kropp (Interim) (512-776-3580)
     Infectious Disease Prevention Imelda Garcia, MPH (512-776-7679)
          TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Greg Beets (Interim) (512-206-5546)
          Infectious Disease Control Monica Gamez (512-776-6678)
          Immunization (Vacant) (512-776-7284)
          Pharmacy James Abshier (512-776-2494)
     Environmental Epidemiology and Disease Registries Section Heidi Bojes, PhD, MPH (512-776-6351)
     Laboratory Services Grace Kubin, PhD (512-776-2468)
          Quality Assurance Eleanor Williams (Interim) (512-776-2055)
          Laboratory Operations Susan Tanksley, PhD (512-776-3106)
Associate Commissioner for Regional and Local Health Services David Gruber (512-776-7770)
    Office of Public Health Beverly Pritchett (512-776-3560)
    Business Services Otis Williams  (512-776-3690)
    Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Bruce Clements  (512-776-7219)
    Health Service Regions  
          Health Service Region 1 James A. Zoretic, M.D., MPH, Acting (806-744-3577)
          Health Service Region 2/3 James A. Zoretic, MD, MPH (817-264-4500)
          Health Service Region 4/5N Sharon Huff, MD, MS (903-595-3585)
          Health Service Region 6/5S Julie D. Graves, MD, MPH, PhD (713-767-3000)
          Health Service Region 7 Sharon Melville, MD, MPH. (254) 778-6744
          Health Service Region 8 Lillian Ringsdorf, MD, MPH (210-949-2000)
          Health Service Region 9/10 Mary Anderson, MD, MPH (915-834-7675)
          Health Service Region 11 Mary Anderson, MD, MPH (Interim) (915-834-7675)
Associate Commissioner for Family and Community Health Services Manda Hall, M.D. (Interim) (512-776-7321)
Family and Community Health Services – Special Assistant Emma Gomez (512-776-7727)
     Community Health Services David Auzenne (512-776-6388)
          Performance Management Tori Jones (512-776-6248)
          Office of Program Decision Support Karen Ruggiero (512-776-2749)
     Specialized Health Services (Oral Health/VHS) Felipe Rocha (512-776-2002)
         Newborn Screening David Martinez (512-776-2216)
     Nutrition Services - Women, Infant Children (WIC) (Vacant)
          Nutrition Education/Clinic Services Amanda Hovis (512-341-4511)
          Vendor Management & Operations Edgar Curtis (512-341-4504)
          Program Development & Process Improvement Patrick Kampman (512-341-4554)
          Title V - Maternal and Child Health Manda Hall, MD (512-776-2567)
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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Exchange Campus:
8407 Wall Street, Austin, TX 78754

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

Austin State Hospital Campus
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

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Last updated July 10, 2017