Texas Diabetes Council Members

Texas Diabetes Council members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate. They serve staggered, six-year terms with the terms of three or four members expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year.

View the Texas statute that establishes this council. Read about the governor's appointments for more information about serving on councils and the appointment process.

Governor Appointed Representatives

Name Position Term Expires*
Feyi Obamehinti, EdD – Chairperson General public member with expertise
or demonstrated commitment to diabetes issues
 2023 
Aida “Letty” Moreno-Brown, RD, LD  General public member with expertise
or demonstrated commitment to diabetes issues
 2027
Ardis Reed, MPH, RD, LD, CDCES  Registered licensed dietitian with specialization in diabetes education  2023
Christine Wicke, PharmD  Consumer member  2025 
Dirrell Jones, JD  General public member with expertise
or demonstrated commitment to diabetes issues
 2025 
Felicia Fruia-Edge  Consumer member  2023
Gary Francis, MD, PhD  Licensed physician with specialization in diabetes treatment   2027
Jason Ryan, JD  Consumer member    2025
Maryanne Strobel, RN, MSN, CDCES  Registered nurse with specialization in diabetes education and training  2027
Ninfa Peña-Purcell, PhD  General public member with expertise
or demonstrated commitment to diabetes issues
 2027
Stephen Ponder, MD Member with experience and training in public health policy  2025
 *Term expires February 1 of the year indicated.     

Non-Voting State Agency Representatives 

 Name Organization
 Umme Salama Oan Ali  Teacher Retirement System of Texas
 Diana Kongevick Employees Retirement System of Texas
 Lisa Golden, MAEdHD Texas Workforce Commission
 Kelly Fegan-Bohm, MD, MPH, MA  Texas Department of State Health Services
 Mitchel Abramsky, MD, MPH Texas Health and Human Services Commission