DSHS Organizational Chart

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DSHS Organizational Chart

DSHS Description 
HHS Executive Commissioner Office of the Commissioner

John Hellerstedt, MD, Commissioner of Public Health


  • Kirk Cole, Deputy Commissioner
  • Jennifer Shuford, MD, MPH, Chief State Epidemiologist
  • Imelda Garcia, MPH, Laboratory & Infectious Disease Services, Associate Commissioner
  • David Gruber, Regional & Local Health Operations, Associate Commissioner
  • Timothy Stevenson, DVM, PhD, Consumer Protection, Associate Commissioner
  • Manda Hall, MD, Community Health Improvement, Associate Commissioner
  • Barbara L. Klein, Senior Advisor

Office of the Deputy Commissioner

Kirk Cole, Deputy Commissioner


  • Ricardo Garcia, Chief of Staff
  • Stephen Pont, MD, MPH, Center for Public Health Policy & Practice Medical Director
  • Donna Sheppard, Chief Financial Officer
  • Roberto Beaty, Program Operations, Associate Commissioner

Senior Advisor

Barbara L Klein, JD, EMPL

    Center for Public Health Policy & Practice

    Stephen Pont, MD, MPH,  Medical Director 


    • Courtney Denzendorf, MPH, Office of Practice & Learning, Director
    • Aelia Khan Akhtar, Center for Health Policy and Performance, Director
    • Vacant, Partnership Lead


    Donna Sheppard, Chief Financial Officer


    • Christy Havel, Federal Funds, Deputy CFO
    • Leslie Aguilar, Accounting, Director
    • Amanda Hudson, Budget, Director

    Program Operations

    Roberto Beaty, Associate Commissioner


    • Danyale Bryant, Business Support & Planning, Director
    • Ann Duncan, Fiscal Monitoring, Director
    • Gabe Pina, Program Support Operations, Director
    • Patty Melchior, Contract Management, Director
    • Madhavi Koganti, Public Health Portfolio Project Manager

    Chief of Staff

    Ricky Garcia, Chief of Staff


    • Rachael Hendrickson, Center for External Relations, Director
    • Mercy Bryant, Center for System Coordination & Innovation, Director
    • Nicole Guerrero, HHS Internal Audit, Director

    Center for External Relations

    Rachael Hendrickson, Director


    • Jordan Hill, Government Affairs, Director
    • Jennifer Van Gilder, Communications, Director
    • Chris Van Deusen, Media Relations, Director

    Center for System Coordination and Innovation

    Mercy Bryant, Director


    • Yesenia Rodriguez, Process Improvement, Director
    • Angelica Martinez, Executive Operations and Support Manager

    Chief State Epidemiologist

    Jennifer Shuford, MD, MPH


    • Diana Martinez, PhD, Deputy State Epidemiologist, Director 
    • Lisa Wyman, PhD, Center for Health Statistics, Director
    • Carrie Bradford, PhD, Data Governance, Director
    • Saroj Rai, PhD, MPH, Senior Scientific Advisor, Director

    Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services

    Imelda Garcia, MPH, Associate Commissioner


    • Monica Gamez, Deputy Associate Commissioner
    • Vacant, Infectious Disease Medical Officer
    • Vacant, Public Health Informatics & Data Exchange, Director
    • Grace Kubin, PhD, Laboratory Services Section, Director
    • Paul Grunenwald, DVM, Infectious Disease Prevention Section, Director
    • Josh Hutchison, Interim, TB/HIV/STD Section, Director
    • Adesuwa Ebomwonyi, Special Projects Coordinator
    • Antonio Aragon, Interim, Immunization Section Director

    Regional & Local Health Operations

    Dave Gruber, Associate Commissioner


    • Nancy Ejuma, PhD, Deputy Associate Commissioner
    • Jeff Hoogheem, Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (CHEPR), Director
    • John Lopez, Texas Center for Infectious Disease, Director
    • Karin Hopkins, Office of Border Public Health, Director
    • Angel Angco-Barrera, MBA, BSN, RN, Public Health Nursing Director
    • Peter Pendegrass, MD, MPH, Preventive Medicine Residency Program Director
    • Scott Milton, MD, Region 1, Regional Medical Director
    • Aurelia Schmalstieg, MD, Region 2/3, Regional Medical Director
    • Sharon Huff, MD, MS, Region 4/5, Regional Medical Director
    • Carlos Plasencia, MD, MSPH, Region 5/6, Regional Medical Director
    • Sharon Melville, MD, MPH, Region 7, Regional Medical Director
    • Lillian Ringsdorf, MD, MPH, Region 8, Regional Medical Director
    • Rachel Sonne, MD, MPH, Region 9/10, Regional Medical Director
    • Emilie Prot, MD, DO, MPH, Region 11, Regional Medical Director

    Consumer Protection

    Timothy Stevenson, DVM, PhD, Associate Commissioner


    • Luis Morales, MBA, Deputy Associate Commissioner
    • Chris Drews, Compliance, Director
    • Charlotte Sullivan, EdD, Environmental Director
    • Kevin Veal, PhD, Food and Drug, Director
    • James Dillon, DVM, MPH, Meat Safety Assurance, Director
    • Lisa Bruedigan, RN, Surveillance Director
    • Jorie Klein,  MSN, MHA, BSN, RN, EMS/Trauma Systems, Director

    Community Health Improvement

    Manda Hall, MD, Associate Commissioner


    • Jeremy Triplett, Deputy Associate Commissioner
    • Kelly Fegan-Bohm, CHI Medical Director
    • Lori Gabbert-Charney, Maternal & Child Health, Director
    • Tara Das, PhD, Vital Statistics, State Registrar
    • Heidi Bojes, PhD, Environmental Epidemiology & Disease Registries, Director
    • Nimisha Bhakta, Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Director
    • Karen Ruggiero, PhD, Office of Coordination & Special Projects, Director
    Last updated May 5, 2022