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Administrative Contact List 


DSHS Description 

HHS Executive Commissioner

Office of the Commissioner

John Hellerstedt, MD, Commissioner of Public Health


  • Jennifer Sims, Deputy Commissioner
  • Manda Hall, MD, Community Health Improvement Associate Commissioner
  • Dave Gruber, Regional & Local Health Associate Commissioner
  • Kirk Cole, Interim Consumer Protection Associate Commissioner 
  • Grace Kubin, PhD, Interim Laboratory & Infectious Disease Services Associate Commissioner

Office of the Deputy Commissioner

Jennifer Sims, Deputy Commissioner

HHSC Liaisons

  • Teresa Menchaca, HHS Internal Audit Deputy Director
  • Barbara Klein, HHSC/DSHS General Counsel


  • Lara Lamprecht, DrPH, Assistant Deputy Commissioner
  • Donna Shepard, Chief Financial Officer
  • Wanda Thompson, PhD, Program Operations Associate Commissioner
  • Ricky Garcia, Center for External Relations Director

Office of the Assistant Deputy Commissioner

  • Lara Lamprecht, DrPH, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


  • Lisa Wyman, PhD, Center for Health Statistics Director
  • Peter Hajmasy, Center for Health Policy and Performance Director
  • Courtney Denzendorf, Office of Academic Affairs Director
  • Stephen Pont, MD, Office of Science & Population Health Medical Director

Center for External Relations

Ricky Garcia, Director


  • Chris Van Deusen Media Relations Manager
  • Rachel Hendrickson, Government Affairs Manager
  • Jennifer Van Gilder, Communications Manager
  • Carolyn Bivens, System Coordination & Stakeholder Relations Director
  • Mercy Bryant, PhD, Process Improvement Manager


Donna Sheppard, Chief Financial Officer


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

Program Operations

Wanda Thompson, PhD, Associate Commissioner


  • Gabe Pina, Program Support Operations Director
  • Paula Cook, Business Support & Planning Director
  • Ann Duncan, Fiscal Monitoring Director
  • Patty Melchior, Contract Management Director

HHSC Liaison

Peter Apostolakos, Information Technology Director

Community Health Improvement

Manda Hall, MD, Associate Commissioner


  • Nimisha Bhakta, Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention Director
  • Tara Das, PhD, State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section
  • Brad Fitzwater, MD, Maternal & Child Health Medical Director
  • Heidi Bojes, PhD, Environmental Epidemiology & Disease Registries Director
  • Karen Ruggiero, PhD, Office of Coordination and Special Projects Director

Regional & Local Health Operations

Dave Gruber, Associate Commissioner


  • (VACANT), Regional and Local Coordination Director
  • Otis Williams, Operations Business Support Manager
  • Jeff Hoogheem, Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Director
  • Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Texas Center for Infectious Disease Director
  • RJ Dutton, PhD, Office of Border Public Health Director
  • Kimberly Wolboldt, MD, Region 1 Regional Medical Director
  • James Zoretic, MD, Region 2/3 Regional Medical Director
  • Sharon Huff, MD, Region 4/5 Regional Medical Director
  • Carlos Plasencia, MD, Region 6/5 Regional Medical Director
  • Sharon Melville, MD, Region 7, Regional Medical Director
  • Lillian Ringsdorf, MD, Region 8 Regional Medical Director
  • Kimberly Wolboldt, MD, Region 9/10 Interim Regional Medical Director
  • Emilie Prot, MD, Region 11 Regional Medical Director

Consumer Protection

Kirk Cole, Interim Associate Commissioner


  • Chris Drews, Compliance Manager
  • Charlotte Sullivan, Ed, Business Filing & Verification Manager
  • Ron Moline, PhD, Policy, Standards & Quality Assurance Director
  • James Dillon, DVM, MPH, Veterinarian, Meat Safety Assurance
  • Greg Wilburn, RN, Surveillance Director
  • Jane Guerrero, RN, EMS/Trauma Systems Director

Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services

Grace Kubin, PhD, Interim Associate Commissioner


  • Grace Kubin, PhD, Laboratory Director
  • Felipe Rocha, MSSW, TB/HIV/STD Section Director
  • Imelda Garcia, MPH, Infectious Disease Prevention Director 

Last updated September 25, 2018