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DSHS Organizational Chart

DSHS Description 

HHS Executive Commissioner

Office of the Commissioner

John Hellerstedt, MD, Commissioner of Public Health


  • Jennifer Sims, Deputy Commissioner
  • Kirk Cole, Senior Advisor
  • Manda Hall, MD, Community Health Improvement, Associate Commissioner
  • David Gruber, Regional & Local Health Operations, Associate Commissioner
  • Stephen Pahl, Consumer Protection, Associate Commissioner 
  • Imelda Garcia, MPH, 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,JD, EMPL,  DSHS General Counsel


  • Kim White, Senior Policy and Strategic Advisor
  • Donna Sheppard, Chief Financial Officer
  • Lara Lamprecht, DrPH, Assistant Deputy Commissioner
  • Wanda Thompson, PhD, Program Operations, Associate Commissioner
  • Ricky Garcia, Center for External Relations, Director

Center for External Relations

Ricky Garcia, Director


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

Office of the Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Lara Lamprecht, DrPH, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


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

Office of Science & Population Health

Stephen Pont, MD, Medical Director


  • Linda Gaul, PhD, State Epidemiologist

Center for Health Statistics

Lisa Wyman, PhD, Director


  • Bruce Burns, PhD, THCIC, Manager
  • Jeff Swanson, Health Information, Manager
  • Denise Bortolussi, Library & Information Services, Manager
  • Ann Barnett, Health Providers, Manager
  • Jessica Cance, PhD, Agency Analytics, Manager


Donna Sheppard, Chief Financial Officer


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

Deputy CFO Office

Christy Havel, Deputy CFO


  • Elaine McHard, Funds Coordination, Manager

Budget Office

Amanda Hudson, Director


  • Phyllis Doherty, Community Health Improvement & Consumer Protection, Manager
  • Carolyn Liverman, Regional and Local Health Operations & Laboratory Disease Services, Manager
  • Blanca Tondre, Administration & Reporting, Manager

Accounting Office

Leslie Agular, Director


  • Barbara Kelly-King, Revenues, Manager
  • Wayne Hill, General Ledger & Reporting, Manager
  • James Curik, Claims, Manager

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
  • Roger Faske, Division Office, Program Specialist

HHSC Liaison

Peter Apostolakos, Information Technology, Director

Program Support Operations

Gabe Pina, Program Support Operations, Director

Business Support & Planning

Paula Cook, Business Support & Planning, Director

Fiscal Monitoring

Ann Duncan, Fiscal Monitoring, Director


  • Bernabe Gamino, Fiscal Review Branch, Manager
  • April Marek, HIV Grants-RW Team, Manager
  • Peter Vories, Technical Assistance, Team Lead
  • David Lupercio, Technical Assistance, Team Lead

Contract Management

Patty Melchior, Contract Management, Director


  • Jonah Wilczynski, Administrative, Regional & Local Health Operations, Consumer Protection Unit, Director
  • Susana Garcia, Community Health Improvement, Laboratory & Infectious Disease Services Unit, Director
  • Trina Edwards, Financial Support Team, Manager

Community Health Improvement

Manda Hall, MD, Associate Commissioner


  • Rachel Jew, Division Office Operations, Director
  • Jeremy Triplett, Maternal & Child Health, Director
  • Tara Das, PhD, State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section
  • Heidi Bojes, PhD, Environmental Epidemiology & Disease Registries, Director
  • Nimisha Bhakta, Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Director
  • Karen Ruggiero, PhD, Office of Coordination and Special Projects, Director

Maternal & Child Health

Jeremy Triplett, Maternal & Child Health, Director


  • Michael Spencer, Maternal & Child Health Programs, Director
  • David Martinez, Newborn Screening Care Coordination, Director
  • Rhonda Stokley, DDS, Oral Health and Health Screening, Dentist 
  • Michelle Cook, PhD, Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology, Director

Vital Statistics Section

Tara Das, PhD, State Registrar


  • Chris Guerrero, Administration, Project Manager
  • Tarik Brown, Reporting & Registration Branch, Manager
  • Kathie Martinez, Amendments & Issuance Branch, Manager
  • Vacant, Analytics & Analysis, Data Analyst

Environmental Epidemiology & Disease Registries

Heidi Bojes, PhD, Director


  • Mark Canfield, Birth Defects Epidemiology & Surveillance, Manager
  • Melanie Williams, Cancer Epidemiology & Surveillance, Manager
  • Emily Hall, Environmental Epidemiology Toxicology, Manager
  • Jennifer Karnik-Fox, Blood Lead Surveillance Branch, Manager

Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention

Nimisha Bhakta, Director


  • Jessica Hyde, Chronic Disease Prevention, Manager
  • Clay Scallan, Tobacco Prevention & Control, Manager
  • Maria Cooper, Ph.D., Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Manager
  • Vacant, Diabetes Prevention & Control, Manager
  • Brett Spencer, Community Health & Wellness, Manager

Office of Coordination & Special Projects

Karen Ruggiero, PhD, Director 

Regional & Local Health Operations

David Gruber, Associate Commissioner


  • Nancy Ejuma, PhD, Deputy Associate Commissioner 
  • Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Texas Center for Infectious Disease, Director
  • RJ Dutton, PhD, Office of Border Public Health, Director
  • Jeff Hoogheem, Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (CHEPR), Director
  • Vacant, Region 1, Regional Medical Director
  • Sharon Huff, MD, Region 2/3, Interim 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
  • Emilie Prot, MD, Region 9/10, Interim Regional Medical Director
  • Emilie Prot, MD, Region 11, Regional Medical Director

Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (CHEPR)

Jeff Hoogheem, Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (CHEPR), Director


  • Michelle Petraitis, Response & Recovery, Director
  • Lisette Osborne, Preparedness, Manager 

Consumer Protection

Stephen Pahl, Associate Commissioner


  • Luis Morales, Deputy Associate Commissioner
  • Vacant, Division Office, Manager
  • Jane Guerrero, RN, EMS/Trauma Systems, Director
  • Charlotte Sullivan, Ed, Business Filing & Verification, Manager
  • James Dillon, DVM, MPH, Veterinarian, Meat Safety Assurance
  • Greg Wilburn, RN, Surveillance, Director
  • Chris Drews, Compliance Manager
  • Rod Moline, PhD, Policy, Standards & Quality Assurance, Director

EMS/Trauma Systems

Jane Guerrero, RN, Director


  • Elizabeth Stevenson, EMS Trauma Systems, Manager
  • Four Geographical EMS Compliance Units

Business Filing & Verification

Charlotte Sullivan, Ed, Manager


  • Liane El-Sheikh, Drugs & Food Safety Licensing, Manager
  • Rosemary Saldiva, Food Licensing, Manager
  • Janet Leubner, Environmental & Sanitation Licensing, Manager
  • Jo Turkette, Radiation Machine Source, Manager
  • Janet Leubner, Operations & Records, Manager
  • Karl Von Ahn, Radioactive Material, Manager
  • Emily Hyde, EMS Certification and Licensing, Manager

Meat Safety Assurance4

James Dillon, DVM, MPH, Director


  • Timothy Stevenson, DVM, PhD, Twelve Geographical Units Assistant State Director


Greg Wilburn, RN, Director


  • Ken Ofunrein, Environmental, Manager
  • Lori Woznicki, Food & Drug, Manager
  • Lisa Bruedigan, Radiation, Manager


Chris Drews, Manager


  • Larry Raper, Environmental Health, Manager
  • Ademola Olufemi, Consumer Safety, Manager

Policy, Standards, & Quality Assurance

Rod Moline, PhD, Director


  • Joe Williams, Public Sanitation & Retail Food Safety
  • Annabelle Dillard, Environmental Hazards, Manager
  • Brian Vamvakias, Radiation, Manager
  • Kirk Wiles, Seafood & Aquatic Life, Manager
  • Sofia Stifflemire, Milk & Dairy, Manager
  • Lewis Ressler, Foods, Manager
  • Brandon Rudloff, Meat, Manager
  • Megan Snyder, Drugs & Medical Devices, Manager

Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services

Imelda Garcia, MPH, Associate Commissioner


  • Jennifer A. Shuford, MD, MPH, Infectious Disease Medical Officer
  • Monica Gamez, Deputy Associate Commissioner
  • Vacant, Manager, National Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems Group
  • Grace Kubin, PhD, Laboratory Services, Director
  • Felipe Rocha, MSSW, TB/HIV/STD Section, Director
  • Monica Gamez, Infectious Disease Prevention, Interim Director 
  • Felipe Rocha, MSSW, TB/HIV/STD Section, Director
  • Jodie Vanyo, MGPS, Senior Advisor
  • Cynthia Marquez, Executive Assistant

Laboratory Services Section

Grace Kubin, PhD, Director


  • Susan Tanksley, PhD, Laboratory Operations Unit, Director
  • Kathleen Street, Laboratory Resources Groups, Manager
  • Lisa Hutson, Quality Assurance Unit, Director
  • Aurora Martinez, South Texas Laboratory, Manager

Infectious Disease Prevention Section

Monica Gamez, Interim Director


  • Tony Aragon, MS, Immunization Unit, Director
  • Vacant, Infectious Disease Control Unit, Director 

TB/HIV/STD Section

Felipe Rocha, MSSW, Director


  • Greg Beets, MA, Health Communications & Community Engagement Group, Manager
  • James Abshier, MBA, Pharmacy Branch, Manager
  • Shelly Lucas, MPH, HIV/STD Prevention & Care, Manager
  • Sandra Morris, MPH, TB Hansen’s Services Branch, Manager
  • Vacant, Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch, Manager
Last updated July 2, 2019