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    Austin, TX 78756 

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    Email: diabetes@dshs.texas.gov   

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

NamePositionTerm Expires*
Feyi Obamehinti, EdD – ChairpersonGeneral public member with expertise
or demonstrated commitment to diabetes issues
 2023 
Jason Ryan, JD – Secretary
Consumer member 2025
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
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 

 NameOrganization
 Averi MullinsTeacher Retirement System of Texas
 Diana KongevickEmployees Retirement System of Texas
 Lisa Golden, MAEdHDTexas Workforce Commission
 Kelly Fegan-Bohm, MD, MPH, MA Texas Department of State Health Services
 Mitchel Abramsky, MD, MPHTexas Health and Human Services Commission


Last updated May 7, 2021