Texas School Health Advisory Committee - Membership

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Membership - 2014-2015

Appointed Members: 

City

Category                       

Term Expires

Debra Burnett, RN                                           

San Marcos            

Registered Nurse    

2016

Cynthia Cardenas                

Mercedes

Parent    

2018

Bob Conlon, PhD, LSSP

Sugar Land

Counselor            

2016

William Coon                           

El Paso       

Parent

2016

Susan Donnenfield, RN

Dallas

Parent

2016

Assistant Presiding Officer:
Wrennah Gabbert, RN, PhD, CPNP, FNP-BC

El Paso                        

Organization/Agency 

2016

Joan Guerin Lavis, MBA

El Paso Parent 2018

Gilbert Handal, MD    

El Paso Physician 2018

Presiding Officer:
Jan Hungate, EdD

West School Administrator

2016

Carmela James, EdD, CSC    

Pasadena

School Administrator   

2016

Steven Kelder, PhD, MPH

Austin

Organization/Agency

2016

Tamalyn Neuendorff

Columbus

Physical Educator

2016

Kelly Reed-Hirsch, MPH, CHES

Houston

Organization/Agency

2016

Becky Rendon, RN        

San Antonio

Parent

2016

Dora Rivas, MS, RD, LD, SFNS 

Dallas

Nutritionist

2016

Josette Saxton, MSSW

Austin

Organization/Agency

2018

Linda Seewald, MSEd

San Antonio

Health Educator

2016


Required Members by Law: 
Texas Education Agency Representative:
Barney Fudge, Statewide Coordinator for Health Education

 

Texas Department of Agriculture Representative: Melissa Dozier, Food and Policy Liaison

 

Required Members by Rule: 
Texas Department State Health Services Representative: Anita Wheeler-Hill, MSN, RN, Coordinator, School Health Program

 

Governor's Advisory Council on Physical Fitness Representative: Reenie Smith, MSEd, Executive Committee Member

 

TSHAC Staff Contact: 
Ellen Smith, Information Specialist
School Health Program
Texas Department State Health Services
email Ellen Smith
512-776-2140

MEMBERSHIP PROCESS

Members are appointed by the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services upon review by the Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission.

Members serve four-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms.  A call for applications for membership is disseminated when there is a vacancy.  Those applicants meeting required criteria are sent to a review committee.  The review committee recommendations are sent to the commissioner for approval.

CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP

It is required that all eight components of a coordinated school health program be represented by members of the committee.  Additionally, consideration is given during the selection process that the membership reflects the geographic, ethnic, racial and gender diversity of our state, has a broad knowledge base, proven long term experience, world view skills, leadership abilities and a passion to carry out the TSHAC mission.  The criteria for membership is attached here:

fTSHAC_Membership_Criteria (39K)


Back to TSHAC Home Page: www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/shadvise.shtm


 

Last updated August 21, 2014