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


  • Jennifer Sims, Deputy Commissioner
  • Imelda Garcia, MPH, Laboratory & Infectious Disease Services, Associate Commissioner
  • David Gruber, Regional & Local Health Operations, Associate Commissioner
  • Stephen Pahl, Consumer Protection, Associate Commissioner
  • Manda Hall, MD, Community Health Improvement, Associate Commissioner
  • Jennifer Shuford, MD, MPH, Chief State Epidemiologist
  • Kirk Cole, Senior Advisor

    Office of the Deputy Commissioner

    Jennifer Sims, Deputy Commissioner

    HHSC Liaison

    • Barbara Klein, JD, EMPL, DSHS General Counsel


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


    Donna Sheppard, Chief Financial Officer


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

    Center for Public Health Policy & Practice

    Stephen Pont, MD, MPH, Center for Public Health Policy & Practice Medical Director 


    • Courtney Denzendorf, MPH, Office of Academic Affairs, Director
    • Peter Hajmasy, Center for Health Policy and Performance, Director

    Program Operations

    Roberto Beaty, Associate Commissioner


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

    Chief of Staff

    Ricky Garcia, Director


    • Rachael Hendrickson, Center for External Relations Director
    • Carolyn Bivens, 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

    Carolyn Bivens, Director


    • Nikki Valencia, Process Improvement, Director

    Chief State Epidemiologist


    • Lisa Wyman, PhD, Center for Health Statistics, Director
    • (Vacant), Deputy State Epidemiologist, Director 
    • (Vacant), Data Governance, Director

    Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services

    Imelda Garcia, MPH, Associate Commissioner


    • Monica Gamez, Deputy Associate Commissioner
    • Felipe Rocha, MSSW, TB/HIV/STD Section, Director
    • Grace Kubin, PhD, Laboratory Services Section, Director
    • Shawn Tupy, MT, MBA, Infectious Disease Prevention Section, Director
    • Vacant, Infectious Disease Medical Officer
    • Jodie Vanyo, MGPS, Senior Advisor
    • Vacant, Public Health Informatics & Data Exchange, 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
    • Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Texas Center for Infectious Disease, Director
    • Vacant, PhD, 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
    • Vacant, Region 1, Regional Medical Director
    • Joel Massey, MD, MPH, 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, DO, MPH, Region 11, Regional Medical Director

    Consumer Protection

    Stephen Pahl, Associate Commissioner


    • Luis Morales, MBA, Deputy Associate Commissioner
    • Vacant, Division Office Operation Manager
    • Chris Drews, Compliance, Manager
    • Charlotte Sullivan, EdD, Business Filing & Verification, Manager
    • Vacant, PhD, Policy, Standards & Quality Assurance, Director
    • James Dillon, DVM, MPH, Meat Safety Assurance, Director
    • Greg Wilburn, RN, Surveillance, Director
    • Jorie Klein, RN, EMS/Trauma Systems, Director

    Community Health Improvement

    Manda Hall, MD, Associate Commissioner


    • Rachel Jew, Division Office, Operations Director
    • Kelly Fegan-Bohm, CHI Medical Director
    • Michelle Smith, Division Financial Analyst Director
    • Nimisha Bhakta, Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Director
    • Jeremy Triplett, Maternal & Child Health, Director
    • Heidi Bojes, PhD, Environmental Epidemiology & Disease Registries, Director
    • Tara Das, PhD, Vital Statistics Section, State Registrar
    Last updated May 4, 2021