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

Manages:

  • Kirk Cole, Deputy Commissioner
  • Jennifer Shuford, MD, MPH, Chief State Epidemiologist
  • Imelda Garcia, MPH, Laboratory & Infectious Disease Services, Associate Commissioner
  • David Gruber, Regional & Local Health Operations, Associate Commissioner
  • Timothy Stevenson, DVM, PhD, Consumer Protection, Associate Commissioner
  • Manda Hall, MD, Community Health Improvement, Associate Commissioner
  • Barbara L. Klein, Senior Advisor

Office of the Deputy Commissioner

Kirk Cole, Deputy Commissioner

Manages:

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

Senior Advisor

Barbara L Klein, JD, EMPL

HHSC Liaison

  • Cynthia Hernandez, DSHS General Counsel

Manages:

  • Stephanie Kermah, Privacy Analyst
  • Claudio McCoy, Investigator
  • Chris Salazar, Program Specialist 

Center for Public Health Policy & Practice

Stephen Pont, MD, MPH,  Medical Director 

Manages:

  • Courtney Denzendorf, MPH, Office of Practice & Learning, Director
  • Aelia Khan Akhtar, Center for Health Policy and Performance, Director
  • Vacant, Partnership Lead

Finance

Donna Sheppard, Chief Financial Officer

Manages:

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

Program Operations

Roberto Beaty, Associate Commissioner

Manages:

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

Chief of Staff

Ricky Garcia, Chief of Staff

Manages:

  • Rachael Hendrickson, Center for External Relations, Director
  • Mercy Bryant, Center for System Coordination & Innovation, Director
  • Nicole Guerrero, HHS Internal Audit, Director

Center for External Relations

Rachael Hendrickson, Director

Manages:

  • Jordan Hill, Government Affairs, Director
  • Jennifer Van Gilder, Communications, Director
  • Chris Van Deusen, Media Relations, Director

Center for System Coordination and Innovation

Mercy Bryant, PHD, MBA, Director

Manages:

  • Yesenia Rodriguez, Process Improvement, Director
  • Angelica Martinez, Executive Operations and Support Manager

Chief State Epidemiologist

Jennifer Shuford, MD, MPH

Manages:

  • Diana Martinez, PhD, Deputy State Epidemiologist, Director 
  • Lisa Wyman, PhD, Center for Health Statistics, Director
  • Carrie Bradford, PhD, Data Governance, Director
  • Saroj Rai, PhD, MPH, Senior Scientific Advisor, Director

Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services

Imelda Garcia, MPH, Associate Commissioner

Manages:

  • Monica Gamez, Deputy Associate Commissioner
  • Vacant, Infectious Disease Medical Officer
  • Vacant, Public Health Informatics & Data Exchange, Director
  • Grace Kubin, PhD, Laboratory Services Section, Director
  • Paul Grunenwald, DVM, Infectious Disease Prevention Section, Director
  • Josh Hutchison, Interim, TB/HIV/STD Section, Director
  • Adesuwa Ebomwonyi, Special Projects Coordinator
  • Antonio Aragon, Interim, Immunization Section Director

Regional & Local Health Operations

Dave Gruber, Associate Commissioner

Manages:

  • Nancy Ejuma, PhD, Deputy Associate Commissioner
  • Jeff Hoogheem, Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (CHEPR), Director
  • John Lopez, Texas Center for Infectious Disease, Director
  • Karin Hopkins, 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
  • Scott Milton, MD, Region 1, Regional Medical Director
  • Aurelia Schmalstieg, MD, 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, MD, DO, MPH, Region 11, Regional Medical Director

Consumer Protection

Timothy Stevenson, DVM, PhD, Associate Commissioner

Manages:

  • Luis Morales, MBA, Deputy Associate Commissioner
  • Chris Drews, Compliance, Director
  • Charlotte Sullivan, EdD, Environmental Director
  • Kevin Veal, PhD, Food and Drug, Director
  • James Dillon, DVM, MPH, Meat Safety Assurance, Director
  • Lisa Bruedigan,  Radiation Director
  • Jorie Klein, RN, EMS/Trauma Systems, Director

Community Health Improvement

Manda Hall, MD, Associate Commissioner

Manages:

  • Jeremy Triplett, Deputy Associate Commissioner
  • Kelly Fegan-Bohm, Medical Director
  • Lori Gabbert-Charney, Maternal & Child Health, Director
  • Tara Das, PhD, Vital Statistics, State Registrar
  • Heidi Bojes, PhD, Environmental Epidemiology & Disease Registries, Director
  • Nimisha Bhakta, Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Director
  • Karen Ruggiero, PhD, Office of Coordination & Special Projects, Director
Last updated June 22, 2022