Administrative Contact Information

Organizational Chart

Administrative Contact Information
Department or Unit Contact/Phone Number
Commissioner of Health John Hellerstedt, MD (512-776-7363)
Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Sims (512-776-7376)
     General Counsel Barbara L. Klein, JD, EMPL  (512-776-6683)
     HHS Information Resources Manager Ricardo Blanco
     Chief of StaffRicky Garcia (512-776-7404)
         Center for External Relations Ricky Garcia (512-776-7404)
              Communications   Jennifer Van Gilder (512-776-6085)
              Governmental Affairs  Rachael Hendrickson (512-776-3765)
              Media Relations Chris Van Deusen (512-776-7119)
          System Coordination and Stakeholder Relations Carolyn Bivens (512-776-2370)
          Process Improvement (Vacant) (512-776-3482)
          HHS Internal Audit Nicole Guerrero (512-428-1953)
Assistant Deputy Commissioner Lara Lamprecht, DrPH  (512-776-7792)
    Center for Health Policy and Performance Peter Hajmasy (512-776-6537)
    Center for Health Statistics Lisa Wyman, PhD (512-776-3548)
    Office of Academic Affairs Courtney Dezendorf, MPH (512-776-3751)
    Office of Science & Population Health Stephen Pont, MD (512-776-7792)
Chief Financial Officer Donna Sheppard (512-776-7640)
     Deputy Chief Financial Officer Christy Havel (512-776-7426)
     Accounting Section Leslie Aguilar (512-776-2227)
     Budget Section Amanda Hudson (512-776-6931)
Associate Commissioner for Program Operations Roger Faske, (Interim) (512-776-7153)
     Business Support and Planning Paula Cook (512-776-7275)
     Contract Management Patty Melchior (512-776-2115)
     Fiscal Monitoring Ann Duncan (512-776-6991)
     Program Support Operations Gabe Pina (512-776-3642)
     Information Technology/IRM  (Vacant) (512-776-2620)
Associate Commissioner for Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services Imelda Garcia, MPH (512-776-7679)
     Deputy Associate Commissioner Monica Gamez (512-776-6678)
     TB/HIV/STD Felipe Rocha (512-776-2002)
     Laboratory Services Grace Kubin, PhD (512-776-2468)
     Infectious Disease Prevention Shawn Tupy (512-776-6355)
     Infectious Disease Jennifer A. Shuford, MD, MPH (512-776-6309)
Associate Commissioner for Regional and Local Health Operations David Gruber (512-776-7770)
    Deputy Associate Commissioner Nancy Ejuma, PhD (512-776-3164)
    Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (CHEPR) Jeff Hoogheem (512-776-7219)
    Texas Center for Infectious Disease Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez (210-531-4554)
    Office of Border Public Health (Vacant) (512-776-3737)
    Public Health Regions (PHR)  
          Public Health Region 1 (Vacant) (806-783-6473)
          Public Health Region 2/3 Joel Massey, MD, MPH (817-264-4500)
          Public Health Region 4/5 Sharon Huff, MD, MS (903-533-5264)
          Public Health Region 6/5 Carlos Plasencia, MD, MS (713-767-3000)
          Public Health Region 7 Sharon Melville, MD, MPH (254-771-6717)
          Public Health Region 8 Lillian Ringsdorf, MD, MPH (210-949-2001)
          Public Health Region 9/10 Rachel Sonne, MD, MPH (915-834-7675)
          Public Health Region 11 Emilie Prot, DO, MPH (956-421-5504)
Associate Commissioner for Consumer Protection Stephen Pahl (512-834-6600)
     Deputy Associate Commissioner Luis Morales (512-834-6775)
     Compliance Chris Drews (512-834-6621)
     Business Filing & Verification Charlotte Sullivan, Ed (512-834-6730)
     Policy, Standards and Quality Assurance Rod Moline, PhD (512-834-2276)
     Meat Safety Assurance James Dillon, DVM, MPH (512-834-6760, ext. 2541)
     Surveillance Greg Wilburn, RN (512-834-6675)
     EMS / Trauma Systems (Vacant) (512-834-6745)
Associate Commissioner for Community Health Improvement Manda Hall, M.D.  (512-776-7321)
     Director of Operations Rachel Jew (512-776-2184)
     CHI Medical Director (Vacant)
     Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention Nimisha Bhakta  (512-776-3554)
     Maternal & Child Health  Jeremy Triplett (512-776-2567)
     Environmental Epidemiology and Disease Registries Heidi Bojes, PhD, MPH (512-776-6351)
     Vital Statistics - State Registrar Tara Das, PhD  (512-776-7646)
Health and Human Services Commission – Human Resources (737-867-8691)
Health and Human Services Commission – Civil Rights Office 1-888-388-6332 or 512-438-4313

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Last updated July 3, 2020