Board members represent the founders and other funding members of COH, key organizations with large datasets, and community organizations serving children and youth across the age spectrum. Please click on Board Members’ photos to see their full bio.
Bill Sage, M.D., J.D., James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence
William M. Sage, MD, JD, an authority on health law and policy, teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence in the School of Law and Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care in the Dell Medical School. From 2006-2013, he served as the university’s first Vice Provost for Health Affairs. Prof. Sage is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (IOM), is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center on bioethics, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Health Affairs. His research has been supported by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He was a tenured professor of law at Columbia until 2006, and has been a visiting law professor at Yale, Harvard, and Duke. He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, medical and law degrees from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate from Université Paris Descartes. He has practice experience in both medicine and law, and in 1993 directed four working groups of the Clinton administration’s Task Force on Health Care Reform.
Anjum Khurshid, M.D., PhD., Director, Data Integration for Population Health at the Dell Medical School
Dr. Anjum Khurshid is a nationally-recognized leader in the fields of population health and health information technology. In 2014, Dr. Khurshid was appointed as the public health representative on the Federal Advisory Committee on Health Information Technology Policy by the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also co-chairs the Task Force on Interoperability Experience at the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which is charged with identifying ways to improve the experience of providers and patients to access health information.
As a Senior Strategist for the Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans, Dr. Khurshid has been closely involved in health systems transformation efforts in Louisiana and across the Gulf South for many years. Under his leadership, the Crescent City Beacon Community program that focused on improving management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, won the Health Care Informatics Innovator Award in 2013. He also led the formation of a community-governed health information exchange (HIE) that promotes care coordination and data sharing among safety net providers in New Orleans. Dr. Khurshid earned his PhD in Public Policy and Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and his Doctor of Medicine from King Edward Medical University, Lahore. He is an adjunct faculty in Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he has taught graduate courses in health policy.
Bill Tierney, M.D., Chair of the Department of Population Health at the Dell Medical School
William Tierney, MD is a general internist and medical informaticist who currently serves as Chair of the Department of Population Health in the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his department are playing a leading role in the Dell Medical School’s mission to help Austin become a model healthy city. He previously served as President and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., the country’s oldest research institution dedicated to improving health systems, and Associate Dean for Clinical Effectiveness Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Tierney’s interests and expertise are improving health care delivery and its outcomes through developing and implementing new systems of care, including electronic health records (EHRs), in hospital and outpatient venues in the U.S. and East Africa.
Bobbie Barker, Executive Vice President of Community Investments
Bobbie Barker is Executive VP of Community Investments for St. David’s Foundation. As joint owner of St. David’s HealthCare, the Foundation invests proceeds from the hospitals back into the Central Texas community with the mission of improving health and health care for all Central Texans. To date, the Foundation has granted close to $100 million to many area health and human service providers. In her role, Barker oversees the grant making process, and the Foundation’s school based dental van program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Bobbie served as VP of Administration and as VP of Operations for Texas Gas Service, a division of ONEOK. She currently serves as Chair of the UT School of Architecture Advisory Council, and on the boards of the Austin Area Research Organization and the Downtown Austin Alliance. Barker holds a MPA from Texas State University and a BA from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Jared Wolfe, Plan President, Traditional & Hybrid, Centene/Superior Health Plan
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Susan McDowell, Executive Director
Susan McDowell is Executive Director of LifeWorks, a youth and family service organization in Austin, Texas, that provides a seamless continuum of support for youth and families facing issues such as homelessness, abuse, poverty, emancipation from foster care, and mental health challenges. Susan is also active in numerous civic organizations and regional health and human service planning initiatives. Susan holds a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas-Austin, respectively.
Christie Garbe, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Christie Garbe leads Central Health’s strategy, government relations, and communications initiatives. Garbe has been with Central Health since 2006, serving in multiple capacities, all with a focus on providing better access and improving health care in Travis County for uninsured and low-income residents. Garbe provides strategic guidance as Central Health’s responsibilities expand to include health promotion, developing value-based health care delivery models, and expanded partnerships with the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and Seton Healthcare Family. Prior to joining Central Health, Garbe served as CEO of the American Lung Association of Alaska for eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in human development and social policy as well as a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Garbe serves on the boards of the Community Care Collaborative; Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council; Children’s Optimal Health; and the Community Advancement Network.
Mark Shen, President of Dell Children’s Medical Center
Dr. Shen was named President of Dell Children’s Medical Center in February 2014, becoming the first physician to lead a Seton hospital. Before that, he was interim president for Dell Children’s and directed the pediatric hospitalist group Pediatric Consultation and Referral Service at Dell Children’s Medical Center from 2007 to 2013. He helped develop Children’s Comprehensive Care, a pilot clinic for the most medically complex children in Central Texas. Dr. Shen has longstanding interests in medical education and clinical quality. He has been active both regionally and nationally in pediatric hospital medicine in a variety of committee and editorial roles. He received an Outstanding Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Project award at the UT Clinical Safety & Effectiveness conference in 2011 for a national collaborative to improve communication between hospital and primary care provider when patients leave the hospital. In 2012, he received the Ruth M. Bain Young Physician of the Year Award from the Travis County Medical Society. Dr. Shen received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his postgraduate training in pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Dr. Stephen Pont, M.D., MPH, FAAP, Assistant Director of Pediatrics at Dell Children’s Medical Center and Medical Director of AISD Student Health
Dr. Pont is a general pediatrician and is the medical director for the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children’s Medical Center’s tertiary care pediatric weight management center. Dr. Pont serves on a team with the UT-School of Public Health/Dell Center for Healthy Living and the USDA/Baylor College of Medicine that has been awarded a $6.3 million CDC grant to fund a demonstration project regarding childhood obesity that will link primary care offices, schools, recreation centers/YMCAs, and community-based interventions focusing on childhood obesity in Houston and Austin.
Dr. Pont also serves as the medical director for Austin Independent School District’s Student Health Services, whose Dell Children’s employed staff provides student health services for the district’s nearly 90,000 students and 110 campuses. Additionally, he is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with UT-Southwestern.
Susan Dawson, Executive Director
Susan Dawson is a Texas entrepreneur, business and civic leader. She founded and leads the E3 Alliance (for Education Equals Economics), a regional collaborative to increase economic outcomes by aligning our education systems to fulfill the potential of every student. E3 Alliance has been recognized across the country for its ground-breaking work in systemic change for education. Dawson has led multiple successful technology firms and served as Chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Her many awards include the Leadership Austin Polly Scallorn Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Trusteeship, Austin Under 40 “Austinite of the Year”, Hero for Children by the State Board of Education, Austin Profiles in Power “Profile Leader”, Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year”, and the UT McCombs School “Trailblazer Award” for the distinguished woman alumni trailblazer in business and community. In 2011 the Austin Business Journal named Dawson one of “Austin’s 30 Most Influential” leaders who have shaped Austin’s economy and culture in the last 30 years. Dawson has a BS Cum Laude from Princeton University and an MBA with Highest Honors from UT Austin McCombs School of Business.
Ellen Balthazar has served as the Executive Director of Any Baby Can Child & Family Resource Center in Austin, Texas. Prior to Any Baby Can, she was a marketing consultant, representing clients such as McDonald‘s, Hunt-Wesson, Taco Bell, Frito-Lay, and Pizza Hut, as well as a marketing executive for PepsiCo, Frito-Lay and Procter & Gamble. Balthazar was elected to the Eanes Independent School District (EISD) Board of Trustees in 2001 and continues to serve the community in that capacity. She holds a B.S. in Home Economics and a B.S.H.E.J. in Home Economics and Journalism, both from the University of Georgia.
Paul Cruz, Superintendent
Dr. Paul Cruz is the superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, serving more than 83,000 students and 12,000 employees. Dr. Cruz guides the district in realizing the vision to reinvent the urban school experience. Under Dr. Cruz’s leadership, the AISD graduation rate is at an all-time high, students are performing well on the state’s accountability system and AISD is ranked among the best in the country on the Nation’s Report Card. Dr. Cruz began his career in education in 1987. He worked as a teacher, campus administrator, central office administrator and superintendent in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and south Texas. He also served as the deputy commissioner for dropout prevention at the Texas Education Agency. He currently serves as a board member for the Austin Area Research Organization, Austin Ed Fund and Austin Partners in Education.
Tracy A. Spinner, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Comprehensive Health
Under Mrs. Spinner’s direction are the Offices of Student Health Services and Mental Health. This Department integrates the whole child, physical and behavioral health support, resources, education, awareness, and services. Additionally, the Office of Comprehensive Health includes; staff wellness and Department of Vision and Hearing. Ms. Spinner is the district liaison to the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). Tracy is very passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and specifically how health impacts their ability to learn, be academically successful, and enable them to be healthy prosperous adults. Tracy serves on the Children’s/AISD Student Health Services Taskforce, Children’s Optimal Health Board, Travis County Mental Health Leadership Team, Children and Youth Mental Health Planning Partnership, and the St. David’s Foundation Dental Advisory Committee. Tracy attended and graduated from Texas State University with Bachelors degree in Health and Wellness Promotion and a Master’s degree in Health. Tracy can be contacted at email@example.com or phone at 512-414-9778.
Sherri Fleming, County Executive
Sherri E. Fleming is the Travis County Executive for Health and Human Services and Veterans Service. She has held this position since her appointment by the Travis County Commissioners Court in October 2004. The County Executive for Health & Human Services and Veterans Service reports directly to the Travis County Commissioners Court, and has direct management responsibility for Human Services, the Travis County Veterans Service Office and the Travis County -Texas Agri-Life Extension Office. In addition, the County Executive oversees public health services provided to Travis County residents via an Interlocal agreement with the City of Austin. Sherri holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is also a licensed chemical dependency counselor and a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Ana Almaguel, Planning Project Manager
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Michael Gerber, President and CEO
Michael Gerber is the President and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Texas (HACA), where he directs the operations of a high performing housing authority which daily serves more than 19,000 Central Texans, and owns and operates 1,929 units of conventional public housing in 18 developments throughout Austin. HACA also manages the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program which provides rental help for nearly 6,000 units of housing in Austin’s private rental market. Mr. Gerber also directs two HACA subsidiaries: the Austin Affordable Housing Corporation, which owns and develops affordable housing options for low-income residents; and, Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation, which serves as a Project Based Contract Administrator in Texas and Arkansas for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and his MBA from Marymount University.
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Rhonda Mundhenk, J.D., MPH, CEO
Shannon Jones, Director of Health and Human Services
Shannon Jones, III, is the Director of the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department. He has been with the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department since July 1999. As Director, he oversees the operations of the Health and Human Services Department. This includes the Divisions of Community Services, Environmental Health Services, Administration Services, and Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, and Planning and Development Unit. In January of 2011, Mr. Jones was appointed by President Obama Administration’s Secretary of Health and Human Service to serve as Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (ACET) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His term ended January of 2014. Mr. Jones is currently the Chair of the Austin/Travis County Community Health Assessment and Improvement Planning (CHA/CHIP). In this role, he coordinated and helped organize the collaboration of the major health care and public health agencies along with many of the social services, transportation and various other public/private agencies in the city and county. The CHA/CHIP will serve as the first major comprehensive planning effort to address the key identified social determinants of health that impact the Austin/Travis community. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pa. and has completed course work towards the PhD in Management and Policy from the University of Texas, School of Public Health in Houston. In addition he was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Administrative Fellow and is an Associate in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Stephanie Hayden, Interim Director of Public Health
Stephanie Y. Hayden previously served as Deputy Director since October of 2015. As Deputy Director, she oversaw the operations of the Health Equity and Community Engagement Division, which included management of Health Equity – Quality of Life Programs, HIV Planning Council, HIV Resources Administration, Planning and Evaluation and Social Services Policy. Stephanie has worked for the City of Austin since 2001. Prior to serving as Deputy Director, she served as Assistant Director over the Community Services Division, Family and Youth Services Manager, Social Services Supervisor and Program Supervisor at the South Austin Neighborhood Center. Stephanie is a Licensed Master Level Social Worker who has spent more than twenty years providing services and managing programs in the field of social services. She has worked in several direct social work settings including psychiatric services, school based, chemical dependency, crisis intervention, and counseling. Stephanie holds a Bachelor in Social Work from Prairie A&M University and a Masters in Social Work from the Worden School of Social Services at Our Lady of the Lake University. Stephanie is certified as a Youth Program Quality Assessor and Youth Work Management Training Consultant. Under her leadership, youth programs have been recognized by the State of Texas for their “Excellence in Programming.”
Suki Steinhauser, CEO
Suki Steinhauser is the Chief Executive Officer of Communities In Schools of Central Texas which empowers 45,000 students in 60 high-needs schools in 7 school districts to stay in school and achieve in life. Suki joined Communities In Schools in 1994 and prior to becoming the CEO, she served as the agency’s Director of Projects where expanded the agency’s innovative programming. Suki has a B.A. from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is active in the nonprofit community where she has used her experience and business acumen to improve the lives of disenfranchised youth and families. She has served as the President of the Board of Directors of Austin Habitat for Humanity and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Seedling Foundation and the volunteer leadership of both CIS of Texas and One Voice Central Texas. She is a graduate of Leadership Austin and was featured in the Austin Business Journal’s annual Profiles in Power. Suki’s nonprofit career began after being inspired to serve others as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, Africa. Suki may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-464-9713.
Jeff Thomas, Senior Vice President and General Manger of the Central Texas Region
Jeff Thomas is Sr. Vice President and General Manager of the Central Texas Region of H-E-B, which includes 73 stores throughout Central Texas representing over $4 billion in sales and employs over 17,000 partners. Jeff began his career in 1975 as a courtesy clerk while attending high school. During his 36 years with H-E-B he has held a variety of leadership positions throughout Texas in operational and administrative roles. In January 2005 Jeff moved his family to Austin. He serves on the advisory board for the Capital Area United Way, the Hill Country Conservancy Stewardship Council, board member of the Texas State Aquarium, board member of Texas C-5 Foundation, Texas PTA Advisory Council and is a board member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Jeff graduated with a BBA in marketing and management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Southern California with an MBA. He continued his education with the Harvard Business School in the General Manager program.
Leslie Sweet, Director of Public Affairs
As director of Public Affairs for H-E-B in Central Texas, Leslie Sweet is responsible for coordinating the company’s community and public relations efforts in the region, with statewide strategic program responsibilities. Leslie is passionate about food education and understanding the farming process from the roots on up. She has traveled from produce fields in California to coffee fields in Panama, expanding her agricultural knowledge and experience. She is on the advisory board of the Texas Organic Agricultural Industry where she assists the Texas Department of Agriculture in promoting the organic agricultural industry. Prior to joining the Texas-based grocery retailing company, she served as a community liaison for SBC in Austin, TX for five years. Leslie holds a B.A. from Baylor University and is finishing her M.B.A. from The University of Dallas. She is also a graduate of Leadership Austin, class of 2006. Aside from enjoying her current role with H-E-B, Leslie celebrates the joy in each day with her husband Reid and two young daughters, Adeline and Lilah, living in Austin, TX.
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Ashton Cumberbatch, Seton Healthcare Family
Ashton Cumberbatch, Jr. is currently Vice President, Advocacy and Government & Community Relations, with Seton Healthcare Network where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to build, maintain and leverage effective internal and external constituency relationships. He is a board member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, KLRU, Central Texas Regional Visioning project. He has served as a co-chair of the 5-year plan curriculum committee for Austin Independent School District. Ashton is a speaker and author of several articles on employment law and employee relations. Ashton holds a B.A in economics from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
Charles Barnett, Past COH Board Chair
Charles is currently President of the Healthcare Group at CognitiveScale, an industry-optimized cognitive cloud software company. Previously he served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Seton Healthcare Family. He was the original Chair of the Board of COH and returned to that position in 2014 after taking a leave of absence from his role as president and CEO of Seton Healthcare Family in 2012. Charles served in the interim role as President, Healthcare Operations and COO Ascension Health of which Seton is a member, to oversee national operations, enterprise resource planning, IT and supply chain functions through June 2013. Prior to this role, in addition to his leadership role at Seton, Ascension Health named Charles one of its ministry market leaders. At that time, he assumed additional responsibility for overseeing strategic positioning and operational performance not only for Seton, but also for ministries in Waco, Tucson, and Missouri. Charles has approximately 30 years of health care administration experience. Prior to joining Seton in 1993, he served as vice president and chief operating officer of Inova Health System and Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. He also worked for 10 years at St. Joseph Medical Center, part of the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System of Cincinnati, and during his tenure held the position of executive vice president. He is the recipient of multiple awards including the distinguished Service Award in 2005 for his leadership during the massive influx of patients into Central Texas as a result of Hurricane Rita, the 2007 Rostow Award, which honors community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of children, and the 2009 Austinite of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Steven Kelder, Professor and Co-Director in the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
Dr. Steven H. Kelder is a professor at the University of Texas-Austin School of Public Health. He has over 20 years’ experience in design and evaluation of child and adolescent research, with an emphasis on interventions designed for promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, obesity prevention and substance use prevention. He teaches graduate courses in Obesity and Public Health, Community Nutrition, Introduction to Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Aspects to Behavior Change, Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Health, and Epidemiology Proposal Development. Dr. Kelder also leads CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health), a research-based program that guides elementary schools, families and children in the process of being healthy, reaching over a million Texas children. He has published over 90 articles in the professional scientific literature and has authored 9 textbook chapters. He earned a PhD in Behavioral Epidemiology and an MPH in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, and holds a B.A. in Marketing/Economics from Northern Illinois University.
Ellen Richards, Austin/Travis County Integral Care
Ellen Richards joined Integral Care in 2014 as the Chief Strategy Officer. Richards’ professional experience includes the for-profit, non-profit, political and government arenas, primarily in the field of health and human services. Over the past 15 years, Richards has developed in-depth knowledge of local issues through her work with Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, Travis County Health and Human Services and Veterans Service and Central Health. She also brings skills in strategic and community planning, research and analysis, fundraising, and community and political organizing to her work with Integral Care. Richards earned a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from St. Edward’s University.
Diana Resnik, Community Healthcare Consultant
Diana is a senior business and high profile community leader with a track record of turning around under-performing organizations and launching new community organizations and outreach programs. She is skilled at developing public-private community collaborations that improve the lives of low-income individuals and families and increase the quality of life for all citizens. Recognized as a strategic thinking and innovative problem solver who has created new and first-ever community collaborations. She has been an active participant in COH since its inception.
Veronica Macon, Senior Business Advisor
Ms. Macon has over 16 years experience managing and implementing affordable housing and community development programs. Previously, Ms. Macon served as Vice President of Public Housing and Community Development for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) where she implemented strategic initiatives that led to HACA earning and maintaining High Performer status. She has leveraged her experience to provide project management and strategic planning services for clients, and has provided technical support on affordable housing and community development programs since 1996. She has previous industry experience having served as a Director for the Norwalk Housing Authority in Connecticut and working in the private sector at Electronic Data Systems, Management Resources of America, and Sapient Corporation.
Regina Rogoff, CEO, People’s Community Clinic
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