Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Licensing and Regulation, Texas Department of*

7 Members - Term: 6 Years

General Information

Agency #: 452 E.O. Thompson SOB, 920 Colorado St.P.O. Box 12157Austin 78711-2157


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chair Rick Figueroa Brenham, 02-01-2027
Vice Chair Thomas F. Butler Deer Park, 02-01-2025
Board Member(s) Ray Callas, M.D., FASA Beaumont, 02-01-2023
Nora Castañeda Harlingen, 02-01-2025
Sujeeth Draksharam Sugar Land, 02-01-2027
Lori High, D.N.P. Spicewood, 02-01-2027
Gary Wesson, D.D.S., M.S. Bastrop, 02-01-2023


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director Mike Arismendez (512) 463-3171
Deputy Executive Director Christina Kaiser (512) 539-5611
Deputy Executive Director. Hemant Makan (512) 745-1132
Legislative Director Steve Bruno (512) 475-0351
Chief of Staff Jessica Escobar (512) 463-2318
Government Relations Officer Jeff Copas (512) 463-3661
Government Relations Officer Julie Davis (512) 463-7574
Public Information Officer Tela Mange (512) 463-3208
Budget Analyst Tony Couvillon (512) 463-7182

Division Directors

Office Office Holder (512) Phone / Fax
Regulatory Program Management Charlotte Melder (512) 539-5604
Customer Service Tuan Nguyen (512) 531-3370
Education and Examination Ray Pizarro (512) 767-6810
Enforcement Ronald Foster (512) 539-5598
Field Operations Eric Beverly (512) 583-7154
Human Resources Sharon Homoya (512) 463-3131
Financial Services Brandy Corrales (512) 463-3100
Acting General Counsel Della Lindquist (512) 463-7356
Information Services John Fowler (512) 463-3572
Office of Process and Project Management Kenny Wright (512) 463-7135
Licensing Dede McEachern (512) 475-2896

Field Offices

Fort Worth

1501 Circle Drive,
Suite 215
Fort Worth, TX 76119
(817) 321-8350


5425 Polk Ave.,
Suite G-80
Houston, TX 77023


The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is the state’s umbrella occupational licensing agency which is responsible for the regulation of these 37 occupations and industries: air conditioning and refrigeration contractors; athletic trainers; auctioneers; barbers, barber shops, and barber schools; behavior analysts; boilers; code enforcement officers; combative sports (boxing and mixed martial arts); cosmetologists, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology schools; court-ordered programs; dietitians; driver education and safety instructors and schools; dyslexia therapists and practitioners; electricians; elevators, escalators, and related equipment; elimination of architectural barriers; hearing instrument fitters and dispensers; industrialized housing and buildings; laser hair removal; licensed dog and cat breeders; massage therapists; midwives; mold assessors and remediators; motor fuel metering and quality; motorcycle and ATV operator safety; orthotists and prosthetists; podiatrists; professional employer organizations; property tax consultants; property tax professionals; sanitarians; service contract providers; speech-language pathologists and audiologists; tow trucks and tow truck operators; transportation network companies; used automotive parts recyclers; water well drillers and pump installers; vehicle storage facilities; and weather modification.

* Subject to the Texas Sunset Act; will be reviewed in 2033.