Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Statewide Health Coordinating Council, Texas

17 Members - Term: 6 Years

General Information

c/o Texas Dept. of State Health ServicesP.O. Box 149347Austin, TX 78714-9347


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chair Elizabeth Protas, Ph.D. League City, 08-31-2023
Board Member(s) Carol Boswell, Ed.D. Andrews, 08-01-2027
Kimberley Haines, D.M.D. Leander, 08-31-2025
Kenneth "Ken" Holland Huntsville, 08-31-2027
Emily Rose Hunt, D.N.P., APRN, CPNP-PC/AC Fort Worth, 08-01-2023
Quincy Moore, III, Ph.D. Cypress, 08-31-2025
Tamara Rhodes Amarillo, 08-31-2027
Melinda Rodriguez, P.T., D.P.T. San Antonio, 08-01-2027
Cheryl Sparks, Ed.D. Big Spring, 08-31-2025
Cheletta Watkins, M.D. Forney, 08-31-2025
D. Bailey Wynne, R.Ph., M.H.A. Dallas, 08-31-2023
Yasser Zeid, M.D. Longview, 08-01-2027
Public Member Chelsea Elliott Austin, 08-31-2023
Texas Department of State Health Services Aelia Akhtar, MS
Texas Health and Human Services Commission(s) Jimmy Blanton
Courtney Harvey PhD, MA
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Elizabeth Mayer, M.P.Aff


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Director James Farris (512) 776-7261 / (512) 776-7344


The council ensures health care services and facilities are available to all Texans through health planning activities. Based on these planning activities, the SHCC makes recommendations to the governor and the legislature through the Texas State Health Plan (TSHP). The council also provides overall guidance in the development of the TSHP, submission of the plan to the governor, and promoting the implementation of the plan.