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 Represents / Term Ends
Chair Elizabeth Protas, Ph.D. Health Care Professional, 08-31-2023
Board Member(s) Carol Boswell, Ed.D. University Representative, 08-01-2027
Kimberley Haynes, D.M.D. 08-31-2025
Emily Rose Hunt, D.N.P., APRN, CPNP-PC/AC Community College Representative, 08-01-2023
Quincy Moore, III, Ph.D. University Representative, 08-31-2025
Tamara Rhodes MSN, RN Nursing Representative, 08-31-2027
Melinda Rodriguez, P.T., D.P.T. Health Care Professional, 08-01-2027
Cheryl Sparks, Ed.D. Community College Representative, 08-31-2025
Cheletta Watkins, M.D. HMO Representative, 08-31-2025
Yasser Zeid, M.D. Health Care Professional, 08-01-2027
Public Member(s) Chelsea Elliott 08-31-2023
Kenneth "Ken" Holland 08-31-2027
D. Bailey Wynne, R.Ph., M.H.A. 08-31-2023
Texas Department of State Health Services Aelia Akhtar, MS
Texas Health and Human Services Commission Jimmy Blanton
DSHS/HHSC Representative 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.