Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Marriage and Family Therapists, Texas State Board of Examiners of

9 Members - Term: 6 Years

General Information

c/o BHEC1801 Congress Ave., Ste. 7.300Austin 78701


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chairman Lisa Merchant, Ph.D., LMFT Clyde, 02-01-2029
Vice Chair Anthony Scoma, DMin Austin, 02-01-2027
Professional Member(s) Russell "Russ" Bartee, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S Fort Worth, 02-01-2025
Jodie Elder, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT Dallas, 02-01-2027
Nicole Richardson Westlake, 02-01-2029
Jeanene Smith, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S Austin, 02-01-2025
Public Member(s) Barbara "Barbie" Ezell Portland, 02-01-2029
Daniel Parrish DeSoto, 02-01-2025
Evelyn Husband Thompson Houston, 02-01-2027


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Board Administrator Sarah Faszholz, MBA


The board adopts rules and regulations to license and regulate the qualifications and performance of marriage and family therapists in Texas.

House Bill 1501, which was signed into law by Governor Abbott on 6/10/2019, created the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council and to the continuation and transfer of the regulation of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and social workers to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC). BHEC includes four member boards: the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State.