Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Diabetes Council, Texas

11 Members - 6 Years; 5 Ex Officio Members

General Information

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


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Board Member(s) Gary Francis, MD, PhD San Antonio, 02-01-2027
Sharon Lemons Saginaw, 02-01-2029
Aida "Letty" Moreno-Brown, RD, LD El Paso, 02-21-2027
Stephen Ponder, MD Belton, 02-01-2025
Jason Ryan, JD Houston, 02-01-2025
Maryanne Strobel, RN, MSN, CDCES Cypress, 02-01-2027
Christine Wicke, PharmD McKinney, 02-01-2025
Public Member(s) Christopher Carmona Houston, 02-01-2029
Dirrell Jones, JD Farmers Branch, 02-01-2025
Ninfa Peņa-Purcell, PhD College Station, 02-01-2027
John Trischitti III Midland, 02-01-2029
Health and Human Services Commission Mitchel Abramsky, MD, MPH
Teacher Retirement System Umme Salama Oan Ali
Employees Retirement System Blaise Duran
Texas Department of State Health Services Kelly Fegan-Bohm, MD, MPH, MA, MD
Texas Workforce Commission Lisa Golden, MAEdHD


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
DSHS, Chronic Disease Unit Council Liaison Julie Ketelsen, MPH, CHES (512) 776-2834 / (512) 695-3846


The council addresses issues affecting people with diabetes. Advises the Legislature on legislation that is needed to develop and maintain a statewide system of quality education services for all people with diabetes and health care professionals who offer diabetes treatment and education.