Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Behavorial Health Executive Council, Texas*

9 Members - Term: 2 Years; Appointed by the Governor, the Presiding Officer serves a 6-year term. Appointed by the member boards, the other Council Members serve 2-year terms.

General Information

1801 Congress AveSte. 7.300Austin, TX 78701


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Presiding Officer Gloria Canseco, M.A.
Professional Member(s) Brian Brumley, LMSW-IPR Sumner, 02-01-2023
Mark E. Cartwright, Ph.D. Frisco, 02-01-2023
Jeanene Smith, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S Austin, 02-01-2022
Christopher S. Taylor, Ph.D., LPC-S Dallas, 02-01-2022
Public Member(s) John Bielamowicz Waxahachie, 02-01-2022
Steven Hallbauer Rockwall, 02-01-2029
Daniel W. Parrish 02-01-2024
Quida J. Pryor Sugar Land

Executive Staff

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director Darrel Spinks
Deputy Executive Director Robert Romig
Director of Operations Tim Speer
General Counsel Patrick Hyde
Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Noack
Licensing Division Manager Maricela Ramirez
Enforcement Division Manager Alfonso Fernandez


*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 (Psy Board), the Texas State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT Board), the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (LPC Board), and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (SW Board).

* Subject to the Texas Sunset Act; will be reviewed in 2029.