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Daniel Barrett

Daniel T. Barrett


Dan Barrett has been serving on the Board of Directors for The Center for Health Care Services since 2011. He was nominated by Bexar County Precinct 2 Commissioner Paul Elizondo and is the chairman of the board.

Barrett received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently the President/CEO of Barrett Insurance Services, the first Hispanic commercial insurance agency in San Antonio.

Barrett previously worked with the Texas Council of Community Centers to develop the Texas Council Risk Management Fund, and served on the Risk Management Fund’s first founding board.

Barrett’s dedication to being an active partner in the growth and development of San Antonio and Bexar County is exemplified through his involvement with the Bexar County Small Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Program, Hispanic Contractors Association of San Antonio, Muscular Dystrophy Association of South Texas, and a number of other civic and community boards.

Mary Brown

Mary Rose Brown

Vice Chair

Mary Rose Brown has served on the Board of Directors for The Center for Health Care Services since 2008. She was nominated by the University Health System Board of Managers.

Brown received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Texas State University. She currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for NuStar Energy, L.P., where she oversees the company’s corporate communications, human resources, corporate services and aviation departments. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Valero Energy Corporation and also as Vice President of Public Relations for The Atkins Agency.

Brown currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and the San Antonio Parks Foundation. She also sits on the advisory Board of Directors for Haven for Hope of Bexar County. She previously served as a trustee of Our Lady of the Lake University and as a member of the Marketing Advisory Committee for the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. She is the past president of the San Antonio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and a long standing member of Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA).

Donnie Whited

Donnie Whited


Donnie Windham Whited was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Center for Health Care Services in June of 2016 by Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioner, Tommy Calvert.

Mrs. Whited received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma.  She was a member of the first Urban School Leaders Collaborative (USLC), a cohort-based principal preparation program and earned a Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership.  Mrs. Whited has spent the past decade helping children receive a high quality education through her work in the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD).  Mrs. Whited is the proud principal of Estrada Achievement Center, the Districts’ Alternative Educational Program. At Estrada she has created a culture of mutual respect, social justice and high educational expectations to ensure that every student has an opportunity to develop holistically.  Her purpose is to improve students’ quality of life and their future ability to become productive citizens.

Mrs. Whited is keenly aware of the challenges children with mental health issues face in life and in school, and has formed partnerships with Palmers Drug Abuse Program, (PDAP), Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, Bexar County Mental Health, San Antonio Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, (SACADA), Paws for Service and JOVEN. She has been trained in Mental Health First Aid, Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) and Children’s Crisis Intervention for the purpose of increased understanding of drug and alcohol abuse in order to serve the students on her campus. Her goal is to establish a Student Support Center which will assist students with mental health issues and help break the stigma of mental illness.

Mrs. Whited is a certified Life Purpose Coach and a Restorative Discipline Coordinator. She also serves on numerous community boards and committees and has developed strong relationships with parents and community leaders across San Antonio.

Graciela Cigarroa

Graciela A. Cigarroa


Graciela A. Cigarroa joined the Board of Directors of The Center for Health Care Services in 2015, and currently serves as Secretary. She was nominated by the University Health System Board of Managers. She also serves as Chair of The Center for Health Care Services Foundation.

Cigarroa is an attorney serving as General Counsel for Centro Med. Prior to this position, she was in private practice specializing in nonprofit law and healthcare law. She also serves on several community boards including Heartgift Expansion Board, Thrivewell Cancer Foundation, Alamo City Cancer Council, San Antonio Young Women’s Leadership Academy, University of Texas Health Science Center Council for Excellence in Women’s Health, UTHSCSA Medical Humanities and Ethics Advisory Board, UTHSCSA School of Nursing Advisory Council, UTHSCSA Cancer Therapy and Research Center, Patient Institute, Children’s Shelter, and Family Violence Prevention Services advisory board.

She is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She served a six year gubernatorial appointment with the Department of State Health Services Council.  She is past chair of the Mental Health Association of Texas. Cigarroa served on the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association Board of Directors for seven years chairing the Elder Law Handbook Project. She has also in the past served on the boards of the Zoological Society, Cancer Center Council, the San Antonio Library Foundation, the Bexar County Medical Society Alliance, and the Austin Community Foundation and has volunteered with the CTRC Breast Cancer Symposium.

Cigarroa received her Bachelor’s and Law Degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and a Master of Laws in Tax Law from Boston University School of Law.

Margaret Vera

Margaret M. Vera

Margaret Vera has been a member of the Board of Directors for The Center for Health Care Services since 2012. She was appointed by Bexar County Precinct 1 Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez.

Vera received her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University and a doctor of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.

Vera currently sits on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. Additionally, she is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association, and a committee member of the Mexican American Physicians Association. Vera has also served on local community boards focusing on arts in San Antonio, such as the San Antonio Art League Museum and Opera Lyric of San Antonio and was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

She is currently in private practice in San Antonio.

Polly Spencer

Hon. Polly Jackson Spencer

Retired Judge

Judge Polly Jackson Spencer joined the Board of Directors for The Center for Health Care Services in 2015 and was nominated by the University Health System Board of Managers.

Judge Spencer received a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University and a doctorate in jurisprudence with distinctions from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Judge Spencer was Probate Court Judge No.1 for Bexar County for 24 years and was one of the driving forces behind Bexar County’s Jail Diversion Program. She is board certified in estate planning and probate law in addition to being a former adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law. Currently, Judge Spencer is a visiting judge sitting by assignment.

Judge Spencer has served on working committees to help improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Bexar County. Some of those working committees include Bexar County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee, Substance Abuse Steering Committee for Bexar County, Bexar County Jail Diversion Task Force, and Bexar County Frequent 911 Callers.

Currently, Judge Spencer serves on a number of community boards such as Trinity University Board of Visitors, Deaf Education and Hearing Science Council, San Antonio Chamber Music Society, Morningside Ministries, and San Antonio Academy. She is also a member and director of The Rotary Club of San Antonio.

Richard Usatine

Richard Usatine, M.D.

Richard P. Usatine, MD has been serving on the Board of Directors for The Center for Health Care Services since 2009.  He was appointed by the University Health System Board of Managers.

Dr. Usatine received his bachelor’s in chemistry from Williams College and a doctorate in medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is currently a professor of Family and Community Medicine, Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, and Assistant Director of Medical Humanities Education at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Additionally, Usatine is the founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic.

Dr. Usatine co-founded the UTHSCSA Student-Run Free Clinic Program that helps local community agencies, Alpha Home and SAMMinistries. He also created a “Humanism in Medicine” fellowship for medical students during their senior year. He has co-authored over 130 articles and nine books. Usatine is also the co-founder and co-president of Usatine Media, LLC, which creates interactive medical applications for handheld devices.

Dr. Usatine is also involved in UTHSCSA Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics’ Global Health program through his work in Guatemala, Panama, Haiti and Ethiopia.

Hon. Sandee Marion

Chief Justice Retired Sandee Marion served for over 28 years in the Texas Judiciary until her retirement on December 31, 2020.  She was elected in 1992 as Judge of Bexar County Probate Court No. 2 where she handled the probate, guardianship and mental health dockets.  She served on the Probate Court bench until her appointment to the Fourth Court of Appeals in 2002.  In 2014, she was elected to serve as Chief Justice of the Court. 

Judge Marion graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and from St. Mary’s University School of Law.  Judge Marion practiced civil law for 12 years before her election to the bench. She is board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

In 2008, Judge Marion was named Distinguished Graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law.  She is a past President of the Board of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association.  Judge Marion is an active member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio. In 2018 and 2019, then Chief Justice Marion served as Chair of the Texas Council of Chief Justices. The State Bar of Texas Foundation recognized Judge Marion in 2020 with the Outstanding Jurist of the Award.


Currently, Judge Marion serves as a senior visiting judge and she sits on the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s University, the Center for Health Care Services and Corazon Ministries. 

Roberta Krueger

Roberta Lynn Krueger, M.D.

Dr. Roberta Krueger joined the CHCS Board of Directors in August 2020 as an appointee of Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.  Dr. Krueger has been a physician in San Antonio for 37 years, and previously served at the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital, during which time she helped establish a cord blood donation program for stem cells, the first of its kind in South Texas.  She received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology from SMU, attended Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her post-graduate work at UT Health (formerly UT Health Science Center).

Dr. Krueger has been recognized for her many achievements in the community, including being named in the Top Docs in San Antonio in Scene in  SA Magazine for over a decade, Compassionate Doctor Award (2020) and Consumers Research Council of America Top OB/GYN (2010, 2014).  Dr. Krueger is excited about being able to dedicate her time and talent to the active improvement of San Antonio and Bexar County in her new role as a member of the CHCS Board of Trustees.

Javier Salazar

Sheriff Javier Salazar

Ex-Officio Board Member

Sheriff Javier Salazar was sworn into office on January 1, 2017 as the 34th Sheriff of Bexar County. He is a Bexar County native and graduate of Samuel Clemens High School. He attained his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the Alamo Colleges District. He later received his Bachelor’s Degree from Wayland Baptist University and holds a Master Peace Officer License from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Prior to being elected, Sheriff Salazar served with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) for twenty-three years. He joined SAPD at the age of 21 and worked in various capacities. Sheriff Salazar first worked as a patrolman, then in Downtown Bike Patrol and was one of the first members of the Community Policing Unit known as the San Antonio Fear Free Environment (S.A.F.F.E.) Unit. He promoted through the ranks of the SAPD also serving in Narcotics, the Executive Protection Detail and in the Office of the Chief. He then became an Internal Affairs Investigator and in 2012, the Director of Communications. His last assignment with the SAPD was as Director of the Department’s Integrity Unit.

During his tenure with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Salazar has created several units including; Adult Detention Mental Health, Contraband Abatement Team and the Applicant Processing Unit. In the interest of community engagement and safety he has also created the Public Integrity Unit, Mounted Patrol, Special Victims Unit as well as the Sheriff’s Community Oriented Response and Education (SCORE) Unit.

He has made community engagement one of the top priorities of his administration. In doing so Sheriff Salazar has created several programs including; Active Shooter Training, Gold Badge Business Certification, Pastors on Patrol, the Senior Fraud Program as well as the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy.

He has been married to his wife Sarah for eighteen years and is the proud father of two daughters.

Sheriff Salazar’s philanthropic work includes serving various nonprofit and community organizations including;

Alamo Youth Center – Advisory Board Member

Ira Smith

Ira Smith, Jr.

Board Member Emeritus

Ira Smith, Jr. served as a trustee and past chair of The Center for Health Care Services from 1977 to 1988, and again from August 2003 to February 2004. He served as CHCS’ Vice Chair from 1979 to 1980 and as Chairman of the Board from 1984 to 1985. He was also Chair of the Texas Council of Community Centers from 1986 to 1987, and was named an Honorary Lifetime Board Member of the Texas Council and Member Emeritus of CHCS in 2016.

Ira also served on the University Health System Board of Managers since 2003, and oversaw the Health System’s $900 million Capital Improvement Program. He served on the UHS Pension Board and Quality Risk Management Committee. A graduate of St. Mary’s University, Ira retired from City Public Service (CPS Energy) in June 1998 after more than 33 years, having served in a variety of leadership roles including director of Central Services, director of Technical Services and director of Computer Services. He served and held leadership positions on both the Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital and the Methodist Healthcare Ministries Board of Directors, and was a member of the Community Board for the Methodist and Metropolitan Hospitals.

Sam Williams

Sam Williams, Jr.

Board Member Emeritus

Sam Williams, Jr. served on the Board of Directors for The Center for Health Care from 1989 to 2011 and was awarded board member emeritus status in 2011.

Williams received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from Our Lady of the Lake University. He is a retired school teacher who devoted 25 years of committed service to teaching fourth and fifth grade students. He previously served ten years in the Air Force as a non-commissioned officer performing a number of diversified duties from Special Project Assignments to the position of Social Actions Director. He also administered the Drug/Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Programs and served as consultant to the Base Commander on all aspects of Drug Abuse Control, Race Relations, Equal Opportunity and Domestic Actions.

Williams previously served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers, Inc. He also served on a number of local community boards focusing on education such as the Alamo Alliance of Black School Educators, the San Antonio Task Force on School Dropouts, the National School Volunteers, the Texas Governor’s Volunteers and the Community Workers Planning Council for San Antonio. He previously served as president on the Edgewood Independent School District Board where he was the first African-American to be elected in a largely Hispanic population, and was re-elected for five more consecutive terms.

Williams has also served on the Deacon Board of the Westridge Park First Baptist Church.

Past Board Members

Eleanor Brune

Eleanor Brune

Nov 1966 – May 1968

Max Feuntes

Max Fuentes

Nov 1966 – Nov 1969

Richard Goldsmith

Richard E. Goldsmith

Nov 1966 – Nov 1969

Jack Judson

Jack Judson

Nov 1966 – July 1970

David Keedy

David E. Keedy, M.D.

Nov 1966 – Nov 1969

St Scott

S.T. Scott, Ph.D.

Nov 1966 – Dec 1970

Melvin Thornton

Melvin Thornton, M.D.

Nov 1966 – Sept 1969

Esther Vexler

Esther Vexler

Nov 1966 – Nov 1969

Clifford Waller

Reverend Clifford S. Waller

Nov 1966 - Dec 1970

Otilia Vidaurri

Otilia Vidaurri

May 1969 – Dec 1973

Richard Riojas

Richard A. Riojas, M.D.

Sept 1969 – Dec 1970

Grace Durr

Grace Ann Durr

Dec 1969 – Dec 1973

James Baskin

James Baskin, Jr.

Dec 1969 – Dec 1977

Henry Hare

Henry Hare, M.D.

Dec 1969 – Dec 1973

Huber Hughes

Huber Hughes, Jr.

Dec 1969 – Dec 1970

Fernando Guerra

Fernando A. Guerra, M.D.

Dec 1970 – Dec 1974

William Robinson

William Robinson, Ph.D.

Dec 1970 – Dec 1974

Preston Stephens

Preston Stephens, Ph.D.

Dec 1970 – Dec 1974

Lorenzo Fitzpatrick

Lorenzo Fitzpatrick

Jan 1971 – Oct 1971

Antonio Tinajero

Antonio Tinajero

Feb 1971 – April 1971

Manuel Ibanez

Manuel Ruiz Ibanez

Sept 1972

Jettie Sullivan

Jettie Sullivan

Sept 1972 – Dec 1975

Alfredo Abrego

Alfredo Abrego

Jan 1974 – Dec 1977

Wade Lewis

Wade H. Lewis, M.D.

Jan 1974 – June 1975

Jack Skipper

Jack Skipper

Jan 1974 – June 1975

Lupe Vela

Lupe Vela

Jan 1974 – Dec 1974

Dario Chapa

Dario Chapa

Jan 1975 – Dec 1976

Leonard Duce

Leonard A. Duce, Ph.D.

Jan 1975 – Dec 1976

Cervando Martinez

Cervando Martinez, M.D.

Jan 1975 – Dec 1982

Joel Rutman

Joel Rutman, M.D.

Jan 1975 – Dec 1978

Albert Bustamante

Albert Bustamante

Aug 1975 – Dec 1984

Glen Hartman

Glen Hartman

Aug 1975 – Dec 1978

Myra Lappin

Myra Lappin

March 1976 – July 1977

Apolonio Flores

Apolonio Flores

Jan 1977 – Feb 1979

Ira Smith

Ira Smith

Jan 1977 – Dec 1988

Barry Greene

Barry R. Greene, Ph.D.

Jan 1978 – May 1978

Sue Hall

Sue M. Hall

Jan 1978 – Dec 1987

Mary Viesca

Mary Alice Viesca

Jan 1978 – Dec 1979

John Heard

John R. Heard, JD

Jan 1979 – Dec 1988

Stephen Tucker

Stephen L. Tucker, Ph.D.

Jan 1979 – Dec 1984

Oscar Cisneros

Oscar E. Cisneros

May 1979 – March 1983

Bernardo Eureste

Bernardo Eureste, Jr.

May 1979 – May 1985

Pablo Escamilla

Pablo Escamilla, Jr.

Jan 1980 – Dec 1981

Enrique Barrera

Enrique M. Barrera

Jan 1982 – Dec 1985

James Lee

James A. Lee, M.D.

Jan 1983 – Dec 1984

Thomas Lopez

Thomas C. Lopez

Sept 1983 – Nov 1990

Andy Casias

Andy Casias

Jan 1985 – Dec 1987

Andre Ognibene

Andre J. Ognibene, M.D.

Jan 1985 – April 1985

Frank Paredes

Frank C. Paredes, Ph.D.

Jan 1985 – Dec 1986

James Lee

James A. Lee

Aug 1985 – April 1987

Helen Albanese

Helen G. Albanese, M.D.

Jan 1986 – April 1987

Yolanda Vera

Yolanda Vera

Jan 1986 – May 1987

Hollis Rutledge

Hollis V. Rutledge

Jan 1987 – Dec 1988

Maria Berriozabal

Maria A. Berriozabal

June 1987 – Dec 1987

Bob Martin

Bob Martin, CPA

June 1987 – Nov 1994

Damaso Oliva

Damaso A. Oliva, M.D.

June 1987 – Jan 1992

Daniel Barrett

Daniel T. Barrett

Jan 1988 – Jan 1992

Paul Elizondo

Paul Elizondo

Jan 1988 – Dec 1995

Glenda Reeder

Glenda F. Reeder

Jan 1988 – Jan 1992

Ernesto Gomez

Ernesto Gomez, Ph.D.

Jan 1989 – Dec 1996

Walter Martinez

Walter Martinez

Jan 1989 – Nov 1990

Sam Williams

Sam Williams, Jr.

Jan 1989 – Oct 2011

John Noriega

John R. Noriega

Jan 1991 – Jan 1996

John Smith

Judge John A. Smith

Jan 1991 – Nov 1994

Apolonio Flores

Apolonio Flores

Feb 1992 – Nov 1994

Mary Heard

Mary R. Heard, LMSW

Feb 1992 – Jan 1997

Thomas Lopez

Thomas C. Lopez

Feb 1992 – Nov 1994

Lynda Burke

Lynda Billa Burke

Jan 1995 – April 1996

Javier Oliva

Javier F. Oliva

Jan 1995 – Jan 1997

Juan Solis

Juan F. Solis, III

Jan 1995 – July 1995

Knox Pitts

Knox M. Pitts, II

Oct 1995 – Dec 1997

Timothy Austin

Timothy L. Austin

Jan 1996 – Nov 1997

Victor Weiss

Victor Weiss, M.D.

Jan 1996 – Sept 1997

Clara Beauchamp

Clara Beauchamp

Jul 1996 – Aug 1997

Ruben Pena

Ruben Peña

Jan 1997 – Aug 2005

Douglas Harlan

Douglas Harlan, Ph.D.

Feb 1997 – Dec 1998

Malcolm Hester

Malcolm R. Hester

Feb 1997 – June 2001

Thomas Gaffney

Thomas D. Gaffney

June 1997 – May 1998

Dario Chapa

Dario Chapa

Nov 1997 – Dec 1998

Sonja Baggett

Sonja M. Baggett

Jan 1998 – June 2000

John Chiles

John A. Chiles, M.D.

Jan 1998 – Sept 2000

Gary Looper

Gary N. Looper

Jan 1998 – June 2000

Paul Talamantez

Paul Talamantez, Jr.

Aug 1998 – June 2000

Margie Galvan

Margie Galvan

Jan 1999 – June 2000

Belia Munoz

Belia Munoz

Jan 1999 – June 2000

Yolanda Cantu

Yolanda S. Cantu

July 2000 – Sept 2007

George Hernandez

George B. Hernandez, Jr.

July 2000 – Oct 2008

Roberto Jimenez

Robert Jimenez, M.D.

July 2000 – Aug 2009

Robert Murray

Robert C. Murray

July 2000 – June 2008

Carmen Punte

Carmen Muniz Puente

July 2000 – Jan 2002

Alexander Miller

Alexander L. Miller, M.D.

Feb 2001 – May 2007

Jeff Webster

Jeff S. Webster

Aug 2001 – March 2005

Ira Smith

Ira Smith, Jr.

Sept 2001 – Jan 2004

Mark Carmona

Mark A. Carmona

March 2004 – Jan 2008

Knox Pitts

Knox M. Pitts, II

May 2005 – May 2009

Sylvia Mandelsohn

Sylvia Ruiz Mandelsohn

Sept 2005 – Aug 2007

Dianna Burns

Dianna M. Burns-Banks, M.D.

July 2007 – June 2014

Margaret Vera

Margaret M. Vera

Sept 2007 – Dec 2010

Harry Griffin

Harry Griffin

Nov 2007 – June 2015

Carlos Orozco

Carlos R. Orozco, M.D., P.A.

June 2008 – Aug 2009

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown

Dec 2008 – July 2013

Ted Terrazas

Ted Terrazas

July 2009 – July 2011

Ruben Zamora

Ruben Zamora

2013 - 2014


Charles “Sam” Bowker

July 2011 – June 2017

Margaret Kelley

Margaret Kelley, M.D.

2014 - 2020

Laura Parker_b&w

Judge Laura Parker

August 2017 - June 2021

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