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The Leadership of THSA

A 14-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the Texas Senate governs the Texas Health Services Authority


Board of Directors 

Shannon Calhoun


Shannon Calhoun of Goliad is the Director of Growth at Aledade. Calhoun served as Vice President, Network Development National Rural Accountable Care Consortium and Vice President, Business Development for Caravan Health. Calhoun served 20 plus years as CEO of Southeast Texas Health System, a network owned by 13 independent hospitals. She previously volunteered as the logistics officer for the Goliad County Emergency Response Clinic, and is a past member of the Goliad County Chamber of Finance Committee, Goliad Community Network, Goliad Rotary Club, and the Pecan Valley Area Health Education Center. Calhoun received a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Texas A&M College Station

Kenneth James


Kenneth James of Volente is the vice president of operations at Superior HealthPlan. He currently serves on Superior HealthPlan’s Performance Improvement Team, Healthcare Effectiveness Data & Information Set, and Clinical and Diabetes Steering Committees. Additionally, he volunteers with the Grandview Hills PTA. He is a former coach for Elgin Little League, and has volunteered with the Cajun Navy. James received a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from Tarleton State University.

Jonathan Sandstrom Hill


Jonathan Sandstrom Hill of Lakeway serves as general counsel for Capital Commercial Investments, Inc. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He volunteers as a preschool Sunday School teacher and usher at Southwest Family Fellowship, and serves on the board of Recycle NOW. Sandstrom Hill received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Boston College, where he was a member of the Honors Program, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Victoria Ai Linh Bryant, Pharm.D


Victoria Ai Linh Bryant, Pharm.D. of Houston is the founder of Ambassadors Caregivers, LLC. She is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, University of Houston College of Education Dean’s Advisory Council, and The Altus Foundation. She also serves as the president for the World Chamber of Commerce of Texas. Bryant received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston.

Salil Deshpande, M.D.


Salil Deshpande, M.D. of Houston is the chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare’s Community Plan of Texas. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, Texas Medical Association, and the Harris County Medical Society, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Deshpande received a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the University of Southern California, Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, and a Masters of Business Administration in finance and health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lacey Fails


Lacey Fails of Hollywood Park is the director of physician recruitment for Baptist Health System. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Medical Group Management Association, and Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment. She is former vice president of the Hollywood Park Community Association and former board member of the Hollywood Park Humane Society. Fails received a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas A&M University – Commerce and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Kourtney Kouns


Kourtney Kouns of Seymour is the regulatory and quality program coordinator for application services at United Regional Health Care System. She has over 18 years of experience as a critical care nurse, nursing informatics coordinator, director of nursing, and clinical informatics analyst for various applications such as Meditech, Allscripts, Cerner, and Epic. She is an administrative council member for First Methodist Church of Seymour and former member of the Health Information Management Systems Society and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She is a certified agile scrum master, earned a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, and holds many Epic Systems application certifications. Kouns received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics from the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing.

Jerome Lisk, M.D.


Jerome Lisk, M.D. of Tyler is the director of Movement Disorders at the Neurological Institute at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. He is also a clinical assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He is a member of The American Academy of Neurology, The International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society, and the Texas Neurological Society. He previously served on the American Heart Association’s African American Task Force – Western States Affiliate the Board of Directors, and as expert review panel of the Medical Board of California. Lisk received a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Hampton University and a Doctor of Medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Leticia Rodriguez


Leticia Rodriguez of Monahans is the CEO for Ward Memorial Hospital. She currently serves as president of the Rotary Club of Monahans and is a member of the Monahans Ambassador’s Club. She is a Fellow of the Texas Hospital Association, former president of the Monahans Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division and the Texas Association of Healthcare Financial Administration. Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Science in organizational management from Lubbock Christian University.

Cynthia Stinson, Ph.D.


Cynthia Stinson, Ph.D. of Lumberton is a registered nurse, associate professor, and Chair of the JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing at Lamar University. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. In addition, she is a member and medical educator with Gift of Life. Stinson received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lamar University, Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University – Houston.

Wes Tidwell


Wes Tidwell of Round Rock is the president of Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, member of the Texas Hospital Association, and board member of the Quality Texas Foundation. Previously, he served as a board member of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Round Rock Independent School District Partners in Education Foundation. Tidwell received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University and Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston.

Carlos Vital, M.D.


Carlos Vital, M.D. of Friendswood is the president and CEO of Vital Allergy & Asthma Center. He is past president of the Greater Houston Allergy and the Asthma and Immunology Society, and a member of the Texas Medical Association, Texas Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society, Houston Medical Forum Harris County Medical Society, and the Houston Academy of Medicine. He is also an assistant professor for the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Vital received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University, and Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Calvin Green


Calvin Green of Elgin is the Deputy Executive Commissioner of Performance for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Green received a Bachelor of Science in political science and history from Texas A&M University – Commerce and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Texas.

Jeffrey Hoogheem


Jeffrey Hoogheem of Austin is the Director of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Section at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He serves as the Incident Commander in the Texas State Medical Operations Center (SMOC) and is responsible for coordinating all Public Health and Medical preparedness and response activities in Texas. He is a retired Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, who served 21 years in the U.S. Army. Hoogheem received an Associate of Science in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Science in aeronautics from Liberty University.


About THSA

THSA was formed under Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 182 for the purpose of promoting, implementing, and facilitating the secure electronic exchange of health information in the State of Texas.

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