Policy Council for Children and Families

The Policy Council for Children and Families works to improve the coordination, quality, efficiency and outcomes of services provided to children with disabilities and their families through the state's health, education and human services systems. The council produces a biennial report with recommendations to the executive Commissioner of HHSC and the Texas Legislature. The council includes family members of children with special health care needs and representatives of community, faith, business and other organizations.


Chris Masey, Chair
Family Representative

Margaret McLean, MSN, Vice-Chair
Family Representative

Lisa Brodie
Family Representative
Deer Park

Sara Daugherty-Pineda, MSN
Community Services Representative, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Nicole Dilts, PhD
Family Representative
San Angelo

Cynthia Guiton
Family Representative
Missouri City

Julie Ivey-Hatz, PhD, LSSP
Mental Health Expert Representative, Baylor University, Baylor Autism Resource Clinic
China Spring

Mary Klentzman
Faith-based Representative, Cornerstone Ranch

Nicolas Morales
Youth Representative
San Antonio

Jessica Ochoa
Family Representative

Leah Rummel
Family Representative

Josette Saxton
General Expert Representative, Texans Care for Children

Lee Sonnenberg, MA, CPP
Family Representative

Janis Townsend, MA
Family Representative

Elizabeth Tucker
Advocacy Organization Representative, EveryChild, Inc. Austin

Silvia Vargas
Family Representative
El Paso

Laura Warren
Organization Providing Services Representative, Texas Parent to Parent


  • February 28, 2020
  • July 13, 2020

The above dates are tentative.

For More Information

Contact us at: jimmy.blanton@hhsc.state.tx.us or call 512-380-4372.

Past Events

April 9, 2020

April 2, 2020

March 27, 2020

March 25, 2020

February 28, 2020