DARS legacy of compassionate service guides the actions and qualities of our management. DARS management believes in the importance of leading by example and is committed to fostering an environment that consistently encourages growth through open communication and trust. Our employees are treated with respect and guided to perform to their highest ability.
Veronda L. Durden, Commissioner
Veronda L. Durden has served as the DARS Commissioner since July 2013. For more than three decades, Durden has served in executive-level roles for the state of Texas, beginning her career at the Office of the Attorney General. She has also worked for the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Department of Human Services and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. She is a Certified Management Professional, a graduate of the Governor's Executive Development Program, a Leadership Texas graduate and a certified mediator through the University of Texas School Of Law. In 2004, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Durden to serve as a state agency representative on the State Employee Charitable Campaign Policy Committee, where she served for six years. Durden enjoys mentoring young professionals and being active in her community and at the national level. She served on the board of directors for the Greater Austin Alzheimer's Association and the Central Texas Society of Government Meeting Professionals. She has served in various leadership roles for the Association for Health Facility Survey Agencies, including president, and was a member of the Joint Commission's Home Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. She currently serves on the boards for the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union and United Ways of Texas. Durden earned her bachelor's degree in education from Northwestern University and a master's degree in health administration from Texas State University.
David Hagerla, Deputy Commissioner
David Hagerla was named DARS Deputy Commissioner in September 2015. Hagerla has 17 years of state government experience and has served in numerous leadership roles at DARS, including director of the DARS Center for Policy and External Relations, director of the Center for Policy and Innovation, and director of performance and oversight for the Early Childhood Intervention program. Before joining DARS, Hagerla held roles as director of preventive and primary care, director of performance management and director of quality assurance monitoring with the Family and Community Health Services Division at the Texas Department of State Health Services. In these roles, he worked with numerous programs including Family Planning, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, Primary Care, and Women, Infants and Children. Before beginning his career with the state of Texas, Hagerla held positions with private and public hospitals as an accountant. Hagerla earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Auburn University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Texas. He is also a graduate of the Governor's Executive Development Program.
Daniel Bravo, Chief Operating Officer
Daniel Bravo was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer in September 2013. In his previous position, Bravo served as the HHSC Director of Regional Administrative Services, managing its facilities, the cost pool budget for leases and associated operating expenses, and providing inventory and asset management support. He has held numerous leadership positions in the HHS enterprise and worked at the Texas Department of Human Services, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Office of the Inspector General, and the Office of the Attorney General. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Rebecca Trevino, Chief Financial Officer
Rebecca Trevino was named the Chief Financial Officer in June 2014. She joined DARS in December 2013 as the director of accounting. She brings more than 22 years of experience in accounting, budgeting and fiscal policy in Texas state government. Before working at DARS, Trevino had served as both the CFO and the accounting director for the Texas Water Development Board. Additionally, she also served as the director of administration for the Texas Railroad Commission and manager of fiscal policy and budget for the Texas Workforce Commission. Trevino holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified public accountant.
Cheryl Fuller, Assistant Commissioner for Rehabilitation Services
Cheryl Fuller was named assistant commissioner of the Division for Rehabilitation Services in August 2013. She was previously director of the DARS Center for Learning Management. Before coming to DARS, Fuller served for more than 11 years as director of the Texas Workforce Investment Council in the Office of the Governor. In addition to her work at the state level, Fuller spent almost nine years in local workforce programs. She held several positions in employment and training programs. Fuller helped design and implement a network of workforce centers for a 19-county region in Texas. She led initiatives in quality and continuous improvement for the West Central Texas Council of Governments, which the U.S. Department of Labor recognized with a national quality award. She graduated from Angelo State University with a bachelor's degree in communications.
Scott Bowman, Interim Assistant Commissioner for Blind Services
Scott Bowman was named interim assistant commissioner of blind services in September 2014. Bowman has more than 40 years of state government experience, beginning his career with the Texas Commission for the Blind (TCB) in 1973 and working on behalf of people who are blind or visually impaired ever since. He most recently served as a program specialist for the Division for Blind Services, directly supporting the assistant commissioner for blind services. He has served in many roles, including director of human resources, manager of training and technical writer. While at TCB, Bowman was also an ethics advisor and Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator. Bowman holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Rosalin Willis, Interim Assistant Commissioner for Early Childhood Intervention Services
Rosalin Willis was named Interim Assistant Commissioner of Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECI) in July 2015. She has nearly 23 years of experience serving Texans within the state health and human services system and has served in contract administration, public policy development, program planning, leadership and training capacities. Willis joined DARS more than seven years ago and has served as an ECI performance and oversight manager and director of performance and oversight. Before coming to DARS, Willis held roles as a program specialist at the Texas Department of Human Services and the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. Willis also held roles as services administrator at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and as community services contracts unit manager at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Willis holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Huston-Tillotson University and is a certified management professional and certified Texas contract manager.
Mary Wolfe, Assistant Commissioner for Disability Determination Services
Mary Wolfe rejoined DARS as assistant commissioner for Disability Determination Services (DDS) on March 1, 2016. Wolfe first held the position from 2004 until she retired in 2015. Previous to that, she held positions related to policy, oversight and administration in DDS and DRS. Wolfe started her career in Texas state government 38 years ago, when she joined the Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC). She ultimately served as the TRC's interim commissioner. Wolfe is a graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin. Wolfe has served on multiple state and federal boards and workgroups, sharing her commitment to and expertise in serving Texans with disabilities in this capacity. She has also received several notable recognitions, including the Commissioner's Citation for Outstanding Leadership from the Social Security Administration, the Outstanding Women in State Government Award from the State Agency Council, and the Vernon Max Arrell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas RehabAction Network.
Anne Nance, Interim Assistant Commissioner for Disability Determination Services
Anne Nance served as Interim Assistant Commissioner for Disability Determination Services from September 2015 to February 2016. Nance has more than 25 years of state government experience. She began her career with the Texas Water Commission, a predecessor agency to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Nance joined DARS in 2008 as Directorate Manager of Medical Relations and has served as the senior director for Disability Policy and Program Support in DDS since June 2010. Nance is a graduate of Texas State University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry; she is also a certified Texas contract manager and a graduate of the DARS Leadership Institute.
Sylvia Hardman-Dingle, General Counsel/Director of Legal Services
Sylvia Hardman-Dingle has served as general counsel and ethics advisor for DARS since its inception in 2004. She works closely with executive management, providing legal and ethical guidance to staff, as well as administering the Public Information Act and administrative and due process hearings. Before joining DARS, Hardman-Dingle served as the deputy commissioner for legal services, general counsel and ethics advisor for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission from 1998 to 2004. She was a staff attorney in the Fraud Unit of the Texas Department of Insurance for two years and an assistant attorney general in the Tax Division of the Office of Attorney General for six years. Hardman-Dingle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law. She also is a graduate of the Governor's Executive Development Program.
Karin Hill, Internal Audit Director
Karin Hill came to DARS in December 2012. She has two decades experience in state government internal auditing as chief internal auditor for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and a staff auditor for the Texas Commission for the Blind. She served in the U.S. Air Force as a cost analyst and administrator for an internal control review program. She is a member of both the Institute of Internal Auditor's Committee of Research and Education Advisors and the State Agency Internal Audit Forum. Hill holds a master's degree in business administration from Southwest Texas State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in management/accounting from Park College and an associate's degree in financial management from the Community College of the Air Force. She earned her Certified Internal Auditor designation in 1997, the Certified Government Auditing Professional designation in 2000 and Certification in Risk Management Assurance in 2011.