Our vision is Healthy Living For Everyone.
Our vision is Healthy Living For Everyone.
Katz is a partner at Husch Blackwell and is board-certified in healthcare law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He focuses his representation on clients doing business within the healthcare industry. His clients include physicians, hospitals, provider networks, managed care organizations, governmental entities, diagnostic centers and other healthcare providers across the state of Texas. Representation of these clients includes advising on corporate, transactional, regulatory and public policy matters. Katz was Chair of the CommUnityCare board, where he served from 1998-2010, and is the Vice Chair of the Austin Arts Commission. Katz is also on the Integral Care Foundation Board of Directors.
Young has more than 40 years of experience in healthcare business and management. Most recently, he has worked as a private consultant with the Seton Healthcare Network, Austin Medical Education Programs and Covenant Management Systems. He has also held a variety of executive positions with Covenant Management Systems, Austin Regional Clinic, Travis County Medical Society and Brackenridge Hospital. Young began his career as a Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps with the United States Navy. He served on Central Health’s Founding Board of Managers from 2004-2006. Young received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in philosophy from Georgetown University.
Dr. Zamora has 24 years of experience as a practicing physician. When not on staff at St. David’s Medical Center, he works at his own family medicine clinic in East Austin alongside his niece, Dr. Belda Zamora. He has served as the past president, secretary, and treasurer of the Travis County Medical Society, and was formerly on the advisory board for the Medical Access Program (MAP), prior to the existence of Central Health. Most recently, he served as treasurer of Healthy ATX, a local organization that supports the improvement of the local healthcare system.
Luanne Southern is currently a Senior Director at Casey Family Programs, a national operating foundation focused on reducing the number of children in foster care. She has over 30 years of leadership experience in behavioral health care, with a specialization in policies and services that address the mental health needs of children, youth and families. Southern serves on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, and was a past appointee to the Texas Protect Our Kids Commission. She also served as Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2007-2013. She received the Stella Mullins Champion for Children’s Mental Health award for her local, state and national work on behalf of children and families in 2013. Prior to that, Southern worked in the Washington DC area as a national advocate and consultant focused on children’s behavioral health, health care, child welfare and juvenile justice public policy, programs and services. Southern was a social worker at Austin State Hospital from 1984-1988 and served in various roles at Integral Care from 1988-2002 and. She received a MSW from the University of Texas – Austin, and a BSW from Goshen College in Indiana.
Sarah Churchill Llamas is a healthcare and health information technology attorney and a nationally-recognized expert in health IT solutions, having been appointed a Health IT Fellow by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Sarah is a Shareholder in Winstead PC’s Austin office, and is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Industry and Corporate Securities/M & A Practice Groups. Her practice focuses on the intersection of healthcare and technology, advising providers, hospitals and businesses on healthcare information technology, cybersecurity, healthcare transactions and regulatory compliance. She received her BS in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology from Arizona State University and her JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Cynthia Ramos is a certified public accountant and president of Ramos Admin, LLC, a third-party administrator and certified public accounting firm. Her practice provides personalized high-level accounting and administrative services to insurance companies throughout their business lifecycle. Ramos is on the Executive Board of the Texas Chapter of the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association. She is also involved in the community through her work with the Texas Society of CPAs, Texas Exes Hispanic Alumni Network, Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club, Association of Latino Professionals for America and the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. She received a BBA in Accounting and BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Hayes is currently an independent consultant with LTBL Consultants, facilitating workforce development, diversity management and juvenile justices training workshops across the United States. After 38 years of public service, he retired in January 2014 as Director of the Probation Services Division for the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department. During his tenure as Assistant Deputy Executive Director for the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse that ended in 1995, one of his crowning achievements was his participation in the development and implementation of the Texas Criminal Justice Treatment Initiative. He has served on the National Advisory Council for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and currently serves as a board member for Neighborhood Housing Services of Austin and the Epsilon Iota Foundation.
Springer is the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and a Fellow to the Sid Richardson Chair of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He joined the faculty at UT Austin in 1997, where he is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Springer began his professional career as a clinical social worker in community and school-based settings with adolescents and their families. Today, his research and teaching coalesce around effective leadership, nonprofits and systems to strengthen communities, especially at the intersection of juvenile justice and positive youth development. He received his Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University.
H. Ed Calahan is currently the pastor of Agape Baptist Church and brings over 30 years of experience in mental health. He began working in mental health in 1970, including 10 years of service as a clinician and Director of Mental Health at Integral Care. He also served as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health; Director of State Operated Community Behavioral Health Services; the Director of System Transitions and Director of Multicultural Services for the Texas Department of State Health Services, retiring in 2004. Prior to this work, he served in the United States Air Force. Calahan was an instrumental member of the National Association for Rural Mental Health, holding the office of President from 1995-1997. He continues his commitment to the community as an active sponsor of the Central Texas African American Support Conference. He received a BA in Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a MEd in Guidance and Counseling Psychology from Prairie View A&M University.
Elected in November 2016, Sally Hernandez is currently serving her first term as Sheriff of Travis County, Texas. One of only six women to hold the title of sheriff in the entire state, she’s uniquely qualified for such a challenging leadership role. Hernandez started her career in Law Enforcement in 1981, in Llano, TX as a night dispatcher. In 1988, she moved to Austin and served as a deputy with the Precinct Three Constable’s Office. In 1992, she was hired as a Sergeant Investigator for Travis County District Attorney’s Office. In 2005, she advanced to Chief of Investigations. In 2013, Hernandez took office as Travis County Constable Precinct Three. As Sheriff, Hernandez has garnered national aplomb and has received myriad awards for her leadership and innovative partnerships. She passionately fights for mental health reform, civil liberties for all and the success of the next generation. Sheriff Hernandez serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of Integral Care’s Board of Trustees per the legal requirements of Senate Bill 632, signed into law in June 2019.
David Evans serves as Chief Executive Officer of Integral Care and has more than 40 years of experience as a leader in behavioral health and developmental disabilities. He is adjunct faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. He serves on the Community Advancement Network Administrative Council, Texas Council of Community Centers Executive Directors’ Consortium, Board Chair of Tejas Health Management and Board Member of the Austin Healthcare Council. Previously, Evans served as State Commissioner in Georgia for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse, State Director in Nebraska for Mental Retardation Services, Trustee for the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and President of the National Association for State Mental Retardation Program Directors. He also served on the Georgia Governing Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities and the National Association of State Mental Health Directors. He is also the recipient of the ACMHA Feldman Award for Lifetime Achievement.
James G. Baker, MD, MBA, serves as Integral Care’s Systems Chief Medical Officer where he provides oversight of medical policy, system-wide utilization and quality management, and provider credentialing. Board-certified in both general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Baker has over 20 years of medical administrative experience in behavioral health. He is clinical associate professor at Dell Medical School and UT-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and is the author of numerous papers on behavioral health administration. Dr. Baker is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a recipient of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. He is also a recipient of the Mental Health America of Greater Dallas Pamela Blumenthal Memorial Award for long-term commitment to quality of care and delivery of services to people with mental illnesses.
Dawn Handley, LPC, serves as Chief Operations Officer of Integral Care and has more than 20 years experience in behavioral health care. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Education in counseling. Handley joined Integral Care in 2008 and is responsible for directing adult and children’s behavioral health, disease management, crisis services and integrated care. She is a member of the Crisis Services Implementation and Psychiatric Services Stakeholder Committees. Previously, Handley served as Chief Operating Officer for Connections Individual and Family Services and Interim Executive Director for Waterloo Counseling Services. She also held leadership positions in other healthcare organizations. Handley was Board Chair for Waterloo Counseling Services and received awards for her outstanding contributions from the Texas Network of Youth Services
Lisa Ott Laky serves as General Counsel for Integral Care where she oversees the human resources department and all legal affairs. Laky was in private practice from 1984 through 2001, became a director of the Austin firm of Hilgers & Watkins in 1993 and also served as Vice President and General Counsel for Q-Up, Inc. She joined Integral Care in 2004. Laky served on the board of the Family Crisis Center of Bastrop, Lee and Fayette Counties and was chair of the City of Austin Historic Landmark Commission from 2003-2005. Laky graduated from Texas A&M University cum laude in 1981 and from The University of Texas School of Law in 1984.
Louise Lynch serves as Provider Network Authority Officer at Integral Care where she implements expansion of the organization’s external network to enhance consumer choice and best value. She joined Integral Care in 1987. Lynch has an extensive background serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and is a lecturer and field faculty for The University of Texas at Austin. Lynch holds a Masters of Science degree in social work from The University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed social worker with advanced practice recognition. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is past president of the Texas Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Ellen Richards serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Integral Care where she brings skills in strategic and community planning, research and analysis, fundraising, and community and political organizing. She has been with the organization since 2014. Richards’ professional experience includes the for-profit, non-profit, political and government arenas, primarily in the field of health and human services. Over the past 15 years, Richards has developed in-depth knowledge of local issues through her work with Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, Travis County Health and Human Services and Veterans Service and Central Health. Richards earned a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in social work from St. Edward’s University.
Dr. Kathleen Casey serves as Director of Clinical Innovation and Development of Integral Care and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School. She has over 15 years of experience implementing large-scale public health and behavioral health programs. Dr. Casey holds an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a former Doctoral Fellow with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. She served as a Program Officer for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Central America and as a Senior Policy Analyst for Prevent Child Abuse America’s National Center on Child Abuse Prevention Research. A leader in Integral Care’s Tobacco Cessation Policy Implementation in 2011, she led the partnership with City of Austin to expand cessation initiatives throughout Travis County. She currently co-leads tobacco cessation efforts throughout the State of Texas with funding from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).
David Weden, CPA, serves as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Integral Care. He brings a wealth of experience including work with managed care organizations, creation of the Linda J. Werlein Crisis Stabilization Unit and development of a significant number of 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver projects across four regional healthcare partnerships. He began his career with Texas Lutheran University, including serving as controller for the university with responsibility for all financial reporting, business office functions and coordination of the external audit. For the last 16 years, Weden has served in multiple roles, including Chief Accountant and Chief Operating Officer with Hill County Mental Health and Developmental Disability Centers and Treasurer of the National Association for Rural Mental Health. He received his Master of Accountancy degree from Texas State University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Texas Lutheran University.
Integral Care uses input from several committees and councils to help make sure we stay true to our mission, promote diversity, create policies and build an environment that best serves our clients. If you’re interested in joining the council or would like additional information, email Feedback@IntegralCare.org.
The Consumer Council is made up of people who currently receive services from Integral Care. The council receives information about Integral Care’s services, policies and procedures and discusses how they could impact current and future clients of the agency. The council also offers ideas to improve our services and helps hold Integral Care accountable to our mission. The Consumer Council meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of the month at 12:00 p.m. Meetings are a safe environment where people can openly share their thoughts about Integral Care.
The Planning and Network Advisory Committee (PNAC) is a volunteer committee selected by Integral Care’s Board of Trustees. The committee includes clients, family members, providers and community members. PNAC provides feedback and support to Integral Care regarding our policies and services. Committee members receive information on current issues and policies, including provider network evaluation and development, and present their recommendations to the Board of Trustees. PNAC meets the second Thursday of every month at 12:00 p.m.