Leadership & Steering Committee

Live Smart Texas is led by two Co-Chairs with support and guidance from a Steering Committee that represents several statewide agencies, Schools of Public Health and regional representatives from the eight Texas Department of State Health Services Health Service Regions.  Co-Chairs and Steering Committee members serve for two years and for no more than 3 terms consecutively. 

Diane Dowdy, PhD
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M School of Public Health

Leah Whigham, PhD, FTOS
Executive Director, Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
The University of Texas at El Paso

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin 
Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LD, CNS
Director and John P McGovern Professor in Health Promotion

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Mike Lopez, MUP
Extension Health Program Specialist

Texas Action for Healthy Kids
Michelle Smith
State Coordinator

Texas Association of City & County Health Officials
Jessica Karlsruher
Executive Director

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Health Institute
Kenneth Smith
Senior Health Policy Research Analyst

University of North Texas School of Public Health