HPS Boards

The UNT College of Health & Public Service appreciates our advisory boards. Their expertise, skills and guidance are an invaluable asset in helping us stay on top of industry and organizational trends, keep our curriculum in line with ever-changing workforce needs and connect our students with leaders in their fields. 

We will continue to update our board lists as they are finalized.

HPS College-Wide Boards

 HPS Development Advisory Board

The College of Health and Public Service Development Advisory Board is a critical partner for the college. They work with the Dean, her team and the departments to share the mission of the college with the community and generate support. Comprised of alumni from our various departments, the board brings a unique perspective as individuals who have successfully used their HPS degrees in their careers. They offer insight and advice on networking with other alumni, prospective donors, internships and high-impact initiatives.

Name Current Employer Position
Kent Baxter, Board Chair FEMA Region 6 Management Analyst
Angie Klutts, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA Behavioral Transformations Owner
Ben Klutts Behavioral Transformations President
Lisa Deer   Community Volunteer
Michael Penaluna City of Denton Emergency Management Coordinator (Retired)
Dr. David Wachira Waya Co-founder and CEO
Ron Whitehead Gap Strategies Urban Consultants Policy and Engagement Manager


Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Boards

 Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Board


Name Current Employer Position
Gina Glover, MS, CCC-SLP Springdale Elementary, FWISD Assistant SLP Supervisor
Kathy Thomas M.S., CCC-SLP Once Upon A Time Foundation Senior Program Director
Dr. Judy Rich UT Dallas Professor of Practice, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Dr. Becky Yates University of St. Augustine, Dallas and Austin Contributing Faculty/Clinical Educator
Dr. Lana Ward Central Region Oticon, Inc. Education & Training Specialist
Dr. Jody Pogue Connect Hearing, Inc. Region 107 Regional Director
Dr. Phallon Doss Doss Audiology & Hearing Center-Schertz Owner
Dr. Shirin Jivani University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Audiologist


Criminal Justice Boards

 Criminal Justice Advisory Board


Name Current Employer Position
Angie Klutts, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA Behavioral Transformations Owner
Ben Klutts Behavioral Transformations President
Emmitt Jackson Argyle PD Chief
Robert Crawford Northlake PD Chief
Chris Alexander Denton County Probation Assistant Director
Jasmine Thompson   Attorney
Ramona Washington UNT PD Chief
Brandy Wilson Edwards, Esq. The Blend Law Firm Attorney


Emergency Management & Disaster Science Boards

 Emergency Management & Disaster Science Advisory Board


Name Current Employer Position
Kent Baxter FEMA Region 6 Management Analyst
Mike Penaluna City of Denton Emergency Management Coordinator (Retired)
Charla Marchuk FEMA Headquarters Training Branch Chief, Insurance and Mitigation
Deea Scully City of Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management Emergency Management Officer
Molly McFadden North Texas Council of Government Director of Emergency Preparedness (Retired)
Denisse Martinez Dallas County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hazardous Planner and Technology Manager
Venson Heron Richardson High School Army ROTC Instructor
Eric Hutmacher Denton County Office of Emergency Management Director


Public Administration Boards

 Public Administration Advisory Board (PAAB)


Name Current Employer Position
Drew Corn    
Ashley English    
Jennifer Fadden    
Brittney Huff    
Lindsey Jacques    
Dan Johnson    
Lynze Jones    
Patrick Lawler    
Matt McCombs    
Mark McDaniel    
Nicole Binkley Newkham    
Alison Ortowski    
Gabe Reaume    
Rachel Wood    


 UNT-Nonprofit Leadership Studies (NPLS) Advisory Board


Name Current Employer Position
Phedra Redifer    
Wendy McGee    
Taffy Olszewski    
Tracy Eubanks    
Rebecca Finberg    
Gary Henderson    
Toni Johnson-Simpson    
Krissi Oden    
Pat Smith    
Tammy Johnson-Simpson    
Laura Behrens    
Debbie Jensen    
Julie Hydock    


Rehabilitation & Health Services Boards

 Addiction Studies Board (ADDS-BS)


Name Current Employer Position
Ryan Mitchell Solutions of North Texas Clinical Director
Phillip Ortiz Dallas College - Eastfield Campus Professor of Social Work
Gene Ross Hickory Street Counseling Owner


 Health Services Administration Program Board (HSA-MS)


Name Current Employer Position
John Alagood Texas Woman's University (beginning Fall 2023) Assistant Professor, Health Care Administration
David Dzumba Jr. M3 USA Product Manager
Karen Hood   RN & Retired Quality Improvement
Mark Hood Spine Team Texas Practice Administrator
Catherine Sembajwe-Reeves Denton County Public Health Division Manager & Privacy Officer


 Public Health Program Board (PUBH-BS)


Name Current Employer Position
Craig Gilden Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Education Programs Manager
Palak Jalan, MPH AccessHealth Community Health Centers Chief Population Health Officer
Dewey Marshall Texas Tenants' Union Executive Director
Lilyan Prado Alexander Elementary School Deputy Director
Matt Richardson Denton County Director of Public Health
Doreen Rue, MS Health Services of North Texas Chief Executive Officer
Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes Opening Doors Executive Director
Emily Spence UNTHSC School of Public Health Associate Dean for Community Engagement & Health Equity/Associate Professor
Sandy Swan Interfaith Ministries of Denton Strategic Initiatives Coordinator & Case Worker
Josefine Ortiz Wolfe American Public Health Association’s Oral Health Section Immediate Past Chairperson


 Rehabilitation Counseling Program Board (RS-MS)


Name Current Employer Position
Chris Pratt Group Benefit Solutions Manager, Vocational Resources
Christy Lerche Texas Workforce Commission Program Specialist
Dana MacDonald Quest Employment Services Director/Co-Owner
Kelly Holloway Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Manager
Lacey Bass Denton County MHMR Center Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Randall Pearson Texas Workforce Solutions Customer Engagement & Mediation Officer
Sonia Redwine University of North Texas Director, Substance Use Resource Education Center & Collegiate Recovery Program


Social Work Boards

 Social Work Advisory Council


Name Licensure Current Employer Position
Jennifer Barton LMSW Ardent Hospice Hospice & Palliative Care Social Worker
Sarah Billingsley LCSW Let It Rain Psychotherapy, PLLC Clinical Therapist
Lynn Charles LMSW Denton Independent School District Coordinator of Social Services
Zackary Gentry LMSW Denton County Friends of the Family Crisis Line Coordinator
Dereka Hall LCSW Irving ISD TAPPS/Foster Care Coordinator
Taylor Howard LMSW United Way of Denton County Eviction Prevention Case Manager/Social Work Field Instructor
Alyssa Mostaffa LMSW Communities in Schools of North Texas Program Director of Americorps
Elanderia Rowe LMSW-IPR Davita Dialysis Davita Dialysis
Christine Snow LCSW Cumberland Youth and Family Services Chief Program Officer
Kizzy Thomas LCSW Denton County DA's Office Victim Intervention Specialist
Margaret McKenzie LMSW Baylor University Medical Center Manager: Comprehensive Care Management