National Advisory Council
The National Advisory Council provides guidance and expertise to Hogg Foundation staff on matters related to strategic planning, major grant initiatives and other projects and activities. Council members typically have expertise in fields related to the Hogg Foundation’s mission, such as psychiatry, sociology, philanthropy, public policy and law. They bring many different perspectives to the foundation, including consumer and family advocacy, academia, and public and private sector practice. Council members are appointed by the executive director and serve staggered five-year terms. The council meets annually in Austin, Texas.
2013 National Advisory Council Members
Domingo Barrios has a lifelong career in the nonprofit sector. Over his twenty years in the field, he has served as Chief Executive Officer with Heifer International Foundation, Vice President of Greater Houston Community Foundation, Grant Officer with Houston Endowment Inc., Executive Director of CHRISTUS Galveston Ministry, Executive Director of Greater Houston Area Health Education Center and Manager with Houston Health and Human Services Department. Currently, he holds the position of Chief Development Officer with The Rose, a breast healthcare organization in Houston, Texas.
Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.
Kevin Cokley, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Black Psychology. He has recently been elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association for his contributions to ethnic minority psychology and counseling psychology. He is the recipient of the 2009 Charles and Shirley Thomas Award for mentoring ethnic minority students by the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the 2008 “10 Rising Stars of the Academy” award by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and the 2007 Association of Black Psychologists’ Scholarship Award.
Holly Echo-Hawk, M.S.
Holly Echo-Hawk is founder and principal of a management and policy consultation firm, Echo-Hawk & Associates, specializing in system change in the fields of children's mental health and child welfare. She has 30 years of experience in the development and administration of children's mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice services. She is experienced in the field of cultural competence, and is most focused on the development and implementation of cultural competence standards for mainstream service providers.
Daniel B. Fisher, Ph.D., M.D.
Dr. Fisher is Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center in Lawrence, MA. He is among the few psychiatrists in the country who openly discusses his recovery from mental illness. His involvement in advocacy and peer support has played a vital role in his recovery. Dan travels around the country to conduct workshops, give keynote addresses, teach classes, and organize conferences for consumers/survivors, families, and mental health providers to promote recovery of people with psychiatric disabilities.
LaVerne D. Miller
LaVerne D. Miller has worked for Policy Research Associates, Inc. as a Senior Project Associate for several years. Ms. Miller holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Northeastern School of Law. Following graduation she worked as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County. After several personal challenges, she decided to devote her career to ensuring that the voices of persons, including consumers, family members and youth are included in the planning, implementation and evaluation of mental health and criminal justice services. She is committed to addressing disparities and ensuring that individuals from underserved communities are partners in the design, planning and implementation of services in their communities.
Ricardo A. Millett, Ph.D
Dr. Millett is principal of Millett & Associates and a Principal Associate of Community Science. He has over thirty-five years of experience in evaluation research and program management at the community, non-profit, city, state, philanthropic levels and Federal levels. He also has extensive experience as a scholar/practitioner that applies knowledge, data and research to better inform responsive programs and policy results for communities and funders. Dr. Millett has lectured and published extensively on the application of social science research methods and usefulness to addressing societal inequities.
Dennis Mohatt is the Vice President for Behavioral Health for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). He serves as the Director of the Mental Health Program and the WICHE Center for Rural Behavioral Health Research. His work routinely involves partnership with state mental health authorities, and mental health planning and evaluation councils.
Mary Rainwater, L.C.S.W.
Ms. Rainwater consults with nonprofit and government health, mental health and philanthropy organizations and academic institutions. Her professional areas of skill and expertise include policy analysis and development; design and implementation of philanthropic and publicly funded program initiatives; strategic planning; non-profit administration and management; organizational training, technical assistance and capacity building; and, resource development and fundraising. She has extensive expertise in the areas of mental health, the delivery of integrated health services to underserved communities and designing and developing programs for special populations.
Juan M. Sanchez, Ph.D.
Dr. Juan M. Sanchez is the Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at Austin and holder of the Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship #4 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His current research interests are in the electronic, thermodynamic and structural properties of materials including intermetallic compounds, magnetic and non-magnetic alloys, thin films and magnetic multilayers.
David Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
David Springer is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work, where he also co-directed the Inter-American Institute for Youth Justice. His areas of interest include juvenile justice reform and adolescent mental health. His work spans across direct practice, community building, system reform, research, and leadership. He has also authored or co-authored over 100 articles, book chapters, and reports that primarily coalesce around juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, and interventions with youth. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Springer has received a number of university-wide teaching awards for recognition of excellence in teaching and advising, including the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award, and selection into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.