The Hogg Foundation is excited to announce the appointments of Cindy Carlson, Daniel Dawes and Sheila Spires to our National Advisory Council. Chosen for their expertise in mental health, consumer advocacy, public health, philanthropy and other fields related to the foundation’s mission, the 10-member council offers guidance and expertise on strategic direction, grant initiatives and other projects that influence the foundation’s impact in Texas.

“The Hogg Foundation prides itself on a steady churn of new ideas and perspectives as represented by our National Advisory Council, so that we don’t become stagnant or self-satisfied,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation and vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. “2017 could prove to be a transformational year for Hogg, and we couldn’t be more enthused about the level of health and behavioral health systems knowledge that Cindy, Daniel and Sheila bring to the table.”

Cindy Carlson, Ph.D.

Dr. Carlson is a professor and chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She is associate editor of Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. Her research primarily focuses on the home-school partnership and family-centered treatment. Carlson is active in current healthcare reform endeavors, particularly in the implementation of the medical home model. She is principle investigator of the Integrated Behavioral Health Psychology (IBHP) Program, which integrates primary care, mental health, and substance abuse services for people and families with multiple healthcare needs. The IBHP Program prepares doctoral-level students in UT Austin’s clinical, counseling, and school psychology programs to provide evidence-based behavioral health services to underserved populations in community health settings.

Daniel E. Dawes, J.D.

Mr. Dawes is an attorney, administrator and author who has led numerous efforts to address health policy issues impacting diverse populations in urban and rural communities both domestically and globally. His extensive legal, policy, administration, education, research and government experiences and focus on health reform, health equity, and health system transformation has made him widely sought after by governmental and non-governmental entities.  His work bridges research, healthcare, population health and public health, and takes an interdisciplinary and community-engaged approach to develop effective and innovative solutions in order to tackle healthcare, behavioral health and public health issues.  He is the author of the best-selling health policy book, 150 Years of ObamaCare, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Sheila A. Spires

Ms. Pires is a founding partner of the Human Service Collaborative of Washington, D.C., a policy and technical assistance group specializing in child and family service systems.  Pires has over 35 years of experience in national, state, and local government and Non-Profit agencies serving children, youth and families at risk.  She has held senior staff and management positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Carter administration.  She co-chaired the children’s mental health and substance abuse committee of President Clinton’s Task Force on Health Care Reform, and co-authored the children’s issue brief and policy recommendations for President Bush’s New Freedom Mental Health Commission.  In the Obama administration, she was invited to present on children’s behavioral health at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Grand Rounds. She is the author of Building Systems of Care:  A Primer.  

Learn more about the other members of the Hogg Foundation’s National Advisory Council.