ECI Advisory Committee

The Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, which is required by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, advises the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Division for Early Childhood Intervention Services on development and implementation of policies that constitute the statewide ECI system. The governor appoints the committee members.

The federal law establishing the system of early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities is Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In Texas, the Part C program is Early Childhood Intervention. ECI is a division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Each state that operates a Part C program must include as a part of its program an advisory council. Part C of the IDEA calls that council the Interagency Coordinating Council. The HHSC/ECI ICC is the ECI Advisory Committee. The function of the Advisory Committee is to advise and assist HHSC/ECI in its operation of the statewide system of providing ECI services to eligible children and families in Texas. The multidisciplinary and multi-constituency representation on the Advisory Committee contributes to making it an important part of the ECI system. It is ECI’s major source of stakeholder input.

Members

Pattie Rosenlund, Program Director, Chair
Program Representative
Mission

Barbara Knighton, Chair-Elect
Parent Representative
Spring

Ryan David Van Ramshorst, M.D.
HHSC Medicaid/CHIP Representative
San Antonio

Christina Renee Sherrod, M.D.
Physician Representative
Southlake

Terrie Breeden
Texas Education Agency Representative
Austin

Patricia Kay Reedy
Parent
Texarkana

Diana Ruiz, D.N.P.
Personnel Preparation Representative
Odessa

Stephanie Shine, Ph.D.
Head Start Representative
Lubbock

Catherine Carlton
Program Representative
Arlington

Lizzeth Saldana
Parent Representative
San Antonio

Melissa Griffiths
Parent Representative
Trophy Club

Jeremy Triplett
Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Representative
Austin

Elizabeth (Betsy) Barry Zulfer
Parent Representative
Round Rock

Sarah Abrahams
Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) Representative
Austin

Hannah Holmes English
Parent Representative
Houston

Cynthia (Cal) Azenneth Lopez
Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Representative
Austin

Cynthia (Cindy) Dawn Lee
Public Provider Representative
Wylie

Guillermo Lopez
Program Representative
Austin

Chasey Reed-Boston, Ph.D.
Program Representative
Texas City

Laura Warren
Advocate Representative
Blanco

Kristina Borenstein Otterstrom
Parent Representative
Houston

Rachel Cerkovnik Bowden
Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Representative
Austin

Allison Pearce Wilson
Texas Workforce Commission Representative
Austin

Stephanie Klick
State Legislative Representative
Fort Worth

Meetings

The Committee is required to meet quarterly. The following dates have been set for fiscal year 2021:

  • November 4, 2020
  • December 15, 2020
  • January 13, 2021

Most meetings are held in Austin.

For More Information

Contact us at Gabriella.Lopez01@hhs.texas.gov.


Past Events

April 7, 2021

January 13, 2021

December 15, 2020

November 4, 2020

August 31, 2020