Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee

Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order in April 2005 creating the Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee. The order formalizes the ATW initiative and charges the department to continue its work identifying and discussing aging policy issues, guiding state government readiness, and promoting increased community preparedness for Texas’ older adult population.

Under the executive order, the advisory committee shall advise the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and make recommendations to state leadership on implementation of the ATW initiative. A comprehensive, strategic, master plan is developed by HHSC to carry out the orders mandates and guide aging policies and priorities.

HHSC also leads a planning effort to ensure the readiness of all Texas state agencies to serve an aging population by identifying issues, current initiatives, and future needs.


Tammy Mermelstein, Vice Chair
Provider of Community Services
Region 6, Houston

Patricia Bordie
Area Agency on Aging
Region 7, Austin

Andrew Crocker
Region 1, Amarillo

Aftab Ghesani
For-profit Nursing Facility Provider
Region 6, Sugarland

Anna Gray
Provider of Community Services
Region 6, Houston

Patrick Jackson
Provider of Community Services
Region 3, Garland

Larry Johnson
Advocate of People over 50
Region 8, San Antonio

Lucia Leo
Advocate of People over 50
Region 11, Mission

Angela Medina – Ex Officio
Department of Family and Protective Services
Region 7, Austin

Greg Pittman
Aging Services Delivery Network
Region 3, Sherman

Crystal Stark – Ex Officio
Texas Workforce Commission
Region 7, Austin

Lynda Taylor - Ex Officio
Department of State Health Services
Region 7, Austin


Meeting Dates

Unless otherwise announced, meetings will be held in the John H. Winters building, Public Hearing Room, at 701 West 51st Street, Austin, Texas.

  • February 2, 2022 (9:00 a.m.)
  • May 4, 2022 (9:00 a.m.)
  • August 3, 2022 (9:00 a.m.)
  • November 2, 2022 (9:00 a.m.)

For More Information

Contact Olivia Burns at