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, Chair   
Representing: Providers of Community Services   
Region 6, Houston

Quincy Dunlap   
Representing: Aging Services Delivery Network   
Region 7, Austin

Mallory Freitag Hejja   
Representing: Aging and Disability Resource Centers  
Region 6, Houston

Anna Gray   
Representing: Providers of Community Services  
Region 6, Houston

Demetress Harrell   
Representing: Caregivers of older adults 50+ (nonprofessional or family caregivers)  
Region 5, Lufkin

Patrick Jackson   
Representing: Providers of Community Services   
Region 3, Garland

Larry Johnson   
Representing: Advocates of People over 50   
Region 8, San Antonio

Shakita Johnson   
Representing: Area Agencies on Aging   
Region 3, Fort Worth

Gladys Maestre   
Representing: Academic Community  
Region 11, Rancho Viejo

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

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

Lynda Taylor - Ex Officio   
Representing: 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 8, 2023 (9 a.m.)
  • May 3, 2023 (9 a.m.)
  • August 2, 2023 (9 a.m.)
  • November 1, 2023 (9 a.m.)

For More Information

Email Camden Frost.