Texas Autism Council

The Texas Autism Council advises and makes recommendations to the HHSC executive commissioner to ensure that the needs of persons of all ages with autism spectrum disorder and their families are addressed and that all available resources are coordinated to meet those needs. The council was established September 1, 2016.

The Texas Autism Council performs the following functions:

  • Makes recommendations to HHSC through regularly scheduled meetings and HHSC staff assigned to the council; and
  • Handles tasks consistent with its purpose that are requested by the executive commissioner.


Melinda Bird, M.Ed., BCBA
Big Spring

Donna Dempsey
Fort Worth

Wesley H. Dotson, Ph.D.

Daniel Durany
Haltom City

Ann Hart

Jennifer Hines
Texas Workforce Commission

Pamela Rollins, Ph.D.

John Roppolo
San Marcos

Byron Ross, Ph.D.

Stephanie Sokolosky, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LPA, LSSP

Leisa M. Stewart, BSW, LBSW

Tonya Taylor

Hsuying C. Ward, Ph.D.
Rancho Viejo

Dana Williamson
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Ivy Zwicker
San Antonio

For More Information

Please contact us at autism.services@hhsc.state.tx.us