Texas Council on Consumer Direction

Background and Purpose

The purpose of the Council is to advise HHSC on the development, implementation, expansion, and delivery of services through consumer direction, in all programs offering long-term services and supports that enhance a consumer's ability to have freedom and exercise control and authority over the consumer's choices, regardless of age or disability.

Visit the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) homepage for more information about the CDS option.

The adopted rules that outline the Council's statute authority, purpose, tasks, reporting requirements and membership are located at the Texas Register's website .


Helen Baker, Vice Chair 
Financial Management Services Agency (FMSA) Representative 
San Antonio, TX

Ellen Bauman    
Advocate for persons with disabilities 
Joshua, TX

Amy Litzinger 
Austin, TX

David Blackberby 
San Antonio, TX

Len Davis 
FMSA Representative 
Aubrey, TX

Karen Daly 
Georgetown, TX

Darla Hill 
Personal Care Attendant 
Arlington, TX

Tolu Opeloye 
Cypress, TX

Ashyley Pfannenstiel 
Abilene, TX

Stephanie Wagers 
STAR Kids Managed Care Organization 
Community First Health Plans

Carol Sloan 
Advocate for people with disabilities 
The Woodlands, TX

Chad Wooten
Mt. Vermon, TX

Agency Representatives

Demetria Alexander 
Representative - Managed Care Organizations 
Health and Human Services Commission

Jacqueline Clark 
Representative - Consumer Directed Services 
Health and Human Services Commission

Paula Brunson 
Texas Workforce Commission 
State Employment Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Shawn Cuffee 
Texas Workforce Commission 
State Unemployment for individuals with Disabilities

Angela Medina 
Department of Family and Protective Services 
Adult Protection Services

Eileen Murphy 
Health and Human Services Commission 
Consumer Directed Services

Dena Stoner 
Health and Human Services Commission 
Mental Health

Meeting Dates

Full Council Meetings

  • April 17, 2023
  • June 15, 2023
  • September 21, 2023
  • December 4, 2023

More Information

Please contact Michelle Thomas, Advisory Committee Coordinator.