About Us

Our History

The Health Collaborative began informally in 1997 when the city’s major healthcare organizations agreed to put aside their competitive business practices to conduct a comprehensive health needs assessment. The evolution in 2000 to an incorporated entity with a long-range strategic plan is in response to the founding members’ interest in improving the health status of the community by working together.

The Health Collaborative has developed into a powerful network of citizens, community organizations and businesses. The result is a more robust, less duplicative, more synergistic approach to solving critical community health needs, while efficiently utilizing resources.

Our Mission

To improve the health status of the community through collaborative means.

Our Vision

Enhance positive community health outcomes by leveraging appropriate resources

Play a leadership role in evaluating, developing, funding, and implementing health initiatives

Increase the number of partners in The Health Collaborative

Decrease duplication of health services in the community and promote coordinated efforts for the best possible community health outcome

Adopt an appropriate community health improvement measurement system

Our Values

Dignity: Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved.

Integrity: Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships.

Excellence: High standards of service and performance.

Compassion: Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern.

Stewardship: Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.


“We learned how very easy it is to leave your competitive pressures at the door because at the end of the day, our mission was the same…at the end of the day, our goals were the same…and at the end of the day, it was all about the community.”

Geoff Crabtree
Founding Board Member and Past President of the Health Collaborative Board of Directors
Senior Vice President, Methodist Healthcare System

“The Health Collaborative is one of the best things that ever happened to San Antonio. That’s because the people really care about the health status of the community and the health status of future generations.”

Theresa De La Haya, RN, MPH
Past President of the Health Collaborative Board of Directors
Senior Vice President of Community Health and Clinical Prevention Programs, University Health System

Board of Directors

Robert Ferrer

UT Health Science Center Department of Family and Community Medicine

Board Chair

Greg Gieseman

Community First Health Plans

Charles L. Knight, MBA

Principle Consultant in Managed Care

Past Board Chair

Timothy Porter

Appddiction Studio

Beth Davenport

Baptist Health System

Charlene Doria-Ortiz

Bexar County Department of Community Resources

Dr. Dennis Gonzales

Christus Santa Rosa Health System

Pilar Oates

Community Member

Board Vice Chair

George Thomas

Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Palmira Arellano

Methodist Healthcare System

Stephen Blanchard, Ph.D.

Our Lady of the Lake University

Dr. Anil Mangala

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Theresa De La Haya

University Health System

Board Vice Chair

Sandy Morander

YMCA of Greater San Antonio

Mark Stoeltje

San Antonio Clubhouse

Doug Beach

Faith Based Community Member

Jennifer Herriott

San Antonio Metro Health District


Elizabeth Lutz

Executive Director

Fuji Walker

Executive Assistant/Board Liason

Vanessa Lopez

Program Supervisor

Brittany Lengevin

CHES Programs Supervisor

Coral Martinez-Cardona

Health Educator

Monica Hurtado

Faith Based Community Member

Kate Scully

Grant Manager

Caroline Bergeron

Program Manager

Our Member Organizations

UT Health Science Center Department of Family and Community Medicine is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Robert Ferrer, M.D., Deputy Chair for Research

Family & Community Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio is a large and diverse academic department committed to providing accessible, comprehensive, high quality, and personal health care at several sites in San Antonio. We take seriously our academic responsibility to generate new knowledge that will improve the health of our patients and community through new models of practice. Our physician-researchers are conducting national and regional experiments at the cutting edge of understanding how to build medical homes. We are also teaching our students and residents how to practice medicine that is humane, continuously improving, and responsive to its community.

Greg Gieseman

Community First Health Plans is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Greg Gieseman, President and CEO

Community First Health Plans was established in 1995, by the University Health System, to provide health care coverage to the citizens of Bexar and the seven surrounding counties. As the only locally owned and managed, non-profit health plan in the area, our commitment to our members is to provide great health care benefits backed by outstanding service, delivered by people who live right here in South Texas.

As of May 1, 2012, Community First has approximately 130,000 members in our health plans through Medicaid, CHIP, and commercial lines of business and leads the market in CHIP enrollment.

Mr. Kight also serves as the Past Board Chair of The Health Collaborative Board of Directors

Charles is a San Antonio native whose career in health care administration began in 1971 with the U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps, after earning an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. In 1974 he joined the Bexar County Hospital District in financial management, moving in 1979 to the district’s first HMO as chief financial officer where he developed both the HMO and its affiliated medical group. When the HMO was purchased by HealthAmerica, Charles served as regional controller.

In 1986 he launched Health Alliance of Texas, a statewide network of seven Catholic-sponsored hospital systems contracting with health care purchasers. In 1989-1990 he served as administrator of Spring Hill Rehabilitation Network, returning to the hospital district in November 1990 as vice president of managed care. In 1993 he added responsibilities of strategic planning and participated in developing the Texas Diabetes Institute and new ambulatory care centers.

In April 1994 he assisted in the organization and incorporation of Community First Health Plans (CFHP) and served as President/CEO from the beginning of operations in 1994 till his retirement in 2010. CFHP is a tax exempt HMO owned by the hospital district (dba University Health System) serving Medicaid, CHIP and commercial members in an eight county service area.

Charles is a past president of the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) and served as an Invited Scholar at the Public Health Leadership Institute. He was a Founder of the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative. Currently he serves as board chair of The Health Collaborative and on the advisory board of the Children’s Defense Fund of Texas.

He now serves as a Principal consultant in managed care through Charles L Kight and Associates, LLC primarily for HMOs, health care systems and medical groups.

Married over 48 years, with daughter (UT @ San Antonio – Interdisciplinary Studies), son (UT @ Austin, Creative Advertising) and youngest daughter (UT @ Austin, Engineering Route to Business) and five grandsons and one granddaughter.

Charles L. Kight, MBA
Principal Consultant in Managed Care
Charles L. Kight and Associates, LLC
New Braunfels, Texas

Timothy Porter

Appddiction Studio is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Tim Porter, President and CEO

Service Disabled Veteran-Owned, Minority-Owned Small Business specializing in mobile application development, web applications and design utilizing multiple platforms.

Our passion? We design and develop apps for Apple, Android and Windows platforms that enable your business to succeed in an ever more complex business environment. We help companies understand and unleash the power of the mobile platform to turbo-charge their businesses.

Beth Davenport

Baptist Health System is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Beth Davenport, Manager of Community Health Screenings

Baptist Health System is a trusted provider of health care in San Antonio and South Texas. The System includes five acute-care hospitals (Baptist Medical Center, Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, North Central Baptist Hospital, Northeast Baptist Hospital, and St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital) which offer 1,674 licensed beds.

All five hospitals have earned Accredited Chest Pain Center designation, as well as Primary Stroke Center Certification. Medicare has designated each as Texas’ only Medicare Value Based Care Centers.

The system also includes Baptist Regional Children’s Center, Baptist Breast Center, Baptist Cancer Center, HealthLink wellness and fitness center and physical rehabilitation center. Other entities include Baptist M&S Imaging Centers, community health and wellness programs, ambulatory services, medical office buildings and School of Health Professions. Baptist Health System supports the work of Faith Family Clinics, Baptist Emergency Hospitals, San Antonio AirLIFE air medical transport and other health-related services and affiliations. The system is part of Vanguard Health Systems, based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Charlene Doria Ortiz

Bexar County Department of Community Resources is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Charlene Doria-Ortiz, Program Manager, Division of Community Health, Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer

The Bexar County Department of Community Resources (DCR) is charged with leading the way in the area of community health, and has created a proactive approach to meeting the needs of Bexar County citizens.
In October 2007 the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court authorized the formulation of a Community Health Division within the Department of Community Resources. The division’s goal is to initiate, coordinate, and administer programs that will improve the health of Bexar County’s citizens. Community Health will develop and maintain community partnerships in order to achieve its goal.

The mission of the Bexar County Department of Community Resources is to facilitate significant change in Bexar County through the investment of appropriate resources in eight divisions. Each division focuses on its area of specialty to keep “Changing lives – Changing communities” through the careful, deliberate use of appropriate tools and resources.
The San Antonio area is comprised of Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson counties and receives millions of dollars in funding from the federal government. The Bexar County Judge serves as the Chief Elected Official for the funds and appoints members to planning councils.

Dennis Gonzales

Christus Santa Rosa Health System is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Dr. Dennis Gonzales, Program Director of Ethics Services

Our History
Christus Santa Rosa Health System was founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The sisters heeded the call from the Catholic bishop of Texas to care the multitude of sick, infirm, and orphaned in the Texas frontier. When the sisters arrived in San Antonio, the population was only 12,000 and there was no public hospital – until the sisters founded CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital.
From these humble beginnings, Christus Santa Rosa Health System has grown and flourished just as South-Central Texas has grown. We remain the only Catholic faith-based, non-profit health care system in San Antonio and New Braunfels. Our healing ministry now includes three full-service hospitals, one short-stay surgical hospital, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and a number of outpatient specialty centers.

Our Mission
To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ

Our Core Values
Dignity: Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved.
Integrity: Honesty, justice and consistency in all relationships.
Excellence: High standards of service and performance.
Compassion: Service in a spirit of empathy, love and concern.
Stewardship: Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.

Our Vision
The vision of Christus Health, a Catholic, health ministry, will be a leader, a partner, and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and of local and global communities so all may experience God’s healing presence and love.

“Our health care ministry is healthy, prosperous, and enduring. Our success has been and will continue to be the strength and commitment of teamwork. At Christus Santa Rosa we are grateful to our caring associates who diligently work together to provide the highest standards of care to those we are privileged to serve.”

Patrick Carrier
President and CEO
Christus Santa Rosa Health System

Ms. Pilar Oates

Ms. Pilar Oates is an independent consultant and community leader using her expertise to enhance workplace environments and community. Ms. Oates’ rich and varied career experiences range from over 20 years in health and human services with the City of San Antonio and Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) to key community leadership positions on numerous boards. She has participated in the Community Education Leadership Program, Leadership Texas and Leadership America. Pilar is currently (2013) working on consulting projects for Population Health institute of Texas (PHIT) and Health Resources in Action (HRIA) of Boston, Massachusetts. She has been keynote speaker for the National Council on Diversity, Texas chapter and Arizona chapter (scheduled Oct. 9, 2013) addressing “The Paradigm Shift to Drive Cultural Competence in Healthcare”.

She currently serves on various community boards to include The Bexar County Health Collaborative, CI:Now, NowcastSA, the advisory council for Medical Humanities and Ethics of the UTHSC, and the advisory council to Christian Dental clinic.

George Thomas

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Mr. George Thomas

Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing medical, dental and health-related human services to low-income families and the uninsured in South Texas. The mission of the organization is “Serving Humanity to Honor God” by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those least served in the Southwest Texas Conference area of The United Methodist Church. MHM is one-half owner of the Methodist Healthcare System – the largest healthcare system in South Texas.

These services include primary care medical and dental clinics, support services like counseling, case management and social services, family wellness and parenting programs, and church-based community nursing programs.

MHM also works with similarly-focused organizations and state government in developing more socially conscious public policy. The purpose is to change legislative perspectives and policies so that the root of the problems of the underserved are addressed for the long-term. In addition, MHM provides financial support to established organizations that are already effectively fulfilling the needs of the underserved in local communities through programs and services that they already operate.

Palmira Arellano

Methodist Healthcare System is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Palmira Arellano, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations and Past Board Chair

The Methodist Healthcare System was formed in 1995 by a 50-50 ownership agreement between the Methodist Healthcare Ministries, today South Texas’ largest non-public funding source of community health care, and HCA, the nation’s leading provider of health care services. Methodist Healthcare includes 28 of San Antonio’s most respected health care facilities located throughout the community.

Our mission of “Serving Humanity to Honor God and providing exceptional and cost-effective health care that is accessible to all” defines our ultimate purpose. It was true when we were fist chartered as a single hospital in 1955 and it will be true for every Methodist Healthcare campus well into the future.

Methodist Healthcare is San Antonio’s second largest employer with more than 8,000 associates and has more than 2,700 physicians credentialed to practice in its hospitals. Methodist Healthcare recently received the prestigious Gold Award for meeting the highest quality standards from the Texas Medical Foundation, one of only two hospitals in the state chosen in 2012. For the third year in a row, Methodist Healthcare has been selected as the gold winner of the San Antonio Express-News’ Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Hospital.” Methodist Children’s Hospital remains the only hospital in San Antonio designed and built from the ground up specifically for the children of our region.

At each of our hospitals and centers, Methodist Healthcare seeks to offer the highest quality of services from wellness events provided through our WomanPlus® and 55PLUS® membership programs to medical services including oncology, women’s health, general surgery, cardiology, pediatrics, cancer, neurosurgery, emergency care and orthopedics. Methodist Healthcare is also home to the nation’s largest living donor kidney transplant program and among the leading providers of bone marrow transplant services for adults and children.

Stephen Blanchard, PhD is a Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University

Our Lady of the Lake University is a small, Catholic, private university with a deep connection to the history and community of San Antonio. Founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, we have developed a reputation for our personal teaching style and expertise in Mexican American culture. We are also famous for our beautiful, lakeside campus, which mixes historic buildings with a contemporary library, residence halls and technology infrastructure.

Recent Recognition
How OLLU Stands Out From the Rest…

  • OLLU was elevated to the national category by U.S. News and World Report (“America’s Best Colleges 2012”). It moved up from Tier 1 of Regional Universities – West (“America’s Best Colleges 2011”).
  • High school guidance counselors surveyed by US News and World Report ranked OLLU among the top 100 universities nationally for undergraduate education (“America’s Best Colleges 2012”).
  • OLLU is among the top 25 universities nationally for awarding MBAs to Hispanics according to rankings from The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine (2012).
  • Top Texas private university for awarding master’s degrees to Hispanics, according to rankings from The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine (2011).
  • Nationally, OLLU is in the top 50 of all universities for awarding master’s degrees to Hispanics.
  • OLLU was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year for its work in Latina empowerment, education initiatives, and promoting economic opportunities (2012).
  • OLLU is ranked 13th among National Universities for academic courses that incorporate community service, relative to school size; staff supporting community service initiatives, relative to total staff; and scholarships provided for community service (Washington Monthly Magazine 2012).

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Dr. Anil Mangla, Assistant Director for Community Health

Our Vision
Optimal health for our communities and our environment

Our Mission
Provide leadership and services for San Antonio and Bexar County to prevent illness and injury, promote healthy behaviors and protect against health hazards.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is moving in a new direction towards a high-performance health department. Two key shifts, that have recently taken place, are helping us strive toward this goal.

One of those initiatives was the integration of clinical preventive services with University Health System. The move was designed to reduce duplication of services and enhance coordination of care, while simultaneously increasing prevention, early detection, and continuity of care.

Another key change is the creation of a new service area within Metro Health called Population-based Services. This division will focus on chronic disease prevention, health education, and wellness while utilizing evidence-based resources. Examples of some of the division’s major initiatives include tobacco cessation and prevention, prevention of alcohol-related health problems, and a focus on chronic health conditions such as asthma, obesity, and diabetes.

It is our hope and vision that these key changes, along with our commitment to continuously improve services and programs, and with your partnership, will help us to achieve optimal health for our communities and our environment.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is the public health agency charged by State law, City code, and County resolution with the responsibility for providing public health programs in San Antonio and unincorporated areas of Bexar County.

    Public Health
  • Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Protects against environmental hazards
  • Prevents injuries
  • Promotes and encourages healthy behaviors
  • Responds to disasters and assists communities in recovery
  • Assures the quality and accesibility of health services

Public health is centered around three core functions – assessment, assurance, and policy development – and ten essential public health services. The Texas Health and Safety Code uses the ten essential services to guide the work of local health agencies.

University Health System is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Theresa De La Haya, Senior Vice President of Community Health and Clinical Prevention Programs

Owned by the taxpayers of Bexar County, University Health System is a nationally recognized academic medical center. In partnership with The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, it is consistently recognized as a leader in advanced treatment options, new technologies and clinical research.

Just recently, University Hospital was ranked #1 in the San Antonio metro area by U.S. News & World Report.

University Health System is one of the largest employers in Bexar County with over 5,000 employees, nearly 700 resident physicians, and an operating budget of $894 million for 2010.

University Hospital, currently operating 498 beds, is one of just 15 Level I trauma centers in Texas, and the lead trauma center for all of South Texas. It is the only hospital in San Antonio able to provide expert trauma care for critically injured and burned children. The Emergency Center at University Hospital is the busiest in the region and averages nearly 70,000 visits each year.

University Health System provides healthcare for families close to home at our clinic locations, including the Robert B. Green Campus, Texas Diabetes Institute, 13 neighborhood clinics across the community, three urgent-care clinics (ExpressMed) and three outpatient renal dialysis centers.

University Health System’s Community First Health Plans is the region’s only locally-owned and operated, not-for-profit HMO. University Health System is also a joint owner of San Antonio AirLIFE, who provides emergency air medical transports.

University Health System is committed to changing lives, advancing medicine and improving access to the highest level of care to the people of Bexar County and beyond. Through the Capital Improvement Program, a new 10-story tower, state-of-the-art technology and additional parking will be available to patients at University Hospital in 2014. In addition, the expansion of the Robert B. Green Campus downtown will include a new six-story clinical services building to be completed in 2012. For more, please go online at www.UniversityHealthSystem.com.

YMCA of Greater San Antonio is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Sandy Morander, President and CEO

The mission of the YMCA is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio was founded in 1876, 32 years after the first YMCA was founded in London, England. Over the years, the Y has grown and changed to serve the needs of our diverse community.

Today, the Y of Greater San Antonio features eleven health and wellness facilities across San Antonio, Boerne and New Braunfels that cater to individuals of all ages and life stages. The Y continues to be a leader in building children’s character and leadership skills through youth sports. Additionally, the Y hosts after school and early learning programs across our area, as well as day and residence camps during the summer.

The Y makes a difference in our communities through three key areas:
Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
Healthy Living: Improving the nation’s health and well-being
Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing to our neighbors

SA Clubhouse is represented on the Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Mark Stoeltje, Director

Mark Stoeltje is the founding director of the San Antonio Clubhouse, and in 2013 joined the Clubhouse Faculty, a select group of staff and members from the International Clubhouse community that is responsible for accreditation of clubhouses globally. He is the only faculty member from Texas.

“I am honored to be selected to serve on the board of the Bexar County Health Collaborative. The Clubhouse helps some of the most under served people in our community, and I see us as natural partners of the Health Collaborative. I look forward to working with Elizabeth and the board to address the critical health needs of our most vulnerable citizens.”

The San Antonio Clubhouse is a nonprofit organization that follows the Internationally acclaimed “clubhouse model” of recovery for adults diagnosed with mental illness. The model is an evidence-based recovery approach that began in 1948 in New York City. Today there are more than 300 clubhouses located in 32 countries around the world.

The Clubhouse focuses on their member’s strengths and talents, rather than on their illness. We help our members to regain dignity and purpose by creating a safe environment where they can form meaningful relationships, focus on their health and wellness, and learn skills that help them to secure employment and live more independently.

Faith Based Community is represented on The Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Doug Beach, President

Doug Beach is an advocate for better mental health care in our community.

He is the President of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) San Antonio, a NAMI Family-to-Family instructor and leads a family support group for families impacted by mental illness.

Doug also serves on the Public Network Advisory Committee for the Center for Health Care Services, chairs the Steering Committee for the Mental Health Task Force/Catholic Charities of San Antonio and is a member of the Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee of the Texas Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Doug has served as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio and leads the church’s Mental Health Ministry.

He also works with churches throughout San Antonio to help develop their own mental health ministries in conjunction with Mental Health Grace Alliance.

Doug has been in business in San Antonio for the past thirty years.

He developed and built the Alamo IMAX Theatre in 1988 and has been involved in the Tourism industry since that time.

He has served on the board of the Texas Travel Industry Association, the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, and co-founded the San Antonio Tourism Council.

In addition, Doug is a past Chairman of the Board of the Witte Museum, a past board member of the Mission Road Ministries and the Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Doug is married to Barbie Thrift and has three adult sons.

ILX Health Strategies Group is represented on the Health Collaborative Board of Directors by Thomas Schlenker, M.D., M.P.H, Interlex Medical Director

Interlex, consistently ranked a Top US Agency by industry trade Ad Age, is launching a new division specifically dedicated to promoting better health through evidence-based strategies, program development and implementation, and culturally relevant awareness and behavior change campaigns. The ILX Health Strategies Group will build on the company’s extensive experience in public health and healthcare marketing campaigns by deepening its resources and expanding its team through the addition of respected health experts.

“Leading the ILX Health Strategies Group in terms of health-related research and the development of programs and content will be newly hired Interlex Medical Director Thomas Schlenker, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Schlenker is a seasoned pediatrician as well as former director of the public health departments of San Antonio, Texas, Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Salt Lake City. He led the San Antonio Metro Health department through a multiyear initiative, which resulted in a measurable decrease in obesity rates in the area. During that time, Dr. Schlenker worked with Interlex as a client on award-winning public awareness campaigns. Most recently, Interlex and the doctor teamed again to spark and support the development of a campaign to reduce consumption of sugary drinks in order to combat obesity and diabetes.

Working closely with Interlex, I experienced the power that culturally relevant branding and communications can have on health-related behaviors,” says Dr. Schlenker. “I also saw how one company can truly be an agent for social change. I was inspired to help this company deepen its impact on important challenges upstream from communications.” “It’s wonderful to create life-changing campaigns for our clients,” adds Interlex CEO Rudy Ruiz. “To also play a role in identifying and understanding public health problems and developing integrated, comprehensive solutions is a natural evolution for us. We are delighted to have a thought leader in public health at the helm of our new division. And we are eager to grow the scope of our work. As we all know, communications is the tail end of a process which begins with research, evidence-based strategies, and innovative programs that make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities.” ILX Health Strategies Group’s mission aligns closely with the larger company’s: to help clients make a positive impact on human lives. While searching for growth opportunities, Interlex will first focus on bringing greater value and expertise to its current roster of health-related clients, which includes: UnitedHealthcare, AARP, Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Illinois Public Health Institute, California Public Health Institute, and the City of Houston Health & Human Services. “As our company turns 20, this is part of our evolution into more than a communications agency,” sums up Ruiz. “Our vision is to be a true engine for positive social change, a force for progress that empowers multicultural and traditionally underserved communities to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

About Interlex Interlex is a leading full-service integrated marketing communications firm driven by the unique mission to help clients make a positive impact in the lives of diverse audience. It is ranked among the Top U.S. Agency Across All Disciplines by Ad Age magazine. One of the largest Hispanic-owned agencies in the nation, Interlex provides global and national clients seamless general and multicultural marketing services with a focus on marketing that inspires people and empowers communities to live better lives. About ILX Health Strategies Group ILX Health Strategies Group Division is specifically dedicated to promoting better health through evidence-based strategies, program development and implementation, and culturally relevant awareness and behavior change campaigns.

Our Member Organizations

Elizabeth Lutz
Executive Director

Ms. Lutz is the Executive Director of The Health Collaborative. She has been with the organization since 2007, serving in multiple roles throughout her tenure. She asserts her passion for community health, equality in service, and collaborative vision to construct sustainable and resilient processes that will directly impact the health status of the community. Ms. Lutz assiduously works in tandem with the Board of Directors and staff to provide the highest standards of collaboration, sharing of resources and best practices to increase the impact of services to the community. Through these strengths, Ms. Lutz has been able to leverage resources to extend the mission of The Health Collaborative into a new caliber of service-oriented initiatives that bring together leaders in the field of community health to promote their joint efforts while fostering a shared vision of prosperity for the citizens of Bexar County, and diminishing duplication of services and the need for competition in the area of community health.

Ms. Lutz background includes over 12 years of business management, administration, and program management, as well as experience in building community infrastructure and partnerships to develop resources for community health improvement.

Fuji Walker
Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

I am a Minister, Wife, Mother and Grandmother. I was born in Ventura, Cal. from parents who were also ministers. My professional background is over 30 years of customer service to include Human Resources Training Coordinator, Customer Service Manager, and Bookkeeping\Accounting. As a former military wife, I worked for Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) where I received a Certificate of Achievement in the Navy Standardized Youth Recreation Leader Training Program. I am currently enrolled in Bethesda School of Ministry to further my education as an Ordained Pastor. I have a passion for people and my community. As a minister I have had the pleasure of speaking at several women’s conferences. I have worked with the youth and volunteered my time, finances and unconditional love and support. Encouraging people and giving them the knowledge and tools to be successful in life is my ministry.

Vanessa Lopez
Program Supervisor

Ms. Vanessa Lopez earned a Bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in Community Health from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been a valuable member of The Health Collaborative team since August 2013, serving as the lead health educator in facilitating multiple teen pregnancy prevention curriculums with local school districts, providing teen pregnancy prevent programs to more than 7,500 students each year. Ms. Lopez oversees other programs for The Health Collaborative including the Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan, Immunize San Antonio, EnrollSA, and the Ryan White Program. She is currently continuing her education at Texas A&M San Antonio for a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. Ms. Lopez is also a student at Our Lady of the Lake University in the Non-profit Management Certification program.

Brittany Langevin
CHES Programs Supervisor

Brittany Langevin, CHES is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Community Health. She has been a valuable member of The Health Collaborative team since May 2014, serving as Program Supervisor of the Healthy Me, Healthy We program, The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, and other related programs of the organization. She has a passion for health and hopes to make a difference in the community.

Coral Martinez-Cardona
Health Educator

Ms. Coral Martínez-Cardona is a recent graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University with a Sociology major and a Social Work minor. She has recently been hired on as a health educator and will be one of the Health Collaborative facilitators for the “It’s Your Game… Keep It Real” curriculum in Edgewood ISD and the ” Draw the Line/Respect the Line” curriculum in SA ISD. Ms. Martínez-Cardona has also taken on working with the Young Minds Matter program, Unaccompanied Youth Task Force and the Elder Abuse Awareness project. Some of her future goals include advocacy work in communities, outreach and awareness projects with a focus on domestic violence as well as teen depression, pregnancy, and bullying, and pursuing a double masters degree in Sociology and Social Work.

Monica Hurtado
Health Educator

Ms. Monica Hurtado graduated May 2015 from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health. She began as an intern spring 2015 at The Health Collaborative and is now a Health Educator for multiple teen pregnancy prevention curriculums. Ms. Hurtado is also the Project Lead for Senor Stuffee, an interactive program which promotes healthy eating and active living among grade school students. Ms. Hurtado hopes to make a difference in the lifestyle of San Antonio’s children and help reduce childhood obesity in Bexar County.

Kate Scully

Kate Scully
Grant Manager

Kate R. Scully has been The Health Collaborative’s grant manager since December 2015. She is also a graduate student at Yale University’s School of Nursing in New Haven, Connecticut where she is working towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife. She received her B.A. in Literature and Communications from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas in 2006 and her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies with a Certificate in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016. Ms. Scully is also co-founder of LezRideSA, an advocacy organization that raises money for LGBTQ youth in San Antonio and builds community for LGBTQ families through wellness and outdoor activities.

Caroline Bergeron

Caroline Bergeron
Program Manager

Caroline D. Bergeron, DrPH, MSc, CHES is a Program Manager at The Health Collaborative and Site Evaluator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Bridging for Health program. Dr. Bergeron received her doctorate in public health from the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, from the University of South Carolina in 2015 and joined The Health Collaborative in April 2016. She is primarily responsible for recording and evaluating the development of a health impact investment fund in the community.