Leadership
Barbie Robinson, MPP, JD, CHC <br> <small>Executive Director</small> Barbie Robinson, MPP, JD, CHC
Executive Director

Welcome to Harris County Public Health!

In March 2021, Barbie Robinson was appointed Executive Director for Harris County Public Health (HCPH) – the nationally accredited county public health agency for the nation’s third-largest county serving a population of approximately five million people.

She comes to Harris County with a vision of HCPH as the Community Health Strategist for leading and enabling cross-sector partnerships that connect safety net services in an integrated way to ensure interventions, services, and programs address the social determinants of health holistically. In Harris County, she currently serves as the At-Large Representative on the Steering Committee of The Way Home Continuum of Care, the lead agency to prevent and end homelessness in the Greater Houston Area.

Prior to her appointment, she served as Director of Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) for five years while concurrently serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission in California for the past year.

Robinson’s leadership was instrumental in forming Sonoma County’s ACCESS Initiative, a nationally and internationally-awarded integrated care coordination model that helps underserved and vulnerable individuals achieve self-sufficiency and well-being.  This model is being replicated across the Country. She led the County’s COVID-19 pandemic response and oversaw the public health responses during the wildfires of 2017, 2019, and 2020 and the response to the County’s largest homeless encampment in 2020.

Robinson has over 27 years of experience in health care administration, policy, and research. Before Sonoma County, she worked at the Federal level at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 15 years overseeing the administration of Federal healthcare programs, including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Medicare Fee-for-Service program, and the Affordable Care Act.

She held numerous leadership positions at CMS, including Associate Regional Administrator (ARA) of the San Francisco and Atlanta Regional Offices Division of Financial Management & Fee-for-Service Operations; her leadership earned her the Administrator’s Achievement Award in 2014.

Robinson has been recognized for leading collaborative efforts to address health disparities, health improvement, and health equity throughout her career.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts with a triple major (Political Science, Spanish, and International Sociology) from Middlebury College, her Master of Public Policy, Health and Social Policy from Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, and her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School. She was admitted to the California Bar in 2000.

Dana Beckham, DVM, MPH, MBA<br> <small>Director - Office of Epidemiology, Surveillance and Evaluation</small> Dana Beckham, DVM, MPH, MBA
Director - Office of Epidemiology, Surveillance and Evaluation

Welcome to the new Office of Epidemiology, Surveillance Evaluation!

Science, surveillance, and technology are cornerstones of modern public health. Applying the scientific method to the data we collect allows us to confidently make decisions to improve your health and well-being. Surveillance data gives Harris County Public Health direct insight into threats to population health. Technology and innovation provide or accelerate solutions to difficult problems.

The Office of Science, Surveillance and Technology (OSST) enhances HCPH’s ability to detect problems, conduct research, come up with creative solutions, and advance the science of an academic health department. These three branches come together to form the foundation of precision public health, allowing HCPH to make sound decisions to improve the health and well-being of Harris County residents.


Dr. Dana Beckham received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University, her Master of Public Health and her Master of Business Administration from Benedictine University. She has over 20 years of experience working at the state and local public health departments in various fields, including zoonosis control, public health preparedness, community health services, infectious diseases and epidemiology.

In 2015, Dr. Beckham joined HCPH as manager of the Tuberculosis (TB) Elimination Program. She later served as the manager for the Epidemiology Program. In 2018, she became the director of the Office of Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Evaluation (OESE). She is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified and co-chair of HCPH One Health Conference.

Email: [email protected]

Michael W. “Mac” McClendon<br /><small>Director - Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response</small> Michael W. “Mac” McClendon
Director - Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response

Biosketch

Welcome to the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)!

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is the primary agency responsible for protecting the public’s health in the event of a widespread public health emergency within Harris County. A public health emergency is defined as an immediate threat from a naturally occurring or intentional event that poses a high risk of fatalities or serious long-term disability to large numbers of people.

Within HCPH, OPHPR works with numerous jurisdictional partners, emergency responders, private and public sectors, NGO’s, and volunteer organizations to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of emerging infectious diseases, pandemics, chemical, biological/radiological emergencies along with other non-specific public health emergencies.

OPHPR maintains plans, standard operating guides (SOG’s) and supporting documents that guide preparedness, mitigation, and response activities. OPHPR actively engages both our employees and volunteer support partners in training through classroom sessions, drills, and exercises to help plan and prepare for public health emergencies.

For more information about the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, please call (713) 439-6179.

Email: [email protected]

Chris Fredregill<br><small>Director - Mosquito &amp; Vector Control</small> Chris Fredregill
Director - Mosquito & Vector Control

Welcome to the Mosquito and Vector Control Division

Chris Fredregill currently serves as the Director of the Mosquito and Vector Control Division (MVC). Chris comes to the position with over 17 years of medical entomology and public health experience which he uses to ensure that MVC constantly strives for innovation and creative approaches to control mosquitoes, while leveraging collaborations and grants into sustainable capacity.

Prior to this role, Chris held several positions throughout MVC including: Field Operations Manager, Research Entomologist and Larviciding Operations Entomologist. During these appointments, Chris oversaw collaborations with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of Houston, incorporated novel larviciding technologies and directed the field activities of the division. He has additionally led MVC in collaborations with various institutions both academic and commercial including Texas A&M, University of Texas Medical Branch, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Department of State Health Services and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in Biomedical Sciences and Entomology. He has also earned his Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt certification and is an active member of the Texas Mosquito Control Association and American Mosquito Control Association.

Mission Statement

HCPH Mosquito & Vector Control Division protects the health and well-being of county residents through surveillance, control, education, research, and technology to prevent and control mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV) and St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE).

For more information about Mosquito Control, please call (713) 440-4795.

Rohish Lal, MPH<br><small>Director - Office of Communications, Education & Engagement</small> Rohish Lal, MPH
Director - Office of Communications, Education & Engagement

Rohish comes to HCPH most recently from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) where he served as the Legislative Policy and External Affairs officer, and previously Public Information Officer.

As Legislative Policy and External Affairs Officer, he was responsible for planning and implementing both externally facing (e.g., government relations, policy development, political advocacy) and internally focused programs that impact health policy.

In his role as Public Information Officer, Rohish led media relations and served as spokesperson for both DHS and Sonoma County. He has extensive experience working in the Incident Command Structure (ICS), and led communication efforts during emergencies, including wildfire and the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Rohish has 10 years of experience in public sector health communications and community engagement. He was previously an Assistant Information Officer for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), which oversees 12 departments and five offices that provide a range of health care services, social services, mental health services, alcohol and drug services, income assistance, and public health services. Prior to his CHHS experience, Rohish worked at Xerox State Healthcare, California’s Medicaid services contractor, as an editor and content analyst.

Rohish received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University and his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from California State University, Northridge. 

Radhika Kudchadkar, MS, LSSBB<br><small>Director - Office of Planning and Innovation</small> Radhika Kudchadkar, MS, LSSBB
Director - Office of Planning and Innovation
Radhika Kudchadkar brings strong project & change management, as well as leadership experience to the role of the Director of The office of Planning and Innovation. She is responsible for the agency’s innovation portfolio, as well as strategic planning efforts. With experience in Technology, Innovation, Management and her passion for serving the community in an integrated way; she aligns her interests squarely with that of the mission of the newly formed Office of Planning and Innovation.

Prior to her promotion, her contribution to Harris County Public Health, has been in the strategic planning and portfolio management of the agency’s 1115 Waiver Medicaid Health Transformation Projects. This included a nationally recognized innovative approach to care, known as TB-VDOT (Tuberculosis Video Directly Observed Therapy), along with several technology and community health initiatives; where she served as an enterprise-wide senior project management strategist. Her dynamic leadership was instrumental in the formation of a one-of-a-kind Public Health Innovation lab (PHI Lab). This included accelerator cohorts through multidisciplinary teams as well as strategic public-private partnerships.

Having previously worked in the technology domain, she has brought and applied all of the agile and innovative frameworks to help efficiently achieve the mission of Harris County Public Health. Her execution portfolio includes her leadership in several organization-wide quality and performance improvement initiatives using Lean Six Sigma and OKR (Objectives and Key Results) methodologies. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for leading collaborative efforts to design and construct innovative processes, which have resulted in breaking organizational silos and fostering value-added project acceleration and growth.

She has served on numerous workgroups such as the Organizational Performance and Quality Improvement Council, Leadership Council and the Mentorship Program Development Workgroup within Harris County. Being a triathlete and a certified health coach, she brings grit and perseverance combined with empathetic design and Innovative thought to plan and execute effective community service systems. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) from India and Masters of Science (MS) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black belt.

Email: [email protected]
Scott Jeansonne, MELP<br><small>Director – Veterinary Public Health </small> Scott Jeansonne, MELP
Director – Veterinary Public Health

Originally from New Orleans, Scott has lived in the greater Houston area for the past 25 years and has been employed by Harris County Public Health since 2009. In that time, he has served in a variety of roles from Compliance & Environmental Programs Manager for the Environmental Public Health Division (EPH) to co-lead of the Surveillance, Science and Data Brach during the COVID-19 pandemic. More recently Scott has served as the Associate Director of Harris County Public Health’s COVID-19 Division.

Scott is a graduate of Texas State University and Vermont Law School, while recently obtaining a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt from the University of Houston. Scott is currently a member of Harris County Public Health’s, Public Health Incident Support Team (PHIST) as well as a member of Harris County Public Health’s Ethics Committee. Away from Public Health Scott serves as a member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Natural Resources Advisory Committee and is also a member of several wildlife conservation organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, the Texas Coastal Conservation Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Sam Kirchhoff, J.D.<br><small>Legal Counsel </small> Sam Kirchhoff, J.D.
Legal Counsel

Sam Kirchhoff is a 2020 graduate of The University of Houston Law Center. Originally from Ohio, Sam graduated from Cedarville University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2017. During law school, Sam served as an Associate Editor of the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy. Sam also serves on the Steering Committee of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Jennifer Kiger, MPH, LSSBB<br><small>Director - COVID-19 Division</small> Jennifer Kiger, MPH, LSSBB
Director - COVID-19 Division

Jennifer Kiger is Director of the COVID-19 Division for Harris County Public Health. Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX. She started her Public Health career as an epidemiologist investigator and preparedness specialist for the City of Houston Health Department. Then she worked at the Association of Schools of Public Health in Washington, D.C. as a Program Manager for the Centers for Public Health Preparedness. In 2007, she returned to Texas to work for the Department of State Health Services. She spent over 7 years working at the state and regional offices working in the public health preparedness field serving various roles including liaison, Strategic National Stockpile coordinator, Preparedness Planner, and Regional Public Health Preparedness Manager. Jennifer has held command roles in several responses including Hurricane Ike, H1N1, TX West Nile Response, and Texas Wildfires 2010, Harris County Flooding events in 2015 &2016, Hurricane Harvey 2017, and ITC Chemical Fire 2019.

Ericka Brown, MD, MBA, FACHE<br><small>Director – Community Health and Wellness Division</small> Ericka Brown, MD, MBA, FACHE
Director – Community Health and Wellness Division

Dr. Ericka Brown, MD, MBA, FACHE, serves as our Division Director for Community Health and Wellness Division (CHWD) and Deputy Local Health Authority (LHA). Prior to joining HCPH, Dr. Brown worked most recently as the Program Manager for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), where she oversaw the Public Health and Safety/COVID-19 Response for the department.  She was also responsible for developing and facilitating efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Texas’ largest county jail.

Before joining HCSO, Dr. Brown served as Chief Operating Officer at Harris Health System, one of the largest public health systems on the country. She previously served as the CEO of Ben Taub Hospital – Level One Trauma Center and is the former CEO of Ambulatory Services and its 41 primary care and specialty clinics.

Dr. Brown has served on numerous boards, including America’s Essential Hospitals Institute Board of Directors, Avenue 360 Federally Qualified Health Center Board of Directors, and America’s Essential Hospitals Essential Women’s Leadership Mentor program. She was awarded the Texas Executive Women’s Woman on the Move Award in 2018, and most recently joined the board of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston.

She holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Temple University, a medical degree from Rush Medical College, an MBA from Texas Women’s University, and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Lupe Washington<br> <small>Director – Community Health and Violence Prevention Services</small> Lupe Washington
Director – Community Health and Violence Prevention Services

Ms. Washington serves as our Division Director for Community Health and Violence Prevention Services (CHVPS).  Prior to joining HCPH, Ms. Washington served as the Assistant Executive Director for Brazos County Juvenile Services for over seven years, whose agency charge is to rehabilitate youths, and includes providing behavioral health and medical services as well as diversion programs for at-risk youth. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department and had direct supervision of seven directors.


At Brazos County Ms. Washington led services that focused on addressing root causes and increasing rehabilitation. These programs include the Services to Address Recidivism Unit, the Recidivism Reduction Program, and the Youth Advocate Program, which provides wraparound services to address the Social Determinants of Health for youths and their families.  


Prior to her service with Brazos County, Ms. Washington worked at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HJPD) for over 16 years, where she began her career as Juvenile Probation Officer. Throughout her tenure at HJPD, she also served as Intensive Supervision Officer, Gang Supervision Officer, Supervisor/Agency Representative, Court Administrator and Administrator of Public Affairs and Information. It is in these positions that she learned the importance of restorative justice and holistic approaches to healing trauma that often are the underlying causes of violence.


Ms. Washington earned her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and her Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Psychology from Mount Holyoke College. Among her professional and community involvement, Ms. Washington serves as Co-Chair of the Registration Committee for the Texas Probation Association and as Board Secretary of POWER on Heels Fund, Inc. (a nonprofit organization that focuses on advancing Latinas in their professional and economic growth). She is also a founding member of the Professional Society of Criminal Justice Students at UHD.


Ms. Washington’s leadership and experience working in the field with populations the CHVPS aims to serve will help our department provide holistic solutions to reduce gun violence and amplify public health and safety in our communities.

Danita Collins, MBA<br> <small>Chief of Staff</small> Danita Collins, MBA
Chief of Staff

As Harris County Public Health’s Chief of Staff, Danita Collins runs the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Executive Director.  Functioning as a “gatekeeper,” she monitors the flow of multi-platform communications to and from the Executive Director, managing the strategic and operational aspects for the Office of the Executive Director.

Danita is a seasoned health care executive with over 20 years of experience leading both the operations and strategic initiatives of multi-specialty ambulatory clinics and hospital operations. She will be joining by way of Harris Health System, where she served as a leader there for close to eight years. As an Associate Administrator of Clinical Integration and Transformation within Harris Health System, Ben Taub Hospital, she was an executive leader for several departments in her most recent role. She led several strategic initiatives in collaboration with various systemwide departments, such as Population Health, Quality, Compliance, HR, IT, and Risk Management.

Danita collaborated effectively with providers, staff, and other key stakeholders throughout her career to improve access, quality, patient satisfaction, and financial performance. She has proven success in strategy development and alignment, and the creation and implementation of process improvement initiatives related to workflows and productivity, resulting in key operational metrics. Specific initiatives include Medical Home accreditation, Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP), and COVID-19 response management, to name a few.

Danita, a native of Chicago, has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from Governors State University; she is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  In addition, she serves as a mentor for upcoming health care leaders in ACHE has served on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the local Southeast Texas chapter of ACHE.
Jamie Hughes, MSN, R.N., NE-BC<br> <small>ACCESS Director</small> Jamie Hughes, MSN, R.N., NE-BC
ACCESS Director

Jamie joined us after serving in various leadership roles at Harris County Health System for over 17 years. Most recently, she served as Associate Administrator of Clinical Integration and Transition.

Jamie also has more than 12 years of experience facilitating and supporting innovative system-wide strategies to improve the health of our community. Her previous experience includes oversight of ambulatory clinical care management, same-day clinic sites, ambulatory nutrition services, patient-centered medical home, house calls service, Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Program, DSRIP, and several population health programs. Her previous focus areas have been to develop business strategies emphasizing wellness, disease prevention, disease management, and acute care intervention while incorporating clinical integration and technology. 

Jamie has presented in several national conferences, co-authored an article in a peer-reviewed journal focusing on multidisciplinary diabetes care, and is a member of the Education Committee for America's Essential Hospitals. She holds a master's degree in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a bachelor's degree in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. This year, Jamie plans to complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Beyond her credentials, Jamie has received several honors and awards, such as National Finalist in Excellence in Executive Leadership from Nurse.com, Honorable Mention- Safety Idea of the Year from Ideas of America, and Bronze Winner in Excellence in Executive Leadership with the Good Samaritan Foundation. Jamie loves to cook and bake, travel, attend jazz festivals, and spend time with her family in her spare time.

Jamie's expertise, leadership, and experience will surely boost ACCESS Harris County's endeavor to provide a variety of integrated and accessible services to vulnerable populations in the community.