Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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About the Opioid Abatement Council

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Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council

The Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council was formed to ensure that money recovered through the joint efforts of the state and its political subdivisions through a statewide opioid settlement agreement is allocated fairly and spent to remediate the opioid crisis using efficient, cost-effective methods.[1]

The Council is administratively attached to the Texas Comptroller's office, which provides the staff and facilities as necessary to assist the Council in performing its duties.[2]

The Council is composed of 14 members, including:[3]

  • six regional members appointed by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission from a list of qualified persons recommended by the respective local governments;
  • one member each appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Representatives and the Texas attorney general;
  • one member employed by a hospital district and appointed by the governor;
  • one member employed by a hospital district and appointed by the attorney general;
  • one member experienced in opioid-related harms who is employed by a law enforcement agency and appointed by the governor; and
  • one non-voting member who serves as the presiding officer of the Council and is the comptroller, or the comptroller's designee.

The current council members are:

  • The Honorable Glenn Hegar, presiding officer
    Texas Comptroller
    Austin, Texas
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  • Katherine L. Yoder, M.B.A.
    Austin, Texas
    Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott.
  • John G. Mills, D.O.
    Port Bolivar, Texas
    Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott.
  • Ronald P. Enriquez, Jr.
    Leander, Texas
    Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott.
  • Sanjay P. Patel, M.D.
    Odessa, Texas
    Appointed by Attorney General Ken Paxton.
  • Carrie de Moor, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.
    Frisco, Texas
    Appointed by Attorney General Ken Paxton.
  • Pedro J. Fernandez, M.D.
    Dallas, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
    Region 9 & 10
  • J. Douglas Thornton, Pharm.D., Ph.D., B.C.P.S.
    Houston, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
    Region 3
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  • John "Scott" Milton, M.D.
    Lubbock, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
    Region 11-15, 19
  • James Muns, M.D.
    Heath, Texas
    Appointed by Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Dade Phelan.
  • Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., A.C.S.W.
    Austin, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
    Region 6-8, 16
  • Emmanuel Elueze, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.A., F.A.C.P.
    Tyler, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
    Region 1, 2, 17, 18
  • Robert Guevara, M.D.
    Harlingen, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
    Region 4, 5, 20
  • Denise Wilkes, M.D., Ph.D.
    Kemah, Texas
    Appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

Visit our Council Meeting page for more information.

Amanda Lopez, Director

Amanda Lopez is the director of the Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Lopez is a licensed attorney and has served in various policy advising positions both within the agency and the Texas Legislature, including assistant general counsel and policy adviser on tax and financial institutions for the Office of the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Before leading the Council, she was senior counsel in the Fiscal and Agency Affairs Legal Services Division at the Comptroller's office and part of the team that monitored and assisted with initial interpretation and implementation of the Council's enabling legislation. Throughout her work across state government, she has worked with constituents, taxpayers, community leaders, members of the Legislature, local government officials and statewide leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law.

  • Nar Dorrycott, Communications and Community Relations Specialist
  • Kumari Soni, Data Analyst
  • Robyn Greenway, Operations Specialist
  • Tracey Medina, Accounting Specialist
  • Audrey Bradshaw, Grant Specialist
  • Denise Collins, Grant Specialist
  • Ethan Herr, Grant Specialist
  • Jennifer Gius, Grant Specialist

If you have questions or comments regarding the work of the OAFC contact us.

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