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James Adams, Chair

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James Adams

Jim Adams has been serving on the Bexar County Hospital District’s Board of Managers since 1998. He was nominated by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and is chairman of the board.

Adams received a bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Texas A&M University, and a master’s degree in statistics and business finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

He is retired from Texas Instruments, where he served as Chairman of the Board. He previously had retired from SBC Communications as Group President for International Operations and from Southwestern Bell Telephone as President/CEO.

Adams currently sits on the Board of Directors of TransPecos Banks and TransPecos Financial Corp and is a Senior Advisor to the Texas Next Fund. He also serves on the Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Texas, the College of Science Advisory Board at Texas A&M, and Chairs the School of Education Advisory Board at Baylor.

Jim chaired Governor Rick Perry’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education in the 21st century.

Adams serves on a number of local community boards, including several focusing on education for Latino youth, as well as  the board of Accion Texas and is a senior advisor to Alpha Home. He is the founding president of the Harlandale Education Foundation.

Adams is a deacon and serves in the Prayer Room Ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.


Ira Smith, Jr., Vice Chair

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Ira Smith

Ira Smith Jr. is vice chair of the board. He was nominated to the Bexar County Hospital District’s Board of Managers by Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 4 Tommy Adkisson in 2003.

He served as chair of the University Health System Board of Managers Planning and Operations Committee with the responsibility of initially developing the activities of our $900 million Capital Improvement Program. He currently serves on the University Health System Pension Board and Quality Risk Management Committee.

A graduate of St. Mary’s University, he retired from City Public Service (CPS Energy) in June 1998 after more than 33 years, having served in a variety of leadership roles including director of Central Services, director of Technical Services and director of Computer Services.

For more than 20 years, Smith has served on a number of boards and committees. He chaired the United Ways of Texas Board of Trustees, and held leadership roles on several United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County panels. He is a past president of the San Antonio Chapter of 100 Black Men in America, and is a member and past president of the Van Courtlandt Social Club.

Smith is a member of the board of directors for San Antonio AIRLIFE. He served as a trustee and past chair of the Bexar County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center. He was also chair of the Texas Council of Community Mental Health and Retardation Centers and the San Antonio Funding Information Center. He served, and held leadership positions, on both the Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital and the Methodist Healthcare Ministries Board of Directors, and was a member the Community Board for the Methodist and Metropolitan Hospitals. He is also a deacon and trustee of the Mt. Zion First Baptist Church.


Dr. Dianna M. Burns-Banks, Secretary

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Dr. Dianna M. Burns-Banks

Dr. Dianna M. Burns-Banks joined the Bexar County Hospital District Board of Managers in 2014. She was nominated by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

Dr. Burns-Banks is a board-certified pediatrician who received her undergraduate degree with honors from Xavier University of Louisiana. She completed her medical degree, internship, and pediatric residency at the University of Louisville. She also earned a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University.

She is president, managing partner and medical director of South Texas Center for Pediatric Care, with five locations in San Antonio, 20 providers and more than 100 employees.

Dr. Burns-Banks is a member of the Board of Directors of Community First Health Plans, a past-president of the Bexar County Medical Society (where she also served as chair of its Board of Mediations and Membership Committee). She also served as chair of the Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Children and Adolescent Health, and chair of the March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Campaign. She is a past chief of staff at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Burns-Banks has served on the boards of the NAACP, Girl Scouts of America, the March of Dimes and the Texas Military Institute. Her honors and awards include the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leader of the Year, a Healthcare Hero Award from the San Antonio Business Journal, the NAACP Image Award and the Candace Award for Recognition of Exemplary Achievement in the Field of Health by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women San Antonio Chapter.


Roberto L. Jimenez, M.D., Immediate Past Chair

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Roberto Jimenez

Roberto L. Jimenez, M.D., was nominated to the Bexar County Hospital District's Board of Managers in 1992 by Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 2 Paul Elizondo and is the Immediate Past Chair of the board.

Dr. Jimenez received a bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy from St. Mary’s University and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston.  He completed his residency at Boston State Hospital’s Psychiatric Training Program and Boston Medical Center’s Division of Psychiatry.

Dr. Jimenez served as Medical Officer and Battalion Surgeon for the U.S. Navy in the late 1960s and has been an active member of the medical community in San Antonio for 40 years.  He is in private practice, working in adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatry, and is a professor of Psychiatry at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Jimenez is also the Medical Director for Nix Behavioral Health System in San Antonio.

He is an active member of several professional organizations including the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Medical Society and the American Psychiatric Association.


Robert Engberg

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Robert Engberg

Robert Engberg has served on the Bexar County Hospital District's Board of Managers since 1992. He was nominated by Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 3 Kevin Wolff.

He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Mary’s University and continued his education at the Harvard Business School, where he completed the school’s Program for Management Development.

In 2007, Engberg retired as president of Capitol Aggregates, LTD., a unit of the Zachry organization, after a 45-year career with the company. His experience at Zachry includes working in the company's aviation, real estate and construction materials units. He is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant.

Engberg is an independent life member on the board of directors of the Portland Cement Association. He is also a past board chair for both the Portland Cement Association and the Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association. He is also a member of the board of directors for San Antonio AirLIFE.


Janie Barrera

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Janie Barrera

Janie Barrera joined the Bexar County Hospital District Board of Managers in September 2015. She was nominated by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

Ms. Barrera is the founding president and CEO of LiftFund, the largest micro and small business lender in the United States. Established in 1994 as Accion Texas Inc., LiftFund provides loans and training to businesses in 13 states including Texas.  The nonprofit has disbursed more than 16,000 loans totaling more than $190 million.

Ms. Barrera earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word. She has served on many national, state and local boards, including the Federal Reserve Board’s National Consumer Advisory Council. President Obama appointed her to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and she was named to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – San Antonio Branch. Among her honors, she was named the Small Business Administration Financial Services Advocate of the Year and the Minority Enterprise Development Consortium’s Corporate Advocate of the Year. In 2015, she was inducted to the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame, and the San Antonio Business Journal has named her a Legacy Leader and one of “Twenty Defining Players: People Who Have Shaped the City.”


Jimmy Hasslocher

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Jimmy Hasslocher

Jimmy Hasslocher was nominated to the Bexar County Hospital District Board of Managers in 2015 by Precinct 1 Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez.  

Hasslocher brings a wealth of business and community experience to the Board. He is president of Frontier Enterprises Inc., a family business whose roots extend back almost 70 years, and includes the iconic Jim’s Family Restaurants, Magic Time Machine and La Fonda Alamo Heights. He served on the San Antonio City Council from 1981 to 1991.

Among his community activities, he serves as president of the Bexar Metro 9-1-1 Network District, past chair of SER Jobs for Progress of SA, a past-president and lifetime trustee of Boysville of Texas, and director-emeritus and lifetime member of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. In the business community, he was a 2013 Junior Achievement of South Texas inductee into the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame, elected Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year in 2009 by the San Antonio Restaurant Association, and is a Hall of Honor member of the Texas Restaurant Association.

Hasslocher is also an avid outdoorsman, and serves on the board of the Texas Parks & Wildlife’s “Operation Game Thief” (an anti-poaching initiative), past president and CEO of the Texas Deer Association, and chairman/advisory member of the Wildlife Management Program at Southwest Texas Junior College.



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