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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


Linda Rivas, Vice Chair

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Linda Rivas

Linda Rivas was nominated to the Bexar County Hospital District’s Board of Managers in 2005 by Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 1 Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez and is vice chair of the board. She also serves as a member on the Pension Board of Trustees.

Rivas is the President of SER Jobs for Progress Inc. of San Antonio, a non-profit community-based organization committed to securing employment opportunities, training and upgrading the employability of workers in the Bexar County area.

In 2006, she was elected to the SER Board of Directors of SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. and was appointed secretary of the board in 2008. Rivas is also on the boards of directors of the COSA VERO TIRZ twenty-eight and the Alamo Area Council of Governments. She serves as board chair of the Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service Leadership Advisory Board, in addition to her volunteer efforts on several other committees and chambers of commerce throughout Texas.


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.


Dr. Dianna M. Burns, Secretary

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Dr. Dianna M. Burns

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

Dr. Burns 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 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 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.


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.


Bo Gilbert

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Bo Gilbert

Bo Gilbert was nominated to the Bexar County Hospital District Board of Managers in 2014 by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and his master’s degree in business administration from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Gilbert has served as assistant vice president of government relations at USAA since 2006, managing government and industry relations for a 13-state region. He has more than 30 years of insurance management experience. Prior to joining USAA, he was director of governmental affairs at the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas for eight years.

He serves on the boards of a number of organizations, both civic and professional. He is chair of the Insurance Council of Texas, and a board member the Texas Civil Justice League, the Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers and the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana. Gilbert also serves on the board of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Steering Committee and Public Affairs Committee.


Ira Smith, Jr.

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Ira Smith

Ira Smith Jr. 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.



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