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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.


Rebecca Q. Cedillo, Secretary

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Rebecca Quantanilla Cedillo

Rebecca Q. Cedillo joined the Bexar County Hospital District's Board of Managers in 2006. She was nominated by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and serves as board secretary.

She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University, and her master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After 25 years of service to municipal governments, she is retired from the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) as Vice President of Planning/Chief of Water Resources. Prior to joining SAWS, she served as director of planning for the City of San Antonio. Cedillo is currently President of Strategic Initiatives, a firm that provides strategic planning, organizational and policy development, and management services to businesses and public agencies.

Cedillo served as chair of the Intergovernmental Affairs Division of the American Planning Association and a member of the Water Resources Council of the American Water Works Association and the Urban Land Institute.

She is currently on several civic boards, and an appointee on several city and county task forces related to public policy, strategic planning, natural resource and urban planning issues. She was a member of United Way of San Antonio Board of Directors, the San Fernando Cathedral Community Centre business affairs and strategic planning committees and Leadership Texas.  Currently she serves as chair of the St. Mary's University Academic Affairs Council and is a member of the Board of Trustees, the San Antonio Parks Foundation Advisory Board and the United Way Masters Leadership Program.


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.


Alexander E. Briseño

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Alexander Briseno

Alexander E. Briseño was nominated to the Bexar County Hospital District's Board of Managers by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff in 2001.

A graduate from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, he received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in urban studies from Trinity University.

Briseño retired as San Antonio City Manager in 2001, after nearly 11 years in the top administrative position and 24 total years with the city.  Prior to joining city government, Briseño earned the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army.  In addition to his service on the Health System Board of Managers, Briseño is also chairman of the Board of Trustees for the San Antonio Water System (SAWS).

Following his retirement, Briseño was appointed Professor of Public Service in Residence at St. Mary’s University where he teaches graduate courses in Public Administration. In addition, he frequently addresses participants in public and private sector professional development seminars and provides municipal consulting services. In recent years, Briseño has also been called upon to serve short-term appointments as Interim President of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Interim President/CEO of the San Antonio Water System, Interim President/CEO of the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI) Network, and Interim Executive Director of the Brooks Development Authority.  the Trinity University Board of Visitors.

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the International City/County Management Association, the Texas City Management Association and the American Society for Public Administration. He also serves on the Trinity University Board of Visitors.


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.


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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