Middle School Student Leader
Ben Hofer is an eighth-grader at St. Andrew’s Episcopal. He received the Middle School Student Leader award for his ongoing efforts to address school-lunch shaming. After reading about Austin Independent School District’s lunch debt, Hofer committed to pay off the lunch debt first at three schools and then for the entire school district through an online campaign. Hofer recognized a health issue affecting his community and made an impact through a commitment to change.
High School Student Leader
Jose Ponce is student at Del Valle High School in Del Valle ISD. He received the High School Leader award for his hard work and commitment to implement a new science club at his high school. After being in Science Olympiad throughout middle school, Ponce identified the need for a team at the high school and created an after-school club — navigating complicated school processes to implement this important health initiative. Ponce is also an aspiring physician.
Middle School Educator Leader
Jessica Davis is a teacher at Dailey Middle School in Del Valle ISD. She received the Middle School Educator Leader award for her dedication to her students during and after school. Davis leads the Science Olympiad team, which competes at regional and state competitions each year. She has made a substantial contribution to health by helping students understand that regardless of their background, through work and determination they can compete and strive for any goal in the health care field.
High School Educator Leader
Sanford Jeames, Ph.D.
Sanford Jeames is a teacher at Eastside Memorial High School at Austin ISD. Jeames has transformed the health sciences program at his high school over the last six years. His work includes creating partnerships with community organizations resulting in internships, college credits and other opportunities. Jeames also works to address health disparities, prejudice and racism in health care to advocate and create change for students in communities who have historically been underserved.
Community Volunteer Leader
Susan Dawson is the founder and executive director of E3 Alliance. She received the Community Volunteer Leader award for her dedication to the Central Texas Breast Health Coalition. Since personally experiencing breast cancer, Dawson has dedicated a significant amount of her time helping breast cancer patients who are uninsured gain access to cancer care. Through her perseverance and compassion, she is making a noticeable difference in the health of our community that we will see for many years to come.
Health Care Practitioner Leader
Dana Saltalamachia, LCDC
Dana Saltalamachia is the point-person for Integral Care’s Street Outreach Team. She received the Health Care Practitioner Leader award for her work with HIV and hepatitis C testing and treatment for Travis County residents who are experiencing homelessness or have low income. Through compassion and respect, Saltalamachia connects with so many patients who are otherwise challenging to reach and typically do not receive treatment. Saltalamachia is a committed health care practitioner who serves as a role model for how health care should be delivered.
Transformational Health Leader
Rhonda Mundhenk, J.D., MPH
Rhonda Mundhenk is the chief operating officer at Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC). She received the Transformational Leader award for her innovative methods of advancing health. Mundhenk was able to bring LSCC back to life, preserving this vital source of care for un- and under-insured individuals in Central Texas and extending services beyond primary care. Mundhenk is a committed leader who through strong leadership, action and advocacy has played a vital role in driving transformation for a healthier Austin.
Health Ecosystem Leader
Austin Recovery & People’s Community Clinic
Austin Recovery and People’s Community Clinic received the Health Ecosystem Leader award for their integrated services to provide free onsite substance use treatment. This is an innovative collaboration to provide counseling and care coordination while addressing the physical health needs of their patients. This partnership is a great example of two organizations working together in our ecosystem to address one or more key drivers of health and demonstrate measurable results.
Public Service Health Leader
Sen. Kirk Watson
The Public Service Leader award went to Sen. Kirk Watson. He was recognized for his continuing leadership in health in Texas, including advancing support for Austin State Hospital’s Brain Health Redesign. Watson’s continued support and commitment to improving health and health care in our community has transformed our regional health care model in many different ways — including the creation of Dell Medical School.
- Ava Cuellar, Del Valle ISD
- Terranice Estep, Austin ISD
- Ben Hofer, St. Andrew’s Episcopal
- Rayna Manchala, Austin ISD
- Kanye Milligan, Del Valle ISD
- Leonardo Najar, Del Valle ISD
- Amanda Ohaechesi, Austin ISD
- Jose Ponce, Del Valle ISD
- Ari Sharma, Austin ISD
- Amanda Cortez, Del Valle ISD
- Jessica Davis, Del Valle ISD
- Sanford Jeames, Austin ISD
- David Journeay, Austin ISD
- Genessee Klemm, Eanes ISD
- Andrew Langford, Austin ISD
- Rocio Rangel, IDEA Public Schools
Community Volunteer Heroes
- Susan Dawson, Central Texas Breast Health Coalition
- Monica Guzman, Restore Rundberg
- Lea Isgur, Foundation Communities
- Tia McCurdy, Dell Seton Medical Center
- Adamma Ohueri, Sickle Cell Association of Texas
- Tina Ward, Austin Black Physicians Association
Health Care Practitioner Heroes
- CCC Medical Management, Community Care Collaborative
- Jacqueline Kerr, Ascension Seton
- Sharad Kohli, People’s Community Clinic
- Galit Rudow, CommUnityCare
- Dana Saltalamachia, Integral Care
- Brandon Wollerson, Kind Clinic
Health Ecosystem Heroes
- Austin Recovery
- Austin Speech Labs
- The Christi Center
- Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
- Flatwater Foundation
- HealthStart Foundation
- It’s Time Texas
- Lone Star Circle of Care
- No More, No Más
- People’s Community Clinic
- Regarding Cancer
- SAFE Alliance
- The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place
Transformational Health Heroes
- Jenny Black, SAFE Alliance
- Chris Born, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
- Hailey Easley, Austin Asian Community Health Initiative
- Alexander Mancevski, Health Through Science
- Charles A. Moody Jr., Community Coalition for Health
- Rhonda Mundhenk, Lone Star Circle of Care
- Karen Ranus, NAMI Central Texas
- Carolyn White-Mosley, Del Valle ISD
Public Service Health Heroes
- Council Member Greg Casar, City of Austin
- Rep. Lloyd Doggett, U.S. House of Representatives
- County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County
- Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza, City of Austin
- Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, City of Austin
- Sen. Kirk Watson, Texas State Senate