Board of Directors
Mr. Richie’s areas of concentration are administrative law and legislative representation. He represents clients before the Texas Legislature on a broad array of public policy issues. Additionally, he represents clients in administrative matters before state and federal agencies in the areas of campaign finance, energy matters and housing issues. Prior to starting his own law firm, Mr. Richie worked in three major Texas based law firms where he managed both large and small external legislative teams for governmental and quasi-governmental clients, corporations and trade associations on a wide range of public policy issues.
Most recently, he served as Vice President of Government Affairs for TXU Energy where he managed the company’s state legislative and regulatory advocacy team and external consultants. Additionally, he managed TXU Energy’s employee-based political action committee and its associated activities. Mr. Richie has extensive legislative experience. He has worked on all three levels of government. He began his legislative career serving as a Fellow to a member of the United States Congress and later as Council Coordinator to a member of the Houston City Council. Mr. Richie went on to serve as a legislative assistant for two state senators. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Texas Governor Ann W. Richards. While serving in the Governor's office, he supervised the creation of the Texas Ethics Commission and served as the agency’s first Interim Director.
Lynne Hudson R.N. - C.M.P.H.
Lynne Hudson was appointed to the Central Health Board of Managers in May, 2011 by the Austin City Council. Ms. Hudson’s professional career is focused on public health and community based nursing. She is currently a part-time contract nurse practitioner and a member of the clinical faculty with the University of Texas School of Nursing, and has extensive experience in healthcare administration and health policy.
Her medical expertise is in gynecology and general women's health as a Women’s Health Care Advanced Nurse Practitioner, which she still practices as a volunteer and as a consultant. She was previously the director of managed care operations for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, as well as Deputy Associate Commissioner of Health Care Financing for the Texas Department of Health.
Ms. Hudson is an active community supporter, volunteering with Circle of Health International, and as a medical and educational volunteer for numerous humanitarian relief efforts, both domestic and foreign. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of Brackenridge Hospital (now University Medical Center Brackenridge), a member of the Board of Directors for Austin Recovery, a founding member of the Texas Nurse Practitioner Association and a founding member of the Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice.
Mr. Garza has served on the Sendero Board of Directors since January 2014. He served as the Vice President of Finance and Development for Central Health and is currently serving as Director of Finance in which capacity he is leading the master planning project for the reuse/redevelopment of the Central Health Brackenridge Campus.
Mr. Garza was formerly the president of Advance Technology Initiatives for NRG Energy, where he supported NRG Energy’s Advanced and Alternative Power projects in Texas. Prior to this position, Mr. Garza was general manager of Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc., general manager of Austin Energy and city manager for the City of Corpus Christi.
Additionally, Juan completed a tour of duty in Vietnam and has earned a B.S. in Mathematics and an MBA from Loyola University. Mr. Garza calls Cotulla, Texas his hometown, but was raised in several parts of the Midwest and the Southwest.
Jeff Knodel originally came to Central Health as the Regional Healthcare Partnership Director, directing Central Health's role as the anchor entity for Regional Health Partnership 7 of the 1115 Medicaid Waiver in Texas.
Previously, Mr. Knodel was Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the City of Austin, where he held various positions over 25 years, including serving as the Deputy Controller and Controller for the City. Among other projects, he headed the wind-down of operations at the then city owned and operated Brackenridge Hospital, prior to its transition to Central Health in 2004.
Jeff graduated from Southwest Texas State with a Bachelor's Degree in Management and has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 22 years.
Larry Wallace is the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Central Health. He has extensive experience managing integrated healthcare operations and currently provides leadership in developing service delivery strategies to increase access to healthcare by effective integration of primary and specialty care services.
Prior to his current position, he served as Vice President of Community Health at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas, where he led efforts to improve the health status of Tarrant County through increased access and appropriate utilization of community based healthcare.
Larry received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University and his Masters in Business Administration from Amberton University, also in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives as well as the Medical Group Management Association.
What is Obamacare/The Affordable Care Act?
Obamacare, officially known as The Affordable Care Act, was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The law significantly reforms our health care system and aims to ensure affordable health coverage is available to those who don't receive it through an employer. The law mandates that Americans must purchase health insurance, but some people will qualify to get help paying for it if they meet certain criteria. The majority of the reforms begin in 2014, though it won't be completely rolled out until 2022.