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Board of Directors

Charles E. Bell, M.D, M.S.

Charles E. Bell, M.D, M.S. is currently semi-retired and works part-time with a number of clients on medical and health policy issues.

He served as the President of the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute in Dallas, Texas from January 2013 to March 2016. He served as Deputy Executive Commissioner at Texas Health and Human Services Commission from March 2003 to August 2011. During his career in state service he has served as the Interim Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services in 2006 and as the Interim Commissioner of the Texas Department of Health in 2001.

He has also held the following positions: Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Department of Health (TDH); Regional Medical Director of TDH Public Health Region 1 in Lubbock, Texas; Chief of the Bureau of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention; and Medical Director of the Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic at the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

Dr. Bell received his undergraduate degree for the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, completed a one-year residency in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, and received his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Bell is a native Texan born in Port Arthur, Texas.

Carl Richie

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.

Amit Motwani

Amit Motwani’s executive leadership spans the arenas of strategy, operations, technology, and analytics. He came to Austin 25 years ago to attend The University of Texas at Austin and later joined the software startup team of CTK (now Social Solutions Global), where he served as chief technology officer. Motwani led the launch of CTK’s United Kingdom branch in London and later returned to Austin, where he began his journey in nonprofit direct services with an early focus on adult literacy. In Austin, he launched a 15-year professional trajectory bridging a hands-on understanding of human service programming with a commercially data-driven executive mindset.

Amit currently serves as chief executive officer for the Rupani Foundation, an organization improving children’s school readiness and empowering marginalized communities in South Asia, Central Asia, and the United States. Prior to this role, Amit was the chief operating officer at El Buen Samaritano, an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Earlier in his career, he was the chief information officer at United Way for Greater Austin, where he helped transform the organization’s approach to data and analytics. There, he also led the creation of Austin’s “2-Gen” Coalition, uniting public and private funders and service providers around the same table to improve economic and social mobility. Motwani served as lead adviser to the United Way and Dr. Chris King’s Policy Research Project cohort on related anti-poverty strategies at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Motwani is passionate about civil rights and universal, equitable access to basic needs for all, and his commitment is reflected in his extensive service on nonprofit, commercial, and municipal boards and commissions.

Juan Garza

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

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.

Eddie Southard

Eddie Southard was appointed to the Sendero Board in July of 2017.

He spent over 37 years at State Farm Insurance, having served in numerous leadership roles in corporate and at five operations centers across the country. During his time at State Farm he assembled and developed effective teams and participated in multiple process improvement efforts resulting in companywide impact. As an avid supporter of diversity in the workplace he assisted in recruiting qualified and diverse candidates for career opportunities during his tenure at State Farm. He retired in May of 2017.

Eddie is active in the community. He is a member of the Austin Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. where he has serves on the leadership team and various committees, including his current tenure as community service chairman.

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