Board of Directors

Our governing body.

CHI St. Joseph Health is the governing body for all CHI St. Joseph Health hospitals, clinics, long term care centers, CHI St. Joseph Health EMS and other CHI St. Joseph Health services in the 9-county Brazos Valley area.

Members of the CHI St. Joseph Health Board of Directors include:

James E. Blair III
Chairman of the Board
James Blair is a graduate of Texas A&M University.  He is the Vice President of J&B Propane in Madisonville, Texas.  James is an active member of First Baptist Church of Madisonville and also serves on the Madison County Appraisal Board.

Tony Morelos
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
Prior to joining the W.E. Gibson Agency in 2002, Tony was a successful independent agent in Houston for over 25 years.  He is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston, as well as a past director and regional vice president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas.  Tony currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for CHI St. Joseph Health.  He is a past president of the Navasota/Grimes County Chamber of Commerce.  Tony and his wife Cheryl are members of the First Baptist Church of Navasota.

Robert Upchurch
Secretary, Board of Directors
Robert Upchurch is a graduate of Texas A&M University ‘84.  Robert serves as President, CEO, & Chairman of First State Bank of Bedias.  He is also Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Bedias.  He is a former director of the Texas Bankers Association and has served on the Community Bankers Council of the American Bankers Association.  Since 2000, Robert has held several governance roles at CHI St. Joseph Health, including chairman of the Governance Council of the Grimes Hospital and later as chairman of the Governance Council of the Regional Hospital in Bryan.  

Antonio Arreola-Risa, Ph.D.
Board Member
Dr. Arreola-Risa attended Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico, Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University to obtain his Ph.D. He currently teaches undergraduate, masters and doctoral courses at Texas A&M University. He is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Michael Cohen, M.D.
Board Member
Dr. Cohen obtained his medical degree from Texas A&M University Health Science Center, College of Medicine in College Station, Texas. He completed an internship in Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. As a founding member of Brazos Valley Pathology, he has served as Medical Director of Laboratories and Department of Pathology chairman at CHI St. Joseph Health since 1999. Dr. Cohen is also a past president of the CHI St. Joseph Health medical staff.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.  Dr. Cohen is a member of the College of American Pathologists, American College of Physician Executives and Brazos Valley Pathology Physicians Organization. 

Chuck Ellison
Board Member
Chuck is a long time resident of the Brazos Valley, having graduated from Brenham High School in 1972 and Texas A&M University in 1976.  After receiving his law degree from Texas Tech School of Law in 1979, he spent 4 years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  He returned to Bryan/College Station in 1983 to practice law with Delaney, Caperton, Rodgers & Miller. In 1999 he opened The Ellison Firm.  Chuck has been active in his profession and the community during his career.  

Gina Flores
Board Member
Gina Bass Flores and her husband, Congressman William H. “Bill” Flores (TX-17) grew up in Stratford, Texas.  A graduate of both Texas Tech University and Sam Houston State University, Gina taught middle school English in Christian and public schools for 18 years.  The Flores family resides in Bryan and attends Central Baptist Church.  In addition to CHI St. Joseph Health, Gina currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bryan ISD Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley, OPAS at Texas A&M University, Friends of the Sterling C. Evans Library and Sam Houston State University College of Liberal Arts.

John Grube
Board Member
John Grube lives in his native Bellville where he is retired after a 40-plus year career as an attorney in the natural gas industry.  He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law.  Active in his community, John has served on the boards of the Bellville Hospital District, Bellville Hospital Foundation, Bellville General Hospital,  and the City Parks Board; and as a trustee of Bellville United Methodist Church.  He has also served as President of the Bellville Lions Club, the Texas Exes Austin County Chapter, and the Bellville Historical Society. He is a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Austin County Bar Association.  He is the current Board President of the Bellville Hospital.

Caroline McDonald
Board Member
A board member for more than 28 years, Caroline McDonald has faithfully served CHI St. Joseph Health.  Caroline is a native of Brownsville, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin.  Caroline’s community volunteer service and leadership have been acknowledged with the presentation of the “Women of Distinction Award” by the Bluebonnet Girl Scout Council and “You Are Tops” by the Prenatal Clinic. 

Mark Scarmardo
Board Member
Mark Scarmardo attended Sam Houston State University and Texas A&M University.  A resident of Bryan, Scarmardo owns The Farm Patch and Scarmardo Foodservice.  He also serves on the boards for the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

Michael Steines, M.D.
Board Member
Dr. Michael W. Steines earned his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine. He then completed his residency and internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Steines relocated to the Bryan/College Station to start his practice. Dr. Steines obtained board certification from the American Board of Surgery in 1997 and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgery in 1999. 

Michael Covert
CEO, CHI Texas Division

Rick Napper
CEO, CHI St. Joseph Health