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.
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.
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, PhD.
Dr. Arreola-Risa is a faculty member in the Information and Operations Management Department at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He received his B.S. from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico, his M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Prior to joining Texas A&M he was on the faculty in the Foster School of Business, University of Washington. He is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
Michael Cohen, M.D.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Bryan Cole, PhD.
Dr. Bryan R. Cole previously served on the Board of Directors from 2007-2013. He is Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. During his 41-year career at Texas A&M, Dr. Cole served in numerous administrative and professorial capacities in the College of Education and Human Development and at the University level. A retired Colonel from active duty and the U.S. Army Reserve, Dr. Cole holds his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Educational Administration from Texas A&M and his Bachelor’s from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is married to Wanda Kay Cole and has two adult children, Keith and Allison, and four grandchildren. He has served as a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Bryan since 1983.
Sister Mary Jo Mike
Sister Mary Jo Mike, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, has been involved in Elementary Education as a teacher and principal for over 40 years and is currently the principal at Nativity BVM School in Biloxi. Sister Mary Jo has a Master’s degree in School Administration from the University of Detroit and a Bachelor’s from Mary Manse College in Toledo, Ohio. Throughout her career, Sister Mike has served on various committees within the Sisters of St. Francis, including Chapter and Assembly committees and the Refugee Task Force. As part of the Nativity Parish, she served on the Liturgy, Social Justice and Education Committees. She has also served as a board member and board chair for Franciscan Services/Sylvania Franciscan Services.
Interim CEO, CHI Texas Division
Kia Parsi, M.D.
Interim CEO, CHI St. Joseph Health