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, PhD.
Board Member
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.
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.  

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 Food service.  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. 

Gina Flores
Gina Bass Flores was born in Pecos, Texas. She spent the first nine years of her life on the South Plains, and the remainder of her school years in Stratford, Texas,
where her dad was the school superintendent. Gina attended Texas Tech University from 1975-1978. After marrying Bill, she finished her Bachelor of Arts in Teaching at Sam Houston University in 1979. In her professional career, Gina has been a member of TSTA, on the advisory council for the College of Education at TAMU, and on the advisory board for the College of Liberal Arts at SHSU. Her teaching career includes three years in public school and fourteen years in Christian Education. School districts include Aldine ISD in Houston, Ft. Bend ISD in Sugar Land, Faith Lutheran School in Sugar Land and FBCA in Sugar Land. Since moving to B/CS in late 2006, Gina has served on several boards including: Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, OPAS, Boys and Girls Club, Bryan ISD Foundation, Republican Women of the Brazos Valley and St Joseph’s Hospital. She is also a member of the Woman’s Club. Bill and Gina are members of Central Baptist Church. Gina enjoys helping serve twelve counties with Bill, Congressman of TX-17. She also enjoys reading, traveling, snow skiing, and visiting her grandchildren. Bill and Gina have been married 40 years, and have two sons, Will and John.

Bryan Cole, PhD.
Board Member
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.

Karen Boone, R.N.
Board Member
Karen Boone retired from CHI St. Joseph Health in 2017 after nearly 40 years of service. Beginning her career as a graduate/registered nurse in the Regional Hospital Labor and Delivery department. Karen went on to lead the team as Director of Maternity Services. As a director, Karen served on the CHI St. Joseph Health Ethics Committee and was active in a number of internal leadership initiatives and team events. Karen has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Texas Women's University. She is also a past member of the Ronald McDonald Advisory Board and Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, a Certified Weather Watcher and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Karen has been married for over 40 years to her husband Glenn, and they have three children and two granddaughters.

John Smith
Board Member
A Loan Officer at Citizens State Bank in Caldwell for 16 years, John Smith has been a member of both the Burleson St. Joseph Healthcare Council and Skilled Nursing and Rehab Burleson Governance Council. Involved in his local community, he is also an alumnus of the Texas Agriculture Lifetime Leadership Program and served as part of the Deanville Heritage Foundation, Caldwell's Main Street Program and St. John's Lutheran Church Council. He has a Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. 

Brad White, M.D.
Board Member
Dr. Brad White is a Neurosurgeon in the Texas Brain & Spine Institute and Vice President of Medical Affairs for CHI St. Joseph Health. Part of the team since 2008, Dr. White is a past president of CHI St. Joseph Health medical staff and former chair and vice-chair in the Department of Surgery. He holds both his Medical and Doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Finance. Dr. White has also served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust and both the CHI St. Joseph Health Affordable Care Organization and Clinically Integrated Network.


Marcia Ory, PhD., MPH
Board Member
Dr. Marcia Ory is Regents and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. She also serves as Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives at the Health Sciences Center and is Founding Director of the Texas A&M Board of Regents Center for Population Health and Aging. Dr. Ory holds a Doctoral degree in Family Studies and Sociology from Purdue University, Masters’ degrees from Indiana University and the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Austin. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Doug Lawson, PhD.
CEO, CHI Texas Division

Theron Park
Market President, CHI St. Joseph Health