Meet the Council

Gloria Canseco, M.A. – Presiding Member

Gloria is the CEO of San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic, a position she assumed in 2020 after serving as Executive Director since 2012.  The San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic is a robust San Antonio nonprofit agency providing charitable dental care to low-income and homeless Bexar County adults.  The clinic, a Christian ministry, is uniquely supported by private funding and provides care annually to people who might not otherwise have access to dental services.

Known for her sharp mind, keen wit, and big heart, Canseco originally hails from Laredo, TX and holds a BA from Mary Baldwin College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude in 1979 and completing her undergraduate studies in 3 years.  Her MA is from Texas A&M International University where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA while working full-time and raising a young family.
In 2016, she was one of 20 non-profit leaders selected for the San Antonio Area Foundation’s first Andeavor Leadership Fellow program.  In 2014, she was selected as the Small Business Leader for the NonProfit Sector by the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.  She lists Laredo Children’s Advocacy Center and Mercy Ministries of Laredo among her most memorable community service board memberships.

As Director of Development at UT Health Science Center, she was selected to participate in the university’s Leadership Education and Development Institute.  She has held positions as Advancement Director for Mercy Ministries, Program Director positions for Texas A&M International University and The Meadows Foundation.

Gloria is married to former United States Congressman, Francisco Canseco.  Gloria and Quico have three adult children and two granddaughters who they indulge at every possible opportunity.

John K. Bielamowicz – Public Member, Psychology Board

John is the founder and President of Biel Partners, LLC, a commercial real estate brokerage and property tax consulting group based in Addison, Texas. He is also the Co-Founder of United States Mask, a manufacturer of N95 respirators made in North Texas.  He is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a concentration in Real Estate.  He is a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight South Central, and serves on the NAIOP North Texas Board of Directors. John and his wife Molly Beth live in Waxahachie with their sons William and Matthew.

Brian C. Brumley, LMSW-IPR – Professional Member, SW Board

Brian Brumley of Sumner is a Licensed Master Social Worker and the director of field education for the School of Social Work at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Association of Social Boards, Red River Valley Fair Association  and Council on Social Work Education. He also volunteers for Community Helpers, Tigertown Community Center, The Dr. Joanne Olivard Foundation and Lamar County Junior Livestock Show. Brumley received a Bachelor of Science in political science and economics from East Texas State University and a Master of Science in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Mark E. Cartwright, Ph.D. – Professional Member, Psychology Board

Dr. Mark Cartwright is the founder and CEO of Cartwright Clinical Services, PLLC. He has been a Texas Licensed Psychologist since 2008, and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology since 2007. He has provided psychological evaluations, psychotherapy, and consultations in a variety of settings, including private practice, schools, hospitals, and long-term care facilities throughout the state of Texas. He is also actively involved in supervising and training individuals seeking licensure in various fields of mental health. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association, and the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Cartwright received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Ohio University, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology from the Ohio State University. He completed an APA accredited doctoral internship at Fort Worth Independent School District and his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in the outpatient psychiatry department.

Steven Hallbauer – Public Member, LPC Board

Steven Hallbauer is a founding member of the law firm Lemons & Hallbauer, LLC in Richardson, Texas. His practice areas include Wills/Estates/Probate, family law, and small business representation.

Originally from Duncanville, Texas, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio/Television/Film and obtained his juris doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2005.

Steven was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors this past summer, and currently serves on the Complaints Committee and Rules Committee. In addition to the Board of Examiners, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He was Chair of the 2017 Greater Dallas Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Steven is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and The University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band. He lives in Rockwall with his wife, two kids and chocolate Labrador Retriever. He enjoys coaching youth soccer, skiing, and cake decorating.

Daniel W. Parrish – Public Member, MFT Board

Quida J. Pryor – Public Member, SW Board

Quida J. Pryor of Sugar Land is a retired educator, corporate business analyst, financial consultant, and project manager. Pryor has over 30 years of professional experience in teaching math at the elementary level, executing payroll systems, testing new financial software, and recommending cost-effective financial process improvements at the corporate level. She is an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and with organizations that aid people with disabilities. She is a certified payroll professional and a past officer in the American Payroll Association. She received the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 2023. Pryor received a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies and Accounting from United States International University and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media from the University of Houston.

Jeanene L. Smith, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT-S – Professional Member, LMFT Board

Jeanene Smith, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor.  She received her undergraduate degree from West Texas A&M and her masters degree from the Seminary of the Southwest.  Jeanene is a member of Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists where she served as a member of the TAMFT board in various positions from 2008 – 2019.  She is also a member of American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association and is a former clinical member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists.  Jeanene is a board member of Austin Center for Grief and Loss.  Jeanene has a private practice in Austin, Texas where she lives with her husband and two large dogs when she is not at the ranch watching longhorns, donkeys and stars in the Texas sky.

Christopher S. Taylor, Ph.D., LPC-S – Professional Member, LPC Board

Christopher S. Taylor, Ph.D. LPC-S, author of My Digital Practice and host of the For Self-Examination podcast, is an adjunct professor of counseling ethics at Dallas Theological Seminary and Amberton University. Dr. Taylor utilizes existential psychotherapy to provide treatment for individuals struggling with loss of identity. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors as a professional member. In 2018, he was unanimously voted as Vice Chair of the board.

Working with various state and private organizations such as Child Protective Services since 2008, Dr. Taylor has experienced the lack of community support for broken homes in both urban and rural communities. In an endeavor to alleviate this issue, Dr. Taylor served as the court coordinator and program developer for Legacy Family Court in Dallas County from 2013 to 2016. In 2015, Legacy Family Court was recognized as “An Agent of Change” by the Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and was awarded an official resolution by Dallas County. In 2016, the Agricultural Commissioner appointed Dr. Taylor to serve on the Rural Health Task Force to assist in developing solutions for the expansion of mental health programs in rural Texas communities.

Dr. Taylor completed his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a focus of existentialism at Texas A & M University. He continues to research and write on the subject of identity and existential development.

All members of the Council are appointed in accordance with Section 507.051 of the Occupations Code and serve until their term expires or until they are replaced or resign.  Article 16, Section 17 of the Texas Constitution provides that appointees with expired terms continue to serve until the last day of the first regular session of the legislature that begins after the expiration of the term.

If you are interested in serving on the Council or one of its member boards, you must apply for appointment through the Governor’s Appointments website.

Executive Staff for the Council

Darrel D. Spinks, Executive Director

Robert Romig, Deputy Executive Director

Tim Speer, Director of Operations

Patrick Hyde, General Counsel

Jennifer Noack, Chief Financial Officer

Maricela Ramirez, Licensing Division Manager

Alfonso Fernandez, Enforcement Division Manager