Board of Directors

CFHP was established in 1995, by the University Health System, specifically to begin providing health care coverage to the citizens of Bexar and the surrounding seven counties. As the only locally owned and managed, non-profit health plan in the area, our commitment to our members is to provide great health care benefits backed by outstanding service, delivered by people who live right here in South Texas.

Board of DIrectorsExecutive Leadership

CFHP Board of Directors Group

Rene Escobedo

Rene Escobedo

BOD Chair

Board Chair, Rene Escobedo, Attorney at Law, operates his own practice, specializing in civil litigation, corporate, business, municipal, and administrative law. He received his BBA in accounting from UTSA and his law degree from Saint Mary’s University School of Law. Escobedo is involved with the Greater Chamber of Commerce Education Council, Catholic Charities Board of Directors, University of Texas at San Antonio Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the United Way Board of Trustees. Mr. Escobedo was appointed to the CFHP Board in 2002.

Paul Nguyen

Paul Nguyen

Vice Chair

Paul Nguyen is the President and CEO for CommuniCare Health Centers. He has over 20 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience in both inpatient and ambulatory services. Prior to becoming the CEO, Paul served as the Chief Operations Officer for the organization. Paul’s healthcare administration background includes working in two level I trauma centers at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX and Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland, OR. He also has worked with critical access hospitals in rural Wyoming and Montana where he designed and initiated various strategies in operation efficiency and emergency preparedness. Paul Nguyen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology from Park University and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Webster University.

Bryan Bayles, Ph.D., MPH

Bryan Bayles, Ph.D., MPH

BOD Member

As curator of Anthropology and Health, Dr. Bayles oversees the Witte Museum’s pioneering H-E-B Body Adventure powered by University Health System. As a Medical Anthropologist engaged in active field research throughout South Texas and Mesoamerica, Dr. Bayles provides expertise in the design, implementation, and evaluation of culturally competent community health programs.

A member of the Mayor’s Fitness Council and UTHSCSA Department of Family & Community Medicine, Dr. Bayles works closely with an ever-widening range of community partners to ensure that the Witte Museum’s H-E-B Body Adventure continues to be at the forefront of a new national model for the empowerment of families in healthy living and lifelong learning.

Dr. Dianna Burns-Banks

Dr. Dianna Burns-Banks

BOD Member

Dr. Burns-Banks is a board certified pediatrician with over 20 years of experience in primary care. She is the owner and one of the founders of South Texas Center for Pediatric Care. She completed her medical school, internship and pediatric residency at University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. She earned a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.

She is a community activist and a patient advocate. She has been honored by the San Antonio Business Journal as a Healthcare Hero and was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006. She continues to be passionate about educating the parents of her patients in the office and advocating for accessibility for quality care for both physical and mental healthcare services for all the children of our community.

George B. Hernández, Jr.

George B. Hernández, Jr.

BOD Member

George B. Hernández, Jr., JD, is the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Bexar County Hospital District, a countywide hospital district doing business as University Health System. The Health System serves as the principal partner of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and helps train over 2500 health care professionals annually.

University Health System is the first and only health system in San Antonio and South Texas to earn Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). As one of the Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems in the nation, University Health System ranks in the top one percent of U.S. health organizations for achieving a high level of information technology integration.  Most recently, University Hospital was named the best hospital in metropolitan San Antonio by U.S. News & World Report among 52 metropolitan areas across the country.

Hernandez was the recipient of the Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers 2009 Frank M. Adams Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service; and the 2010 Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives Award by Modern Healthcare Magazine. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals and the Executive Committee of the Texas Hospital Association. Hernández is a native of San Antonio. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University and law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is married to Adel Hernandez; they have three children and a grandson.

Christopher Reed Hurley

Christopher Reed Hurley

BOD Member

Reed Hurley is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University Health System. Mr. Hurley holds a Master’s of Accounting degree from Nova Southeastern University in South Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Houston. He is a Certified Public Account and has more than 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare. 

He moved to San Antonio in 2008 and has been with University Health System since March of 2014. As the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, he is directly responsible for the fiscal affairs of the $1.8 Billion governmental Health System.

Thomas C. Mayes, Jr.

Thomas C. Mayes, Jr.

BOD Member

Thomas C. Mayes, Jr. is a partner with Phipps Deacon Purnell, PLLC, a San Antonio law firm, and an active volunteer serving on
civic committees and boards in Bexar County. He joined the Bexar County Hospital District Board of Managers in 2020. He was
nominated by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

Mayes, known as T.J., graduated from Winston Churchill High School in the North East Independent School District. He earned
his undergraduate degree in political science from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and his law degree from Southern
Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas.

Mayes’ public service interests largely center on healthcare and education, including chair of the Bexar County Opioid Task Force and chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee, as well as member of the San Antonio Medical Foundation Board of Trustees, the North East Education Foundation Board of Directors, the North East
Independent School District Bond Oversight Committee, and the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness Board of Directors.

Members of Our Executive Leadership

Theresa Scepanski

Theresa Scepanski

Chief Executive Officer

Theresa Scepanski is the Interim Chief Executive Officer at Community First Health Plans and the Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer for University Health System.

Theresa Scepanski began her career with University Health System in 1995. With over 35 years of experience in human resources development and leadership, Theresa’s skills and abilities have led to her being promoted to several key management roles and eventually to her current position as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer.

Theresa served as Interim Chief Executive Officer for Community First Health Plans, HMO in 2010. Theresa was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer in 2012. In this role, she has spearheaded significant improvements and expansions in all of her current areas of responsibility; Human Resources, Center for Learning Excellence, Volunteer Services, Employee Health, Safety & Wellness, Environment of Care, Emergency Preparedness and Detention Health Care Services.

Previous board affiliations include CentroMed and the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio. Theresa has served as Chair for the University Health System annual United Way Campaign since 2006.

Theresa grew up in San Antonio and is a graduate of Harlandale High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications and a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, graduating with honors.

Daverick Isaac

Daverick Isaac

Chief Financial Officer

Daverick is a Senior Finance executive with over 13 years of experience leading finance and accounting operations in the Insurance industry. He has demonstrated success in managing multi-million dollar budgets and setting strategic financial direction for companies such as NTA Life, Affirmative Insurance Holdings, and FirstCare Health Plans. He is known for his ability to optimize financial processes, drive efficiencies, and reduce costs across the board.

In 2015, Daverick joined FirstCare Health Plans in Austin, TX and quickly ascended to serve as the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Vice President where be managed over $600 Million in revenue. He then led the acquisition and financial transition of FirstCare Health Plans to Scott & White Health Plan before joining Community First Health Plans in 2020.

Daverick is originally from Fort Worth, TX. He received his Bachelors in Accounting from Hastings College in Nebraska and then his Masters from Liberty University in Virginia. He serves as Vice President of Corporate Relations for the National Association of Black Accountants, Austin Chapter. He is also an active member of the Finance and Budget Committee for the city of Pflugerville, TX as well as the Value Based Payment & Quality Improvement Committee for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Daverick is the proud father to two beautiful daughters and husband to an accomplished entrepreneurial wife.

Susan Lomba

Susan Lomba

Chief Compliance & Quality Officer

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Susan Lomba is the Chief Compliance & Quality Officer for Community First Health Plans.  She leads oversight of practitioner and provider credentialing, appeals of adverse benefit determination, clinical quality performance metrics reporting, health plan accreditation activities, and compliance auditing and reporting.     

Susan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center.  She has 33 years of experience in various managed care roles, to include eight years working with national insurers Kaiser Permanente and Humana.  In the span of 23 years at Community First Health Plans, she has developed a comprehensive knowledge of legislative and contractual requirements for Commercial, Medicaid, CHIP and STAR Kids.  She led the growth and development of the Health Promotion & Wellness department, facilitated procedural improvements in the Member Services and Member Services Resolution department, and developed the infrastructure and operational guidance for the Quality Management & Accreditation departments.    

Priti Mody-Bailey, MD

Priti Mody-Bailey, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mody-Bailey serves as the Vice President/Chief Medical Officer for CFHP. As the Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, she has over 24 years of experience as a medical professional and is responsible for the oversight of the Quality Management and Health Services Management Departments at CFHP, including strategic planning, policy-making, informatics and health information technology, clinical guideline development, statistics, including predictive modeling, utilization management, and quality assurance.

Prior to CFHP, Dr. Mody-Bailey was CEO and a practicing physician for Community Medicine Associates, the physician practice group for University Health System.

Dr. Mody-Bailey is a licensed physician, with licensure in Texas under the Texas Medical Board as a medical doctor, with no restrictions or licensure limitations. She is also certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine, a Master in Public Health degree from Webster University.

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