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Board of Trustees

Since our inception, Gulf Bend Center has been a community lead organization, allowing us to meet the needs unique to our region. Continuing that tradition, today a nine-member board of trustees made up of community leaders volunteer their time and expertise to lead and govern the Center.

The following individuals are appointed for two-year terms by the Commissioner's Court of their respective counties. They establish the governing policies of the Center and provide direction and oversight of all authority functions and service provision offered to the people we serve. The board also appoints a Planning and Network Advisory Committee (PNAC), whose purpose is to advise management and the board in the planning and delivery of services to meet the needs of the seven-county service area. For information about meeting times and locations, please call 361.582.2309.

Steve Hipes, Chair
Victoria County

Judge Daryl L. Fowler
DeWitt County

Jeana Bethany
Calhoun County

Edward Ousley
Goliad County

Corey Wasicek
Refugio County

Dr. Sylvester Walleck, Secretary
Jackson County

Gary Burns
Victoria County

Melissa Lester, Vice Chair
Calhoun County

Sheriff Micah C. Harmon
Lavaca County

Mental Health, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities & Substance Use Issues

24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Text 988 or chat