Meet the Council

Gloria Canseco, M.A. – Presiding Officer

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.

Dr.h.c. Sarah Abraham – Public Member, LPC Board

Dr. Sarah Abraham of Sugar Land is the president and CEO of Zoya Enterprises, Vice President of Transtar A/C Supply and host of TV Show Amazing Grace.
Appointed by Governor Rick Perry to Board of Private Sector Industry Oversight Authority. 2008-2013
Appointed by Governor Rick Perry to Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
On the Board of Daya, Aspire, Houston Community College and Harmony public school.
Received Bachelors in Business Administration from University of Houston, Masters in Public Health from ST. Xaviers University and Doctorate in Administrative Leadership from University of Baltimore.

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.  His background is in industrial, office and land properties representing tenants, buyers and owners.  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. John and his wife Molly Beth live in Waxahachie with their sons William and Matthew.

Timothy M. Brown, M.S.W. – Professional Member, Social Worker Board

Tim Brown is the Associate Chief of Social Work Mental Health for VA North Texas Health Care System, where he is the director of six programs and provides clinical supervision for social work practice in the Mental Health Division of VANTHCS. He holds a TSBSWE-Board Approved Supervisor status and an Academy of Certified Social Worker from the National Association of Social Workers. Tim is a Social Work Field Instructor for five schools of social work. He was appointed to Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners by Governor Rick Perry in 2004, again in 2009 and reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015. Tim has served as the Chair/Presiding Officer of TSBSWE since July 2008. He was appointed by the TSBSWE board to Texas Behavior Health Executive Council in 2019. He has served on the TBHEC Incubation Task Force and TBHEC Hiring Group. Tim has served in multiple leadership roles with the National Association of Social Worker Texas Chapter and the Association of Social Work Boards, currently finishing his term in the Office of the President. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Prairie View A & M University and a Master Social Work with a Specialization in End-of-Life Care from Baylor University.

Steve Christopherson, M.S. – Professional Member, LPC Board

Steve is the Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. He was appointed to the Board in 2009 and has been Chair since July 2018. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas since 1998 and Nationally Board certified with the National Board of Certified Counselors since 2000. He is the owner and Clinical Director of ProAct Counseling with offices in Pasadena and Mont Belvieu. He spent 30 years as an educator for Pasadena ISD where he taught high school math and was a school counselor. He began private practice in 1999. He has served as an adjunct professor teaching graduate ethics at the University of Houston at Clear Lake. He serves in a leadership position in his church, is an avid Harley motorcycle enthusiast and is an officer in a national motorcycle ministry. He has been married for 31 years and has 4 adult children.

Susan Fletcher, Ph.D. – Professional Member, Psychology Board

Susan Fletcher, Ph.D. is a practicing psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology in Frisco, Texas.  She is in private practice specializing in working with families and also serving in various roles forensically.  She is an author and presents at national conferences.  Dr. Fletcher is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, American Association of Suicidology and her local professional organizations.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Performance from the University of Florida and her graduate degrees from Texas Woman’s University in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology.

George F. Francis, IV, M.B.A. – Public Member, LMFT Board

Ben Morris, M.Ed. – Public Member, Social Worker Board

Jennifer Smothermon, M.A. – Professional Member, LMFT Board

Jennifer Smothermon, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S, of Abilene, Texas, is a therapist and the Director of Development at the Ministry of Counseling and Enrichment. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, serves as the Graduate Internship Coordinator and Supervisor for graduate students in practicum from two universities and serves as a board-approved supervisor for interns and associates seeking licensure. Jennifer specializes in family and play therapy, trauma informed care and attachment-based therapies. She was appointed as a professional member to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists by Governor Rick Perry in 2012. In 2016, she was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as the Presiding Officer of TSBEMFT. During her tenure on TSBEMFT, she has chaired the Ethics, Licensing Standards, and Professional Development Committees and has served on the Rules Committee. She represented the board throughout legislative hearings in two Sunset Reviews. She was appointed as the TSBEMFT Professional Member to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council in 2019. She was appointed by TSBEMFT to serve on the TBHEC Incubation Task Force and has served on the TBHEC Hiring Group and the Strategic Planning Group. Jennifer has served as the TSBEMFT delegate to the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards since 2015. She served on the AMFTRB Teletherapy Committee and co-authored AMFTRB Teletherapy Guidelines, served on their Mobility Committee and served 2 terms as Member at Large. She is currently serving as the President-Elect for AMFTRB. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Family Psychology at Hardin-Simmons University.

Executive Staff for the Council

Darrel D. Spinks, 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