Board of Directors
Mental Health Resource of Texas is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that operates publicly as Via Hope. It was chartered by the Texas Secretary of State in 2014 and is governed by a Board of Directors.
David Weden, CPA – President
David Weden, CPA, serves as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Integral Care, the local mental health and intellectual and developmental disability authority for Austin and Travis County. David has over 20 years of experience working in the community mental health system, working both in rural and urban settings. In addition to serving on the Via Hope Board, David currently serves as President of the National Association for Rural Mental Health, Treasurer of the National Association for County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, Chair of the Texas State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee, and an Advisory Board Member of the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technical Transfer Center. David is a CPA with a Master of Accountancy degree from Texas State University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Texas Lutheran University.
Sam Shore, LMSW – Vice President
For more than 40 years I have been active in community mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation. My work has coalesced around the promotion of self-determination, independence, and recovery for people living with serious mental illness. For the past five years, I have been a Principle for TriWest Group, a small behavioral health consulting group. I serve as the Director of the Academy of Policymakers for the Center on Integrated Health Care & Self-Directed Recovery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Prior to joining TriWest, I was Director of various programs within the Texas Department of State Health Services, including Community Mental Health Services, and the Center for Policy and Innovation. Also, as the Director of Mental Health Transformation and Behavioral Health Operations for the State of Texas, I was directly involved in initiatives to explore novel ways to organize, deliver, and finance public mental health services. These initiatives included, for example, successful leadership for the state’s Mental Health Transformation Grant, Project Director for the state’s Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Grant, implementation of statewide veteran’s mental health services, implementation of Medicare Part D, and implementation of behavioral health services in the STAR+Plus Medicaid Managed Care program. I was directly involved in the Texas Self-Directed Care research project in Dallas. On that project I helped convene community stakeholders in the Dallas metropolitan area to design, implement, and study an SDC program from the ground up.
Chris Schimpf, MBA, CPA, CGMA – Treasurer
Chris Schimpf, MBA, CPA, CGMA is currently the Controller for Capital Commercial Investments, Inc., an Austin, TX based commercial real estate asset management firm. Past experience includes senior financial roles in the private sector, including the technology, insurance, and service industries. Chris received his MBA with specializations in Finance and Information Technology. In addition, Chris is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with memberships in both the American Institute of CPAs and the Texas Society of CPAs. Originally from the New Orleans area, Chris has worked and lived in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; and now in Austin, TX. For the past 13 years, he has resided with his wife, Kari, and three sons (Will, Max, and Charlie) in Cedar Park, TX.
Eric Glenn – Secretary
Eric Glenn is a 36-year veteran of the Texas Legislative and regulatory process. In 2003, Eric formed TxLobbyAssist, Inc., a legislative and public affairs consulting group. Prior to his new venture, Eric was the V.P. for Regional Affairs for the health insurance company, Humana, Inc. where he managed and tracked legislative issues relating to the managed care industry and coordinated political action committee activities for Humana employees in Texas. Eric was also responsible for development and management of Humana’s grassroots network comprised of employers, agents, brokers, physicians and member champions.
Glenn also served as the V.P. for Government Affairs for the Texas Association of Business, leading TAB’s efforts on Workers’ Compensation and Tort Reform. He also served as director of Governmental Relations for the Texas Workforce Commission and as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director and Chief Committee Clerk to state Rep. Ron Wilson (D – Houston). In 2017 he shifted his focus and became V.P. Business Development for Superior Health Plan of Texas.
During his 13 years working in the Texas House of Representative, he was instrumental in the passage of landmark legislation, including the Texas Lottery, and recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a state holiday. He served as Chief Committee Clerk for the Texas House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures, as Chief Committee Clerk for the Texas House Select Committee on Rules, as Chief Committee Clerk for the Texas House Committee on Liquor Regulation, and as Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for the Texas House of Representatives
Glenn is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and attended the University of Southern California- School of Theatre. He lives in Austin with his wife of 33 years-Lisa. They have one daughter Riley, who is a graduate of Baylor University.
Michele Bibby is President of MAB Consulting Services. As President of MAB Consulting Services, Michele is a person with lived experience of mental health recovery. Michele provides mental health education, advocacy, and policy analysis to public and private entities. Michele designs and delivers mental health workshops and training. Michele delivers public speeches and presentations on mental health policy matters. Michele Bibby previously enjoyed a successful career in Human Resources Management in the Private and Public Sector. Michele has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification. Michele is a Certified Peer Specialist and a certified mediator. Michele previously held legislative positions with a Texas State Representative and Texas State Senator.
Michele’s previous civic leadership engagement include:
- Via Hope Board Member (2019 – Present)
- Texas Exes Black Alumni Network Board Member (2018 – 2019)
- Appointed to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee by HHSC Executive Director (2013 – 2015)
- Appointed to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Medical Care Advisory Committee by the HHSC Executive Director (2015)
- Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Recovery Oriented System of Care Work Group, Co-Chair (2015)
- Hogg Foundation Mental Health Policy Academy Fellow (2012 – 2014) Co-Hort
- Leadership Texas, Graduate, 1998
- Leadership Austin, Graduate, 1990
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Austin, Board member, January 1987 – 1989
Michele holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin (1984). Michelle is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Michelle has two children. Her son, Julian is studying in the Computer Network field. Michele’s daughter Jordan will attend Wellesley College in the Fall of 2021.
Representative John Davis
John Davis is a fifth generation Texan who today proudly carries the title of “Energy Rancher.” Davis has built a lifetime of service to his family, his community, and the state of Texas. His hard-earned business experience coupled with his bedrock conservative Republican principles and a passion for public service provided him an opportunity to serve in the Texas Legislature from 1998 – 2015. Davis served in a number of leadership positions on various committees ranging from Appropriations, Public Health, Public Education, Energy Resources. He also served as Chairman of the House Economic Development Committee.
The second phase of John Davis’ professional career led him to return to his family’s roots in ranching. Today, he proudly owns and operates Pecan Spring Ranch, the family ranch in West Texas founded in 1880 by his great-great-grandparents who emigrated from Germany. Pecan Spring Ranch has developed a strong reputation for quality cattle, sheep, and goats. Inspired by his family’s land stewardship heritage, John and his wife Jayne have also begun restoration work on many of the ranch’s historical structures. Davis is a member of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
In 2017, Davis and his family partnered with a wind energy developer to provide ranch acreage for part of the Cactus Flats Wind Farm, one of the state’s premier wind energy developments. In addition, they are also actively working to co-locate a solar farm on his family’s ranch. Investments from these forms of clean, renewable energy allow the Davis family to carry their nineteenth-century legacy of ranching into the twenty-first century.
In 2015, he founded the independent consulting firm Pecan Spring Consulting, with a mission to champion causes such as space research and development, construction industry advocacy, healthcare policy, and Texans with disabilities. John serves as an advisor to the Texas Silver-Haired Legislators and as a Board Member of Via Hope, a mental health advocacy organization. Davis earned a BBA in finance from Baylor University and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Houston. The Clear Lake native married his bride Jayne in 1984 and they’ve proudly raised three sons together: Reagan (married to Victoria), Samuel, and Gaston. They recently welcomed their first grandson, Brooks Edward Davis.
Alex’s role at Iris consists of leading our marketing team to develop our brand strategy and support our existing partners. Being as determined as he is, Alex is dedicated to spreading awareness of telepsychiatry to clinics and health systems across the United States. Alex graduated from Florida State University, where he studied International Affairs and minored in Business Administration. Growing up, he lived throughout the country, from Florida to Alaska, but he’s finally found his home in Austin, TX. During his free time, Alex likes to explore the food scene in Austin, attend concerts, and spend time with his wife and their two dogs, Riley and Pongo.