The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced three new hires last Friday:
• Kelly Garcia was named director of government and stakeholder relations where she will serve as liaison between the state agency and elected officials and their staff.
• Carrie Williams was named the system's chief press officer. Previously the director of media relations at the Department of State Health Services, she was the public face of the response to appearances in Texas of Ebola, H1N1, West Nile virus and, most recently, Zika.
• Molly Czepiel, who previously held the position for which Garcia has been hired, was named associate commissioner for policy and performance.