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Meet Our Leadership Team

Kim Pagel

BS, RD, LD

Deputy Assistant Director

WIC Program Manager

DiAnna Harris, RN

Nursing Manager 

Angie Stafford

MPAFF, CHW, CPST

Texas Home Visiting Program Manager

Ashley Cano

Texas Healthy Communities &

Be Well Victoria

Program Manager

Emmanuel Opada

Epidemiologist

Kim Kirbo

HARP

Program Manager

Ralph Montes

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coordinator

Mary Tanguma

Environmental Supervisor

Water Lab Manager

  • David Gonzales, Public Health Director

    David was born and raised in Victoria where he graduated from Victoria High School in 1997. Following high school, he attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi where he graduated Cum Laude and earned a B.S. in Kinesiology. He then went on to attend Texas A&M University in College Station where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Kinesiology in 2003.

    Upon returning to Victoria in 2004, David accepted a position at the Victoria City-County Public Health Department where he would go on to serve as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for seven years. In 2012, he accepted the position as the Trauma Service Area – S Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Coordinator for the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC). 

    As TSA-S HPP Coordinator, David directed regional emergency preparedness and response activities for the 10 hospitals in the Golden Crescent Region.

    After serving for three years the TSA-S HPP Coordinator, David joined the team at Victoria Office of Emergency Management as the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City and County of Victoria in 2015. In his role as Deputy EMC, he would assist in the development, implementation, coordination, and maintenance of emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation plans, exercises, procedures, and programs. David also served as chairs for both the Mid-Coast Hurricane and Disaster Conference Planning Committee and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). During Hurricane Harvey, David served alongside the EMC as the Emergency Operations Center managers during the Harvey response, and played an integral role in the continued recovery efforts to the disaster.   

    David then took the various experiences, knowledge and working relationships acquired from the 14 years in emergency preparedness, management and response and accepted the position as Director of the Victoria County Public Health Department in April of 2019.

  • Delilah Perez, RN, Assistant Director of Health
    “My staff and I are committed to fulfill the goals of our Mission Statement (….by providing public health services essential for healthy communities). It is why we have chosen to serve in the Public Health field.”

    Delilah is a native Victorian, with a long history (27 years) of working for government entities; City of Victoria, Golden Crescent Planning Commission and the Victoria County Public Health Department. Delilah has 19 years of public health nursing and leadership experience. Delilah graduated from Victoria College with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Delilah is a current member of the ADN Advisory Board and the Head Start Health Advisory Board. She has been recognized for her outstanding service from the Victoria County Volunteer Firefighters; “Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Contributions” and by the Head Start Program; “Outstanding Community Volunteer.

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  • Kimberly Pagel, BS, RD, LD
Deputy Assistant Director / WIC Program Manager
    “I love what our program stands for. We are here to serve the public and do so by providing families with the tools they need to make healthy choices. It’s very rewarding to know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life”.

    Kimberly attended Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences- Nutrition and Foods. She later completed her Dietetic Internship with the Texas Department of State Health Services and received accreditation with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and holds a license to practice as a Registered Dietitian. She is also licensed with the Texas State of board of Examiners of Dietitians.
    Kimberly has worked with the Victoria County Public Health Department- WIC Program for 16 years. It is there that she strives to uphold the principles of Community Health through the management of the WIC Program. She is a member of the Texas Association of Local WIC Directors and serves on several committees that focus on improving the day-to-day operations of WIC to provide better service to all participants.

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  • Samantha Friar
Deputy Assistant Director / Finance Officer
  • Mary Tanguma, Environmental Health Inspector / Water Lab Manager
    “Ensuring the public has safe drinking water is a very rewarding job. It is gratifying knowing that I have an important role in our community’s health.”                                                                                                                                                        
    Mary Tanguma has been employed at VCPHD since 2005. Mary is the Environmental Supervisor, Water Lab Manager, Water Lab Technical Manager and is an Environmental Health Inspector and a Designated OSSF Representative for the VCPHD. Mary attended Victoria College where her course work included microbiology. Mary was recognized as the Technical Manager of the VCPHD Water Laboratory on March 30, 2011 by Texas Commission of Environmental Quality. Mary maintains laboratory accreditation through Texas Commission for Environmental Quality by following the standards of The NELAP Institute (TNI) and the rules enacted by the State of Texas.
  • Ralph Montes, PHEP Coordinator
    Ralph was born and raised in Victoria where he graduated from Stroman High School in 1985.  Following high school, he attended Victoria College, where he graduated in 1988 with an A.A.S. in Law Enforcement.  He also attended and completed the Victoria College Police Academy and Victoria College Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Course.  He currently holds a certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic with Texas Department of State Health Services.  He has 27 years of experience in the hospital/health care industry holding various positions, such as Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Department Technician, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, and Director of Housekeeping.  He has represented a local hospital in La Grange, TX with the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council, TSA-O in Austin, TX, and the Golden Crescent Regional Advisory Council, TSA-S in Victoria, TX.  
    Ralph has held various roles with real life, man-made and natural disasters and exercise events.  Ralph has made coordinating efforts in La Grange, TX in planned events with the BPMS-150 Bike Ride (Houston to Austin) assisting the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council, TSA-O in the deployment of mobile medical shelters in La Grange, TX which relieves the medical surge of patients from a local hospital emergency department.  Ralph has served as an advisor for a local high school in Giddings, Tx with the "Shattered Dreams Program" and as a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in Fayette and Victoria counties.  He is also a Stop the Bleed instructor assisting in the effort of bleeding control within the Golden Crescent Regional Advisory Council.

    Ralph has taken his experience and knowledge, and accepted the position with Victoria County Public health Department as Public Health Emergency Management Coordinator in January 2020.
  • Angie Stafford, Texas Home Visiting Program Manager
    Angie oversees two home visiting programs within Victoria County, Parents as Teachers and Family Connects, which are designed to build stronger parent child interaction and minimize abuse and neglect. She became a certified Texas Community Health Worker in 2017 and is a graduate from the University of Texas – Pan American with a Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology. She is a member of the Victoria County Child Welfare Board and serves on several committees and coalitions that focus on improving community resources for Victoria County residents.