Jenifer-Jarriel.125x175.jpgDePelchin Children’s Center is proud to announce that Jenifer Jarriel will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer upon the retirement of Curtis C. Mooney, Ph.D., at the end of 2011.  

 Jenifer brings more than thirty years of health care administration experience to DePelchin having worked in some of Houston's largest and most complex academic medical centers.  She is a strategic thinker with a successful track record in start-up operations, change management and new program development.  Her proven leadership in implementing enterprise-wide solutions to enhance business operations was a crucial factor in Jenifer’s selection by the DePelchin Board of Directors. 

“Jenifer’s proven leadership skills and track record of successfully addressing new and evolving situations makes her the ideal person to lead DePelchin into the future,” said Debbi Johnstone, DePelchin board chairman.  “We are very excited to have Jenifer join DePelchin as we address the many challenges facing our community in providing mental health and child welfare services to the most vulnerable members of our society.” 

Since 1997, Jenifer has served in several leadership roles at Baylor College of Medicine, most recently as VP of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.  Prior to her work at Baylor College of Medicine, Jenifer held leadership responsibilities at other large health care institutions including Texas Children’s Hospital and Hermann Hospital.  A native Houstonian, Jenifer received a BS from the University of Houston and an MBA from Houston Baptist University.  Jenifer has always had a passion for working with children and began her career as a teacher in the Pasadena Independent School District. 

Jenifer steps into the position of President and CEO as DePelchin continues to expand its mental health services to meet the growing demand for quality children’s mental health care.  She will also be overseeing the implementation of foster care redesign at the local level, which will require system-wide changes as directed by the State.  Her 30+ years of experience will be a critical asset to the organization as it evolves to meet the future needs of children and families. 

Jenifer remarks that, “The opportunity to join an organization with a 120-year success story of ensuring children’s mental health and well-being comes once in a lifetime.  I am honored to accept the mantle of leadership passed on by Curt Mooney, my predecessor, and to build on the wonderful foundation he has laid for the future.”