Michelle Riley-Brown

Michelle Riley-Brown is president of Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands. Riley-Brown, who also serves as president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, completed her undergraduate degree at Tulane University. She earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine and joined Texas Children’s in 1999 as an administrative fellow.

She has been a leader in the Texas Children’s system for more than 15 years, with roles including assistant director of Texas Children’s surgical clinics and director of Texas Children’s Health Centers. She played an integral role in the successful preparation and execution of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, which opened its doors in 2010. Throughout her time at Houston’s first community hospital designed exclusively for children, Riley-Brown served as director of strategic planning and business development, assistant vice president, vice president, senior vice president and president. She is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and just completed her tenure as the 2014 president and chair of the American College of Healthcare Executives – South East Texas Chapter.

Dr. Charles Hankins
Chief Medical Officer

Charles Hankins, MD, is chief medical officer of Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands. Hankins, who most recently served as chief medical officer of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, has more than 30 years of pediatrics practice experience. He earned his undergraduate and master’s of business administration degrees from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a medical degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. A board certified neonatologist, Hankins began his medical career in the military, completing an internship and residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in neonatal/perinatal medicine while serving in the U.S. Army.

Throughout his 12-year tenure at Texas Children’s, Hankins has held numerous roles including medical director of Texas Children’s Community Initiatives Program, playing an instrumental part in developing strong community partnerships. His efforts contributed to the successful implementation of Texas Children’s services at five Houston-area hospital locations and a team of providers now helps manage newborns in multiple facilities including CHI St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital. An associate professor of pediatrics-neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine, Hankins is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Dr. Jeffrey Shilt
Chief Surgical Officer

Jeffrey Shilt, MD, is chief surgical officer of Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands. Shilt comes to Texas Children’s from St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, where he was an active pediatric orthopedic surgeon and director of the hospital’s Spasticity Clinic and motion analysis lab for children and adults. Prior to his time in Idaho, Shilt held positions as associate professor and residency program director at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. When Wake Forest established Brenner Children’s Hospital, Shilt served as the director of pediatric orthopedics where he assisted in the further development of pediatric specialty care. His research interests include management of spasticity in cerebral palsy, sports performance and the treatment of endurance sports injuries.

While he served as the program director of the Wake Forest University orthopedic surgery residency he participated in pioneering work in the treatment of children with spastic cerebral palsy, as well as sports medicine applications of tissue engineering. Additionally, he has served as the team physician for the USA triathlon team at the two world championships, two years as a team physician for a professional cycling team, and as a medical consultant for multiple World Champion athletes, Olympians & gold medalists, and multiple professional ironman and other endurance athletes.


Trent Johnson
Assistant Vice President

Trent Johnson is the Assistant Vice President for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. He joined Texas Children’s over six years ago as the assistant director of Ambulatory Services, during which time he worked with many of the Department of Pediatrics specialty practices. Johnson was promoted to director of Ambulatory Services in February 2011.

In May 2013, Johnson transitioned to the Department of Surgery to serve as the director of Surgical Services. During his tenure with the department, he has expanded access to outpatient clinics with the launch of the same-day scheduling and direct scheduling programs, and chartered a pre-surgical patient experience program.

Johnson earned a master's degree from the University of Houston - Clear Lake and a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. He is affiliated with several professional organizations and is a Fellow within the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ketrese White
Director of Patient Care Services

Ketrese White is the Director of Patient Care Services for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. She has been with Texas Children’s for almost 16 years in various capacities. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of Inpatient Services, Child Life, and the Cancer & Infusion Center at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. In that role, White has shown great leadership in the opening of the first community dedicated pediatric hospital in the Houston area. She also has defined the patient experience process at West Campus, assisted in the development of strategies and business plans, and established recruitment, hiring practices, staffing and training plans. Additionally, she is an active member of the Association of Nurse Executives (AONE).

Prior to joining the community hospital team, White held management positions in the Cancer & Hematology Centers on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital. She started her career at Texas Children’s as a graduate nurse with the unit, providing outstanding patient care to critically ill oncology patients receiving transplants. She has a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Houston Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University. She also completed The Rice University Healthcare Management program. She is a Certified Nurse Executive by American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

Julie Barrett
Director of Outpatient and Clinical Support Services

Julie Barrett is the director of Outpatient and Clinical Support Services for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. Barrett has been with Texas Children’s for 12 years in various capacities, the most recent being manager of Texas Children’s Health Center The Woodlands. She joined Texas Children’s as a senior audiologist when it opened the health center 12 years ago and has shown great leadership in the development and success of the location. Barrett’s leadership skills also have shined in the work she has done to grow Texas Children’s newborn hearing screening programs at partner community hospitals.

Barrett has a Doctor of Audiology from Salus University, a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas at Tyler, a Master of Science from Washington University, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas and a Healthcare Management Certificate from Rice University. 

Cathy Pierantozzi
Director of Human Resources

Cathy joined Texas Children’s Hospital from Lone Star College, where she was Executive Director of HR Support Services. Prior to Lone Star College, she spent seven years in healthcare, including an operations role with Tenet Healthcare’s Physician Group. Cathy has over 20 years of HR experience, all of which have been in service-related industries.

At Texas Children’s Hospital, Cathy serves as a Sr. Professional in Human Resources. Additionally, she holds a position as a Senior Certified Professional with the Society of HR Management, a Certified Compensation Professional, and she holds an MBA. Cathy and her family have been residents of The Woodlands for 20 years.