Meet Candace

A 4th generation Texan, Candace Aylor earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing from El Centro College in Dallas, Texas, in 2001. While working as a nurse, Candace then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Public Health from Ashford University, Forbes School of Business in 2014.


As a nurse, Candace has worked in several clinical settings in her more than 15 years of practice. She has worked in acute and critical care, mental health care at Kerrville State Hospital. Candace has served on a Nurse Practice Council and Medication Reconciliation Committees, as well as a Joint Commission Team trainer. In addition to her clinical experience, Candace worked writing Texas Medicaid medical policy as a Medical Policy Nurse Analyst at Texas Medicaid Healthcare Partnership. She currently works as a recovery room nurse in an outpatient surgical setting.


As a children’s mental health and education advocate for many years, she has effectively advocated to ensure a Free and Appropriate Public Education for her children, and then applied those skills in helping several families over the years. Using her critical thinking skills and knowledge of policy, she has served the children of Texas and their families as an advocate, working hard to help agencies implement policies that follow best practices in public education, children’s mental health, disability rights, child welfare and juvenile justice systems.


Candace is a proven leader and champion for improvements in the mental health systems in Texas.  She has focused her advocacy efforts to raise the value of family and youth voices in the systems change process.  Candace also has keen insight and focus on incorporating trauma-informed care practices into all systems transformation, as she believes, more often than not, what a child and family are struggling with has more to do with what has happened to them, than with what is wrong with them.


Candace serves as the voice for families at the state level, as past and current member of advisory bodies leading the mental health systems transformations in Texas. Candace was elected to serve as the Vice Chair of the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in 2016, and formerly served as a parent representative on the Child & Youth Behavioral Health Subcommittee to the BHAC. She is also on the Texas Children Recovering From Trauma advisory committee at the Texas Department of State Health Services. Candace also previously served as the parent representative and Vice Chair to the Texas System of Care Consortium to HHSC, and is a founding member and former co-chair of the Texas Family Voice Network.


Candace also serves the local community as a parent representative on both the District Advisory Council and the Special Education Advisory Council to the Austin Independent School District, and as a member of the Trauma Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas. She was formerly appointed as the parent representative on the Planning & Network Advisory Committee to Austin Travis County Integral Care. Candace is the Mental Health Policy Lead for Austin Justice Coalition and serves as the Health Advisory Board Chair for Measure Austin. As a representative of Measure Austin, Candace also served on Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s Task Force for undoing Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequity.


Community Involvement

Measure Austin – Advisory Board

  • Member, November, 2016

Mayor Adler’s Task Force on undoing Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequity

  • Health Workgroup, 2016-2017
  • Proposal accepted to make Austin a Trauma Informed City, through creation of an Office of Resilience in Austin Public Health

Partnering with Youth & Family Collaborative Group – National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

  • Co-Chair: appointed, Fall 2016
  • Parent Representative, April, 2013

Austin Justice Coalition – Policy Workgroup

  • Mental Health Policy Team Lead, August, 2016

Behavioral Health Advisory Committee – Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

  • Vice-Chair: elected, April 22, 2016
  • Parent Representative: appointed, January 1, 2016

Trauma Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas

  • Board member: appointed, 2014 – Present
  • 2015 TIC Conference, planning committee
  • 2017 TIC Conference, planning committee

Austin Independent School District

District Advisory Council (DAC)

  • McCallum High School – Vertical Team: appointed, 2015 – Present

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

  • Parent Representative: appointed, 2015 – Present



Planning & Network Advisory Committee – Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC)

  • Parent Representative: appointed, June 30, 2016 – March 25th, 2017 (Resigned)

Child & Youth Behavioral Health Subcommittee – Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

  • Parent Representative, January 1, 2016 – March 22, 2017 (Resigned)

Texas Family Voice Network – subcommittee of the Texas System of Care Consortium

  • Co-Chair, Policy Lead: appointed, 2013 – March 22, 2017 (Resigned)

Texas Children Recovering from Trauma (TCRFT) – Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

  • Advisory Board, Parent Representative: appointed, 2013 – Dec 2015 (Abolished – 84th TX Legislature)

Texas Systems of Care Consortium – Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

  • Planning Board, Parent Representative: member, 2012 – 2014
  • Vice-Chair & Parent Representative: appointed, 2014 – Dec 2015 (Abolished – 84th TX Legislature)



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