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Charles J. Barnett, FACHE

imageCharles J. Barnett, FACHE, is executive board chair for Seton Healthcare Family. In this role, he provides leadership and guidance to the Seton Board in addition to working directly on strategic projects as senior vice president under the direction of Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Ascension. Taking a leave of absence from his role as president and CEO of Seton Healthcare Family in 2012, Charles served in the interim role as president Healthcare Operations and COO Ascension Health of which Seton is a member, to oversee national operations; enterprise resource planning, IT and supply chain functions through June 2013. Prior to this role, in addition to his leadership role at Seton, Ascension Health named Charles one of its ministry market leaders. At that time, he assumed additional responsibility for overseeing strategic positioning and operational performance not only for Seton, but also ministries in Waco, Tucson and Missouri. Charles has approximately 30 years of health care administration experience. Prior to joining Seton in 1993, he served as vice president and chief operating officer of Inova Health System and Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

Sister Helen Brewer, DC

imageSister Helen Brewer, DC, is immediate past chair and current vice chair of the Seton Healthcare Family Board of Trustees. She serves as chair of the board's Ethics and Mission Committee. Sister Helen is a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Province of St. Louise. She has held leadership positions in her community and in the fields of education and health. She has been assigned to Seton since 1998. Before her position as board chair, she served as advocate for the Texas Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid.

Donna D. Carter

imageDonna D. Carter is president of Carter Design Associates, an architectural, planning and restoration firm in Austin. She has performed professional architectural services for institutional, governmental facilities, not-for-profit organizations and private clients. Project types include medical facilities, educational buildings, museums and community emergency response related facilities. Ms. Carter is a commissioner of the Texas Historical Commission and chairs the Architecture Committee. She currently serves on the City of Austin's Mueller Implementation Commission and the Executive committee of ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition). Ms. Carter's community service includes service on the (Austin) Downtown Revitalization Task Force, the Congress Avenue Task Force and the Land Development Code Task Force of AustinPlan. Past board responsibilities include the Ecology Action, Capital City Chamber of Commerce, Women & Their Work, Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects, Leadership Austin, Holy Cross Hospital, Heritage Society of Austin and the Texas Historical Commission State Board of Review.

Marie Crane, Ph.D.

imageMarie Crane, PhD, is president and chief executive officer of M. Crane & Associates Inc., an Austin-based consulting firm with a 20-year history in business and brand strategy development, research and planning and performance improvement. Previously, she was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin, teaching and conducting research in the areas of Social Psychology and Survey Research Methods. She has served as a member or chair of more than a dozen Austin-area community boards. She actively participates in regional and national boards of several other professional and charitable organizations.

Matthew Dowd

imageMatthew Dowd is a founding partner of ViaNovo, an international communications and brand positioning firm, and ABC News Political Contributor. He was a founding partner of Public Strategies, Inc. He served as chief strategist in re-election campaigns for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and President George W. Bush in 2004. He is co-author of the New York Times bestseller "Applebee's America: How Successful Political, Business and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community."

Leo R. Dunn

imageLeo R. Dunn is secretary of the Seton Healthcare Family Board of Trustees. Mr. Dunn retired as an executive vice president from 3M's Austin operations in 2001. During his career, Mr. Dunn managed multiple global business units in electrical, telecommunications, and industrial markets. He has served on numerous community service boards including the Capital Area United Way, Boys and Girls Club of Austin, Make a Wish Foundation of Central Texas, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the advisory boards for the UT Graduate School of Business and St. Edward's University MBA program. Mr. Dunn served on the Seton Family of Hospitals Board of Trustees from 2001 through 2009.

Don Furman, MD, MBA

imageDon Furman, MD, MBA, is a health care consultant who works with a limited group of health care clients interested in creating comprehensive integrated coordinated health care systems. He was co-founder of CareMore Medical Group, a multi-specialty medical group that took full risk on managed Medicare patients in California in the 1990s. He also helped found CareMore Medical Enterprises, Inc. and CareMore IPA. Dr. Furman was instrumental in developing many of the concepts that led to a managed Medicare patient system that produced some of the best clinical outcomes in the United States; high patient satisfaction; and consistently one of the lowest disenrollment rates in California – all at some of the lowest costs in the country, even with above-average physician compensation.

Jack Gullahorn

imageJack Gullahorn is a policy consultant for both the public and private sectors. He founded a professional association for registered lobbyists, for which he serves as president and general counsel. He is a recognized leader on issues involving individual and corporate ethics, lobby and political compliance, and a noted expert on government relations law. Previously, Mr. Gullahorn served as head of the state public law and policy section of Akin Gump, a national law firm, and led the state governmental policy section at Public Strategies, Inc.

Pat Hayes, PhD

image Pat Hayes, PhD, has been an independent consultant since 2006. Prior to starting her consulting business, she served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Seton Healthcare Network from 1998 to 2006. This also included a term as the interim president and chief executive officer from April 2001 to December 2002. Dr. Hayes was also the first woman to lead St. Edward's University. From 1984 to 1998, she led the university as president and steered it through a time of growth. Dr. Hayes has also championed many projects for Austin community organizations such as KLRU, United Way Capital Area, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and the Travis County Healthcare District, now known as Central Health.

Martha B. King

imageMartha B. King is a certified public accountant. She is a former executive director in the audit practice of Ernst & Young, LLP, where she focused on the health care and insurance industries. She served on the leadership team of Ernst & Young's Southwest Area health care and biotech group. Ms. King is also a former chief financial officer at The JI Companies, a benefits administration and risk management professional services firm. She is an ordained elder and involved in numerous lay ministries at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church.

Thomas S. McHorse, MD

imageA graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, Thomas S. McHorse, MD, is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, completing his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He was in a small group practice for 35 years before joining Austin Regional Clinic as a gastroenterology consultant in 2009. He serves as medical director and volunteer physician at the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic. Dr. McHorse is a past president of Seton Medical Center Austin medical staff and the Travis County Medical Society. He is founding and current chair of the Travis County Medical Society Project Access. His extensive community service activities include United Way/Capital Area Board, Mayor's Task Force on Indigent Care, and Hospice Austin, for which he was founding chair of the Medical Advisory Committee. A longtime member of Tarrytown United Methodist Church, Dr. McHorse has held numerous leadership positions supporting the ministry's local and international outreach efforts.

John E. Mooney

imageJohn E. Mooney is president and chief executive officer of SACHEM, Inc., a privately held, global chemical science company with operations in the United States, Holland, China and Japan. SACHEM develops products and services for the electronics, panel display, catalyst, carbohydrate, biotechnology, energy storage and other challenging, high-technology markets. John also serves on the board for St Edward's University and Asuragen, a biotechnology company specializing in RNA based applications. John and his wife, Kay, have been involved in several charitable entity support efforts, especially those involved in Catholic education and care for the poor.

Sam S. Roberts, MD, FACEP

imageDr. Sam Roberts is a founding partner and chief medical officer of Emergency Service Physicians, PLLC (ESP) and has served as the medical director for the Emergency Department at Seton Medical Center Austin for more than 25 years. As a managing partner, he is directly involved in the day-to-day operations of ESP and serves as secretary of ESP's Board of Managers. Dr. Roberts graduated in 1978 from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. He was board certified in Family Medicine in 1981, Emergency Medicine in 1987, and he was certified by the Board of Forensic Examiners in 1997. In addition, Dr. Roberts is a clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine for UTMB and is a clinical faculty member of the UT Southwestern-Austin Emergency Medicine Residency program. Dr. Roberts has served on a variety of boards, committees, and teams within the Seton Healthcare Family.

John H. Short, PhD

imageJohn H. Short, PhD, currently serves as managing partner of Short Consulting, which provides strategic planning and leadership development to CEOs in the health care industry, as well as serving as vice chair director on Kindred Healthcare's Board of Directors and on the Board of U.S. Physiatry. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of RehabCare Group, Inc. from May 2004 until its merger with Kindred Healthcare in June 2011. From 1986 until 2004, Dr. Short was the managing partner of Phase 2 Consulting, Inc., a management and economic consulting firm for the health care industry. Dr. Short possesses a deep understanding of the health care business, industry, competitors and clients. In addition, Dr. Short has experience in working with health systems to achieve performance goals through the development of detailed operational plans. In addition, he has held teaching positions in the field of economics at the University of Utah and at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah. Dr. Short has a bachelor's degree in economics from San Jose State College in California as well as a PhD in Economics from the University of Utah.

Jimmy G. Treybig

imageJimmy Treybig was the founder, president and chief executive officer of Tandem Computers. Founded in 1974, Tandem went public in 1997, was ranked by Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing public company in America in 1980, and became a Fortune 500 company in 1984. When Tandem was sold in 1996, it had revenues of $2.5 billion. Mr. Treybig was recognized by UPSIDE Magazine as one of the "100 People Who Changed Our World" and the Silicon Valley Software Development Forum honored him with the award "Visionaries -Silicon Valley Pioneers." He also received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the alumni association of the Harvard School of Business and from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Treybig is a venture capitalist in Austin and he works with the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a venture partner. He serves on the boards of Tabbed Out, Illumitex, WhiteGlove, Naturally Curly.com and Motion Computing.

F. Gary Valdez

imageF. Gary Valdez is founder, president and chief executive officer of Focus Strategies Investment Banking. Mr. Valdez founded the company in 1999 after a 25-year commercial banking career. The company provides private equity advisory and investment services, serving middle market and later stage growth companies. Mr. Valdez serves as chairman of the Board of Managers for Ascension Health Ventures. He also serves as an advisory board member for Texas Capital Bank, and on the board of directors for Styx Capital and Current Solutions, LLC. Named "Austinite of the Year" in 2004, Mr. Valdez is an active city leader and serves on the boards of St. Edward's University, the Austin Area Research Organization, PeopleFund, Texas Lutheran University Corporation and the Mueller Foundation.

Sister Joanne Vasa, DC

image Sister Joanne Vasa is a dedicated Daughter of Charity with varied experiences in the fields of education, formation, spirituality and mission leadership. She currently serves as provincial councilor for the Province of St. Louise in St. Louis, Mo. Prior to moving to St. Louis, Sister Joanne served as the mission spirituality integration coordinator for Seton. She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Texas. Sister Joanne received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, Neb., a Master of Arts in Special Education degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo, and a master's degree in Religious Education from Loyola University in New Orleans.

E. Lee Walker

imageE. Lee Walker was the first president of Dell Computer Corporation serving the company through its formative years. After leaving Dell in 1990 for health reasons, he was invited to teach at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has been honored with the best teaching award three times. Currently he is a Senior Research Fellow in the Plan II Honors Program teaching two courses “Pathways to Civic Engagement” and “Civic Viewpoints”. He has served on the Westcave Preserve Board for the past 35 years. For that work and his leadership role during the Save Our Springs campaign, Mr. Walker received a Texas Nature Conservancy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. In 2005 the LiveStrong Foundation created The E. Lee Walker Imagination Award, combining annual grants up to $500,000 to honor partners in the Community Impact Project. He was named 1998 Austinite of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and, together with his wife, Jennifer Vickers, received the 2006 Award for Outstanding Philanthropist from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Mr. Walker graduated from Texas A&M in 1963 (BS in Physics, graduating Phi Kappa Phi, receiving NASA and NSF funding for his post graduate work in nuclear physics) and Harvard University in 1967 (MBA).

Allan "Bud" Shivers Jr.
Emeritus Member

imageAllan Shivers Jr. is founder and chairman of the Seton Fund, the endowment arm of the Seton Healthcare Family, and board member of TIRR/Memorial Hermann. Mr. Shivers has an extensive list of a variety of boards on which he has served. He is also private investor.

Jesús Garza
Ex-Officio Voting Member

imageJesús Garza is chief executive officer of Seton Healthcare Family and ministry market leader for Texas and Ascension Health’s Arizona ministry, Carondelet Health Network. Mr. Garza joined the Seton Healthcare Family in 2002, following a distinguished career in private- and public-sector leadership. Prior to coming to Seton, he served as deputy general manager for the Lower Colorado River Authority, following his eight-year service as city manager for the City of Austin. He led the city during a period of economic and population expansion. His tenure included business development, downtown revitalization and the opening of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. He was responsible for the leadership of city-owned Brackenridge Hospital during the time when it was named a regional Trauma Center and the city's negotiator in the lease agreement that brought the facility, now University Medical Center Brackenridge, into the Seton Family. Recognized for many accomplishments, Mr. Garza was named Public Administrator of the Year by the American Society for Public Administration/Centex Chapter and Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Tim LaFrey
Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member
Chair, Seton Insurance Services Board of Trustees

imageTim LaFrey is executive vice president of Operations for the Seton Healthcare Family. He also serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of Seton Insurance Services. Mr. LaFrey served on the Seton Board of Trustees for more than five years prior to joining the organization. During his tenure on the board, he chaired the Joint Ventures Committee, Finance Committee and Audit Committee. Prior to joining Seton, Mr. LaFrey served as president and was a member of the Board of Directors of American Physicians Service Group Inc., a publicly traded insurance and financial services company. Before that he practiced law for 21 years, the last 10 of which were with the international law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, where he served as partner in charge of the Austin office and chaired the firm’s health care mergers and acquisitions practice. Mr. LaFrey is a certified public accountant and spent six years in the audit practice of KPMG Peat Marwick to start his professional career.

Alex Valadka, MD
Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member
Chair, Seton Clinical Enterprise Board of Trustees

image Dr. Alex Valadka joined Seton in 2009 and serves as the chief executive officer of the Seton Brain & Spine Institute. He is active in national neurosurgery. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and as chair of the Washington Committee for Neurosurgery. Dr. Valadka is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, for whom he has served numerous times as an examiner. Dr. Valadka attended the University of Dallas in Irving. He went on to medical school at the University of Chicago. His interest in neurotrauma and critical care led him to pursue residency training at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, becoming professor of Neurosurgery with tenure, before serving as vice chair of Neurosurgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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