Charles J. Barnett, FACHE
Charles J. Barnett, FACHE, is chair of the Seton Healthcare Family Board of Trustees and president of Healthcare Operations and chief operating officer for Ascension Health, one of the nation's largest nonprofit health care systems, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Barnett has approximately 30 years of health care administration experience. Prior to being assigned to his position at Ascension Health in January of 2012, Mr. Barnett served as the president and chief executive officer of Seton Healthcare Family. He was also an Ascension ministry market leader, responsible for overseeing strategic positioning and operational performance not only for Seton, but also Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Texas. This role was further expanded in February 2011 with the addition of Carondelet Health in Kansas City, Mo., and in October 2011 with the addition of the Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Ariz.; Lourdes Health Network in Pasco, Wash. and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho.
Sister Helen Brewer, DC
Sister Helen Brewer, DC, is immediate past chair and current vice chair of the Seton Healthcare Family Board of Trustees and a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Province of St. Louise. She serves as chair of the Board's Ethics and Mission Committee. Sister Helen 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
Donna 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.
Marie Marie 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 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
Leo 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
Don 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 â€“ all at some of the lowest costs in the country, even with above-average physician compensation.
Jack 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
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
Martha 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.
T. Nyle Maxwell
T. Nyle Maxwell served two terms as mayor of the City of Round Rock and is president/chief executive officer of Nyle Maxwell Pontiac/GMC. He is a founding board member and chair of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation and serves on the boards of the Children's Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas and the Greater Williamson County YMCA. He is director of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and a member of Austin Area Research Organization (AARO).
Thomas S. McHorse, MD
A 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
John 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
Dr. 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
John 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.
Mort is a co-founder and managing director of Castletop Capital. Before establishing the company, he was with Dell Computer Corporation from 1994 to 2002, where he served as vice chairman. Prior to his tenure at Dell, Mr. Topfer spent 23 years with Motorola, where he held several executive positions spanning the full range of Motorola's global business. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at RCA Laboratories in various research and development and management positions, during which time he wrote a book on thick-film electronics. In 1996, Mr. Topfer was conferred the Darjah Johan Negeri Penang State Award by the Governor of Penang for his contributions to the development of the electronics industry in Malaysia. He currently serves as a director for a number of publicly traded companies, including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Measurement Specialties Inc. (MSS). He also serves as a board member of several private companies including OpenPeak and VT&T. Mr. Topfer has been awarded honorary doctorates from Polytechnic Institute of New York and Brooklyn College.
Jimmy G. Treybig
Jimmy 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
F. 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
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- 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.
Allan "Bud" Shivers Jr.
Allan 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.
Ex-Officio Voting Member
Jesus Garza currently serves as the president and interim chief executive officer of the Seton Healthcare Family. 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 departure as city manager for the City of Austin, a position he held for eight years. He led the City of Austin during a period of economic and population expansion. 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.
Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member
Chair, Seton Insurance Services Board of Trustees
Tim LaFrey is senior vice president of Seton Ventures and Alliances for the Seton Healthcare Family. He also serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Seton Health Plan. 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
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.