Seton Leadership Team

Seton Board of Trustees

Vincent Caponi

VinceCaponiVincent Caponi is the Executive Board Chair for Seton Healthcare Family. He also serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, Ind. In these roles, 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. Previously, Vincent served as St Vincent’s CEO for 15 years and as the Ministry Market Leader for Indiana and Wisconsin for four years. He led the integration of six critical access hospitals into a comprehensive health network. Also, he oversaw the addition of three hospitals (including Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent) and multiple joint ventures, program developments, hospital expansions and affiliations with health providers and community partners. Earlier in his career, he served as the President and CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.; St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta, Ga.; and United Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Mich. He once served as an Assistant Administrator at Memorial Hospital in Owosso, Mich. He holds an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Marian University, a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University.

Donna D. Carter

Carter_DonnaDonna 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.

Steven T. Cates

Steven-T.-Cates-Mr. Cates joined Texas Life Insurance Company on January 1, 1996 and became President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 1997. He began his insurance career with MetLife in 1980 and held positions within Real Estate Investments, Strategic Research, Information Technology, Financial Management, Individual Business and Institutional Business. Promoted to an officer of MetLife in 1984, Mr. Cates ended his association with MetLife as a Vice-President, coincidental with the sale of Texas Life to Wilton Re in 2009. While President and CEO of Texas Life, he has overseen the transition of the company from a small regional insurer competing in the affluent market into a worksite marketing carrier with a national presence. He received his Master of Architecture in 1978 and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1975 from Texas A&M University.

Marie Crane, Ph.D.

Crane_Marie02Marie 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.

Leo R. Dunn

Leo_DunnLeo 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

DonFurmanDon 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.

Martha B. King

Martha_KingMartha 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.

John E. Mooney

MooneyLRJohn 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

SamRoberts2Dr. 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.

Jimmy G. Treybig

TreybigLRJimmy 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 and Motion Computing.

F. Gary Valdez

Gary_ValdezF. 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

Joanne_VasaSister 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

ELWalkerE. 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).

Hal M. Whitaker

Hal-WhitakerMr. Whitaker is President and Chief Financial Officer of Englander ZignPak, a Waco-based packaging and display company. Englander provides shipping boxes, displays and retail boxes to customers across the country from five locations across in Texas and Arkansas. He is responsible for the all operational activities of the Company along with serving on the Board of Directors.


Allan “Bud” Shivers Jr.

Emeritus Member

Shivers2726LRAllan 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

Garza_JesusJesús Garza is chief executive officer of Seton Healthcare Family and ministry market leader for Texas and Ascension’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 Governingmagazine. 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

LaFrey_TimTim 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.