Board of Directors

Leadership for CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare is provided by a diverse and devoted board who give generously of their time and talent, and a council of advisers drawn from across the greater Houston community.


  • Michael W. Mengis, Chair
  • Richard R. Torres, Vice Chair
  • Les Cave, President
  • Stephen D. Strake, Sr., Treasurer
  • Jeannette Baughman, Corporate Secretary


  • Richard E. Agee
  • David P. Armijo
  • N. Joseph Bailey
  • James E. (Jeb) Bashaw
  • Nicole P. Cao
  • Betty Stovall (Kit) Clark
  • Ernest D. Cronin, MD
  • Jai Daggett
  • Sister Mary Patricia Driscoll, CCVI
  • Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza
  • Leslie (Les) B. Fox
  • Jonathan K. Frels
  • Robert W. Gibbs, Jr.
  • Anthony (Tony) R. Grijalva
  • Lindsey D. Harris, MD
  • Clare Sullivan Jackson
  • Sister Kevina Keating, CCVI
  • Dennis M. Malloy
  • Lisa B. Martin
  • Jeffrey S. Munoz
  • Hunter Nelson
  • Kevin O’Gorman
  • Lou Pelz
  • Sister Yvonne Pratka, CCVI
  • Msgr. Frank H. Rossi
  • Daniel F. Shank
  • Eugene J. Silva II
  • Gary D. Tuma
  • Mark Turzillo
  • William H. (Bill) Wallace
  • Nellis G. Willhite II
  • Don Woo

Life Directors

  • Eugene R. Allspach
  • David L. Baird, Jr.
  • Daniel A. Breen
  • Ted H. Dinerstein
  • David B. Doherty
  • Julia A. Frankel
  • Lloyd J. Gregory, Jr., M.D.
  • Robert H. Hargrave
  • Harold G. Hidalgo, Sr.
  • Artie Lee Hinds
  • R. Stan Marek, Jr.
  • James S. Prentice
  • John A. Rossitto
  • George W. Strake, Jr.
  • Mrs. Raye G. White

Advisory Council

  • Donald R. Collins, Jr., M.D.
  • Harriet Foster
  • George Y. Gonzalez
  • James (Jim) P.  Harris
  • Sandy Herrin
  • Gigi Huang
  • Albert P. Keller
  • Howard F. Lederer
  • Tommy Mann
  • George Martinez
  • John L. McConn, Jr.
  • Patrick J. Moran
  • Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D.
  • Trini Mendenhall


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