Officers

 

Dr. A. Osama Gaber serves as the president of the board of directors of Nora’s Life Gift Foundation. He  is the director of transplantation and vice chair for administration and faculty affairs in the Department  of Surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gaber also is a professor of surgery at Weill  Medical College of Cornell University. During his career in transplantation, he has authored or co-  authored more than 200 journal articles, 13 book chapters, and has lectured and presented at  numerous meetings internationally. Dr. Gaber received his medical degree from the Ain Shams  University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt and completed an internship and residency in general and  pediatric surgery at Ain Shams University Hospital. He also completed a residency in general surgery at  Boston University Medical Center and clinical and research transplant fellowships at the University of  Chicago. Dr. Gaber is married to transplant pathologist Dr. Lillian Gaber, and is the father of five children, Sherief, Nadia, Nora, Yousef and Lilah.

 

 

Ms. Golda R. Jacob serves as the secretary of the board of directors of Nora’s Life Gift Foundation. Her law firm, Golda Jacob and Associates, P.C., specializes in family law and mediation. Ms. Jacob has nearly two decades of experience in family law as well as a background in medical and disability issues. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in microbiology from the College of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in Houston. She is a member of several bar associations including the American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, and Houston Bar Association. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Jacob was listed as the Top Family Lawyer by H Texas magazine. She serves on the board of directors for Women’s Home of Houston, a residential and treatment facility for homeless women with emotional, psychiatric, or substance abuse issues. She also serves on the advisory board of the Junior League of North Harris County.

 

 

Directors

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Imad Abdullah is currently the Principal at Landmark Architects Inc., Houston, with practices that include land planning, commercial and industrial projects, interiors, tenant space planning and building renovation. He has been the principal real estate broker at Centra Inc. Real Estate and Investments since 1978. He is a licensed real estate broker and member of the national, Texas and Houston “Association of Realtors”. He is a board member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston Chapter and a certified member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Mr. Abdullah has been active in numerous professional associations. He has been Chair and Moderator of the AIA Houston Business Practice Series, which conducts six bi-monthly seminars each year of Continuing Education to Architects and Affiliate members. As a member of the Greater Houston Partnership he serves on the GHP Transportation Committee and International Trade Committee. Mr. Abdullah served as chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Council (MENA), one of the seven “Mayor of Houston International Trade and Development Councils”. As President of the Board of Directors of CREN INC (Commercial Real Estate Network of Houston) he delivered several presentations on design, codes, due diligence and forensic discoveries of building problems. He was the original founder and charter trustee of the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) of Houston, a 16,000 square foot facility on thirteen acres in southwest Houston.

Mr. Abdullah has published over 20 “Feature” articles on City Planning and Urban Development in several publications, including The Houston Chronicle , The Houston Business Journal, and The American Institute of Architects. His book, A Crystal Ball Visioning- Unfolding the 21st Century was published in April, 2012. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston, College of Architecture. He is fluent in three languages, English, French and Arabic. He is married to Dr. Nour Sneige, M.D. and they have one son, Sammy Abdullah, who lives and works in Dallas.

 

picture2 rudy croppedMr. Rudy Beeching has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as Senior Vice President, Regional Group Manager and Director of Community Banking for IBERIABANK.   In this role, he is responsible for leading the Company’s branch expansion in Houston as well as growing its private banking and business banking presence and community involvement in the local market.  His previous financial industry experience includes commercial lending, private banking, trust services and brokerage.  He has been executive manager in banking and the equipment industry for 12 years.

Mr. Beeching is a leader in the community and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce, also as a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Alliance for the Port Region, a volunteer and fundraising committee leader for The Woods Project’s “Walk for the Woods", and a member of In-Step Dance Company Team Parent Group. He earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from Baylor University and his graduate degree in Banking from SMU.

As a very grateful and thankful father of a transplant recipient, Mr. Beeching is honored to be selected to the Board of Nora’s Home and for the opportunity to further its mission in Houston.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Lillian Gaber is a transplant pathologist with the Department of Pathology at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. Dr. Gaber has published more than 200 articles, abstracts and book chapters. She attended medical school and completed an internship at Ain Shams University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt. She performed her residency training at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, and completed fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and at The University of Chicago. Dr. Gaber became a tenured professor of pathology at The University of Tennessee in Memphis prior to moving to Houston. She is married to transplant surgeon Dr. A. Osama Gaber, and is the mother of five children, Sherief, Nadia, Nora, Yousef and Lilah.

 

 

 

 

Dr. M. Waleed Gaber is a scientist and teacher, currently serving as the co-director of the Feigin Center Small Animal Imaging Facility and associate professor in the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, a Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering from The University of Tennessee at Memphis, and earned a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from The University College of London, UK. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and other publications, and serves on the review board of Cytokines, International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, and Physics, and Brain Research. He has served as a mentor for several graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Dr. Gaber is one of the Nora’s Home co-founders and has served on the board of directors since its inception. He has been married to wife Dr. Omaima Sabek for 26 years, and is father to two children, Yassin and Isis.

 

 

Hobeika_lab_coat_with_glasses_copyDr. Mark Hobeika is the Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Immunology and Organ Transplantation at UT Health and practices at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, where he performs pediatric and adult pancreas, kidney and liver transplantation. He also currently serves as the lead donor surgeon for the Memorial Hermann Living Donor Kidney 
Transplant Program. 

Dr. Hobeika is a board certified general surgeon licensed by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons to perform pancreas, kidney and liver transplants. During his residency, he was awarded an American Heart Association Research Fellowship for his work in vascular basic science research, and was twice selected as Resident Teacher of the Year. The University of Texas Medical School at Houston recently awarded him the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for his passion and commitment to surgical education. In addition, Houstonia Magazine named him one of the “Top Doctors in Houston” selected by peer nomination. He is currently a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Association of Academic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and the International Liver Transplantation Society. 

As a member of the Nora’s Home Board of Directors, and as a transplant surgeon, Dr. Hobeika will bring his fresh perspective of the special care and environment necessary for both pre-and post-transplant patients who spend time at Nora’s Home. He will be instrumental in establishing a curriculum for the Nora’s Home Transplant Life Center, which provides a multi-tiered approach for educating patients on organ and stage specific aspects of transplantation including emotional, social, financial, nutritional, exercise, rehabilitation, etc.

eddiekMr. Edward Kuntz is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kindred Healthcare, Inc., one of the largest providers of long-term health care services in the United States. Kindred is a New York Stock Exchange, Fortune 500 company with revenues in excess of $4.3 billion. Kindred operates a diverse blend of long-term health care services including long-term acute care hospitals, nursing centers and a contract rehabilitation services business. Previously, Mr. Kuntz was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Living Centers of America, a New York Stock Exchange long-term care services company.

Mr. Kuntz also currently serves as a director and chairman of the compensation committee of Rotech Healthcare, a publicly held provider of oxygen and related healthcare products, as well as Senior Operating Partner with Sentinel Capital Partners, a New York based private equity firm.He has served on a number of their portfolio company boards including two dental services companies, Metro and Castle Dental and presently is a director of Reachout Healthcare America, and Interim Healthcare. Mr. Kuntz is also an advisory partner of Aperture Venture Partners a venture capital group and Woodway Financial Advisors, a Texas trust company.  Mr. Kuntz also served as a director of PharMerica a New York Stock Exchange traded company providing pharmaceutical products and services to healthcare institutions.

Mr. Kuntz has been active in numerous professional and trade associations. He was a director of the Alliance for Quality Healthcare, a multi-facility long-term care organization. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of the American Health Care Association, a former director of the Federation of American Hospitals and has been a frequent speaker at numerous financial, health care and investment conferences.

Mr. Kuntz has served as a member of the President’s Advisory Board of Temple University. He is also a director and past development chair of the Anti Defamation League, Houston, Texas. He has also served as president of the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Texas, and chairman of the Thyroid Society.

Mr. Kuntz began his career in the private practice of law from 1969 to 1978. He then served as Assistant and Associate General Counsel of ARA Services (now Aramark) from 1978-1985 when he became Executive Vice President of ARA Living Centers. He held that position from 1985 until the formation of Living Centers of America in 1992. Mr. Kuntz graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and also received Juris Doctor and Master of Law degrees from Temple University. He was an editor of the Law Review and designated a Barenkopf Scholar at Temple Law School.

 

Arshad MatinMr. Arshad Matin is the President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors for Paradigm, a leading developer of software solutions to the global oil and gas industry. As CEO, Mr. Matin assumes full management for all aspects of the company’s strategy development and implementation. This includes delivering on the company’s promise to give upstream clients deeper insight into the subsurface through scientifically based software and services extending across the full range of oilfield exploration and production (E&P). He brings 10 years of experience managing public and private high technology companies.

Previously, Mr. Matin was Executive Vice President of IHS where he was responsible for all lines of businesses accounting for over $1.5 billion in revenues. In that role, he managed over 4,500 colleagues.

 Mr. Matin joined IHS through the acquisition of SMT (Seismic Micro-Technology) where he was president, CEO, and board member. Under his leadership, the company enjoyed unprecedented growth in revenues and profits. He led SMT's expansion in new geographies and market segments allowing the company to become the global leader in G&G software market.

Before joining SMT, Mr. Matin was general manager of an enterprise security business at Symantec Corporation which he joined in January 2006 through the company's acquisition of BindView Corporation. At BindView, Mr. Matin was president and COO, directly overseeing products, sales, marketing, corporate development and services functions. He led the successful turnaround at BindView that established the company as the leader in IT policy compliance.

Prior to BindView, Mr. Matin was a partner at the Houston office of McKinsey & Company where he served clients in both the technolgy and energy industries. He started his career as software developer for Oregon-based Mentor Graphics Corporation.

Mr. Matin earned his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School, MS in computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and BE in electrical engineering from Regional Engineering College in India. Mr. Matin, his wife and three daughters reside in Houston, TX.

 

Ms. Linda Moore is the research program director for The Methodist Hospital Department of Surgery. She directs and organizes the department’s clinical research and has organized more than 50 clinical research trials since July 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Harding University and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Ms. Moore is a member of numerous professional organizations including The Society for Clinical Research Associates, American Medical Writers Association, American Society for Transplantation, International Society for Nutrition and Metabolism in Renal Disease, and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. She has authored or co-authored more than 130 articles, book chapters, abstracts and presentations. She has received multiple awards for her work, including an Office Director’s Citation from the Health Care Financing Administration, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, the Joel D. Kopple Award for Excellence in Nutrition from the National Kidney Foundation, and The President’s Volunteer Service Award, Gold, from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States. She has served on the board of directors of Nora’s Life Gift Foundation since its inception. Ms. Moore has been married to Terry Moore for 35 years, and they have two daughters, Christina and Loren Moore.

 

 

Joanna Bono Rose was born and raised in Houston, TX. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy in 1994 and received a BS from Texas A & M University in 1999. After graduation she accepted a job as an assistant buyer for Stages Stores, INC headquartered in Houston, TX. In 2001 she married John Michael Rose, II and moved to Chicago, IL for two years while her husband finished law school at Northwestern Law School. He is currently employed with Lock, Lord, Bissell & Liddell. Joanna returned to Houston in 2003 and took a job as the assistant designer buyer for Tootsies.

After returning to Houston, Joanna continued her work with the Junior League of Houston. With eight years of service to the league she has worked on many community places including, Kids Meals, Ronald McDonald House in Memorial Hermann, and her current placement at MD Anderson. Joanna has many ties to the Houston community. She is a founding member of Young Leaders for Medicine which is a philanthropic organization that benefits The Methodist Hospital Foundation. During her time as a young leader she has been the auction chair for the 2009 & 2010 doctor dinner, “Just What the Doctor Ordered”. Along with her mother & sisters, she has helped chair the annual Living Bank Gala of 2009 and is currently involved with the planning of the 2011 Nora’s Home gala, “There’s No Place Like Home”. Joanna has been married to Mike Rose for 10 years and has two boys, Johnny (5) & Patrick (2).

 

Mr. Timothy Schroeder serves as president and chief executive officer of CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services. The company, which he founded in 1999, is a full-service provider of drug development, regulatory consulting, healthcare communications and continuing education services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Prior to his work with CTI, Mr. Schroeder held several faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, including associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and internal medicine. Mr. Schroeder also served as director of the transplantation division in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University Hospital. During his nearly 25 years of clinical, academic and industry experience, Mr. Schroeder has authored or co-authored more than 200 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the areas of immunology, pharmacology and immunosuppression. He has presented more than 300 papers at national and international conferences and was visiting faculty lecturer on approximately 175 occasions at national and international medical centers, hospitals and conferences. He is the recipient of more than 30 awards and grants from various institutions, and serves on numerous corporate and charitable boards. Mr. Schroeder co-founded Nora’s Home and has served on the board since its inception. He has served as a reviewer to numerous FDA Advisory Panels. Mr. Schroeder has been married to his wife, Lisa, for more than 25 years and has five children, Allison, Joseph, James, Jonathan, and Joshua.

 

 

dwight_scottMr. Dwight Scott 

Dwight W. Scott, Jr. is a founding shareholder of Scott Patton PC.  Dwight brings a unique blend of administrative and legal experience to the firm, having over twenty years of combined administrative management and legal experience in the healthcare industry.  Before private practice, Dwight worked in-house for a large hospital system where he maintained responsibility for various legal and administrative matters.  Immediately prior to forming Scott Patton PC, Dwight worked for a large full service law firm, where he was elected to the Firm’s Management Committee and headed up the Firm’s Health Care practice.

While Dwight serves many diverse practice areas, he focuses his legal efforts in matters affecting healthcare providers and organizations, including peer review, regulatory and administrative compliance, operations, licensure, risk management, medical malpractice and commercial disputes.  He frequently advises clients on federal and state compliance issues, including Stark, Anti-Kickback, EMTALA and HIPAA compliance.  Dwight is also a certified mediator.

 

linda_stricklandLinda Strickland began her career in the trust department of a local bank and then seven years later she founded her own secretarial service company. She sold the business in 1974 and joined a construction management company eventually becoming Office Manager. In 1981 she was hired by Florida Exploration to relocate their offices and later performed the same relocation tasks for a group of companies that eventually became known as Enron. She was later named Vice President of Administrative Services. She left Enron in 1992.

In 2001 Mrs. Strickland started Certified Safety Specialists (CSS), a third party safety company providing services for the refining, petrochemical, chemical and related industries. CSS assists owners and contractors to improve their risk management and loss control programs to make the workplace safer. CSS has received numerous safety awards and, most recently, was named one of Houston’s Top 10 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Businesses by the Houston Business Journal. It is now in its 11th year with sales over 50 million.

In 2008 Mrs. Strickland retired to enjoy 13 grandchildren and traveling with her husband. She currently serves on the board of Camp Aranzazu.

 

Mr. Ellis L. Tudzin is the president and general counsel of Halcyon Investments, Inc. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, and the American Bar Association and was named Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation. Mr. Tudzin has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations, including Cenikor Foundation, Inc., The Thyroid Society for Education and Research, Houston’s Drug Free Business Initiative, and the JLH Foundation. He received his Bachelor of Arts as well as his Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees at The University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Dianne Tudzin and is the father of two daughters, Rachel Gutow-Ellis and Sarah Tudzin Anderson.

 

 

 

 

Mr. John M. Zerr is managing director and general counsel of Invesco Management Group, Inc. In that capacity he oversees the Invesco U.S. Retail Legal Department. He also serves on the executive management committees for Invesco’s North American retail and U.S. retail business units. Prior to joining Invesco in 2006, Mr. Zerr was chief operating officer and general counsel with Liberty Ridge Capital, Inc., investment advisor to the PBHG family of funds. He joined Liberty Ridge Capital in 1996 as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Prior to joining Liberty Ridge Capital, Mr. Zerr was vice president and assistant secretary with Delaware Investments. He began his legal career in investment management in 1987 with the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP in Philadelphia. Mr. Zerr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Ursinus College. He graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctorate degree from Temple University.

 

 

 

kaylalehmanMrs. Kayla Lehmann, Executive Director