Staff

Leadership Team

Elena Marks - President and Chief Executive Officer

Elena Marks

President and Chief Executive Officer
832.807.2568

Elena M. Marks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Episcopal Health Foundation. Ms. Marks is also a nonresident Fellow in Health Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy where her work focuses on health reform and access to care for low-income and uninsured populations. 

She serves on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the largest national organization serving the field of health philanthropy, Harris Health System, a public hospital system serving over 300,000 patients annually, and Community Health Choice, a nonprofit, community-based health insurance company with more than 400,000 members.

Ms. Marks holds a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health.  Ms. Marks’ previous professional experience includes serving as the Director of Health and Environmental Policy for the City of Houston; consulting in the health care industry with large systems and community-based providers; starting and directing a successful legal placement firm; and practicing trial and appellate law with major Texas law firms.


Jo Carcedo, MPA, MBA - Vice President for Grants

Jo Carcedo, MPA, MBA

Vice President for Grants
832.807.2571

Jo Carcedo is the Episcopal Health Foundation’s Vice President for Grants. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of health and human services developing service delivery systems, implementing programs, allocating resources, and grant management. Her previous experience includes executive leadership positions with regional and national organizations including Legacy Community Health Services, Neighborhood Centers Inc. (now called Baker Ripley), and World Vision.

Ms. Carcedo has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master's of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. She has several hours of management and leadership training from a variety of national organizations including the American Leadership Forum, Wells Fargo New Executive Directors Institute, Leadership Houston, and the National Grants Management Association.  Jo also serves on the board of directors for Philanthropy Southwest, American Leadership Forum and Incarnate Word Academy High School in Houston.


Shao-Chee Sim, PhD, MPA - Vice President for Applied Research

Shao-Chee Sim, PhD, MPA

Vice President for Applied Research
832-807-2565

Dr. Shao-Chee Sim is the Episcopal Health Foundation's Vice President for Applied Research. He leads the research division by providing timely and relevant health data, research, training and technical assistance to grantees, congregations and communities.  He also oversees EHF work in community engagement in the 57 counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.  Current priority areas include ACA enrollment analysis, social determinants of health screening instruments, health center payment reform and rural healthcare service delivery research.

Dr. Sim comes to EHF after more than 20 years of extensive research, community engagement, planning, and strategy experience within philanthropy, federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) and nonprofit organizations.  Most recently, he was the chief strategy officer of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City. Dr. Sim also assumed research leadership roles at several foundations and nonprofits – including The Wallace Foundation and the Asian American Federation.

He currently serves on the advisory committee of the Center for Community Engaged Translational Research at UT MD Anderson Center and the Asian American Policy Review at Harvard’s JFK School of Government.  Dr. Sim earned his Master's degree in public administration from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and a doctorate in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

 


Susybelle Gosslee - Chief Administrative Officer

Susybelle Gosslee

Chief Administrative Officer
832.807.2580

Susybelle Gosslee oversees EHF's business operations, including human resources and information technology. She also liaises with Diocesan staff providing finance, accounting and investment support.


Brian Sasser - Director of Communications

Brian Sasser

Director of Communications
832.807.2575 • 832.795.9404 (Cell)

Brian Sasser spent 20 years in television news as a reporter, producer and photographer. Most recently, he was the investigative producer and national field producer at KPRC-TV in Houston. Brian oversees all internal and external communications for the Foundation, including media relations, public relations, news and research releases, website management, video production, and communications consulting with grant partners and others. Brian is a graduate of TCU.


Staff

Robiel Abraha - Research Associate

Robiel Abraha

Research Associate
832-807-2566

Robiel provides project management and oversight of various research assignments.


Sheryl Barmasse - Research Coordinator

Sheryl Barmasse

Research Coordinator
832.807.2564

Sheryl coordinates all of the activities for the Research Division.


Jo Anne Brostrom - Executive Assistant to Elena Marks

Jo Anne Brostrom

Executive Assistant to Elena Marks
832.807.2568

Jo Anne supports the President in administrative areas.


Troy Bush-DiDonato - Community Engagement Officer

Troy Bush-DiDonato

Community Engagement Officer
832.807.2563

Troy implements EHF's community engagement strategy through training and capacity building with community partners, grant partners and congregations.


Katy Butterwick - Program Officer

Katy Butterwick

Program Officer
832.807.2572

Katy is responsible for investigating and evaluating grant proposals and supporting Foundation initiatives through soliciting proposals, conducting due diligence, maintaining communications with stakeholders, and project management related to grantmaking.


Raj Cheema - Administrative Assistant

Raj Cheema

Administrative Assistant
832-807-2587

Raj supports the Congregational Engagement and Evaluation teams in administrative areas.


Emily Dean - Research Associate

Emily Dean

Research Associate
832-658-2605

Emily provides project management and oversight of various research assignments.


Brittany Kusay - Program Associate

Brittany Kusay

Program Associate
832-658-2672

Brittany provides programmatic support and project management for the Grants Division.


Ruben Lanting - Grants Administrator

Ruben Lanting

Grants Administrator
832-807-2577

Ruben oversees the financial and record-keeping side of the grantmaking process for all grants awarded, and works closely with program staff and senior leaders to ensure accurate reporting and compliance on all grants.


Suzanne Leahy, PhD - Director of Evaluation

Suzanne Leahy, PhD

Director of Evaluation
832-807-2589

Suzanne evaluates the impact of EHF’s community health investments, supports staff in the use of evaluation to strengthen foundation programs, and serves as an ambassador for foundation evaluation to external audiences.


Cindy Lucia - Program Officer

Cindy Lucia

Program Officer
832-658-2663

Cindy is responsible for investigating and evaluating grant proposals and supporting Foundation initiatives through soliciting proposals, conducting due diligence, maintaining communications with stakeholders, and project management related to grantmaking.


Lisa Madry - Director of Community Engagement

Lisa Madry

Director of Community Engagement
832-807-2586

Lisa is responsible for developing and implementing EHF’s engagement work with the parishes and communities in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.


Lisa Mendoza - Database Coordinator

Lisa Mendoza

Database Coordinator
832.807.2574

Lisa is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and integrity of EHF's grants database. In accordance with grant guidelines, she processes applicants' inquiries regarding the online application process.


Celene Meyer - Director of Grants Management

Celene Meyer

Director of Grants Management
832.807.2573

Celene is responsible for overseeing the online grantmaking system and integrating its work with other EHF departments, and for monitoring all other grants management functions to ensure the overall high quality of all grants processes.


Jennifer Mineo, DrPH, LMSW - Senior Health Researcher

Jennifer Mineo, DrPH, LMSW

Senior Health Researcher
832-658-2671

Jennifer provides leadership, project management and oversight of research in support of the Research Division’s goal of providing timely and relevant data and research to inform EHF’s work. 


Eric Moen - Congregational Engagement Officer

Eric Moen

Congregational Engagement Officer
832-807-2582

Eric is responsible for developing and implementing EHF’s collaborative work with the parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.


Bridget Samuel - Organizational Effectiveness Officer

Bridget Samuel

Organizational Effectiveness Officer
832-658-2667

Bridget leads EHF's work in building the capacity of community-based organizations within the 57 counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.


Anna Steiner - Program Officer

Anna Steiner

Program Officer
832-807-2579

Anna is responsible for investigating and evaluating grant proposals and supporting Foundation initiatives through soliciting proposals, conducting due diligence, maintaining communications with stakeholders, and project management related to grantmaking.


Laura Thewalt - Executive Assistant (Business and Communications)

Laura Thewalt

Executive Assistant (Business and Communications)
832-807-2578

Laura supports the Business and Communication teams in administrative areas.


Melodee Toles - Congregational Engagement Program Associate

Melodee Toles

Congregational Engagement Program Associate
832-658-2662

Melodee supports EHF's collaborative work with congregations by developing resource materials and communications, and provides project management for the Congregational Engagement team.


Ian Watt - Evaluation Associate

Ian Watt

Evaluation Associate
832-658-2665

Ian is responsible for supporting the Director of Evaluation in evaluating the impact of the EHF's programs, managing data and data collection processes, and supporting the coordination of evaluation and learning activities.


Sandra Wegmann - Learning Officer

Sandra Wegmann

Learning Officer
832-807-2588

Sandra is responsible for coordinating the learning function of EHF, including supporting the Foundation as a learning organization, as well as gathering lessons from the evaluation of our investments in grantmaking, convening, research and congregational engagement.