President and Chief Executive Officer
Elena M. Marks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Episcopal Health Foundation and a nonresident Fellow in Health Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Ms. Marks previously served as the Director of Health and Environmental Policy for the City of Houston. Prior to joining the Mayor’s staff, Ms. Marks practiced trial and appellate law with major law firms, started and directed a successful legal placement firm, and developed strategic, long-range, and operating plans for service lines and system centers at a major health system.
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.
Jo Carcedo, MPA, MBA
Vice President for Grants
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 fund development. Her previous experience includes executive leadership positions with regional and national organizations including Legacy Community Health Services, Neighborhood Centers Inc., 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.
Alexandra (Lexi) Bambas Nolen, PhD, MPH
Vice President for Impact
Dr. Lexi Nolen is the Episcopal Health Foundation’s Vice President for Impact. She oversees planning and evaluation to ensure impact through the work of the Foundation and its beneficiaries and partners, as well as continuous learning processes, networking and convening to bring partners together, and the Foundation’s engagement with the Diocese of Texas leadership and outreach ministries.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Nolen served from 2008 as the Director of the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and Associate Director of the Coordinating Center for Global Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She served on the Secretariat of the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health; as the Coordinator of the Global Equity Gauge Alliance; and in the Division of Health and Human Development at the Pan American Health Organization, where she helped to develop the Division’s health equity platform and to advance research and programming on issues of health equity for the organization.
Areas of expertise include addressing health inequities through health systems and social determinants of health, leadership development for social change in health, intersectoral action for health, strengthening health information systems, advocacy strategies for health equity, community empowerment approaches to health.
Shao-Chee Sim, PhD, MPA
Vice President for Applied Research
Dr. Shao-Chee Sim is the Episcopal Health Foundation's Vice President for Applied 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. Sim led the FQHC in its research and evaluation, strategic planning, and disease prevention, intervention and health service projects. Dr. Sim also assumed research leadership roles at several foundations and nonprofits – including The Wallace Foundation and the Asian American Federation of New York.
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.
Chief Administrative Officer
Susybelle oversees the business operations of the Foundation, including human resources and information technology. She also liaises with Diocesan staff providing finance, accounting and investment support.
Director of Communications
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 website management, video production, public relations, social media, communications consulting and media relations. Brian is a graduate of TCU.
Robiel provides project management and oversight of various research assignments.
Sheryl coordinates all of the activities for the Research Division.
Jo Anne Brostrom
Executive Assistant to Elena Marks
Jo Anne supports the President in administrative areas.
Community Engagement Officer
Troy serves as a community liaison through two main functions: capacity building with community partners to support their engagement and connection with the community members they serve; and facilitating communication between partner communities/partners and the Foundation.
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 grant-making.
Congregational Engagement Field Officer
Bob is responsible for developing collaborative work with the Episcopal congregations of the Diocese of Texas, particularly in the area of mental health.
Jennifer 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 grant-making.
Suzanne Leahy, PhD
Suzanne is responsible for evaluating the impact of the Foundation’s investments in grant-making, convening, research, and Diocesan engagement.
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 grant-making.
Congregational Engagement Officer
Lisa is responsible for developing and implementing EHF’s collaborative work with the parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
Executive Assistant (Impact)
Jem supports the Impact team in administrative areas.
Alithea supports the President by conducting research and data analysis on a variety of issues relating to the work of the Foundation and the field of philanthropy.
Lisa is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and integrity of the Foundation's grants database. In accordance with grant guidelines, she processes applicants' inquiries regarding the online application process.
Senior Program Officer
Celene 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 grant-making.
W. Trent Pokorny
Trent oversees the financial and record-keeping side of the grant-making process for all grants awarded, and works closely with program staff and senior leaders to ensure accurate reporting and compliance on all grants.
Community Centered Health Homes Project Manager
Shona supports the development and management of EHF’s Community Centered Health Homes initiative.
Executive Assistant (Business and Communications)
Laura supports the Business and Communication teams in administrative areas.
Congregational Engagement Program Associate
Melodee supports EHF's collaborative work with congregations by developing resource materials and communications, and provides project management for the Congregational Engagement team.
Ian is responsible for supporting the Evaluation Officer in evaluating the impact of the Foundation’s programs, managing data and data collection processes, and supporting the coordination of evaluation and learning activities.
Sandra is responsible for coordinating the learning function of the Foundation, including supporting the Foundation as a learning organization as well as gathering lessons from the evaluation of our investments in grant-making, convening, research, and congregational engagement.