President and Chief Executive Officer
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 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
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.
Chief Administrative Officer
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.
Director of Communications
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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.
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 implements EHF's community engagement strategy through training and capacity building with community partners, grant partners and congregations.
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 supports the Congregational Engagement and Evaluation teams in administrative areas.
Emily provides project management and oversight of various research assignments.
Brittany provides programmatic support and project management for the Grants Division.
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 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 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.
Director of Community Engagement
Lisa is responsible for developing and implementing EHF’s engagement work with the parishes and communities in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
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.
Director of Grants Management
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 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.
Congregational Engagement Officer
Eric is responsible for developing and implementing EHF’s collaborative work with the parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
Organizational Effectiveness Officer
Bridget leads EHF's work in building the capacity of community-based organizations within the 57 counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
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.
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 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 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.