The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Chair
Bishop Andy Doyle is the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Born in Illinois and raised in Houston, Bishop Doyle served five years as Canon to the Ordinary prior to his election as bishop in 2008. Bishop Doyle graduated from the University of North Texas with a fine arts degree and earned a Masters of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary prior to his ordination in 1995. He was later awarded a Doctor of Divinity from both Virginia Theological Seminary and the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Bishop Doyle served at Christ Church, Temple and St. Francis, College Station before being appointed Canon to the Ordinary for Bishop Wimberly in 2003. He is a published author, accomplished painter, a trained mediator and is fluent in Spanish. Bishop Doyle’s ministry includes a broad range of experience on boards including diocesan foundations, finance and communication, Mission Funding, Executive Board and the Hispanic Commission.
Linnet F. Deily, Executive Chair
Linnet F. Deily was nominated Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and Ambassador by President George W. Bush and confirmed in that post by the U.S. Senate on May 27, 2001. Ms. Deily had previously served as vice chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation. Prior to joining Schwab, Ms. Deily was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Interstate Bank of Texas. She received her B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967 and her M.A. in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1976. By appointment of then Governor George W. Bush, she served on the nine-member Board of Regents of the University of Texas System. Her current board involvement includes Honeywell, the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Baker Institute Advisory Board, and Houston Endowment. By Presidential appointment, she also recently served on the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Robert T. Blakely
Robert T. Blakely was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Fannie Mae from 2005 until 2007. Previously, he served as executive vice president and CFO at MCI, where he oversaw the restatement and restructuring of the finance, accounting and controls functions. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and CFO of Tenneco and of Lyondell Chemical and a managing director of Morgan Stanley. He has more than 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, controls and management. Mr. Blakely received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.B.A. from Cornell University, and his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell. Mr. Blakely held a four-year appointment as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and served as a founding member of Standard & Poor’s Issuer Advisory Council. He currently serves on the boards of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center & Texas Heart Institute.
H. Scott Caven, Jr.
Scott Caven is a senior relationship manager and co-head of CIBC Private Wealth’s Houston office, with more than 45 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining CIBC in 2003, he held a number of positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Dallas and Houston, including vice president and regional manager for Houston, south Texas and Mexico. Scott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law.
Simone Talma Flowers
Simone Flowers is the Executive Director of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), whose mission is to cultivate peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration. Simone has over 28 years of extensive experience in non-profit management. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University. Simone is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization, Town Lake Chapter of the Links Incorporated and Impact Austin. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for; Community Advancement Network, Austin Housing Repair Coalition, One Voice Central Texas, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Texas Impact, National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation, Swan Songs, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and as an Advisory Board member of Urban Roots. Simone served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities and serves on the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council. She is the recipient of the Gulen Peace Award from the Dialogue Institute of Austin, the Outstanding Alumni Award from Leadership Austin, and the Anne Durrum Robinson Creative Initiative Award from Women Communicators of Austin. In 2020, Simone received the inaugural 2020 Communitarian Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Roland A. Goertz
Dr. Goertz served as CEO of the Waco Family Health Center for 22 years until his retirement in 2019. The Center functions as a Federally Qualified Health Center and the recognized provider of ambulatory healthcare for the vulnerable population of McLennan County, Texas. The Center also operates Post Graduate Health Education Programs including a family medicine residency program that has trained over half the practicing family physicians in the McLennan County area. Dr. Goertz is a past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Association of Community Health Centers, and the McLennan County Medical Society. He has served on various committees of the Texas Medical Association and chaired the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Family Medicine Residency Advisory Committee. He is a past chair of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and Waco Business League. He received the McLennan County Medical Society’s “Gold Headed Cane” award in 2010 for contributions to the health of the community and to his profession. He is a recipient of the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Medical School Alumni Association. Dr. Goertz is a board member of the Waco based (philanthropic) Cooper Foundation. Dr. Goertz holds a B.S. degree from St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas), an M.D. from The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, and an MBA from Baylor University. His residency training in family medicine was at John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas.
M. James Henderson
M. James Henderson was a partner with RIO Advisors, LP, a leadership advisory consulting firm. Previously, he was a 30-year executive with The Methodist Hospital System, serving as executive vice president of the parent corporation, president and CEO of MethodistCare, Inc., and executive vice president of The Methodist Hospital Foundation. Mr. Henderson received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and his Masters in Hospital Administration from Washington University. He completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University’s Program in Health Systems Management and at the University of Michigan’s Pew Doctoral Program in Health Policy. Mr. Henderson currently serves as vice chair of the Foundation for DePelchin Children’s Center and on the boards of the Healthcare and Nursing Education Foundation and the Beth Block Foundation. He previously served as the chair of the boards of trustees of DePelchin Children’s Center, the South Main Center Association, the Emerging Leaders’ Endowment of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and the Houston Community College System. He also served on the boards of Covenant House Texas, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, and chaired the Health Care Campaign of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast.
The Rev. Canon Lisa Hines
The Rev. Canon Lisa Hines is Canon for Wellness and Care and Safeguarding Minister for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Canon Hines has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Masters of Divinity from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Prior to joining the diocesan staff, she served at Calvary Episcopal Church and School in Bastrop and at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station. Prior to her ordination, Canon Hines practiced law in Austin at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, and served at Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Austin as a teacher and administrator. She has previously served on the Executive Board of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, on the board of El Buen Samaritano, and as president of the diocesan Disciplinary Board.
Dr. Michelle A. Lyn, M.D.
Dr. Michelle A. Lyn M.D. has been on the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and a physician at Texas Children’s Hospital for the past 27 years. She has held several leadership positions at Texas Children’s Hospital and is currently the Medical Director for Care Coordination and Patient Flow. Over the years Dr. Lyn has been actively engaged in numerous community and educational organizations through her leadership on their Board of Directors. Some of these included Wesleyan University, St. Agnes Academy and St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities. She served as the Executive Board Chair for Episcopal Health Charities from 2009-2012. Dr. Lyn is a graduate of Wesleyan University and SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Consortium prior to her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
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.
Precious Williams Owodunni
Precious Williams Owodunni is president of Mountaintop Consulting and assists high-impact individuals and growing companies through strategy consulting, coaching, and leadership and business development training. Before establishing Mountaintop Consulting, she was a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she made private equity investments in high growth companies. She began her Goldman career as an investment banker in the Mergers & Strategic Advisory Group, advising oil and gas, oilfield services, power, consumer/retail, and industrial companies on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance matters. Ms. Owodunni graduated with honors from Yale University and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She has served as a board member for numerous private companies, nonprofit organizations, and industry associations.
Robert K. Reeves
Robert K. Reeves retired from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation where he served for 14 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, supervising legal, human resources, government relations, information technology, HSE, corporate security and administrative functions for the company. Prior to Anadarko, Mr. Reeves served for 11 years as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Ocean Energy, Inc. and its predecessor, Flores & Rucks, Inc. Prior to his corporate roles, Mr. Reeves was a partner for 11 years in the Onebane Law Firm of Lafayette, Louisiana. Mr. Reeves holds J.D. and B.A. degrees from Louisiana State University. He previously served on the board of directors of Key Energy Services, Inc., Western Gas Partners, LP, Western Gas Equity Partners, LP, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, Family Services of Greater Houston, and United Way of Greater Houston.
Deborah Brown Robinson
Deborah Brown Robinson is currently the assistant to the Assistant Head of School and the Director of Human Resources at The Kinkaid School. Previously, she worked as a natural gas buyer for Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation and as a patient liaison for Dr. Hazim J. Safi, chairman and chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. Ms. Robinson holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her volunteer activities include past president of the Junior League of Houston, past president, board member and nominating chair of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc., immediate past chair and current board member of The Gladney Center for Adoption, president of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association of Houston, board member of The Health Museum and fundraising positions for numerous Houston-area charities. Ms. Robinson and her family are members of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston where Debbie is a member of the Altar Guild.
The Rev. Neil Alan Willard
The Rev. Neil Alan Willard has been Rector of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston since 2014. He was previously Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Edina, Minnesota, for seven years and Associate Rector at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, for over six years. Before that he lived in South Carolina, serving congregations on Hilton Head Island and in Surfside Beach. He also worked as Bishop’s Clerk for the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in Richmond. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1995 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in 1992.
The Rev. Katie Wright
The Rev. Katie Wright has been the eighth rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Austin since February of 2021. Previously she served at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin as the Associate Rector and Locum Tenens. She has served as the Vice Chair of Capital IDEA in Austin. The Rev. Wright was previously rector of St. Andrew’s in Elyria, Ohio, and she has also served as Associate Rector in charge of youth and family ministries at St. Mark’s in Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Youth Minister at Ascension in Dallas, Texas; and Director of Children’s Ministries at Transfiguration in Dallas, Texas. She received her Master of Divinity degree, Anglican Track, from Perkins School of Theology at SMU and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College.