Foundation Team

Office of the Chief Executive Officer

Ed Burger

Edward B. Burger, PhD, President and CEO

Ed took the helm of St. David’s Foundation in January 2020, where he oversees all the Foundation’s operations as well as leads its philanthropic endeavors aimed at improving the lives of individuals throughout Central Texas both today and tomorrow. Read more…

Christy Wallace, Executive Assistant

Christy provides administrative support for the Chief Executive Officer and is liaison to the Board of Trustees.

Communications

Christina Felton Thompson, Interim Chief Communications Officer

Christina leads the communications team providing strategy and support for the Foundation’s branding, media relations, community outreach, marketing and digital efforts. Read more…

Emily Burgess, Senior Communications Officer

Emily manages strategic communications initiatives which increase awareness of the Foundation’s grantmaking, mission and work in Central Texas.

Holly Collins, Communications Coordinator

Holly supports strategic communications initiatives which increase awareness of the Foundation’s work in Central Texas.

Community Affairs

Cara Abazari, Chief Community Affairs Officer

Cara oversees all community affairs and community programs efforts of the Foundation, including Toast of the Town, Health’s Angels, and the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Program.  Read more…

Ashley Gomez, Scholarship Program Manager

Ashley plans and manages all aspects of the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Program.

Taylor Gutierrez, MAIS, bCRE-Pro, Community Affairs Program and Database Manager

Taylor manages the AgingWell program and the Foundation’s donor database.

Rosario Suarez, Community Affairs Scholarship Associate

Rosario assists with student and volunteer cultivation and recruitment, scholarship program support, and event planning for the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Program.

Community Investments

Bobbie Barker, Interim Executive Vice President of Community Investments

Bobbie leads the community investments team providing leadership in the creation, design, execution, and evaluation of the Foundation’s community-based grants and programs that address the unmet healthcare needs of the Central Texas community.

Le’Darrion Allen, Grants Project Manager

Le’Darrion provides programmatic, research, and project management support for the Community Investments Team.

Abena Asante, MHA, Senior Program Officer

Abena develops strategies for programs and grant making in the area of Rural Communities. Read more…

Ellie Coplin, MPH, Senior Learning & Evaluation Officer

Ellie develops, implements, and manages comprehensive evaluation strategies for the Foundation, ensuring that the Foundation, grant partners, and the community are able to increase the impact of our work based on what we are learning. Read more…

Amy Einhorn, MPP, Senior Program Officer

Amy develops strategies for programs and grant making in the areas of Strong Safety Net and Health Care Workforce Development. Read more…

Denise Herrera, PhD, Senior Capacity Building Officer

Denise develops strategies and programs related to improving the organizational effectiveness of nonprofit organizations that align with the strategic goals of St. David’s Foundation. Read more…

Angela Huddy, Senior Administration Coordinator

Angela provides administrative and operations support for the Senior Program Officers and the Community Investments Team.

Andrew Levack

Andrew Levack, MPH, Senior Program Officer

Andrew develops strategies for programs and grant making in the area of Aging in Place. Read more…

Picheska Marrero, Grants Manager

Picheska manages grant cycle activities and administrative functions associated with the Foundation’s grant review process.

Kim McPherson, MPAff, Senior Program Officer

Kim develops strategies for programs and grant making in the areas of Childhood Adversity and Housing Wrap Around Services. Read more…

Becky Pastner, MPAff, Chief Impact and Metrics Officer

Becky oversees the administrative management of the Foundation’s grantmaking systems, program evaluation and capacity building. Read more…

Vanessa Rocha, CPM, Grants Manager

Vanessa manages grant cycle activities and administrative functions associated with the Foundation’s grant review process.

Lourdes Rodriguez, DrPH, Senior Program Officer

Lourdes develops strategies for programs and grant making in the area of Women’s Health. Read more…

Jesse Simmons, MS, Senior Evaluation Officer

Jesse develops, implements, and manages comprehensive evaluation strategies for the Foundation, and researches and analyzes demographic trends, community needs, and the impact of Foundation strategies. Read more…

Caren Wood, Executive Assistant

Caren provides administrative support for the Executive Vice President of Community Investments and Chief Impact and Metrics Officer.

Dental Program – Clinical

Shailee Gupta, DDS, Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Gupta oversees all direct dental services and dental operations functions of the Dental Program. Read more…

Griselda Alvarado, Dental Assistant

Griselda assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Ensy Atarod, DDS, Staff Dentist / Interim Program Officer

Dr. Atarod provides dental services to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including initial assessments, treatments and emergency services.

Tiffiny Cervantes, Dental Assistant

Tiffiny assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Caesar Collazo, DDS, Staff Dentist

Dr. Collazo provides dental services to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including initial assessments, treatments and emergency services.

Shirley Creed, Dental Hygienist

Shirley provides dental hygiene treatment to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including sealant applications.

Iselda Einung, Dental Assistant

Iselda assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Maribel Escalante, Dental Assistant

Maribel assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Laura Gomez, Dental Assistant

Laura assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Yesia Gutierrez, Dental Assistant

Yesia assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Brenda Hernandez, Dental Assistant

Brenda assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Sandra Hernandez, Dental Assistant

Sandra assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Duyen Ho, DDS, Staff Dentist

Dr. Ho provides dental services to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including initial assessments, treatments and emergency services.

Carrie Hogan, Dental Assistant

Carrie assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Karen Jaimes, Dental Assistant

Karen assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Ginger Krug, Dental Hygienist

Ginger provides dental hygiene treatment to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including sealant applications.

Yana Kushner, DDS, Lead Dentist

Dr. Kushner oversees the daily operations and management of a regional dental team, and provides dental services to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including initial assessments, treatments, and emergency services. Read more…

Elodie Levy, DMD, Lead Dentist

Dr. Levy provides technical clinical dentistry within the St. David’s Foundation Dental Program, particularly focusing on the enhancement and improvement of clinical procedures and processes.

Esmie Lopez, Dental Assistant

Esmie assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Ashley McDaniel, Dental Assistant

Ashley assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Abby Menke, DDS, Lead Dentist

Dr. Menke oversees the daily operations and management of a regional dental team, and provides dental services to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including initial assessments, treatments, and emergency services. Read more…

Ashley Nichols, Dental Assistant

Ashley assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Lex Ohlendorf, DDS, Screening Staff Dentist

Dr. Ohlendorf performs dental screening exams and provides dental services to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including initial assessments, treatments and emergency services.

Mamatha Pasala, DDS, Lead Dentist

Dr. Pasala oversees the daily operations and management of a regional dental team, and provides dental services to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including initial assessments, treatments, and emergency services. Read more…

Tania Pelagio, Dental Assistant

Tania assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Danielle Phillips, Dental Assistant

Danielle assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Elizabeth Rodriguez, Dental Assistant

Elizabeth assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Teresa Rojas, Dental Assistant

Teresa assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to the patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Liza Vidaurri, Dental Assistant

Liza assists the Clinical Team in providing dental care to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program.

Rebecca Scott, DDS, Staff Dentist

Dr. Montalvo provides dental services to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including initial assessments, treatments and emergency services.

Nga Villanueva, Dental Hygienist

Nga provides dental hygiene treatment to patients of the St. David’s Dental Program, including sealant applications.

Dental Program – Operations

Erica Castillo, MBA, Senior Dental Operations Officer

Erica develops, implements, and manages the daily operations and strategies of the Dental Program and Dental Operations team, including compliance, process improvements, and quality. Read more…

Yudith Amaran, Dental Case Manager

Yudith manages case management services for Dental Program patients with complex care cases, and manages the facilitation of dental referrals to partner clinics in order to create dental homes for patients needing complex care.

Sandra Arrizola, MBA, Senior Administrative Coordinator

Sandra coordinates strategic administrative and operations support for the St. David’s Dental Program.

Ralph Coleman, MS, Dental Operations Process Manager

Ralph manages life-cycle project management and process improvements for Dental Program initiatives.

Eddie Gonzales, Dental Fleet Manager

Eddie manages all aspects of the St. David’s Dental Program Fleet and manages mechanical and equipment services for the Fleet.

Mauricio Gutierrez, Dental Fleet Maintenance Coordinator

Mauricio provides fleet support for the St. David’s Dental Program vans.

Mike Huffaker, Dental Fleet Coordinator

Mike coordinates fleet and equipment support for the St. David’s Dental Program vans.

Sheila Kirkconnell, Dental Operations Manager

Sheila manages the daily operations of the Dental Program, including van schedule management, supply order management, screening preparation and clinical scheduling.

Nancy Lozoria, Patient Data Coordinator

Nancy performs consent form audits, coordinates scheduling and program logistics, performs dental analytics projects, and performs data entry and oversight for the St. David’s Foundation Dental Program.

Tina Madrigal, Dental Data Coordinator

Tina coordinates, monitors, and analyzes dental data for the St. David’s Foundation Dental Program.

Vanessa Morgan Valdovinos, Oral Health Program Coordinator

Vanessa coordinates, plans and implements oral health education presentations and demonstrations at school sites and community events.

Yubelly Perez, Community Outreach Program Manager

Yubelly manages and coordinates all aspects of the Community Outreach program for the St. David’s Dental Program

Cindy Ruiz, Dental Quality and Screening Coordinator

Cindy coordinates dental quality initiatives that lead to practice and performance enhancements, including compliance oversight and training.

Finance

Amy Vaughan, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Amy oversees the Foundation’s budgeting, financial planning, internal controls, accounting and reporting policies for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and IRS compliance. Read more…

Vicky Hernandez-Ezell, Staff Accountant

Vicky coordinates the day-to-day administration of accounts payable, payroll, and journal entry accounting transactions.

Darshana Kalikstein, Senior Financial Analyst

Darshana analyzes and presents financial and operational data to support decision making, and evaluates processes and procedures for effectiveness and efficiencies.

Christy Miller, CPA, Controller

Christy develops, implements and manages the Foundation’s budgeting, financial planning, internal controls, accounting and reporting policies for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and IRS compliance. Read more…

Jocelyn Wobil, CPA, Programs Compliance Manager

Jocelyn manages the operational and compliance reviews of the Foundation’s grants-related community investments and ensures compliance with applicable standards and requirements.

Human Resources

Cara Mueller, PHR, SHRM-CP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Cara leads, develops, implements, and oversees human resources strategies and initiatives for the Foundation, including learning and organizational development, recruitment and staffing, benefits administration, workplace and employee wellness, compliance and risk management, compensation, talent and performance management, employee relations, talent recognition, and organizational culture. Read more…

Samantha Almanza, MA, Human Resources Manager

Samantha develops, implements, and manages various human resources strategies, including recruiting, onboarding, training, organizational development, employee wellness and talent recognition.

Janet Oduor, Office Operations and Facilities Coordinator

Janet serves as program coordinator for the Foundation’s office operations, the Foundation’s Innovation Center, and facilities.

Joanna Ramirez, CEBS, aPHR, Human Resources Operations Manager

Joanna manages the administration of the Foundation’s benefits programs, the Human Resources database and analytics reporting, the Foundation’s facilities, and the Foundation’s high school intern program.

Information Technology

Blake Holman, Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer

Blake Holman is Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer and HIPAA Security Officer responsible for Information Technology, Facilities / Real Estate and other technology and information related initiatives. Read more…

Kevin Klinkers, Manager of System and Network Administration

Kevin manages all aspects of the system and network technology infrastructure of the Foundation.

Todd Waldron, MS, Director of Information Technology

Todd directs the design, development, testing and production implementation of custom software solutions as well as the ongoing enhancements of third party systems. Read more…

Investments

Cathy Iberg, CPA, Vice President of Investments

Cathy oversees the Foundation’s financial investments program. Read more…

Legal and Compliance

F. Xavier Peña, Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Xavier oversees all legal matters of the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Xavier was the Vice President for Finance and General Counsel at the Houston Endowment Read more…

Tamra Dunham, Paralegal and Compliance Manager

Tamra manages the legal records for the Foundation, as well as various insurance, HIPAA, and tax compliance matters.

Strategic Priorities