Report To The Community


We can become the healthiest community in the world.

That’s the vision that guides our work at St. David’s Foundation. The investments we make in collaboration with our grant partners are helping transform the lives of Central Texans and establishing new benchmarks for community health.

Over the last year, we have been transforming not only lives and communities but ourselves as well. To achieve our vision of making Central Texas the healthiest community in the world, we’ve aligned our work going forward around three focus areas:

  • Providing Central Texans with the healthiest care in the world
  • Creating the healthiest places for Central Texans to live
  • Helping Central Texans be the healthiest people they can be

One of our newest grant partners, Community First Village provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the chronically homeless in Central Texas.

Our friend and colleague Bobbie Barker, who helped guide the Foundation’s community investments for many years, has handed over the reins to William Buster as Executive Vice President of Community Investments. William will be leading the work of the Foundation as it seeks to attain its goals for Central Texas.

You’ll see in this report multiple stories of transformation — of the positive change that’s been made possible by St. David’s Foundation grants and grant partners. We hope you’ll find in these stories a source of inspiration that will help you create your own positive outcomes for Central Texas.

Earl Maxwell, CEO

Peter Pincoffs, Board Chair

From Cramped to Room to Grow

In 2016, Central Texas Food Bank distributed nearly 34 million pounds of food in a 21 county service area.

As one of the largest foundations in Central Texas, we have the ability to expand and improve the capacity of our grant partners to meet growing demand by investing in the improvement of their facilities. In the past five years, we have helped fund new homes for Manos de Cristo, Any Baby Can, People’s Community Clinic and Central Texas Food Bank. Each new location offers more space, whether for services or operations. For example, Manos de Cristo was able to almost triple the number of patients served in their newly expanded dental center in its first year.

One of our grant partners who really knows how to meet the needs of the growing area is the Central Texas Food Bank. In 2016, they moved into their new facility in Southeast Austin. Their old facility, while quite large at 60,000 square feet, wasn’t enough to keep pace with the growing population. Their new home is 135,000 square feet, which includes a large warehouse, capable of storing and distributing 46,000 meals per week, one-third of which go to children. The new facility has additional room for volunteers, multiple loading docks, a commercial kitchen, more room for food storage, and plenty of room for all current staff plus space for future growth. All of these new features will help them distribute meals to a 21-county service area, about twice the size of Massachusetts.

In addition to canned food, the Central Texas Food Bank’s new facility allows them to prepare and distribute freshly made meals, some of which contain food directly from their gardens.

From Urban to Rural

A New Home for People’s Community Clinic

A $10 million dollar grant from St. David’s Foundation helped People’s Community Clinic move to their new home last October.

From our home in downtown Austin, St. David’s Foundation serves and funds throughout the five-county Central Texas region. As housing costs in the urban core continue to rise, more and more residents are moving to the outskirts of the metro area — to neighborhoods and communities that don’t have the same health care resources found in Austin.

St. David’s Foundation provides annual grant funding to support rural clinics throughout the region, including Community Health Centers in Bastrop and Caldwell Counties, CommuniCare in Hays County, and Lone Star Circle of Care in Bastrop and Williamson Counties. These providers fill a major need in Central Texas’ health care infrastructure. For example, Community Health Centers’ location in Luling, a town of 13,000 residents, serves people from all over Caldwell County, many of whom drive more than 30 miles to get there.

The rural and unincorporated areas within the Central Texas region have seen a 13 percent population increase since 2010. Caldwell County itself has grown by more than 25 percent during that time. Rural clinics are strapped to keep up with the demand for their services, which makes St. David’s Foundation’s support even more important.

“As more people move to Austin, we see more people move here. Subdivisions have been built, old houses are reconstructed and sold. The old things we have are becoming new again.”

— Priscilla Estrada, Community Health Centers of South Central Texas - Luling

Downtown Luling on a Thursday morning.

The differences in our urban core and the surrounding communities are obvious, but many similarities remain: everyone deserves and wants quality care from capable health clinics. Our grants to Community Health Centers of South Central Texas ensures that children and adults receive the best care possible.

From High School to Grad School

One of St. David’s Foundation’s longstanding endeavors has been to ensure that Central Texas has the health care professionals it needs, and that young people in our community have the opportunity to pursue careers in health care. Since 2005, the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship program has helped more than 450 students pursue their educations in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, biomedical engineering and other disciplines at Texas colleges and universities.

Texas A&M graduate, Drake Duncan; Abilene Christian University graduate, Jamie Choe; University of Texas graduate, Veronica Zarr. These three Kocurek Scholars attended the 2017 Kocurek Graduation Ceremony with their degrees in biomedical sciences, biochemistry and biology, respectively.

In addition to funding, the Kocurek Scholarships also provides students with St David’s HealthCare employees and community partners who serve as mentors, allowing the scholars to enter the workforce with skills and preparation for their careers. As Kocurek Scholar Dr. Grant Pierre puts it, “Wanting to be a physician was always my dream. Now, due to sacrifice, generosity and hard work, I’ve accomplished that dream. St. David’s Foundation helped to put me through college, and was kind enough to extend its help through medical school. St. David’s made it possible, and for that I am eternally grateful.”

The Kocurek Scholarships are supported by St. David’s Foundation Community Fund’s Toast of the Town, a series of fundraising events held in private homes and unique venues throughout Austin. This year, St. David’s Foundation Community Fund matched all Toast of the Town contributions two-to-one, tripling the amount of money awarded to the scholarship fund — a total of more than $1.5 million.

“Throughout my career, I hope to influence thousands of lives.”

— Grant Pierre, M.D., 2008 Kocurek Scholar

From Graduate to Beyond

Our Kocurek grads are, at this moment, impacting the health of our community. You can find our alumni all across Austin and beyond, for example:

  • Amanda Moreno (2005 recipient) is a Medical Lab Coordinator at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center
  • Dienhong Tran (2008 recipient) is a General Surgery Resident at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Paul Gonzales (2009 recipient) is a Physician’s Assistant in Pediatric Neurology at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas
  • Meagan Giles (2010 recipient) is a Genetic Counselor at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Kristin Liner (2011 recipient) is a Nurse at St. David’s Medical Center

Chef Fiore Tedesco of L’oca d’Oro gives a cooking demonstration during a Toast of the Town party.

he growth of the Scholarship Program can be attributed to the growth of Toast of the Town, which raises funds for the program. The parties range in style and theme from intimate dinners in a private wine cellar, to dinner with Commissioner George P. Bush at Franklin Barbecue, to a Battle of the Brunches in a condo high above Austin.

From One Van to Nine

Nowhere can the transformation of St. David’s Foundation be more clearly seen than in the St. David’s Dental Program. At its inception in 1999, the program had one van (shared with the City of Austin) and an all-volunteer staff. Today’s Dental Program has nine vans, a team of professional staff, and continues to see record-setting growth each year.

Since the program began, the number of annual visits has increased nearly tenfold. In 2016, the Dental Program screened 28,631 children at 68 elementary schools and treated 11,331 patients, providing more than $12 million worth of free dental care to those in need in our community. Because of its commitment to improving dental health, St. David’s Foundation is working to expand care through Healthy Smiles Central Texas, a three-year grant initiative that aims to increase the number of uninsured Central Texans who have access to affordable dental care through safety net clinics in our region.

From the first van in 1999 to today’s fleet of nine, St. David’s Dental Program has seen tens of thousands of patients over the years, and helped create beautiful smiles and healthy teeth across Central Texas.

As our fleet continues to grow, we’ve been able to treat more patients. Each year, we evaluate how we can make the most impact. Whether it’s increasing our efforts to prevent future dental problems as opposed to simply treating current problems or switching to a two-year rotation between schools to see students more often, St. David’s Dental Program is a great example of what a mobile charity dental program can contribute to the community. We are proud to be a model program that is replicated around the country.

From Student to Advocate

In 2008, Jamie Schanbaum was a typical college student who one day started experiencing asthma and flu-like symptoms. Within 14 hours of her first symptom, she was in the hospital not knowing if she would survive. She learned that she had contracted meningitis, and the disease ultimately led to the amputation of both her legs and all her fingers. After seven months in the hospital, she began the long journey of becoming independent again with her therapists at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital. “St. David’s is a standup hospital, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for that establishment,” Jamie said. “Everyone was so nice and even to this day, when I see the wound care specialists or nurses who helped me, it’s wonderful to catch up. I have a special, close relationship with my PT and OT, Bob Whitford and Kerri Kallus, who helped me when I was still in-patient.”

Jamie didn’t just survive meningitis, she thrived. “I knew I had to push myself in order to get my life back. I also had a lot of tough love from my family, and they made sure I did all of the workout regiments at home… even when I didn’t want to.” Jamie was able to return to daily life and pick up her bicycle again to become a successful Paralympian cyclist and even started The J.A.M.I.E. Group, a non-profit organization that educates the public about this vaccine-preventable disease. Jamie helped get Senate Bill 819, AKA The Jamie Schanbaum Act passed, which requires meningitis vaccinations of college students.

“Life can take you crazy places & sometimes life can be unfair, but you have to embrace change & push forward.”

— Jamie Schanbaum, Meningitis Survivor & immunization advocate

Jamie’s remarkable story is just one of the many transformations that St. David’s HealthCare has been able to bring about in the lives of Central Texans. Whatever the job, location, or department, St. David’s HealthCare employees create change in the community that’s echoed by the complementary work of St. David’s Foundation and its grant partners. It’s the people of St. David’s HealthCare who make it possible for the Foundation to transform lives and communities. Whether their patients go on to be Paralympians and advocates, or just back to their normal routines, St. David’s HealthCare is there for them.

St. David’s HealthCare & St. David’s Foundation: Part of Something Bigger

Through a unique partnership, St. David’s Foundation reinvests proceeds from St. David’s HealthCare to help build the healthiest community in the world, and St. David’s HealthCare employees are part of something so much bigger than their jobs. We took some employees from St. David’s HealthCare to visit a few of our grant partners, so they could learn more about the impact of our partnership.

More than 60 Partners in Health

Through the dedicated and skilled efforts of more than 60 grant partner organizations listed below, St. David’s Foundation’s investments are leading to healthier outcomes for all kinds of Central Texans - in clinical settings, schools and workplaces, and in the community. In 2016, we invested $52M in the health of Cental Texas through these organizations.

Adult Vision Collaboration
AGE of Central Texas
AIDS Services of Austin
Any Baby Can
Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area
Austin Child Guidance Center
Austin Clubhouse
Austin Community Foundation
Austin Ed Fund
Austin Recovery
Austin Speech Labs
Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Breast Cancer Resource Center
Capital IDEA
Center for Child Protection
Central Texas Food Bank
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
CommuniCare Health Centers - Kyle
Communities in Schools of Central Texas
Community Health Centers of South Central Texas - Luling
Council on At Risk Youth (CARY)
Drive A Senior
Easter Seals Central Texas
El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission
Family Crisis Center
Family Eldercare
Foundation Communities
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Hope Alliance
Hospice Austin
Huston-Tillotson University
Integral Care
Interagency Support Council of East Williamson County
Lone Star Circle of Care

Manos de Cristo Dental Clinic
Marathon Kids
Meals on Wheels Central Texas
Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ Community First Village
Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin
Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties
People’s Community Clinic
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Round Rock Area Serving Center
Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care
Samaritan Health Ministries
SIMS Foundation
Spirit Reins
Sustainable Food Center
Tandem Teen Prenatal and Parenting Program
Texas A&M Foundation
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Texas Ramp Project
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Texas State University
The Care Communities
The Immunization Partnership
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
Volunteer Healthcare Clinic
Waterloo Counseling Center
We Are Blood
YMCA of Greater Austin
YMCA of Greater Williamson County

A New Way to Invest in Health

St. David’s Foundation has launched Opportunity Grants to provide financial support for new approaches to improving community health. We know that many factors outside of the healthcare system affect how healthy we are, and we fund innovative, transformative and collaborative ideas for making Central Texas the healthiest community in the world. The Foundation defines health broadly, and considers proposals that address any aspect of improving physical or mental health and wellness, particularly among individuals facing health disparities in our community. The first group of Opportunity Grants were awarded in 2016, and they went to the following organizations:

Blackland Community Development Corporation
African American Behavioral Health Resource Center

CATCH Global Foundation
Building a Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Community of Excellence in Central Texas

Foundation Communities Inc.
Healthy Food Pantry Project

Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
Excel Counseling Services

Half Helen Foundation
C-MORE - Revolutionizing vision screenings in low-income communities

Living Healthier: A Transformational Approach to Community Health

NAMI Austin

Out Youth
Clinical services for the LGBT youth in partnership with Communities in Schools

Texas Network Of Youth Services Incorporated
Recovery Through Participation: Building youth/adult partnerships to enhance the planning and provision of services for youth in Central Texas

Youth Recovery Network
YRN: Closing the gaps for continuity of care

Our Leadership

St. David’s Foundation Board
E. Peter Pincoffs, Chair
Ray Bonilla, Vice Chair
Shannon H. Ratliff II, Secretary
Betsy G. Abell
Kathleen O. Angel
Ray Benson
Charles Chaffin
Karen J. Cole
Craig Hester
C. W. Hetherly, Jr.
H. David Hughes
Darrick McGill
Lino Mendiola, III
John S. Murray, MD
The Honorable Harriet O’Neill
James A. Prentice, MD
Maya Payne Smart
Rev. Dr. William Charles Treadwell, III
Jerry E. Turner
Marc Winkelman

St. David’s Foundation Community Investment Committee
Shannon H. Ratliff II, Chair
Betsy G. Abell
Ray Benson
Karen J. Cole
Susie Jastrow
Darrick McGill
Lino Mendiola, III
E. Peter Pincoffs
James A. Prentice, MD
Maya Payne Smart
Rev. Dr. William Charles Treadwell, III
Ann Wilson
Marc Winkelman

St. David’s Foundation Chair’s Emeritus Council
Ed Auler, Chair Ada Anderson
Jack T. Brown
Charles M. Christensen
Diane F. Grant
Jose I. Guerra
Albert Hawkins
Robena Jackson
Mary Scott Nabers
Robert T. Present
Lynn Sherman
D. Scott Thomas

St. David’s Foundation Community Fund Board
Rodney S. Bond
Earl Maxwell
Barbara Porter
Dave Thomsen

St. David’s Foundation Staff Leadership
Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer
Abena Asante, MHA, Senior Program Officer
Ensy Atarod, DDS, Lead Dentist
William Buster, MA, Executive Vice President of Community Investments
Carol Clark, General Counsel
Stephen Collard, DDS, Staff Dentist
Caesar Collazo, DDS, Staff Dentist
Shailee Gupta, DDS, Clinical Director, Dental Program
Annalisa Heck, DDS, Staff Dentist
Blake Holman, Chief Information Officer
Cathy Iberg, Vice President of Investments
Elizabeth Krause, ScM, Senior Program Officer
Yana Kushner, DDS, Lead Dentist
Joy Legan, SPHR, Director of Human Resources
Andrew Levack, MPH, Senior Program Officer
Elodie Levy, DDS, Staff Dentist
Kim McPherson, MPAff, Senior Program Officer
Abby Menke Freeman, DDS, Lead Dentist
Christy Miller, Controller
Rebecca Montalvo, DDS, Screening Dentist
Lex Ohlendorf, DDS, Screening Dentist
Mamatha Pasala, DDS, Lead Dentist
Becky Pastner, MPAff, Senior Capacity Building Officer
Jesse Simmons, MS, Senior Evaluation Officer
Dave Thomsen, Executive Vice President of Operations
Lisa Trahan, Director of Communications
Madge Vasquez, MPAff, Director of Dental Operations
Amy Vaughan, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Todd Waldron, MS, Director of Information Technology

St. David’s Foundation Community Fund Leadership
Cara Abazari, Director of Community Affairs


2016 2015
Summarized Statements of Financial Position ($ in millions, as of December 31st)
Cash and Investments, at market $508 $482
Investments in St. David’s Partnership $362 $303
Other Assets $24 $23
Total $894 $808
Summarized Statements of Activity ($ in millions, year ended December 31st)
Support and Revenue Income from St. David’s Partnerships $122 $121
Other $1 $1
Total $123 $122
Grants $56 $54
Dental Program $7 $7
Management and General $8 $6
Total $71 $67
Investment Income (Loss) $31 $(1)
Change in Net Assets $83 $54
Net Assets, Beginning of Year $770 $716
Net Assets, End of Year $853 $770

From Here On

Over the past year, the Foundation has worked hard to develop a plan that will move us forward and help us to achieve our vision of building the healthiest community in the world.

We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful and thriving community, yet too many of us still lack access to great health care. Many people live in neighborhoods that make healthy living a challenge. And too many of us - especially our children, moms and seniors - have unmet health needs. We’ve identified three priority areas and within each, several areas of focus. These are the priorities that will drive our efforts forward over the next three years:

Healthiest Care
focusing on:
Connection to Specialty Care
Dental Health
Health Care Workforce
Insurance Enrollment & Use
Strong Safety Net

Healthiest Places
focusing on:
Access to Healthy Food
Housing Wrap-Around Services
Opportunities to Be Active
Rural Communities

Healthiest People
focusing on:
Aging in Place
Childhood Adversity
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Women’s Health

We intend, now more than ever, to make this the healthiest community in the world.