October 18, 2021
MD Anderson welcomes 28 new leaders to Board of Visitors, honors new Life Members
BY Allison Schaffer
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center welcomed 28 new members to its Board of Visitors (BOV) with the start of a new fiscal year. The nonfiduciary, appointed advisory board also bestowed its highest honor of Life Member to two senior board members: Nancy B. Loeffler of San Antonio and James J. Mulva of Austin.
Effective Sept. 1, the following business and community leaders joined the ranks of more than 250 leaders committed to ending cancer with
- Arun Agarwal, Dallas: chief executive officer and director, Nextt
- Kathy Britton, Houston: chief executive officer, Perry Homes
- John Christmann IV, Houston: chief executive officer, president and director, Apache Corporation
- Paul N. Clark, Indian Wells, Calif.: retired executive vice president, Abbott Laboratories
- Gregory S. Curran, Houston: president, Wolfcreek Energy Group, LLC
- Barbara Dreeben, San Antonio: community volunteer, numerous organizations
- Vanessa Gilmore, Houston: United States District Judge of the Southern District of Texas
- Cami Christ Goff, Fort Worth: vice president, Goff Family Foundation
- Kelly O’Gara Hackett, Houston: managing director and co-founder, Tectonic Advisors, LLC
- John D. Harkey Jr., Dallas: founder, JDH Investment Management, LLC
- Jason Hiley, Fort Worth: president, Hiley Automotive Group
- William D. “Bill” Hoffman, Hollywood, Fla.: chairman and co-founder, Carlyle Aviation Partners
- Gloria Moncrief, Fort Worth: partner, Moncrief Oil; treasurer, Montex Drilling Company
- Mary Kliewer, Salado: co-owner and operator, BKCW Insurance, Risk Management and Benefits
- Andreae Behlen LeMaistre, San Antonio: community volunteer, pro bono patient advocate
- Tom P. Lynch, Jacksonville, Fla.: owner and partner, Lynch Automotive Group
- David R. McAtee, II, Dallas: senior executive vice president, AT&T
- Jeffrey J. McDougall, Oklahoma City, Okla.: president, principal owner, JMA Energy Company
- M. Ryan McGrath, Houston: president, chief executive officer, Asset Living
- Sharon Michael Owens, Houston: co-owner, La Maison
- Michael Petrick, Greenwich, Conn.: director, Enovix Corporation; special advisor, Riverside Management Group
- Robert K. Reeves, Houston: retired executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Anadarko Petroleum
- Mario E. Rodriguez, Los Angeles, Calif.: founder, former president, NTR Partners III LLC
- Thomas L. Ryan, Houston: chairman, president and CEO, Service Corporation International
- William Pablo Sanders, El Paso: managing director and co-chief investment officer, Sanders Partners, Inc.
- Shelley Tortorice, Beaumont: community volunteer and active philanthropist
- Byron D. Trott, Chicago, Ill.: founder, chairman and CEO, BDT Capital Partners
- Anat Zeidman, Houston: The Zeidman Group, President and CEO
Current BOV Chair Donald L. Evans, of Midland, along with BOV officers Clarence P. Cazalot Jr., of Houston (chair-elect); James L. Gallogly, of Houston (vice chair); Maureen Hackett, of Houston (vice chair); Tom Johnson, of Atlanta, Georgia (vice chair), Melvyn N. Klein, of Corpus Christi (life member); and Marsha M. Shields, of San Antonio (immediate past chair) enter a second year of service on the BOV’s Officers Committee. They will officially welcome new members at the BOV’s annual meeting.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to welcome this outstanding, diverse group of experienced, influential and compassionate leaders to our Board of Visitors,” said Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “As we advance our new Strategy and enter a new era of cancer care and research, the generous contributions of our BOV – whether through their time, talent or generosity – will propel us further and faster toward Making Cancer History®.”
New Life Members Loeffler and Mulva also will be honored at the annual BOV meeting. Life Members recognized by the BOV are those who embody philanthropy, leadership and community spirit.
“Nancy and Jim’s contributions over the past several decades have impacted countless areas across MD Anderson – from cancer patient care to research, education and prevention,” said Don Evans, chair. “We are excited to formally express our appreciation for their commitment and
generosity as treasured ambassadors in our mission to end cancer.”
Life Member Nancy B. Loeffler
Loeffler has been a valued member of the BOV since 1995, becoming a senior member in 2012. She served as the first female chair from 2009-2012, completing the BOV’s only three-year chairship to date. Loeffler also was the first woman to chair the BOV’s Membership Committee.
Loeffler has shared her insight and expertise through leadership roles on numerous initiatives including the South Campus Research Initiative Steering Committee, the Making Cancer History® Campaign Executive Committee, and the Development Institutional Initiatives and Strategic Advisory Committees. During her tenure as BOV Chair, MD Anderson
successfully completed an ambitious capital campaign, surpassing a
$1.2 billion goal in record time. Loeffler has generously supported and provided leadership for MD Anderson’s signature A Conversation With a Living Legend® fundraising events in San Antonio, Houston and Washington, D.C.
She is a dedicated community and civic leader and a longtime advocate of volunteerism.
Life Member James J. Mulva
Mulva has served on the BOV since 2003 and has been a valued senior member since 2012, leading the board as chair from 2016-2018. His insights and expertise have been invaluable in advancing MD Anderson’s
mission to end cancer.
After serving as a U.S. Navy officer, Mulva enjoyed a successful career in the energy industry. He retired as chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips in 2012.
Mulva currently serves as president of the Mulva Family Foundation, a consistent support of MD Anderson and his alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Miriam, are members of the Anderson Assembly, which honors donors who have committed $1 million or
more to MD Anderson.
As we advance our new Strategy and enter a new era of cancer care and research, the generous contributions of our BOV – whether through their time, talent or generosity – will propel us further and faster toward Making Cancer History®.
Peter WT Pisters, M.D.