For the past 60 years, the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors (BOV) has been integral to advancing the institution's mission to end cancer. The group of business and community leaders continually supports cancer-fighting initiatives in education, cancer prevention and oncology research and advocates for support for cancer patients and their families across the globe. New members as of Sept. 1 are:
Randy A. Foutch - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Business and community leader Foutch has more than 30 years' experience in the oil and gas industry. He is the founder/chairman, chief executive officer and president of Laredo Petroleum Inc., an independent energy company focused on the exploration, development and acquisition of petroleum and natural gas. Foutch is a member of the National Petroleum Council and chairman of the Advisory Council of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.
Winell Herron - Bellaire, Texas
Herron, a longtime H-E-B team member, is the company's group vice president of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs. She serves on many boards including those of the March of Dimes, Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of African American Culture, the Ensemble Theatre, Community Artists' Collective and the Texas Lyceum. Herron also is a board trustee for The University of the Incarnate Word and a board member of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, where H-E-B is headquartered.
R. Stan Marek Jr. - Houston
After an active duty tour with the United States Marine Corps Reserves, Marek began working for The Marek Companies, one of the largest residential and commercial interior contractors in the southwest, as a project manager, estimator and sales manager. He became president and chief executive officer in 1982. Marek also focuses on work force development, sustainability and comprehensive immigration reform. He has leadership positions in several major construction industry organizations. Marek is a graduate of Texas A&M University and serves on the board of trustees at St. John's School and the board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
Walker N. Moody - Houston
Moody serves as a partner and chief operating officer for Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Asset Management, having operational responsibility for the asset management division, and sits on the firm's management committee. Moody previously was with Goldman, Sachs & Co., within its Investment Management Division. Prior to Goldman, Moody was a captain in the U.S. Air Force with international affairs and strategic planning duties in the Middle East and the Pentagon. He also was a Social Aide-de-Camp at the White House. In 2011, Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Oversight Committe of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. A pediatric brain cancer survivor, Moody is a lifelong volunteer for cancer prevention and children's charities.
Jerry Simon - Houston
Simon served as a paratrooper in the elite 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and is a commercial-rated jet pilot. He is active in Houston's business and nonprofit communities, serving the past 22 years as managing director in the wealth management group for Northern Trust. A member of Angel Flight and Veteran's Airlift Command, he has used his personal aircraft for over a decade to fly patients and families to Houston, mainly to and from MD Anderson, for medical treatment. He is on boards and executive committees of the Houston Symphony, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, The Lone Star Flight Museum and the Houston Area Pastor Council. Simon is trustee emeritus for Goodwill Industries and trustee for the Houston Symphony Endowment.
Cyvia Wolff - Houston
Wolff is one of Houston's most respected citizens and philanthropists. In 2007, she and her late husband established the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business, now one of the nation's top 10 entrepreneurship programs. Wolff has served on a number of boards, including those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Shepherd School at Rice University; the Houston Holocaust Museum; the Houston Public Library; Texas Children's Cancer Center and Congregation Beth Israel, where she is a past president. She's a longtime supporter of MD Anderson, chairing the 2014 A Conversation With a Living Legend® Houston honoring Dr. Condoleeza Rice.
Isabella Arjona-Zappala - New York, New York
Arjona-Zappala is a passionate community leader and is active in supporting and raising funds for health care, college scholarships and wounded veteran programs. With her husband, Ambassador Joseph Zappala, she has helped advance the mission to end cancer by donating and raising funds over the past 15 years. In 2000, the couple hosted events in New York and Madrid, Spain to celebrate the opening of MD Anderson España.