Board Member Bios
David S. Buck, MD, MPH
David Buck, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor at Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Family & Community Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor at University of Texas School of Public Health – Houston: Management, Policy and Community Health Division. He began working with the underserved developing medical and dental clinics for the indigent population in Houston in 1984 after working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India.
Dr. Buck is the founder and Chair of ASFHG. He has been with the organization from the start when he brought the idea from Boston and started connecting local institutions and professional schools in 2008. In addition to ASFHG Chair he is also the founder and president of Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston, a consortium of more than 30 community-based agencies, health care clinics, educational institutions, and public organizations working together to increase the quality of health care for the homeless. HHH was founded in 1999 and continues to be a constant provider to Houston’s homeless.
Dr. Buck is a big proponent of service work and service based education. He supervises the Houston Outreach Medicine Education and Social services (HOMES) track that allows third-year medical students to earn credit by working at the HOMES clinic, a student—Managed clinic he founded with a former medical student that is sponsored by HHH.
Dr. Buck is the recipient of many awards and honors including: the 2014 TMAF John P McGovern Champion of Health Award, 2013 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Public Health Leader National Award; in 2012 Dr. Buck represented HHH at the First Lady’s Luncheon hosted by the Congressional Club to honor First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington D.C.; 2011 St. Luke’s Episcopal Charities Community Health Leadership Award, and 2010 University of Texas School of Public Health Leadership Luminary in Public Health. He has authored many peer reviewed publications. He has served on local, national and international boards. He has recently launched a new non-profit, Primary Care Innovation Center to improve quality and reduce costs through coordination of care for the most costly and vulnerable patients in our health care system.
David Kahne, JD
David trained as a lawyer, and has a mixed private practice developed over the past three decades. Throughout, his work has included federal lawsuits against governments, to protect freedom of speech, people with disabilities, fair housing, and other constitutional, civil and property rights. He represents individuals, small businesses, landowners and groups particularly non-profits. He also represents homeowners seeking to protect their rights against homeowners associations, including condominiums. Some of his work has involved class actions, such as against insurers to recover unpaid benefits. With Blackburn & Carter, he worked on significant environmental cases challenging arbitrary government actions such as to protect the whooping cranes.
David has served as general counsel for several non-profits, most significantly Dignity House, a developer of housing and provider of services for formerly homeless people. He has also served on many non-profit boards and task forces, has testified at the Texas Legislature and has presented for continuing legal education. In 2006, AARP published his monograph, “A Bill of Rights for Homeowners in Associations: Basic Principles of Consumer Protection and Sample Model Statute”. In addition, he consults with organizations on civil rights and economic development and frequently appears as a gust lecturer at law schools. Before starting his own private practice, he graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Justice Alan Handler or the New Jersey Supreme Court and for Judge Fullam of the Philadelphia Federal Court.
Twila Ross, MA, LMFT
Twila Ross has been a Board member and supporter of ASFHG and its mission since the very beginning. She is a strong advocate for vulnerable persons and knowledgeable about best practices to reach those populations.
Twila has been with The Harris County Protective Services since March 2009 working to better the lives of children and families as a Permanency Team Manager. Prior to that she was with Depelchin’s Children’s Center for 15 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling and is committed to the development and empowerment of teams. She says “The work we do in the field of therapy and social work is in my opinion done most effectively in teams. I am very invested in coaching and encouragement with many different populations both professionally and client based.”
She has been coaching, encouraging, and mentoring ASFHG Fellows and staff for years now.
Carlie Brown, MPH
Carlie A. Brown is the Chief Development Officer at Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston (HHH). She began working with HHH more than seven years ago coordinating research studies, during which time she authored or co-authored nine manuscripts for publication before making the transition into overseeing the Development Department. During her time at HHH she has worked on several other projects, including working with Dr. David Buck (Chair) to launch the Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows Program. She then served as the first Program Director. “It is a very rewarding experience to have worked towards implementing this amazing program locally and to have the opportunity to see how it has changed and grown in the last six years. The fellows never cease to amaze me with their enthusiasm and the wonderful things they do in our community. They embody one of the main reasons I chose a career in the non-profit sector: The inspiration that comes with working with those who are drawn to a greater good and are passionate about a cause.” Ms. Brown has a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from the University of Houston, a Master’s degree in Public Health (Management and Health Policy) from University of Texas at Houston and is certified in Non-profit Management by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
Andrew Harper, MD
Dr. Andrew Harper is the Medical Director of the University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he also serves as an Assistant Dean for Educational Programs. After completing his undergraduate studies at Baylor University, Dr. Harper received his MD from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he also completed residencies in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His clinical experience is primarily in the area of inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry. He is also involved in the education of medical students and psychiatry residents.
Dr. Harper has been on the ASFHG Board of Directors since the first cohort of Fellows in 2009 and has been active ever since acting as mentor and participating on various committees.
Robert Sanborn, EdD
Dr. Robert Sanborn, Ed.D is nationally known for his activism in education and child rights. He has been the president/CEO of Children at Risk in Houston since 2005. Children at Risk focuses on advocacy and research on many causes that effect children in Houston, around the country and the world. He is an editor of Growing Up in Houston, a report that covers 130 indicators of quality of life for children. This includes mortality, neglect, poverty, unemployment, access to healthcare, and many other aspects of personal and social wellbeing.
Prior to Children at Risk Dr. Sanborn served in leadership positions at Rice University and Columbia University, where he received his Doctoral degree, as well serving as CEO of the Education Foundation of Harris County.
Dr. Sanborn joined the ASFHG Board of Directors in March 2013 and brought many skills and connections that have been imperative to the growth and expansion of the program. He is an instructor on leadership development and has acted as a mentor to Schweitzer Fellows and many others working with underserved populations.
Linda is Executive Director of The Simmons Foundation, a private family foundation, with which she has been associated since 2000. Previously, she was the Founding Executive Director of the Greater Houston Women’s Foundation, now the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston. Before that, she worked in Government Affairs at METRO. Linda has served on 30 volunteer boards and advisory boards and has been appointed to commissions locally and nationally. She has received numerous honors and awards, most notably the honoree at the UH Graduate College of Social Work annual gala, 2014; named one of Houston Woman Magazine’s 50 Women of Influence, 2011; ChildBuilders honoree, 2003; honoree at Houston Achievement Place gala, 2002; and named a Woman on the Move in 1997. She has received the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service, is a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, and a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership Houston. Linda was a delegate to two UN Non-Governmental Forums on Women, Nairobi, Kenya (1985) and Beijing, China (1995). Linda is married to John W. Morrison; between them, they have seven children and 13 grandchildren.
Linda has been on the ASFHG Board of Directors since opening the doors in 2008. She was instrumental in getting the program publicized to the organizations, educational institutions and funders that are the backbone of ASFHG. She continues to be a huge asset and friend to ASFHG and a wonderful example of someone that has lead a life dedicated to service.
Jean Raphael, MD, MPH
Jean L. Raphael MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
His work combines health services research and behavioral interventions to enhance care delivery for minority children with chronic conditions. Dr. Raphael leads several research projects that include developing a patient navigator intervention for children with sickle cell disease and assessing the impact of the patient-centered medical home on health outcomes among low-income children with special health care needs. He has been funded by NIH and the Aetna Foundation. Dr. Raphael currently serves as a Scientific Reviewer in Health Disparities Research for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Raphael’s research is complemented by policy efforts toward improving the care of vulnerable populations. In 2009, Dr. Raphael was appointed to the Texas Health Disparities Task Force by the Lieutenant Governor and helped author a strategic plan to address health disparities in Texas.
Krislynn Thompson, MS
I am a native Houstonian who earned a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University. I attended Spelman College where I obtained my undergraduate degree in economics and cultivated a smorgasbord of skill sets that led me to career in nonprofit management and economic development. After a consulting stint with a youth development agency in 2011, I was inspired to start a nonprofit organization, Geared Up Bikestation (GUB). GUB encourages minority residents of North/Northwest Houston to engage in the health and environmental benefits of cycling through innovative bike education programs and advocacy for bike and pedestrian friendly infrastructure in low income communities. Through this service, I have been afforded the opportunity to serve as a board member of Citizen’s Transportation Coalition (CTC). The mission of CTC is to keep Houston residents educated of transportation projects that impact our communities such as the expansion of Metro Rail, street infrastructure improvements and building of new highways. Through it all, I have become totally immersed in learning how transportation improves (or negatively affects) our social and economic quality of life. It’s my goal to start my own planning and development consulting firm. Of course, there is more to me that meets the ink – I love to dance, travel and meet new folks.
My 2012/13 Project: Ride it out! Cycle and See is an exciting initiative that helps residents of transitioning communities of Acres Homes and 5th Ward to get moving and experience the vibrancy of their neighborhood and the greater Houston area through bike scavenger hunts. Twice a month, I plan to lead bike rides in different areas of Houston to expose participants to various community designs. Each participant will be charged to solve a series of hints that will chart the route, reveal historical facts and encourage discussion for developing their own communities. By hosting bi-monthly sessions, participants are encouraged to maintain physical activity and connect with other neighbors who are dedicated to creating a healthy lifestyle.
David Savage is a sixth year MD/PhD student with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He earned his BA summa cum laude from Austin College (Sherman, TX) in 2007 with a double major in biochemistry and computer science. He worked in Dallas, TX as a software developer and Princeton Review teacher for two years before moving to Houston for medical school.
David completed his Albert Schweitzer Fellowship during 2012-2013 in the Houston-Galveston program. He worked with the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services to improve refugee access to health services. His program included weekly classes at the apartments where refugees live, four large-scale health fairs, and the production of a YouTube video in Bhutanese explaining how to complete paperwork for county health benefits in Harris County.
In addition to his ASF project, David has worked extensively in organized medicine. He is the immediate past Speaker for the American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS), the immediate past Chair of the Texas Medical Association MSS (TMA-MSS), and a past member of the TMA Foundation Board. David is on an AMA national advisory panel for Accelerating Change in Medical Education which gave out $11 million dollars in grants in 2013, and during 2014-2015 he is serving as a Trustee on the TMA Board.
Andrea Link, MD
Dr. Andrea Link did her medical training and residency in pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. After several years as a pediatrician with Texas Children’s Hospital, she had a shift in her clinical interests and spent three years working with incarcerated women at Harris County Jail as part of Healthcare for the Homeless Houston’s Jail Inreach Program.
From her experiences working with these women, she developed “Healthy and Whole” an innovative and multi-modal program to help women recovering from prostitution and human trafficking. The program, which is a collaboration between Healthcare for the Homeless Houston and Angela House, was started as a pilot in January of 2013. The program features wellness, health education, healing through the arts, peer support, employment counseling and psycho-educational programming. It is the first program in the country for women exiting prostitution that was developed as a partnership between a medical school-affiliated homeless clinic and an existing residential program.
Dr. Link also researches the psychosocial and medical issues involved in street-level prostitution, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Alexandra Nolen, PhD, MPH
Alexandra (Lexi) Bambas Nolen, PhD, MPH, serves as the Director of the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and Associate Director of the Coordinating Center for Global Health at UTMB Health in Galveston, Texas. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine & Community Health, and Internal Medicine, and Associate Faculty in the Institute for the Medical Humanities. Under her leadership, the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities is engaged in research, training, and community action in four program areas: Health Systems Solutions, Solutions through Social Determinants of Health, Leadership Development for Social Change in Health, and Global Health. Dr. Nolen has experience in coordination of community-based research and interventions as well as policy development on issues of health equity and public health. Her work also encompasses issues of social determinants of health and intersectoral action, health information systems, advocacy strategies for health equity, health systems development, the impact of globalization and trade on health in Africa, environmental justice, and development of training materials on health equity. Dr. Nolen served on the Secretariat of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health between 2005 and 2007. Previously she was the Coordinator of the Global Equity Gauge Alliance (2002-2004), a South Africa-based non-governmental organization focused on health equity initiatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Under the Division of Health and Human Development at the Pan American Health Organization (1999-2002), she helped to advance research and programming on issues of health equity for the organization. Dr. Nolen serves on the Executive Board of the International Society for Equity and Health; on the National Advisory Committee for the National Association of City and County Health Officials/Centers for Disease Control project The Roots of Health Inequity; on the National Advisory Panel for the Dept of Housing and Urban Development’s Healthy Communities Transformation Initiative, and on the Coordinating Committee for the Houston-Galveston Area Council Sustainability Planning Grant, among other committees.
Ben Chandler, MS, CPA
Ben is a Financial Analyst at Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) and a Certified Public Accountant. He primarily works in Midstream FP&A and Business Analysis. After completing his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Miami, where he was the founder and director of a chapter of the Strive for College Collaborative, Ben worked in public accounting. At KPMG, Ben was a Senior Associate and worked on and led audit teams for a number of Oil & Gas and Power and Utilities clients. Ben looks forward to bringing both his corporate and non-profit experience to ASFHG.
David J. Dilger
David J. Dilger, Associate Director, Account Executive for Commercial and Large Personal Insurance Clients, is a native Houstonian, and has a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. His professional career began in 1977 with the American General Fire & Casualty Company, founded by Gus Wortham of John L. Wortham & Son, L.P. At American General he held positions in Marketing and Management including Co-Branch Manager of the Houston Commercial Insurance Operations. In 1990, David joined Marsh & McLennan and headed up their affluent Personal Insurance Operations for the entire Midwest, and was a Managing Director for the firm. He designed one-of-a-kind coverage programs for unusual risk situations, and was integrally involved in the evolution of Family Office Personal Insurance Programs for extended wealth families in the U.S. David joined Wortham in 2003, where he has been actively producing Commercial and large Personal insurance accounts, and is actively involved as a volunteer in the charitable community.
Roger J. Zoorob, MD, MPH
Roger J. Zoorob, MD, MPH, is the Richard S. Kleberg, Sr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. An experienced educator, administrator, and faculty mentor, he has served as Principal Investigator and Investigator of numerous federally funded grant projects, and has a strong track record of stewardship with programs concerning obesity, chronic disease prevention and management, healthcare disparities, and health provider training. Dr. Zoorob has served on multiple professional organization boards and task forces. His academic focus areas include awareness and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), childhood obesity reduction, the Patient Centered Medical Home Model, developing leadership in primary care, residency training and faculty development, and translational and community based participatory research. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and has served as on both CME and Grant Review Panels. A board certified family physician, Dr. Zoorob received his residency training at Anderson Memorial Hospital in South Carolina and Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Kentucky.