HOUSTON – (Oct. 19, 2017) – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) welcomed eight new members to its Development Board at the university’s annual fall Development board meeting on Oct. 17, at the River Oaks Country Club. The new board members are Beth Cozby, Nancy Guinee, Paula Mischer, Judy Perkins, Mark Nini, Shantha Raghuthaman, Bill Shrader and Andrew White.
The UTHealth Development Board is comprised of more than 160 community leaders, business executives, health care leaders and innovators. Each new member is committed to advancing the mission and vision of the university and brings with them much needed and valuable experience and acumen.
“The talents, expertise and commitment of our new board members are truly phenomenal,” said UTHealth President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair. “We are fortunate to welcome them to the UTHealth family and know that, with their support and guidance, our university will be even better to serve our students, patients and community.”
UTHealth Development Board Chair Phil Ferguson said, “I am honored to welcome these new members to the UTHealth family. Joining the UTHealth Development Board shows that they are committed to helping the people of Texas, and like our students, aspire to make health care better for our community, across the state and around the world.”
Beth Bridges Cozby is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Previously employed at Williams (formerly Transco), she is a stay-at-home mother and is involved with many community organizations. Cozby has volunteered extensively and in different capacities for The Kinkaid School, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, National Charity League, The Junior League of Houston, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts of America, Kappa Alpha Theta Houston Alumnae Chapter and Post Oak Little League.
Nancy Guinee is a native Houstonian who graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her late husband, Vincent F. Guinee, M.D., served as a department chair at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She remains highly involved in her family’s business affairs. She is also an active volunteer, including service in the Junior League of Houston, various leadership roles at Rienzi and as a member and volunteer leader at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Guinee is a member of the McGovern Medical School Advisory Council at UTHealth, UTHealth Consortium on Healthy Aging, the Chancellor’s Council and The Ashbel Smith Circle.
Paula Mischer, as partner of Mischer Investments, LP, lends her 30-plus years in the home building business and her project design expertise to the Mischer Development team. Her dedication to excellence has moved the Mischer companies forward in their diverse investments, projects and philanthropic endeavors. Her passion is advancing breakthrough medical research and special assistance for families facing medical crises. Mischer has served on several health foundations and fundraising campaigns to advance health initiatives.
Judy Watson Perkins is a native Texan and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in education. She is a former teacher for Spring Branch Independent School District and later served on the district board of trustees. Perkins now volunteers with the Houston Junior Forum while also serving as a member of advisory and development councils at The University of Texas colleges of education and liberal arts. She is married to Dick Perkins, also a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, and they are both members of the Chancellor’s Council.
Mark Nini is president of Southwest Business Properties, a commercial real estate company with investments in the Houston area. He is also the general partner of GN Ventures, Ltd., a partnership that invests in early stage technology companies in Texas. Nini earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University. He is former treasurer and vice chair of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, where he served in numerous roles during a decade of service and remains active with the local Houston chapter.
Shantha Raghuthaman is a graduate of MES College of Arts and Sciences in Pune, Maharashtra state in India. She currently serves on the McGovern Medical School Advisory Council. Raghuthaman is active in the Houston and Pearland communities and currently serves as a member of the Friends of Asian Art Subcommittee and the Fort Bend County Women’s Center Council of Resources. She is a founding member and an advisory board member of Asians Against Domestic Abuse. Her past leadership affiliations include service as a board member of the Chinese Community Center, the Fort Bend Women’s Center, the American Heart Association East Fort Bend Chapter and Literacy Council of Fort Bend County.
Bill Shrader is a native of McAllen, Texas, and a graduate of Texas Tech University and Southern Methodist University School of Law. Following law school, he was appointed a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After his government service, he entered private law practice in Houston where he specialized in commercial real estate law, complex business matters and structured finance transactions representing clients in Texas, the United States and foreign countries. In retirement, he joined his son, Justin, in forming Shrader & Associates, LLP, a national litigation law firm. Shrader currently serves as vice president and member of the board of directors of the John P. McGovern Foundation.
Andrew White is president of Sweat Equity Partners, LP (SEPLP), a Houston investment firm focused on lower-middle market businesses. SEPLP holds investments in oil field services, industrial services, physical security, CNG fueling stations and a cloud-based IT vendor deal registration platform. He led the creation of Allied Home Warranty, Lone Star Repairs, Geovox Security, HomeTool.com and Sweat Energy. White led the sale of Allied and Lone Star Repair to NRG Energy. He has a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife chaired the 2012-2013 River Oaks Baptist School Annual Giving campaign, and he is an ordained elder at Christ the King Presbyterian Church.
“Our development board is critical to the success of our university and we count on them for their support and visionary leadership. I look forward to working with each of them and am excited at the promise the New Year brings,” said Kevin Foyle, vice president of Development and Public Affairs at UTHealth.
Written by Ivan Perez, UTHealth Development Communications