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UTHealth welcomes 13 new Development Board members

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) welcomed 13 new members to its Development Board during a virtual meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Committed to championing the mission and vision of UTHealth, the new members join a dedicated community of more than 160 business executives, health care leaders, and innovators on the UTHealth Development Board. Development Board members are nominated by their peers to serve and help increase public awareness and philanthropic support for UTHealth.

“We are excited to welcome new members to our Development Board,” said UTHealth Development Board Chair Virginia L. (Ginni) Mithoff. “Their willingness to take on this important role and share their unique talents, expertise, and time with UTHealth is truly appreciated.”

“Our Development Board’s breadth of experience and skills will help ensure UTHealth remains at the forefront of health education, research, and patient care,” added UTHealth Development Board Chair-elect Ransom Lummis.

Anthony Bahr is CEO and co-founder of WildFire Energy LLC and owner and president of Oakfield Management LLC, a private equity and investment holding company. A serial entrepreneur, Bahr has founded or co-founded 31 companies since he graduated from high school. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from California State University. Bahr is a registered petroleum engineer in California, and he serves as a member of the Mays Business School Development Council at Texas A&M University and the Petroleum Ventures Advisory Board.

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Patrick Breen is a partner with Wingfield Partners, a real estate investment firm in Houston. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. His late mother, Pat Breen, was a member of the UTHealth Development Board for many years.

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Sue J. Brown, PhD, is an executive coach with SJ Brown & Associates for senior leaders in role transitions. For more than 20 years, she has actively worked in major health care, energy, technology, and higher education organizations to elevate the business skills, knowledge, and effectiveness of leaders. Prior to coaching leaders, Brown owned and operated a Houston-based training business that designed and delivered customized computer-based training for employees of international energy companies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, a master’s degree in computer instructional design from the University of Houston, and a doctorate in organizational development from The George Washington University.

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Rita Cammarata, DDS, is founder and owner of Cammarata Pediatric Dentistry Group in the Greater Houston area. She is a graduate of Lamar University, and she practiced adult and pediatric dental hygiene for 12 years before returning to dental school in 1992. Cammarata received a dental degree and completed a specialty training in pediatric dentistry at UTHealth School of Dentistry. She is a member of UTHealth Founders Circle and previously served on the UTHealth Development Board and the UTHealth School of Dentistry Advisory Council.

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Sheri Henriksen is a returning member of the UTHealth Development Board; she also serves on the Cizik School of Nursing Advisory Council. A member of the PARTNERS Circle of Support, Henriksen served on the PARTNERS Executive Committee from 2009 to 2017. Henriksen earned bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University and The University of Texas at Austin as well as a master’s degree from Rice University. She enjoys exploring art, architecture, and culture all over the world.


Cyrus Irani is managing partner and co-founder of Fairview Energy Capital in Houston. He began his career with McKinsey & Company in Houston and has held positions with Quantum Energy Partners, Ziff Brothers Investments, Sheridan Production Company, and The Information Store. Irani graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar and currently serves as president of the Emory College Alumni Board. He is also treasurer and chair of the Finance and Investment Committee for the Houston Community College Foundation Board.

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Umesh (Mike) Jain is CEO and co-founder of Jain & Jain, a Houston-based public accounting firm that focuses on assurance and tax services for large businesses. A member of several business and accounting boards, Jain currently serves on the Lieutenant Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force. Previously, he was the chair of the Audit Committee for the Bank of Houston as well as the treasurer of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Senate campaign in 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from DAV College, India.

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Steve Koo, DDS, is president of Piney Point Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Houston. Koo was voted a “Texas Super Dentist” in 2015, and he has a special interest in dental implants, pathology, cleft palate, and cosmetic surgery. He serves as a board member of the Asian American Mission Health Council and a volunteer with Give Kids a Smile, an annual community outreach event at UTHealth School of Dentistry. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and he went on to complete his master’s in the same field at Texas A&M University. After earning his master’s degree, Koo earned a dental degree and completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at UTHealth School of Dentistry.

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David Krieger is a senior advisor for Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm focused on growth investing. He focuses on the energy sector and was chosen as one of the executives to open up the Houston office of Warburg Pincus in 2017. Krieger is also a trustee of the Kaufman Music Center in New York, and he has served as a board member on several independent energy companies in the past, including Black Swan Energy, Kosmos Energy, and MEG Energy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Christine Morenz is principal of Morenz Group. She grew up in Houston and attended Kinkaid School, becoming a third-generation alumna. Morenz serves as vice chair for The Cullen Trust for Higher Education, and she is on the advisory council of the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and the School of American Ballet in New York. She attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned degrees in radio-television-film and Plan II Honors, as well as a certificate in business foundations.

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Kevin Stanley is owner of The Stanley Companies, and he formerly served as CEO of Ventech Engineers International LLC, an engineering company specializing in the design and construction of oil refineries. A native of the Houston area, he had a 26-year career in the oil and gas industry. Stanley earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

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John Stilwell is a partner and the executive vice president at Lockton Companies, the world's largest privately held insurance brokerage firm. He served as a member on the boards of directors at the Houston Children’s Fund and the Small Steps Nurturing Center. Stilwell earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Raeanne Walker is a member of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education and serves as financial secretary of the Houston chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Walker is past president of the Texas Exes - Houston chapter, and she was a member of the UTHealth Development Board from 2010 to 2013. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She is the mother of three boys and supports each of her son's schools on the parent board.

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