Who We Are: TMA Foundation Board of Trustees

 New Members Join the TMA Foundation Board 

 Mani Akhtari, MD, is the new representative from the TMA Resident and Fellows Section. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and currently is in a radiology oncology residency at UTMB. Dr. Akhtari was active at The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his BA in Biology, as a member of the UT Leadership Board which promotes leadership development among students. He also has volunteered for Refugee Services of Texas in Austin, helping refugee families relocate by assisting them with transportation, translation and legal services.

Salil V. Deshpande, MD, MBA, Sugar Land, a Houston internist, has been appointed to the TMAF Board of Trustees. He will serve a two-year term as a representative of the TMA Young Physician Section. Dr. Deshpande is chief medical advisor at UnitedHealthcare, where he leads quality and affordability initiatives. Dr. Deshpande’s long-standing interests in health policy led him to work with Hillary Clinton and Ira Magaziner on health care reform during the first Clinton Administration. Dr. Deshpande serves on TMA’s Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access and represents the Harris County Medical Society in TMA’s House of Delegates. Locally, he has served on the boards of The Living Bank and Care for Elders.

Rachel Solnick, Houston, has been appointed to serve a one-year term as a representative of the TMA Medical Student Section. Ms. Solnick is a fourth-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Houston. In 2012, Ms. Solnick started BCM’s first charity 5K race/walk, which stresses the importance of an active lifestyle for health. The money raised was donated to Recipe for Success in the first year and has gone on to fund BCM’s new Student Wellness Program to help future doctors be better patient educators of healthy lifestyles. Ms. Solnick also brought the Medical Miles Mentor program to BCM where medical students mentor and coach low income middle school students through fitness games. As a board member, Ms. Solnick will help recruit medical students from across the state to volunteer at the TMAF annual gala and serve on the Grants Committee.

Board of Trustees 

G. Sealy Massingill, MD, President
Deborah A. Fuller, MD, Vice President
D’Anna Wick, Secretary
James A. Prentice, MD, Treasurer
Russell WH Kridel, MD, FACS, Immediate Past President
Cheryl L. Perry, PhD, Executive Committee Member-At-Large
Manuel L. Acosta, MD
Mani Akhtari, MD, Resident and Fellows Section Representative
Terri Andrews
Kelli A. Cohen, MD
Salil Deshpande, MD, MBA, Young Physician Section Representative
Brian J. Eades, MD 
A. Tomas Garcia III, MD, TMA President-Elect
T. David Greer, MD
Mary Love (Bitsy) Henderson 
Gregory R. Johnson, MD
Milla Perry Jones 
Robert W. Jones
Libby Malone
Robert Michelin
Ronnie Miksch
Craig Norman, R.PH.
Lee Ann Pearse, MD
Susan M. Pike, MD
Rajam Ramamurthy, MD
Catherine L. Scholl, MD
Leslie H. Secrest, MD
Rachel Solnick, Medical Student Section Representative
Charlotte M. Stelly-Seitz, MD
Carl Trusler, MD
E. Linda Villarreal, MD


Advisory Council

Charles W. “Bill” Bailey Jr., MD
Alan C. Baum, MD
Phil H. Berry Jr., MD
Ernest C. Butler, MD
Fred F. Ciarochi, MD
Joaquin G. Cigarroa, MD
Sandy Currie
John Ehrle
Dennis J. Factor, MD
Martin G. Guerrero, MD
Mark J. Kubala, MD
Susan Leshnower
Sarah Losinger
Mary Meyers
Nick N. Shroff, MD
Susan M. Strate, MD
Susan Todd
Nalin Tolia, MD





Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Lisa Stark Walsh , MA
Executive Director - oversees grant making, fundraising, and communications activities and overall management of TMAF
(512) 370-1666

Ashley Velasquez
Development Director - responsible for raising funds to support the programs and initiatives of TMA and the TMA Foundation from individual donors, private foundations, and corporations.
(512) 370-1665

Marilyn Anderson 
Data Manager - call to make a donation over the phone or with questions regarding your gift
(512) 370-1466

Sean Dunham
Development and Operations Assistant - responsible for year-end solicitation mailings; call for information regarding TMAF
(512) 370-1664


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