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St. Joseph Health System Board of Trustees

James Blair III

James Blair graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics.  He lives in Madisonville and is the Vice President of J&B Propane.  He serves on the St. Joseph board because he believes in making things better for those that follow.   James is an active member of First Baptist Church of Madisonville and also serves on the Madison County Appraisal Board.


             Anthony Morelos
         Vice-Chair, SJHS BOT

Prior to joining the W.E. Gibson Agency in 2002, Tony was a successful independent agent in Houston for over 25 years.  He is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston as well as a past director and regional vice president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas.  He served on the board of the Insurance Publishing House and has written several articles about insurance in several trade journals and magazines.  He obtained the Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1987 and he remains widely recognized for his technical insurance expertise.  Tony currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the St. Joseph Health System in Bryan.  He is a past president of the Navasota/Grimes County Chamber of Commerce and a former chairman of the Governance Council of the Grimes/St. Joseph Hospital.  Tony and his wife Cheryl are members of the First Baptist Church of Navasota.

             Robert Upchurch
         Secretary, SJHS BOT

Robert Upchurch resides in Bedias with his wife, Denise.  They have two adult children.  He is a graduate of Texas A&M University, Class of ‘84.  Robert serves as President, CEO, & Chairman of First State Bank of Bedias.  He is also Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Bedias.  He is a former director of the Texas Bankers Association and has served on the Community Bankers Council of the American Bankers Association.  Over the years, Robert has volunteered his time to many organizations, some of which include the Bedias Volunteer Fire Department, the Brazos Valley Development Council, Grimes County Crime Stoppers, and is a past president of the Grimes County Chamber of Commerce.  He was named 2002 Grimes County Citizen of the Year, and has been honored with the Community Builder Award by the Bedias Masonic Lodge.  In 2000, Robert began service to the St. Joseph Healthcare System and has held several governance roles, including chairman of the Governance Council of the Grimes/St. Joseph Hospital and later as chairman of the Governance Council of the St. Joseph Regional Hospital in Bryan.  He is currently the Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the St. Joseph Health System.

Antonio Arreola-Risa, Ph.D.

Dr. Arreola-Risa received his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico, his M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Management from Stanford University. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Dr. Arreola-Risa worked as a production and inventory control analyst at a manufacturing firm, and later he taught at ITESM and at the University of Washington in Seattle. His primary research, teaching and consulting interests are manufacturing and inventory systems as well as service operations, with emphasis on enterprise resource planning/supply chain management and health care systems management. He currently teaches undergraduate, masters and doctoral courses.Dr. Arreola-Risa is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Paul J. Batista, J.D.

Paul J. Batista, JD, was named Division Chair of Sport Management in 2010. He received his law degree from Baylor University Law School in 1976, and his B. S. in Business Administration from Trinity University in 1973. He has practiced law since 1976, primarily in Caldwell, Texas. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, is licensed to appear in all courts in Texas including the Texas Supreme Court, and is a certified Mediator and Arbitrator, and has been elected a Life Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. Dr. Batista has also served as County Judge of Burleson County, Texas, handling the administrative duties of the County, as well as presiding over the County Court hearing civil, criminal, juvenile, probate, and other types of cases. He has taught the Legal Aspects of Sport classes at Texas A&M since 1991, has received the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching and the Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence, and has been named a Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar. Dr.Batista is a member and Past-President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, and was named a member of the inaugural class of Research Fellows.

Michael K Cohen, M.D.

Dr. Cohen obtained his medical degree from Texas A&M University Health Science Center, College of Medicine in College Station, Texas. He completed an internship in Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. Dr. Cohen also served as an Assistant Professor and Renal Pathologist at the University of Utah Health Science Center and Associated Regional and University Pathologists, Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a founding member of BVP, he has served as Medical Director of Laboratories and Department of Pathology chairman at St. Joseph Health System since 1999. He is also a past chairman of the board of directors of Alliance Health Providers of Brazos Valley, Inc. and serves on multiple hospital committees. Dr. Cohen has also served as a past president of the medical staff.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.  Dr. Cohen is a member of the College of American Pathologists, American College of Physician Executives and Brazos Valley Pathology Physicians Organization. He is also President of Pathology Resource Consultants, LLP, a pathology practice management firm.

           Charles A. Ellison
          SJHS BOT Member

Chuck is a long time resident of the Brazos Valley, having graduated from Brenham High School in 1972 and Texas A&M University in 1976.  After receiving his law degree from Texas Tech School of Law in 1979, he spent 4 years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  He returned to Bryan/College Station in 1983 to practice law with Delaney, Caperton, Rodgers & Miller. In 1999 he opened The Ellison Firm as a transactional firm.  Chuck has been active in his profession and the community during his career.  Chuck is an “AV” rated lawyer by Martindale Hubble. He is married to Tedi and they have 2 children, Kim and Courtney and 2 granddaughters, Kathryn and Karter.  Chuck enjoys fly-fishing, traveling, cooking, playing golf and spending time with his family.

                Gina Flores
          SJHS BOT Member

Gina Bass Flores and her husband, Congressman William H. “Bill” Flores (TX-17) grew up in Stratford, Texas.  A graduate of both Texas Tech University and Sam Houston State University, Gina taught middle school English in Christian and public schools for 18 years.  The Flores family resides in Bryan and attends Central Baptist Church.  They have two adult sons and two grandchildren.  Along with St. Joseph, Gina currently serves on the board of Directors for the Bryan ISD Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley, OPAS at Texas A&M University, Friends of the Sterling C. Evans Library and Sam Houston State University College of Liberal Arts.


                  John Grube
           SJHS BOT Member

John Grube lives in his native Bellville where he is currently retired after a 40 plus year career as an attorney in the natural gas industry.  He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law.  Active in his community, John has served on the boards of the Bellville Hospital District, Bellville Hospital Foundation, Bellville General Hospital,  and the City Parks Board; and as a trustee of Bellville United Methodist Church.  He has also served as President of the Bellville Lions Club, the Texas Exes Austin County Chapter, and the Bellville Historical Society. He is a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Austin County Bar Association.  He is also the current Board President of Bellville St. Joseph Health Center.


             Caroline McDonald
            SJHS BOT Member

A board member for more than 28 years, Caroline McDonald has faithfully served St. Joseph.  Caroline is a native of Brownsville, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin.  Caroline’s community volunteer service and leadership have been acknowledged with the presentation of the “Women of Distinction Award” by the Bluebonnet Girl Scout Council and “You Are Tops” by the Prenatal clinic. While serving as President of the St. Joseph Foundation, Caroline was a staunch supporter of the Cancer Center.  She later became involved with “Surviving and Thriving”, never dreaming she would, in fact, become a breast cancer survivor.  After her successful treatment, she was a featured speaker at a “Surviving and Thriving” luncheon. Caroline and Tom are the parents of two sons and one grandson.


             George Nelson
         SJHS BOT Member

George Nelson has served in various capacities at St. Joseph over the years, including on boards for St. Joseph Foundation, St. Joseph Regional Health Center and various system committees.  Active in the community, Nelson also lends his time to the Brazos County United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Bryan Independent School District, among others.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Texas A&M University and spent two years at the University of Texas Law School until being called for active duty with the United States Army.  Before retiring, he was a longtime district manager for Wells Fargo Bank in the Brazos Valley.

                 Steve Ogden
           SJHS BOT Member

Elected to the Texas Senate in January 1997, Steve Ogden was a leader on budget issues, school finance, higher education funding, child protection, transportation safety and criminal justice. Ogden has been in the oil and gas exploration business for over 20 years and is currently president of Ogden Resources, an independent oil and gas company based in Bryan. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served nine years as an officer in the U.S. Navy submarine fleet. He received his MBA from Texas A&M University. Before his election to the Texas Senate, Ogden served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Ogden and his wife, Beverly, were married in December of 1973 and live in Bryan. They are the proud parents of four children.

                  James Pope
            Ex-Officio Member

Jim Pope has over 33 years experience in healthcare having served as President & CEO at hospitals in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Before joining Sylvania Franciscan Health, Mr. Pope was President & CEO of the Southwest Region of Summa Health System, one of the largest integrated delivery systems in Ohio. Mr. Pope holds a Master of Science Degree in Hospital & Health Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management/Health Care from Park College, Wright Patterson AFB, also in Ohio.

              Tim Rabroker
         SJHS BOT Member

Tim Rabroker hails from Westphalia, Texas.  He holds a bachelor of science degree in Food Science & Technology from Texas A&M.  Tim owns Slovacek Sausage, a company that employs 185 people in two locations.  He is a long-time member of St. Joseph's boards.


              Mark Scarmardo
            SJHS BOT Member

Mark Scarmardo attended Sam Houston State and Texas A&M University.  A resident of Bryan, Scarmardo owns The Farm Patch and Scarmardo Foodservice.  He also serves on the boards for the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

       Michael Steines, M.D.
        SJHS BOT Member

Dr. Michael W. Steines earned his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in 1991. He then moved on to develop and perfect his skills during his residency and internship through the University of Kansas Medical Center, completing his training in 1996. Upon graduation, Dr. Steines relocated to the Bryan/College Station area to start his practice with Dr. Alford, where together the two created the dream of their current practice, General and Bariatric Surgical Associates. Dr. Steines obtained his board certification from the American Board of Surgery in 1997 and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgery in 1999. Dr. Steines has also added becoming an Associate Professor at TAMUHSC, sharing his love of medicine with the medical students. Dr. Steines has been married to his lovely wife Janet since 1992 and together they have 3 wonderful children. In his spare time Dr. Steines enjoys recreational sports, swimming, theater, music and spending time with his family.


       Sister Nancy Surma, OSF
            Ex-Officio Member

Sister Nancy Surma has been a Sister of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, for 43 years. Before accepting the position of Vice President of Mission Integration for Sylvania Franciscan Health, she held executive leadership positions in higher education administration at the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan; Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa; and Lourdes College, Sylvania, Ohio. Sr. Nancy received her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, and a Master of Arts Degree in Art & Education (mathematics) from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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