The Mind Science Foundation
117 West El Prado Drive
San Antonio, TX, 78212, USA
Tel: (210) 821-6094
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Tom maintains an active role in his father's prolific legacy as a lifetime trustee of the Mind Science Foundation, Southwest Research Institute, and Texas Biomedical Research Institute (the former Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research). He is active in the Georgia Grape Growers Association, and is the President of the Georgia Winegrowers Association. His special interests are touring wine regions and fishing.
Catherine Cooke is not a newcomer to the Mind Science Foundation. She served as executive director from 1983 to 1998, and returned in 2012, serving during that time as interim president. She is the author of a biography about MSF's legendary founder---philanthropist, wildcatter and explorer Tom Slick (Tom Slick Mystery Hunter, Paraview, 2005). She is a former CEO and president of the Mountain Institute, an international nonprofit working in the Himalayas, the Andes, and Appalachia, and recently published another historical biography, The Thistle and the Rose (iUniverse, 2013).
Paul Ingmundson is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders. He first became interested in sleep, dreaming, and the science of consciousness while pursuing his graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He stays busy in professional practice, research, and teaching. He is active in a number of professional societies and organizations, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Fellow of the Bexar County Psychological Association, and Treasurer of the San Antonio Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. He first joined the Board of Trustees of the Mind Science Foundation in 2003.
Dick Gill is a native San Antonian with a background in successfully starting and managing companies ranging in size from startups to larger organizations. His strong technical and scientific educational background combined with a love of learning results in the ability to quickly learn a business and achieve results. He is the author of The Great Maya Droughts: Water, Life, and Death (2005, University of New Mexico Press), which was also translated into Spanish. A one-hour documentary about Mr. Gill and his archaeological accomplishments was produced by the BBC in 2001. He is fluent in Spanish and French.
Suhail was raised in San Antonio and went to college in California where he competed as an NCAA gymnast.In Philadelphia he continued research and began graduate studies before realizing he needed a break from academia and moved to a small mountain village in Japan for what he likes to call his "time at Walden Pond." After a year and a half of contemplation, deep sea fishing, hiking, skiing and teaching he began working in development - traveling the world by ship under the auspices of the United Nations Economic & Social Council. In 2008 he returned to San Antonio to assist with the expansion of the family businesses - Alamo Gymnastics Center and Live Oak Allergy & Asthma Clinic. He aspires to become a photographer, but presently spends every spare moment teaching yoga and working to merge the arts and sciences! He also serves on the Board of Directors for Musical Bridges Around the World.
Daughter of MSF founder, Tom Slick, she has a deep understanding of our organization's history and original donor intent. Ms. Beem has said that, "My father started the Mind Science Foundation and I have been a party to its developments over the years. It was very important to him and the last project before his untimely death." She has 2 married children, Brian and Lauren Beem, with baby Anna, living in Brisbane, Australia; and Juliana and Jamie Eastham, living in Atlanta with Avery and a baby brother due in September 2012.
Betty has a background in Interior Design and owned Betty Boston Interiors which focused on home design. This led to becoming a real estate associate with Nix Realty Company where she specializes in staging homes to sell. In addition, she is a lifelong apprentice in the practice of Pilates.
Dr. Dunlap and his wife, Lori, are active in the local arts community and served on MSF's Night of Mystery Gala Host Committee.
Ms. Forgason has served on the boards of The Foxcroft School (where she is an alumna); The Peregrine Fund (dedicated to reintroduction and preservation of birds of prey); The Nature Conservancy of Texas; The Brandywine River Museum and Conservancy (Pennsylvania); and is an Advisory Board member of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M Kingsville.
A great nephew of MSF Founder, Tom Slick, Mr. Guenther is a long-time supporter of MSF and native San Antonian. He restored and resides in an O'Neil Ford-designed home custom built for Tom Slick and is an avid contemporary and modern art collector. In addition to being a venture capital investor in leading edge technologies, he manages family investments in auto dealerships and hotels.
Dr. Johnson retired in 2011, after 25 years in private practice as a psychologist working primarily with children, adolescents and college age young adults. His secondary interest areas were chronic pain, rehabilitation, and in the last five years before retirement, geriatric issues. He is a past board chairman of Sunshine Cottage for Deaf Children and a past board member of San Antonio Academy. He is married and has a 27 year old son.
Mr. Martin is an active participant in the Austin and San Antonio communities through leadership positions in a variety of cultural and civic organizations, including the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the San Antonio Museum of Art Contemporaries, the Thomas Jefferson Center at the University of Texas, the San Antonio Artist Foundation, and the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship at UTSA. He is an active member of the CFA Societies of Austin and San Antonio, the alumni association of the San Antonio Masters Leadership Program, the Rotary Club of San Antonio, the San Antonio Business and Economics Society, the Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, the Association for Corporate Growth (Central Texas Chapter), and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. He is a lifetime member of the Naval War College Foundation and the UDT-SEAL Association.
Perry joined the UTSA faculty in 2006 from Case Western Reserve University where he was Professor of Pathology and Neurosciences and Chair of the Department of Pathology. He is distinguished as one of the top Alzheimer's disease researchers with over 900 publications, one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in neuroscience and behavior and one of the top 25 scientists in free radical research.
Dr. Roberts' research interests include the role of sex steroids in brain function, particularly as they relate to neurodegeneration.
Dr. Romero is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, the Admissions Subcommittee Medical School UTHSCSA, and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and a past member of the M.H.M.R. Advisory Board. He was made a Knight of the Order of Malta in 1987. His special interests include sculpture, reading, travel, dream interpretation, international relations, and guiding medical students.
Dr. Rubin is a psychoanalyst in private practice in San Antonio, where she works with individuals, couples and groups. She currently serves as president of the San Antonio Society for the Study of Psychoanalysis.
Ms. Smothers' studies focused on education for exceptional children; she has studied and worked with children with autism. Her past volunteer activities include: Chairman, Family Violence Prevention Services; the Bexar County Battered Women and Children's Shelter; Community Leadership Committee, Planned Parenthood; Treasurer, V.P. Membership, International Women's Forum. She has a longtime interest in the Mind Science Foundation and its works.
Tom is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and on the Board of the International Board of Certified Group Psychotherapists. He has presented nationally and regionally on such topics as shame, countertransference, values in professional practice, and the impact of trauma on mental health professionals. He is also an author on topics about the residential treatment of juvenile offenders.
After completing her training, Dr. Viroslav accepted a position with South Texas Radiology Group in San Antonio, Texas, where she helped develop a high volume in-patient and outpatient neuroradiology practice, including brain, head/neck, and spine MR. Despite her numerous clinical duties, Dr. Viroslav became highly active in the San Antonio community, receiving the Joel A. Toubin Community Relations Council Award in 2002 and the Sylvia F. and Harry Sugerman Young Leadership Award in 2004. Dr. Viroslav serves on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America and as President of the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, an organization she co-founded in 2002. Dr. Viroslav has three children and resides in San Antonio with her husband Sergio Viroslav, a highly regarded orthopaedic surgeon.
Professionally, Bob has an active interest in the relationship between the mind and disease resistance. Personally, he spends a lot of time enjoying, and working to preserve, the Texas Hill Country. He resides in Austin, Texas.
Mary has long managed her family's independent oil and gas company. In the past she owned an antiques business specializing in oriental rugs, helped run two restaurants and owned a catering business. She is an alumna of the Hockaday School in Dallas and attended the University of Texas as a History major with a minor in Classical Civilization.
Sandy served as past Chairman of Saint Luke's Episcopal School, past President and current Chairman of the Rock Art Foundation of Texas and served as Project Manager of its recently published CD-ROM showcasing irreplaceable petroglyphs from the Lower Pecos Region. He also serves on the local advisory board of the Nature Conservancy of Texas.
Dr. Rao has published more than 100 research articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and presented several invited lectures at national and international conferences. He holds many patents in steroid hormone synthesis and various immunoassay methodologies. In his spare time, Dr. Rao enjoys photography, growing roses and organic vegetable gardening.
Ms. Costello's international affairs career spans over 30 years in global education, protocol, trade and investment. During her four year tenure as MSF's Executive Director (1998-2002), Ms. Costello continued the enriching speaker programs and events developed throughout Catherine Cooke's 15 year leadership at MSF. In conjunction with MSF Board Member Robert Sohn, she instituted an enduring strategic plan that founded and funded the Tom Slick Research Awards in Consciousness, acknowledging emerging consciousness professionals since 2004.
Primary research interests include traumatic joint derangements, bone and soft tissue tumors and musculoskeletal infections. Member of Medical School and Radiology Residency Admissions Committees, Radiological Society of North America, Roentgen Ray Society, Texas Radiological Society. Diplomate of The American Board of Radiology. Extracurricular interests are long-distance swimming, snowboarding, running, mountain biking and reading.
Michele Krier is a San Antonio-based public relations specialist with more than 20 years experience serving as the media relations specialist for Dublin & Associates public relations firm before joining Creative Civilization as director of public relations. She also held the public relations manager position at VIA Metropolitan Transit and, in that role, worked with the community, civic and city officials, government agencies and media on a range of issues from consumer topics to state legislation. Michele earned her Masters in Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word, where she was public relations director for four years. She wrote more than 100 articles for San Antonio Business magazine, and served for four years as business editor and four years as Public Relations Manager for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Presently, Michele serves on the boards of the San Antonio Library Foundation and Arts San Antonio.
Ruth is an active supporter of Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, Texas Wildlife Association, Respite Care, and Terra Genesis. A devoted mother, Ruth also finds time for jumping horses, art, and mind-oriented studies.