The Mind Science Foundation
117 West El Prado Drive
San Antonio, TX, 78212, USA
Tel: (210) 821-6094
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.
Dr. Viroslav is a Neuroradiologist in private practice with Radsource, a subspecialty radiology group based in Nashville, TN, and is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology, and served as Chief Resident in Radiology at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Senior Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, and a member of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology. In addition to her professional duties, Dr. Viroslav is very active in the San Antonio community. She is a current board member of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Playhouse San Antonio, and the San Antonio Mastersingers. She is former Chair of the Board of Saint Mary's Hall and of The Winston School San Antonio. She is also a current board member and past President of The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, an international organization that she co-founded in 2002.
Ms. 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).
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 work.
Dr. 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 2001.
Dr. Robert Elde is an internationally recognized expert on the sensory neurons that transduce painful stimuli. He retired in July 2014 from being the Dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences and also the J. B. Johnston Land Grant Professor of Neuroscience. Together with his wife, Dr. Bonnie Baskin, they founded the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City and he now serves as the Science Director and Vice Chair of their Board. During his tenure as dean, the UMN undergraduate programs in biology rose to become among the best in the nation. His numerous leadership roles in the scientific community include serving as founding chair of UMN’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment; founding University Enterprise Laboratories, a non-profit bioscience incubator; and serving as the Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Minnesota. He has served on the board and scientific advisory boards of several biotechnology startup companies. Over his career, he was author or co-author of more than 240 scientific publications in cellular and molecular neuroscience research.
Mr. Kramer was raised in San Antonio, left for college and after work on several US Congressional campaigns began his professional career back home as a Vice President at the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He has spent the last 12 years in commercial banking in San Antonio and Austin and is currently serving on a variety of business committees at multiple Chambers of Commerce. Alan has a long standing commitment to organizations focused on the health and well-being of our community to include work with the United Way, various veteran’s groups, and recently served as the Board Chair of the local Planned Parenthood affiliate.
As a powerhouse in the business world, Mr. Arzac establishes business relationships in Spain, Latin America, and Mexico. Having grown up in both Mexico and the United States, he absorbed both the language and culture of each country and used both to build relationships and grow businesses. He is currently an honorary board member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of World Affairs Council of San Antonio.
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 enjoys time with her family that includes 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
By the time Patricia Diaz Dennis took on her first board director seat, she had already shattered gender and cultural barriers in private practice, government, and the heavily male-dominated communications industry. Diaz Dennis attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she was the executive editor of the Law Review. Diaz Dennis went on to be to be associate at Paul Hastings, a prestigious Los Angeles firm, and in 1978 transitioned to the in-house legal team at ABC. Then, in 1983, she was selected by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. By 1986, she was appointed Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission. President George H.W. Bush went on to appoint her Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. Diaz Dennis is a strong believer in giving back. Her desire to serve her community was instilled in her as a Girl Scout where later she served as Chair and Vice Chair for Girls Scouts of the USA in the 2000s.
Mr. Gonzalez was licensed to practice in 1972 and was in private practice until 1982. He was elected Judge of County Court No.2 in 1982 and served until 1987. He created separate civil docket system and established a domestic violence docket leading to greater specialization and efficiency. Mr. Gonzalez was elected Judge of the 57th State Judicial District Court in 1988 and served until 1997. He initiated and established a district-wide alternative dispute resolution system. He also was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 and served until 2013. Mr. Gonzalez was assigned to the following committees: Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Small Business, House Administration and Homeland Security. He chaired the Special Task Force to determine election results in Florida Congressional District 13. He also chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
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 has a son and daughter-in-law.
Dr. MacNaughton holds degrees from Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Stanford University. After completing his PhD in Environmental Engineering at Stanford, Dr. MacNaughton worked for the US Air Force for 6 years as director of the Human Systems Program Office. Afterward, he joined the staff at the Southwest Research institute where he serves as Vice President of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division.
Dr. 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 received his Ph.D. studying the biochemistry of neuropeptides. After a fellowship at University of California San Francisco, Dr. Roberts joined the faculty at Columbia University in the biochemistry and biophysics department and Center for Reproductive Sciences. In 1986, he founded the Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg Research Center for Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York. In addition to being co-chairman of neuroscience, he was also the director of the graduate education program in neuroscience. After moving to San Antonio to the UT Medical Center in 2001, he helped to build the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience. His expansive research interest include the role of sex steroids in brain function, particularly as they relate to neurodegeneration, Parkinson’s disease and the biology of aging, the protective role of estrogen for women, and the effect of anabolic steroids on males entering puberty. He was co-director of the San Antonio Life Science Institute and professor of pharmacology and deputy director of the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He also was a member of the Barshop Center for Longevity and Aging at the Audie Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center. In 2008, he decided a career change would be refreshing and joined the faculty of Trinity University to help build their neuroscience undergraduate major. He said he came to Trinity because he saw the “awesome potential” of students.
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.
Ms. Whitney Solcher is a Principal and Senior Investment Consultant with Shepherd Kaplan, LLC an institutional investment consultant based in Boston, Massachuesetts. Whitney is responsible for growing the firm’s business in the Southwest, from their San Antonio headquarters, and is also a member of the Investment Committee which sets asset allocation strategy and manager selection for the firm. Outside of work, Whitney is involved in many philanthropic activities, including current Trustee for the Texas BioMedical Forum and Past President of Founder’s Council, which both support the Texas BioMedical Research Institute; incoming Chair for the Saint Mary’s Hall Investment Committee; member of the Mind Science Foundation Investment Committee, and member of the KLRN Foundation Investment Committee. In the past, Whitney has served as Trustee of BioMed SA, Trustee of the Witte Museum; member of the Alamo Colleges Investment Committee; Vice Chairman of the San Antonio River Foundation, Board member of University of Texas San Antonio Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship; and Finance Chair for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Whitney is active in Equestrian show jumping as well as private equity investing in local biotechnology companies.
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.
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.
Dick Gill is a native San Antonian with a background in successfully stating 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 Dr. Gill and his archaeological accomplishments was produced by the BBC in 2001. He is fluent in Spanish and French.
Sandy served as past Chair of Saint Luke's Episcopal School, past Chair of the Rock Art Foundation of Texas and served as Project Manager of its recently published Lower Pecos DNA Project. He also serves on the San Antonio Advisory Board of the Nature Conservancy of Texas and on the State Parks Advisory Board of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
Dr. Rao published more than 100 research articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and presented several invited lectures at national and international conferences. He held many patents in steroid hormone synthesis and various immunoassay methodologies. In his spare time, Dr. Rao enjoyed photography, growing roses and organic vegetable gardening. One of Tom Slick's first hires at what is now Texas Biomedical Research Institute, he passed away in 2015.
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.