Recipe for Success Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Lauren Ballard
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Seven new members have joined our Board of Directors:  Allison Esenkova, Lisa Helfman, Dr. Deanna Hoelscher, Paula McHam, Lisa Mellencamp, Dr. Melanie Mencer-Parks, M.D. and Genevieve Patterson -- bring a valuable diversity of professional perspectives and interests to the RFS mission as they serve their first term through 2015.

Ms. Esenkova, Chief Strategy Office and Partner with management consulting firm Sense Corp, tackles tough strategy, process and technology hurdles as she manages global teams.  Ms. Helfman is the Director of Real Estate Services for Texas Children's Hospital, playing a pivotal role in the strategic placement of operations throughout the greater Houston community.  Dr. Hoelscher focuses on child and adolescent nutrition as the John P. McGovern Professor in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health in Austin.  Dr. Hoelscher will also take the reins as Chair of the RFS Science Advisory Board. 

Ms. McHam is director of Cigna Healthcare's Client & Community Affairs in South Texas/Louisiana and promotes collaboration between business and local health organizations.  Ms. Mellencamp is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Constellation Energy Partners LLC, a public oil and gas production company, and serves on the Mayor's Advisory Council on Health and Environment for the City of Houston.  Dr. Mencer-Parks, voted one of the "Top Doctors in Houston," holds a private family practice in the museum district and is a regular guest commentator on 97.9 The Box "Medical Minutes" radio show.  Ms. Patterson is a healthcare industry systems consultant in Houston and former Division One Collegiate Athlete at Vanderbilt University.

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