Thank you to all who made the 2023 Treasures of Texas Luncheon such a success. Stay tuned for information about next year’s event!

Event Co-Chairs

Lauren Marangell, MD

 Psychiatrist and co-founder                               Brain Health Consultants & TMS Center

Kimberly Monday, MD

Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology     McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Honorary Chair

Nasruddin Rupani

Mr. Nasruddin Rupani, a philanthropist and renowned businessman, is empowering marginalized communities of South Asia, Central Asia, and the U.S.

Mr. Rupani serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors at MHA of Greater Houston.

Guest Speakers

Martha Thomas

Martha Thomas co-founded The Defensive Line to honor her daughter, Ella, and to bring a message of hope and help to other at-risk young people. She is a respected voice in the field of mental health, a popular podcast guest, an inspiring keynote speaker, and the true north of The Defensive Line.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as Touched By Suicide (TBS) board member, AFSP Project 2025 board member, and College of Wooster Ad Hoc Alumni Trustee. He and his wife Martha and son Solomon were recipients of the 2019 AFSP Lifesaver Award. Chris serves as a Faculty Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, ECHO Program.

Ima Hogg Award Honoree

Elena Marks

Elena M. Marks is a Senior Fellow in Health at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her work centers on improving health outcomes for all Texans, with an emphasis on people with low incomes and members of marginalized groups. Her areas of expertise include health systems, the Affordable Care Act, access to health care, health disparities, health equity, and the nonmedical drivers of health. She is the founder of the Texas Consortium for the Non-Medical Drivers of Health. From 2014 – 2022, Ms. Marks served as the Founding President and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, a $1.3 billion philanthropy dedicated to health equity in Texas. Under her leadership, the foundation awarded over $400 million to nonprofits and governmental entities working to improve health outcomes.

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