About the Howell Foundation

About the Howell Foundation

The Foundation and its Purpose: The Need for Women’s Health Research

The Board of Directors of the Howell Foundation works on key initiatives that are focused on guaranteeing an emphasis on all areas of research that may affect women’s health: promoting the need for further women’s health research, avoiding research bias by addressing the backlog of research efforts that include women, and ensuring that all the progress in research is integrated in educational publications and information sources available to our community.

The group of dedicated volunteers makes it possible for us to accomplish our mission: make a long-term, positive impact on women’s health by becoming the premier organization advancing women’s health research.  Through our guiding philosophy of “Keeping the Women We Love Healthy” we serve to make a lasting impact on society and the overall well-being of women.

Foundation Board of Director stats

Our Composition

BUSINESS CONSULTANTS
33%
scientists
33%
CEO/CFO
20%
Director
15%
community volunteers
5%
The Howell Foundation - who we are

Our Founder

Howell Foundation - Dr. Doris Howell Portrait
Founder (1923 - 2018)

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist and internationally renowned leader in pediatrics and hospice care; Dr. Doris Howell was a faculty member at Harvard and Duke Schools of Medicine, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Chair of the UCSD Medical School Department of Community and Family Medicine. In 1995, the Soroptimist International of La Jolla honored Dr. Howell by establishing a foundation in her name.

Howell Foundation Board Member - Carol Tuggey

Carol Tuggey
2020 Board Chairperson

As the former CEO of Tuggey Interior Design and a past president of Soroptimist International of La Jolla, Carol brings both business and community to her board service.  She joined the Howell Foundation Board in 2015 with over 35 years of experience in the non-profit world in San Diego, and serves as Chair of the Health Lecture Series Committee.

Howell Foundation Board Member - William Wurch, JD, CPA, LLM

William A. Wurch, JD, CPA, LLM
2020 Chief Financial Officer

William joined the Howell Foundation Board of Directors in March 2018, assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer. William is a lawyer and a CPA who has practiced for 25 years, and has owned and operated successful businesses.

Howell Foundation Board Member - Kay Christian Pierce

Kay Christian Pierce
2020 Secretary and Treasurer, and Advisory Council Chair

Kay has served on the Howell Foundation Board of Directors since 2001 and has held many positions over the years including Board Chair. Currently, Kay serves as Treasurer, Chair of the Advisory Council,  and is a Finance Committee member.

Howell Foundation Board Member - Marilyn Tedesco

Marilyn Tedesco
2020 Chair, Development

Marilyn Tedesco is the Founder and President of Training One – Consultants to Management, a management consulting firm and joined the Howell Foundation Board in 2018. She has served on North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Board for over twenty-five years, including three years as President, and shepherded its growth to its current status as a preeminent regional theatre.  She recently was honored for her14 years of service on the Guillain-Barre Syndrome International Board of Directors and also has completed terms on the Boards of  the American Red Cross, Community Concert Organization, The Whittier Institute for Diabetes and several professional organizations. 

Talent. Creativity. Experience. The dedication, commitment and the gift of time from the Board Members of the Howell Foundation to further the need for women’s health research and education makes us strong.

Mandy Butler, PhD, Scholarship Review Committee Chair,
Associate Professor of Teaching Emerita, Division of Biological Sciences
Stacy Carota, Friends of Howell Foundation Committee Member,
Senior Director of Development, College of Sciences and College of Health & Human Services, San Diego State University

Abigail D’Agostino, RN, BSN, MBA, Immediate Past Board Chair,
Director of Patient Care Services at Light Bridge Hospice & Palliative Care.

Andrea Z. LaCroix, Ph.D., Scholarship Review Committee Member,
Professor and Chief of Epidemiology, Director, Women’s Health Center of Excellence – UC San Diego

David Mulvaney
Fundraiser, Philanthropist and Community Leader

Carolyn Northrup, Howell Communications Committee Chair,
Marketing Consultant
Colleen Peterson, Chair of Strategic Planning Committee,
President, Peterson Hill Marketing, Inc.
Community Philanthropist and Volunteer
Katherine “Meg” Richman, MD, FACR, Special Events Committee Chair, Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medical Director of Thornton Radiology at UCSD Health Sciences

Thank you for your commitment!

OUR STAFF:

Marla Black, Executive Director ([email protected])
Bio information coming soon.

Tanya Fortuna, Administrative Coordinator ([email protected])
Tanya has a passion for helping the Foundation continue to grow and expand on Dr. Howell’s original mission to “keep the women we love healthy.” As Administrative Coordinator, Tanya brings her 15 years of Howell Foundation history and insight towards helping the Howell Foundation achieve its goals.

 

Howell Foundation - Committees Boardroom

In our path to becoming the premier organization advancing women’s health, the talent and experience of each Committee Chair and members ensures funding for women’s health research.

Communications Committee
Promotes the Foundation through internal and external marketing and communications programs.

Community Engagement Initiative Committee
Responsible for the management of the Community Engagement Initiative grants program.

Development Committee
Oversees and obtains philanthropic support for the Foundation to ensure the long-term financial viability of the Foundation.

Finance & Budget Committee
Oversees the Foundation’s financial investments and expenditures.

Friends of Howell Committee
Works to increase the number of the Friends of the Howell Foundation and retain current Friends as donors and volunteers.

Health Lecture Series Committee
Plans quarterly luncheon programs on topics relating to women’s health issues that will be informative and appealing to Friends of the Howell Foundation and community at large.

Nominating Committee
Recommends to the Board of Directors individuals they believe are qualified and/or deserving of being nominated and elected to membership on the Board of Directors and/or to the position of an Officer within the organization.

Scholarship Committee
Evaluates research scholarship applications and provide recommendations of scholarships to Board Members for approval.

Special Events Committee
Plans educational outreach events for the San Diego Community.

Strategic Planning Committee
Develops and recommends the strategic plan for the future direction and activity of the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health research.  Committee members propose and plan for the annual board retreat.

Interested in joining a Howell Committee? Call 858-454-7797 or email [email protected]
Howell Foundation Legacy Council Members Group Photo

Foundation Legacy Council Members

Comprised of advisors of inestimable talent whose collective minds help the Foundation achieve its mission, the Legacy Council was established in 2015 to highlight the exceptional commitment of former Board Members and leaders in our community.  Thank you for your dedication!  

Carole Banka, PhD
Brad Benter
Betty Brayshay
Cher Conner
Kathleen Franklin
Gladys Kohn – Howell Board Emeritus*
Hamilton Loeb, Jr.
Jean McGrath
Priscilla Moxley
Beatrice Rose, MD, MPH – Howell Board Emeritus*
Pattie Wellborn
Cheryl Wilson, RN – Howell Board Emeritus*

*Howell Board Emeritus are recognized for their 18+ years of service to the Howell Foundation.

Howell Foundation Advisory Council Boardroom Table Photo

Foundation Advisory Council

The Advisory Council of the Howell Foundation enlists the expertise of distinguished community leaders from all walks of life with an emphasis on the areas of medical research, philanthropy and finance. The Council meets twice a year to support the Foundation in:

  • Presenting speakers at the cutting edge of medical research and treatment in the field of women’s health. Our advisers assist us in the selection of topics and speakers.
  • Promoting awareness of the medical issues and challenges specific to women. This includes diseases that occur only in women as well as the significant gender/sex-related differences in the presentation of diseases common to women and men. This educational component assists women in becoming their own health care advocates.
  • Increasing community awareness of the Howell Foundation. The distinguished community leaders who serve on this council aid us by generating ideas for “friend raising” and fund raising in order to increase our effectiveness.

The composition of the Advisory Council varies by year, but is always comprised of advisers of inestimable talent whose collective minds help the Foundation achieve its mission.

2019 Howell Foundation Advisory Council

Carole Banka, Ph.D.
Associate Project Scientist, UCSD School of Medicine.

Sanford Bernstein, Ph.D
Professor, Department of Biology, SDSU
Website: http://www.bio.sdsu.edu/faculty/bernstein.html

Mary Johnson

Mark Kern, Ph.D.
Professor of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, SDSU
Website: https://ens.sdsu.edu/people/mark-kern/

Stanley Maloy, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Sciences and a Professor of Biology, SDSU.
Website: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/cos/biosketch/maloy.php

Lisa Marvin
Director of Foundation Relations, UCSD

Michael J. Sailor, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD.
Website: http://sailorgroup.ucsd.edu/people/msailor.html

Varykina G. Thackray, Ph.D.
 Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UCSD
Website: http://repro.ucsd.edu/Thackray/default.aspx

About Our Partners

Through our guiding philosophy of “Keeping the Women We Love Healthy” we serve to make a lasting impact on society and the overall well-being of women.  The primary goal of the Howell Foundation is to influence students to pursue careers impacting women’s health, and to develop financial support for researchers that will accelerate solutions to women’s health problems for women in our community.  We have established academic and business partnerships in California that make our efforts to advance women’s health research possible. We thank you!

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Howell Foundation - Dr. Doris Howell with Howell - UCSD Scholarship Recipients

About Our Founder

Doris A. Howell, M.D., a graduate of McGill University, was devoted to improving the lives of others. Her pervasive humanitarian outreach to those in need and to education is legendary.  In addition to the recognition on behalf of the Mayor’s office in 2013, Dr. Howell was also the recipient of the McGill University Life Time Achievement Award in October, 2013.  Tributes to a life-long focus on health and education include numerous awards: the Salvation Army Woman of Distinction Award, the Humanism Award from the Health Care Foundation of New Jersey, and awards for leadership and service from the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been listed in Who’s Who in American Women.

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Help us make a positive impact in women's health for another 25 years...

As you think about the well-being of your mother, your sister, your wife, your best friend, please know that with any contribution, large or small, you are having a huge impact in fulfilling Dr. Howell’s dreams and the Foundation’s goal of “keeping the women we love healthy.”

We thank you!

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