BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Susan whitworth

Board Chair

Susan Whitworth has had a life-long calling to give-back. While living in Houston, Texas, she served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the March of Dimes. She continues serve that charity today, via the Austin branch, by not only being on their Board but by serving as a past President. Also while in Houston, Susan previously served as the American Heart Association Houston Division Guild President. The nonprofit, Ronald McDonald House, is also near and dear to Susan. Having served on the Houston Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Currently, Susan serves on the Austin Community Advisory Council for the Austin Ronald McDonald House. Susan was honored as a Women of Distinction in Houston. 

 

A couple of years ago, Susan took a passionate interest in helping further CC4C's mission and vision. She firmly believes that the children that CC4C is helping are the future. She feels a calling to ensure that the lives of those battling rare and undiagnosed medical conditions are transformed, and filled with hope and healing.

 

Susan has a degree in Marketing & Merchandising from LIM, New York and is celebrated today for her impressive career working in the field in the realm of Fine Furniture.

MICHELE STRAIN

Board Treasurer

Michele brings over 25 years of accounting and business consulting, human resource and recruiting expertise to Accountability Resources. Prior to joining us Michele had a twenty year career in public accounting for both Deloitte & Touche LLP and an audit partner in a regional firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. In addition to in-depth knowledge of accounting, auditing and business issues Michele also was partner in charge of human resources at her regional firm and a member of the board of directors. Her mixture of hands-on business knowledge and people skills brings a unique perspective to her clients and candidates.

Michele is an active member in the Austin community and has sat on a number of not-for-profit boards throughout her career. Michele has an active CPA license in Texas and holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in Austin. Michele is a mother of three children and enjoys spending time with her children and being involved in their activities.  She is also an avid workout enthusiast and loves running and stand up paddleboarding.

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JOEY BeRGER

Joey is a partner with Rigby Slack, currently handling real estate transactions in Texas and throughout the United States. He has substantial experience representing clients in the acquisition, disposition, construction, development, financing, leasing and management of various property types, including student housing, multi-family, hospitality, office, industrial, retail, restaurant and mixed-use. Joey also represents clients in transactions involving condominiums, residential subdivisions and farm and ranch properties. He was previously with Dickinson Wright PLLC and Egan Nelson LLP in Austin, as well as Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Dallas. Joey also serves on the Board of the Rise School since 2013 and attends Tarrytown United Methodist Church. He and his wife Shelley are parents to two children (including CC4C Sustaining Child Mila).  Joey enjoys playing golf, fishing, reading and following college and professional sports, with a special affinity for the Houston Astros. 

SUDHA PRADEEP

Sudha grew up in Southern India and moved to Texas by way of California. She has a degree in business and accounting, as well as a long history of giving back to each community that has been lucky enough to have her. During the past 25 years, she has chaired multiple, successful, large-scale fundraising campaigns and events. In 2017, Sudha, her mother and her youngest son, all became involved with CC4C. In fact, her son serves on our Junior Board today. Sudha has also been instrumental in shaping the vision and organization of CC4C's Junior Board Program. 

SUZANNE STONE

Suzanne is a graduate from Texas Christian University, a native of Louisiana and grew up in the shadow of Washington, D.C. Her career began in the television industry in Dallas, telling stories of the people and places which make Texas so unique. Earning a regional Emmy Award for her work, the production industry led her to Chicago, where she eventually traded producing television for teaching it in the non-profit and education sector in 1998. Public Access television was in its prime and a subsequent move to New York found her as Executive Director of an upstate station. After enjoying her four-year tenure as Head Coach of the local community college women’s basketball team while running the station, she headed back to Texas. Since arriving, she’s worked and led local non-profits around the state like Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Children’s Miracle Network. Making the move to Austin, she took on the longest job title to date and served as the Executive Director of the Lake Travis Education Foundation and the Director of Corporate Development for LTISD. After leading the district in innovative ways to leverage partnerships and fundraising to provide support for students, she took on the role of leading Susan G. Komen Greater Central and East Texas. During her three and half year tenure she grew the local affiliate from serving 5 counties to 58 and impacting 5 million central and east Texans.  Today she serves as the Chief Strategic Solutions & Programs Officer for Livestrong, leading mission and innovation efforts across the country.

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Dr. Susan Rao

As a child of immigrant parents, Dr. Susan Rao was very lucky to be raised by certain values: working hard, being fully intentional about living a life of high integrity as well as the concept of SEWA, which means “selfless service” in her family’s Indian language. As a child, she knew whatever she was going to do with her life would be geared towards helping others live a better life. It is the reason she became a Doctor of Chiropractic. In high school, she came across a quote by the famous psychologist, Leo F. Buscaglia that spoke directly to her, as if the words were plucked from her own brain…“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of mankind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.” Her goal and purpose is to live life through a servant’s heart and be able to model that for her children as they develop their understanding of what is important in life. She first experienced CC4C as a VIP Advocate for a Champion Child which her husband, Dr. Madan Rao and two daughters were able to become involved. She learned so much about how CC4C truly fulfills its mission. As a part of the CC4C team, she is very proud to represent the true heart of helping and honoring all the families and CC4C community. 
Susan lives and serves families alongside her husband in their practice, Rao Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center, in Bee Cave. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma; then went on to the prestigious Parker University in Dallas, Texas where she earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic and became a Certified Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist. In turn, she trained to work with all types of brain injuries and neurological conditions, including ADD/ADHD, vertigo, migraines and MS. It’s extremely rewarding for her to be able to bring hope and healing into the lives of these patients. In her “downtime”, Susan likes to stay active through activities like soccer, hiking, weight training and yoga. She also loves reading, meditation and traveling with her family.

TALAYA FRAZIER

Founder

ADVISORY BOARD

Antonio Quintos