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New members join UTHealth Houston’s Development Board and embrace mission to advance health and wellbeing in Houston and beyond

UTHealth Houston recently welcomed four new members to its Development Board. Under the leadership of Ransom C. Lummis, UTHealth Houston Development Board chair, the new members join more than 140 community leaders to promote the university’s mission to educate health science professionals, discover and translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences, and model the best practices in clinical care and public health. Board members elevate awareness and philanthropic support for the university’s critical initiatives to advance health and well-being in Houston and beyond.

“The Development Board champions our university’s commitment to saving and improving lives, and we are grateful to have these dedicated individuals bring their talents in support of our mission,” Lummis said. “They are diligent advocates for greater health throughout our communities.”

John J. Cangelosi, MD ’05
John J. Cangelosi, MD, is a dermatopathologist and co-founder of Sagis, PLLC, a physician-owned diagnostic pathology laboratory. He has published research on benign tumors, lymphomas, and skin cancers. Cangelosi is an adjunct assistant clinical professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. He obtained a Bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University and a medical degree from McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. Currently, he serves on the boards of The Health Museum and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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Susanne Belleau Pritchard
Louisiana native Susanne Belleau Pritchard graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, and worked as a paralegal at Fulbright & Jaworski law firm in Houston for four years. After moving with her husband, Bill, and their four children to Alabama, Louisiana, and Colorado, the family settled in Houston in 2005. She currently serves on the boards of the River Oaks Foundation; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Rice University Shepherd Society Governing Council. She and her husband collect abstract expressionist and contemporary art and are members of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s National Committee.

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Ellen Susman
A transplanted Texan, Ellen Susman graduated from Pace University in New York. In 2023, she was appointed by President Joe Biden to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. Susman served from 2013 to 2016 as director of art in embassies for the U.S. Department of State, focusing on outreach and partnerships. A television journalist for over 25 years, Susman also edited a memoir by her late sister, Carol Spencer Mitchell, which was published by The University of Texas Press in 2008 and was recently reissued. She currently serves on the boards of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, NxtHvn, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Rothko Chapel, and she served as a board member of The Texas Tribune, the Democracy Alliance, and the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, among others.

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Jane “Janie” Wilde Zilkha
A graduate of St. John’s School in Houston, Jane “Janie” Wilde Zilkha graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She earned a law degree from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar. She worked at Baker Botts law firm in Houston until retiring in 2021 to raise her daughters. She remains an active volunteer in the Houston community.

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