Celebrating the 2020 Mark A. Wallace Catalyst Leadership Award Winners

In honor of Mark A. Wallace's 20th anniversary as president and CEO, members of Texas Children's Board of Trustees made personal donations to an endowed fund that led to the establishment of the Mark A. Wallace Catalyst Leadership Award.

Every year, the program honors outstanding individuals who lead by example, make the biggest possible difference, ensure the best possible outcomes and uphold Texas Children's mission and Core Values.

Natashia Bush, R.N.

Patient Care Manager,
Medical Center Emergency Center
Texas Children’s Hospital
Natashia is warm, authentic, collaborative, and empowering. In a fast-paced environment like the Emergency Center at the Medical Center Campus, she is the first to take on new projects and drive initiatives and process improvements that enhance safety and achieve better outcomes. She was instrumental in our effort to improve care for sepsis patients, which earned high marks from U.S. News and World Report. Natashia consistently looks for ways to make positive things happen for our patients and our people. She is thoughtful and deliberate when she challenges herself and her team to do the right thing.

My Definition of Leadership

A leader inspires others to dream further than they ever imagined, learn more than they ever thought possible, and become more than they ever thought they wanted.

2020 Catalyst Leaders

Lindsey Fox

Senior Public Relations Specialist

Public Relations

Matthew Borges

Assistant Director

Surgical Advanced Practice

Bobbie Jehle


Austin Regional Operations

Christian Niedzwecki, D.O.

Medical Director, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Heart of Gold

Hilda Andrade

Environmental Services Lead Tech

Facilities Operations

Please join me in congratulating these deserving individuals for their proven ability to lead by example and for their passion to uphold Texas Children's mission.

mark a. wallace
president & ceo
Mark A. Wallace Leadership Maxims


We work side by side to care for our patients and each other. Driven by our shared values, we apply our infinite passion every day to accelerate health care.


Our compassion starts with an individual spark and ignites in unison. We depend on our team having arm-in-arm devotion to a mission bigger than any one of us. Up and down, side to side, outward and inward, we move collectively to share in all we do. As individuals, we're among the brightest, but as a team, we illuminate unimagined possibilities for ourselves,our patients, and health care as a whole. We are unified, inspirational, and inviting.


What defines us is seizing the opportunity to be first in line. At every level, we inspire each other, bettering ourselves, bettering our teammates, bettering our organization, and ultimately, bettering the world. A single, small act of leadership creates a tidal wave of progress and momentum that grows immensely, improving exponentially, and advancing the care of our patients in a mighty way. We are courageous, forward-thinking, and responsible.


Here, service comes before self. We care and sacrifice, celebrate, and - sometimes - grieve for our patients. Beyond them, our team becomes an extension of our own family. We work with and for each other to create a collective atmosphere of warmth. And while it may seem difficult, somehow it comes effortlessly and naturally - awakened and enhanced in the moments of greatest need. We are warm, authentic, and selfless.


With freedom comes opportunity. Boundless, wide open and unknown, it can be daunting to some, but we recognize the potential in the unexplored and venture forward blazing our own trail in the name of care.

Catalyst Leader Alumni


Ramon Enad, R.N.

Catalyst Leader of the Year

Bob Dragos

Wes Moulden

Afsheen Davis

Lisa Hollier, M.D.


Maria Happe, MSN, RN

Catalyst Leader of the Year

Manju Monga, M.D.

Julie McGuire, MSN, RN

Carolyn Cohen

Kimberly Troupe


Amanda Austin Ward

Catalyst Leader of the Year

Mari Trace

Dan Christopher

Judith Campbell, M.D.

Ashley Simms



Mark Farrior, M.D.

Catalyst Leader of the Year

Jamie Kim

Preanka Desai

Shannon Holland

Melissa Murrah


Trent Johnson

Catalyst Leader of the Year

Jeanine Graf, M.D.

Jenn Jacome

Wayne Toote

Ketrese White


Oluyinka Olutoye, M.D.

Catalyst Leader of the Year

Sarah Maytum

Sara Montenegro

alma sanchez

Betty Sapinsky



Gail Parazynski

Catalyst Leader of the Year

Laura Hardy

Chanti Jackson

Lesli Rossler

Mark A. Ward, M.D.


Tracey Cotton

Catalyst Leader of the Year

Ryan Breaux

Tangula Taylor