Board of Directors

Pat Fox, Chairman Taylor Hooton Foundation, Managing Member and General Counsel of Rockpoint Group

Pat Fox is a founding member of Rockpoint and is responsible for the overall operations and management of Rockpoint, with particular focus on risk and liability management. Mr. Fox resides in and manages Rockpoint’s Dallas office. In addition to his responsibilities at Rockpoint, Mr. Fox continues to be a managing member of Westbrook Real Estate Partners, L.L.C. (“WREP”). Prior to joining

In 1996, Mr. Fox was a partner at the law firm of Jones Day where he spent 13 years practicing in the area of commercial real estate, with extensive experience in complex and tax sensitive structures and transactions. Mr. Fox received a B.S. from Texas A&M University in 1980 and a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983.

Pat and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 40 years. They have two grown children–a daughter, Dyan and a son, Andrew. They have two young grandsons.

Jim R. Whitehead, Vice Chairman Taylor Hooton Foundation, Director – National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

James R. Whitehead is the Director of the National Institute of Disability, a division of ACL, the Administration for Community Living.

All Americans—including people with disabilities and older adults—should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions. To help meet these needs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in 2012.

ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.

Prior to joining NIDILRR, Jim was CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine. ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 45,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

Stratton Nicolaides, Treasurer Taylor Hooton Foundation, Retired from his position as CEO, Numerex Corp.bod-nicolaides

Stratton Nicolaides is the Chairman and CEO of Numerex Corp., a publicly-traded company and a leader in the delivery of wireless networks and machine-to-machine (M2M) data communications. Over his career, he has worked with several technology-based businesses primarily in the information technology and security industries. Stratton was recently named as an ‘M2M Pioneer’ by M2M Magazine with over 15 years of industry experience.

In addition, Nicolaides has an extensive entrepreneurial and finance background that he has used to successfully serve several charities and nonprofit organizations over his lifetime. He has been married to his wife Maria over 32 years, has three children and one grandchild.

Gene Gieselmann, Secretary Taylor Hooton Foundation, Head Athletic Trainer for St. Louis Cardinals (Retired)

Gene Gieselmann was raised in Lindsborg, KS, and graduated from Wichita State University. He joined the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 1968 with the Cards’ Class-A St. Petersburg club. He was promoted to assistant trainer for the Cardinals’ parent club in 1969 and named head trainer in 1971. During his 29-year tenure with St. Louis, “Geno” was part of three National League pennants and a World Series Championship. He served as National League trainer for the 1982, 1987, and 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Games and served as the National League Representative on the PBATS Executive Committee.

During the 1986 off-season, Gieselmann was the trainer for the Major League All-Star team that toured Japan to play a seven-game series against a team of Japanese All-Stars. He then traveled to Sydney, Australia, to serve as trainer for the Survival of the Fittest competition. Gene also served as the event trainer for “Superstars,” “Superteams” and the “Battle of the Network Stars” television programs. He is a certified trainer by the National Athletic Association and is licensed by the state of Missouri in athletic training.

Additionally, Gieselmann was a member of the Head First National Organizational Advisory Board, a program designed to prevent head injuries. An avid dog lover, too, he has also served on the Advisory Board of the Missouri Humane Society. Gene owns several thoroughbred racehorses and is the co-founder of Rehab 1 in St. Louis along with partner, Bill Hopfinger. Gene and his wife, Roseanna, live in the St. Louis area and have one son, Jonathan.

Jeff Cooper, MS, ATC, Philadelphia Phillies – Athletic  Training Consultant

Jeff Cooper’s athletic training career spans over four decades in professional baseball.   He was promoted to Philadelphia Phillies Major League staff as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in 1Jeff Cooper976.  In 1981, Jeff was named Head Athletic Trainer, a position which he held for the next twenty-six years–the longest service tenure held by an athletic trainer in the history of Philadelphia professional sports.   He now serves as an independent Athletic Training Consultant to the Phillies.  Furthermore, Jeff is a founding member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, where he served on the Executive Committee for eighteen years.  Jeff was also president of this organization for two terms.

Jeff has served on numerous committees. The Major League Baseball  Medical Advisory Committee,  the Steering Committee of the Baseball and Spitting Tobacco Initiative of Major League Baseball, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Dental Research, the National Advisory Board of the National Spit Tobacco Education Program, as well as Oral Health America.

Jeff was selected to serve as the National League Athletic Trainer for the 1985, 1991 and 1996 MLB All-Star games as well as the 2002 MLB All-Star Japanese Tour.  His PBATS honors include the Major League Athletic Training Staff of the year in 1994, a Major League Service Award in 1997, and the President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and PBATS Hall of Fame in 2013.

Along with these numerous Major League Baseball accolades, Jeff was inducted into the Delaware Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2004, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame in 2008, the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010, National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Brian Cuban, Author, Speaker, Advocate

Brian Cuban, the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, is a Dallas based attorney, author and addiction recovery advocate.  He is graduate of Penn State University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Brian has been in long term recovery from alcohol, cocaine and bulimia since April of 2007.

His first book, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Brian’s most recent, best-selling book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption is an un-flinching look back at how addiction and other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once successful lawyer and how he and others in the profession redefined their lives in recovery and found redemption.

Brian has spoken at colleges, universities, conferences and non-profit and legal events across the United States and in Canada.  Brian has appeared on prestigious talks shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country.  He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared on,, The Huffington Post, Above The Law and in online and print newspapers around the world.

Doug Haeussler, President, HI Insurance Agency

Doug Haeussler is the President of HI Agency, a full-service insurance agency that specializes in home, auto, life, and commercial coverage with a proactive service approach. After spending nearly 3 decades in the insurance industry, Doug knows precisely how to provide the best coverage for the best price and it is not with cut-rate policies. It’s his unique ability to connect with the people and communities he serves and understanding how to support them in any circumstance they face.

Doug spent time as a volunteer firefighter which instilled a personal commitment to  being a servant in helping others in need. Doug has earned a spot on the D Magazine’s “Best Insurance Agents” list every year since 2012 due to his performance and client satisfaction. He is often recognized as an outstanding agent in the industry and invited to sit on a number of organization councils aimed at improving customer service, claims service, and coverages. In addition to Doug’s extensive experience in the insurance industry, he has a long history of working closely with non-profit organizations – namely the Taylor Hooton Foundation and Gun & Hoses Foundation where he serves on the board of directors.

Doug is a dedicated entrepreneur, but dedicates much of his time to spend with his wife, Kristina, and his 3 beautiful daughters.

Donald Hooton, Jr.,  President ,Taylor Hooton Foundation

Donald serves as President of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. Donald leads the effort to drive our education programs into high schools, middle schools, and universities across the U.S., Canada lead-hootonjrand Latin America. Also, he helps ensure that our messages are current and relevant to today’s young people and their adult influencers.

He, along with his father, founded the charity in 2004 just one year after the loss of his brother. He is committed to eradicating appearance and performance enhancing drug use among teens/young adults and serving as a spokesperson and role model as we fight this dangerous issue. As a graduate (with honors) of Gwynedd-Mercy College with emphasis in Business Administration, Donald’s professional experience includes a successful career in the Real Estate and Mortgage industry.

Don Hooton, Executive Chairman, Taylor Hooton Foundation

Don founded the Taylor Hooton Foundation in 2004, the year following the loss of his youngest son, Taylor. Since founding this organization, Don has become the leading national spokelead-hootonsman on the issue of appearance and performance enhancing drug use (anabolic steroids, dietary supplements, hGH, etc.) by our nation’s youth. He and his team have spoken directly to over 1 million people across the country, he has appeared as an expert witness before Congress on three occasions, regularly meets with Federal Government officials, has met with several governors, and spoken to multiple state legislatures. Additionally, he has appeared on a number of national and international TV and radio programs to discuss this important topic.

For his work in the field, Don was named Texas Sports Personality of the Year by the Dallas Morning News and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sports. Most recently, he was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award by the United States Sports Academy.

James Iley,  EVP National Production, First Choice Loan Services

Having been with First Choice Loan Services Inc. since 2012, James Iley serves as the Executive Vice President of National Production.  In this role, he supports the recruiting, productionimage1, operation and marketing efforts of the over 200 Loan Originators representing First Choice Loan Services across the nation.  In 2015, the 16 loan offices produced 2.5 billion in loan volume.

Having worked with some of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, James has more than 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry, the majority of which has been spent responsible for the growth, expansion and maintaining the company’s national footprint. James has twice been named one of the 100 Most Influential Mortgage Executives in America Mortgage Executive Magazine.

In this free time, James enjoys traveling with his beautiful wife and seeing his son play football at Texas A&M – Commerce.

Michele LaBotz, MD FAAP CAQSM 

Michele LaBotz MD FAAP represents the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  She is a practicing sports medicine physician with a particular interest in sports nutrition, dietary supplements, and the use appearance- and performance-enhancing substances by children and adolescents.  She co-authored the AAP’s current clinical report entitled “Use of Performance-Enhancing Substances” and has spoken extensively at the regional and national level on this topic.  In conjunction with expertise from the Taylor Hooton Foundation and funding from the Food and Drug Administration, she served as the AAP’s subject content expert for “Artificial Perfection” (, a “virtual conversation” for health care providers that improves communication skills and knowledge regarding teen use of appearance- and performance-enhancing substances.   She also addresses issues regarding these substances in her sports nutrition chapters contained in the past several editions of the AAP’s policy manual “Pediatric Nutrition.”

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the AAP’s Maine Chapter, and is a past member of the Executive Committee for the AAP’s Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, where she also served as the policy coordinator.  The AAP strongly advocates for policy and education that enhances pediatric health care, with over 66,000 members dedicated to the health and well-being of children and adolescents.

Dr. LaBotz attended the University of Michigan, the University of California at Irvine, and Dartmouth Medical School.  Her pediatric internship was at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  She completed her residency at Maine Medical Center, and a subsequent sports medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She practices sports medicine at InterMed P.A., a large multi-specialty physician group in Portland Maine and currently lives on Cousins Island with her husband (a golf professional), daughter, and their two dogs.   

Randy Levine, President, New York Yankees
bod-levineRandy Levine was named President of the New York Yankees in January of 2000, becoming the first person to hold the post with the club since 1986. Under his supervision and guidance, the franchise constructed the state-of-the art Yankee Stadium. The facility was completed on time for the beginning of the 2009 season, which culminated in the franchise’s 27th World Championship. Levine was a principal founder of the YES Network, which was recently named the most-watched regional sports network in the United States for the ninth consecutive year (2003-11). In 2008, he was instrumental in creating Legends Hospitality, LLC, a new concession and merchandising company with the Dallas Cowboys, which currently operates at the Yankees’ and Cowboys’ new stadiums. In 2004, he helped organize Yankees-Steiner, a leading sports memorabilia company.

Levine has served on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils and is a member of the Board of Directors of the YES Network and Legends Hospitality, LLC. He is also an officer of Yankee Global Enterprises, LLC. Levine serves on the International, Diversity and Labor Policy Committees of Major League Baseball.

Levine has been a partner in the New York law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelson and is presently Senior Counsel at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in 1977, and in 2011 was named as Chair of the school’s athletic committee. He received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1980. Levine and his wife, Mindy, reside in Manhattan.

Fred McGriff, former MLB Player

Frederick McGriff is a former professional baseball first baseman, who played for six Major League Baseball (MLB) teams from 1986 through 2004.  A power-hitting first baseman, he became a five-time All-Star and led both leagues in home runs in separate years – the American League in 1989 and the National League in 1992. McGriff finished his career with 493 home runs, tied with Hall of Fame player Lou Gehrig, and only seven homers away from joining the 500 home run club. Fred has hit homeruns in more MLB ballparks than any other player in history. He won a World Series title as a first baseman with the Atlanta Braves in 1995.

He currently works in the Atlanta Braves’ front office as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations.  He also hosts a radio show in Tampa where he resides.

Jamie Reed, Sr. Director of Medical Operations, Texas Rangers Baseball Club

Jamie Reed is entering his 18th season with the Texas Rangers organization. From 1997 to 2002, Reed was head athletic trainer for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He also was the assistant athletic trainer for the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 1996. While at the Orioles, Reed shared “Major League Baseball Athletic Training Staff of the Year” honors in 1995 with Richie Bancells.

Prior to his Major League appointment in 1989, Reed spent seven seasons in the Orioles’ Minor League system with teams in Bluefield (Rookie League), Hagerstown (Class A), Charlotte (Class AA) and Rochester (Class AAA). Reed is a former American League assistant athletic trainer representative on the PBATS Executive Committee. He spoke at MLB’s 1999 Rookie Development Program. In December 2003 Reed traveled to Japan to address the Japanese Professional Baseball Athletics Trainers Society (JPBATS). He also served as one of the athletic trainer’s for the 2006 Japan All-Star trip. He has been selected as American League All-Star athletic trainer for both the 2000 and 2008 teams. In December 2001, he was selected by his peers as the new president of PBATS, and was re-elected to the position in 2003 and again in 2005.

He also served on the Board as Immediate Past President until 2013. A native of Annapolis, MD., Reed served as athletic trainer for the U.S. Naval Academy’s football and basketball teams from 1982 to 1984, and again in 1988.Reed co-chairs the Red Romo Scholarship that provides the expenses to pay for an extra athletic trainer for the Naval Academy Sports Program.

Reed lives in Grand Prairie, Texas, with his wife Jean. They have three children and seven grandchildren that all live in Texas.

Howard Richards, Football Color Analyst – University of Missouri, former NFL Player, Retired from the CIA

Howard was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1981 as a first round selection.  He was just the third player in franchise history to be drafted in the first round.  He remained with the Cowboys until 1987 when he was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks.   He retired from the NFL later that year.

Howard served for 13 years at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Howard currently works as the color football analyst  for the University of Missouri on Learfield Sports Tiger Radio.  Additionally, her is the Senior Manager of External Relations forth College of Arts and Sciences at Missouri

Neil Romano, President, The Romano Group
bod-romanoConsidered one of the nation’s leading authorities in the field of media and public advocacy, Romano has dedicated his career to the marketing of ideas and messages to help save lives and promote public policy. He founded Romano & Associates Inc., which produced highly visible, and effective public awareness programs, as well as America’s Strength, a not-for-profit organization that works to promote the importance of hiring individuals with disabilities. Romano’s extensive professional background includes tenure as director of communications for the White House Office of Drug Abuse Policy. In that role, he worked on campaigns such as “Just Say No” and “America Responds to AIDS.”

In 2007, Romano was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Romano advised the Secretary of Labor and worked with all DOL agencies to lead a comprehensive and coordinated national policy regarding the employment of people with disabilities in the United States. His innovative work as a member of the Committee for Purchase from People Who are Blind or Severely Disabled, has been described as having generated historic improvement in the quality of life for workers with disabilities. In 2010, Romano’s work as a member of that committee was recognized by the full committee with a special leadership award.

A noted producer/director, Romano’s film, “Youth Homicide: A Public Health Crisis,” earned an Emmy Nomination for him in the category of Best Director. And his 2010 film, “America’s Strength,” which documents the inspiring stories of people with disabilities in mainstream employment, received national acclaim following its release. He has served as a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and presently serves on a number of diverse national boards of directors. He has advised the Association for People in Supported Employment, the U.S. Business Leadership Network, and other disability employment groups that use a “business to business” approach to promote the imperative of hiring people with disabilities.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Romano currently resides in Clarksville, MD, with his wife, Barbara, and his daughters, Bianca and Christina.

Mark Thompson, President, Smith Thompson Home Security

Mark Thompson Head Shot (3)Mark Thompson is the founder and President of Smith Thompson Home Security headquartered in Plano, Texas. Smith Thompson was started in 1978 and is now the largest independent security alarm company in Texas with operations in Dallas Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Phoenix. Smith Thompson was recently ranked # 3 in the Dallas Morning News ‘Best Places to Work’ plus Top CEO in the Small Business Category.  Mark, along with his wife Lynda, and best friend Jim Smith started the company as a result of a sudden interest in home alarm systems after his family suffered a cruel home burglary while out of town, on the very day Mark’s father was buried.

Mark spent several years after Plano High School in FAA Flight training and is a commercial rated pilot and Flight Instructor. He is a member of National Electronic Security Association, Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Dallas Gun Club, and Gleneagles Country Club. Mark currently serves as a director of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, SMU Athletic Forum and was a past director of the Coppell YMCA.

Married for 31 years to Lynda and both native Texans, they have three grown children, son Ryan who is Vice President of Sales for Smith Thompson, son Jordan, a student and also active in the business, and daughter Sydney, who lives in Houston working in the retail industry. The Thompsons are huge Dallas Mavericks fans as well as enthusiastic corporate sponsors. His hobbies include bird hunting, sporting clay shooting, flying, and golf.