Boards of Directors and Governors

ALSAC-St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The Board’s Role

Our Leadership


ALSAC Board of Directors - Officers


Richard (Rich) M. Unes, Chairman

Paul J. Ayoub, First Vice Chair

James B. Barkate, Second Vice Chair

Fred R. Harris, Secretary


St. Jude Board of Governors - Officers


Terry Burman, Chairman

Martha Perine Beard, First Vice Chair

Camille Sarrouf Jr., Second Vice Chair

Fred P. Gattas Jr., Secretary




James Downing, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Richard C. Shadyac, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, ALSAC


Chief Governance Officer


Leah J. Domitrovic


View a complete list of members of the ALSAC-St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors

Standing Committees

 Audit Committee - Its primary function is to assist the Board in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities by reviewing the financial information which will be provided to any governmental body or the public; the systems of internal controls and policies which management and the Board have established; and accounting, auditing, and financial processes; and the effectiveness of the Corporate Compliance Program to support the vision and mission statement of ALSAC and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Compensation Committee - The primary function is to assist the Boards of Directors and Governors in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities by articulating and implementing the compensation philosophy for executives at St. Jude and ALSAC.

Conflict of Interest Committee - The primary function is to advise and assist St. Jude and ALSAC in maintaining high ethical standards and complying with applicable laws related to conflicts of interest and oversee conflict of interest issues of officers, directors, and certain covered employees.

Finance Committee

Governance Committee - The primary function is to identify, evaluate and recommend best practices of governance that will enhance the effectiveness of the Board and assist the Board in developing, monitoring, and evaluating the Board’s governance policies and procedures. p>

Investment Committee - The committee’s primary functions are the formulation, implementation and ongoing oversight of those coherent policies designed to best serve the long-term financial objectives of the institution.

Legal and Compliance Committee - The Legal and Compliance Committee assists the Board in overseeing all material legal activities and the continuing compliance with all laws, regulations and rules affecting the conduct and operation of the organization’s affairs and operations in a manner that promotes the organization’s purpose and mission statement. This assistance shall include discussion with the appropriate staff at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC and reporting same to the Board, where appropriate.

Marketing Committee - Support efforts to ensure that marketing and outreach efforts at ALSAC and St. Jude are well integrated from both a strategic planning and implementation standpoint, and reflect one voice in reinforcing our brand positioning.

Membership Committee - The purpose of the committee is to develop and administer a membership selection and evaluation process for initial appointment and subsequent reappointment to ensure that the Board will be comprised of a broad range of competencies, diversity and expertise to ensure its effectiveness.

Nominating Committee - Reviews all board members of both ALSAC and St. Jude so that appropriate nominations are made by the committee for recommending officers to the Boards.

Quality Assurance & Patient Care Committee - The committee performs due diligence for the Board of Governors to provide oversight of the performance of patient care by the clinical staff, and to serve as liaison to the Board for all issues that deal with the care of patients, and the safety of patients’ families and staff. The Quality Assurance & Patient Care Committee has a responsibility to report to the Board the quality of care rendered by all health care providers at the institution, and all programs to improve care.

Strategic Planning Committee - Develops and leads a process by which the Board and Management of ALSAC and St. Jude arrive at a shared vision of what the institutions should be in 10-20 years, including broad operating and financial parameters, and to begin a process of which we plan for and achieve that shared vision.