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ALSAC/St. Jude Boards
of Directors and Governors


The role of the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors is to:

  • govern our organizations by establishing broad policies and objectives
  • select, appoint, support, and review the performance of the chief executive officers
  • ensure the availability of adequate financial resources
  • approve annual budgets and strategic planning
  • account for the ethics, compliance, and performance of the organizations
    • Frederick M. Azar
      • Chair

      Frederick M. Azar, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. He is Chief-of-Staff at the Campbell Clinic, as well as Professor and Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship program in the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Biomedical Engineering.  He was also Director of that department’s residency program for 10 years. Dr. Azar is the team physician for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies and was selected as the 2012 Team Physician of the Year.  He also serves as a team physician for the University of Memphis, Lemoyne Owen College, Christian Brothers High School, the AAA Memphis Redbirds, the USL Memphis 901FC and the NBA G League Memphis Hustle.

      Dr. Azar attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree. After earning his medical degree from Tulane University of Medicine, Dr. Azar completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Biomedical Engineering and a fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.  He was also an American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Traveling Fellow and a graduate of the inaugural class of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Leadership Fellows Program.

      For more than 25 years, Dr. Azar has been an active volunteer in the AAOS, where he served as President, Treasurer, and Board Member at-Large. He is currently a Director for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS) and also serves as Treasurer. Dr. Azar is also active in other national and international professional societies, including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA).  He is the Past-President of the NBA Team Physicians Association.

      Dr. Azar has authored and edited numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and other publications.  He is a co-editor of Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics, 13th Edition and 14th editions, Campbell’s Core Orthopaedic Procedures, and editor of Illustrated Tips and Tricks in Sports Medicine Surgery and Orthopaedic Knowledge Update-Sports Medicine 6.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of Orthopaedic Clinics, and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. He has also been honored as a visiting professor at numerous academic programs.

      An active participant in a number of community philanthropic organizations, Dr. Azar is the current Vice Chair of the ALSAC Board of Directors.

    • Judy A. Habib
      • Chair

      Judy, named after St. Jude, likes to say that St. Jude is in her blood. Her father served alongside founder Danny Thomas and she grew up going to annual ALSAC conventions with her dad.

      Judy’s corporate career began in sales and marketing, and then she used her experience to start something unique in the marketplace: she cofounded KHJ. This was an integrated marketing agency that brought together strategic and creative teams that built award-winning brands for a broad range of companies, from start-ups to Fortune 100. Some called her “The Brand Whisperer.” A longtime champion for advancing women’s leadership, she received multiple awards, including the 2022 Pinnacle lifetime achievement award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

      KHJ’s mission statement was “To help people and organizations see and realize what’s possible, for themselves, and the world around them.”  After 35 years as president, CEO, and chairman of KHJ, Judy sold her company to devote herself to new ways to realize this commitment. To that end, she took on the Presidency of The International Women’s Forum, began writing projects to help people commit to journeys of personal growth and development, and of course, expanded the scope of her work with St. Jude.

      Judy was invited to join the St. Jude Board of Governors and the ALSAC Board of Directors in 1994. At that time, she was the catalyst for articulating and clarifying the St. Jude brand, which today is iconic around the world. Having chaired ALSAC from 2019 to 2021, and now St Jude, she is the first woman to have chaired both boards. 

  1. Board

    • Joyce A. Aboussie
      St. Louis, MO
    • Steven J. Allen, MD
      New Albany, OH
    • Joseph S. Ayoub Jr.
      Boston, MA
    • Paul J. Ayoub
      Boston, MA
    • Frederick M. Azar, MD
      Memphis, TN
    • Martha Perine Beard
      Memphis, TN
    • Robert A. Breit, MD
      Northbrook, IL
    • Terry L. Burman
      Lenox, MA
    • Lisa R. Diller, MD
      Newton, MA
    • Joseph E. Eid, MD
      Somerset, NJ
    • Fred P. Gattas III, PharmD
      St. Charles, MO
    • Judy A. Habib
      Boston, MA
    • Gabriel G. Haddad, MD
      San Diego, CA
    • Charles C. Hajjar
      Milton, MA
    • Fouad M. Hajjar, MD
      Orlando, FL
    • Frederick R. Harris Jr., MD
      Memphis, TN
    • J. David Karam II
      Columbus, OH
    • Scott A. Kupor
      Menlo Park, CA
    • Sharon L. McCollam
      Southlake, TX
    • Samia M. Melhem
      McLean, VA
    • Robert T. Molinet
      Huntingdon, TN
    • Neela M. Montgomery
      Weston, MA
    • Ramzi N. Nuwayhid
      Boston, MA
    • Thomas J. Penn III
      Los Angeles, CA
    • Christina M. Rashid
      Chicago, IL
    • Kathryne G. Reeves
      Houston, TX
    • Camille F. Sarrouf Jr.
      Boston, MA
    • Joseph C. Shaker
      Oak Park, IL
    • Joseph G. Shaker
      Oak Park, IL
    • George A. Simon II
      Detroit, MI
    • Michael C. Simon
      Chicago, IL
    • Tony Thomas
      North Hollywood, CA
    • Paul H. Wein
      Guilderland, NY
    • Tama H. Zaydon
      Coconut Grove, FL




    ESA Representative

    • Denise Holdaway
      Blytheville, AR



    • Thomas G. Abraham
      Coral Gables, FL
    • Susan Mack Aguillard, MD
      Memphis, TN
    • Mahir R. Awdeh, MD
      Memphis, TN
    • James B. Barkate
      Gretna, LA
    • Sheryl A. Bourisk
      Ashland, MA
    • Stephen J. Camer, MD
      Dedham, MA
    • Ann M. Danner
      Lake Forest, IL
    • George Elias, Jr.
      Miami Beach, FL
    • Hasan M. Elkhatib
      Westmont, IL
    • Fred P. Gattas Jr.
      Memphis, TN
    • Ruth C. Gaviria
      Burlington, VT
    • Christopher B. George, MD
      Tampa, FL
    • Sam F. Hamra
      Springfield, MO
    • Paul K. Hajar
      Norwood, MA
    • Frederick R. Harris
      Memphis, TN
    • Bruce B. Hopkins
      Memphis, TN
    • Richard J. Karam
      San Antonio, TX
    • Salli E. Le Van
      Roswell, GA
    • Paul J. Marcus
      Boston, MA
    • Michael D. McCoy
      Peoria, IL
    • James O. Naifeh
      Covington, TN 
    • Talat M. Othman
      Marion, IA
    • Manal B. Saab
      Flint, MI
    • Frederick W. Smith
      Memphis, TN
    • Terre Thomas
      Culver City, CA
    • Pat Kerr Tigrett
      Memphis, TN
    • Richard M. Unes
      Peoria, IL
    • Thomas C. Wertz
      Locust Grove, VA
    • Robert P. Younes, MD
      Potomac, MD
    • Ramzi T. Younis, MD
      Miami, FL




Chief Governance Officer

  • Leah J. Domitrovic

    Leah J. Domitrovic


Standing committees

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Audit & Compliance Committee

The primary function is to oversee all material financial audit functions, legal and compliance functions, internal audit functions, and enterprise risk management functions, and to liaise and encourage open communication between ALSAC/St. Jude, the Board, and ALSAC/St. Jude’s independent auditors.

Building Committee

Its primary function is to provide oversight for the planning, interior and exterior design, budgeting, schedule/duration, construction contract methodology and construction of ALSAC and St. Jude facilities.

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

Oversee the financial affairs of ALSAC and St. Jude including:

The development and implementation of sound fiscal policies and management practices, of ALSAC and St. Jude both individually and on a consolidated basis; and

The annual and strategic/long-range budgeting process of ALSAC and St. Jude.

Approve and monitor the annual budgeted revenues and expenses, operational and capital, of ALSAC and St. Jude as well as the financial strategic plans of ALSAC and St. Jude.

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.

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.

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 & 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 & 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.