ALSAC/St. Jude Boards
of Directors and Governors


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
  • insure the availability of adequate financial resources
  • approve annual budgets and strategic planning
  • account for the ethics, compliance, and performance of the organizations
    • Paul J. Ayoub
      • Chair

      Paul J. Ayoub has been a member of the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors for 23 years and currently serves as Chair of the ALSAC Board of Directors. During his tenure on the Board of Directors, Ayoub has served as First Vice Chair as well as Chair of the Audit, Finance, Governance and Legal Committees.

      Ayoub is a partner with the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. He is on the firm’s Executive Committee and a member of Nutter Charitable Advisors as well as the Commercial Real Estate and Finance practice group. In addition, Ayoub is a member of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Finance Association. He is a former co-chair of the Real Estate Finance and Workout/Foreclosure section of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Real Estate section.

      Ayoub also is involved in leadership roles with several civic and charitable organizations in the Boston area including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce where he is on the Board’s Executive Committee and serves as General Counsel and Secretary; the Boston Local Development Corporation; and the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts.

      Prior to his career as an attorney, Ayoub worked in Massachusetts state government in various capacities, including as assistant press secretary to the governor.

      He is a graduate of Brown University, magna cum laude and Boston College Law School where he was editor-in-chief of the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review.

    • James B. Barkate

      James B. Barkate


      • Vice Chair
    • Fred R. Harris

      Fred R. Harris


      • Secretary
    • Martha Perine Beard
      • Chair

      Martha Perine Beard has been a member of the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors since 2002 and currently serves as Chair of the St. Jude Board of Governors. Beard has served as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Audit Committee, Governance Committee and Compensation Committee, and Vice Chair of the Conflict of Interest Committee.

      On June 1, 2015, Beard retired as regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis after a distinguished career at both the St. Louis and Memphis offices. In her most recent role, she was responsible for the oversight of the Federal Reserve’s operations in West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi. Upon her retirement, she received resolutions of appreciation for her service at the congressional, state and local levels.

      Beard graduated from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, and received her master’s degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She also completed special studies at Harvard University and Yale University.

      She serves on the boards of the United Way of the Mid-South, the Assisi Foundation and the national board of directors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Her civic involvement resulted in receiving honors from the Memphis Business Journal; Leadership Memphis; the United Way of the Mid-South; Girls, Incorporated; and Clark Atlanta University.

      She has been profiled in The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.

      Beard is married and is the mother of three children.

    • Camille Sarrouf Jr.

      Camille Sarrouf Jr.


      • Vice Chair
    • Fred P. Gattas Jr.

      Fred P. Gattas Jr.


      • Secretary
  1. Board

    • Joyce Aboussie
      St. Louis, MO
    • Salem Abraham
      Canadian, TX
    • Susan Mack Aguillard, MD
      Memphis, TN
    • Mahir R. Awdeh, MD
      Memphis, TN
    • Joseph S. Ayoub Jr.
      Boston, MA
    • Paul J. Ayoub, Esq.
      Boston, MA
    • Frederick M. Azar, MD
      Memphis, TN
    • James B. Barkate
      Gretna, LA
    • Martha Perine Beard
      Memphis, TN
    • Sheryl A. Bourisk
      Ashland, MA
    • Robert A. Breit, MD
      Northbrook, IL
    • Terry Burman
      Lenox, MA
    • Ann Danner
      Lake Forest, IL
    • Fred P. Gattas Jr.
      Memphis, TN
    • Fred P. Gattas III
      St. Charles, MO
    • Ruth Gaviria
      New York, NY
    • Christopher B. George, MD
      Tampa, FL
    • Judy A. Habib
      Boston, MA
    • Gabriel “Gaby” Haddad, MD
      San Diego, CA
    • Paul K. Hajar
      Norwood, MA
    • Charles C. Hajjar
      Milton, MA
    • Fouad Hajjar, MD
      Orlando, FL
    • Fred R. Harris
      Memphis, TN
    • Bruce B. Hopkins
      Memphis, TN
    • David Karam
      Columbus, OH
    • Michael D. McCoy
      Peoria, IL
    • Robert T. Molinet
      Memphis, TN
    • James O. Naifeh Jr.
      Memphis, TN
    • Ramzi Nuwayhid
      Boston, MA
    • Thomas J. Penn III
      Portland, OR
    • Camille F. Sarrouf Jr., Esq.
      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
    • Paul J. Simon
      Detroit, MI
    • Terre Thomas
      Culver City, CA
    • Tony Thomas
      North Hollywood, CA
    • Richard M. Unes
      Peoria, IL
    • Paul H. Wein, Esq.
      Guilderland, NY
    • Thomas C. Wertz
      Locust Grove, VA
    • Tama Zaydon
      Coconut Grove, FL


    ESA Representative

    • Rickie Brown
      Rancho Cordova, CA



    • Thomas G. Abraham
      Coral Gables, FL
    • Jack A. Belz
      Memphis, TN
    • Stephen J. Camer, MD
      Dedham, MA
    • V. Reo Campian
      Bloomfield Hills, MI
    • Joseph G. Cory, PhD
      Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
    • Leslie Dale
      Memphis, TN
    • Lewis R. Donelson, III, Esq.
      Memphis, TN
    • Edward Eissey, PhD
      North Palm Beach, FL
    • Hasan M. Elkhatib
      Westmont, IL
    • George Elias, Jr., Esq.
      Miami Beach, FL
    • Sam F. Hamra, Esq.
      Springfield, MO
    • Theodore Hazer
      Omaha, NE
    • Joseph G. Hyder
      Milford, MA
    • Joseph D. Karam
      Columbus, OH
    • Richard J. Karam, Esq.
      San Antonio, TX
    • James A. Kinney
      Memphis, TN
    • Judy Lester
      Seymour, IN
    • Salli LeVan
      Roswell, GA
    • Donald G. Mack, MD
      Shreveport, LA
    • George M. Maloof, Esq.
      Cleveland, OH
    • Paul J. Marcus
      Boston, MA
    • James O. Naifeh
      Covington, TN 
    • David B. Nimer
      Miami, FL
    • Talat M. Othman
      Marion, IA
    • Manal Saab
      Flint, MI
    • Camille F. Sarrouf, Sr., Esq.
      Boston, MA
    • Frederick W. Smith
      Memphis, TN
    • Ronald Terry
      Memphis, TN
    • Pat Kerr Tigrett
      Memphis, TN
    • Robert P. Younes, MD
      Potomac, MD
    • Ramzi T. Younis, MD
      Miami, FL



  • James R. Downing, MD

    James R. Downing, MD


    • President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    • Director, Molecular Pathology Laboratory
  • Richard C. Shadyac Jr.

    Richard C. Shadyac Jr.


    • President and Chief Executive Officer, ALSAC


Chief Governance Officer

  • Leah J. Domitrovic

    Leah J. Domitrovic


Standing committees

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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

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.

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.