Rudy Rasmus is a pastor, author, and a humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s most challenged communities. Rudy co-pastors the St. John’s Church in Downtown Houston with his wife Juanita, a church that began with 9 existing members in 1992, St. John’s has grown to thousands where every week people of every social and economic background share the same pew. He attributes the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope.
Pastor Rudy Rasmus
Program Manager and Director of Strategic Partnerships
Andrea Odom is a native Houstonian with strong business, philanthropic and family ties to the local community. As proud second generation graduate of Houston’s own Texas Southern University, Ms. Odom moved on from her beginnings at TSU to pursue a career in Sales and Marketing in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Working for some of the top companies in the country, she has honed her skills under the tutelage of some of the best sales training programs in the industry led by Merck and Johnson & Johnson. She rounded out her corporate experience locally at Houston Methodist managing multiple projects in Business Development, Project Management, New Center Development, Marketing Collateral Strategy and New Business Analytics. Blazing a successful trail in her field, she has also been the recipient of several top sales awards and top performer trips with various companies.
Ms. Odom is also the founder of the Houston Chapter of National Sales Network, a sales and networking organization for African Americans in the sales industry. After founding the local chapter, she served as chapter President for 3 terms and held various positions on the National Board. She has also served on the board of Central Care and held positions and memberships in multiple organizations such as Links, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Twelve Days of Christmas and The Greater Black Chamber of Houston.
Ms. Odom is also a mediator trained in general and family mediation and most recently gaining experience in Truancy mediation with HISD. A busy mom with three active kids, Ms. Odom can often be found accompanying her children to their various activities and lending her time and talent to their schools as a volunteer.
Community Engagement Manager and Public Relations Coordinator
David Buck, MD, MPH serves as Associate Dean for Community Health at the University of Houston’s College of Medicine. He was previously Professor at Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Family & Community Medicine from 1997-2018.
He began developing underserved clinics for the indigent population in Houston in 1984 after working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. In 1999, he founded Healthcare for the Homeless—Houston.
Dr. Buck is the recipient of many awards and honors including: the 2014 TMAF John P McGovern Champion of Health Award, 2013 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Public Health Leader National Award; in 2012 Dr. Buck was honored at the First Lady's Luncheon hosted by the Congressional Club to honor First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington D.C.; 2011 St. Luke's Episcopal Charities Community Health Leadership Award.
He has authored many peer reviewed publications, and served on local, national and international boards.
From 2009-2012 Dr. Buck served on the national Health and Human Services Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Advisory Board. In May 2018, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Colorado College.
Dr. David Buck
Founder of Patient Care Intervention Center
Ryan Thomas Alexander
Founder of Umanity
Kallol Mahata is the Chief Executive Officer at PCIC - Houston and runs operations at the organization. He has over 14 years of experience in software design, development and project management and has designed and built multiple enterprise level, multi-tier systems from the ground up.
Kallol started his work in designing and improving Electronic Medical Record Systems used for street outreach as part of his graduate school research work. This was part of a collaboration between the University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, and Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston. He has continued working on this project and is one of the founding members of PCIC. He has co-authored multiple publications and presented at numerous conferences.
Kallol received his M.S. in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Texas; his thesis addressed developing agile Electronic Medical Record Systems. He received the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Award for Outstanding Service and Impact at the University. He worked with Process Data Control Corporation as a software solutions architect for 10 years, consulting with Fortune 500 oil and gas and manufacturing companies. He also holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering.
Co-founder and CEO