The Seeds of Hope Award


Dr. Ricardo Nuila — Houston Benefit

Dr. Ricardo Nuila is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is a practicing hospitalist at Ben Taub General Hospital, and a professor of internal medicine and medical humanities. As a faculty member in Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, he co-directs the Center’s Program of Narrative Medicine. He also teaches in the Medicine & Society program at the University of Houston Honors College. 

Doctors for Change recognized Dr. Nuila with its Winter 2016 Healthcare Advocacy Award for tirelessly speaking up for the health care needs of the underserved, for promoting increased access to health care for all, and highlighting the unacceptable realities that un- and under-insured patients face in Texas. 

Dr. Nuila is not only an advocate for health care for the underserved in Houston, he has also provided volunteer medical services in countries including Haiti, Honduras, Kenya and Africa.  

Dr. Nuila's essays on medical ethics and health disparities have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and his fiction has been published in Best American Short Stories 2011 and multiple journals, including McSweeney’s and Zyzzyva. The New England Review awarded him its inaugural 2015 Emerging Writer’s Award, and the Texas Institute of Letters and the University of Texas at Austin selected him as a Dobie Paisano Fellow for Fall 2017.


David Barstow — Austin Benefit

David is a business consultant focusing on the use of Information Technology.  A 2006 interview with Bono stimulated him to make a personal commitment to fight the AIDS pandemic.  Recognizing that local pastors are a key part of the solution, he has dedicated himself to helping them fight the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS. He visits Africa several times a year to further the EMPACTS Africa initiative.






Rebecca Richards-Kortum — Houston Benefit

Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D is the Rice University Malcolm Gillis University Professor, in the Department of Bioengineering, and the Director of Rice 360° Institute for Global Health. Her research has been instrumental in improving early detection of cancers and other diseases, especially in low resources settings. 

In 2016 she received  a MacArthur Fellowship (often called the “genius grant”) for  developing point-of-care diagnostic technologies for use in low-resource settings and inspiring the next generation of engineers to translate lessons from the classroom into solutions for global health disparities. 

Drawing from nanotechnology, molecular imaging, and microfabrication techniques, Richards-Kortum has created numerous low-cost and highly practical medical tools. She is currently working with colleagues and undergraduate students to develop NICU Africa (neonatal intensive care unit), a suite of appropriately designed medical technologies necessary to reduce neonatal death in sub-Saharan Africa to rates equivalent to the United States.

Rice 360º's undergraduate students have benefited 93,000 people in 24 countries by designing 215 new technologies, such as a low cost CPAP machine for helping newborns breathe. The United Nations listed it as one of “Top 10 Breakthrough Innovations That Can Save Women & Children.”

Committed to improving access to quality health care for all the world’s people, Richards-Kortum is not only developing novel solutions but also training and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists to address our shared global challenges. 




Congressman Michael McCaul — Austin Benefit

Congressman Michael McCaul, currently serving his sixth term representing Texas' 10th District in the United States Congress, has been a leader in bringing an end to poverty. Congressman McCaul has signed or consponsered the following letters and legislation:

• Co-sponsor H.R. 2780 Education for All Act of 2014
• Global Partnership for Education letter, June 2014
• Co-sponsor H.Res. 688 Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, 2014
• Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance letter, December 2014
• Maternal & Child Health House Letter in July 2015
• Co-sponsor H.R. 3706 Reach Every Mother & Child Act of 2015

Dr. Peter Hotez — Houston Benefit

Dr. Peter Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also chief of a new Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. He is the President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and the Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. 

He is an internationally-recognized physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. He leads the only product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease, diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children and adults  worldwide. Co-Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, he is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Hotez has authored more than 300 original papers and is the author of the acclaimed Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases. This year the White House and U.S. State Department selected Dr. Hotez as a United States Science Envoy.




Dr. Coburn Allen — Austin Benefit

​Dr. Coburn Allen trained in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine.  He currently directs the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Dell Children’s Medical Center, serves as Chair for the Seton Institutional Review Board, is the Pediatric Medical Director for Hospital Physicians in Clinical Research, and is the director of Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach.  Dr. Allen is the Medical Director of myLIFEspeaks Medical Clinic.  Located in Neply, Haiti, myLIFEspeaks trains nurses to diagnose and prescribe basic treatments, and is focused on the foundations of public health, including water supply, anti-parasitic programs, and feeding programs for infants, pregnant mothers and school children.

Sara Hickman — Houston Benefit

Sara Hickman, is a singer-songwriter who has won many awards for both her music and her humanitarian work. With songs such as We Are Each Other’s Angels, Sara encourages a loving response to the needs of others, especially the world’s poorest children. Hickman’s home state of Texas loves her too, naming her the 2010-2011 “Official State Musician of Texas,” joining luminaries such as Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. She is an alumna of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.​




Acción Texas — Houston Benefit

Acción TexasAcción Texas, a non-profit organization operating in Texas and seven neighboring states, makes loans to individuals who have the capacity to start a business, but lack sufficient credit or assets to qualify for financing by a traditional bank. Since its inception in 1994, Acción has made life-changing loans to thousands of low-income entrepreneurs, including many Houstonians.


The Community Cloth — Houston Benefit

Community ClothThe Community Cloth, a microenterprise initiative of Our Global Village-Houston, empowers refugee women to create and market handmade, indigenous, arts and crafts such as woven bags and baskets, knitted scarves, and baby clothing. In practicing their crafts and selling their products, the women not only preserve their culture and heritage, but they also obtain much-needed supplemental income as they transition to life in the US.


University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program — Houston Benefit

University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program​University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program, a student-operated program, provides impoverished individuals around the globe with loans to launch income-generating businesses. The program has financed a wide variety of projects such as beekeepers in Pakistan, and small farmers in Mexico. It currently includes projects in Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique, and a proposed project with the Navajo Indians in New Mexico.


The Microfinance Program at the Bauer College of Business — Houston Benefit

Microfinance Program at the Bauer College of Business​The Microfinance Program at the Bauer College of Busines, University of Houston, is committed to empowering the underserved through microfinance programs both globally and locally. Bauer students tailor venture consulting to aspiring low-income entrepreneurs in the Third and Fifth Wards, Greater East End, and in South West Houston, support them in gaining access to micro loans, and provide free financial literacy classes and business/entrepreneurship education and training skills needed to run a successful small business.




Brandon Kimble — Houston Benefit

Brandon Kimble with Seeds of Hope AwardBrandon Kimble had a difficult path to the classroom, but with his mother’s strong support, graduated with honors, and won a full academic scholarship to Ohio State University. Kimble taught in New Orleans with Teach for America until Hurricane Katrina drove him to Houston where he helped to create a charter school for evacuee students. While serving as the math department at Pershing Middle School, he sought to achieve at least two years of academic growth in each student, using Saturday tutoring and fun strategies such as math trivia games and designing dream houses. Brandon is now Academic Dean at Rocketship Education, a San Jose, California non-profit education management company. In accepting the RESULTS Seeds of Hope Award, Brandon said: “Teaching is doing whatever it takes to get students excited about learning and eliciting those ‘a-ha’ moments. Every child has his or her own gifts. Receiving this award means that I’m doing my part to discover these gifts.”

Rotarian Malaria Partners — Seattle Benefit

​Inspired by the opportunity to join in eliminating a disease that kills a child every 45 seconds, Seattle area Rotarians have combined forces with African Rotarians, starting with 6 Clubs in Zambia. They have forged an innovative partnership with PATH's Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA) and the Zambian Government's National Malaria Control Centre to fight malaria. Each participating Zambian Club develops its own project with local community leaders and health authorities. Each local project becomes part of the country’s national malaria control strategy through a unique Zambia Rotary Malaria Steering Committee that includes MACEPA and government partners. The projects they approve are sent to the International Steering Committee in Seattle, comprised of Rotarian and MACEPA leaders.

This is the first Rotary anti-malaria initiative on a national scale with a technical partnership. Its goals are to help reduce Zambia's 3 million cases of malaria and to develop a replicable and sustainable model for Rotarian service to eradicate malaria in Africa . Participants integrate and implement local Club projects as part of the government's national malaria eradication campaign. The project is led by Seattle Rotary #4, the fourth oldest and largest Rotary club in the world. Other participating Rotary Clubs include Ballard, Bellevue , Edmonds Daybreakers, Emerald City , Federal Way , Fremont , Lake Union , North Seattle, Rain City, SeaTac, Skagit/Mt. Vernon, Southcenter, Shoreline, University and West Seattle Rotary Clubs. Other Clubs in the Pacific Northwest and San Francisco are expected to join the partnership soon. Learn more.




Jessica Markowitz and Richard's Rwanda-IMPUHWE — Seattle Benefit

Jessica Markowitz accepting Seeds of Hope awardJessica Markowitz founded Richard’s Rwanda-IMPUHWE in 2006, when she was in sixth grade. The nonprofit organization, which she runs with fellow Seattle students, provides financial support for education to girls in rural Rwanda, many of whom are growing up without parents or families due to the genocide and HIV/AIDS. By enabling the girls to complete their primary education and six years of secondary school, Richard’s Rwanda-IMPUHWE hopes to enhance their ability to earn income and become leaders in their community. In 2009, RESULTS Educational Fund brought Jessica to Washington, DC, to tell her story at a press conference along with Queen Rania of Jordan and Devli Kumari, a former child laborer from India. The event, sponsored by the Global Campaign for Education-US (which REF houses), helped draw attention to the millions of children who don’t have access to education. Jessica is an extraordinary young spokesperson for the need for universal education.




Dr. Ana Malinaw — Houston Benefit

Ana Malinaw receives Seeds of Hope AwardDr.  Ana Malinow is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and full-time faculty at the Ben Taub General Hospital Pediatric Emergency and Ambulatory Center in Houston. Dr. Malinow’s experiences with the underserved in Cleveland and Houston motivated her in 2002 to co-found Health Care for All Texas to promote universal health care through education and policy setting. Dr. Malinow is a frequent speaker on health care reform in local and national venues and has been featured on multiple television and radio programs. She is the author of numerous Op-Ed articles and is past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization with over 15,000 members and chapters across the United States working to educate the public as well as members of Congress and their staff about health care reform. (Dr. Joanne Carter, RESULTS/REF executive director, presented the award to Dr. Malinow.)




Dr. Charles Wallace Austin Benefit

Charles Wallace receives Seeds of Hope awardDr. Charles Wallace MPH, PhD has worked with disenfranchised populations for over 30 years around infectious disease epidemiology, including HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. He is the manager of the Infectious Disease Intervention and Control Branch of the Texas Department of State Health Services; on the Board of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease - North American Region; and a researcher with the CDC Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Research Studies Consortium, as well as on their Executive Committee, and chairman of the External Relations Committee. Dr. Wallace is also on the Board of the National TB Controllers Association. Dr. Wallace was elected to be president of the National TB Controllers Association for the term starting June 2011. He has been collaborating with RESULTS since 1997 and has been an invaluable resource and an outstanding partner.

Dr. Robert Sanborn — Houston Benefit

Bob Sanborn accepts Seeds of Hope AwardDr. Sanborn is a noted leader, advocate, and activist for education and children and the President and CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK. Before entering the non-profit sector, Dr. Sanborn had a distinguished career in higher education at institutions such as Rice University and Hampshire College. Under his leadership, CHILDREN AT RISK launched the Public Policy & Law Center, CHILDREN AT RISK Institute, and the Center to End Trafficking and Exploitation of Children. In recognition of the significant impact Dr. Sanborn has had within the Greater Houston community, he received the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children “Advocate of the Year Award.” He was given the RESULTS Seeds of Hope award for his work to end poverty at a systematic level through advocacy with community organizations and for raising awareness among public officials and the media.

PATH — Seattle Benefit

Chris Elias receives Seeds of Hope AwardAn international nonprofit organization based in Seattle, PATH creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions that enable communities worldwide to break the cycles of poor health that accompany poverty. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, PATH helps provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act. PATH’s innovative work dovetails with the powerful advocacy of RESULTS to improve the health and well-being of all people. Together, we’re giving millions of individuals around the planet the tools they need to move out of poverty. (Christopher J. Elias, MD, MPH, president and CEO of PATH, accepted the award.)




Whole Planet Foundation Austin Benefit 

D Donnell receives Seeds of Hope AwardWhole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market with the mission of creating economic partnerships in developing-world communities that supply their stores with products. The Foundation provides grants to microfinance institutions in Latin America, Africa, and Asia who in turn develop and offer microenterprise loan programs, training, and other financial services to the self-employed poor. Through this assistance for entrepreneurship, the Foundation seeks to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being they work with in order to create wealth and prosperity in emerging economies. RESULTS Austin and Whole Planet Foundation collaborated in 2006 to celebrate Dr. Muhammad Yunus receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in developing and expanding microfinance. (Donnell Ocker, right, accepted the award from Christine Naylor, then executive director of RESULTS/REF.)

Dikembe Mutombo — Houston Benefit

MutomboDikembe Mutombo, Houston Rockets Center and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, is a champion both on and off the court. He has received numerous athletic and philanthropic awards, and was named "the most generous athlete in the world" by RESULTS is proud to honor Mr. Mutombo for his service to those in need, such as is the construction (through the Dikembe  Mutombo Foundation) of the 300-bed Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo, his home country. RESULTS joins Mr. Mutombo in the quest to expand critical health care to those struggling with the diseases of poverty.

Dr. Stanley Schultz — Houston Benefit

Stanley Schultz receives Seeds of Hope AwardDr. Stanley Schultz, world renowned research scientist and educator, has served as both professor and former dean at The University of Texas School of Medicine in Houston. His pioneering research in Oral Rehydration Therapy  (ORT) has saved the lives of over 25 million children who would have otherwise died needlessly of dehydration. RESULTS was largely responsible for the creation of the Childhood Survival and Diseases Account in our Foreign Aid budget which greatly expanded the funding for ORT for the world's poorest families. RESULTS is privileged to add to the numerous accolades Dr. Schultz has received including the 2006 Prince Mahidol Award for Medicine presented to him by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. (Dr. Sanborn received the Seeds of Hope Award from Christine Naylor, then executive director of RESULTS/REF.)

The Access Project of the Glaser Progress Foundation — Seattle Benefit

Martin Collier from GlaserThe Access Project for the Global Fund is a joint effort of the Glaser Progress Foundation and Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Founded by Rob Glaser, CEO of RealNetworks, and economist Jeffrey Sachs, the Access Project helps countries develop proposals for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and implement and evaluate funded projects, thus playing a significant role in ensuring the effectiveness and continued existence of the Global Fund. The goals of the Access Project dovetail with the powerful advocacy of RESULTS to expand U.S. support of the Global Fund as a major strategy for addressing the primary diseases of poverty. Both RESULTS and the Access Project are major advocates of the Global Fund because of its proven success in delivering effective disease-fighting strategies to countries in crisis. (Martin Collier, executive director of the Glaser Progress Foundation, accepted the award.)