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Dan Odom To Lead The Catholic Foundation Board Of Trustees

The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Dan Odom as chairman of its board, succeeding Aileen Pratt who served as board chair the past two years. The board also elected three new trustees, Elsa Alcalá Grivas, Rick Martinez and Maria Castañón Moats. Odom will serve a two-year term and the new trustees will serve two, three-year terms ending in 2028.

“Dan brings business acumen, fluency of the local philanthropy landscape and compassion that he pours into The Catholic Foundation,” said Matt Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. “We welcome Dan, Elsa, Rick and Maria in their new roles that will build upon the success of past boards. They will each help us fulfill the charitable and legacy giving goals of donors in ways that positively impacts churches, schools and charitable organizations for years to come.”

Dan Odom joined The Catholic Foundation board of trustees in 2018. He has served as vice chair and chair of the Distribution plus Audit and Administration committees. Throughout his more than 35-year career at Deloitte, Dan has provided audit and related services to many of the largest global clients in various industries. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He and his wife, Maryanne, are parishioners at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Elsa Alcalá Grivas is a retired senior vice president of commercial banking sales, and certified public accountant, with more than 38 years of experience. She led teams of commercial bankers that provided financial services to business customers. Elsa serves on the St. Ann Catholic Parish finance council. She also serves on the finance committee at Texas Health Resources Health System and is past chair of the Texas Health Resources Dallas/Rockwall Community Impact Council. She and her husband are parishioners at St. Ann Catholic Parish.

Rick Martinez, is CEO of r2 Technologies based in Plano. His company offers IT direct placement, consulting and project delivery services and provides a “virtual network” for the exchange of ideas, concepts, solutions and resources. He is a noted speaker given his more than 25 years of experience providing technology-based expertise to Fortune 500, IT innovators and start-up companies in North Texas, as well as the design, development and implementation of data warehouses, business intelligence solutions and data analytics. He and his wife are parishioners at Prince of Peace Catholic Community.

Maria Castañón Moats, is the leader of PwC’s Governance Insight Center which strives to strengthen the connection between board directors, company executives and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape. With more than 25 years of experience at PwC, Maria is an Audit partner who previously served as vice-chair of the Mexico and U.S. Assurance practice. She serves on various boards and is a member of the Executive Women’s Roundtable Dallas Regional Chamber. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at El Paso. She and her children are parishioners at Christ The King Catholic Church.

Kramer applauded the work of the Foundation’s three outgoing trustees, Aileen Pratt, Kara Gehan and Mary Terry, saying they provided tremendous vision, innovation and camaraderie. Their terms expired at the end of 2022.

Pratt served on The Catholic Foundation board of trustees eight years, serving as board chair in 2021 and 2022. She also served as vice chair and chair of the Distribution committee, as well as on the Development, Executive and Governance committees.

Gehan served on the Foundation board for six years, including chair of the Development, Distribution and Governance committees. She also served on the Audit and Administration plus Executive committees.

Terry served on the Foundation board for six years, including board secretary and chair of the Development committee. She also served on the Audit and Administration, Executive, Investment and Governance committees.

With the addition of three new trustees, The Catholic Foundation Board is comprised of 19 people.

Top to bottom: Odom, Grivas, Martinez, Moats.

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