New Leadership of the Houston Community Leadership Board for 2012

Photo credit: J. Ralston Creswell, CAE - ADA Executive Director, Jay Morris, M.D. - Immediate Past President, Umesh K. Verma - Immediate Past Chairman, Kurt Martin - 2012 ADA Board Chairman, Jorge Luengas, M.D. - 2012 ADA Board President

The American Diabetes Association in Houston is proud to announce the new leadership of the Houston Community Leadership Board for 2012.


Kurt Martin , Executive Vice President of  Republic National Distributing Company  (RDNC)  in Houston takes the reins as chairman.  RDNC has a long history with the ADA as its “charity of choice” and the company has worked closely with the local Wine & Roses Wine Auction and Gala for many years.  These days, Republic’s involvement is more widespread including helping the Association’s type 2 diabetes education campaign.


Says Kurt, “I am fortunate, to date, to not have my immediate family be touched by diabetes. The increasing trends predict my family will be touched soon if nothing changes. I want to do my part to help those with diabetes today and educate those on prevention.  I hope to help the local office accomplish a record year in fundraising for 2012. Additionally I want to lead the implementation of the boards new five year strategic plan here in Houston focused on education, particularly for those who are at the greatest risk.”


Kurt succeeds Umesh K. Verma, who served as ADA board chairman for two terms. Mr. Verma  is the CEO and Founder of Blue Lance, Inc., a premier global provider of information security and IT audit software. We thank him for his dedication and outstanding leadership to the Association.


Jorge Luengas, M.D. steps in as president of the ADA Community Leadership Board for 2012. He is a board-certified family medicine specialist at Memorial Hermann Medical Group-Northwest. He succeeds Dr. Jay Morris, the Senior Medical Director for Clinical Strategy at OptumHealth.



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