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The Rose onboards new volunteer leadership

Written by Lindsay Tooker

Nick Escobedo and Saul Valentin join the board of directors at The Rose, a local nonprofit bringing premium breast healthcare services to women and men in Houston.

Since its launch in 1986, The Rose has served nearly 500,000 patients and is now the leading nonprofit breast health care organization in southeast Texas. Their board-certified radiologists, specialized technical staff, two Mammography Coaches, and Diagnostic Imaging Centers give access to treatment to more than 40,000 women annually. 

Every service offered by The Rose is available to the uninsured through one of many sponsorship programs. The Empower Her® Sponsorship Program ensures that any woman has access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and care. From the initial screening mammogram through diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and biopsies, as well as access to treatment—all are part of the quality breast health care offered at The Rose.

Nick Escobedo is the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Houston Methodist Hospital. He has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Executive Leadership from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He was introduced to The Rose early in his nursing career and says, “Experienced nurses and physicians taught me the importance of access to care and often referred patients in need of quality breast services to The Rose.” He adds, “I am willing to learn and provide insight into how The Rose can adapt to challenges faced by health institutions. I am excited to champion the needs of comprehensive breast health care for all those in need.”

Saul Valentin is Chief Executive Manager and co-founder of Collaborate, a commercial architectural and development firm. Valentin has served on the board of several Houston nonprofits, including the Texas Associates of Businesses, Talento Bilingue de Houston, Houston Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, and the Institute of Hispanic Culture. He says, “This is my first opportunity to be involved with a healthcare-focused organization. I am committed to The Rose’s mission and the patients it serves, and I am excited to learn and share my experience and to bring a community connection with Hispanic leadership of Greater Houston.”

In addition to the appointment of two board members, The Rose welcomes Chantel Williams, a new volunteer who is participating in board activities through The Rose’s partnership with the Junior League of Houston. Williams graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing.

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Lindsay Tooker

Lindsay has worked professionally in the nonprofit world since 2006 in both programmatic and development roles. She graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a BA in Communication, and has specialized in grant writing and fundraising communications for more than five years.
Lindsay is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Junior League.