Celebration of Service 2020
August 31st, 2020
12 - 12:30 PM
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Annual Celebration of Service event celebrates the current Schweitzer Fellows and the accomplishments of their year-long Fellowship projects and honors the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Humanitarian of the Year. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – Houston Galveston is delighted to honor Anna M. Babin as our 2020 Humanitarian of the Year and Dr. David Buck, as our Servant Leader awardee.
Anna M. Babin
Anna M. Babin was named President and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston in August 2005. As chief executive of the nation’s third largest United Way, Babin blends sound business acumen with a deep understanding of community needs. Working closely with corporate and community advisors, she led the organization through the development of three strategic plans, with the most recent, Second Century Vision, set to position the United Way as the leading voice and expert in creating opportunities for low-income families and individuals to thrive. In 2017, under her leadership, United Way raised more than $50 million for immediate relief and long- term recovery following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston region.
Babin has focused the organization on issues that assist people to secure a better future with initiatives around family financial stability, veterans services – MISSION UNITED – and educational support to children in their out-of-school time. United Way THRIVE, a collaborative now in its eleventh year, has demonstrated the power of partnerships, helping more than 200,000 families in that 11-year period achieve their dreams of family financial well-being and independence and delivering a 10:1 return on investment. An advocate for providing accurate and timely information to callers of 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE, she launched and completed a successful capital campaign in 2015 to create a new facility to meet the demand of the growing number of people in need of help. In 2018, 211 answered 1.2 million calls for help.
A native Texan, Babin holds a degree in business administration from Lamar University and maintains her CPA credential. She serves on diverse community boards and committees, including the Greater Houston Partnership, Executive Women’s Partnership, United Ways of Texas, University of Houston Board of Visitors, Good Reason Houston Leadership Council, and chairs the United Way Worldwide 211 CEO Partnership. Anna was named Houston Business Journal’s 2017 Best Non-Profit C-Suite Executive, one of the 2009 Women on the Move by Texas Executive Women, and one of the 2008 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Women’s Magazine.
David S. Buck, M.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Dean for Community Health at the University of Houston’s College of Medicine, Professor (Adjunct) at University of Texas School of Public Health – Houston: Management, Policy and Community Health Division and Rice University’s Department of Sociology. He was Professor at Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Family & Community Medicine for 21 years. He began working with the underserved developing medical and dental 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. He co-founded Doctor's for Change and served as its Chair from 2006-8. He founded the Houston-Galveston Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program in 2007 and served as its chair 2007-2016. He served on the founding board and later as Chair of the International Street Medicine Institute from 2010-2012. He served on the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Advisory Board at the request of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services 2010-2012. Dr. Buck currently serves as board chair of Patient Care Intervention Center, a nonprofit that leverages community-wide care coordination and technology to deliver resources to patients with complex social and medical needs.