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2017 CMAS Luncheon

Thank You for your interest in our 2017 CMAS Luncheon held on Thursday, October 12th at 11:30 am at the Junior League of Houston. We appreciate your commitment to the CMAS Academic Achievers Program, your contribution is vital to the mission of providing our youth what they need to achieve a higher education. You are making a difference and helping dreams come true.  

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2017 Keynote Speaker


Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa, MD

 Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa — just call him Dr. Q — was an impoverished teenager living in a rural Mexican village before he hopped an 18-foot fence into California and found his way through hope, hard work and persistence into the loftiest heights of the American Dream. The eldest of five children, "Freddy," as he was then known, toiled by day as an undocumented migrant worker in the tomato fields and rail yards of Central California. On his days off, he attended biology classes at the San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Then he became a gifted student at Berkeley before transferring to Harvard, where he received his medical degree and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, all before the age of 30. After completing his residency at the University of California, San Francisco — where he also obtained a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology — Dr. Q became a Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is widely regarded as one of the world's finest surgeons and scientists, operating on some 250 brain tumors every year and leading cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer.

At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Q lead the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory, focusing on the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors. He has conducted numerous research efforts on brain cancer and the role stem cells can play in fighting illness, receiving funding for his work from the National Institute of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. He is currently working on a method to use human fat cells to fight brain cancer. "It's almost like you give a hunting dog something to smell," Dr. Q told CNN. "We give the cells the smell of cancer juice and they go back and chase these cancers incredibly well."

In 2011, he co-founded Mission:BRAIN, with Dr. Michael Lawton of University of California, San Francisco, a nonprofit organization providing neurosurgical resources to patients, caregivers and healthcare providers in underserved areas around the world. A consortium of medical professionals, suppliers and volunteers from across the U.S., Mission:BRAIN conducts neurosurgical missions in Mexico, the Philippines and other countries across the globe where health care is lacking.

In 2012, he published his autobiography, Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon (University of California Press). The best-selling book details his astonishing journey from the tomato fields of central California to the highest echelons of medicine in the U.S. and around the world. He is at work on a follow-up volume describing his day-to-day life as a brain surgeon at Johns Hopkins and has appeared on television in the award-winning ABC series Hopkins as well as on NOVA, CBS News with Katie Couric and NBC's The Today Show. Dr. Q is regularly listed as one of the best surgeons in America and delivers motivational addresses to the graduating classes of the nation's top universities. He is currently the Neurosurgery Chair at the Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Dr. Q has also delivered keynote speeches to a variety of audiences including students, medical organizations and business groups. He enthusiastically recounts stories from his life as a top brain surgeon and neuroscientist — and how he picked up his sense of control in the operating theater from the work he did picking tomatoes in the San Joaquin Valley. He is a mentor to young people and an ardent champion of STEM education, encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, education and math.

Giving and Purchasing Tickets

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Sponsorship Levels

Senior Sponsor $15,000

• Table of 10 seats
• Sponsor listed on CMAS Website for a year
• Recognition on CMAS press releases
• Logo and name recognition in the Luncheon
• Visual and Verbal mention at the event.
• Recognition plaque award.

Junior Sponsor $10,000

• Table of 10   seats
• Sponsor listed on CMAS website
• Recognition on CMAS press releases
• Logo and name recognition in the Luncheon
• Visual and Verbal mention at the event.

Sophomore Sponsor $5,000

• Table of 10 seats
• Recognition on CMAS press releases
• Logo and name recognition in the Luncheon
• Visual mention at the event.

Freshman Sponsor $2,500

• Table of 10 seats
• Logo and name recognition in the Luncheon
• Visual mention at the event

Individual Tickets are $250

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Advisory Committee

  • Honorary Chair- Rosario Spinoso, Marketing Representative and Special Programs Director, Texas Taxis
  • Chair- Graciela Saenz, J.D., Attorney - Law Offices of Graciela Saenz, PLLC
  • Paula Alam, Vice President Banking Center Manager, Amegy Bank
  • Christina Morales, President, Morales Funeral Home
  • Brenda De La Rosa, Vice President, DLR Properties
  • Alfred Castillo, Jr., P.E., PVF/PPE Strategic Sourcing Manager, Global Purchasing- Olin, Blue Cube Operations, LLC
  • Gelines Chapa, Designer, Gelines Jewelry
  • Edgardo E. Colon, P.C., Attorney at Law, Colon Law Firm
  • Paula M. Mendoza, UHS Board of Regent, President & CEO, Possible Missions Inc.
  • Grace Olivares, Director, Community Empowerment, KXLN-TV Channel 45 Univision Houston
  • Franco Albarran, Principal Architect, Albarran Architects
  • Gerardo Santos, Operations Support Analyst, CITGO Petroleum Corp.
  • Gersson Rosas, Houston Rockets, Executive Vice President
  • John Hernandez, SelecTrucks of Houston
  • Elvia I. Canseco, M.D., Berkeley Eye Center
  • Linda Treviño, Senior Stakeholder Affairs, Government and Public Affairs, Metro
  • Marlen J. Trujillo, MBA, Chief Executive Officer - Spring Branch Community Health Center
  • Armando Walle, State Representative District 140
  • Adan Medrano, Chef and Food Writer, JM Communications