Special thanks go to the members of our Board of Directors:
Eric Miller, MD, President
Suhail Arastu, Vice President
Richardson B. Gill, PhD, Secretary
Sujata Venkateswar, CPA, Treasurer
Yurii D. Borshch, MD
Alba M. Diaz
Susan C. Franklin
Awilda I. Ramos, MD
Reema Shroff, JD
Stan Zebrowski, MD
Eric Miller, MD - President
Dr. Miller is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and founded the Central Texas Pain Center in 2004 in New Braunfels, TX. His practice now has over 7000 patients. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College in 1995 and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1999. He completed a one year internship at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and then completed both his anesthesiology residency and pain fellowship at Duke University. He is the owner of Hunter’s Creek Pharmacy and Positive Returns (a medical billing company). He is also a general partner for New Braunfels Sports and Spine Physical Therapy Center. In his spare time he enjoys travel with his family, tennis, and golf.
Suhail Arastu - Vice President
Mr. Arastu was raised in San Antonio and completed his Bachelors of Arts & Science in Classics and Neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley while competing in NCAA Gymnastics. In Philadelphia he continued research and began graduate studies before realizing he needed a break from academia and moved to a small fishing village in Japan for what he likes to call his “time at Walden Pond.” After a year and a half of contemplation, deep sea fishing, hiking, skiing and teaching he began working in development, traveling the world by ship under the auspices of the United Nations Economic & Social Council. In 2008 he returned to San Antonio to assist with the expansion of the family businesses—Alamo Gymnastics Center and Live Oak Allergy & Asthma Clinic—but spends every spare moment consumed by the Arts!
Richardson B. Gill, PhD - Secretary
Dr. Richardson Gill was born and raised in San Antonio, where he now resides. He has earned numerous academic degrees in several fields from the University of Texas at Austin including Bachelors degrees in History and Latin American Studies (Spanish minor), Electrical Engineering (Mechanical Engineering minor), Mathematics and Physics. He followed with an MA in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Archaeology.
Dr. Gill’s business career is just as varied, including moving from Bill Collector to President of Gill Savings/Gill Companies, President and CEO of GillDorn Savings, CEO and President of Ste. Genevieve Winery, co-founder and the first Chairman of Llano Estacado Winery, Business Development Department Head for J. B. Poindexter & Co, and Practice Director of Virginia A. Pittman-Waller, M.D. before becoming General Manager of Cibolo Creek Ranch between 2010 and 2012.
Dr. Gill is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Great Maya Droughts: Water, Life, and Death (University of New Mexico, 2000). He has authored numerous academic articles and book chapters. A one hour documentary about Dr. Gill and his archaeological accomplishments, entitled Ancient Apocalypse: The Maya Collapse, was produced by the BBC and The Learning Channel.
Dr. Gill has been very involved in civic activities. He is treasurer and director of the Mind Science Foundation. He has been co-chairman of the San Fernando Cathedral Foundation and co-chairman of the Archbishop Patrick Flores 10th Anniversary Celebration. He was president of both the San Antonio International Mariachi Festival and the San Antonio Mariachi Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, the Advisory Board of the Physics Department at the University of Texas, and a member of the board of Musical Bridges Around the World.
Sujata Venkateswar, CPA - Treasurer
Sujata Venkateswar, an Indian Classical Vocalist, is a versatile artist who is adept at performing classical, semi-classical and popular Indian music. To listen to her music, please click here.
Sujata also has enormous experience in producing and managing large shows. In October 2011 Sujata produced the show “Songs of India” for Musical Bridges Around the World. She was the Artistic Director and also one of the principal vocalists for the show. To view the show please click here.
Sujata is a licensed C.P.A. and an active member of the San Antonio Indian Community. She regularly coordinates a monthly program at the Hindu Temple of San Antonio called Raaga Archana that promotes local as well as out of area Indian musicians. She also runs a local Indian music school called “Geetanjali Fine Arts.”
Yurii D. Borshch, MD
Dr. Borshch obtained his Fellowship in Pain Management and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He later practiced as an assistant professor and Chronic Pain Clinic Director at The Department of Anesthesiology at Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada for seven years, and in private practice for three years in upstate New York. Before moving to North America, Dr. Borshch practiced as a general surgeon in the former USSR.
Alba M. Diaz
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ms. Diaz attended the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, then traveled around the world under the auspices of the Air Force before arriving in San Antonio in 1997. With her strong background in bilingual administration and human resources, she has enjoyed a long career with various private and public sector agencies, including the United States federal government and American Airlines and Mexicana Airlines. She currently works for the City of San Antonio, is a founder and president of Estudio Cuatro, Inc., and member of the Diversity Council for the Department of Human Services. She enjoys spending quality time with her daughters Vanessa Marie and Lilliam Damaris, volunteering, performing arts, and crafting. Ms. Diaz is greatly interested in Flamenco, and believes music is the international language.
Adriana Flores was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University at College Station with a Bachelors Degree in English, with minors in History and Marketing. She obtained her Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for the San Antonio Public Library for 10 years and left as a Branch Manager of the Johnston Library to raise her two young children. Her love of literature, music and education returned her to work with her family business, Alamo Music Center. She runs Alamo Music Center with her two nephews, continuing its history into its fourth generation. She shares her love of music and the arts with her two sons, as they spend many weekends listening, learning and exploring all forms of arts in San Antonio.
Susan C. Franklin
Ms. Franklin is the co-owner and co-founder of Franklin Development Company. Franklin Development Company has holdings in San Antonio, Plano, North Richland Hills,and Lewisville, Texas. Susan currently sits on the boards of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Arts San Antonio, and Musical Bridges Around the World. Her other activities include: Guild Member for New York City Ballet, Chicks for Chan Organization for District 9 Councilwoman, and enthusiastic donor/attendee for many other worthy causes and endeavors. She has opened her home on multiple occasions to host such notable musicians as Nobuyuki Tsjuii, 2009 Gold medalist from the Van Cliburn International Competition and Yeol Eum Son, 2009 Silver medalist from the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Mr. Gonzalez was the recipient of the 2011 Volunteer Award, and has singlehandedly taken Musical Bridges' educational outreach vehicle, Kids to Concerts (KtC), to the next level. For years, he has coordinated the scheduling of the in-school concerts, and has also provided in-kind donations of sound and musical equipment through his business, BandStar Music.
Mr. Gonzalez studied Fine Arts at San Antonio College and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has taught music and fine arts in San Antonio for 13 years. He and his beautiful wife, Dalila, have a toddler son, Ethan.
Awilda I. Ramos, MD
Dr. Ramos has served on the Board of Directors for Musical Bridges Around the World for five years, the last three as President. She was born in Puerto Rico, obtained her medical degree at the Universidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico, and completed her Pediatric Residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. After 30 years, she retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel in 2010. She currently practices Pediatrics in New Braunfels, Texas. Both she and her husband, Dr. Luis R. Ramos, and their two children, Luis and Rafael, share a love of music and the arts.
Reema Shroff, JD
Ms. Shroff holds a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University, School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University with a bachelors of arts in business administration. Ms. Shroff currently serves as a research consultant for several large physician practices and provides marketing, financial and legal services to strengthen their clinical research operations. Previously, Ms. Shroff managed clinical contracting and outsourcing at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and was in-house counsel at Fresenius Medical care. In her private legal practice, she focused on corporate and regulatory healthcare law. With over 15 years experience in the healthcare field, Ms. Shroff has been a speaker at various industry symposiums in clinical research and has authored publications on bioethics and healthcare fraud. In their free time, Ms. Shroff and her husband, Dr. Naveen Kella enjoy travel, music and the arts.
Stan O. Zebrowski, D.D.S.
Dr. Zebrowski was born and raised in Kharkov, Ukraine, and started his dental education at the Kharkov State University, School of Dentistry. Upon relocating to United States, Dr. Zebrowski enrolled in University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, graduating with high honors. During his free time, Dr. Zebrowski enjoys sports, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Dr. Zebrowski is an active member of the American Dental Association, San Antonio District Dental Society, and Texas Dental Association.
We are grateful to our staff, and loyal volunteers and professional contractors:
Artistic Director /CEO - Anya Grokhovski DMA
We are also pleased to thank our Board of Advisors:
Jo Long, Gustavo Medellin, MD, and Eliseo Rios
Others who have given countless hours to our cause are:
Victoria and Sophia Acuna; Irina Alekseeva; Tatyana Boulgakova RN; Roberta Cohen; Amy Erwin; Elizabeth Friedman; Arseni Grokhovski JD; Cristina Hotea; Maria Houston RN, Adilya Kleinpeter; Catherine Lee; Lisa Lopez; Ray McDonald; Erik Michaelson; Robert Michaelson MD; Evette Ortiz RN, Gary Popov; Elena Portnaya; and Rafael A. and Luis A. Ramos; Matt Schulman; Helen Silantien; Bill White; and Sveta Zhilkibaeva