CPRIT’s efforts are guided by an executive team that is committed to fulfilling CPRIT’s mission to find and fund the best cancer research and prevention projects in Texas.
Chief Executive Officer
Wayne Roberts served as Associate Vice President for Public Policy at UTHealth (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) from November 2008 to December 2012. In this position he was involved in liaison activities with business and economic development groups in Houston and the state. He provided policy analysis, information, and assistance on emerging technology, commercialization, and workforce development proposals and issues. He also analyzed and organized public policy issues impacting education, health care, and economic development as they relate to the university.
Chief Prevention Officer
CPRIT’s Chief Prevention Officer Dr. Rebecca Garcia directs CPRIT’s prevention efforts, where 10 percent of CPRIT’s total funding is dedicated to evidence-based prevention services such as screening that leads to early detection of cancer and a decrease in cancer related deaths. Her responsibilities include spearheading the prevention application submission process, coordinating the review of prevention proposals, monitoring grant progress, and fostering collaboration among the cancer and disease prevention community to maximize CPRIT’s impact.
Margaret L. Kripke
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Kripke oversees CPRIT’s Research portfolio. Historically, CPRIT’s Research portfolio has funded the majority of the Institute’s $300 million in annual grant awards. Dr. Kripke retired in 2007 from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she was the executive vice president and chief academic officer. While there, she founded the Department of Immunology and was also a professor of immunology. She recently completed a nine-year term on the three-person President’s Cancer Panel, an honor reserved for the most distinguished oncology scientists in the nation.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. McConnell has oversight for CPRIT’s daily operations, including financial administration, grants management administration, communications, governmental relations, and information technology services. Most recently, she served as Senior Budget Advisor to Governor Rick Perry. In this capacity, she worked on a range of issues addressing the state budget and was the principal advisor on CPRIT.
Ms. Doyle is responsible for overseeing the legal issues that arise as part of CPRIT’s operations, including grant award contract negotiations, intellectual property and revenue sharing agreements, conflicts of interest and confidentiality, and regulatory/compliance issues. Prior to joining CPRIT, Ms. Doyle was a partner at an Austin-based law firm and served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Central Texas Chapter for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Senior Advisor to the Executive Director
Ms. Balderrama’s experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Texas Cancer Council and management of various programs at the Texas Department of Human Services. Ms. Balderrama earned her masters degree in public administration from Texas State University and bachelors in social work from Sam Houston State University. With over 30 years of service in state government she has experience in administration, management, planning, collaboration, agency management, strategic planning, program development and the legislative process.