WEW Panelists 2022

Team Members

Debra F. Sukin, PhD, MHA, FACHE

Regional Senior Vice President, Houston Methodist Chief Executive Officer, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital

As Regional Senior Vice President of Houston Methodist, Dr. Debra F. Sukin has responsibility for four suburban hospitals in addition to having system responsibility for the Neuroscience service line and Methodist DeBakey Heart Center. Dr. Sukin also serves as the preceptor and executive leader for the Houston Methodist Administrative Fellowship Program. With more than 25 […]

Patricia Brown

President of Conroe Market and EVP Woodforest National Bank

Patricia Brown is Executive Vice President, Director of Public Relations (corporate-wide), and President (Conroe, Texas) of Woodforest National Bank (Woodforest) located in The Woodlands, Texas. Brown began her career with Woodforest in 2001. Throughout her 21 years with the Bank, she has held several key positions including Director for all traditional Retail Banking, Treasury Management […]

Laura Gump

Houston Division President Kroger

Responsibilities Laura is President for Kroger Houston, a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). Based in Shenandoah, Texas, Laura is responsible for providing vision, promotional strategies, and implementing initiatives to grow Market Share of 108 stores across Houston, East Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Kroger Houston employs more than 16,000 associates who serve customers through […]

Sallie Rainer

Retired CEO, Entergy Texas

Sallie Rainer recently retired from Entergy Texas Inc., an electric utility that serves more than 473,000 customers across 27 Southeast Texas counties where she most recently served as president and chief executive officer. Rainer assumed the CEO role in June 2012. Under her leadership, Entergy Texas executed a robust capital plan to modernize infrastructure and […]

Rita Santamaria

CEO & Founder, Champions School of Real Estate

Rita Santamaria is the CEO and Founder of Champions School of Real Estate®, the nation’s largest real estate proprietary education provider. Under Santamaria’s leadership and direction, Champions School of Real Estate® has educated thousands of real estate professionals throughout the country and has grown to encompass seven brick and mortar campuses throughout Texas; eight state-of-the-art […]