Leadership

Josephine Grillo Sullivan
Executive Director 

In 1982, Josephine Sullivan, after the birth of her daughter Christina, became affiliated with The Institutes for the Achievement for Human Potential located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The hope was to retrain her severely brain-damaged baby’s neurological pathways. With over 100 volunteers from various churches, schools, and groups, she organized and implemented a sixteen hours a day program in her home that she maintained for four years. The program included “patterning,” designed by the institutes along with NASA, that had promise in retraining neurological pathways. Most of all, the program brought hope. Josephine holds a patent for an orthotic device that was designed to support her daughter’s upper torso.

Josephine, with her husband Craig, worked with Senator Chris Harris and Toby Goodman as a Legislative Advocate for the rights of the disabled, which took six years and three legislations to pass. In 1999, Senate Bill 731 passed and signed into law by the then Governor George W. Bush. 

In 2017, Josephine and Craig were active members in developing a guide for acute care units across the US, with members in attendance from across the US at the Galveston Brain Injury Conference, led by TIRR Memorial Hermann.

In 2018, Josephine was selected to serve a two-year term on the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Texas as a Developmental Committee Member for Adaptive and Wheelchair Tennis. She is also a Sponsor through the foundation for the Galveston ISD/Special Olympics TX Unified Champion School Banner Program, a “3-year Commitment to INCLUSION.” Josephine is a Certified and Trained Special Olympics TX Coach in Adaptive Sports. For the last four years, Josephine has been the Chair for the Galveston Island Tennis League Coordinator.

She is a Reader and Eucharistic Minister of her strong Catholic Faith. Mrs. Sullivan is also a volunteer at the University of Texas Medical Branch, working with Tideway Traumatic Brain Injury residence. Josephine is a native Galvestonian and is a 1980 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. She completed her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science in Health & Education.

In 2017, she founded, along with her family, The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation, in memory of her daughter and sister.

Craig Sullivan
Board of Directors Member

Vice President

Craig Sullivan is a graduate of the University Texas of Arlington, having studied Business Administration with an emphasis on pre-law. Craig demonstrated a passion for entrepreneurship and started his first company at the age of eighteen, and by age twenty-one, he had started three new businesses. Craig held an instrumental role in taking over and revitalizing the development of a “backline deposit processing teller system” for some of the largest banks and retailers in the United States. Additionally, he negotiated with manufacturers in Japan for coin sorting and bill counter equipment to utilize with the software.

Craig is a Eucharistic Minister and a member of Holy Family Parish. Craig also volunteers at the University of Texas Medical Branch, working with Tideway Traumatic Brain Injury residence. 

Christian Sullivan
Chair of the Board of Directors
Secretary/Treasurer 

Christian Sullivan is a graduate of Texas Christian University, located in Fort Worth, Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on Experimental Psychology. Christian has presented research at the South Western Psychology Association in San Antonio, Texas: The Effects of Nostalgia on Money Anxiety-Quiet Whisky: The Effects of Alcohol Expectancies. He has presented at the TCU Student Research Symposium, Fort Worth, TX Transfer of Control by a Landmark on an Occasion Setter for Proximity and Reliability. He also presenter at the SPSP Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA (Feb 2015)- Current research on Nostalgia and Health Optimism, Physiological Effects of Nostalgia, and Texting and Driving Behaviors When Presented with a Mortality Salience Presented at CO3, Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL Research on Occasion Setting utilizing virtual reality technology.

Christian was the youngest Texan to testify to the Jurisprudence Committee as part of the passing of Senate Bill 731 for the rights of the disabled. Watching and learning alongside his parents, Senator Chris Harris and Toby Goodman on Texas legislation, 1999 Senate Bill 731 passed and signed into law by the then Governor George W. Bush.

Christian was honored to receive a United States Trademark for the foundation’s logo. https://thechristinasullivanfoundation.org/about-our-logo/

 

Robert John Mihovil is a Galveston/Houston freelance photographer whose work has achieved national recognition through its use in news and general interest publications, advertisements, annual reports, illustrated brochures, membership directories, political campaigns, travel guides and web sites.

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Robert majored in photography and received a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1980. After graduation, he worked as a staff photographer for five years at the Galveston Daily News. Upon leaving the newspaper, Robert established his photography studio, where he continues to cover assignments for a diverse clientele.

An active member of the Galveston community, Robert is the Program Chairman, Crime Watch Director, and past President of the University Area Association neighborhood. Robert serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Galveston National Laboratory at UTMB and Texas A&M Sea Camp. He has been an usher at Sacred Heart Church for 30 years and is a member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce.

John Catanzaro,

Board of Director Member

Originally from the Panama Canal Zone, John Catanzaro graduated in 1988 from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a BS Degree in Marine Engineering. At graduation, he earned and was sworn in as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve and as an Engineering Officer by the United States Coast Guard as a US Merchant Marine Officer. For over 25 years, Mr. Catanzaro has sailed and worked around the world as a Chief Engineer responsible for the maintenance, operation, repair, safety, and security of large oceangoing ships. As a Port Engineer, he would manage the overhaul of multimillion-dollar dry-docking and ship repair contracts for compliance and quality control. For over 25 years, Mr. Catanzaro served and achieved the rank of Commander in the US Naval Reserve. His naval career supported a variety of activities from Naval Engineering support to the Fleet to Maritime Security, Anti-Piracy, Counterterrorism, and Intelligence Analyst. Mr. Catanzaro has also been active as a General Contractor for residential construction, Engineering Consultant, and Professional Witness.

Since Retirement from the Maritime Industry, he spends his time as a Multifamily Real Estate Investor. Although most of his time consumed as an active Boy Scout Leader with an emphasis on vocational STEM education where he shares his skills and hands-on experience in engineering and technical fields such as welding, electricity, electronics, aviation, and metalworking, he has been a coach to various local youth baseball, basketball, and tennis organizations.