Leadership

Josephine Grillo Sullivan
Executive Director 

Josephine Grillo Sullivan is a native Galvestonian and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. She completed her undergraduate degree with a Bachelors of Science in Education. In 1982, after the birth of her daughter Christina, Josephine became affiliated with The Institutes for the Achievement for Human Potential located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a parent with over 100 volunteers from various churches schools and groups she organized and implemented a sixteen hour a day program that included “patterning” designed by the institutes along with NASA to nurture and retrain her severely brain damaged baby’s neurological pathways.

Josephine worked with Senator Chris Harris and Toby Goodman on Texas legislation, which took six years and three legislations and in 1999 Senate Bill 731 was passed and signed into law by the then Governor George W. Bush. Today, Josephine dedicates her life’s work to The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation. She has such a love for Galveston and its history that she also volunteers for The Galveston Historical Foundation and the Seaport Museum in the restoration of the Santa Maria, the last wooden hull shrimp boat on the Texas Gulf Coast. Mrs. Sullivan is also a volunteer at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s ACE unit, and is an active member in developing a guide for acute care units across the United States with members of the Galveston Brain Injury Conference, led by TIRR Memorial Hermann’s PhD, Katherine O’Brien. 

 

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 in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with emphasis on Experimental Psychology. He is pursuing a Masters Degree in Industrial Organizational 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 presented 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

(Apr 2015) Research on Occasion Setting utilizing virtual reality technology.

Craig Sullivan
Board of Directors Member
Vice President

Craig Sullivan graduated from the University Texas of Arlington studying Business Administration with an emphasis on pre-law. Craig, demonstrated a passion for entrepreneurship and started his first company when he was I8 years old and by age 21 had started three additional businesses. He was instrumental 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, as well as negotiated with manufactures in Japan for coin sorting, and bill counted equipment to utilize with the software.

Craig worked along side of Senator Chris Harris and Toby Goodman on Texas legislation, which took six years and three legislations and in 1999 Senate Bill 731 was passed and signed into law by the then Governor George W. Bush.