$300 Million Fundraiser Retiring

Memorial Hermann Foundation CEO stepping down after 12 years of colossal fundraising

Foundation CEO stepping down after decade of colossal fundraising

Dan Wolterman, Lori Wolterman, Ileana Trevino, Michael Trevino
Memorial Hermann Health System CEO Dan Wolterman wife Lori, Memorial Hermann Foundation CEO Ileana Trevino and husband Michael Trevino at a Memorial Hermann Gala. Photo by Gary Fountain

After 12 years at the helm of the Memorial Hermann Foundation and after leading the effort to corral close to $300 million for Memorial Hermann Health System, high-profile CEO Ileana Trevino has announced her retirement.

While she has been considering retirement for a number of years, Trevino tells friends that she felt the timing of Memorial Hermann Health System CEO Dan Wolterman retiring in June presented a step-away opportunity. Dr. Benjamin K. Chu, who Trevino says is "amazing and fabulous" will step in at that time as system president and CEO.

"The timing really makes sense to leave when Dan is leaving," she tells CultureMap. "We've had a spectacular year and it's good to go out on your own terms."

Wolterman brought Trevino in 12 years ago and asked her to remain until the end of the year. In a compromise, Trevino plans to continue in place until the end of November. In the meantime, she will continue with her duties and assist in the national search for her successor.

“Her outstanding years of contributions to Memorial Hermann benefited and enhanced the care of many patients as well as supported the work of our caregivers," Wolterman said in a statement. "We all offer our warmest and best wishes on the next chapter in her career.” 

Trevino's most noteworthy accomplishments include conducting the $40 million Life Flight Campaign, securing $100 million for the Revolutionizing Neuroscience Campaign and launching the $200 million Breaking New Ground Campaign in support of trauma services.

For Trevino, who is far too young for a career end, plans to spend time with her family immediately following her retirement and then focus on consulting.

"I love Memorial Hermann so much and I'm going to consult, which is what I have wanted to do all along," she says. If it happens that she can consult with Memorial Hermann that would be ideal.