Board of Directors
The Joe Niekro Foundation™ is honored to have a Board of Directors that is highly talented, diversely skilled, active in fundraising, engaged in governing and committed to serving the needs of the Joe Niekro Foundation™. Each member takes great pride in representing the JNF and has a principal responsibility for fulfilling the organization’s mission and goals.
Lindsay Bowerman – Board Member
Angela Graham – Board Member
Angela Graham is a REALTOR®️ in Dallas/Ft. Worth. She is a 5th generation Texan and grew up in Plano, Texas. After graduating from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville with a degree in RTF-Broadcast Journalism, she moved back to the Plano area. Volunteerism and helping people are strong foundations in Angela’s life due to the influence of her beloved parents. She has served on the Board of the Frisco Public Safety Officer Recovery Fund, previously was a member of Frisco Citizen’s on Patrol, participates in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and more. Her hobbies are photography, travel, music, reading, writing, and participating in film shoots.
On April 1, 2018, Angela was diagnosed with an unruptured fusiform aneurysm on her left Middle Cerebral Artery. Due to the size, shape, and location of the aneurysm, it was decided that the best course of action would be to watch and wait with annual scans to check for growth. Treatment could/would cause more issues than leaving it in place. To say this was life changing is an understatement. Over the course of the past few years, Angela has learned to live with her condition and accept certain limitations on her enjoyment of roller coasters and sky diving. It’s no longer a daily panic and she has gained an acceptance that this is the situation and it can change at any moment. She tries to enjoy life and make every day count.
Through participation in a Joe Niekro Foundation sponsored Support Group at Medical City-Plano, Angela has gained a great deal of knowledge and compassion for the other members of the group that have gone through so much more in their journeys. It’s both terrifying and inspiring to see new members, some very shortly after hemorrhage, and the progress that they make over the months.
Angela is excited and honored to serve and support such an important foundation. Awareness is critical.
Jeff Mayer – Board Member
Jeff Mayer is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group where he concentrates on complex commercial and business litigation. He routinely speaks on supply chain and purchasing matters, and regularly represents companies in real estate litigation, and complex scientific and technical contract disputes. Jeff has significant experience in the restaurant industry, and has handled hundreds of employment disputes, including complex collective and class actions throughout the country. He has been lead attorney in federal courts, state courts, arbitration tribunals and before administrative agencies throughout the U.S. Jeff also has significant experience resolving matters through mediation and arbitration with an emphasis in designing arbitration programs and clauses. In addition to his practice, Jeff teaches real estate litigation at The John Marshall Law School and writes on arbitration, trial techniques, and supply chain issues.
Brian Bagley – Board Member
Brian Bagley is a trial lawyer and partner at Akerman – a top 100 U.S. law firm –practicing out of the firm’s Houston office. Brian brings more than 15 years of experience representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation matters. He has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts in addition to advocating for clients in arbitration. Brian focuses his practice on commercial litigation, oil and gas, employment matters, products liability, and intellectual property litigation. His work encompasses numerous sectors, including automotive, energy, banking, real estate, hospitality, construction, and manufacturing. He also mentors younger lawyers within the firm, and is deeply involved in Akerman’s philanthropic efforts.
The father of one of Brian’s closest friends passed away from a brain aneurysm, and he Brian witnessed the devastation that a sudden loss causes a family and loved ones of those afflicted. Brian welcomes the opportunity to bring his advocacy skills to help raise awareness for the valuable work undertaken by the Joe Niekro Foundation.
A sixth generation Texan who grew up in Austin, Brian has called Houston home since graduating law school in 2005. Brian earned his undergraduate degree at Baylor University and his law degree, cum laude, from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Brian and his wife, Christen, have four children and are active volunteers at their church, St. Luke’s United Methodist. Brian also volunteers with the Houston Young Lawyers’ Legal Lines Program, has been an avid supporter of the United Way, the International Justice Mission, and the Texas Bar Foundation, and has served on various committees of the Houston Bar Association.
David B. Bergman – In Memory of
Dave Bergman, former Chairman of the Board, lost his life to bile duct cancer on Feb. 2, 2015. Dave was an investment counselor for Sigma Investments which he joined in 1990 after gaining considerable experience as a licensed securities broker with Merrill Lynch, E.F. Hutton and Roney & Co., as well as participating on the Professional Baseball Players Pension Committee for several years. Prior to joining Sigma on a full time basis, Dave played professional baseball for 20 years and is perhaps best known for his contribution to the Detroit Tigers during the latter part of his career.
Having lost his best friend, Joe Niekro, to a brain aneurysm in 2006, Dave committed himself to spreading awareness and raising funds to support research of this dreaded disease. Dave, you will forever be missed and we thank you for your love, support and friendship.
June 6, 1953 – February 2, 2015
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