We are so thankful for our committed Board of Directors who are all volunteers that generously share their expertise and gifts with our organization. We are indebted to each and every one of them and appreciate their guidance and support.
Founder and Executive Director
Alanna F. Bree, MD, FAAD, is the Founder and Executive Director of A Children’s House for the Soul, Inc and she serves as the President for our Board of Directors. She is a board certified Pediatric Dermatologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. She is also the owner and solo physician of A Children’s House for Pediatric Dermatology.
She was born in Highland, Illinois, where she grew up, and she completed all of her education in the Midwest. She graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. She completed her residency training in Dermatology at Saint Louis University, with fellowship training in Pediatric Dermatology at Northwestern University/Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. She is board certified in Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology through the American Board of Dermatology. Her special interests in pediatric dermatology include pediatric dermatologic surgery & laser treatments, birthmarks, and genetic skin diseases, as well as the social, emotional and spiritual impact of skin disease.
Dr. Bree has been actively involved in the American Academy of Dermatology and Society for Pediatric Dermatology where she has participated in several leadership roles & given many nationally invited lectures. She has been involved in national and international pediatric dermatology research, has several scientific publications and is co-author of The Illustrated Manual of Pediatric Dermatology. She is one of the medical directors of Camp Dermadillo, a member of the AAD Camp Discovery program, held each summer at Camp For All in Burton, TX. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias and has been co-chair for the Dermatology Advisory Group for the World Health Organization.
As well, she is actively involved in her community, both locally and globally. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church Downtown where she is the co-chair of the Missions Ministry Action Team and a member of the Health Cabinet. She is also a Girl Scout co-leader and a member of National Charity League. She has participated in several short-term mission trips to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Kenya and Tanzania. She is also the wife to her medical school sweetheart, Doug, who is an interventional cardiologist at Methodist Hospital, and she is mom to two busy teens, Sam and Kendyl, who she adores. Most importantly, she desires to live out her faith each and every day by sharing the love and compassion of Jesus through helping others with her God-given gifts and talents.
Susan M. Hamm was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and spent her formative years as a US Naval dependent moving throughout the United States. She has a B.A. in Marketing from The University of South Florida. She currently resides in Spring, Texas, and is the Vice President of Operations for Oz Gas Corporation. She is also actively involved in her community as a volunteer. She serves as the Family to Family Network Liaison for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) and was the National Family Conference Chairperson in 2013. She has also spearheaded the Zach Hamm’s Don’t Sweat It Golf Classic as the Co-Chair from 2008-2012 which has raised over $150,000 benefitting the NFED. She is additionally a committee member for the Klein ISD Collaborative Action Network with Lone Star College and was the PTO President for Doerre Intermediate School. She has received the Klein ISD Friend of Freedom Award and was recognized as the Volunteer of the Month. She is married to Paul and is a dedicated mother to her son, Zach, who is affected with ectodermal dysplasia, as well as being an honor student at St. Thomas High School and a nationally recognized golfer. She enjoys painting and traveling in her spare time.
Margaret T. Hirsch, RN, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and currently resides in Houston with her husband, Kevin. She is the proud mother of her two grown children- a daughter, Haley, who is a cosmetologist and resides in California and a son, Jimmy, who followed in her footsteps and is a nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital. Margaret obtained her B.S. in Nursing at the University of Houston and serves as the Nurse Coordinator for the Dermatology Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH). She has served as the President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Dermatology Nurses Association (DNA). She has given many nationally invited lectures, has several peer-reviewed publications and has participated in several national studies as a study coordinator. She is a course instructor for the Phototherapy Fundamentals Workshop through the DNA and has been a member of the Amgen Speakers Bureau. She has received many awards for her work including Nurse of the Year from Texas Children’s Hospital, the Anthony J Jannetti Dermatology Nurse Practice Award from the DNA and was a finalist in the Houston Chronicle’s Salute to Nurses. She is an active volunteer in her community and has assisted at the American Red Cross and has also served as a Blood Drive Committee member at Unity Church. She has also helped organize TCH’s Don’t Fry Day event from 2010-2015. She enjoys serving on the Leadership Team and directing the medical team for Camp Dermadillo, which is a national camp program for children and teens with life-altering skin conditions supported by the American Academy of Dermatology and Texas Children’s Hospital. Seeing the positive impact of the Camp on the campers is a highlight for her each year. Her hobbies include gardening, reading and spending time with her large extended family.
Dr. Abel Paredes was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and completed his medical degree at the University of San Carlos. He then moved to the US to complete his internship, followed by his residency and fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He has served as a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and was involved in research in infectious diseases and vaccines that was supported by the World Health Organization. He then opened his own pediatrics office in Memorial City in 1977 with his wife, Donna, who is a pediatric nurse, and he has been practicing there for the past 38 years. His practice, Great Kids Pediatrics, is one of the premiere pediatric clinics in the Houston area. Professionally, Dr. Paredes has been President of the Houston Pediatric Society and the Baylor Pediatric Alumni Association. He has also been a speaker at the Baylor Pediatric Symposium in Houston, and has lectured in Pediatric Infectious Diseases in Guatemala City and San Jose, Costa Rica. Dr. Paredes is the former Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital. He was actively involved in his three children's school and coached soccer and softball for 15 years at St. Cecilia School. He became President of the School Board, where he served for 4 years. Dr. Paredes has been married since 1975 to his lovely wife, and they attend St. John Vianney Catholic Church. He enjoys traveling with his family.
Tom Petrosewicz, CPA, is the Treasurer of our Board of Directors. He attended Clemson University on a golf scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting in 1981. After graduating, Tom started his accounting career at Price Waterhouse (now PriceWatershouseCoopers), where he served in both the tax and auditing departments for six years. From 1987 to 1991, Tom worked as the chief financial officer for a family-owned manufacturing and wholesale distribution company.
In November of 1991, Tom started Petrosewicz & Company, Inc. and currently serves as the firm’s managing shareholder. With over 32 years of experience in tax and accounting, Tom’s expertise lies in corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, and individual tax compliance, consulting, planning and financial statement preparation. Tom’s clientele includes a wide range of industries including, but not limited to, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, wholesale distribution, engineering, real estate and other professional services.
Tom is actively involved in community organizations and was awarded “Board Member of the Year” in 2004 and “Businessman of the Year” in 2005 by the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance. He currently serves as Finance Chair of his church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Richmond, Texas. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSCPA), the Houston Chapter of the TSCPA and the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance.
He is married to his wonderful wife, Norma, who is an attorney, and they have two delightful children- a daughter, Danielle, who attends The University of Texas in Austin, and a son, T.J., who is currently a senior and a nationally rated fencer and drum major. Tom enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.
Karen Schescke, RN, is the Secretary of our Board of Directors. She was born in Nebraska and lived in Colorado and Missouri as a child. She attended college in Springfield, Missouri, and obtained her RN from the Burge School of Nursing at Drury College. She moved to Houston in 1981 to work in the Texas Medical Center. She started working for Medical Center Endoscopy in 2001 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Nursing. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church Downtown and is involved in the Stephen’s Ministry and the Missions Ministry Action Team. She also serves on the Temple Terrace Property Owners Association Board of Directors. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.
Kathy Krueger grew up and lived in Colorado Springs before marrying her husband, Dan Krueger. They spent almost 30 years moving and traveling around the USA and world, while he served in the US Army, before finally settling in Houston in 2010. She has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Memphis in public relations, with an emphasis in non-profit communications and fundraising, and she brings to our organization a wealth of knowledge and experience. While at the University of Memphis, she won a National PRSA Award for Ethics Writing. As owner of KKrueger Communications, she prepared communication plans based on broad strategic goals. Clients included municipal, small business, and non-profit organizations. She wrote grant proposals, feature stories, and newsletters, and created a communications plan and related materials for a successful $75 million bond proposal. Kathy developed and implemented a communications infrastructure for an organization serving 62,000 residents in a struggling middle class neighborhood. She designed and wrote newsletters mailed to 900 residents and community leaders, as well as planned and coordinated regular town hall meetings with creation of a communications plan for a collaborative, multifaceted crime reduction initiative. She also produced an award winning public relations and fundraising manual for small non-profit organizations. As church Preschool Board Director, she recruited volunteer board members and provided oversight for not only the Director and 17 teachers, but also all aspects of their budget, salaries, tuition, fundraising and outreach. She is the proud mom of two grown and married children. She loves traveling with her family, reading, sewing, and is always up for a spirited political discussion.