April Graham Warren
Founder, President and Treasurer
April Warren is the President, Treasurer and Founder of Cooper Warren Pediatric Palliative Care Foundation. April obtained her B.A. from Texas A&M University in 1998. She then attended South Texas College of Law in Houston. Licensed to practice law in 2001, she was in private practice for a number of years before deciding to stay home with her kids. April spends much of her time volunteering in the community and in local schools. In addition, she serves on an ethics committee at a local hospital.
She considers herself blessed to be Cooper’s mother and treasures the brief time she had with him. She knows firsthand the struggles the families of children with life-limiting illnesses face. April is passionate about improving palliative services available to pediatric patients with life-limiting illnesses.
April enjoys spending time with her husband, Collin, and their son, Graham.
Melissa Beth Ramocki, M.D., Ph.D.
Melissa Ramocki, M.D., Ph.D. is trained in pediatric neurology and otoneurology. She currently directs the Center for Vestibular and Balance Disorders, a division of University Otolaryngology in East Greenwich, RI, and she sees children at the Children's Neurodevelopmental Center at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI. She received her neurology training at Baylor College of Medicine, and she was a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and cared for patients at Texas Children's Hospital between 2008 and 2013.
Melissa had the honor and privilege of knowing and helping to care for Cooper. Through his life and death she witnessed his parents' struggle to efficiently obtain the resources necessary to support them in the emotionally and physically daunting task of caring for their medically fragile infant son with a life-limiting illness. Formal training in palliative care is not a requirement of most residency programs, and there was no interdisciplinary palliative care program at the institution. As a founding Board Member for the Cooper Warren Pediatric Palliative Care Foundation (CWPPCF), it is her sincere goal that the Foundation will facilitate education and support in the local community for both the children and their families affected by life-limiting illness as well as for the physicians and other providers who care for them.
Melissa currently lives in East Greenwich, RI with her husband Ryan and their three children, but a part of her heart will always live at Texas Children's Hospital. She does not know of a community better equipped than Houston to support the mission of the CWPPCF and the local pediatric community.
Matt Gilbert has served as a founding Board Member for the Cooper Warren Pediatric Palliative Care Foundation (CWPPCF) since inception. He either owns or is a shareholder of several local businesses and is serving as an active member of other Houston area company and business Boards; all in addition to working with one other non-profit Board. Past Board of Director service includes a number of business, association and volunteer positions. Additionally, Matt serves on the finance committee at his local church and has served in the capacity of business community liaison for the school district. He is trained as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator by South Texas College of Law and holds numerous specialized licenses and certificates.
Matt witnessed the struggle the Warren family went through during their experience with Cooper's medical condition. He says, "if we can help bridge the educational, physical, emotional and emergency needs of families with children in situations similar to Cooper's, I need to be part of that effort. I believe our hospitals have the desire to extend care and the CWPPCF has been set up to fund and advocate for filling the gap. The Warren family proved firsthand to me that the need definitely exists."
Matt has an amazing wife, Karen, four incredible daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandsons with a fourth grandson on the way! He most enjoys seeing his children and their children grow and prosper. College football, boating, hunting, fishing and flying rank pretty high as well.