Catherine M. Burzik, President & Founder

Catherine (Cathy) Burzik is a seasoned senior executive in the  healthcare industry.  Cathy has successfully led major medical device, diagnostic, diagnostic imaging and life sciences businesses. Cathy  recently served as a general partner at Targeted Technologies, an early stage venture capital firm focused on medical device, life sciences and  biotech investments. Previously she served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE: KCI), a leading  medical device company specializing in the fields of woundcare and  regenerative medicine. KCI was taken private by Apax Partners in 2011  for $6.1B.  Prior to joining KCI, Cathy served as President of Applied  Biosystems, the leading life sciences tools company. Cathy has also held  senior executive positions at Eastman Kodak and Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

Cathy has extensive public and not-for-profit Board  experience.  Cathy is a member of the Board of Directors of  Becton-Dickinson and Company (NYSE: BDX) and a member of the Board of  Directors of Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE: HAE).  Additionally, Cathy  serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American College of  Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, and Chairman of the Board of  StemBioSys, Inc. Cathy’s previous board experiences include: Chairman of  the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal  Reserve Board; and a member of Board of Directors of Allscripts, Inc.  (NASDAQ: MDRX) and the Board of Directors of Bausch & Lomb.  In  2012, Cathy founded the Catherine M. and Francis N. Burzik Foundation  dedicated to furthering higher education and the performing arts.

Cathy’s  education includes a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and a master’s degree in Mathematics from  the University of Buffalo.  

Frank N. Burzik, Vice President & Founder

Frank is a native of Buffalo, New York and graduated from Bishop Turner High School in 1967. Frank joined the United States Air Force where he became a weather equipment repairman. After a year in tech school, he was stationed at McQuire Air Force Base in New Jersey continuing his position of weather equipment repair technician. In July of 1971, Frank was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. Frank married his high school sweetheart, Cathy, in the following year. Utilizing the GI Bill, Frank was able to attend Eire Community College where he obtained his Associates in Electrical Engineering Technology. To further his education, he attended Rochester Institute of Technology where he successfully attained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Technology Degree. Upon graduation, Frank began as a fulltime Electrical Technician where he was promoted to Assembly Supervisor at the Burroughs Corporation. Two years later, Frank became a Manufacturing Engineer at Eastman Kodak for the Ektaprint Copier product line. After fourteen years of service to Eastman Kodak, Frank moved to Dallas, Texas where he pursued his Master of Business Administration at The University of Dallas. In 1994, Frank retired early to support his wife’s career and to pursue philanthropic endeavors. Frank has supported numerous non-profit organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Haven for Hope, The Blood and Tissue Center and numerous others. Frank has dynamic hobbies such as competitive ballroom dancing, garden railroading and cooking barbecue. Frank is currently the Chief Operating Officer for CFB Interests. He is also the Vice President and Founder of The Catherine and Francis Burzik Foundation supporting the arts and education with a special heart for Catholic Education and non-profit dance companies. 

Cece Abel, Secretary/Treasurer & Director

Cece Abel is the Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Catherine M. and Francis N. Burzik Foundation. Raised in Houston, Texas, she attended the University of Houston and earned various professional designations in the areas of audiology, radiology, and medical clinic administration. 

Cece held several positions as Clinic Administrator, office nurse and helped reopen Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington, Illinois as the executive assistant to the construction executive at Tishman Construction Management Corporation. Cece worked for a time as Prism Program Director of Rainbows for All God’s Children, an in-school support program for children who have lost a parent through death or divorce. She is retired from USAA where she was the executive assistant to the CFO and the Board of Directors Coordinator. She is retired from Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) as well where she was the senior executive assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors Coordinator. For a time, she was Chief Administrative Officer at CFB Interests. Cece held leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America in Lake Jackson, Texas and in Springfield, Illinois and was room mother and team mother for her school-aged children.

Active in her church, Cece was one of the first women Eucharistic Ministers in the Catholic Galveston/Houston Diocese. She was a Catholic Youth Organization Advisor and was named Outstanding CYO Advisor in the Diocese of Galveston/Houston. She sat on Parish Councils in Lake Jackson and San Antonio, Texas as well as in Barrington, Illinois. She founded the Beginning Anew Support Group for divorced and widowed people at St. Michael Parish in Lake Jackson, Texas. Cece was cofounder of the Diocesan Board for Divorce Ministry and Co-coordinator and Cofounder of the Arise and Walk Conference for Separated and Divorced Persons in the Galveston/Houston Diocese. She is currently a Secular Oblate of St. Francis and is active in her parishes of St. Mary Magdalen and St. Pius X, where she and her husband serve as Procurator Advocates, Office of the Tribunal, for the Archdiocese of San Antonio. 

Cece is married to Tony Abel, a retired communications professional and college professor. Family is the most important thing to them as they are both from large families. Between them, they are blessed with 13 siblings, four children, 11 grandchildren, 34 nieces and nephews, and 31 great-nieces and nephews. They reside in Cibolo, Texas, outside of San Antonio.

Sara Bishop, Director

Sara Bishop has been a member at large of the Catherine and Francis Burzik Foundation since 2014. She was born in Rochester, New York and after moving to Fort Myers, FL at age 14, she attended Bishop Verot high school, graduating in 2002. After high school Sara moved to San Francisco and attended San Francisco State University, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing. After graduating, Sara relocated to Pittsburgh, PA to be closer to her future husband, Andrew, and started working in the regulatory and compliance field, which included regulatory management of research related studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. In 2015, Sara and her husband welcomed their first child, Elliott Matthew into the world and Sara started a new full time job. The family relocated to San Antonio TX, in May of 2016 for Andrew’s work and Sara continued her efforts towards the Foundation, now in-person. In 2018 the family welcomed their second child, Madelyn Elizabeth and work again relocated the family to North Carolina. Sara currently lives in Winston Salem, NC with her husband and two kids.