Newie and Mark Brinker

Chairmen Newie  Mark Brinker

About Newie & Mark

In memory of Mark's sister Marjorie who was afflicted with Cerebral Palsy, Newie and Mark will again chair THE BASH, now in its 8th year. In the last seven years, this event has raised over $1.3 million to provide services in the Houston community to children and adults with disabilities. Easter Seals Greater Houston is thrilled to be working with this amazing husband and wife team. A native of New York, Dr. Mark Brinker received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and his Medical Doctorate from Tulane University in 1993. From there, Dr. Brinker began his career as an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in severe and complicated fractures of the extremities. He has been recognized as a U.S. News & World Report "Top Doctor” and holds staff appointments at Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital, The Methodist Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital. A true renaissance man, Mark collects and races vintage automobiles from the 1950s, has set numerous land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and has won major awards for his cars including trophies at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and at Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Additionally, he has co-authored an authoritative book on American racing cars and writes a monthly column for the print magazine Vintage Racecar Journal. And in his spare time he's an avid movie buff and screenwriter. Mark co-wrote Untraceable, the moody cyber-thriller released in 2008, starring Diane Lane.

Mark's wife Newie Brinker also attended Tulane University and graduated from Anitoch University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Literature. In addition to raising their daughter Sloan, Newie is a member of the Board of Directors of Main Street Theater and serves as their liaison to the Independent Arts Collaborative (IAC) project.



Anabel and Steve Thompson, Jr.

Anabel & Steve Thompson


About Anabel and Steve Thompson, Jr.

Born and raised in Houston, Steve Thompson Jr. graduated from Episcopal High School and then the University of Texas in Austin. He continues to ardently support his Longhorn football team despite some questionable quarterback play in recent seasons. More than five years ago he began work at Prosperity Bank in Houston, working his way up to President of the Medical Center branch. His office is next door to Fondren Orthopedic, where his father, Dr. Steve Thompson, was a surgeon for many years. In addition to his role as a banker, Steve was a freelance writer who briefly had his own radio humor segment on 90.1 FM KPFT. He enjoys tennis, skiing, hunting, and praying that his son (due in July) will help level the male-female dynamic currently underway in his home.

Also a native Houstonian, Anabel Fay Thompson attended EHS with Steve where she accepted his invitation to prom after making him wait three days for an answer. She graduated from Pitzer College and later the UT School of Nursing in Houston. She worked full time as a Registered Nurse in the ICU at Memorial Hermann TMC. Last year Anabel and Steve welcomed their first child, Carolyn Bel, into their home. Anabel grew up racing sailboats in the Texas Gulf and is a member of the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, the Garden Club of Houston, and is a lifetime member of UT Partners which supports and provides scholarships for the UT School of Nursing.