The Dallas Foundation Adds Four New Members To Its Board Of Governors

And the news/announcements just keeping rolling in.  The Dallas Foundation has added four new members to its board of governors. They are

James Huffines, Todd Maclin, Stephen Mansfield and Clint McDonnough*

 

  • James Huffines is “the chief operating officer of subsidiaries at Hilltop Holdings, where he oversees the activities of PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending, HilltopSecurities and National Lloyds and serves on the board of directors for the same. In addition to his 35 years of experience in banking, Huffines has long been a champion of causes ranging from education to arts and humanities to civic leadership. He serves on the Dallas Regional Chamber board of advisors, executive committee for the Dallas Citizens Council, and board of directors for University of Texas Development and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation. He was previously a chairman of the University of Texas System board of regents, executive vice president for the Austin Symphony Orchestra board of directors, and a board member for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and March of Dimes.”
  • Todd Maclin “held a variety of leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase for almost 37 years, rising to the rank of vice chairman and a member of the JPMC Operating Committee before his retirement in 2016. Maclin is very involved in civic pursuits and serves on numerous advisory boards and councils including the University of Texas, McCombs Graduate School of Business, UT Southwestern Health System, Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and Southwestern Medical Foundation. Maclin and wife Diana are co-chairs of St. Philip’s School & Community Center’s ‘We Believe’ capital campaign.”
  • Stephen Mansfield “has been president and CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas since 2006. Under his leadership, Methodist Health System has tripled in size to become one of the region’s fastest-growing health systems and gained recognition by the Dallas Business JournalModern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review as a best place to work. Mansfield recently received the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award from Texas Woman’s University for leadership excellence and was the 2015 recipient of the Texas Association of Business Distinguished Business Leader Award. In 2009, Mansfield was selected as ‘Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser’ by the March of Dimes.”
  • Clint McDonnough “served as managing partner of the Dallas office at Ernst & Young LLP until his retirement in June 2015. In addition to leading day-to-day practice, he represented Ernst & Young at numerous community events dedicated to supporting education and mentoring. McDonnough serves as a director of Dallas Regional Chamber and chairman of the Dallas Citizens Council. He holds positions on the boards of the Dallas Education Foundation and Methodist Health System, the development board for the University of Texas at Dallas, the Dallas County Community College District Foundation board, Early Matters Dallas board, and the Chief Executive Officer Advisory Council for the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society.”

According to The Dallas Foundation President/CEO Mary Jalonick, “Each of the newly elected governors has shown an unparalleled dedication to improving Dallas for good. We’re thrilled to welcome these venerated leaders to our board of governors, and we’re confident that The Dallas Foundation will continue to thrive from their expertise and experience in the community.”

* Photos provided by The Dallas Foundation

Dr. Stephen Mansfield Accepts 2017 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award For “The People of Methodist”

There could scarcely have been a more appropriate choice for the 15th annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award than Dr. Stephen Mansfield, president and CEO of the Dallas-based Methodist Health System. As Mansfield explained to some 400 people gathered for the luncheon at the Belo Mansion and Pavilion Wednesday, March 8, he is, after all, a respiratory therapist by training—and luncheon namesake Virginia Chandler Dykes is an occupational therapist.

Dykes completed the graduate occupational therapy program at Texas Woman’s University in 1954, and, after a career directing the occupational and recreational therapy department at Baylor University Medical Center, launched the annual awards program for TWU 15 years ago. To date, Virginia told the luncheon attendees, the event has raised $650,000 for students in each of TWU’s four colleges.

Bob White, Ralph Hawkins, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Carine Feyton and Stephen Mansfield*

Elizabeth Dodd and Mary Brinegar*

Harry Crumpacker and Mike McCullough*

Addressing an audience that included the likes of Col. Allen West, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Michael Meadows, Gretchen Minyard Williams, Elizabeth Dodd, Mary Brinegar, Harry Crumpacker, Mike McCullough, Mickey Price, Steve Fick, Travis Youngblood, Matt Mitzner, Michael Schaefer and Clint McDonnough, Virginia soon gave way to Bob White of sponsor Bank of Texas—the bank has sponsored the luncheon for 11 years—who said of Mansfield: “Steve’s been quiet and under-the-radar, but he’s made tremendous strides” for Methodist. Bob’s plaudits were echoed by Luncheon Co-Chair Ralph Hawkins, the event chair. During Steve’s roughly 10 years at the helm, Ralph pointed out, Methodist has tripled in size and was recognized as one of the fastest-growing health systems in the country.

Stephen and Marilyn Mansfield*

During his brief remarks, Mansfield said his selection as the 2017 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award recipient was “a great honor for me, and the for the people of Methodist.” He thanked his wife Marilyn Mansfield—”she’s my better 3/4, at least”—as well as Methodist’s 8,000 employees and 1,800 volunteers. “They pay me to be good,” Steve recalled that he jokingly teases the volunteers, “but you people are good for nothing!” He also said he’s “fallen in love” with TWU, where more than half the students are the first in their families to go to college. 

Julie Southward, Kamica King, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Laurie Stelter*

With that, TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten launched into the second half of the annual luncheon: presentation of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship Awards to TWU students. The 2017 scholarships went to: Laurie Stelter, from TWU’s College of Health Sciences; Katheryn Courville, from the College of Nursing, who was unable to attend; Julie Southward, of the College of Professional Education; and Kamica King, of the College of Arts and Sciences. Kamica concluded the luncheon by singing an inspirational song titled, “Live, Love, Dream,” which was featured in a documentary film about homelessness called “Signs of Humanity.”

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

2017 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Kick-Off Party Celebrated Dr. Stephen Mansfield’s Selection

Francie Moody-Dahlberg

Francie Moody-Dahlberg

Even from the curb, it was pretty obvious that 2016 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Awardee Francie Moody-Dahlberg and her husband Kevin Dahlberg know how to showcase fall. Pumpkins galore were perfectly place around the front of their Park Cities home. Even a tree had pumpkins coiling around the trunk and up into the limbs.  It was the perfect welcome for guests of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award kick-off party on Wednesday, November 9.

Michael Meadows, Sharon McCullough and Brent Christopher

Michael Meadows, Sharon McCullough and Brent Christopher

Once past the entry hall the crowd, including Sharon and Mike McCullough, Michael Meadows, Chris Durovich, Jamie Williams and 2012 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Awardees Myrna and Bob Schlegel, gathered in the kitchen and family room. No change that. They filled to overcapacity the kitchen and family room.

The 2017 Virginia Chandler Dyke Leadership Awardee Dr. Stephen Mansfield was surrounded by well-wishers like Brent Christopher and evening host Bank of Texas’ Bob White, while Stephen’s wife Marilyn was across the room also surrounded.

Stephen Mansfield and Bob White

Stephen Mansfield and Bob White

Virginia Chandler Dykes

Virginia Chandler Dykes

Making her way through into the crowd was award namesake Virginia Chandler Dykes.

Missing from the evening was Texas Women’s University Chancellor/President Carine Feyten, whose husband, Chad Wick, was on the mend after undergoing surgery earlier in the day.  

Plans were revealed that Stephen will be honored officially at the 15th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon on Wednesday, March 8, at Belo Mansion benefiting the Virginia Chandler Dykes Endowed Scholarship Fund at TWU. Since its inception, the luncheon has provided more than $550,000 in scholarships.

While A Presidential Debate Got Testy, 2016 Folsom Awardee Gerald Turner Was Celebrated By Jack Ingram, Peruna And Loving Tributes

Mike and Marla Boone

Mike and Marla Boone

Hillary and Donald may have been slugging it out in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 19, but the Anatole Grand Ballroom was in a political vacuum due to the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner benefiting the Methodist Health System Foundation.

Okay, so former Folsom awardee/emcee Mike Boone advised 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Awardee Gerald Turner that as uncomfortable as he was receiving the accolades and teases, he would have been more miserable sitting at home watching TV.

Caren Prothro, Ken Altshuler, Calvert Collins Bratton, Ruth Altshuler and Vince Bratton

Caren Prothro, Ken Altshuler, Calvert Collins Bratton, Ruth Altshuler and Vince Bratton

But before the on-stage fun began to benefit Methodist Health System Foundation, a mega gathering of high profilers was taking place in the ballroom’s reception area spilling all over the Anatole lobby. At times it also appeared to be a suited version of an SMU pep rally, complete with adorable coeds and everyone wanting to pose with Peruna.

Gail Turner, Peruna and Gerald Turner

Gail Turner, Peruna and Gerald Turner

Only things missing were cheerleaders and a marching band. However, such Mustang alumni as Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Jan and Fred Hegi, Ruth Altshuler, Caren Prothro and Bob White, were front and center.

Pete Schenkel, Bob White and Fred Hegi

Pete Schenkel, Bob White and Fred Hegi

Jerry Ford

Jerry Ford

Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt

Kirsten Fitzgerald , Kelli Ford and Cate Ford

Kirsten Fitzgerald , Kelli Ford and Cate Ford

Evening Co-Chairs Kelli and Jerry Ford, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt and Lottye and Bobby Lyle along with Gerald’s wife of 48 years Gail Turner had a great laugh watching honoree Gerald pose with SMU students and Peruna…Sarah Perot with her folks Leah and Jerry Fullinwider, who was celebrating his 88th birthday…. Dr. Dan Meyer reported that he had just recently joined Methodist Health System… Lee Ann White reported that the Whites’ new Preston Hollow house was “great” and their new puppy was due to arrive any day. Her date for the evening was son Michael FowlerBrent Christopher was on a two-night binge of event attending. The next night he was slated to honorary co-chair TexProtects with Mary Jalonick honoring Joe Straus at the Adolphus … Cary Maguire sat by the ballroom doors taking in the sights of the night.

Gene Jones and Annette Simmons

Gene Jones and Annette Simmons

Michael Fowler and Lee Ann White

Michael Fowler and Lee Ann White

Leah and Jerry Fullinwider and Sarah Perot

Leah and Jerry Fullinwider and Sarah Perot

Just in time the doors opened to the ballroom. And while the “get-yourself-in-your-chairs” chimes made the rounds herding guests into the ballroom, the SMU Belle Tones and SMU Southern Gentlemen drew them in singing some of Gerald’s favorite songs a capella.

As soon as guests took their seats, Mike Boone was at the podium welcoming the group and stressing the fact that they would be remiss by not including Gail Turner in the evening’s accolades. Mike went on to say that during Gerald’s 20 years at the helm of SMU, he had transformed the formerly regional university into an institution recognized internationally.

Marilyn and Stephen Mansfield

Marilyn and Stephen Mansfield

Following 2013 Folsom Award recipient Rev. Mark Craig’s invocation, Methodist Health System President/CEO Dr. Stephen Mansfield told that during his ten years with Methodist, it had tripled in size with a half-billion dollar payroll and is now the largest employer in the southern sector of Dallas. He reported that in following the tradition of the Folsom Awardees designating where the evening’s funds would go, Gerald had designated the proceeds ($1.4M) to “benefit the programs offered through the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Golden Cross Academic Clinic, which uses the services of medical residents and fellows to care for uninsured and under-insured patients who are in need of primary care and struggling with chronic diseases.”

Angela Turner Wilson and Clifton Forbis

Angela Turner Wilson and Clifton Forbis

Mike returned to the podium and reported that despite the Turners’ daughter Jessica Turner-Waugh and her husband Jeff Waugh not being able to attend the event due to being in Boston, their other daughter Angela Turner Wilson and her husband Michael Wilson were on hand. An accomplished singer and professor at TCU, Angela and SMU Professor/tenor Clifton Forbis beautifully performed one of Gerald’s favorite hymns, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

Following dinner, a video was show featuring CBS sports broadcaster Bill Macatee, who told of Gerald’s love of tennis and his Saturday morning games known as SMIT (“Saturday Morning Invitational Tournament”). Macatee reported that Gerald was known to be “great at the net, has a wicked volley, is also aggressive and super competitive.” Having covered numerous US Opens, Macatee went on to say that he felt “confident in saying that Dr. Turner has all the qualities that you see displayed at the US Open but executed at a slightly slower speed.”

Chris Kleinert, Frank Campbell, Dale Petroskey and Kit Carson

Chris Kleinert, Frank Campbell, Dale Petroskey and Kit Carson

He then introduced members of SMIT to the stage including Chris Kleinert, Frank Campbell, Dale Petroskey and Kit Carson. They told the history of the weekly tournaments and how founder Norm Green would show up around nine, while Gerald was already warming up. The highlight of the foursome’s tributes to their tennis buddy was the announcement that the name of the SMIT trophy had been changed to “Super Mustang Invitational Tournament.”

April Box

April Box

Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box replaced the SMIT players on staged and told of Gerald’s love of music and how a friend had reported being surprised to see Gail and Gerald at a Dire Straights concert. To get the crowd in the mood for a concert, guests were told to put on the wristbands at their places that lit up blue throughout the room.

Jack Ingram

Jack Ingram

As for the concert, the performer was former Mustang Jack Ingram, who regaled the audience with song and tales of his days at SMU. He went there because his brother went there and he thought he would at least have one friend. “It turns out we weren’t such good friends.”  

He told how he originally had planned to have a double major in psychology and business, “but then we had a thing in statistics,” so he downed it to a degree in psychology. “It turns out I used my degree in psychology because the music business is crazy.”

After 15 years of traveling around the country performing, he would listen to Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 on Sundays. “For 14 years in a row, I heard 3,742 George Strait songs.” He finally made it after coming out with “Wherever You Are,” which made the list in the 40th spot and Kingsley’s introducing him as making his debut. Then, 38 weeks later, it made it to the #2 spot. He was arriving in Dallas and sitting in the back of the van (“I realized that the difference between being #41 and #2 was, I wasn’t driving the van anymore.”) listening to the Countdown, hoping that he’d made it to the #1 spot. Luckily, he had played the tune on his own radio show the night before 16 times.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, “It took me 18 years to win the Academy of Country Music’s Best Newcomer Award.”

Jack also recalled how the last time he performed at SMU was on Dallas Hall steps, where he told the crowd that as a student he had done everything that any 19- or 20-year-old person might do on the Dallas Hall steps, except study. Looking at Gerald, Jack smiled, “I hope this doesn’t reflect on my daughter’s admission. Remember you told her that day when she was seven that she could come to SMU.”

That was just a smattering of his talk, which was one of the funniest heard in these parts.

Okay, so Jack used a couple of words one wouldn’t hear in church (one started with an “h,” and the other with a “s”), but, shoot, he managed to use them in such a self-deprecating way that even the most stuffy types laughed. Heck, this was a concert, not choir practice.

April returned to the stage and addressed Gerald about his days at Ole Miss when he had a friend who was a lawyer, who took up writing. It was novelist John Grisham, who traditionally sends a personally autographed copy of his latest book. His latest book, “The Whistler,” was due out on Tuesday, October 25. However, since he was out of the country and couldn’t make it to the dinner, he had sent an early edition to be presented to Gerald.

A 14-minute video was shown. Perhaps the reason for it running a bit long is because so many (Ruth Altshuler, Bill Banowsky, Tom Barry, Robert Bonham, Mike Boone, Linda Custard, Marvin Ellison, Rob Evans, Bob Ferguson, Jerry Ford, Mitch Hart, Ray Hunt, Mark Langdale, Bobby Lyle, Bill Macatee, David Miller, Bob Prange, Caren Prothro, Pete Schenkel, Dennis Stripling and Leslie Wyatt) wanted to praise SMU’s longest serving president.

A couple of tales revealed how the late Texas Instrument’s Jerry Junkins, who was on the SMU board, somehow managed to intercept a private jet [with Gerald] coming from Ole Miss going to Oklahoma for an interview. It landed at the Texas Instruments hangar and SMU delegates were there and talked to Gerald and he promised them that he wouldn’t do anything until he came back. He then went on to his interview and “the rest is history.”

Another tale involved lawn mowing. It seems that Mitch Hart used to mow the family’s lawn. It had a pretty good sized hill and it was before they had power mowers. He figured it would be better if he got a job and paid someone else to mow the lawn. When he left town, his mother hired Gerald. “The way Gerald tells it, he raised his price and mother fired him.”

Gerald Turner

Gerald Turner

A relieved Gerald arrived on stage and in turn paid tribute to everyone involved in the evening. He especially noted his hometown cronies — New Boston Mafia — “Mitch Hart is the Don, Bob Ferguson is the consigliere and I’m the director of education. And I have the hardest job.”

Gerald Turner

Gerald Turner

For a man who would much rather give out awards, he proved to be more than gracious in accepting the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award.

JUST IN: Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box Resigns, Jim Johnston Named Interim President

Methodist Health System’s Stacy Covitz just sent official word that Jim Johnston has been named the Interim President of the Methodist Health System Foundation. He replaces Foundation President/CEO April Box, who resigned last week.

April Box (File photo)

April Box (File photo)

The announcement comes on the heels of last month’s 2016 Annual Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner, an annual event that April launched 11 years ago.

Over her 14 years with Methodist, April’s accomplishments included presiding over “numerous capital campaigns, such as Sammons Tower at Methodist Dallas in 2014, home to the system’s Level I Trauma Center, and the Tower Two Expansion at Methodist Mansfield in 2015, home of the Amon G. Carter Foundation Heart and Vascular Center. Box also created the Robert S. Folsom Award Banquet, which was consistently among the most successful fund-raising events in Dallas, raising more than $15 million for multiple successful programs and projects at Methodist Health System since 2005.”

Jim’s resume lists countless leadership positions in business including “40 years of experience in banking, most recently as vice chairman and board member for Bank of Texas. Prior to that, Johnston was Dallas Regional Chairman of Frost Bank.”

Steve Mansfield (File photo)

Steve Mansfield (File photo)

Among his numerous North Texas nonprofit board associations are “Chairman of the Board for both the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas and Goodwill Industries of Dallas. He actively serves as Chairman of the Board for the Goodwill Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the Boy Scouts/Circle Ten Council and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.”

Holding both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SMU, where he played football, Jim received the Silver Anniversary Mustang Award.

According to Methodist Health System President/CEO Stephen Mansfield, ““All of us associated with Methodist and the Foundation owe April a debt of gratitude for her accomplishments and leadership. I know Jim has the experience and the vision to lead the Foundation to more successes in the future.”

Folsom Leadership Award Patron Party Honoring Gerald Turner Looked Like A Coming Together Of Mustangs

While Second Thoughts Theatre and Texas Trailblazer Awards patrons worked the valets, caterers and donors south of LBJ, the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award patrons gathered at Ashlee and Chris Kleinert’s home-sweet-home in Preston Trails on Monday, October 3.

Angela and Brad Cheves and Ashlee Kleinert

Angela and Brad Cheves and Ashlee Kleinert

At times it looked like a besuited SMU pep rally, with Fred Hegi, Carolyn and David Miller, Caren Prothro, Folsom kids (Debbie Jarma, Diane Frank and Steve Folsom) and Mitch Hart on the patio overlooking the golf course.

Gail Turner looked right at home seated with Jan Hegi and Lottye Lyle. On the other hand, Gail’s husband,/2016 Folsom honoree/SMU President Gerald Turner, looked like someone preparing for a root canal. As he told the group, he’s much more comfortable handing out awards than receiving them.

Gerald Turner, April Box and Chris Kleinert

Gerald Turner, April Box and Chris Kleinert

Just before remarks were made, hostess Ashlee saw a problem dropping. It seems that with the sun setting, the home’s auto-shades were setting, too. The problem? The lowering shades were blocking the glass doors leading to the patio. As Ashlee scurried to raise the situation, host Chris smoothly commented, “That’s what you get when dumb people live in a smart house.”

While getting the guests’ attention at most gatherings can be a challenge, it wasn’t at this one. There was an excellent PA system in place and a stage just high enough for the speakers to be seen by all present.

John Scovell

John Scovell

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield

Kelli Ford

Kelli Ford

Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt

After Chris welcomed the 100 or so guests including Pat and Pete Schenkel, John Scovell, Margaret and Lee Jackson, and Methodist Health System CEO Stephen Mansfield, he introduced Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box, who reported that according to policy, the honoree could designate where the funds raised by the dinner would go. For Gerald, who will be feted on Wednesday, October 19, at the Hilton Anatole’s Grand Ballroom, it was a natural choice — the programs offered through the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Golden Cross Academic Clinic, which uses the services of medical residents and fellows to care for uninsured and under-insured patients who are in need of primary care and struggling with chronic diseases.

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt, Lottye and Bobby Lyle, April Box, Gerald and Gail Turner and Kelli and Jerry Ford

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt, Lottye and Bobby Lyle, April Box, Gerald and Gail Turner and Kelli and Jerry Ford

Following the remarks, Gail and Gerald gathered with April and 2016 Folsom co-chairs Kelli and Gerald “Jerry” Ford, Lottye and Bobby Lyle and Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt for a group photo.

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt, Lottye and Bobby Lyle and Kelli and Jerry Ford

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt, Lottye and Bobby Lyle and Kelli and Jerry Ford

After the right-official photos were done, the co-chairs cut up a bit. While Kelli and Jerry posed perfectly, Ray did a kick and newlyweds Lottye and Bobby did a kiss and hug.