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

Oops Alert!: Three-Way Luncheon Collision Scheduled For Wednesday, March 8

Dallas fundraising is less than two months into the 2017 marathon for local nonprofits and there’s already a major collision in sight. It takes place on Wednesday, March 8. Despite Monday, March 6, and Thursday, March 7, being pretty vacant of noontime goings-on, three groups honed in on that Wednesday for their luncheon moneymakers.

And to make matters worse, two of ‘em are taking place at the same venue. Here’s the rundown:

Lyda Hill (File photo)

Steve Mansfield (File photo)

Now, if you’re swift of feet and have plenty of buying power, you might try to hit all three. On the other hand, it’s too bad that the three couldn’t have been spread through the week, so a Solomon-like choice will have to be made.

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.

Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon Honors Francie Moody-Dahlberg With Standing O’s And Gracious Accolades

The Belo Mansion staff had hardly gotten finished with the Elisa Project’s “Life Lessons” breakfast with Catherine and Sean Lowe and Brian Cuban on Wednesday, February 10, than they were setting up for the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon honoring Francie Moody-Dahlberg.

Outside the sun was shining, the sky was clear and the temperatures were just chilly enough to warrant a pashmina or sweater.

As guests arrived to check in, someone asked if there had been a nearby fire because there seemed to be guests with smudged brows. A friend nudged the person and reminded them it was Ash Wednesday.

Jamie Williams, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Kevin Dahlberg, Carine Feyten, Chad Wick and Patricia Crocker

Jamie Williams, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Kevin Dahlberg, Carine Feyten, Chad Wick and Patricia Crocker

When honoree Francie arrived with husband Kevin Dahlberg, it was the perfect time for a photo opp with Texas Woman’s University President Carine Feyton, her husband Chad Wick and Patricia Crocker. After the official photos were taken, Kevin whipped out his trusty Canon and shot his own photos of the group.

Virginia Chandler Dykes

Virginia Chandler Dykes

At 11:15 Virginia Chandler Dykes had arrived and was escorted to the grand ballroom to review the day’s arrangements. She then headed out the door only to be greeted like a rock star by the crowd. And Virginia was the poster child of graciousness as she welcomed each.

Just 15 minutes later the doors were on the verge of being opened when a question was raised on whether to use a hand mic or lavaliere. As the search commenced for the lavaliere, the doors opened and seven guests managed to slip in and get to their assigned table. The lavaliere was found and was tested and tested and tested against the handheld.

While the crowd tried nudging and opening the ballroom’s front doors, Belo vets and past Virginia Chandler Sykes Leadership Awardees Tincy Miller and Marnie and Kern Wildenthal took the side door and headed to their tables.

Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg

Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg

Greg Hext, Kevin Dahlberg, Mike Gruber and Michael Meadows

Greg Hext, Kevin Dahlberg, Mike Gruber and Michael Meadows

Ben Casey

Ben Casey

Bobby Lyle and Brent Christopher

Bobby Lyle and Brent Christopher

At 11:40 the front doors opened to let Virginia in. Finally five minutes later the doors were officially opened. First in was Francie, followed by nearly 400 people including Bobby Lyle, Brent Christopher, past Dykes awardees Mary Brinegar and Lindalyn Adams, Ben Casey, Michael Meadows, Greg Hext, Mike Gruber, Bob White, Ruben Esquivel, Brian Dyers, Kathleen Gibson, Jacque Wynne, Chris Durovich, Bill Braem and a late-arriving Amy Green. A slight stall occurred when Francie was stopped in the doorway by a friend and another friend and another friend.

Bob White

Bob White

By the time the seats were all taken at 12:10, the doors closed and a female voice was heard over the PA welcoming the group and introducing Virginia to the podium. Her words were brief but she proudly told how $½M had been raised over the years for the scholarship funds “to attract the best and brightest graduate students to TWU.” Virginia then introduced Bank of Texas’s Executive VP Bob White and thanked him for Bank of Texas’ presenting the luncheon for 10 years.

In typical Bob White style, he described Virginia as “style and grace” and used the word “excellence” for TWU.

After lunch (spinach and butter lettuce with brie and julienne of apple and sweet sherry vinaigrette, herb-dusted filet beef with maître d’butter accompanied by Boursin cheese mashed potatoes, asparagus and a roasted tomato and bread with butter and milk chocolate mousse), Virginia took a seat in a chair on stage and Carine thanked Bank of Texas CEO Norm Bagwell and all those who had made the luncheon possible and recognized past recipients.

A video was showing including Regina Campbell, Virginia and Carine with the message that Virginia’s grandmother had instilled in her: “Get a good education and no one can take it away from you.”

With that Carine invited all to show their appreciation for Virginia resulting in a standing ovation. In turn, Virginia rose from her chair and applauded the hundreds in the room.

Carine then provided a state-of-the-union on TWU including such facts as that it

  • Will provide the state’s first university center for women entrepreneurs.
  • Will be the new home of the Woodcock Institute for the Advancement of Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice.
  • Graduates about 80 veterans annually.
  • Is the country’s largest public university primarily for women.

Just before 1 p.m. 2015 Dykes Awardee Ralph Hawkins introduced Francie, who was given a standing ovation. In accepting her award, she kept her remarks brief and gracious.

Carine then told the audience that the Moody Foundation had presented a $200K grant to TWU.

TWU Provost /VP of Academic Affairs Robert Neely then presented the 2016 scholarship awards to Veronica Rowe from the College of Health Sciences, Erin Ellis-Guffey of the College of Arts and Sciences, Tara Signs of the College of Professional Education and Mary Roberts of the College of Nursing.

Just In: Ralph Hawkins To Receive Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award

Chairman of the HKS Inc. Board Ralph Hawkins has been announced to receive the 13th annual Virginia Chandlers Dykes Award.

The luncheon will benefit the Texas Woman’s University’s Virginia Chandler Dykes Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Virginia Chandlers Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon Honors Mary Brinegar And Reveals A Retirement

Why is it that great things tend to happen at the same time? On Thursday, February 20, that’s exactly what happened during the day. While MySweetCharity was on board a bus for six hours touring the 2014 Crystal Charity Ball beneficiaries, the Dallas Arboretum’s Mary Brinegar was being feted at the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award luncheon. Luckily, this field report covered the tribute beautifully including about a retirement this spring:

Mary Brinegar (File photo)

Mary Brinegar (File photo)

“In its 12th year of recognizing a Dallas leader with a lifelong commitment to bettering society, improving quality of life, and furthering the importance of education, Texas Woman’s University honored Mary Brinegar with the 2014 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, sponsored by Bank of Texas, on February 20. The Belo Mansion was packed with a record crowd of 450 for this luncheon including friends, colleagues, philanthropists, leaders, and supporters of Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society.

“’Past luncheons have raised over $350,000 for scholarships for TWU students, most of whom have become leaders in their professions and communities,’ according to Virginia Chandler Dykes, a distinguished alumna in the field of occupational therapy whose vision and leadership gave TWU this signature event in Dallas.

Virginia Chandler Dykes (File photo)

Virginia Chandler Dykes (File photo)

“In highlighting this year’s recipient, Virginia recalled her first memory of the Dallas area when the city bought the DeGolyer Estate, and she took her two young sons to the opening.  ‘It was a vast acreage of rough land and the primary entertainment was a snake charmer and two dancers from India,’ added Virginia.  ‘And now, thanks to Mary’s leadership, the gardens have become an unbelievable creation of beauty with extensive learning opportunities for children and adults.’

Patricia and Curtis Meadows (File photo)

Patricia and Curtis Meadows (File photo)

Patricia Meadows, last year’s award recipient along with her husband Curtis, introduced Mary, detailing her many accomplishments throughout her career, including the past 20 years ‘that Mary has led the Arboretum and Botanical Society from a nice garden by the lake to internationally acclaimed greatness – one of the 14 most beautiful gardens in the world!’  As she wrapped up her remarks, she welcomed ‘superwoman Mary Brinegar’ to the podium.

“As Mary began, noting she was in the presence of so many distinguished guests and past award recipients, she utilized a phrase her grandfather used to say, ‘I’ve just landed in high cotton!’ But she immediately gave all the credit for every nonprofit for whom she has ever worked to all the people she has worked with including outstanding staff members, volunteers, board members and donors.

“Guests, including Mary’s proud mom Rosemary Brinegar; Mayor Mike and Micki Rawlings; Lynn and Allan McBeeSharon and Mike McCullough, Carol and Don Glendenning; April Box Chamberlain; Paula Lambert; Sue and Chris Bancroft, Chair, TWU Board of Regents, Tincy Miller, past recipient and sponsor of the College of Professional Education scholarship; and Caroline Rose Hunt, past award recipient, enjoyed a delicious meal including herb-dusted filet beef, mashed potatoes and asparagus, and milk-chocolate mousse.

Ann Stuart (File photo)

Dr. Ann Stuart (File photo)

“The luncheon also honored four graduate students from all four TWU colleges as recipients of scholarship funds. They were Angela Boisselle, College of Health Sciences; Laura Thomas, College of Nursing; Amy Johnson, College of Professional Education; and Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds, College of Arts and Sciences.

“Last but not least Virginia made ‘a sad announcement’ of the retirement later this spring of TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart, presenting her with a special gift. ‘A stalwart supporter of this program and what it has accomplished, whose extraordinary career as chancellor and president at TWU first began in 1999, Ann, you will be greatly missed.’

“Under Stuart’s leadership, enrollment has grown by 80 percent, TWU has produced more than 20,000 graduates in critical fields and the university has received national recognition for its quality, value and diversity.  She has raised more than $220 million for facilities, scholarships, and faculty development and led the implementation of advanced technology and teaching tools that mirror the workplace and improve learning.”

The Unsurprise Announcement Of Mary Brinegar As 2014 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Recipient

While many may have been headed to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas dinner on Wednesday, September 25, they first stopped by Libby and David Hunt’s home. The reason was the announcement of the recipient of the 12th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award.

Libby Hunt and Mike and Sharon McCullough

Libby Hunt and Mike and Sharon McCullough

Actually it was not so much of a surprise announcement, since Dallas Arboretum President/CEO Mary Brinegar’s photo was on the front of the invitation. Rather, it was an official announcement reception hosted by Libby and David, and Bank of Texas.

Mary Brinegar, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Ann Stuart

Mary Brinegar, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Ann Stuart

After a whirlwind weekend of opening festivities of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, some might have headed to a spa to recoup. But Mary was fresh as an Arboretum daisy and preparing to launch Autumn at the Arboretum with its 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash on display.

Carmen McMillan and George Schrader

Carmen McMillan and George Schrader

Among those on hand to hear about plans for the February 20th luncheon fundraiser for Texas Woman’s University at Belo Mansion were TWU Chancellor Ann StuartCaroline Rose Hunt, Bob Backbill, Mary Frances Burleson, George Schrader, Marj Waters, Bob White, Carmen McMillan, Craig Hester, Norm Bagwell, April Box Chamberlain and Libby’s folks Sharon and Mike McCullough.

Patricia And Curtis Meadows Are Feted At Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon

Texas Woman’s University has experienced remarkable growth and success recently. And the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award luncheon is where the school lets everyone know it each year. The 11th annual luncheon, which honored Patricia and Curtis Meadows on February 21, was no exception.

With a crowd of nearly 400 on hand at the Belo Mansion and Pavilion, the award’s namesake, Virginia Chandler Dykes, announced that the event had raised more than $300,000 for TWU scholarships. TWU has grown 85 percent since 2001, she went on, with a fall 2012 enrollment of more than 15,000 at the Denton, Dallas, and Houston campuses—and the biggest freshman class in TWU history.

Patricia Meadows, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Bob White

Patricia Meadows, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Bob White

Cracked Bob White of presenting sponsor Bank of Texas: “I wish the bank would have the kind of growth you did, Virginia.”

Ebby Halliday Acers

Ebby Halliday Acers

White’s remark brought appreciative chuckles from the audience, which was enjoying a delicious meal including herb-dusted filet beef, mashed potatoes and asparagus, and milk-chocolate mousse. Among the attendees were Kay Weeks; Caroline Rose Hunt; TWU regent Mary Wilson; Sue Bancroft (a platinum table sponsor with her husband Christopher); Veletta Lill; and Ebby Halliday. A member of the Luncheon Advisory Committee, the remarkable Ebby was preparing for another milestone birthday (No. 102, on March 9) and a March 5 “pancake breakfast” celebration for company employees and others at Southfork Ranch. (Proceeds from the birthday event will benefit the Ebby Halliday Elementary School in southeast Dallas.)

TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart paid a touching tribute to Virginia’s husband James Dykes, who passed away in January, and then brought on Myrna Schlegel, who received last year’s Leadership Award along with her daughter Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.

Caroline Rose Hunt, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Myrna Schlegel

Caroline Rose Hunt, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Myrna Schlegel

Myrna, in turn, introduced Patricia Meadows, who has served the Dallas community as a consultant, civic appointee, board member and advocate for the visual arts. “We see a roomful of doers and achievers,” Patricia said during her brief talk. “Any one of you could have received this award.”

Ann Stuart and Curtis Meadows

Ann Stuart and Curtis Meadows

She gave way to Curtis, an attorney who’s Of Counsel to Thompson & Knight LLP and a former president of the Meadows Foundation. Curtis began with a smile: “Lawyers have to have a few more words than that.” Calling Patricia “a fearsome defender of the vulnerable,” he recalled how his parents had given him a “good foundation” stressing the importance of family, faith and community.

Then he added: “My father said, ‘Son, I’ve given you a good name. Don’t mess it up!’ ”

The luncheon also honored four graduate students from all four TWU colleges as recipients of scholarship funds. They were Steven M. Gerardi, College of Health Sciences; Lisa L. Ferguson, College of Nursing; Jill Bellomy, College of Professional Education; and Elodie Singer, College of Arts and Sciences.

Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award 2013 Honorees Patricia And Curtis Meadows’ Proudest Project

Curtis and Patricia Meadows

Tuesday night the 11th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award honorees were revealed at Myrna and Bob Schlegel‘s “palace.” None other than Patricia and Curtis Meadows will be the recipients of the award that benefits the Virginia Chandler Dykes Endowed Scholarship Fund at Texas Woman’s University.

While petite-in-pink Patricia admitted to the filled-to-capacity great room (Mary McDermott, Sharon and Mike McCullough, Trevor Rees-Jones, Sara Martineau, Tincy Miller, Caroline Rose Hunt, Kern Wildenthal et al.) that she and Curtis each had their own different interests and projects over the year, she said that they were proudest of the one they had worked on together. Immediately she pointed to their son Michael, who was seated on a nearby couch. Nice one, Patricia.

Tickets are available for the February 21 luncheon at Belo Mansion. Be prepared. With Patricia in the room, it will be a fun event.

Myrna Schlegel And Kimberly Schlegel-Whitman Receive Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 10 years since the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award was established to recognize Dallas leaders with a life-long commitment to improve the quality of life in the community and to further the importance of education.

Kirby Schlegel, Kari Schlegel-Kloewer, Myrna Schlegel, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Bob Schlegel

Named in honor of Virginia Chandler Dykes, who is world-renowned for her work in occupational therapy, this year’s award was presented to the mother/daughter team of Myrna Schlegel and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman Thursday at Belo Mansion. Presented by Bank of Texas, Texas Woman’s University and the Texas Woman’s University Foundation, the occasion also provided the opportunity to announce four graduate students (Heather Roberts, Kathleen Shannon-McAdams, Hannah Mills and Tiffany Smith) who will receive scholarships. During the past 10 years, 49 graduate and undergraduate students have received scholarships thanks to the luncheon.   

Ruth Buzzi, Kent Perkins and Caroline Rose Hunt

In addition to previous award recipients (Joel Allison, Kathleen Mason, Caroline Rose Hunt, Lindalyn Adams and Marnie and Kern Wildenthal), eight former scholarship award winners attended the luncheon.

Speaking to guests that included Billie Leigh Rippey, Yvonne Crum, Joan Levy, Capera Ryan, Debbie Ryan, Ruth Buzzi, Sara and David Martineau, Ebby Halliday, Mary Poss, Carole and Scott Murray, Patty and Blaine Nelson, Patricia Meadows and Plack Carr, Virginia recalled how the first luncheon took place at the Lakewood Country Club with 100 in attendance.

Virginia Chandler Dykes, Joel Allison, Dr. Ann Stuart

Then TWU Chancellor/President Dr. Ann Stuart thanked Virginia and her husband Roland not just for their support but also for their vision and leadership.

Bank of Texas CEO Norm Bagwell in turn thanked Virginia and Ann, saying that BOT was a “proud partner” in the luncheon. This one was the sixth that BOT had been presenting sponsor.

It then fell on the 2011 award-winner/Baylor Health Care System President/CEO Joel Allison to introduce Myrna and Kim. Recognizing Myrna’s past experience in the health care industry, Joel suggested that perhaps she could help educate Congress on health care reform and entrepreneurship. The luncheon crowd applauded their agreement.

Myrna met Joel’s comments with gracious acceptance, saying, “We must never lose focus of the importance of training qualified personnel to meet our future health care needs, which is exactly why universities such as TWU are so vitally important to support.”

Upon accepting the award, Myrna added, “It is very special to share this honor with Kim and to be associated with TWU, whose faculty works each day ensuring that our future health care professionals are not only receiving a top education, but also learning the importance of research, teaching and leadership.”  

Following her mother, Kim said, “I feel grateful for the many lessons and values my parents taught me, but the two that stand out are the value of an education and the importance of giving back.  I believe we learn the values of a giving heart and generous spirit by example.  I watched my parents and grandparents working in health care centers, and my mom learned from the example of her parents who fostered 36 children while she was young. To carry on great Dallas traditions, the next generation of daughters and sons inherit the responsibility for the well-being of the city and region. TWU’s Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award and the scholarships provided are a testament to the value of ensuring access to education and all it means to the next generation.”

Photos provided by Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon