Heading the Board in the coming year will be Dr. Brad Hirsch, who will be taking over from present Chair Sara Albert, whose term “included the search and selection of the Foundation’s president and CEO [Michael Horne].”
Prior to serving as CEO/co-founder of SignalPath, a “start-up leveraging technology to make clinical trials more efficient and effective for research sites and sponsors,” Brad “practiced as a medical oncologist with Texas Oncology and held leadership roles in technology companies and academics including as senior medical director for Flatiron Health and as a faculty member of the Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Clinical Research Institute.”
According to Brad, “The events of the past seven months have demonstrated the need for a strong public health system. From COVID-19 testing and treatment to expanding virtual appointments to increasing access to care in vulnerable neighborhoods, Parkland is critical to the health and wellness of our community. I am honored to serve in this role and look forward to working with leaders across the system to generate philanthropic support to help fulfill Parkland’s mission.”
Joining Brad in the leadership of the Board will be Vice Chair Danny Tobey, Treasurer Peter Barlow and Secretary Effie Dennison.
New members of the Board include:
- Arnold L. Greene has enjoyed over 25 years as a human resource professional and currently serves as the chief human capital and administration officer for the Beneficient Company Group, LLC. He also serves on the local boards of the American Cancer Society and KIPP Texas Public Schools. Greene enjoys mentoring youth, motivational speaking and serving others in the community.
- Brianna L. Hinojosa-Smith provides legal support for the digital and technology group at Yum! Brands, bringing more than 20 years of intellectual property law experience to the director role. She is currently the intellectual property co-chair of the Hispanic National Bar Association and serves as a councilmember for the City of Coppell, developing initiatives that build partnerships with businesses, organizations and schools.
- Sheila Levatino joins the board as an ex-officio member representing the Parkland Auxiliary. Her experience with Parkland dates back almost 40 years when she studied in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program and later became a Catholic chaplain at the hospital before going into private practice as a marriage and family therapist. Now retired, she continues to volunteer at Parkland as a chaplain and also serves on the Parkland Ethics Committee and on the Pastoral Care Consultation Committee.
- Veeral Rathod is currently incubating several brands in consumer apparel and hospitality. He is the former CEO and co-founder of the world’s first custom lifestyle apparel brand, J.Hilburn. Most recently as CEO of Spence Diamonds, he led the company through growth initiatives, brand transformation and geographic expansion as well as the rapid implementation of financial and operational strategies to successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently the president of YPO Dallas and serves as a trustee at St. Mark’s School of Texas.
- Melissa D. Tonn, MD is president and chief medical officer of OccMD Group P.A. She has extensive experience developing physician networks, cost containment and utilization management programs, and on-site clinics, as well as educational programs for physicians, nurses, adjusters and employers. She is a former regent for Texas Woman’s University and holds an appointment to the Texas Medical Board, District 2 Review Committee.
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