Board of Directors

Officers

Katie Robbins, Vice Chair

Katie Robbins joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in 2006.

Katie received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University as well as a master’s of business administration from Southern Methodist University. She currently serves as the executive vice president of the Hoblitzelle Foundation and is involved in her family’s business, Pegasus Restaurant Group. Katie has served in leadership roles on several boards and auxiliary boards, including the Junior League of Dallas and the American Council on Exercise.

“I stand for Parkland because the city of Dallas needs a world-class safety net hospital. No other hospital in the region contributes more to the overall health of our local population or to the training of the next generation of amazing health care providers. It is an exciting and transformational time to be involved with Parkland.”

Randy Bowman, Immediate Past Chair

Randy Bowman is a business executive with 22 years of experience developing strategy, driving execution, managing leaders and consummating corporate finance transactions. He is currently the chief executive officer of MW Logistics, LLC. Prior to that, he was a private practice attorney for 12 years.

Bowman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin. He also hold a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Whittier College School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude and was editor-in-chief of the Whittier Law Review.

David E. Krause, President and Chief Executive Officer

David E. Krause has served as president and chief executive officer for Parkland Foundation since June 2005.

Krause's experience and expertise in working with hospital foundations span two decades. He was executive director of Highlands Medical Foundation from 1986 until 1987. From 1987 until 1995, Krause served at Baylor Health Care System Foundation in many capacities including chief operating officer. He joined Children's Medical Center Dallas in 1996 as senior vice president for development.

Krause graduated from Valparaiso University in 1970 with a bachelor of arts degree. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1974 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis. He served as the director of development at Christ Seminary-Seminex from 1979 until 1984 and was the executive director of the campaign for the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches from 1984 until 1986. This campaign's purpose was to work toward the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Ed Ramirez, Treasurer

Ed Ramirez joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in February 2008.

Ramirez has more than 36 years of experience in business with an emphasis on accounting and finance. Ramirez played a key role in Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. growing into one of the largest Independent exploration and production companies in the Gulf of Mexico.

He recently retired as vice president of finance and administration serving over 20 years in that position. He served on various committees including the Pension and Investment Committee. Ramirez also worked for both Texas Oil and Gas Corp. and Price Waterhouse. He attended North Texas State University earning a BBA in accounting and became a CPA in 1973. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1969 to 1975.

Ramirez and his wife, Kathy, are involved at St. Rita Catholic Church where they have served on numerous committees and boards including the Pastoral Council. They have four grown children in Dallas and were active at both Jesuit and Ursuline Academy where their children attended school.

Barbara Lord Watkins, President Emerita

Barbara Lord Watkins retired from Parkland Foundation as president and chief executive officer in June 2005. She received president emeritus status from Parkland Foundation and continues to hold a seat on the board of directors.

Watkins began her career at Parkland Health & Hospital System in 1980. She served in a number of capacities on behalf of the hospital including oversight of all personnel associated with Parkland Foundation, of which she was a founding member in 1985. In 1995, she was appointed Parkland's senior vice president of Public Affairs and Patient Services as well as president and chief executive officer of Parkland Foundation. In 2000, she devoted her full efforts toward making Parkland Foundation one of the top public hospital foundations in the nation.

Watkins has received many prestigious personal and professional awards. She was named a 2007 honoree at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre's 11th Annual Founder's Luncheon and has been a supporter of the dance company for 25 years. Her other honors include the Linda Keighly Award for women in public management from North Central Texas Council of Governments, Helen Farabee Award, United Way of Texas and the Women's Advocacy Award for Non-profit Leadership presented to her in June 2005 by the Legal Aid of North West Texas.

Kathryn K. Waldrep, MD, Secretary

Kathryn Waldrep, MD has been designated by the Dallas County Medical Society Board to serve on Parkland Foundation's Board of Directors. Waldrep brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Dallas medical community. She has a passion for Parkland that stems from time spent as their chief resident. Currently, Waldrep is an ob-gyn at Medical City where she has practiced since 1983. She is a founding partner of Vernon & Waldrep Ob-Gyn Associates.

Waldrep is active in several professional societies including Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society, American Medical Association and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has also held many significant positions in her field including president of Medical Staff at Medical City Dallas Hospital, President of Ambulatory Surgery Center, Chairman of Surgery and Chairman of Department of Ob-Gyn. She is the past president of Southwest Gynecologic Assembly.

Waldrep has many honors including being voted "one of the best doctors in Dallas" by her peers in 2001 through 2010. In February 2005, she received the "Profile in Leadership Award" at Southern Methodist University's 40th Annual Women's Symposium which recognized her significant contribution to women in the Dallas community. Along with her awards, she has also served as contributing editor of Family Manager and developed articles for the Dallas Morning News, Vitality and D Magazines.

Waldrep received a B.A. and M.S. degree from Southern Methodist University. And, she earned her M.D. from University of Texas Health Science Center. Waldrep grew up in Tyler, Texas. She has three children. Her son graduated from UT Health Science Center at Dallas (Southwestern) and is doing his surgery residency at Brooke Army in San Antonio.

Members

Sara Albert

Sara Albert was appointed to the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors by the Parkland Board of Managers. She is on the Board of Trustees for the Southwestern Medical Foundation and is heavily involved at Temple Emanu-El, The Hockaday School and The Lamplighter School.

She holds a bachelor’s degree, as well as a juris doctorate, from Southern Methodist University, and a LL.M. degree in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas. She currently works for ArtHouse Homes, providing marketing expertise for real estate developments.

Mary Ann Blome

Mary Ann Blome joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in December 2013. After graduating from Providence Hospital with a degree in nursing, Blome administered health fairs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to promote health education and enrich the medical needs of underprivileged communities.

Beginning with membership and leadership roles in Review Club, Blome has served as an active volunteer with several local organizations including the County Medical Society Alliance and the Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship Fund. She has also served as president of the Medical Center Woman’s Club and chair of the Parkland Project, an initiative that enhances Parkland patients’ stays during holidays with usable gifts for babies, children, families and seniors.

John Castle

John R. Castle Jr. joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in July 2014. A Dallas attorney, he retired in 1999 as an executive vice president at EDS Corporation where his responsibilities included legal affairs, corporate communications, community affairs, government affairs and public relations. Prior to joining EDS he was a partner in the Dallas law firm of Hughes & Luce from 1974 until 1988.

Castle graduated in 1964 from the University of Texas with honors and, in 1967, from the University of Texas School of Law with honors. He has served as president of the University of Texas Law School Alumni Association and is a former trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation. In 1998, he received the ADL Jurisprudence Award.

Castle serves as chairman of the board of directors of The Bridge, Dallas’ homeless recovery center. He is a past chairman of The Dallas Foundation and of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. He is currently on the boards of directors of The Foundation for Community Empowerment, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and Nurse Family Partnership. He also chairs the board of directors of the Texas Association for the Protection of Children.

Castle has previously served on the boards of directors of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Points of Light Foundation, the Center for Public Policy Priorities, and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. In 2007, he received the Trailblazer for Youth award from the Texas Network of Youth Services in Austin, Texas.

Castle and his wife are members of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation where he has served on the Vestry. He has also chaired a strategic planning committee and a capital campaign for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.

Fred Cerise, MD

Frederick P. Cerise, MD serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Dr. Cerise comes to Parkland with years of experience in a variety of roles as a health care administrator, medical school faculty member and practicing physician.

Most recently, he served as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans School of Medicine. From 2007 to 2012 Dr. Cerise was Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education of the Louisiana State University System. Prior to that, he was Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals from 2004 to 2007.

Dr. Cerise began his career at the Earl K. Long Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Between 1991 and 2004, he advanced from the role of Assistant Program Director and Clinical Faculty member to Medical Director and ultimately served as Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Cerise holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Notre Dame, IN and earned his Medical Degree at Louisiana State University, New Orleans. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. In 2011, he earned a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA. He is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and has served on the Louisiana Federal Health Care Reform Steering Committee and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, among others.

Roberto C. de la Cruz, MD

Roberto de la Cruz, MD recently joined Parkland Foundation's Board of Directors. He's no stranger to Parkland. de la Cruz is a Parkland-trained internal medicine physician that currently practices medicine at Baylor University Medical Center. A native of Puerto Rico, de la Cruz completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, returning to the island to complete his medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico.

At Parkland, de la Cruz trained from 1993 through 1996 and joined the Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) health centers after he was recruited by Dr. Ron J. Anderson to remain on staff at Parkland. He became medical director at the East Dallas Health Center, where he served until 1999. He then decided to switch professional objectives and return to the hospital setting at Baylor. While practicing at Parkland, he was named recipient of the Miller Award, given annually by the internal medicine residents to recognize medical and ethical excellence, and he also won the physician "Above and Beyond Award" while working on staff at the COPC clinics. At Baylor, his interest is focused around palliative care medicine, where he has served as a member of the palliative care team since its inception in 2005.

de la Cruz has served on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas, and was involved in planning and fundraising for an annual benefit hosted by the GLFD Fund, in which Parkland's Simmons Ambulatory Surgery Center and Palliative Care were named as beneficiaries.

He considers himself an amateur opera lover and is currently training to run his first marathon, to commemorate turning 40.

Laurie Evans

Laurie Evans joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in November 2010 after retiring from a nearly 25-year career at the Dallas Public Library earlier that year. Before retirement, Ms. Evans served six years as Director of Libraries for the City of Dallas overseeing a staff of 500 at 26 facilities and an operating budget of $30 million. Over her last five years, a testimony to her success, usage of the Dallas Public Library grew 50 percent.

Ms. Evans provided the direction for an extensive construction program, overseeing the renovation of five floors at the Central Library along with two renovations, six replacement facilities, and four new constructions of the branch libraries. She also initiated a project which developed and opened two co-located libraries in cooperation with Dallas Independent School District, which have become models nationwide for such cooperative ventures. Ms. Evans established Bookmarks at NorthPark Center, a children's library supported by a public/private partnership and initiated Every Child Ready to Read @ Dallas, a pre-literacy program that reached more than 40,000 children in the community.

Ms. Evans is also a successful fundraiser, having raised more than $1 million in each of her last three years at the Dallas Public Library. Along with the Friends of DPL, she secured underwriting to add a second bookmobile to the library program. Ms. Evans also served as Leadership Giving Chair for the 2009 City of Dallas Charitable Campaign.

Ms. Evans served as a partner in the information consulting firm Access Techniques from 1982 to1987, where she helped establish the first library for DART. She then worked as an administrator in the health care industry for 11 years before returning to the Dallas Public Library.

Ms. Evans has served on the boards of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, the USA Film Festival, the African American Museum, the DallasKidsRead! Advisory Board, and the University of North Texas - Library Science Board of Advisors and President's Council. Additionally, she served as a member of the steering committee for Thriving Minds (Dallas Arts Learning Initiative) and as a member of the Dallas Museum of Art: Education, Libraries, and Digital Initiatives Committee. She currently serves as Director on the Greater Dallas Boys and Girls Club board.

Hilda Galvan

Nancy Strauss Halbreich

Nancy Strauss Halbreich has been a member of Parkland Foundation since March 2004. Her passion for art and fashion led her to a successful career in retail. She has worked for Neiman-Marcus, The Village Garden, SL Art Gallery, Stanley Korshak and Sotheby's. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and pursued a Masters in Liberal Arts at Southern Methodist University.

Halbreich stays very busy with her commitment to community organizations. She serves on several boards including Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Charter 100 and Southwestern Medical Foundation. She has enjoyed membership in the Cattle Barron's Ball, Crystal Charity Ball, The Dallas Women's Club, Junior League of Dallas and many more. For more than 20 years, she has devoted herself to many other Dallas groups that include the University of North Texas Board of Regents, The Hockaday School, Leadership Dallas, Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Dallas Women's Club, Dallas Historical Society, Dallas Museum of Art and the list goes on.

Her awards include the Community Council of Greater Dallas' Community Champion Award given in 1998. She also received Dallas Historical Society's Award of Excellence for Voluntary Community Leadership. She was a finalist for "Love for Kids" Award for volunteers and she will forever be in the Crystal Charity Ball's Best Dressed Hall of Fame.

Nancy Strauss Halbreich grew up in Dallas. She is married to Jeremy L. Halbreich, who is chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Consolidated Media.

Donna Halstead

Donna Halstead joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in August 2015. A former Dallas City Council member, Halstead has a long history of community involvement. As president of the Dallas Citizens Council, she played major roles in several key issues including health care, transportation, education and water planning. While at the Citizens Council, she held leadership positions in numerous bond campaigns and was critical to the success of the campaign to build the new Parkland hospital. Following her retirement in September 2013, she has focused on her family and personal pursuits.

Mary Blake Meadows

Mary Blake Meadows was appointed by the Parkland Health & Hospital System's Board of Managers to join the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in October 2007 and was re-appointed to the Board in 2013.

Raised in La Marque, Texas, she attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in mathematics. She received her master's degree in computer science from Southern Methodist University while working at Texas Instruments. In 1974, she founded a small group of women's apparel stores from which she retired in 1995.

Meadows now spends her time volunteering. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Unit of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and on the State Board of the ACS. From 1996-2011 she volunteered weekly in the emergency room at Parkland Memorial Hospital. She was also Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center in 2009 and, with her husband, chaired its capital campaign effort from 2009-2011.

Meadows has chaired numerous development events for non-profits in Dallas including the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, American Diabetes Association and CONTACT Crisis Line. She is a graduate of the 2002 class of Leadership Dallas. She is married to Chuck Meadows, a white-collar criminal defense attorney with Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, & Blau, L.L.P.

Kent Montgomery

Kent Montgomery joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in April 2012.

After graduating from the University of Texas in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree, Kent joined The Pepsi-Cola Company and moved to Los Angeles, Calif. Kent has held several sales and marketing leadership positions in a number of North America markets. From 2005 to 2007 Kent led a 500+ employee organization as the vice president and general manager for Pepsi in Southern California. He then led the foodservice organization for the Pepsi Bottling Group, responsible for its strategic, sales and operational success. He was senior director sales for the 7-Eleven team, based in Plano, Texas, before assumed the role of vice president and general manager of the Global 7-Eleven Customer Team, leading a team which spans the U.S., 16 countries and 52,000 stores world-wide.

Kent continues to be a leader in his church and in his community. He currently serves as a group leader for his church and as a mentor for new managers. Kent has been involved as a board member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the MS Society and the Los Angeles Urban League.

Kathy Muldoon

Kathy Muldoon joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in August 2015. Muldoon, senior vice president of Carter Financial Management and a 30 year member of the financial planning profession, maintains a general financial planning practice with concentration in the planning needs of physicians, attorneys and the recently widowed. She has been nominated multiple times as one of D Magazine’s Best Financial Planners and is consistently recognized by business publications for her industry expertise.

A graduate of Santa Clara University, Muldoon has chaired the Dallas-Fort Worth Society of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners, and has served as President and Ethics and Regulatory Chair for the Dallas-Fort Worth International Association for Financial Planning. She is involved in the community through her work with the Diocese of Dallas, the Catholic Foundation Trustee, Jesuit Preparatory School, Cistercian Preparatory School, Children’s Medical Foundation and Southern Methodist University.

Winfred Parnell, MD

 

Harlan Pollock, MD

Dr. Harlan Pollock joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in February 2015.

Before his retirement, Dr. Pollock was in private practice at North Dallas Plastic Surgery Associates for more than 40 years. After receiving his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University, he started his general surgery residency at Parkland hospital. In 1967 he joined the U.S. Army and continued his training with a burn fellowship in the surgical research unit at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas later followed by a plastic surgery residency at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C. From 1970 to 1971 he was stationed at the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon, Vietnam.

Dr. Pollock is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Association of Military Plastic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Texas Medical Society, Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons, among others. He has also published numerous articles.

His involvement in the Dallas community includes the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Jewish Family Services, Dallas Summer Musicals and the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation.

Mark Rhodes

Mark Rhodes joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in February 2016. He began his career with Merrill Lynch in Houston, TX in 1983 as a financial advisor and served as a sales manager at Paine Webber for a brief time before returning to Merrill Lynch in 1990. Mark went on to lead multiple offices and work closely with financial advisors as a complex director in the Dallas area through 2004.

Before joining Merrill Lynch Wealth Management as Market Executive and Director of the downtown Dallas Complex in May 2015, Mark held senior leadership positions with both Bear Sterns and J.P. Morgan Securities, managing multiple lines of business.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University.

Carol Seay

Carol Seay joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in October 2014. Involved in philanthropic causes throughout Dallas for decades, Seay was recognized in 2003 with the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Her community involvement includes work with local organizations as the Crystal Charity Ball, Annette Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University (SMU), KidneyTexas, Methodist Healthcare Foundation, Susan G. Komen, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Boys & Girls Club, Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Dallas County Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Opera and Salvation Army. Nationally, she serves as a board member of the Betty Ford Center and as a founding member of Women Against Alzheimer’s.

Seay received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SMU and is a member of Highland Parkland Presbyterian Church.

Luis Spinola

Luis Spinola joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in April 2014.

Spinola is the president and chief executive officer of Azteca-Omega Group, a construction firm providing services ranging from general contracting, construction management, program management, design/build and self-performance services across a spectrum of projects for both public and private sector clients.

His leadership and accomplishments have been recognized by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, the DFW Minority Business Supplier Development Council, TEXO Association, the Dallas Business Journal, and many others throughout his 30-year career. Spinola holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in heavy construction, storm, sewer and water line design.

Ann Stuart

Ann Stuart joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in December 2014. As chancellor and president of Texas Woman’s University, 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.

She also led the construction of new facilities that position TWU at the forefront of workplace development including the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center and the Ann Stuart Science Complex in Denton.

Danny Tobey

Danny Tobey joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in February 2016. He currently works as a trial and appellate lawyer utilizing his experience as a medical doctor to represent hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in matters ranging from patent disputes to tort claims.

Danny serves on the Legal Advisory Committee of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and as co-chair of the 2016 Judiciary Committee of the Dallas Bar Association. He has also served as a member of the I Stand for Parkland Campaign Steering Committee.

He graduated magna cum laude with Highest Honors in social studies from Harvard College in 1999, from Yale Law School in 2003 and received a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 2008.

Richard Trubitt

Richard Trubitt joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in February 2014.

Trubitt is a tax services partner at Lane Gorman Trubitt, PLLC where he is responsible for financial advisory services, general business consulting, strategic planning, succession planning and tax services. He devotes a significant amount of time meeting with family-owned entrepreneurial businesses and helping them to develop short-and long-term strategies for estate, trust and other general business matters.

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs, the North Texas Arthritis Foundation and the Planned Giving Council at Parkland Foundation. Prior board service includes the Dallas Holocaust Center, Children’s Medical Center and Temple Emanu-El.

Trubitt received a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Texas, Austin.

“I stand for Parkland because of the essential medical and social service it provides the community. The doctors, administrators and staff have a tremendous dedication serving the patients. I experienced this early on when I had the privilege to meet Dr. Ron Anderson. His wisdom, foresight and commitment to improve Parkland and help make it the public hospital it is today has inspired me to get involved and stand for Parkland.”

Trudy Turner

 

Karen Watson

Karen Watson is the newest member of Parkland Foundation's board of directors. She is the president and owner of Karen Watson Mortgage Incorporated located in Dallas. Watson currently serves on the board of the Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance. She also is a Tocqueville Society Member for the United Way.

Ex-Officio Members

Serena Cole

Barbara Daniel

Michael Darrouzet

Michael Darrouzet is the executive vice president/CEO of the Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS) and the DCMS Foundation. In the summer of 2014 he celebrated his 26th anniversary with DCMS, serving as CEO since 1997.

Darrouzet served as the medical society’s Assistant Executive Officer beginning in 1988 for eight years prior to becoming the CEO. Prior to joining DCMS he was a hospital administrator. As the CEO of DCMS, Darrouzet oversees society operations, advocates for the physicians of North Texas and works closely with the elected physician leadership in their role as the trusted voice for medicine. With over 7,100 member physicians DCMS is the second-largest county medical society in the nation.

Darrouzet has been instrumental in the creation of several major community initiatives and partnerships administered by DCMS, including Project Access Dallas and the North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership, where he is a founding member of the Board of Directors, serving as its initial President and Chairman of the Board from 2010 to present.

In 2004, DCMS awarded Darrouzet the Millard J. and Robert L. Heath Award, the society’s highest recognition for a layperson who has supported the medical community. He served as president of the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) in 2005-2006. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Dallas Medical Resource and in 2015 he will join the Board of the Southwest Transplant Foundation.

Darrouzet is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and received his Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University.

"I stand for Parkland because of it’s incredibly dedicated and compassionate staff and leadership that care for our friends, family and neighbors, some who would have nowhere else to turn when they suffer from illness or trauma. I stand for Parkland because it trains the finest physicians in the United States. I stand for Parkland because supporting Parkland makes our dreams of a healthy community a reality."

Marie DeCamp Dean

Marie Dean is a creative marketing executive with senior level public relations, marketing, business development and advertising experience. During her career, she has had proven success growing sales and profits for a multitude of client products and services.

She has consulted with clients extensively to develop public relations strategies, execute media outreach programs, manage special events, and write bylines, newsletters and web site content. With a background primarily in the luxury market, she has successfully developed and implemented public relations programs for prominent retailers, medical spas, luxury real estate companies, hospitals, high-end photographers, caterers and more. In addition, she has served as a publicist for high-profile individual clients, ranging from luxury real estate brokers to book authors to medical professionals.

Previously, Dean worked as a marketing and public relations specialist for Neiman Marcus for 14 years where she worked with a team responsible for sales strategies, business development, advertising, customer relationship marketing and customer rewards programs. In addition, she planned and executed over 50 corporate events annually on behalf of the company – from small business dinners to large formal galas.

She has extensive experience as a liaison between Dallas business and civic organizations and Neiman Marcus’ corporate headquarters to maximize corporate exposure and branding in the community. On behalf of Neiman Marcus, she expanded the company’s image with national health organizations – ranging from the American Heart Association to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – by partnering with wholesale vendors to enhance corporate donations to the Dallas community. In addition, Dean has been actively involved with other prominent Dallas community organizations, including Crystal Charity Ball, Cattle Barons, The Dallas Museum of Art and more.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson joined the Parkland Foundation Board of Directors in June 2016. She currently serves as the inaugural director of public affairs for Dallas Citizens Council. She previously served as the corporate affairs manager for the Americas at Trafigura in Houston. She was the first to hold this position and facilitated the establishment of the company’s public and government affairs initiatives in North, Central and South America.

She has been honored as a 2016 Presidential Leadership Scholar, one of the top 40 business leaders under 40 by the Dallas Business Journal, and was included as a storyteller in 41ON41, a look at President George H. W. Bush as told through the eyes of 41 storytellers.

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri and her master’s degree in public administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

 

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