Sharon Butterworth is a mental health advocate. She serves on the boards of the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation, Brain Trust, Southwestern Children’s Home Trust, and J. Edward and Helen M. C. Stern Foundation. She is the former Chair of Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and former Vice Chair of Texas Department of MHMR. She is a member of the University of Texas at El Paso Development Board and Pan American Round Table of El Paso.
Nadine Craddick is Vice President and Secretary of Craddick, Inc. She has an extensive history of community involvement in the Midland area, notably serving on several boards including Midland Memorial Hospital Board of Governors and the Midland / Odessa Transportation Alliance Charter Board, and has been a Member of the MD Anderson Board of Visitors for a number of years. She was a Charter Member of the Caring for Children Foundation, a member of the Leadership Texas Alumnae Association, and a member of the Midland Advisory Board for Chase Bank of Texas.
She and her husband, Texas House of Representatives member Thomas Russell Craddick, Sr., created The Tom and Nadine Craddick Presidential Scholarship Endowment for the Texas Tech University System, the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science Endowment for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the Nadine Craddick Endowment Fund for the Midland Memorial Foundation at Midland Memorial Hospital.
Since 2009, Robert Earley has served as president and chief executive officer of JPS Health Network, Tarrant County’s $800 million, tax-supported healthcare system with more than 6,000 team members.
After graduating from the University of North Texas with a bachelor of arts in political science, Earley served as a staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Tom Vandergriff of Texas in the nation’s capital before returning to his South Texas hometown to seek an elected position of his own. Only 23 at the time, he was the youngest candidate to run for any office in the state legislature that year. He was elected in 1984 to the Texas House of Representatives and served for 10 years.
During his decade in the Texas House, Earley served as Chairman of the House Energy Committee, among other leadership assignments.
After five terms in the state House, Earley taught for three years at Texas A&M University in College Station before becoming president and chief executive officer of an Austin-based public affairs firm. His background in politics led to a position as political analyst for KXAN television, the Austin NBC affiliate. He also taught at St. Edward’s University in Austin for 12 years.
Earley joined JPS Health Network in 2005 as a senior vice president focused on community and governmental affairs. The Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers appointed him interim president and CEO in May 2008. In February 2009 he was named president and CEO.
Earley holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from The University of Texas-Arlington’s Fort Worth Center.
Earley and his veterinarian wife, Tricia, have one daughter.
Linda Perryman Evans is the Former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Meadows Foundation, one of the largest private philanthropies in Texas. A Director and Trustee of the Foundation since 1976, Ms. Evans is a great niece of founders, Algur H. and Virginia Meadows.
Prior to her current position, Evans was an active partner in the public relations firm of Stern, Nathan & Perryman and previously, the Executive Director of the Dallas Welcoming Committee, the non-partisan host committee for the 1984 Republican National Convention.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Evans worked in Washington, DC from 1976 through 1983. She served on President Gerald Ford’s re-election campaign, was an assistant in the development office of the American Enterprise Institute, was assistant to the press secretary for the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania, and from 1980 to 1983, served in the White House Office of Media Relations and Planning for President Ronald Reagan.
She is a board member of the Philanthropic Collaborative in Washington, DC, the Council on Foundations, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and the Wilson Foundation.
She has served on the boards of Grantmakers in Health and the Conference of Southwest Foundations, where she is a past president. She was named in the 2010 Nonprofit Times list of the Top 50 Power and Influence Leaders in the Nonprofit Community.
Maureen has worked in the philanthropy sector in various positions for over 40 years. She has served as Chairman of the Board of several non-profit organizations, as an adviser to many others and as an avid supporter of the community at-large. Her experience in governance issues, strategic planning, development, community outreach, and board development has provided her with hands-on knowledge and experience on both a local and national level.
Maureen and her husband Jim have four adult children and three grandchildren, who together constitute a philanthropic team committed to their combined passions. Their priority, as donors and community activists, is to act as agents of change in the realm of behavioral and mental health with a focus on awareness and education; research and treatment; and the eradication of the stigma associated with mental health care. In pursuit of that priority, they recently established The Hackett Center for Mental Health, the primary policy development and operating presence of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas in the Houston region. The Hackett Center is focused on putting policy into practice in partnership with the region’s leading health systems, so all Texans can obtain effective and efficient behavioral health care when and where they need it.
In addition to mental health awareness and advocacy, the Hackett Family is dedicated to serving the interests that make up the heart of every strong community: family, faith, health, and education.
Dr. Harbin is a psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience in the behavioral health field. He has held a number of senior positions in both public and private health care organizations. He worked for 10 years in the public mental health system in Maryland during the 1980s, serving as Director of the state mental health authority for 3 of those years.
Between 1994 and 2004 Dr. Harbin was CEO or Chairman of two national behavioral healthcare companies – Greenspring Health Services and Magellan Health Services. At the time he was CEO of Magellan, it was the largest managed behavioral healthcare company in the U.S. managing the mental health and substance abuse benefits of approximately 70 million Americans including persons insured by private employers, Medicaid and Medicare.
In 2002 and 2003 Dr. Harbin served on President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. As a part of the Commission, he was chair of the subcommittee for the Interface Between Mental Health and General Medicine.
In 2004 Dr. Harbin served as co-chair of the National Business Group on Health’s work group that produced the Employer’s Guide to Behavioral Health Services.
Since 2004 Dr. Harbin has provided health care consulting services to a number of private and public organizations. During this period he has been an adviser to organizations such as AARP, MyndAnalytics (a web base neuroinformatics company),, Curiosityville (a web based early childhood educational company), Interaxon (an EEG biofeedback company), Happify (a digital wellbeing company), 7 Cups ( a web based peer support and therapy company), Brain Futures (a non-profit that promotes brain fitness and new treatment technologies in behavioral health), ESS ( Effective School Solutions) , the Kennedy Forum , CMMI and the Parity Implementation Coalition ( a group of 13 national behavioral organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, NAMI and Mental Health America) which advocates for implementation of the Federal Mental Health Parity Law.
More recently he has been an adviser to the National Alliance of Health Care Purchaser Coalitions and the Bowman Family Foundation. Currently he is on the Board of the Maryland Mental Health Association, Brain Futures and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.
Dr Harbin has been a co-author or key contributor to a number of policy papers addressing methods to improve behavioral health care in the US on such topics as: Alternative payment methods in mental health services, Integrated care in primary care , Measurement Based Care, Brain fitness in Youth, new technologies in mental health treatment, and best practices in parity compliance.
After a distinguished, 30-year public service career, Albert Hawkins brings an extensive level of executive experience, knowledge, and insight to the policy-consulting sector. His areas of expertise include health and human services policy, financing and operations, and Texas legislative processes and practices. He has gained substantive understanding and knowledge across a broad array of state fiscal, regulatory, and policy areas as well. Mr. Hawkins is widely acknowledged for his effectiveness in developing strategic solutions, formulating appropriate policy actions and responses, and facilitating successful business decisions.
In January 2003, Governor Rick Perry appointed Albert Hawkins to serve as Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner for the State of Texas, where he served until September 2009. As Commissioner, Mr. Hawkins provided leadership and strategic direction to the health and human services system in Texas. The Executive Commissioner oversees the operations of the five health and human services agencies comprising more than 54,000 employees, and works with a total annual budget of $25 billion. Direct responsibilities included coordinating policy decisions, adopting administrative rules and regulations, formulating a consolidated health and human services budget, improving system-wide business operations, and administering eligibility determination functions, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicaid Acute Care programs.
Prior to his appointment as Health and Human Services Commissioner, Mr. Hawkins served as assistant to President George W. Bush and secretary to the Cabinet from January 2001 through December 2002. In this senior White House staff position, Mr. Hawkins served as the liaison between the White House and the President’s Cabinet. Key duties included (1) advising the President of Cabinet activities and issues affecting Cabinet departments, (2) facilitating effective Cabinet involvement with White House policy development efforts, and (3) communicating White House plans and policies to Cabinet departments.
From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Hawkins was state budget director for Texas Governor George W. Bush. In this capacity, he served as the chief advisor to the governor on state fiscal issues, oversaw the development of the governor’s state budget, and represented the governor before the legislature on budgetary matters.
From 1978 through 1994, Mr. Hawkins was employed at the Texas Legislative Budget Board where he served as deputy director, assistant director for program evaluation, senior program analyst and program analyst. At the Legislative Budget Board, he was responsible for evaluating state agency funding and performance levels and providing staff leadership to members of the House Appropriations Committee.
Mr. Hawkins earned a bachelor’s degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He received a master’s of public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas in 1978.
Mr. Hawkins currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of Huston-Tillotson University and as a member of the St. David’s Foundation Board, Board of Directors of Child, Inc., and Advisory Council of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Previous community service roles include the following:
- Former Board Chair, Austin Area Urban League
- Former Board Treasurer, Capital Area United Way
- Former Board Member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Austin
- Former Member, Board of Visitors, U.S. Naval Academy
- Former Tri-Chair, Austin Independent School District Citizens Bond Advisory Committee
- Former Member, Board of Directors, CASA of Travis County
He is the recipient of a number of awards, including:
- Whitney M. Young Award, Austin Urban League, 2005
- Outstanding Leadership Award, Austin Chapter of Blacks in Government, 2005
- Bob Bullock Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship, 2004
- Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 2004
- Distinguished Alumnus, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 2001
- Outstanding Texas Leader, John Ben Shepherd Forum, 1998
- Texas State Administrator of the Year 1998
Patsy Woods Martin most recently served as the executive director of Annie’s List, a group working to “change the face of power in Texas” by targeting, recruiting, and supporting courageous women to run for elected office in Texas. Since 2003, Annie’s List-endorsed candidates have won more than 100 races. In 2016, 26 of 27 Annie’s List-endorsed candidates won their races — and the losing candidate came within 64 votes of winning. Annie’s List has trained over 2,500 women and has made more than $4.5 million in contributions to candidates.
Martin is also the founder and served on a voluntary basis as executive director of I Live Here, I Give Here: The Central Texas Campaign for Philanthropy, a collaboration of individual philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, family foundations, local businesses, and religious leaders. The group works to increase awareness of needs in Central Texas and the role all Austinites can play in creating solutions to those needs. I Live Here, I Give Here also created and produces the successful 24-hour giving period known as Amplify Austin. Earlier this year, in March 2018, it raised $10.3 million for more than 700 local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2013, Amplify Austin has helped to raise over $45 million in only 144 hours.
Martin graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Upon graduation, she headed up an analytical lab at a major Houston petroleum company, the first woman to ever hold that position. Martin is a fourth-generation rancher in Montague County, and she remains active in her family’s ranching and oil businesses.
Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LMSW, is Co-Director of The Houston OCD Program and Founder of The Peace of Mind Foundation. Dr. McIngvale’s clinical interests focus on OCD, anxiety disorders, mental health stigma and access to mental health care. Dr. McIngvale maintains an active clinical, research and leadership role as the co-director of the McLean Houston OCD program.
She is the founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to OCD. Dr. McIngvale operates ocdchallenge.org, a free self-help website for OCD which is live in 6 languages and serves nearly 4,000 individuals. She was the first ever national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation where she now serves on their board of directors.
She received her bachelors and master’s degrees in social work from Loyola University Chicago, her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Houston and is currently pursuing her MBA from Kellogg’s School of Business Management at Northwestern University.
Dr. McIngvale engages in advocacy, clinical work, research and teaching related to OCD and anxiety disorders. She is a renowned speaker on both the local and national level speaking on behalf of OCD, mental illness and mental health stigma. Dr. McIngvale has received numerous awards for her advocacy and impact on the mental health field and currently serves as a director on 5 boards. She is internationally known and recognized for her clinical work and advancements in the OCD field. Dr. McIngvale is dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless and is grateful for a career which allows her to improve the lives of those living with a mental illness everyday.
The Honorable Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., former United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, today serves as Chair of Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Europe and USA, and is Chair of the Board for the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.
After his appointment by President William J. Clinton as United States Ambassador from 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Olson served as a senior advisor to the chairman of Citigroup in New York. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, Mr. Olson served as chairman and CEO of Travelers Insurance Holdings in New York City. Preceding Mr. Olson’s time at Travelers Insurance Holdings, he served as president of the National Group Corporation and as CEO of its National Group Insurance Companies. In addition, Ambassador Olson served as chairman and a member of the Texas State Board of Insurance and served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners from 1982 to 1983.
Ambassador Olson presently serves as a commissioner and vice chairman of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, having been appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate.
Currently, Ambassador Olson serves as vice chairman of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation in Austin, Texas; he is also a member of the advisory board for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas in Austin. He is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives and is a past president of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, a past president of the Texas Lyceum, and is an active member of the Texas Philosophical Society.
Additionally, Ambassador Olson serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas and is a member of the board of trustees for the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System and an emeritus trustee of the Baylor College of Medicine. Ambassador Olson is also a former member of the Advisory Committee for MD Anderson Cancer Center and former chairman of the Texas Mental Health Association.
An active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council of American Ambassadors, Ambassador Olson is a former chairman of The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and is presently a member of the board of trustees for The American-Scandinavian Foundation, The Jerusalem Foundation and The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, all in New York. Ambassador Olson is also a member of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Board of Trustees in Austin, Texas, and is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Waco, Texas.
A graduate of Baylor University, Ambassador Olson served as a former chairman of the Baylor Alumni Association, former chairman of the Waco Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as co-chair of the Greater Waco Education Alliance. Mr. Olson is a 33rd degree Grand Cross Scottish Rite Mason.
Harriet O’Neill was elected to the Supreme Court of Texas in 1998, and re-elected to a second term in 2004. She retired from the Supreme Court on June 20, 2010, and founded the Law Office of Harriet O’Neill, A Professional Corporation.
Harriet’s judicial career began in 1992, when she was elected to the 152nd District Court in Houston. In 1995, Harriet was appointed to the Fourteenth District Court of Appeals, and she won election to that seat in 1996. Justice O’Neill left the court of appeals with a 91 percent approval rating (1998 Houston Bar Poll), the highest rating on her nine-member court.
In the 10 years before she assumed the bench, Harriet practiced law in Houston, concentrating primarily in business, personal-injury and commercial litigation. She practiced with the firms of Porter & Clements and Morris & Campbell, then opened her own law office where she continued her litigation practice and mediated complex legal disputes. Harriet’s broad legal experience includes a variety of civil cases adjudicated, including contract and business disputes, regulatory matters, constitutional issues, statutory interpretation and government powers.
In 2002, and again in 2006, the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists named Justice O’Neill the Appellate Justice of the Year. Harriet is a frequent author and speaker. She also writes and lectures frequently for continuing legal education programs. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the Robert W. Calvert Inns of Court, and a Fellow of the Houston and Texas Bar Foundations.
Harriet O’Neill graduated in 1982 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was a member of the academic honors society and served as the law school representative to the American Bar Association. She returned in the spring of 2002 as the law school’s Jurist in Residence, and subsequently received the University of South Carolina Distinguished Alumnae Award. Harriet earned her undergraduate degree, with honors, from Converse College, and studied at University College in Oxford, England. In 2001, Converse awarded Justice O’Neill an honorary doctorate degree.
Dr. John Opperman was named Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Texas Tech University System in June 2015. He served as Interim President at Texas Tech University from January 2016 through July 2016, returning to his current post at the Texas Tech University System in August 2016.
In his role, Dr. Opperman is responsible for system-wide strategic planning, academic affairs, and policy development. He also collaborates with university presidents, provosts and academic leadership on academic initiatives, programs and procedures.
Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Opperman served as Vice Chancellor for Policy & Planning since 2002. In this role, he oversaw strategic planning for the TTU System and academic policy issues assigned by the Chancellor.
Previously, Dr. Opperman was the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the TTU System from 1996-1999. In addition to his positions at the TTU System, Dr. Opperman has spent more than 20 years in public service with the State of Texas, working primarily on issues related to higher education, public education, and state budgeting.
He has served as Director of Budget, Policy & Planning for the Governor of Texas, Budget Director for the Lt. Governor of Texas, and Director of the Senate Finance Committee in the Texas Legislature. He also has served as a special adviser to the Lt. Governor on public and higher education policy and the state budget, and most recently as a special adviser to Sen. Jane Nelson.
Dr. Opperman holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Deedie Potter Rose, a resident of Dallas, serves on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including Texas Christian University, The Trinity Trust, the Dallas Theater Center, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art. She is a past member of the National Council of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Park Foundation. Additionally, Ms. Rose serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Dallas Women’s Foundation and The University of Texas School of Architecture. She received the 2013 Linz Award, the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Humanitarian Award and was the 1997 recipient of the TACA Neiman Marcus Silver Cup award, given annually for distinguished service to the arts. She has also served as the chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for the United Way of Dallas County and as national co-chair of Texas Christian University’s capital campaign.
Linda Rosenberg, MSW is Director of External Relations for the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. She serves as a strategic advisor to Columbia as well as to community nonprofit organizations, foundations, and private sector companies.
Prior to her Columbia faculty appointment, Linda was President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health from 2004 until June 1, 2019. Under her leadership the National Council has become the nation’s largest mental health and addiction education and advocacy association with 3000 plus government and not-for-profit member organizations serving over 10 million Americans. The National Council helped secure passage of the federal parity law and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA); advanced the integration of behavioral health and primary care, leading to the creation of a Medicaid Health Home option; ensured passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act; and introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S.A.
Linda also served as New York State’s Senior Deputy Commission for Mental Health where she opened New York’s first Mental Health Court; implemented NY’s assisted outpatient program, Kendra’s Law; designed services and housing for the homeless; and led the expansion of community treatment and support services including a Home and Community Waiver Program for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.
Lisa G. Rosenbloom is a community organizer, volunteer, wife, and mother residing in San Antonio, Texas. After being raised in Corpus Christi, Houston, and San Antonio, she received a Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Clothing from The University of Texas in 1987. After a seven-year career in the executive program at Neiman Marcus, she relocated in 1995 to New York, NY during her husband Jeffrey’s residency at Columbia-Presbyterian in Otolaryngology. In 1999, Lisa, along with her husband and four children relocated to San Antonio to be closer to family. With her return to South Texas, she became involved in the community, creating a junior board at the Witte Museum, the Witte Society. Continuing her leadership with the Witte Museum, Lisa served on the Witte’s at-large board from 2006 until 2012. In 2003, her family created The Greehey Family Foundation, where she continues to serve as a board member.
Additionally, she served two terms as a trustee where her children attended school at Saint Mary’s Hall from 2011 until 2017. Further, Lisa has been a board member for National Charity League (2012-2014), a mother-daughter volunteer organization. In her free time Lisa enjoys taking care of her extended family, being physically active as well as being a member of various clubs and organizations.
Altha J. Stewart, M.D. is Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Engagement and Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She served as APA President (2018/2019), the first African American elected in the 175-year history of the organization.
She served as Executive Director for Memphis’ federally funded System of Care program for children with serious emotional disorders. Dr. Stew art was Director of Systems of Care for the Shelby County Office of the Public Defender. She worked for decades as CEO in public mental health systems in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York.
Laura Street, immediate past executive director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, has been a physical therapist, nurse practitioner, administrator, and executive director during her career. Her extensive experience in developing programs included finance, public relations, and marketing. In the healthcare field, Mrs. Street has been involved as a nurse practitioner, public speaker, teacher, researcher, and administrator. Mrs. Street also held a position as an instructor on the faculty in a university OB/GYN department. As the administrator of the University Women’s Health Center, she was responsible for supervising over 50 employees and six services. Since Texas Tech University is a nonprofit organization, she was involved in the rules and regulations inherent with such a position.
As founding executive director of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, Mrs. Street developed the nonprofit organization, led a campaign to raise over $33 million, and supervised the construction of a state-of-the-art center for the performing arts. Her experience in this position included marketing, development, nonprofit management, visionary leadership, and consensus building. She has provided consultation for the development of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University, organizational assessment for the Amarillo Area Foundation, and strategic planning for over 15 organizations. She has led an executive search for the Amarillo Opera and Amarillo Symphony, and was interim executive director of the Amarillo Symphony for six months. She chaired the most recent search for the music director and conductor of the Amarillo Symphony and has been a member of the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras.
She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Texas A&M University, including administration, research, and counseling, and has been a women’s health nurse practitioner. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma. As a nurse practitioner, she was certified nationally in women’s health, ob/gyn, and endocrinology and infertility. She also holds a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Community volunteer experience includes:
- President of the Harrington Discovery Center Board
- President of the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras and the Amarillo Symphony Guild
- President of Family Support Services
- Chairman of the Amarillo Symphony Youth Orchestra
- President of Amarillo Business & Professional Women
- President of the Amarillo Opera Board
- Chairman of the Board, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce
- Treasurer of the Texas Perinatal Association Board
- Chair of Window On the Wider World, integrating arts and culture into the schools
- President of the West Texas A&M University Foundation Board
- She has served on or worked with over 25 boards in capacity building for growth and development
Boards currently serving:
- Amarillo Symphony Orchestra
- West Texas A&M Foundation
- Panhandle Twenty/20, positioning the future of Amarillo in education and out of poverty
- Amarillo Club
- Texas Cultural Trust
- National Advisory Board of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health
Her honors include:
- Amarillo Symphony Beethoven Society Volunteer Award, 2013
- Women’s Forum Amarillo Area Distinguished Service Award, 2010
- Chamber Arts Committee Golden Nail Award for Volunteer of the Year, 1998 and 2009
- Volunteer of the Year of the Don Harrington Discovery Center
- Amarillo Women’s Network Second Mile Award
- Texans Caring For Texans Outstanding Employee Award
- 2007 Outstanding Service Award from Texas Perinatal Association
- Amarillo Business & Professional Women’s Award, 2000 and 2006 Texas Women To Watch
- 2006 Amarillo Globe-News Woman of the Year
Elam Franklin Swann III is a native Tylerite and partner in Swann’s Furniture and Design (swanns.com), one of the oldest retail furniture companies in America, having been founded in 1895. After graduating from Stephen F Austin State University School of Business Elam went directly into his family’s business, at that time located in downtown Tyler. Years later, and after 2 new locations, he is a partner with his son, Elam (Franklin) Swann IV. In addition to Swann’s Furniture and Design, Elam is active in real estate, higher end climate controlled storage, ranching and various investments.
Elam and his wife Betty have 2 sons, Franklin and wife Brooke, Lewis and wife Naomi, and 4 grandchildren. Franklin is the current President of Swann’s Furniture and Design and Lewis is the Founder and President of Sight.org, a Christian sight restoring ministry in Togo, Africa. Elam and Betty are members at Grace Community Church, Tyler, and Mountain Life Church, Edwards, Colorado.
Elam has served on various boards and committees including The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, All Saints Episcopal School, East Texas Medical Center, East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Care System, Alzheimers Alliance of Smith County, Episcopal Diocese of Texas Suffragan Bishop Search Chairman, US Magistrate Judge Eastern District of Texas Search Committee, The Encouragement Media Group, Camp Allen, Christ Episcopal Church Vestry, Junior and Senior Warden, Susan G Komen Foundation Tyler, Sheppard’s Heart Ministry, and UT Health Tyler. In 2019 he led CityFest East Texas by organizing and chairing a region wide outdoor Christian revival with the Luis Palau Association, drawing 37,000 to Tyler with another 91,000 online. He is also a founding board member and Chair of the East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Foundation, a Tyler foundation created as a result of the sale of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Care System to The University of Texas and Ardent, creating UT Health Tyler. The ETMC Foundation has completed its first year of grant funding including 15 local organizations, all with an emphasis in “behavioral health” needs, 10 local organizations responding to COVID needs, and a seed money multi-year grant totaling $80,000,000 for the new University of Texas Medical School Tyler set to begin classes in 2023. The ETMC Foundation is “dedicated to improving the health and quality of lives in Tyler and the surrounding East Texas communities”.
Elam has a heart for Tyler and East Texas, as his local family history goes back to the mid eighteen hundreds. He is committed to the pursuit of answers and solutions for the behavioral and physical health challenges that we are experiencing in East Texas.
Jeff Wilson has served Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant as the Chief Executive Officer for the past four years. During his tenure, Specialty and Transplant has been recognized as the nation’s largest live donor kidney transplant program, the nation’s best liver transplant program for patient and graft survival, expanded services for Behavioral Health and modernized its infrastructure. The hospital recently announced an additional $2 million investment in expanding outpatient behavioral health and psychiatric emergency services. The facility has significantly reduced falls and hospital acquired infections while increasing overall patient satisfaction to consistently result in the top quartile of all hospitals in the United States.
Jeff began his career in Washington DC, working at the U.S. Department of State and Office of Government Ethics. He was appointed by Virginia Governor George Allen, focusing on public health policy in the Secretary of Health and Human Resources’ office. He then led a partnership initiative uniting both public and private sectors between the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Virginia Department of Health to stimulate unprecedented collaboration in advancing overall health status.
Jeff joined HCA in 2005, where he held a variety of leadership positions in several Richmond, Virginia area hospitals, as well as serving as the Vice President of Orthopedics and Spine in HCA’s Capital Division. In 2011, he moved to San Antonio and served as Chief Operating Officer of Methodist Hospital | Metropolitan. While there, he oversaw the $50 million construction and expansion of the ICU tower.
Jeff and his wife Karen have three children A.J., Tess, and Bennet.
Nancy Woodman is a resident of Midland, Texas. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Midland Memorial Foundation. The foundation is influential in assisting with the complex healthcare needs of the Midland community by exclusively supporting the work of Midland Health. In 2016, Midland Memorial Foundation funded the project led by Midland Health to create a leadership team comprised of representatives from key behavioral health service providers to identify the behavioral health gaps in Midland.
In addition, Nancy worked as a consultant on the capital campaign to build Bynum School in Midland. This project provided an endowment fund and new state of the art facilities for year-round educational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
Before establishing a career in philanthropy, Nancy was the National Sales Manager and Senior Vice President for Tanner Companies in North Carolina and New York City. She worked as the executive leader for regional sales and marketing, collaborated with the New York design teams, and organized and led national sales meetings.
Nancy is originally from Texarkana, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
John M. Zerwas, MD, joined The University of Texas System as Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs in October 2019. He provides oversight and guidance for the six UT System health institutions, one of the largest networks of academic health institutions in the country with an aggregate annual operating budget of more than $14.7 billion.
Prior to joining U. T. System, he served the citizens of Texas House District 28 (Northwestern Fort Bend County) for seven legislative terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Zerwas served eleven years on the House Appropriations Committee, three as Chairman, and six as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. As the 2015-2016 Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, he advocated to increase access to higher education and grow opportunities for graduate medical education. He brought firsthand experience and knowledge of health care systems and policy to the House Committee on Public Health and also served as a member of the Legislative Budget Board. As a Representative, Zerwas earned numerous accolades for his dedication to public service, including being twice named one of the “Ten Best Legislators” by Texas Monthly, a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and “BIO Legislator of the Year” by Biotechnology Industry Organization for writing critical legislation that preserves patient access to innovative and cost-effective biologic medicines in Texas. In 2019, he was awarded the National Distinguished Advocacy Award from the American Cancer Society Action Network.
A physician for more than 30 years, Zerwas is past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Zerwas cofounded a Houston area group practice in 1996 which became part of US Anesthesia Partners in 2012. He remained active in the practice and operations of the practice until joining the UT System. From 2003 to 2008, Zerwas served as Chief Medical Officer of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, and as Chief Physician Integration Officer until 2009.
Dr. Zerwas graduated from Bellaire High School in 1973, and in 1978, he married his late wife Cindy Hughes. After graduating from the University of Houston, he earned his Doctorate in Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 1980. John, together with his wife Sylvia, have six children and nine grandchildren: Isabella, Matthew, Dashel, Oliver, Beatrice, Tinley, Harlow, Posey, and John McCall III.