David BrownCivic Leader, Author

David Brown is a nationally recognized expert on security, law enforcement and public safety in the inner city. He is the former and longest tenured (since the 1960s) police chief of Dallas, the nation’s ninth largest city. Brown currently serves as a contributor for ABC News where he provides on-air perspective on live security events and news impacting the country.

An active participant in causes impacting the Dallas community, Brown joined the board of Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and serves as a Senior Fellow. He also has been named senior advisor to The Rainwater Charitable Foundation, which focuses on grant giving to under-privileged and formerly incarcerated children.
Brown leads from an authentically grounded place of duty and service borne out of commitment to his hometown. Called to serve as an officer based on his upbringing in the inner city, Brown worked his way up through the Dallas police force onto the department’s SWAT team, which he led and served on for seven years (1996-2003.)
When Brown became deputy chief in 2003, Dallas had led the country in violent crimes for six years running. Working side-by-side with (retired) Chief David Kunkle, Brown created impact via accountability among the 3,500+ sworn officers comprising the force. Brown personally led and managed the change initiative, meeting weekly and daily with officers to establish new performance measures. The seven-year change effort led to the most significant reduction in crime in the city’s history, increased diversity and education levels within the department’s managerial ranks, and established clearer performance measures, and advancement and succession criteria.

Brown is perhaps best known for his steady leadership during the worst police shooting in the nation’s history (July 2016.) Direct challenges to protestors, combined with heartfelt commitment to surviving families of the fallen (five) and wounded (nine) officers, will remain etched in the minds and hearts of those impacted by the tragedy. Following the shooting, a news outlet called Brown “America’s chief who comforted a nation.”

Brown’s community-based approach has been recognized as a model for how to enforce laws and police the inner city. David is frequently invited to speak to groups both locally and across the country, including recent engagements at the Bank of America Senior Leadership Meeting, the United Talent Artists Executive Retreat, and the Southwest Airlines Power of Inclusion Meeting. David has been recognized locally in the Dallas community and received both the Nancy Lieberman Charities Trailblazer Award, and the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award, which was presented to Brown by the Maguire Ethics Center at Southern Methodist University (SMU.)

In June, 2017 Brown released Called to Rise: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Raised Me, which chronicles his life and professional experiences via personal memoirs.

Brown earned an MBA at Amberton University, Garland, TX (2001) and a bachelor of arts (B.A.) from Dallas Baptist University (1999.) He earlier attended the University of Texas (1979-1983) but left to start what would become a 33-year career in law enforcement.

David and his wife, Cedonia, reside in Dallas with their 10-year-old daughter. When Brown isn’t working or thinking through security issues, he likes to exercise, play golf, travel and spend time with his grandson.

Robert EarleyBoard Treasurer, President & CEO, JPS Health Network

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.

Francisco Fernandez, MDInaugural Dean & VP for Medical Affairs, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Dr. Francisco Fernandez received his M.D. degree from Tuft’s University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fernandez served as the President of the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP), and chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Commission on AIDS and the Steering Committee of the APA’s-CMHS funded AIDS Education Project. He served on the Executive Council of the Association for Medicine and Psychiatry and the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry receiving their Simon Bolivar Award for his work on depression in Hispanic men.

Dr. Fernandez served on the ACP PRITE Editorial Board and was the Editor-in-Chief from 2000-2004. Before serving as Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Morsani College of Medicine in the University of South Florida (USF), from 1997-2002 he was the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. While at USF, he directed the Institute for Research in Psychiatry and was the principal investigator of the Memory Disorder Center at the Johnnie Byrd Florida Regional Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

In 2014, Dr. Fernandez became Founding Dean of the University Of Texas Rio Grande Valley School Of Medicine through 2016. In this role, Dr. Fernandez was responsible for the Preliminary LCME Accreditation by advancing and integrating UTRGV’s research, interdisciplinary education and patient care missions. In 2015, he received the National Hispanic Medical Association’s Physician of the Year Award. He remains at the new medical school as Founding Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology as Clerkship Director and Head of VIDAS Community-Academic Liaison in the Institute for Neurosciences.

Maureen HackettCivic Leader, Houston

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.

Albert HawkinsCivic Leader, Austin; Former Health & Human Services Commissioner for the State of Texas

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

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.

Kevin MoriartyRetired President and Chief Executive Officer, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., San Antonio

Kevin C. Moriarty is the former president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. and has been a central figure in San Antonio’s healthcare and human services for three decades. Selected as the first chief executive officer of Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM), a faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing medical and health-related human services to low-income families and the uninsured, Moriarty led MHM to become the largest private funding source for community health care services in South Texas.

MHM’s mission is ‘Serving Humanity to Honor God’ by improving the physical, mental, and spiritual health of those least served in the Southwest Texas Conference area of the United Methodist Church. However, MHM’s mission of providing charitable community healthcare extends beyond MHM through its one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System (MHS)—the largest healthcare system in South Texas. MHM’s half ownership of MHS creates a unique avenue to ensure that MHS continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed, and it provides revenue to MHM for its programs. Under Moriarty’s leadership at MHM, and through his role on the MHS Board of Governors and its community boards, both organizations have made great strides in working to achieve a high standard in community care for the people served through the Methodist Healthcare System and through the programs and clinics independently owned and operated through MHM.

MHM has thrived in particular under Moriarty’s direction. He was primarily responsible for setting the overall direction for MHM, overseeing executive administration of the primary care medical and dental clinics it owns and operates, and providing policy guidance to the MHM Board of Directors. His implementation of the board of director’s strategy of community health has grown from one program of $200,000 for 1,200 clients in 1996, to a budgeted expenditure of nearly $40 million in 2009 through contracts with partners and operated programs. MHM has also been recognized as a critical voice and advocate for low-income families and the uninsured by lawmakers. Through its public policy analysis and research, and as a direct result of Moriarty’s direction, MHM helped to ensure Texans have greater access to health care services. In addition, Moriarty oversaw the quality and charitable management of the Methodist Healthcare System, which consists of eight hospitals, two outpatient surgical centers, and several imaging centers, with assets of approximately $800 million, $1.3 billion net patient revenue, and 7,837 employees.

Prior to joining the Ministries, Moriarty served as a public official with the City of San Antonio for over 20 years. The last position he held was as director for the Department of Community Initiatives.

Moriarty grew up in New York City. He received his B.A. from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, with areas of concentration in history, economics, and philosophy and earned a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies—with concentration in public administration, health and human services planning, manpower planning, and data analysis—from the City University of New York. He has continued his education through the Harvard Business School Executive Program in 1997 and the Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders through Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2006. Moriarty was also a member of the Peace Corps and served for two years in Liberia, West Africa, as a teacher for elementary and secondary schools.

Moriarty lives in San Antonio with his wife, Jennifer Martens Moriarty, and they have five children.

Lyndon Olson, Jr.Board Chair, Civic Leader and Former United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden

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’NeillJ.D. Civic Leader and Founder, Law Office of Harriet O'Neill, A Professional Corporation, Austin Texas Supreme Court Justice: 1998-2010

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.

John Opperman, PhDVice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Texas Tech University System

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.

Laura StreetCivic Leader and Immediate Past Executive Director, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Founding Executive Director of the Globe-News Center for Performing Arts, Amarillo

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