DFWHC is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees comprised of hospital Chief Executive Officers or Chief Operating Officers. Voting members hold annual elections to fill vacant positions. A newly elected member serves a three-year term. The Board is authorized, via bylaws, the discretion of selecting two additional ex-officio, non-voting members to serve for a one-year term to provide specific expertise.

Chair – Charles Gressle
CEO | Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco

With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare including serving as COO at Medical City Dallas Hospital, Charles Gressle assumed the role of CEO of Medical City Plano (formerly The Medical Center of Plano) in 2013. Gressle came from HCA’s Continental Division in Denver where he served as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. Prior to joining the Continental Division, Gressle was the COO at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Gressle received his undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MBA degree with highest honors from Wake Forest University.

Chair-Elect – John Phillips
President | Methodist Dallas Medical Center

John Phillips, FACHE, was named president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center in 2018. He had previously served as President of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center since 2011. He is also a former regional COO of CHRISTUS, St. Michael Health System in Texarkana. Prior to St. Michael, Phillips served as COO for Davis Regional Medical Center in North Carolina and administrator of Eastland Memorial Hospital in Eastland, Texas. Phillips earned a master of business administration degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a master of health care administration degree from Trinity University. Phillips has served with the Texas Hospital Association, the American Heart Association and as adjunct faculty at Texas A&M University’s Texas College of Business.

Past Chair – Scott Peek
COO | Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

Scott Peek became COO of Baylor University Medical Center in 2016. He had been president of Baylor Medical Center at McKinney since 2011. Prior to joining Baylor McKinney, Peek served as COO at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. Peek has been with Baylor Health Care System since 2001, serving as president of Baylor Specialty Hospital and Our Children’s House at Baylor. In 2009, Peek was chosen as “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” by the DFW Hospital Council. The annual award honors young professionals who display key abilities of future healthcare leaders.

Trustee – David Berry
President | Children’s Health

David Berry serves as President, System Clinical Operations at Children’s Health. He began his new role in April, 2016. David is an accomplished hospital executive with extensive experience in operating pediatric health care organizations. Prior to joining Children’s Health, David served as the senior vice president and COO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). He has spent the last 35 years of his career as an executive at two respected children’s hospitals, ACH and University of Wisconsin/American Family Children’s Hospital. David received his Bachelor and Master of Science in Pharmacy degrees from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is active at the local and national level in organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Hospital Association, Ronald McDonald House of Central Arkansas and the Board of the Arkansas Hospital Association.

Trustee – Nancy Cychol
President | Cook Children’s Health Care System

Nancy Cychol joined Cook Children’s in 1984, holding several leadership positions prior to her promotion to president in 2003. Before joining Cook Children’s, she was employed by Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and Children’s Medical Center of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. As president, Cychol oversees operations of the 430-bed medical center and is responsible for more than 3,400 employees across 30 medical specialties and subspecialties. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing and a Master’s degree in administration from Indiana University. She currently serves on the boards of American Heart Association, Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital in Hurst, the Cook Children’s Surgery Center in Plano and LifeGift.

Trustee – Dr. William Daniel
VP, Chief Quality Officer | UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. William Daniel joined UT Southwestern in 2016. He formerly served as the vice president and chief quality officer at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri, where he provided medical executive leadership to a network of 10 hospitals. A cardiologist, he joined Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants in 1998. In addition to patient care, he served as the medical director for quality, clinical operations and Electronic Medical Records. He became Saint Luke’s VP in 2013.

Trustee – Joseph DeLeon
President | Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Joseph DeLeon was named president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in 2018. He had previousl served as President of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth since 2013. He is a former captain of the U.S. Air Force Medical Services Corps and has served in health care management since 1991. DeLeon joined Texas Health Resources in 2005 as vice president of professional services and business development at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. DeLeon served as the chairman of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, chairman of the LifeGift Board of Trustees, vice-chair of the Texas Health Specialty Hospital Board of Directors, chair of the Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth Board of Directors and on the Board of Visitors for the AdRan College of Liberal Arts at Texas Christian University.

Trustee – Jerri Garison
President | Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano

Jerri Garison is president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano and division executive for the east region of Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas. She has been president of Baylor Scott & White – Plano since 2006 and became division executive for the east region in 2011. She previously served at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie as president beginning in September 2004. Garison received a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia. She serves on many boards including North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Regional Policy Board for the American Hospital Association, Collin College Foundation and the Russell Creek YMCA.

Trustee – Blake Kretz
President | Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

At Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Kretz led efforts to establish a hyperbaric and wound care center and build the Dan Dipert Family Chapel. Under his leadership, the hospital became a Level IV Trauma Facility and was recertified as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center and a Primary Stroke Center. Previously, he served as president of Texas Health Cleburne for eight years where he oversaw the expansion of the Emergency Department and the Surgical Services Department. Before joining Texas Health, Kretz was administrator and chief executive officer of Graham Regional Medical Center in Graham, Texas. He also served as chief operating officer at Graham Regional for one year, and from 1992-1995, held administrative leadership roles at HCA St. Mark’s Hospital.

Trustee – Dr. Esmaeil Porsa
EVP, Strategy/Integration | Parkland Health & Hospital System

Dr. Esmaeil Porsa most recently served as Parkland’s interim chief medical officer. He was formerly the senior vice president for academic and professional affairs and associate chief medical officer at Parkland. In that role, he oversaw the Medical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education divisions and represented medical interests with Parkland’s administrative leaders. In addition, he served as Parkland’s medical director for “Jail Health,” where he was responsible for overseeing the health and well-being of the Dallas County jail’s inmate population.

Trustee – Xavier Villarreal
CEO | Medical City North Hills

Xavier Villarreal assumed his CEO position at Medical City North Hills in 2016 following the retirement of Randy Moresi, who served 25 years in that capacity. With 18 years of healthcare leadership experience, Villarreal was formerly the vice president and chief operating officer of CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline and Memorial Hospitals in Corpus Christi. Prior to CHRISTUS, he served for seven years as the CEO of Navarro Regional Hospital, a 162-bed acute care hospital in Corsicana, and as COO at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene.

Trustee – Audra Early
Senior VP Strategy & Development | Kindred Hospitals

At Kindred Healthcare, Audra Early has leveraged her clinical and executive-level experience for over 18 years to transform the company’s care delivery model and build high-performing teams. Audra is currently Senior Vice President of Strategy & Network Development, having responsibility for Kindred’s strategic growth platform as it relates to Managed Care, Physicians & Network Development. Audra has held various leadership roles within hospital operations, including hospital CEO, Market CEO, District VP, Regional VP and Senior VP. Prior to her current role, she served two years as the Senior Vice President of Kindred’s West Region operations in California, which comprises 23 hospitals in five states, having leadership responsibility for 3000 employees.

Ex-Officio – Robert Walker
President and CEO | Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Robert Walker joined the administrative staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 1979. He was named executive vice president and administrator in 1989. Robert’s responsibilities include management of the day-to-day operations of the hospital to ensure that the highest degree of medical care is provided to our patients. Robert is a native of Garland, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Texas University and his Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Bob is a 33° Scottish Rite Mason and holds fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ex-Officio – Richard Carter
President/CEO | Hunt Regional Medical Center

Richard Carter joined Hunt Regional Healthcare in 1996 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Hunt Regional, Richard had a 15-year career with Quorum Health Resources with stints at Fredonia Regional Hospital and Kingman Community Hospital in Kansas. He also worked at Angel Community Hospital in North Carolina. Since joining Hunt Regional, Richard has guided the organization through six major building projects including the construction of the Professional Building, expanded surgery center, expanded emergency department and the addition of the West Wing. Additional expansions have included free-standing emergency departments in Greenville and Commerce. Richard is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s in Health Care Administration and a master’s in Finance and Administration.

Ex-Officio – Jyric Sims
CEO | Medical City Fort Worth

Since 2017, Jyric Sims has served as chief executive officer of the Medical City Healthcare hospital Medical City Fort Worth, a 320-bed medical center that includes an ambulatory surgery center, an off-campus emergency room, more than 1,200 employees and a graduate medical education program. During his career, he has received numerous accolades including the 2017 National Healthcare Executive of the Year by the National Association of Healthcare Executives and the 2016 Modern Healthcare Up and Comer. He currently serves on the Louisiana State University National Diversity Board. Jyric was also the 2018 recipient of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council’s Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Award.