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 – 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.

Chair-Elect – Becky Tucker
President | Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth

Becky Tucker serves as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, promoted into that role in August 2018 after a stint as vice president of the system’s Neighborhood Care & Wellness campuses in Burleson, Prosper and Willow Park. She joined Texas Health Resources in 2004 as an administrative assistant in Plano while earning her degrees in kinesiology from the University of Texas and master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from Texas Woman’s University. Tucker was also honored with the DFW Hospital Council’s Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Award in 2014.

Past Chair – 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.

Trustee – Michael Sanborn
President | Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth

Michael Sanborn serves as President of Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth. He is responsible for the leadership and management of the 538-bed acute care hospital with more than 2,400 employees and 1,000 medical staff members. Sanborn previously served as the president of Baylor Scott & White – Carrollton where he was responsible for the hospital, three satellite medical offices and a freestanding diagnostic center. Sanborn holds a B.S. and M.S. in Pharmacy and Administration respectively from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Trustee – Dr. Roberto de la Cruz
Executive VP, Chief Clinical Officer | Parkland Health & Hospital System

With more than 24 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dr. Roberto de la Cruz served as Chief Hospitalist before being named Chief Medical Officer in 2016. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He served as Associate Medical Director of Parkland’s East Dallas Health Center from 1998-2000. Dr. de la Cruz is a 15-year veteran of Hospitalist Medicine and was Associate Medical Director of the Texas Primary Care Hospitalist Service at Baylor University Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at UT Southwestern and Parkland. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has experience in Palliative Care and Hospice Medicine.

Trustee – Dr. Seth Toomay
Associate VP, Chief Medical Officer | UT Southwestern Medical Center

Seth Toomay, MD, became Associate Vice President and Health System Chief Medical Officer of UT Southwestern in August 2019. He is a Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and is a member of its Vascular and Interventional Radiology Division. He provides clinical vascular and interventional radiology services at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Clements University Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital. Dr. Toomay received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He then earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern, where he remained to complete his radiology residency and fellowship training in interventional radiology.

Trustee – Dr. Karen Duncan
President/CEO | JPS Health Network

Karen Duncan, MD is a board-certified pediatrician with medical and executive leadership experience. Dr. Duncan has extensive experience working in large public health academic centers and has held executive leadership positions at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital and Chicago’s Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Dr. Duncan came to JPS Health Network from Health Management Associates, a healthcare consulting firm where as Principal, she consulted for large publicly funded hospitals systems, government entities and managed care plans. Dr. Duncan received an MD from Emory University School of Medicine.

Trustee – Sharn Barbarin
CEO | Medical City Lewisville

Sharn Barbarin previously served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Medical City Arlington from 2011 until her appointment as CEO at Lewisville in July 2015. Under her leadership, Medical City Arlington expanded services and achieved outstanding patient and physician satisfaction scores. She began her career with HCA as an administrative fellow at Medical City Las Colinas and was quickly promoted to COO at the Medical City McKinney where she served nine years before her promotion to COO at Medical City Arlington. Sharn is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Tulane University. She has been named an Outstanding Alumni by Tulane University’s School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, honored as a Top 25 Women in Business by McKinney Living, and as a Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Nominee by the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council.

Trustee – Jessica O’Neal
CEO | Medical City Las Colinas

Jessica O’Neal was named chief executive officer of Medical City Las Colinas in November 2021. She had previously served as CEO of Medical City Children’s Hospital and Medical City Women’s Hospital Dallas in 2018. From 2016-2018, O’Neal served as chief operating officer of the 515-bed West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. Under O’Neal’s leadership, pediatric specialty care network services and providers were integrated into the hospital’s delivery system and she launched a wide spectrum of pediatric services. She previously served as VP of operations and chief operating officer of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. O’Neal holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics from Texas Christian University. She was also honored with the DFW Hospital Council’s Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Award in 2013.

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.

Trustee – Vanessa Walls
President Northern Market | Children’s Health

Vanessa Walls serves as President of the Northern Market for Children’s Health. In her role, she is responsible for driving market strategy with direct responsibility as the Administrator for Children’s Medical Center Plano. Vanessa held many roles within Children’s Health, including a prior three years as the Administrator for Children’s Medical Center Plano and five years as the Administrator for Our Children’s House. Prior to joining Children’s Health in 2011, Vanessa was the VP of Ambulatory Services for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. Her career has spanned 30+ years as a leader in health administration.

Trustee – Kyle Armstrong
Chief Operating Officer | Baylor University Medical Center

Kyle Armstrong was named Chief Operating Officer of Baylor University Medical Center in February 2020. He had formerly served as the president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney since 2016. He joined the McKinney team from Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis, one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the Mid-South. Armstrong earned master’s degrees in both health administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Waco and has been a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2014.

Ex-Officio – Natalie Wilkins
Chief of Staff to President/CEO | Cook Children’s Health Care System

Hired as Chief of Staff to the President/CEO in 2016, Wilkins arrived at Cook Children’s from North Texas Specialty Physicians where she served as administrative director of clinical programs. She first joined the independent physician association in 2011 as director of accountable care operations before being tapped to lead the funding, testing and operating of health innovations focused on advanced illness strategies. She previously served as director of system leadership and hospital operations at Baylor Scott & White in Dallas from 2009 to 2011. Wilkins holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Baylor University and a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University.

Ex-Officio – Christopher McLarty
Associate VP/CNO, Ambulatory Services | UT Southwestern Medical Center

Christopher McLarty has served as associate vice president and chief nursing officer, ambulatory services at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2019. He played a lead role during the pandemic at his hospital’s command center and represented ambulatory operations while providing advice on the proper COVID-19 response. His diverse experience as a nurse and executive have been crucial over the past two years. During his career, Dr. McLarty has taken on roles in emergency services, multi-site clinical operations, and health system leadership. He currently serves as co-chair for the Advancing Practice Committee of Texas Team, is on both the Acute Care Advisory Board and the Practice Committee for Texas Nurse Practitioners, and is on the Membership Committee for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.