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.
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.
Lillie Biggins, RN, FACHE, became president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in 2012. She joined Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in 1997 as vice president of operations, overseeing Emergency Services, Trauma Services and Restorative Services. Prior to joining Texas Health Resources, Biggins held executive and clinical leadership positions at HCA Plaza Medical Center, JPS Health Network and Parkland Memorial Hospital.
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.
Jeffrey Cellucci joined Kindred Healthcare’s Hospital Division in 2009, starting in their Executive Fellowship Program in finance and completing hospital operational rotations in the Chicago Market. Jeff held various CEO and leadership roles across Kindred hospitals in the Midwest and Northeastern states. In 2015, Jeff relocated to Texas where he assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for Kindred’s Dallas/Fort Worth Integrated oversight of the seven Kindred Long Term Acute Care facilities. Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. He was also selected for the Kindred’s Rising Star Program in 2014.
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.
Dr. Will 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.
Joseph DeLeon was named president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth in May 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.
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.
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.
John Phillips, FACHE, was named president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in 2011. He previously served as 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.
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.
Bill Whitman attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, Biology. He received his Master of Science, Health Care Administration at Trinity University in San Antonio. Bill performed his administrative residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospitals in Virginia. He joined Harris Methodist Health System in 1981, working as an executive vice president throughout the decade. In 1995, he became Executive Vice President/Quality Integration/President of Harris Methodist Health, Inc. He transitioned in 1997 to Texas Health Management Services, Inc., where he was an executive vice president and president. Bill joined JPS Health Network in 2008 as a healthcare consultant and in 2009 was hired as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
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.
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.
Clint Abernathy was named president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance in 2015. He joined Texas Health Alliance in 2012 and played a major role in efforts to open the hospital. Before joining Texas Health Alliance, Abernathy served as administrative director of operations and clinical excellence for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He also served as the hospital’s director of performance and productivity from 2007-2011. Abernathy received his bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Dallas and a master’s degree in health care management from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. In 2016, he was chosen as “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” by the DFW Hospital Council.