DFWHC is governed by a 14-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 – Lillie Biggins

President - Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth

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.

Past Chair – Dr. John Warner

Vice President/Chief Executive Officer - UT Southwestern University Hospital
Dr. John Warner

Dr. Warner is an interventional cardiologist whose clinical interests include coronary artery disease, complex valvular heart disease, adult congenital heart disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He serves as medical director of the UT Southwestern University Hospital Heart, Lung and Vascular Center and directs the Clinical Cardiac Catheterization Services at UT Southwestern’s Affiliated Hospitals.

Chair Elect – Brett D. Lee

Chief Executive Officer of Tenet’s Lake Pointe Health Network

Brett D. Lee serves as the chief executive officer of Tenet’s Lake Pointe Health Network in Rowlett, Texas. Lee spent a majority of his career in pediatric healthcare, serving in executive roles at four of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals. He is the author of the bestselling book Growing Leaders in Healthcare: Lessons from the Corporate World, and was honored as the national young healthcare executive of the year by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Trustee – Jeffrey Cellucci

District Chief Operating Officer, Kindred Hospitals
Jeff Cellucci

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 Market. He has 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.

Trustee – Clay Franklin

Chief Executive Officer, HCA’s Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth
Clay Franklin

Clay Franklin took over as CEO of Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth in August 2008. His career began early thanks to a University of Oklahoma dean. Franklin, at the time a student, was offered the job of vice president of operations at Hillcrest Health Center in Oklahoma City when the CEO called the Dean of the College of Public Health and asked for the name of the best graduate student. Six months later the CEO resigned, and Franklin became interim CEO. He was soon recruited by HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) to set up a regional service center in Houston to consolidate business functions for 28 HCA hospitals. He went on to become COO at HCA’s CJW Medical Center, a 748-bed hospital in Richmond, Virginia. In 2006, Franklin was named CEO at HCA’S East Houston Medical Center. From there, he was recruited to be the CEO of Plaza Medical Center.

Trustee – Charles E. Gressle

Chief Executive Officer, HCA’s Medical Center of Plano
Charles Gressle

With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare including serving as Chief Operating Office at Medical City Dallas Hospital, Charles Gressle assumed the role of CEO of 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 Chief Operating Officer 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.

Trustee – Douglas G. Hock

President / Chief Operating Officer - Children’s Medical Center Dallas

Doug Hock joined Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in 2006 and serves as the executive vice president of hospital and clinic operations and chief operating officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for nursing, ancillary and ambulatory services, quality, and facilities across Children’s three campuses in Dallas, Plano and Southlake

Previously, Hock worked for Texas Children’s Hospital, most recently as a senior vice president. During his 19 years there, he served a variety of leadership roles in clinical operations, administration, and finance. He is a certified public accountant and worked for KPMG Peat Marwick and Cooper Industries in Houston. His industry experience includes healthcare, manufacturing and financial institutions.

Mr. Hock graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor of science degree in business and economics and from Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management with a master’s degree in business administration.

Trustee – E. Kenneth Hutchenrider

President - Methodist Richardson Medical Center

E. Kenneth Hutchenrider, Jr., joined Methodist Health System as president of Methodist Richardson Medical Center in July 2010, bringing more than 20 years of executive experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Methodist, Hutchenrider served as chief executive officer of Community Health Systems’ Galesburg Cottage Hospital in Illinois. While at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, he substantially increased financial stability and strengthened the management team and medical staff. Before serving at Galesburg, Hutchenrider was chief executive officer of Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. Hutchenrider holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Trustee – Debbie Paganelli

President - Texas Health Harris Methodist Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Deborah Paganelli, F.A.C.H.E., joined Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford as president in 2007. Previously, Paganelli served as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville. Under her leadership, Paganelli has overseen multiple milestones including: Level III Trauma designation – the first such effort in Northeast Tarrant County, recognition as a “Baby-Friendly” hospital – the third in the state of Texas and earning a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer – also the first in Northeast Tarrant County. Prior to joining Texas Health Resources, Paganelli served as chief operating officer of Alice Regional Hospital and vice president of Memorial Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Trustee – Scott Peek

President, Baylor Medical Center at McKinney

Scott Peek became president of Baylor Medical Center at McKinney in 2011. Prior to joining Baylor McKinney, Peek served as the chief operating officer (COO) at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. Peek has been with Baylor Health Care System since 2001, serving in roles of increasing responsibility as president of Baylor Specialty Hospital and Our Children’s House at Baylor. Today, Baylor McKinney is expanding to meet the growth demands of its city and the surrounding communities. 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 characteristics and abilities of future healthcare leaders.

Trustee – Cindy Schamp

President - Baylor Medical Center in Irving

Cindy Schamp has been president of Baylor Medical Center at Irving since 2008. Schamp has been instrumental in growing and expanding services including, a robotic-assisted surgery program, an imaging center in Grand Prairie, a hyperbarics wound program, a neurosurgery program and emergency services. During her tenure, Baylor Irving has received numerous recognitions including the Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program, ranking the hospital’s nursing care in the top 7 percent of hospitals in the country. Ms. Schamp earned her undergraduate degree in gerontology/business administration from the University of Oregon and her master's degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa.

Trustee – Bill Whitman

Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer, JPS Health Network
Bill Whitman

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.

Ex Officio – Dr. Frederick Cerise

President / Chief Executive Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System

Frederick Cerise, MD came to Parkland Health & Hospital System in 2014 with years of experience as a health care administrator, medical school faculty member and physician. He served as associate dean for clinical affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans School of Medicine. From 2007-2012 Dr. Cerise was vice president for Health Affairs and Medical Education of the Louisiana State University System. Prior to that, he was secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals from 2004-2007. Dr. Cerise began his career at the Earl K. Long Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Between 1991-2004, he advanced from the role of assistant program director and faculty member to medical director and ultimately chief executive officer. Dr. Cerise holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned his Medical Degree at Louisiana State University.

Ex-Officio – Robert Walker

President/Chief Executive Officer, 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.