Debbie Dudley Branson is the chair of the Parkland Board of Managers and a lawyer with the Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, PC.
As a fourth generation lawyer and a respected and accomplished attorney in Dallas, Branson has a strong family history in the law and a commitment to her profession. She maintains a passionate belief that individual lawyers have an obligation to be community leaders, public servants, and forces for positive social change. She is licensed to practice law in both Arkansas and Texas.
Branson has garnered many honors, including being named one of the “Best Women Lawyers in Dallas” and one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine and one of the “Texas Super Lawyers” by Texas Monthly for several years. She is also listed among The Best Lawyers in America. In 2012, she received the Women That Soar Award in Business, an award that recognizes women who have triumphed professionally and are giving back to the community. In 2011, she was named one of the Dallas Bar Association’s “Inspiring Women.” Branson has also received the Gayle Pettus Pontz Award, which recognizes the achievements of a lawyer who best represents excellence and achievement of women in the legal profession, and University of Texas at Dallas’ Achievement Award.
Branson is past president of the Dallas Women’s Foundation and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and an active member of many other legal organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. She has also served by appointment to the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.
She is married to Frank L. Branson and they have two children, both graduates of Southern Methodist University Law School.
Jerry Bryant is a member of the Parkland Board of Managers.
Bryant holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Michael Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Health Administration from the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.
As a former senior leader at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, he orchestrated the acquisition, merger, integration and operation of the system’s first seven community hospitals. He worked with colleagues to identify, evaluate, approach, acquire and operate targeted acquisitions.
He later served as the Baylor System’s chief strategy officer – the strategy development process owner for an organization that, in 11 years, grew from a single location in Dallas to offer health and wellness services through 156 strategically located hospitals, physician practices and outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services centers in five North Texas counties.
For 11 years, Bryant served as a member of the Research Advisory Council for the Health Systems Integration Study at Northwestern University, Chicago and at the University of California, Berkeley. He also served on the Industry Advisory Council of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center for Health Management Research at the University of Washington, Seattle. Each of these collaborative research and development think tanks was focused on closing the gap between research into breakthrough care delivery methods and their application on the front lines of America’s hospitals.
A Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Bryant has served as a director of the American Hospital Association’s Region 7 Policy Board, Preservation Dallas, the Dallas Historical Society, the Texas Chapter of The Arthritis Foundation and the University of Oklahoma President’s Associates Council.
He and his wife, Linda, live in Lake Highlands near their married son, daughter and four active grandchildren. They are members of the Wilshire Baptist Church.
Patricia Rodriguez Gorman is vice chair of the Parkland Board of Managers and owner of The Rodriguez Group and ROD Construction.
Gorman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Arts from Southern Methodist University. She is certified in strategic planning by the National Association of School Executives and received her Texas Paralegal Certification in Business Law from Southern Methodist University.
Gorman has served as secretary for the National Hispanic Contractors Association, immediate past chairman of the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association and is a past president of the Dallas Summit and the Hispanic 100 Foundation. She played a key role in the development of Dallas Independent School District’s 1992 and 2002 school facilities bond programs and the growth of the district’s MWBE program.
Winfred Parnell, MD, is a member of the Parkland Board of Managers and a board certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology.
Dr. Parnell practices obstetrics and gynecology at Carlos and Parnell, MD, PA, a medical practice he co-founded more than 30 years ago. He serves as a regional director for Doctors of America and is a member of the Parkland Foundation Physicians Council. He also serves as a delegate to the Texas Medical Association as well as board of directors of BBVA Compass Bank Dallas. Dr. Parnell previously served as a board member of the Dallas County Medical Society and for more than 15 years served as a board trustee at Medical City Hospital Dallas.
Throughout his career, Dr. Parnell has received commendations by numerous businesses, civic and social societies for his community involvement and professional accomplishments. In 2004, he was named one of “The Best Doctors in Dallas” by D Magazine. In 2009, he was selected to represent Texas at the White Coat Ceremony on Health Care Reform at the White House. In February 2013, Dr. Parnell was presented with the Torch Award from the Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas in recognition of his servant leadership and professional excellence in the Dallas community.
A native Floridian, Dr. Parnell earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-medical science at Florida A&M University in 1974 and a medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1977. He completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland in 1982.
Dr. Parnell and his wife, Debra, are the proud parents of twins, Winfred and Wendy. His daughter, Wendy Parnell, MD, completed residency training at Parkland in 2011 and practices obstetrics and gynecology. His son, Winfred Parnell, MD, is pursuing residency training in family medicine. Dr. Parnell enjoys snow skiing, jogging and travel.
Scherry Johnson, EdD, is a member of the Parkland Board of Managers.
Dr. Johnson is a longtime Dallas educator. She retired in March 2013 from The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) where she was an associate dean in the School of General Studies. Prior to her work as an associate dean, Dr. Johnson was the Vice President for University Affairs and was one of only four senior administrators on the President’s Cabinet. Before joining UTD, she was the Director of Development and Community Affairs at University Medical Center, later renamed Zale-Lipshy Hospital. During her tenure, she worked with a team of university staff, attorneys and underwriters to successfully complete a $40 million bond financing package.
Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and in 1974 received a Master of Arts in liberal studies from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Science in business management and administrative sciences in 1997 from UTD. In 1981, she earned her Doctor of Education in educational administration from the University of North Texas.
Dr. Johnson has served on numerous boards of directors and advisory boards, including but not limited to: Dallas World Salute, The Dallas 40, League of Women Voters, Urban Services YWCA, Clean Dallas, Inc., Girls Inc., Friends of Fair Park, Women's Center of Dallas, Dallas Summit and the Texas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Past and present memberships include: National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, The 500, Inc. and the national and local chapters of Phi Delta Kappa.
Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, MD, is a member of the Parkland Board of Managers, a board certified psychiatrist in private practice and an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Care at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
Throughout her career, Dr. Dobbs-Wiggins has had a particular interest in the interface between psychiatry and religion and the role clergy can play in decreasing stigma and promoting greater understanding of mental illness and its treatment.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Dobbs-Wiggins received her bachelor’s degree in biology (cum laude) from Harvard College and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. During her senior year of college, she responded to a call to Christian ministry and was licensed and later ordained by the Eliot Congregational Church of Roxbury, Mass. She is currently a member of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas, where she serves as an Assistant Pastor and Directress of the Angel & Cherub Choirs.
Dr. Dobbs-Wiggins is married to Kevin B. Wiggins and is the proud mother of four young adult children, Lauren Nichelle, Kyle Eliot, Paul Wesley and Kevin Jarrett.
Stephanie Woods, PhD, is a member of the Parkland Board of Managers, a registered nurse and Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing, Texas Woman’s University, Dallas Campus.
Dr. Woods’ first full-time nursing position was at Parkland Memorial Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Dr. Woods earned her doctorate from The University of Texas Austin School of Nursing.