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.
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.
Marvin A. Earle is a member of the Parkland Board of Managers.
Marvin started his professional career as Nurse Recruiter for the 400 bed teaching hospital of Meharry Medical College, Human Resource Manager as Labor Union negotiator for an Outpatient Ambulatory clinic and Marketing Director for Riverside Adventist Hospital, all located in Nashville, Tennessee. During this time, he was appointed Colonel Aide de Camp by Governor Lamar Alexander for community and civic public service.
As a senior banker for 20 years serving lending giants Wells Fargo Bank, N.A and J. P Morgan Chase, Marvin has received advanced underwriting certifications in mortgage lending, default administration, loss mitigation, CRA Fair lending audit reviews of purchased loans, commercial real estate lending and medical/dental group financing. During the S/L financial crisis of the 80’s, he was managing partner of the CRC Group Inc. that specialized in Asset Management, loan modifications exceeding $1 million dollars LTV and commercial asset disposition for failed financial intuitions held by the FDIC/Resolution Trust Corporation. Marvin received various awards and recognitions from the banking/mortgage/real estate industries and was recognized by Operation Hope at the 2013 Hope Global Financial Dignity Summit, for his global advocacy to eliminate poverty, famine, debt and Oppression in 3rd World Countries. He is also a member of the National Association of mortgage brokers.
Recently, Marvin received an appointment from the National & Community Service Corporation, AmeriCorps, charged with strengthening inner city communities through economic development, Tax Credit Incentive Financing and civic engagement with Mayor Mike Rawlins, “Grow South Initiative 2015” for the City of Dallas. He is currently serving a 3 year commitment as Planning & Zoning Commissioner for the city of Lancaster, Texas and was recognized by its Mayor, Marcus Knight for his deep commitment, devotion and public service as the city experienced during his commission record economic development growth. Marvin is a 2014 Civic Leadership Academy Alumnus. Dallas based Economic Partners Investing in Communities recognized Marvin’s valuable “Safer Dallas” advocacy efforts during the Texas legislature 2015 session, lobbying for body cameras for Texas Peace Officers “Operation Blue Shield” campaign.
His current board appointments include the Lone Star Chapter of the Lupus Foundation and the Urban League of Greater Dallas, Finance Chairman. Marvin also serves on the Executive Committee Board of the Pine Forge Academy Foundation, his high school Alma Mata as Vice Chair of Fund Development for the $15 million dollar capital improvement campaign. Marvin was recently appointed to the Dallas County Democratic County Advisory Committee and Precinct Chairman respectively. Lastly, his most recent collaboration this year was the passage of a $125 million Bond passage for the Lancaster Independent School District.
Marvin and his wife, Dr. Diane Earle have been married 36 years and enjoy family time with their 3 adult children, their spouses, and 4 grandchildren. His undergraduate Bachelor of Science studies began in his hometown of upstate New York at the University of Rochester and he is an Alumnus of Oakwood University located in Huntsville, Alabama.
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.
Natalie Jenkins Sorrell is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for the $3.4 billion Employees’ Retirement Fund (EFR) of the City of Dallas. Natalie is responsible for the design and implementation of the overall investment strategy and policy for the Fund.
Her career in finance began in the mergers & acquisitions group in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York City where she specialized in real estate and media transactions. She later joined GE Equity, GE Capital’s private equity arm based in Stamford, CT, focusing on investments in both the healthcare and finance sectors. After graduate school Natalie worked in both global strategy and finance director roles at publishers McGraw-Hill in New York City, and Voyager Expanded Learning based in Dallas, Texas.
She joined Dallas ERF in 2006 and has spearheaded efforts to fulfill new private equity, private real estate, global equity, and master limited partnership (MLP) allocations of more than $600 million collectively. Most recently she has led the effort to build the Next Generation Manager Program at ERF allocating ten percent of the Fund to smaller, newer, and/ or minority owned investment managers across asset classes.
Natalie was a selected as a German Marshall Fellow in 2009, and as the recipient of the 2011 Rising Star of Public Funds Award from Institutional Investor News. More recently she was selected as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty, and one of the highlighted 40 Under Forty Investment Officers in the financial publication aiCIO. Natalie serves on the board of the Dallas Metropolitan YMCA and on the Advisory Board for the endowment of St. Phillip’s Academy in Dallas. She is also active in the community through the Dallas Chapter of The Links, Inc. where she is spearheading efforts to educate young minority students in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs.
Natalie holds an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania where she was a Robert A. Toigo Fellow, and a BA with honors from Spelman College. She is married to Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College. Natalie and Michael stay busy with their two young children, Michael Augustus, and Sage.
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.
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.
Dr. Gonzalo Venegas was born in Cotija, Michoacan, Mexico. At a young age, he went to Mexico City where he attended medical school and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1983, he immigrated to the United States.
He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1988 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The following year, he started his medical practice at Methodist Hospital. With the support of the Methodist Hospital medical community, he established the Emmanuel Medical Mission. This medical mission serves the pool of various countries as well as his hometown of Cotija.
Dr. Venegas has been widely recognized for his humanitarian work. His most renowned awards are: the Hispanic Salute, Outstanding Clinical Professor at UT Southwestern department of Ob/GYN and the Rotary International-Paul Harry’s Fellowship Award. He has been award with recognition from organizations of the community including: Lulac, the Mexican Institute and Casa Guanajuato.
Since he finished his practice in 1988, he has been involved in educating communities via radio, television and the newspaper.
Mike Williams, FACHE is a member of the Parkland Board of Managers and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital Corporation, a not-for-profit hospital management company headquartered in Plano, TX.
A frequent national speaker on the impact of health reform on community hospitals, Mike brings with him over three decades of executive management, board relationship management and an understanding and passion for the not-for-profit mission of the healthcare industry. Under Mike’s leadership, Community Hospital Corporation was named as one of the nation’s top 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Prior to being the founding executive of CHC, Mike served as President of the Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, EVP and COO of The Children's Medical Center and Vice President for Baylor University Medical Center, both in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Williams is the former Chairman of the Texas Hospital Association Board of Directors and a Fellow and past Regent with the American College of Healthcare Executives, and served as a Regional Policy Board Member of the American Hospital Association. Mike was the 2014 recipient of the Texas Hospital Association’s Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration. Mike and his wife Susan are actively involved in their church where Mike serves as a Member of the Board of Stewards, and they frequently participate in mission trips around the world. Mike and Susan have two grown children and enjoy spending time with their six grandchildren.
Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Alabama and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the Medical Center in Birmingham. Mike is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board and was named as a distinguished alumnus in 2014.