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People: Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW adds health care brokerage leader

Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW is expanding into health care brokerage and development and has named Cindy Dao as a new associate to lead the initiative.

A 25-year veteran of the industry, Dao has worked for Tenet Health Systems, MetLife, Kelsey Seybold Clinics and St. Michael Medical Clinic in Houston. During her career, she has facilitated strategic alliances, compliance and corporate partnerships in addition to brokerage. She has developed more than 35 physicians’ groups and spearheaded acquisitions and mergers of medical practices and business development. She most recently led the development of ancillary medical facilities and free-standing emergency rooms in several North Texas communities. Her commercial real estate experience includes retail, office and land transactions.

“We are proud to add an experienced broker in the health care industry at CBCA,” said Gary Walker, managing principal. “As a full-service brokerage firm, we understand the value of having someone with Cindy’s skill set on board to better serve the medical profession at all levels, whether it’s clinic space, offices, site acquisition or development.”

Dao was a key member of project teams for the development of Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, a 20,000-square-foot ER in North Richland Hills, retail developments in Dallas and Fort Worth and 35 commercial locations in Dallas and Houston for a franchise operator.

Dao is chairwoman of the Asian Community Health and Wellness Coalition and past president of the Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce. This year, she was invited to the White House to meet with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to discuss Asian health and wellness and health disparities in her community.

Dao also serves on the boards for THR Foundation, Arlington Independent School District Education Foundation, YMCA, United Way, Arlington Police Foundation, JPS Joint Commission, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, North Texas Tollway Authority Business Advisory Council and North Texas Leaders & Executives Advocating Diversity.


VLK Architects named Sloan Harris and Todd Lien as partners of the firm. Harris joined VLK 12 years ago and is best known for such notable projects as iProspect, PMG, Pier 1 corporate renovations, Arlington Independent School District Career and Technology Center, John and Barbara Adams Elementary School and the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Gun Range. He is a board member of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, a commissioner on Fort Worth Planning Commission and a member of the White Settlement Independent School District Education Foundation.

In his 22 years with VLK, Lien has managed notable projects such as the American Airlines Priority Parcel Facility at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Katy High School West Campus and the Student Activity Facility-second stadium for the Katy Independent School District, and the new Energy Institute High School, Walnut Bend Elementary School replacement and Condit Elementary replacement school for the Houston Independent School District. Lien is an industry liaison to the Houston AGC/CEFPI Task Force, is a member of the Katy ISD CTE Advisory Council and the Houston ISD Energy Institute Advisory Council, and is secretary-treasurer of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.

Boards & Organizations

Dr. Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, CEO/medical director of Child Study Center, is the president-elect of the Texas Pediatric Society for 2015-2016 followed by an automatic presidency in 2017. Mauk is board certified in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental pediatrics. She has done extensive research on autism spectrum disorders, psychopharmacology and behavioral disorders. She is a member of Cook Children’s Physician Network and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is a frequent physician consultant, lecturer and legislative advocate for mental health and developmental disabilities issues.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives elected Joan S. Clark, senior vice president and chief nurse executive for Texas Health Resources, as its 2016 president-elect. Clark will serve a one-year term as president beginning Jan. 1, 2017. She joined Texas Health in March 2008, having previously served as senior vice president of nursing and patient services at the Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center. She is a Wharton Nurse Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Andre’ McEwing has been elected to the 2015-2016 board of the American Public Transportation Association. McEwing has served on the board for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority for three years and is in his second term as vice chairman. He is the supplier diversity manager for Tarrant County College District and previously was executive director of Southeast Fort Worth Inc. He was director of economic development for the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency.


Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers appointed Monica Brown as franchise development manager. Brown (no relation to CEO and co-founder Pat Brown) will assist with the facilitation of franchisee discovery days and training sessions, develop follow-up procedures for lead and sales generation programs and ensure legal compliance with franchise agreements. Brown served more than seven years as franchise development coordinator with Gold’s Gym International. Most recently, she was an administrative secretary with the Richardson Independent School District, where she managed budgets within the health services department.

Honors & Awards

Andy Chesney, owner of Euless B&B Wrecker Service in Euless, was inducted into the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for his contributions and service to the industry. Chesney started in the tow truck industry in 1978, when he went to work for Euless B&B Wrecker Service. He has had several positions in the Texas Towing & Storage Association, is a member of Towing & Recovery Association of America and is one of the founders of Sea-Air-Land Recovery Inc. He has served area high schools via programs such as Every 15 Minutes, Project Graduation, homecoming parades, football, cheerleading, drill team, baseball and other initiatives. He also provides cars and his storage lot for the training of police and fire departments, K-9s, CareFlight and SWAT teams.

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and FORTUNE named Kemp & Sons General Services to the 2015 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the United States.

“Virtuosity,” the story of The Cliburn’s Fourteenth Cliburn Competition, won the Czech Crystal Award for best documentary at the 2015 International Television Festival Golden Prague.


Associate attorney Alix Allison and Allison Carroll joined Cantey Hanger LLP. Allison clerked for Judge Reed C. O’Connor in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and for Judge Lee Gabriel at Texas’ Second Court of Appeals. She also worked with the Family Violence and Felony Units of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office. Carroll is awaiting results of her State Bar of Texas exam. She interned at Cantey Hanger during summer 2014, working primarily with the litigation practice group.

The Fort Worth office of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP added four associates, all 2015 graduates of area law schools. John B. Phair joins the corporate and securities practice group. Phair was a summer intern for U.S. District Judge Rob Junell, Western District of Texas, and the San Angelo County District Attorney’s Office. Ryan M. Roper and J.G. Joakim Soederbaum join the litigation practice group. Soederbaum clerked for Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann. Beth E. Thurman joins the real estate and finance practice group. She interned in summer 2012 with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office and also served as a Naval flight officer onboard P-3 Orion aircraft in the U.S. Navy.


Joy Jeehye Kim joined the curatorial department at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as the assistant curator of photographs. In the newly created three-year position, Kim will share her time between the museum and Texas Christian University, where she will teach in the art history department. Kim earned her doctorate in art history from Yale University, where she taught in the Department of the History of Art and the Yale School of Art. Her museum experience includes a curatorial fellowship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Real Estate

Theresa Frank is the new business development representative at Republic Title of Texas Inc. Frank is responsible for growing Republic Title’s business relationships as well as partnering with Realtors to insure a smooth closing transaction.

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