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People: Texas Health Care adds three new physicians

Texas Health Care, a multispecialty physician group, added three new physician members: Carrie Morris in oculoplastic surgery, Torrance Walker in orthopedic surgery and Brian Welsh in obstetrics and gynecology.

Morris practices in Fort Worth and Colleyville and has extensive experience in oculofacial plastic surgery, including eyelid and orbital trauma reconstruction, along with eyelid and orbital tumors and incisional and CO2 laser resurfacing. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama Medical School and completed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. She is board certified in cosmetic laser surgery and cosmetic laser procedures. Morris is also an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Walker practices in Fort Worth at the Texas Health Care Bone and Joint Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and completed his orthopedic surgery residency in the university’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed an advanced total joint replacement fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn., after five years in private practice.

Welsh practices in Keller and is trained for high-risk obstetrics. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed his residency at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, where he received student awards for teaching in all four years of his residency.

Different from many physician groups, Texas Health Care is owned and governed by physicians, for physicians. Its physicians are members, not employees. More than 150 physician members practice throughout Tarrant County.

Banking & Finance

RBC Wealth Management recently welcomed Tres Peacock as senior vice president-financial adviser to its Fort Worth office. With more than 19 years of industry experience, Peacock joins RBC Wealth Management after a career with Edward Jones. His primary area of focus is on energy professionals and family stewards.

Boards & Organizations

B.C. Cornish of Johnston Legal Group PC has been named to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Cornish focuses on probate, guardianship and family law matters.

Jorge Varela, assistant director at TECH Fort Worth, has been elected to the board of the International Business Innovation Association for a three-year term beginning Oct. 1.

The American Association of Professional Landmen named Melanie Bell, former director of U.S. onshore land for BP, as executive vice president, Le’Ann Callihan as director of communications and NAPE, and Christopher Halaszynski as director of education and member services. The association also hired Russell Cohen as a governmental affairs analyst. The 2015-2016 AAPL executive committee includes: President Marc R. Strahn, president of The Wolf Haven Corp. and High Story Ventures Inc.; First Vice President Pamela D. Feist, land manager of Lakewood Exploration and vice president of Lakewood Operating Ltd.; Second Vice President Carl D. Campbell, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Alamo Resources LLC; Third Vice President Julie E. Woodard, land manager for Chesapeake Energy Corp.; Secretary Kevin R. Dickerson, vice president of land and business development for Orange Energy Corp.; Treasurer Jay W. Beavers, president of Beavers Energy LP; and Immediate Past President Roger A. Soape, president of Roger A. Soape Inc.

Carl R. Ice, president and CEO of BNSF Railway Co., will become chairman of the advisory board for The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command on Oct. 13 and will serve a two-year term. Ice has been chairman of the management services committee for the past two years. He also has been a member of the corporate and community relations committee and the qualitative evaluation and research committee. Ice joined the nonprofit’s advisory board in 2009.

Ice takes the helm of the advisory board as Majors Jonathan and Barbara Rich begin their service as the new leaders of The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command after the long-time commanders, Majors Ward and Michele Matthews, transferred to The Salvation Army’s corporate headquarters for the Southern Territory in Atlanta. The Riches, both fifth-generation Salvation Army officers, recently relocated from Memphis, Tenn., where they served as area commanders, overseeing programs and services for eight counties in west Tennessee, north Mississippi and eastern Arkansas.

The advisory board includes two other Fort Worth business people: Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties, and Carol Roberts, who’s been with Albertsons for 32 years and is its community relations and partnership marketing manager.

Honors & Awards

Chef Deb Cantrell, owner and operator of Savor Culinary Services, was named Personal Chef of the Year by the United States Personal Chef Association. Cantrell has been a member of the association since she started her personal chef business in 2003 and has been a certified personal chef since 2005.

Methodist Mansfield received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Methodist Mansfield is one of 91 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

The University of Texas at Arlington had two of its colleges advance in placement on the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges lists. The College of Engineering moved to No. 98 among 165 ranked undergraduate engineering programs at colleges offering doctoral degrees; that was up from No. 100 on the 2015 list. The College of Business ranked No. 131 among 472 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, up from No. 133 the previous year. The rankings are based on recommendations of deans and senior faculty members nationwide.

VLK Architects received Stars of Distinction Awards in planning and value from the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards for the Midlothian Heritage High School in Midlothian.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance has been designated an Emergency Center of Excellence by Emergency Excellence, an emergency medicine consulting firm, using data from more than 100 key measures in the areas of safety, satisfaction, space, staff, support, systems and solvency.

Performing Arts

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra appointed three new members: Molly Norcross, Keith Williams and Ivan Petruzziello. Norcross joins as principal horn after spending the past three seasons as associate horn of the San Antonio Symphony. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic and Richmond Symphony. Norcross was a Fellow at the Music Academy of the West in 2008 and 2011 and at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2010 and 2012. She also has given numerous solo recitals in New York City, Boston and Taipei, Taiwan.

Williams joins as principal percussionist after earning a master’s degree in music from Duquesne University. He spent his summers at the Brevard Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Chautauqua Institute. Petruzziello joins as assistant principal clarinetist and also is principal clarinetist of the Corpus Christi Symphony. Previously, he was principal clarinetist of the Cali Philharmonic and Valle Symphony in Colombia. He also works as a teaching artist in the B Sharp Music Program. He was previously on the faculty of several institutions in Colombia, including the Universidad Central, Universidad del Valle, Universidad EAFIT and the Antonio María Valencia Conservatory.

Send newsmakers to Betty Dillard at bdillard@bizpress.net

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