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People – April 15, 2013

Boards & Organizations   Bernice J. Washington has been named chairman of the board of Texas Health Resources-Presbyterian Healthcare Resources. She is the first woman to hold the position. Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health Resources was formed in 1997 with the assets of Fort Worth-based Harris Methodist Health System and Dallas-based Presbyterian Healthcare Resources. Washington chairs the system board of the Presbyterian hospitals. She is former chairman of Texas Health Plano Hospital board and is a faculty member at The Governance Institute, an organization serving not-for-profit hospital and health system boards of directors, executives and physician leadership. Washington also serves on the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport board and chairs the $2 billion Terminal Renovation and Improvement Program. She earned a master of business administration degree from the University of Missouri, has a medical technology certification from Research Medical Center-Kansas City, Mo., and has a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology/microbiology from Southern University. She is a Certified Master Coach by the Behavioral Coaching Institute and is a member of the International Coaching Council.   Banking & Finance Steven White has joined Southwest Securities, FSB as vice president, commercial loan officer in the Fort Worth Banking Center. White has more than 12 years in the banking industry, most recently as vice president of business banking with Regions Bank in Fort Worth. White also has worked as a commercial loan officer with First National Bank of Burleson and as the small-business relationship manager with JP Morgan Chase Bank. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a community leader in the Benbrook Economic Development Corp. and the Tarrant County Elections Administration. Matt McPhail has been named president of the LegacyTexas banking center in downtown Grapevine. McPhail has been a local banker for 15 years and joined LegacyTexas Bank in 2006 as a senior vice president and commercial lender. In his new role, McPhail will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the banking center as well as the bank’s Grapevine loan portfolio. McPhail will continue to be active in the Grapevine community through numerous local organizations including Grapevine AMBUCS and the Grapevine Heritage Foundation, where he serves on the membership development committee. He is a 1992 graduate of Fort Hays State University and a 2012 graduate of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. Stuart Pattison has been named the new president and CEO of Colorado Community Bank. He has a master of business administration degree from Colorado State University and has 26 years of financial experience, primarily in the Colorado markets. Colorado Community Bank, which has 18 locations along the Front Range and eastern Colorado, was acquired by Fort Worth-based Carlile Bancshares Inc. in December 2012.    Education Joe A. Barrera has been chosen as director of the University of Texas at Arlington’s new Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies. Barrera earned a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2009. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral fellow in UT-Southwestern’s department of pediatrics. In his new position, Barrera will work closely with UT-Arlington’s Office of Research and with faculty and students across the campus. He also will focus on building connections with industry and supporting scientists as they seek research funding from government and private sources.   Government Michelle L. Gutt has been named communications and public engagement officer for the city of Fort Worth. She will direct the city’s Office of Communications and Public Engagement and will be responsible for the city’s print, digital, cable and media communications. She will also oversee the city’s public engagement and internal communications. A 25-year industry veteran, Gutt is currently the corporate communications and marketing specialist for the city of Charlotte, N.C., where she is responsible for strategic communications, marketing and public relations for several city departments, including the city manager. Prior to joining Charlotte in 2006, Gutt worked for nonprofit arts organizations and Dayton (Ohio) Power & Light Co. She began her communications career in the U.S. Air Force as a public affairs officer and served in various capacities including directing the Air Force Office of Youth Relations before retiring as a captain in 1992. A native of San Antonio, she earned a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, did advanced communications studies as an Air Force representative at the University of Oklahoma and recently earned a certificate from the International Association of Public Engagement. She is a member of the International Association of Public Participation, the City/County Communications and Marketing Association and Americans for the Arts. She is a Theatre Charlotte board member. Gutt will begin her new duties at the end of April.   Health Care Vétoquinol USA appointed Dr. Eric M. Alsup as country manager for Vétoquinol USA. Alsup will replace Daniel Beauchamp, who is leaving Vétoquinol to pursue a new opportunity. Alsup’s 20-year career in animal health includes a number of U.S. and international management positions at Elanco Animal Health, including country director for Elanco Italy and head of global marketing for cattle. He left Elanco Animal Health to become vice president for cattle at Intervet and continued as business-unit head for cattle through the acquisitions by Schering-Plough and Merck. Alsup joined Vétoquinol in January in a business development role for the Americas. Alsup earned a master of business administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Kansas State University.   Awards & Honors The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) honored Robert K. Watson with its International Award of Excellence in Conservation on April 11 in Fort Worth. Watson is the chairman, CEO and chief scientist of the EcoTech International Group, a green technology consulting firm, and is known as the Founding Father of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The organization’s Regional Award of Excellence for Sustainability in Business went to BNSF Railway for its commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of long-haul rail transport. BRIT’s Regional Award of Excellence for Sustainability in Education was presented to the Rainwater Charitable Foundation for its support of innovative experimental education programs that promote the importance of learning in outdoor environments in order to improve the health and academic success of students. BRIT’s Regional Award of Excellence for Sustainability for an Individual was given to Adelaide Leavens, the past executive director for Streams and Valleys Inc. Under her 14-year leadership, Streams and Valleys worked with community and government partners to expand the Trinity Trails system in Fort Worth, create partnerships for the Trinity River initiatives Project Bluebird and Project Daffodil, and manage many other environmental programs. Bhavani Parpia, a veteran teacher and program administrator in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, is the 2013 World Affairs Council International Educator of the Year. Parpia is the coordinator of the International Business Initiative in the H-E-B schools and also president of the international education nonprofit organization ConnecTeach, which she founded in 2011. The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of Aamerica will recognize Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price as the 2013 Communicator of the Year at its Worthy Awards gala April 25 at the Fort Worth Club. The chapter is honoring Price for her “open, constant communication” and her “push to make city processes and procedures more transparent.” The chapter established the Communicator of the Year recognition in 2012 as part of the annual Worthy Awards, which honor excellence in strategic communications in the Fort Worth region. Dr. Diana Ghelber, a board-certified general psychiatrist at the Institute for Advanced Psychiatry in Fort Worth, has been honored with the 2012 Compassionate Doctor Certification from Patients’ Choice. The certification is part of the Patients’ Choice nationwide recognition program, where patients rate and vote for their favorite doctors. Ghelber specializes in treating patients with major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, addiction and insomnia. Michael Mlinac will be inducted in the La Roche College (Pittsburgh) Distinguished Alumni Circle during a ceremony on April 19 at the college’s 50th Anniversary Gala. Mlinac is a trustee of La Roche and chief financial officer of the University of North Texas Foundation Inc. After graduating from La Roche, Mlinac joined Ernst & Young as a certified public accountant, then Pitt-Des Moines Corp. He earned a master of business administration degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business. He was a senior executive for Fidelity Investments for 17 years and established a private family office, Mlinac Management LLC. He has served on the boards of Metroport Meals on Wheels, Metroport Rotary Charities and the Harvard Business School Club of Fort Worth, in addition to several corporate and advisory boards. He joined the La Roche College board of trustees in 2012. Nine Methodist Health System nurses were among honorees named in the Dallas-Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses awards this year. Chosen from Methodist Dallas are Pamala Gessling, Grace Secrest Shield and Andrea Stegall. The honorees from Methodist Mansfield are Jason Brown, Ronda Higgins, Melissa Mitchell, Kathy Ripley and Janae Wesley. Tarah Grooms was selected from Methodist Richardson. They will be honored at a gala on May 8 at the Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas.   Law Winstead PC named shareholder Jeff King practice group leader of the firm’s energy practice. King’s legal practice is focused on oil and gas litigation. He represents a variety of clients including oil and gas producers, gas marketing companies, gas pipeline companies and gas processing companies. King is a frequent presenter and author on a variety of legal issues affecting the oil and gas industry. He graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review and the Board of Barristers. Andrew J. Rosell has joined Kelly Hart & Hallman as a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He represents investment fund managers involved in public and private markets, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, oil and gas and real estate. Prior to joining Kelly Hart, Rosell was general counsel and chief compliance officer for Kleinheinz Capital Partners Inc. and previously was a corporate associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He began his career in 1998 with Ernst & Young LLP. Rosell graduated cum laude from Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He received his law degree cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law in 2002.   Technology Arlington-based MARJEN Technology, an information technology consulting firm, has opened an office in Sherman to serve clients in northeast Texas and southern Oklahoma. Company founder and CEO Raj Croager will divide his time between the Arlington office and the new Sherman digs. MARJEN Technology’s Martin Streiff of Sherman also will work from the Sherman office and will be responsible for day-to-day service delivery to clients. With more than 10 years of experience, Streiff is a skilled IT strategist, analyst, planner, team leader, negotiator and business driver. Prior to joining MARJEN Technology, Streiff spent eight years as IT manager for Elopak’s Europe, Middle East and Africa regions with responsibility for IT operations in eight countries.   Tourism, Entertainment & Leisure Norman Ussery has been chosen as executive director of Theatre Arlington and will assume the post in mid-May. Ussery has had the same position at Twin City Stage in Winston-Salem, N.C., since 2006. He will handle the administrative duties for Theatre Arlington after the departure of executive producer Todd Hart at the end of April. Ussery has worked with theaters in Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he grew up. He received a degree in economics with a minor in theater from Duke University. Ronnie Price has been selected as CEO of Experience Arlington. He will start his new position on April 22. Price is replacing Jay Burress, who had been chief since 2008. Burress resigned in December to head the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau in California. Price comes to Arlington with more than 16 years of hospitality leadership, sales and marketing experience. Most recently, he worked for the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, where was assistant executive director of sales and marketing for five years. During his time there, he was responsible for a $20 million annual budget and 44,000 hotel rooms. Prior to the San Antonio position, Price worked for Marriott International, where he led in different capacities including sales and marketing and revenue management. A native of Houston, Price graduated from the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton School with a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management. He has served on numerous tourism boards and committees, including: PCMA National Committee, MPI National Committee, Valero Alamo Bowl Board, San Antonio Tourism Board, Paseo del Rio Board and San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association. Send People items to Betty Dillard at bdillard@bizpress.net                            

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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