DFWHC is governed by a 14-member Board of Trustees comprised of hospital Chief Executive Officers or Chief Operating Officers. Voting members hold annual elections to fill vacant positions. A newly elected member serves a three-year term. The Board is authorized, via bylaws, the discretion of selecting two additional ex-officio, non-voting members to serve for a one-year term to provide specific expertise.

Rick Merrill, Chair

President/Chief Executive Officer – Cook Children’s Health Care System
Rick Merrill

In August 2007, Rick Merrill became the new President and CEO of Cook Children’s. Merrill’s selection came following an exhaustive nationwide search, which lasted more than a year. Merrill is a respected leader in the pediatric health care industry. Under Merrill’s leadership Cook Children’s began a new era of “promise.” Cook Children’s new promise is: “Knowing that every child’s life is sacred, it is the promise of Cook Children’s to improve the health of every child in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.”

Jay Fox, Past Chair

President – Baylor Medical Center of Waxahachie
Jay Fox

Jay Fox joined Baylor Waxahachie in 2007. Prior to that he served as executive director of Our Children’s House (OCH) at Baylor in Dallas and as vice president of operations for Baylor Specialty Health Centers. Under his leadership, OCH planned two facility expansions that included additional patient beds, therapy space and an outpatient surgery center and also added eight outpatient clinics. Fox serves an active role as a board member in many organizations both professional and non-profit-related. His board appointments include: Children’s Hospitals & Related Institutions of Texas, past-president, The North Texas chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), The Health Industry Council and the Council of Policy Development for the Texas Hospital Association, Baylor Surgicare at Mansfield, Baylor Surgicare at Ennis.

Daniela “Dany” Decell, Chair Elect

Chief Executive Officer – Las Colinas Medical Center
Dany Decell

Daniela Decell began her career in healthcare as a critical care nurse at Saint Joseph Hospital and began her management career with Plaza in 1996 as the Neuroscience Service Line Director. She became Chief Nursing Officer in 1997 and Chief Operating Officer in 2000. Daniela received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Texas Christian University in 1985. In 1991, she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, became a Certified Healthcare Administrator in 2004 and achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2007.

Lillie Biggins, Trustee

President of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Lillie Biggins, RN, FACHE, became president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in 2012. She joined Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in 1997 as vice president of operations, overseeing Emergency Services, Trauma Services and Restorative Services. Prior to joining Texas Health Resources, Biggins held executive and clinical leadership positions at HCA Plaza Medical Center, JPS Health Network and Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Jonathan Davis, Trustee

President – Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis joined Methodist Charlton Medical Center as president in October 2009. Before joining Methodist, Davis served as president/chief executive officer of Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg, Kansas, part of a four-hospital health system, where he oversaw implementation of a five-year, multi-million dollar master facility plan, construction of a cardiac step-down unit, the recruitment of numerous physicians to the community, a founding membership in the Midwest Cancer Alliance with the University of Kansas Medical Center, an increase in market growth, and a renewed sense of community involvement. Prior to serving at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center Davis served as chief executive officer of St. Anthony’s Medical Center, part of a four-hospital health system in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Audra Early, Trustee

R.N., B.S.N – Executive Director of DFW Area Hospitals

Audra has been with Kindred Healthcare’s Hospital Division since June 2000 where she started her career at Kindred Hospital White Rock. During her tenure at Kindred Hospital White Rock, Audra held the positions of Director of Education/Infection Control Practitioner/ Employee Health, Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Quality Management, Chief Operating Officer and finally Chief Executive Officer. After leaving Kindred Hospital White Rock in May 2006, she joined the team at Kindred Hospital Fort Worth Southwest as Chief Executive Officer until January 2010. After her tenure at Fort Worth Southwest, Audra accepted the position as Market CEO of Kindred Hospital Dallas and Kindred Hospital White Rock until June 2011 when she was promoted to Executive Director of the DFW Area Hospitals. Audra now oversees seven LTACs, one In patient rehab facility, and one Sub-Acute unit in the DFW Area.

Audra lives in Ennis, TX with her husband Rob and their three adorable dogs.

Robert Earley, Trustee

President/Chief Executive Officer – JPS Health Network
Robert Earley

Robert Earley attended and graduated from The University of North Texas. After graduation he promptly went to Washington D.C. to serve on the staff of United States Congressman Tom Vandergriff. Earley moved back to South Texas to seek a seat in the Texas House of Representatives. When Earley announced his candidacy he was only 23 years old, making him the youngest candidate in the state seeking an office in the Texas Legislature that year. Earley was elected to serve in the Texas House of Representatives in May of 1984. While serving in the Texas House of Representatives for 10 years, Earley was chairman of the Energy committee. Earley was named as a Sr. Vice President for JPS Health Network in 2005. In May 2008, Earley was appointed Interim President and CEO for JPS Health Network. On Feb. 4, 2009 he was appointed as the President and CEO by the Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers.

Douglas G. Hock, Trustee

Executive Vice President, Hospital and Clinic Operations and Chief Operating Officer

Doug Hock joined Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in 2006 and serves as the executive vice president of hospital and clinic operations and chief operating officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for nursing, ancillary and ambulatory services, quality, and facilities across Children’s three campuses in Dallas, Plano and Southlake

Previously, Hock worked for Texas Children’s Hospital, most recently as a senior vice president. During his 19 years there, he served a variety of leadership roles in clinical operations, administration, and finance. He is a certified public accountant and worked for KPMG Peat Marwick and Cooper Industries in Houston. His industry experience includes healthcare, manufacturing and financial institutions.

Mr. Hock graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor of science degree in business and economics and from Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management with a master’s degree in business administration.

Brett D. Lee, Trustee

Chief Executive Officer of Tenet’s Lake Pointe Health Network

Brett D. Lee serves as the chief executive officer of Tenet’s Lake Pointe Health Network in Rowlett, Texas. Lee spent a majority of his career in pediatric healthcare, serving in executive roles at four of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals. He is the author of the bestselling book Growing Leaders in Healthcare: Lessons from the Corporate World, and was honored as the national young healthcare executive of the year by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Brett McClung, Trustee

President – Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
Brett McClung

Brett McClung, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, began serving as president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth in May 2007. Prior to joining Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth, he was the president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle. McClung joined Texas Health Azle in May 2005 after serving as vice president for ambulatory, support services and business development at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He has been associated with Harris Methodist hospitals and Texas Health Resources in various roles since 1993. McClung serves the community and the health care industry in a variety of volunteer roles including: Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration (Treasurer), Trinity University Healthcare Alumni Board (President-Elect), Faculty and Moderator for American College of Healthcare Executives, Tarrant County Health Impact Council of the United Way, Revenue Leader for the Tarrant County March of Dimes, and Member/Past-Chairman, Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth South Area Council.

Caleb O’Rear, Trustee

Chief Executive Officer – Denton Regional Medical Center
Caleb O'Rear

Caleb O’Rear, a Denton native, took the reins as chief executive officer of Denton Regional Medical Center in 2007. He began working for the hospital 14 years ago as director of marketing. He worked as associate administrator, becoming chief operating officer in 2005. O’Rear, who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, has served as a board member for several local organizations including the United Way of Denton County. Denton Regional Medical Center is a 208-bed hospital providing services to an estimated 100,000 Denton residents and 750,000 residents in the region from west to Wichita Falls, east to Sherman and north to Oklahoma.

Tom Trenary, Trustee

President, Baylor Medical Center at Garland

Tom Trenary was named president of Baylor Medical Center at Garland in July 2008. His impressive career in health care spans more than two decades and encompasses senior leadership roles at health care organizations across the country. Prior to joining Baylor, Trenary was the vice president of operations for MedCath, a cardiovascular health care system based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this capacity he oversaw planning, hospital operations, physician relations and recruitment. Other health care systems Trenary has provided senior leadership for include Transitional Hospitals Corporation, Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NME) and Community Hospitals of Central California.

Robert Walker, Trustee

Executive Vice President/Administrator, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Robert Walker joined the administrative staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 1979. He was named executive vice president and administrator in 1989. Robert’s responsibilities include management of the day-to-day operations of the hospital to ensure that the highest degree of medical care is provided to our patients. Robert is a native of Garland, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Texas University and his Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Bob is a 33° Scottish Rite Mason and holds fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. John Warner, Trustee

MD VP & Chief Executive Officer Associate Professor
Dr. John Warner

Dr. Warner is an interventional cardiologist whose clinical interests include coronary artery disease, complex valvular heart disease, adult congenital heart disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He serves as medical director of the UT Southwestern University Hospital Heart, Lung and Vascular Center and directs the Clinical Cardiac Catheterization Services at UT Southwestern’s Affiliated Hospitals.