Meet the New Southwestern Medical Foundation Trustees » Dallas Innovates


The nonprofit that helped create UT Southwestern Medical Center is seeking to “broaden the scope of its mission” by adding a mix of philanthropic and business leaders to its lineup of trustees.

Started in 1939, the Dallas-based Southwestern Medical Foundation says its goal is to connect donors to innovative programs that lead to cutting-edge medical research and education that result in better patient care in the region.

The Foundation says its six new trustees have the ability to ‘charte a course for the future of health care [that’s] exemplified by their unique qualifications in business, finance, technology, real estate and philanthropy.

“Everyone joins us, ready to move forward during this exciting time of growth and expansion in North Texas. Their diverse perspectives and experiences energize our efforts…and inspire advances in medicine,” James Huffines, president of the foundation, said in a statement.

Cheryl D. Alston, Dawn Zierk, Imran Khan, Kathleen J. Wu, Shonn Brown, and Pilar Tabarnero Henry. [Images: SWMF]

Meet the New Southwestern Medical Foundation Trustees

  • Cheryl AlstonExecutive Director and Chief Investment Officer of the City of Dallas Employees Retirement Fund
  • Dawn Zierkformer financial analyst at Cisco and philanthropist
  • Imran Khanco-founder and CEO of e-commerce platform Verishop and financial company Proem Asset Management
  • Kathleen Wupartner at Hunter Andrews Kurth
  • Shonn BrownGlobal Chief Legal Counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Pilar Tabarnero Henrymember of the Meadows Museum Advisory Board and member of the Board of Trustees of the Meadows School of SMU and the Dallas Theater Center

According to the foundation, it manages a $1.3 billion portfolio of pooled assets, about half of which are permanently endowed to benefit UT Southwestern Medical Center, spread across nearly 1,000 funds.

The new trustees come on the heels of UT Southwestern Medical Center receiving a $100 million gift — the one it says is the largest of any school of public health at a public university — from the O-Donnell Foundation , to create a new School of Public Health on its South Campus.

“This outstanding group of community leaders is a terrific addition to our foundation board,” Kathleen Gibson, president and CEO of the Southwestern Medical Foundation, said in a statement. “We have much to accomplish in the years ahead, and we thank our trustees for their willingness to dedicate their valuable time and expertise that will ensure the Foundation’s strategic and lasting impact to shape our future.”

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