Who We Are
The Texoma Health Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of leaders of business, government and philanthropy, including a permanent seat for Reba McEntire. The Board is passionately committed to improving the quality of life in our four-county service area.
Each Member serves on at least one of five major committees including the Audit Review Committee, Bylaws Committee, Executive Committee, Finance and Investment Committee and Grants and Giving Committee.
Brett Graham is a 5th generation Grayson County native and graduate of Baylor University. Brett lives in Denison with his wife Debbie and has three children: Luke, a junior at Baylor, Kristen, a freshman at Baylor, and Dan, a freshman at Pottsboro High School. Since 1993, Mr. Graham has overseen Graham International, a family business started by his father in 1965. Brett and Debbie also own and operate Graham Truck Centers with four locations in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.
Brett has extensive Board experience and has served the Salvation Army, Sherman Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Denison Development Foundation, First United Methodist Church, and the United Way of Grayson County. He has served on the State Board of the Texas Association of Business since 1998 in various roles including State Tax Committee Chair from 2003 through 2007,BACPAC/Civic Chair 2008 through 2017, Secretary of the Board in 2009, Vice Chair in 2010, and State Chair in 2011.
In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of the Texoma Health Foundation, he currently serves on the boards for the Grayson Central Appraisal District, Ameristate Bank, and is an elected trustee of the Pottsboro Independent School Board. In 2016, he was appointed to the state board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles by Governor Abbott.
William joined the Denison Development Alliance and Denison Industrial Foundation as Vice President of Business Development in December 2013. Prior to Denison, William served as Executive Director for the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation from 2005-2013. He has a BBA in finance and real estate from Texas Tech University. He is a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker, a graduate of the Economic Development Institute, and an active past board member with the Texas Economic Development Council. William and his wife Kelly live in Denison and have two children: McKenna and Will. Kelly is a 4 grade teacher at Houston Elementary, McKenna is a sophomore at Texas Tech University, and Will is a sophomore at Denison High School.
Heather Hillburn Burrage is a 1995 graduate of Colbert High School and graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and went on to graduate, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a Juris Doctorate, in 2002. While attending the University of Oklahoma, Heather was involved in appellate advocacy competitions and was named to the Order of Barristers. She began her practice of law in Durant in 2002 with her father-in-law, Michael Burrage, and her husband, David Burrage. She is a member of the Bryan County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association. She was also named as a top 100 Super Lawyer in the State of Oklahoma in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Heather is a member of the Durant Education and Service Sorority and PEO Chapter GV and serves on the Board of Directors for the SOSU Alumni Association, the Miss Southeast Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant, the Crisis Control Center and Imagine Durant. Heather is the former Chair of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission and is also a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. Heather Burrage specializes in general litigation and trial practice with an emphasis on banking and commercial litigation. She is married to David Burrage and they have two children, Jack and Blair.
Prior to joining Champion Cooler as Vice president in 2011, Brian was Assistant General Manager of a $200 million manufacturing facility in Clinton, Tennessee. He began his career in the United States Air Force where he served as Journeyman Aircraft Maintenance Technician from 1990 to 1994. Brian was born and raised in Fostoria, Ohio, but graduated High school in Blanchard, Oklahoma. In 2009, when he was 29 years old, Brian finished his Bachelor’s degree at Capital University.
He and his wife have been married for 20 years and have four wonderful children. Recently, Brian received the 2011-2012 Friend of Education Award from Denison ISD and 2012 Employer of the year for the state of Texas awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission. Brian is largely credited for implementing internships for High School students and recent graduates whom are placed in technical positions within the Denison area.
Dr. Carlson is a family doctor and has worked for TexomaCare for the past 21 years. He and the love of his life wife, Leslie have 4 married children and a grandson.
Joe Fallon, Jr. is a 5th generation Sherman native. He is a graduate of Sherman High School and Southern Methodist University. Joe joined Northwestern Mutual in 1980 upon graduating SMU and is now a principal with WWA Integrated Wealth Strategy Group within Northwestern Mutual.
Joe has been active in the community by serving on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America, Sherman Economic Development Corporation, Sherman Rotary Club, and The Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma. Joe has been married to his wife Bonnie since 1984 and has two children and a son-in-law.
Dan Little returned to Madill in 1969 to practice law with his father, Reuel Little, and his wife, Prudence Little. His county seat law practice has included the usual anything and everything and in later years has included more and more litigation in state and federal courts. Dan earned his bachelors degree from Harvard University and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. Dan is a longtime member of the Oklahoma and American Bar Associations, the Oklahoma and American Trial Lawyers Associations and a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.
A Nashville, TN native, Leslie’s journey to her current Brand Manager role with REBA Brands embodies her energy, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Based at Country Music queen Reba McEntire’s headquarters, Leslie personally oversees all aspects of Reba’s retail brand as one of the top managers directly responsible for all aspects of Reba’s career.
Leslie’s experience as a retail entrepreneur started with “Leslie’s Shoppe,” a high-end fashion retail store on the historic Murfreesboro square that specialized in brands for women not available at other area retail establishments. She sharpened her business acumen over several years, and soon secured funding to relocate to “The Avenue,” a then-unique outdoor shopping experience. Leveraging her education from her Middle Tennessee State University marketing degree, Leslie blossomed into a well-rounded business leader across construction planning, interior design, merchandise coordinating and general management.
Leslie’s knowledge of, and success in, the challenging brick and mortar retail environment soon led to her lucrative position at REBA Brands. Leslie’s retail experience and dedication to customer service provide an innate understanding of how shoppers develop an emotional attachment with brands. This has helped Leslie develop a successful strategy to evolve REBA Brands across 230 brick and mortar Dillard’s department stores, while building a successful online presence to reach REBA Brands merchandise shoppers around the world.
Leslie’s dedication to emotional retail has been instrumental to building excitement and increasing foot traffic within Dillard’s stores. From aesthetically pleasing points of sale to special in-store events, her vision ensures a healthy growth margin and motivated sales associates that further strengthen brand image for REBA Brands. This consistency also ensures that fans worldwide view Reba McEntire as a designer and a brand as well as a renowned musical artist and performer.
In alignment with her management and leadership qualities – which today includes managing multiple field representatives as well as overseeing all design and orders for all aspects of the brand – Leslie’s goals include learning more about music and branding, and finding ways to reach more consumers with Reba’s brand and music.
Although a native Lubbockite, Ginger Nye has lived in and been involved in the Texoma area for over 30 years. Her eclectic career has run the gamut from food service to car dealerships, mortgage banking to chamber of commerce and tourism work followed by sales and event planning for team building on military tanks and most recently 12 years as Director of Marketing for American Bank of Texas. Now with First United Bank as the Texas Regional Marketing Manager, she works with 37 banks in 25 Texas cities from Denison to Fredericksburg. Ginger’s volunteer and community service resume is lengthy and includes service to Sherman Education Foundation, Grayson County Crisis Center, Sherman Community Players, Home Hospice of Grayson County, Downtown Sherman Now, Denison Arts Council, Girl’s Inc, United Way, American Heart Association, Wilson N. Jones Foundation, Dallas Assoc. of Professional Mortgage Women and Sherman Community Series. Ginger and her husband Larry are thrilled that their daughter Rylee and her husband Dr. Mackey Arnot have chosen to make Texoma their home and that the family has expanded to include two precious red headed grandchildren.
Herman Ringler has been at the forefront of the development of THF since inception. He is the first Chairman of THF. His family owned and operated a ladies clothing store on Main Street in Denison for over 60 years before it was sold in 2006. He has a long history of service to Texoma. In addition to THF, he currently serves on the Board of the Denison Education Foundation. His wife Julia was an educator in Denison for over 36 years.
Dr. J. Timothy Parker grew up in the Texas panhandle, where he earned his bachelors degree from Texas Tech University. After receiving his M.D. from Texas Tech University School of Medicine, he completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Parker practiced at Baylor University Medical Center for 3 years before relocating to Denison, where he has lived for over 23 years. Dr. Parker is involved in the Texas Medical Association, where he has served and chaired numerous boards and committees, and is currently chairman of Senate District 30 for the Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee. Dr. Parker and his wife Dr. Melinda Parker, have three children, Caroline, Mary, and Will.
Bill lives in Bells and is President of McCraw Oil Company and McCraw Transport headquartered in Bonham. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a MBA, he spent 16 years with Exxon/ExxonMobil and served in numerous leadership and staff positions both domestically and internationally. After leaving ExxonMobil, Bill worked in management roles with independent petroleum marketers until joining McCraw in 2009.
Bill previously served in numerous board and volunteer roles with area non-profits, schools and business organizations. Bill and his wife, Roxanne, have a special passion for children’s charities and issues related to child and young adult mental health. Bill and Roxanne have one daughter and two grandchildren who make Sherman their home.
THF’s staff strive to be servants to all those who enter THF and Reba’s Ranch House with a balance of working to maintain high quality services. Operations have consistently fallen at less than 0.8% since 2007 due to a combination of a caring and committed staff and volunteer support.
Michelle is the founding President and CEO of the Texoma Health Foundation created in 2007.
Serving in this role, Mrs. Lemming had the opportunity to assist through the transition of the Foundation, as well as the construction of THF offices and a new Reba’s Ranch House. She is responsible for overseeing a diverse set of assets including multiple properties, notes, royalties, numerous endowments/funds, sale proceeds and fundraising income, in addition to the daily operations of Reba’s Ranch House – a hospital hospitality house serving hospitals across THF’s four-county service area.
Since 2007 THF has grown from an $11M foundation, to a foundation with a corpus of over $55M in assets. The Foundation distributed over 1.4M in funds to benefit charitable programs in 2013.
Lemming began her nonprofit career in South Louisiana where she became the youngest Executive Director in the State to lead a vertical network of safety net providers joined together to improve the health of the uninsured. With no programs and four months of sustainability, Lemming secured nonprofit status for the network (ByNet). The organization became nationally recognized for developing a systemized multi-point of entry model for the uninsured, a pharmaceutical assistance program resulting in over $4 million in Rx’s/year, diverse outreach teams reaching over 700 residents/month, a telemedicine/education project in partnership with LSU-Health Sciences Center, a faith-based transportation program and passage of House Bill 1569 to create an insurance model for small businesses. The organization secured over $5.5 million of direct funding through federal and state grants, partnered with local government and 38 community partners providing staff, space and/or resources monthly.
Later in her career Lemming accepted the role as the Executive Director of Building Health Communities, a state-wide 501c3 responsible for the creation and management of programs and initiatives designed to improve the State of Louisiana’s rural healthcare infrastructure through a horizontal network comprised of 43 of the State’s 48 small rural hospitals.
She also had the opportunity to serve as a registered lobbyist under the leadership team of the Louisiana Rural Hospital Association during State legislative sessions, including assisting in developing and passing SCR 119, an unprecedented bill supporting rural hospitals.
Prior to serving in her current role at THF, Lemming had accepted the positon of Executive Director of the Health Services Recovery Council. The Council served as an “on the ground” liaison between healthcare providers across the nine counties most impacted by the storms, the Department of Health, the Governor’s Office and Federal departments. Daily needs, data and budgets collected led to a final report prepared and included in a presentation to Congress resulting in $100 million allocation for healthcare recovery. An additional $750,000 was secured for workforce development.
She has also had the opportunity to serve for thirteen years as a federal grant reviewer for multiple federal agencies and serves on the Texas Behavioral Health Grantors Network and the Finance Committee for the Conference of Southwest Foundations.
She is the wife of Harry Lemming who is scheduled to graduate with a Masters in Healthcare Administration this May. Harry has worked as an independent contractor focused on workforce recruitment and retention for the past nine years following a successful career as a football coach. They have three wonderful children, Haley, Jordan and Stone.
Nicole joins the THF staff as our new Programs Coordinator. She was raised in Sherman and is a Sherman High School Alumni. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Nicole gained experience in program management while coordinating domestic and international clinical trials. She also has extensive knowledge in process development and quality control. Nicole is excited about getting back to her roots and supporting the community that she grew up in.
Shunnay started with the Foundation in 2010 as Executive Assistant, and in 2013, she became Assistant to the President. As of January 2014, her focus has shifted towards donor/foundation relations. She has work experience in the healthcare field through her employment with Cigna as a customer service representative that handled escalated/supervisor calls. Her experience also includes responsibilities as a site manager for the Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Program where she managed the Calera Site, oversaw fundraising activities, and assisted with federal grant writing.
Shunnay currently serves on the Communications Committee for Philanthropy Southwest, has been a part of youth ministry for over 20 years, and has volunteered at numerous community centers and Boys and Girls Clubs in both Grayson and Collin County.
She is the wife of Kenneth Gilmore and they have three beautiful children, Eli, Nayshun and Jaia.
Marilyn joined THF as the Director of Reba’s Ranch House. Ms. Bice is a long time Grayson County resident and native of the Texas Panhandle. She served as Assistant to the Director of the Posey Leadership Institute at Austin College which supports area nonprofits through leadership and organizational development. She was also responsible for assisting with the Model United Nations Program. An honor dear to Marilyn was being named Mentor of the Year by the international women’s organization, “Women of Visionary Influence”. In the past twenty-five years, she has gained extensive experience in academic volunteerism, cultural diversity and nonprofit leadership.
Susan is a fourth generation Denisonian. Her career includes 22 years as the owner of a retail florist in Downtown Denison and six years as the Executive Director of the Grayson County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is a breast cancer survivor and also the founder and facilitator of the Texoma Health Foundation’s Breast Cancer Support Group. She has volunteered extensively in Grayson County in many civic and county organizations and currently volunteers for Guardian Hospice, 500 STRONG, and the Breast Cancer Support Group. After volunteering for THF since 2008 she became a member of the staff in July of 2011.
Austin Lambert was raised in Greenville, Texas. He attended Greenville High school and later attended Texas A&M University of Commerce. He graduated with a B.S in Psychology and worked in healthcare for many years. He now works as a minister to youth at First Baptist Church of Sherman Texas and is currently finishing his masters in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary of Fort Worth Texas. He is married to Amanda Lambert (Barrow). He and his wife are passionate about the ministry to which they belong and the new community in which they are excited to live!
Jeri became a permanent member of the family at Texoma Health Foundation and Reba’s Ranch House in July 2014. She was born and raised in Denison, Texas. After graduating from the original Terrell High School here in Denison, she continued her education by attending Wichita University, in Wichita, Kansas and various colleges in California including San Diego State University and University of California (UCLA), while preparing for a career in education. She taught school in California for 33 years. She was the organizer and co-founder for the teachers, which culminated in the formation of the IFT (Inglewood Federation of Teachers union) where she served as President for 10 years. Jeri and her husband relocated permanently in Denison in 2008 and she is excited to be back in her hometown and to be affiliated with THF/RRH and the awesome work they do in our community.