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 Sherman native and Baylor University Alum, double majoring in Marketing and Real Estate. Brett lives in Denison with his wife Debbie and three children: Luke, Kristen, and Dan. Since 1993, Mr. Graham has overseen Graham International, a family business started by his father. Brett and Debbie also started 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, the Denison Development Foundation, and the United Way of Grayson County, First United Methodist Church of Sherman, and the North Texas Chapter of Texas Association of Business. Most notably, Brett served as past Chapter Chair for the Texas Association of Business, and was appointed to the State Board in 1998. During his tenure on the State Board, he was the State tax Committee Chair Secretary of the Board from 2003 through 2007. Other roles were BACPA/ Civic Chair 2008 through 2012, Secretary of the Board in 2009, Vice Chair in 2010, and State Chair in 2011.
Kris McKinney is a fourth generation Denisonian and a graduate of Austin College with a BA in Business Administration. She is a General Partner with Kohfelt Family Limited Partnership which develops and manages property in Galveston County, Texas. Kris has been a long-time advocate for local health care, which began when she was a candy striper in High School.
Kris also served as a TMC Auxiliary volunteer and past president, co-chair of the Development Committee-which hosted the original Reba McEntire weekend, and past member of the TMC Trustees. Most recently, Kris has worked with bereaved children through a hospice organization near Denver, Colorado.
Shelle Cassell recently retired as the Director of Marketing and Public Information at Grayson College, a post she held for 31 years. In that role, she served as the liaison between the college and various media representatives; provided design/graphic support for college initiatives; and managed college branding, advertising, and communications campaigns; and developed the website among other responsibilities. Her support of the community and higher education is illustrated through her service and appointments to many community, civic, economic development, statewide, and public education boards and committees. Shelle currently serves on the boards of the Denison Chamber of Commerce, Denison Development Foundation, Denison Education Foundation, and recently joined the Texoma Health Foundation.
Shelle has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and work experience in the advertising and health care industries. She is a graduate of the College Leadership Academy and Renewal Institute, and is a trained facilitator for Achieve Global, Development Dimensions International, and Appreciative Inquiry. She and her husband, Randy, an accountant, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and one granddaughter.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Jody Lipscomb is a Pediatrician with TexomaCare Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in Denison. He earned his degree from the University of Texas-Houston and completed his internship while fulfilling his residency requirements in Pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Lipscomb is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Society, Texas Medical Association, and the Grayson County Medical Society.
Richard Munson grew up as a forth generation Denisonian whose family had been very involved in the founding of Denison, Texoma Medical Center and its predecessors entities.
After receiving his degree from the University of Notre Dame he was involved in real estate in Dallas, Tyler and Houston. He returned to Denison in 1993 as President of The Munson Realty Company and Red River Sand, LLC dealing in real estate, mining and mineral activities. The Munson Realty Company, a broadly held family entity, founded by W.B. Munson, SR. will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015.
Richard has been involved in Denison Preservation, Denison Development Foundation, Denison Development Alliance, Boy Scouts of America. His wife Mia Marsico, is also from an early Denison family. He has three sons.
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.
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 Crisis Center and the Denison Education Foundation.
Phillip Schaffer, a native of Denison, graduated from Texas Christian University. After serving as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, he earned a law degree from Baylor University. He has since practiced law in Denison for 40 years, and served as Municipal Judge for the City of Denison for 20 years.
He is co-founder and current Board member of the Denison Education Foundation, and is a past member of the TMC Foundation Board. He is also a past president of the Denison Helping Hands, a member of the Denison Lyons Club and a proud member of the Denison High School Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame.
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 serves as president of the board of the Fannin County Children’s Center, chairs the small business committee of the Bonham and Fannin County Empowerment Team, serves on the Morning Star Academy accreditation committee and assists other community organizations with a special passion for children’s charities. Bill and his wife 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 grant writing.
Shunnay currently serves on the Communications Committee for the Conference of Southwest Foundations, has been a part of youth ministry for over 15 years, and has volunteered at community centers, and Boys and Girls Clubs in both Grayson and Collin County.
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 due to be married May the 17th to his lovely fiancé Amanda Barrow. He and his soon to be 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.