Below are the biographies of candidates for the 2023 THA Board of Trustees.
Brad Holland, FACHE
Hendrick Health System
1900 Pine St.
Abilene, TX 79601-2432
Brad Holland, FACHE, currently serves as a member of the THA Board of Trustees and a member of the THA Executive Committee. Holland also serves on the THA Audit and Compliance Committee and the THA Task Force on Workforce. Beyond his work at the hospital, Holland is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Since January 2019, Holland has served as the President & CEO of Hendrick Health System, a milestone reached by only four other leaders in the organization’s 96-year history. Since joining Hendrick Health System, Holland has championed legislation that provided federal antitrust immunity, paving the way for his organization to acquire two additional hospitals. In less than two years, Holland has nearly doubled the size of Hendrick Health System through various growth strategies. Holland was CEO of San Angelo Community Medical Center, a 171-bed, $125 million net revenue hospital in west Texas and prior to his current role, he served as CEO of Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, located 25 miles north of Austin.
UT Health East Texas
1000 S Beckham Ave
Tyler, TX 75701-1908
Donald Baker is a member of the THA Council on Policy Development and the THA HOSPAC Board. Baker joined UT Health East Texas in late 2019 as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. As president of UT Health East Texas, Baker leads strategy and operations for 10 hospitals including an academic medical center, regional rehabilitation facilities, long-term acute services, free standing emergency centers, more than 80 physician clinics and an array of integrated outpatient and in-home healthcare services across a broad geographic footprint. Previously, he spent more than 20 years at Hillcrest HealthCare System, serving the last ten years as CFO for the market, which includes 7 hospitals, more than 80 clinic locations and over 7,000 employees located throughout eastern Oklahoma. In his tenure at the system, Baker held various senior leader roles including oversight of managed care contracting and operations, decision support, financial operations and served as hospital CFO of a 700-bed urban academic medical center.
Chief Executive Officer
Cedar Park Regional Medical Center
1401 Medical Parkway
Cedar Park, TX 78613-7763
Bo Beaudry serves as a member of the THA Board of Trustees and has been a member of the THA Committee on Excellence in Community Service Award since 2016. Since February 2019, Beaudry has served as Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. He is responsible for strategic and operational oversight and has led numerous efforts to enhance quality of care, staff engagement and the development of vital inpatient and outpatient services for the community. Prior to this role, Beaudry served as the President of the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas. He also served as Chief Operating Officer and Interim President for St. Joseph Medical Center in downtown Houston. His accomplishments include the development of specialized surgical and cancer programs, the improvement of quality outcomes and the recruitment of primary care and specialty physicians.
Cris Daskevich, FACHE
Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
333 N. Santa Rosa St.
San Antonio, TX 78207-3198
Chris Daskevich currently serves on the THA Board of Trustees and is a member of the AHA Maternal / Child Health Committee and the Regional Policy Board 7. Daskevich was recruited to serve as Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and Senior Vice President of Maternal Services for CHRISTUS Health in the U.S. and Latin America in 2018. Previously, she served at Texas Children’s Hospital for over 21 years, departing as a Senior Vice President with executive responsibility for multiple operational entities including Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, Texas Children’s Women’s Specialists, and Texas Children’s Global Health. She was recruited to the hospital to help build CHofSA and CHRISTUS as the preeminent provider of pediatric and high-risk maternal care in San Antonio, South Texas and across the CHRISTUS system. She is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Senior Fellow in American Leadership Forum. She was recognized as one of Houston’s Most Influential Women in 2011 by Houston Woman magazine and received the Courage in Leadership award from the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce in 2018, and the Women’s Leadership Award from San Antonio Business Journal in 2019.
Greg Haralson, FACHE
Senior Vice President, Chief Executive Officer
Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
6411 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030-1501
Greg Haralson serves as a current member of the THA Board of Trustees, immediate past chair of THA’s HOSPAC Board, and a past member of THA’s Council on Policy Development. He joined the Memorial Hermann Health System in 2012. His health care career spans more than 20 years and has been based in the acute care setting with experience in hospital operations, strategic planning, business development, ethics and compliance and project management. In his current position, Haralson oversees the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, a 1243-bed academic medical center, which includes Memorial Hermann-TMC, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital. He also has responsibility for TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy. Previously, Haralson served as Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and Memorial Hermann Southwest hospitals.
Brandy Hart, LPC-S
Regional Vice President/Behavioral Health
1 Park Plz
Nashville, TN 37203-6527
Brandy Hart has been a member of the Texas Hospital Association Behavioral Health Council for the past 3 years and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. As Regional Vice President, Behavioral Health Services at HCA Healthcare, Hart has accumulated almost 20 years of mental health experience in psychiatric facilities throughout the state of Texas. She began her career as a counseling intern in a behavioral health facility providing inpatient, residential and outpatient services. Over the years, she has used her skills in operational leadership and clinical practice to successfully expand behavioral health services in both rural and metropolitan markets. Since joining HCA in March 2021, she has provided operational oversight for 5 behavioral health locations in Texas and has driven the development for 3 additional facilities across the state which are slated to open in 2023/24. She also has demonstrated success in expanding tele-psychiatry and virtual behavioral health services in acute care Emergency Departments and in ambulatory settings. Hart has developed extensive outpatient behavioral health programs, creating access points for individuals in need of care.
Jayne Pope, RN, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Hill Country Memorial Hospital
P. O. Box 835
Fredericksburg, TX 78624-0835
Jayne Pope serves on the THA Board of Trustees, THA Executive Committee, THA Nominating Committee, THA Audit and Compliance Committee, and the THA Special Committee on Medicaid Funding & Payment Options. Pope is the Chief Executive Officer for Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Prior to accepting the position of CEO at Hill Country Memorial in 2013, Pope served as Chief Nursing Officer at HCM. Hill Country Memorial has been an 8-year recipient of the TOP 100 Hospital Award during Pope’s tenure as CNO and CEO. Formerly, Pope was the CEO of Clinic Systems at a large network of clinics in Central Texas, which she led in achieving the highest level of Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. A visionary and strategic leader, Pope has increased staff ownership of HCM’s key initiatives, resulting in empowered teams, remarkable patient outcomes and accelerated leadership development. Hill Country Memorial patient experience and value based purchasing performance rank in the top decile of the nation.
Debra Sukin, Ph.D., FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Houston Methodist Hospital The Woodlands
17201 Interstate 45 S
Shenandoah, TX 77385-3311
Debra Sukin, Ph.D. is a member of the THA HOSPAC Board and the THA Council on Policy Development. Sukin is Regional Senior Vice President of Houston Methodist and has responsibility for four suburban hospitals in addition to having system responsibility for the neuroscience service line and the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Sukin also serves as the preceptor and executive leader for the Houston Methodist Administrative Fellowship Program. With more than 25 years of health care experience, Sukin has designed, developed, and opened four hospitals in her career. In 2017, she opened Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital where she serves as CEO and is currently involved in the planning and design phase for the recently announced Houston Methodist Cypress Hospital expected to open in 2025. Prior to joining Houston Methodist, she served as Senior Vice President of CHI St. Luke’s Health System as well as Chief Executive Officer of CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital and St. Luke’s Springwood Village.
Manual (Manny) Vela, J.D.
Valley Baptist Health System
P. O. Box 2588
Harlingen, TX 78551-2588
Manny Vela serves on the THA Board of Trustees, THA Executive Committee, THA HOSPAC Board and the THA Special Committee on Medicaid Funding & Payment Options. Vela has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Valley Baptist Health System since 2012, overseeing both Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen and Valley Baptist-Brownsville. Vela previously served as the health system’s Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, from 2003 to 2011. During his tenure as Chief Legal Officer, he was involved with a variety of major corporate transactions, including the purchase of Brownsville Medical Center by Valley Baptist in 2004 and a joint venture with Vanguard Health Systems in 2011. Valley Baptist is now part of Tenet Healthcare, which operates 80 hospitals across the country.