Make-A-Wish North Texas is pleased to announce that Ms. Ane Sacks, Mrs. Angie Buckmeier, Mr. Barry Fromberg, Ms. Alexandria Jacobs, Ms. Joan J. Holman and Ms. Lindsay E. Wilson will be joining the Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Steve Provost, who served on the Make-A-Wish North Texas Board of Directors from 2010 – 2016, will rejoin the Board. Make-A-Wish North Texas’ Board of Directors provides leadership for carrying out the mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses across the 161 North Texas counties served.
“The six individuals we’re welcoming to the Board each bring a wealth of experience and continued success with corporate and community leadership. They will undoubtedly provide invaluable strategic guidance as our chapter makes major strides towards our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child,” said Scotty Landry, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish North Texas. “Having Steve rejoin the Board is major asset as well. Steve is a dedicated Make-A-Wish supporter and highly skilled executive who is passionate about the Make-A-Wish mission.”
New Board Member: Ane Sacks – Vice President & General Manager, Texas Instruments
Since joining the company in 2005, Sacks has served in multiple roles internationally in both technical and managerial functions. Previously to Texas Instruments, she has worked as an R&D development engineer at Bosch.
Sacks is originally from Brazil, where she earned her in electric and electronic engineering degree from the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro. She also holds an MBA with merit from the Open University Business School in UK and has executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She has worked in four different countries and speaks five languages. She lives with her husband and son in Murphy, Texas.
“I am very excited to help fulfill the dreams of children battling critical illness. I believe dreams provide us hope and that hope is much needed when we are going through a challenging phase in our lives.”
New Board Member: Angie Buckmeier – Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Nursing for Women’s & Children’s Services, Medical City Children’s Hospital
Mrs. Buckmeier joined the senior leadership team at Medical City Children’s Hospital in 2015 to serve as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Nursing for women’s & children’s Services. With more than 29 years of nursing experience and 26 years at Medical City Healthcare, Buckmeier began her career as a pediatric staff nurse and progressed through a variety of leadership roles in pediatrics and Women’s Services. Prior to her current role, Buckmeier served as Director of Nursing for maternal and infant services at Parkland Health and Hospital System.
Buckmeier actively serves her community in a Board position with the Richardson Symphony League and regularly participates in community focused events. Organizations that she is passionate about supporting include Camp iHope, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and March of Dimes. For the past three years, Buckmeier has actively supported and led Make-A-Wish North Texas and Medical City Children’s Hospital partnerships through events such as Make-A-Wish flash mob reveals, Delicious Wishes and Wish Night. She takes great pride in seeing the results afforded to patients and families with life threatening illnesses.
Buckmeier holds a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from University of Louisiana at Monroe. She was named a 2010 DFW Great 100 Nurse and received the Top Female Executive Award from Addison Magazine in 2017. She has been married to Martin Buckmeier for 29 years and has two sons, Andrew and Adam.
“I am so honored to have been chosen to serve on the Make-A-Wish North Texas Board. I believe that the mission of this organization aligns with my passion of caring for children and families. As a pediatric nurse and nurse leader, I have witnessed firsthand the miracle that wish granting brings. I look forward to serving and giving back to families across North Texas through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”
New Board Member: Barry Fromberg - Senior Advisor to the CEO, HNI Healthcare, Inc.
Mr. Fromberg is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of diversified experience in a variety of industries. He has an extensive expertise in strategy, M&A, accounting and finance, information technology, corporate governance, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, risk management and operations.
Fromberg is currently Senior Advisor to the CEO and the former Chief Financial Officer of HNI Healthcare, Inc, a privately held, technology enabled healthcare services company. He serves on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Audit Committee of Constellation Brands, Inc (NYSE: STZ), a global Fortune 500 Company, and was a member of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Xtera Communications, Inc., a privately held telecommunications equipment manufacturer from 2012 to 2016. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas.
Fromberg previously served for eight years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF), a Fortune 500 Company. Prior to Dean Foods, Barry served as Chief Financial Officer of Paging Network, Inc, (PageNet) a publicly held wireless communications company. Prior to PageNet, Fromberg spent 13 years in the cable television industry, first with Comcast Corporation as a mergers and acquisition specialist, then as Chief Financial Officer for a venture capital financed, privately held cable television company. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Coopers and Lybrand, a Big 8 public accounting firm.
Fromberg received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with Distinction from the Wharton Executive MBA Program.
“I have always been a huge fan of Make-A-Wish and the amazing impact that the organization has on the children it serves. I am thrilled to be able to contribute to the success of the North Texas chapter and help it achieve its goals for the future.”
New Board Member: Allie Jacobs – Marketing Director & Vice President of Real Estate Investments, Riata Corporate Group
Ms. Jacobs serves as Riata Corporate Group’s Marketing Director and Vice President of Real Estate Investments. Jacobs’ primary responsibilities include representing clients in all aspects of residential and commercial property. This includes extensive marketing campaigns, contract negotiations, repair negotiations, and vendor referrals. Jacobs holds a Bachelor’s in Business, obtained her Texas real estate license and later graduated from a master’s program in Marketing from Southern Methodist University.
Jacobs is a partner in the Mitchell Group portfolio of investments, managing partner in Till Dark Investments and Board member of Bishop Cider Company. In her free time, Jacobs likes to travel with her family and spend time with her two sons - Tripp and Huntley. With an understanding of the importance in investing time in her community, Jacobs has immersed herself in volunteer work, including the Junior League of Collin County, Women’s Auxiliary benefiting the Children’s Medical Foundation, Ski Plano benefiting the Plano ISD Foundation, Prestonwood Christian Academy and Prestonwood Baptist Church.
“I first fell in love with Make-A-Wish as a member of the Chi Omega Sorority at Texas Tech University as our national philanthropy. My passion for children has grown exponentially with becoming a mother to my two boys, and I want every mother of a child who is ill to experience the impact of seeing their child's wish come true. What a gift we can give back to our community!”
New Board Member: Joan J. Holman – Chief Information Officer, Clark Hill PLC
Ms. Holman, the Chief Information Officer at Clark Hill PLC, has been in the legal industry since 2013. Holman is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of Information Technology and the Legal Library for the firm. Clark Hill is a multidisciplinary international law firm with over 650 attorneys.
Prior to her time in the legal industry, Holman spent over two years at Sigma-Aldrich, a leading global life sciences company, as the Senior Director of Portfolio Management, Customer Service and eBusiness.
Holman has over 20 years experience leading IT, Strategy, Development and Operations for several public and private companies in the Legal, Environmental Services, Telecommunications and Financial Services industries.
Outside of the workplace, Holman spends her time promoting STEM initiatives and giving back to her industry and community through her efforts as a member of the national Board for the Society of Information Management and SIM DFW Chapter Board. Holman is a founding member of Dallas CIO and an Executive Host for the DFW Technology Ball. She is actively involved in the Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable and previously served in a number of leadership roles in the Dallas chapter of the Association of Women Executives.
Holman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas at Dallas.
In August 2016, Holman was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as one of its 2016 “Women in Technology” for her contributions to the technology community both professionally and philanthropically. She was also a finalist for the 2017 CIO of the year for DallasCIO. Holman has been named as one of the Girstart's 2017 Gamechanger Women in STEM honorees.
“I am excited to join the board of Make-A-Wish North Texas to help continue the mission to positively impact children with critical illnesses. The best legacy we can leave is impacting those who come after us; I have an opportunity to do that with Make-A-Wish.”
New Board Member: Lindsay E. Wilson – President, Corgan
Ms. Wilson is President at Corgan, focused on the firm’s culture and brand development—the first female in the role and the youngest in the firm’s 80-year history. A hallmark of Wilson’s career development has been the relationships she’s developed in her 20 years in Dallas’ real estate industry. Her collaborative leadership style and vision have been instrumental in leading the firm’s growth and partnering with clients including Fossil, Toyota, Neiman Marcus, Southwest Airlines and State Farm to understand how their workplace can reflect their culture, challenge conventional thinking and transform their business.
Passionate about using her design and business development strengths to steward the impact of community organizations, Wilson is a 2011 graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas program, led the expansion and renovation of Genesis Women’s Outreach and worked closely with the North Texas Food Bank for the renovation and relocation of their development staff to the Farmer’s Market in 2017. She is also a past Board Member of Friends of Dallas Police, a former Steering Committee Member of the Bacchus Event benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center, serving as co-chair of the Breakfast with Santa event in 2018. Wilson and her family are active members of the Highland Park Methodist church community.
In addition to her role as President, Wilson continues to serve as the leader of the Interiors Studio across the nation’s 10 offices working closely with clients big and small and, most recently, has led the expansion of the practice into the Atlanta and Los Angeles markets. In 2013, the Dallas Business Journal honored her with their Women in Business award.
Candid about the joys and challenges of being a working mom, Wilson is open about the importance of balancing work and family. So, though her husband, Craig, is also one of the area’s top commercial real estate brokers, they both look forward to coming home, making dinner and talking about buildings made of Legos with their 8-year-old son, Jack.
“I am thrilled to join the board at Make-A-Wish at such an exciting time. I look forward to making an impact by helping to spread the message of the positive impacts the organization is making on kids and families.”
Returning Board Member: Steve Provost – Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Innovation, Chili’s
Mr. Provost was named the EVP, CMO and head of innovation at Chili’s in April of 2017 after spending nine years serving as President of Maggiano’s Little Italy. Provost originally joined the Brinker family in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Maggiano's and later that year transitioned to serve as brand president. In the past eight years, Maggiano's drove 23 consecutive quarters of sales growth, opened new, more efficient restaurants, more than doubled profitability and increased financial returns to the highest level in the brand's history. In its 25th year, Maggiano's continues to be recognized for its differentiated dining experience with awards like America's top five favorite chain restaurant and America's favorite place for special occasions from Technomic and the number one most allergy-friendly large chain from AllergyEats.
Prior to Brinker, Provost held various marketing positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quiznos, Senior Vice President of franchising and Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for Long John Silver's and A&W brands.
Provost served on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish North Texas for three terms from September, 2010 to August, 2016 and was Board Chair from September, 2014 to August, 2016.
“I love Make-A-Wish and miss the kids, volunteers and the leaders who do so much to transition the lives of someone special. I’m just so glad to be back!”
Kathy Leonard, President of Freeman+Leonard, will continue to serve as Chair of the 2019 Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish North Texas.
Other Board of Directors continuing their service are Jannah Hodges – Secretary, Randol Justice – Treasurer, Jamil N. Alibhai, Dan Berner, Dr. Kendall Brown, Calvin Carter, Steve Dumaine, Leslie Starr Keating, Shari Krueger, Bill Lee, Josh Paine, Dr. Christina Riccio, Rachel Stephens, Darrin Weber and Dr. Bradley Weprin.