NALHETX

NALHE Texas Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter

“Making a Seat at the Table.”

The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Chapter’s region covers eleven-counties and is the economic and cultural hub of North Texas. The region is the most populous metropolitan area in both Texas and the Southern United states, prominently positioned to help support the growth and acceleration of NALHE.

Texas counties DFW Counties covered:
Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Wise

This region is very diverse, has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in Texas, and its economy is primarily based on healthcare, medical research including banking, commerce and others.

Get to Know the DFW Chapter Leadership Board

Click on each individual for more detailed information

Lorie Thibodeaux

Founder, President

Daffodil Baez

Founder, President Elect

Tiffany Capeles

Secretary

George B. Avila

Treasurer

Name: 

Lorie Thibodeaux, MHA, ITILv3, HACP, CPHQ

Board Role:

President

Professional Title:

Senior, Performance Improvement Manager (System Level)

Organization:

Parkland Hospital

Bio:

Lorie Thibodeaux, MHA, ITILv3, HACP, CPHQ is a Quality Improvement Leader who has demonstrated extensive experience in healthcare quality, research, process improvement, and program development. She has shown exceptional leadership in various healthcare settings and management of high complex projects. She joined Parkland during the Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) and led enterprise-wide projects, executive project meetings with board of managers, leadership, department heads, physicians, providers, and other clinicians to discuss strategic goals, and work on process improvements and successfully closed the CIA.  Building a safety culture and teamwork in high-risk environments is no easy task.  During this time, Lorie was instrumental on critical projects to the success and sustainability required through the journey towards building trust, eliminating fear, and examining close calls, unsafe conditions, and examining errors.  An example of projects that received high recognition includes the enterprise-wide mislabeled specimen project: She worked to construct an outstanding turnaround plan to decrease labeling errors by more than 50%.  As a Performance Improvement Manager, Lorie shows strong motivation and leadership to help drive our organization into being a safer place.

In the fall of 2018, Parkland received the Triennial Hospital Accreditation from the Joint Commission.

Lorie holds an MHA from University of Missouri-Columbia and hold certifications in Information Technology Infrastructure Library, Health Accreditation Certification Program and Certified in Professional Health Quality.

In Lorie’s free time she enjoys making an impact to the Dallas community. She works actively with several charity organizations including the Young Texans against Cancer (YTAC) and serves as the Sponsorship Committee for the Junior Conservancy, Vice President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, volunteer, and mentors others in her free time.  She is also an active member of ACHE (on Diversity and WHEN committee), NAHSE, and founding member the local DFW chapter of NALHE and serves as President.   In addition to the committee and active roles that she plays in developing the Dallas and Parkland Community, she has developed an Employee Resource Group for Women at Parkland Health & Hospital System.
Name: 

Daffodil Baez, MPH, MBA, FACHE

Board Role:

President Elect

Professional Title:

Assistant Director of Clinical Operations

Organization:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center- Frisco

Bio:

Daffodil Baez currently serves as the Assistant Director of Clinical Operations at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center- Frisco. This multispecialty campus is a joint venture between UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources, which operates the hospital onsite.

She received her Bachelor’s degree at Rice University before pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University. Ms. Baez began her career as a financial analyst for a commercial health insurance payer before transitioning to practice management. After completing her Master’s in Business Administration at Arizona State University, she moved into an executive role for an integrated healthcare provider in Phoenix, AZ which focused on combining medical primary care with behavioral healthcare to the underserved community.

Ms. Baez is the president-elect for the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) inaugural Dallas Fort Worth chapter. She is also an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE) and is involved with several non-profit organizations focused on education and community health education. She is a native Texan, the first generation born in the US. Her family emigrated from the beautiful Dominican Republic.
Name: 

Tiffany Capeles, FACHE

Board Role:

Secretary

Professional Title:

System Director, Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Organization:

CHRISTUS Health

Bio:

Ms. Capeles currently serves as the System Director of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at CHRISTUS Health. She has spearheaded many programs that are nationally recognized by the American Hospital Association, EPA, National Center for Healthy Housing, Catholic Health Association and Modern Healthcare.

In addition to her leadership in community and hospital operations’ programs that have helped many minority communities experience healthier lives, she also serves as an advocate for marginalized communities both professionally and personally. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves on the boards of the National Association of Health Service Executives, DFW Chapter, and the National Association of Latino Health Executives, DFW Chapter. Capeles earned her Master of Business Administration in Finance from Hood College in Maryland and her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Kent State University in Ohio.
Name: 

George B. Avila, MURP, MAHCM

Board Role:

Treasurer

Professional Title:

System Vice President Mission Integration

Organization:

CHRISTUS Health

Bio:

George Avila is the System Vice President of Mission Integration for CHRISTUS Health, Irving Texas.  In his system leadership role, George is responsible for the strategic implementation and evaluation of programs and initiatives designed to advance and integrate the CHRISTUS Health Mission, Core Values and identity throughout its healthcare operations in the United States, Mexico, Chile and Colombia.  George has served at CHRISTUS Health since 2016.

Prior to joining CHRISTUS Health, George served in both acute care and system level leadership within St. Joseph Health, Irvine California.  During his 16-year tenure, George helped to increase access to care for the poor and vulnerable throughout California and Texas and led system-wide initiatives to strengthen organizational identity throughout the organization. George also worked at the grassroots level with Latino Heath Access, Santa Ana California, to mobilize community residents and key stakeholders to improve the overall health of their community through active participation.

George has a Master’s degree in Health Care Mission from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Health Planning from the University of California, Irvine.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with an emphasis on bilingual education at the University of California, Irvine.

Strategic Plan

This strategic plan describes the goals and objectives of the Chapter in 2020-2030 which help increase the representation of the Latino, Latina and multicultural groups in leadership roles. The goals and metrics ensure the participation of individuals and organizations that foster culturally inclusive professional opportunities in the healthcare industry and promotes the education and acknowledgement of health care disparities within our community.

Mission
Founded in 2005, the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) organizational purpose of this organization is to provide a framework to bring together Latino/Latina and multicultural healthcare leaders and professionals, early careerists, students, local industry experts, community stakeholders, partners, sponsors, and affiliates as a group to meet, discuss, and influence factors which affect the representation of Latino/Latina and multicultural individuals in healthcare leadership roles locally and regionally; to foster greater participation in the advancement of diversity and inclusion and health equity initiatives at a local level.

Vision
The DFW Chapter of NALHE offers:

    • An incubation of diverse leaders
    • Opportunity to partner with other organizations at networking events
    • Ability to participate in community service opportunities (i.e. Health Equity Projects, Food Drive, Toy Drive, Mentoring etc.)
    • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Accredited Educational Events
    • Access to senior leaders in healthcare
    • Enhance member and partner experience
    • Diversify and expand the member and partner networks
    • Reinvent and recharge education program and services
    • Promote and sponsor the Latino Health Leader pipeline

Goals & Metrics:

  1. Strengthen our Foundation: Goal to achieve long term success by developing successful
    programming to enhance education, leadership opportunities, partnerships,
    sponsorships, and developing a platform of a well respected organization in the
    community.
  2. Leadership Incubator: Launch the La Mesa Leadership Program to enhance the success
    of early careerists by giving them the tools they need to successfully lead.
  3. Strategic Partnerships: Goal to reach out and establish partnerships with community
    stakeholders to include universities, healthcare groups, and Hispanic organizations
    (e.g., TWU, UTD, NAHN, NAHSE, ACHE, Prospanica DFW, Dallas Mayor’s Council: Alianza
    and Tarrant County Commissioner etc.)
  4. Care Transformation: Goal to partner with Dallas and Fort Worth to address the
    growing health disparities of the current Hispanic population. This includes work to be
    done in the pandemic and the needs addressed in Community Needs Health
    Assessment. Our transformation is in our servant leadership.