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

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George B. Avila

President

Jackie Sifuentes

President-Elect

Chris Burciaga

Secretary

Fernando Moreno

Treasurer

Lorie Thibodeaux

Founder, Immediate Past-President

Name: 

George B. Avila, MURP, MAHCM

Board Role:

President

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.
Name: 

Jackie Sifuentes, MBA

Board Role:

President-Elect

Professional Title:

Scheduling Capacity Analyst II

Organization:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas, Texas

Bio:

Jackie Sifuentes is a Scheduling Capacity Analyst II at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She works with ambulatory departments and centralized scheduling teams to improve and streamline patient scheduling, provider appointment utilization, patient experience, and increase patient access to outpatient care.

Jackie is a graduate of the UT Southwestern Aspiring Leaders program and is EPIC Cadence Certified. She earned her master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, Texas and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Southern Methodist University also in Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Sifuentes has been with UT Southwestern for almost nine years and has an array of experience in the laboratory setting, clinical setting & now in a more administrative business setting. She started out exploring my Chemistry degree from SMU in a lab setting in the Touchstone Diabetes Lab. Later, she felt the need to build on her people skills which lead to becoming a Clinical Staff Assistant in the Internal Medicine Subspecialty Clinic. With that experience she then transitioned to the Central Registration role verifying insurance for outpatient clinics & learning more about managed care. Her Aspiring Leaders project led her to discover process improvement & project management which she further develops in her current role as a scheduling capacity analyst II. Outside of work, she serves as the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) DFW Chapter president-elect & spearheaded the founding of the National La Mesa Emerging Leaders mentorship program. She also serves on the Hispanic Alumni of SMU board. As a leader of several organizations, Ms. Sifuentes's hope is to inspire other Latinos to pursue health care leadership positions to help provide access and representation in underserved communities.

Originally born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas, nothing fills Jackie more than watching a West Texas sunrise.
Name: 

Chris Burciaga

Board Role:

Secretary

Professional Title:

President - Healthcare (Capital Group)

Organization:

HHS, LLC

Bio:

Chris Burciaga joined HHS in 2018 and currently serves as President of Environmental Services, Capital Division, in HHS’ healthcare division. His extensive operational experience and knowledge about HHS’ systems enable him to provide remarkable leadership that results in exceptional outcomes.

Prior to joining HHS, Burciaga held healthcare positions such as chief operating officer, director of hospital operations, director of wound care, and adjunct faculty. He also served in the United States Army as a medical service corps officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Burciaga earned his Bachelor of Arts in Pre Law and Military Science from University of Texas at El Paso, his Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University, and his Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Touro University California.
Name: 

Fernando Moreno, CPA, MBA, FACHE

Board Role:

Treasurer

Professional Title:

Corporate Vice President and International Chief Financial Officer

Organization:

CHRISTUS Health

Bio:

Mr. Moreno became CFO of the International Division of CHRISTUS Health in March 2014; he is responsible for the departments of Finance and Accounting, Taxes, Revenue Cycle, Supply Chain, and Managed Care and is President of the Center of Excellence and Innovation initiatives for the international markets.

Before that, Mr. Moreno was the VP and General Manager of the International Division of Cash America, a TX based public company providing specialty financial services to individuals through retail locations and e-commerce activities.

He was also the VP of Finance for International Hospital Corporation (IHC) from 2006 to 2011.  IHC operated 11 hospitals in Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil. From 2000 to 2006, he worked in Hilti, a Swiss construction tool manufacturer and distributor. With Hilti, he served in different roles including: Controller, Director of Finance, and Corporate Strategy Manager for the Latin American market as well as several Finance positions at the corporate headquarters.   Prior to this, he worked in the Mexican Banking system, as a senior manager of strategic planning.   During his career, Mr. Moreno has lived and worked in several Latin American countries, as well as the United States and Liechtenstein.

Mr. Moreno, a Fulbright scholar, attended the National University in Mexico (UNAM), where he graduated first in his class (Medalla Gabino Barreda) with a bachelor in Industrial Engineering.  He also earned a Master's of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresas (IPADE). He has also completed executive education courses at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School.

Mr. Moreno is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and is currently a CPA in Texas and a fellow of the American College Healthcare of Executives.
Name: 

Lorie Thibodeaux, MHA, ITILv3, HACP, CPHQ

Board Role:

Immediate Past-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.

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.

Contact:

Email: NALHEdfw@nalhe.org