February 16, 2005

The University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation has named four community leaders to serve on its Board of Directors for 2005.

The foundation supports the health science centerâ??s colleges–the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Health Professions and the School of Public Health.

The new board members are:-Richard Connor, who is editor, publisher and owner of the Fort Worth Business Press. He also serves as CEO and chairman of Texas Community Newspapers, L.L.C. He currently serves on the boards of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Performing Arts Fort Worth, the Van Cliburn Foundation, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.

-Paul Greenwell, who has been principal of Luther King Capital Management Corporation since 1983. His investment management expertise includes stock and industry selection, portfolio structuring and client presentations. He is a board member for Trinity Terrace, Our Mother of Mercy School, the Fort Worth Public Library and the Davey Oâ??Brien Foundation, and he serves as board president for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Worth Foundation.

-Allan Howeth, JD, who was a managing partner of Cantey & Hanger, L.L.P. from 1985â??2004. He is certified in estate planning and probate law, and director of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His volunteer participation includes service to the Tarrant County Association for the Blind, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, the United Way of Tarrant County and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

-Darlene Ryan, MBA, CPA, who is cofounder, president and CEO of PharmaFab, an innovative manufacturer of branded and generic pharmaceuticals. She was a 2004 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World honoree and the 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Sciences for the southwest region. Her family-owned, start-up company was the fastest growing private company in the Dallas-Fort Worth area between 2001 and 2003.

In addition, the current presidents of the health science centerâ??s alumni associations and societies serve one-year terms and are ex officio members of the board.

-Dan Saylak, DO, TCOM 1983, is the medical director of the emergency department at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.

-Nora Heverly, MPH, SPH 2000, works for Amerigroup Corporation in Arlington.

-Annita Bens, PhD, GSBS 1992, is director of clinical research management for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

-David Gonzales, PA-C, PA 2000, is a physician assistant with Rockwood Medical Clinic in Fort Worth.

The Foundation Board has selected a new chair for 2005: Mary Palko is a civic leader, international investor and president of Palmea Inc. She was named national volunteer of the year in 2000. Palko is founder of Fort Worth Sister Cities International and has chaired the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods, the Fort Worth Council of Nations, the IPBI International Business Network, the Human Source Foundation and Palmea Corp. She also serves as a global envoy for Sister Cities International.

The new members join 12 existing board members, including Mark Baker, DO, TCOM 1976, a radiologist practicing in Fort Worth, Graham and Granbury; Robert Fernandez, president of Fernandez & Company CPAs; John Gavin, president and chief executive officer for Wells Fargo Bank; Christopher Hull, DO, TCOM 1979, president of Fort Worth Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine; Jack Jackson, plant manager of Miller Brewing Companyâ??s Fort Worth brewery; past chair Robert Lansford, senior vice president for Bank One Trust; Rosie Moncrief, a community volunteer and business and property manager; George W. Pepper, a private investor; Joe Thompson, senior vice president of TXU Electric Delivery; Naresh Vashist, president and CEO of Omimex Energy Inc.; and Stanley Weiss, DO, an occupational medicine consultant and a health science center faculty member.


Contact: Becky Purvis 817-735-5152, pager 817-216-0345, e-mail bpurvis@hsc.unt.edu.

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