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Daniel L. Tobey Named Chair-Elect, And 7 New Directors

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center announced seven new Board members and a new Chair-Elect, Daniel L. Tobey. The newly elected Directors are Sheryl Adkins-Green, Jennifer Burr Altabef, Mark Hamilton LaRoe, Veronica Lewis, DeMetris Sampson, George Tang, and the Board welcomed back former Director Lynn McBee. Directors serve a three-year term.

“It’s an honor to be entrusted with this responsibility by my fellow Directors,” said Chair-Elect Tobey. “The Center is in a strong position currently, and I’m excited about what the future looks like as we move into our second decade.”

Tobey is set to succeed current Chair Matrice Ellis-Kirk in 2021. She has served on the Board since its creation in 2000 and was elected Chair in 2015. Ellis-Kirk is the fourth person to serve as Chair. The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors is one of the most diverse of the city’s large arts organizations, being 64% Caucasian, 23% African-American, 11% Latinx and 3% Asian-American; 52% female, 48% male, and 6% LGBTQ+, from more than a dozen different neighborhoods across North Texas.

Daniel L. Tobey, J.D., M.D. is a Partner at DLA Piper and recently received a Burton Award from the Library of Congress recognizing “the best of the best writers in the legal profession” among the nation’s top 1,000 largest law firms. Danny has served on the executive committees of the Yale Law School Association, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Parkland Foundation, as well as on the boards of the SPCA of Texas and the regional Anti-Defamation League. He sits on the governing council of the Dallas Bar Association’s Business Litigation Section.

Sheryl Adkins-Green serves as Mary Kay’s Chief Marketing Officer. Sheryl leads Mary Kay Inc.‘s global marketing strategy, brand positioning, new product development, advertising, digital marketing, social media, product education, and customer insights to drive long-term growth and support the more than 3 million Independent Beauty Consultants.

Jennifer Burr Altabef is a community leader and former attorney. Jennifer is currently the chair of the Dallas Theater Center Board of Trustees, SMU Meadows School of the Arts Executive Board, North Texas Public Broadcasting Corporation (KERA and KXT) Board, and serves on many other boards and committees.

Mark Hamilton LaRoe is a Managing Director and Private Client Advisor for Bank of America Private Bank in Dallas, Texas. He is Chairman of The Dallas Opera, on the board of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and President of the Incarnation Foundation.

Lynn McBee is CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network and is known for her leadership roles in the Dallas community and philanthropic endeavors. Currently, she is Chairman of the Board of the Bridge Homeless Shelter; Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association; Chairman of the Board of The Family Place Foundation; and serves on more than a dozen other boards. She has received numerous professional and community awards.

Veronica Lewis is a litigation partner in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Global Competition Review named Veronica to its top Women in Antitrust 2016 list. She has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2010-2017 and named to “The Defenders,” list of the best defense lawyers in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal. Veronica was also named as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Antitrust (2013-2018). Veronica also serves on the boards of the Dallas Zoo, Shelton School, and The Center for American and International Law.

DeMetris Sampson is an attorney, and was the first African-American woman to become a partner in a majority firm in the City of Dallas. Before retirement she was Managing Partner of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP’s Dallas Office. Ms. Sampson is a volunteer, supporter, participant and advisor in local, state and national civic and political communities. She currently serves as Board Chair of TITAS/Dance Unbound, Board Chair of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center, and on the Board of the Dallas Breakfast Group. Ms. Sampson is an active member of The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Dallas Assembly, and the Dallas Summit. She has received numerous professional and community awards.

George Tang is managing director for Educate Texas at Communities Foundation of Texas. Prior to joining Educate Texas, George co-founded Rosetta, a 1,200-person marketing consulting firm in New York City, fueled by its analytical approach to driving revenue growth and improving profitability. Since moving to Dallas in 2009, George has focused on the significant gaps and challenges in our education system. George has served on the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Education and Community Engagement Committee since 2016.

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