New directors bring a diverse range of talent and backgrounds to the board
(DALLAS) – The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center announced today that its Board of Directors approved the addition of ten new board members. They include local leaders in the arts, sports, health care, communications, finance, community relations, and more.
New members are:
- Anne Brooksher-Yen, Vice President of Joint Ventures, Trade Compliance, & Litigation at Celanese
- Lewis Chang, CEO of Qualia Labs, Inc.
- Dr. Samuel S. Holland, Algur H. Meadows Dean of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts
- Nico Leone, President and CEO at KERA
- Sekou Lewis, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer at the Dallas Mavericks
- Terrence Maiden, CEO of Russell Glen Company
- Paige McDaniel, President and CEO of Community Partners
- Mario Quintanilla, Executive Vice President of Corporate Banking at Frost Bank
- Dr. Anu Ravipati, Radiologist
- Konark Singh, Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Firm
“This extraordinary group of professionals and talented individuals from across North Texas brings a wealth of diverse experience,” said Danny Tobey, Board Chair for the AT&T Performing Arts Center. “I am confident that their unique perspectives, as well as their passion for the arts, will be a great combination in serving on our Board.”
Anne Brooksher-Yen is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 manufacturing and chemistry company. She oversees the litigation and trade compliance functions, and she serves as legal support, corporate secretary, and general counsel to the company’s many Joint Venture entities. She previously served as the Chief Compliance Officer and the head of Environmental Law. Anne moved to Texas in 2016 after working at leading New York law firms. She graduated with her J.D. in 2006 from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2003 from the University of Arizona. Anne helped found Celanese’s award-winning legal pro bono program. She currently serves as the Executive Sponsor for PRIDE, the employee resource group, and recently helped the Celanese Legal Department and Celanese Foundation establish a scholarship at Paul Quinn College, to assist students planning to sit for the Law School Admissions Test.
Lewis Chang is CEO of Qualia Labs, Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in the design and fabrication of neural interface devices. He has over a decade of experience in clinical research, study management and organization, data analysis, and strategic development. Lewis graduated from UT Dallas with a degree in neuroscience, continuing on to attend medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center before shifting into health management. He is currently the president of UT Dallas’ Eugene McDermott Scholars Program Alumni Association as well as several boards across Dallas in healthcare and the arts – including The Cary Council, The Crow Museum of Asian Art, UT Dallas’ Executive Board, and UT Dallas’ International Center Advisory Board. He is also a member of the newest class of United Way’s March Tocqueville Fellows.
Samuel S. Holland is the Algur H. Meadows Dean and an award-winning professor of music at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. A champion of the transformational power of arts and communication, Dr. Holland leads a team that raised over $200M in new funding for the Meadows School. Under his leadership, the Division of Music at SMU was ranked #1 in the nation in 2015 by College Factual. In addition to artistic and programmatic excellence, the Meadows School is nationally recognized for innovative curricula, sustainable community engagement, and its entrepreneurial approach to arts education.
Nico Leone is the President and CEO of KERA — a not-for-profit public media organization in North Texas that reaches more than 2.5 million people each week. He oversees the region’s PBS stations and two public radio stations. Nico began his tenure at KERA in February 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic began to surge. Under Nico’s direction, KERA has been able to not only maintain but expand its essential services to the North Texas community at a critical time. Core to this work is an organization-wide effort to position Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at the forefront of KERA’s service, specifically through the lenses of staffing, audience and sourcing. Nico serves on the board of NPR, the Station Resource Group, and Public Radio in Mid-America. He leads The Texas Newsroom, a content partnership of NPR and the four largest public media newsrooms in Texas. Prior to KERA, Nico served as General Manager of KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri, where he led the organization to be one of the most collaborative public radio stations in the country.
Sekou Lewis is the General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer at the Dallas Mavericks. Prior to the Mavericks, Sekou was a corporate associate at a regional law firm, focusing on M&A, commercial real estate and commercial transactions. While there, he served as Vice Chair of the firm’s Sports Law Team. Sekou is also a former collegiate and international professional basketball player, and college/NBA player development specialist for a division of global sports management leader, IMG/IMG Academy.
Terrence Maiden currently serves as CEO for Russell Glen, a real estate development and investment company in Dallas. Before establishing Russell Glen, Terrence served as Executive Vice President at Corinth Properties. While there, his development projects were Glen Oaks Crossings, Hatcher Station, Center City, Canyon in Oak Cliff, and Alexan West Dallas. Terrence currently serves as Chairman of the Maiden Foundation, a nonprofit organization that invests in educational and community revitalization projects. He is also actively involved in many other charitable/civic organizations, including UT Southwestern Medical, International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute Dallas/Fort Worth, Circuit Trail Conservancy, University of North Texas Dallas Foundation, Harmony Community Development Corp., Methodist Health System, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Arboretum, and Texas Christian Black Alumni Association. Terrence has widely been recognized for his leadership and community impact. He has been listed as DALLAS’ 500 most influential leaders by D CEO Magazine for three consecutive years. For nine consecutive years, he has been named to the Dallas Power Broker list and in 2019 he was named “Power Broker of the Year” by D CEO Magazine.
Paige McDaniel is the former President and CEO at Community Partners of Dallas, a non-profit aimed at providing for the immediate and urgent needs of children who are abused and neglected in Dallas County, as well as encourage and support caseworkers. During her tenure, she expanded the agency and increased the number of children served by 400%. She also created the plan and vision for CPD’s headquarters near the Dallas Medical District. She announced retirement earlier this year and served her final day on May 31st. Prior to joining Community Partners of Dallas, McDaniel served as a political appointee in Washington, D.C. for the Honorable William J. Bennett in both the Reagan and H.W. Bush administrations at the Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Paige is a member of the CC Young Foundation Board, the Dallas Assembly, Charter 100, the Junior League of Dallas Sustainer Board, and is a Leadership Dallas alum. She is a long-time member of Highland Park United Methodist Church and serves as a sanctuary usher.
Mario Quintanilla is Executive Vice President for Frost Bank and serves as a Sales Manager for Southern Dallas market, managing a business development team of commercial lenders who focus on medium and small business clients. He joined Frost in 2014 after over 35 years in the financial services industry, including 23 years as a commercial banker with J.P. Morgan Chase in Dallas.
Civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of DFW International Airport, where he Chairs of the Retirement and Investment Committee, Member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden chairing the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Chair of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration in 2021, 2022 and 2023; is a member of The Dallas Assembly since 2021. His past civic duties include serving as Chairman of The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board and Executive Committee Member of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and Dallas Services. A past member of Dallas Together Forum as well as the appointment to the City of Dallas Tax Increment Financing Board of the American Airlines Center. Mr. Quintanilla was recognized with the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association.
Dr. Anuradha Ravipati is a board certified Radiologist who has been in private practice for over 20 years. Anu graduated from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine combined BS/MD program where she was accepted directly to medical school from high school and completed 4 years of her undergraduate degree in only two years. She completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Ravipati completed advanced Radiology training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and a Body Imaging Fellowship at UTSW in Dallas, TX. She was a National Institute of Health research fellow who has been published for her work on mRNA. She has been a Docent at the Perot Museum of Science and Nature and Advisory Board member of Broadway Dallas. She has been a long time season ticket holder at the Center Circle level in addition to Broadway Dallas and Dallas Theater Center. Dr. Ravipati frequently travels to NYC to watch the newest Broadway and Off Broadway shows with the original cast members.
Konark Singh is a core member of Boston Consulting Group’s Energy practice and leads the practice’s AI @ Scale activities, including smart grid and digital consumer topics. Since joining BCG in 2007, Konark has worked extensively with clients in retail energy on issues such as risk management, portfolio assessment, and consumer behavior. In his work with utilities, he has led a number of smart-grid implementation efforts and deployed several end-to-end digital customer offerings. Kornark also has deep experience in M&A, post-merger synergy assessments, and private equity due diligence. In addition, he has developed and executed growth strategies, led several retail transformation efforts, and helped clients execute back-office operations transformations.