The Alliance’s strategic plans include hosting speaker forums featuring medical and academic leaders in the areas of depression recognition and treatment, for anyone who may be in a position to recognize the warning signs of depression; creating multimedia communications programs to eliminate the stigma associated with depression; and promoting the widespread use of depression screening tools.
Board of Directors
John F. Anderson, MD is one of our directors. He is a graduate of Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is a Senior Vice President for Consulting Services with Navvis Healthways, a division of Healthways, which is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee and provides counsel and implementation services to healthcare systems, hospitals and physician groups.
Dr. Anderson has been a physician since 1973. He serves on the boards of directors of Aurora Health Care System in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Sam Dalton is one of our directors. He is a native of Springfield, Missouri, and has lived in Dallas for over 30 years. He is a 1985 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and a 1988 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Sam worked for 14 years as a commercial litigation attorney for Locke Purnell and Vinson & Elkins before starting his own solo practice. He has managed a family investment partnership since 2006, and is involved in several other entrepreneurial ventures.
Sam has served on the Board of Trustees of the Highland Park Independent School District since May 2011. He is currently the Board Secretary. Prior to serving on the HPISD Board, he served on the Board of the Highland Park Presbyterian Day School. Sam also serves as an Eagle Scout coach for Troop 82.
William F. Davis is one of our directors. He received his BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Dexter & Company, Dallas’ oldest insurance agency specializing in commercial, personal and health insurance benefits.
He serves on the boards of directors of several civic and charitable organizations in Dallas, including Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Circle Ten Boy Scouts of America Council Leadership, Church of Incarnation Foundation and the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business (Associate Board).
Robert F. Spears is our Secretary and one of our directors. He received his BBA degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.
He has practiced law for 45 years and is currently semi-retired, practicing as a solo practitioner. He serves on the boards of directors of two Dallas-based public charities, VNA (Visiting Nurses Association of Texas) and Senior Source (Senior Citizens of Dallas).
Vickie Wise, CFP®, is one of our directors. She is Senior Vice President and Client Advisor with The Private Bank at Bank of Texas, where she has worked since 1998. Vickie and her team provide The Private Bank experience of customized wealth management solutions for individuals, trusts and charitable foundations, including investment services, estate planning and risk management. Vickie is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BSBA in Financial Management and a minor in Accounting, and also obtained her CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) designation from Southern Methodist University. Vickie has been a board member and volunteer of Rays of Light since 2009. She is also a mentor at the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas.
G. Dudley Taylor III is our President. He received his BBA degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and was President of B.C. Williams Industries, Inc. and B.C. Williams Food Products, Inc. and is currently Vice President of B.C. Williams Bakery Services, Inc. He has been employed for the last 29 years with these companies, which are located in Dallas, Texas and are diversified ingredient suppliers to the baking industry, delivering to over 300 food operations in more than 40 states.
Sandra Hodges is our Treasurer. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She received her Bachelor of Science degree (Accounting major) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is the Chief Financial Officer of B.C. Williams Bakery Services, Inc., where she has been employed for the last 30 years.
Jennifer Tipton is our Administrative Assistant. She attended Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C. where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development. She volunteers with the National Charity League, Young Men’s Service League and C.A.R.E. in Dallas, Texas.