Job well done, and farewell

May 30, 2017 | (16) Comments

Today, I am wishing a long-time Texas Children’s employee farewell as she embarks on her next amazing chapter. Dace Reinholds, Director of Corporate Governance, is retiring after more than two decades of dedicated service to Texas Children’s.

Dace started at Texas Children’s Hospital in October 1990, some 26 years and seven months ago. When she arrived, we still just had one building – the seven-floor, 350,000 square-foot Abercrombie Building. Since then, Dace has helped us navigate more than 50 corporate organizational structures and restructures. As the Director of Corporate Governance, Dace develops and implements the governance policies, processes and procedures, which are basically the framework by which we operate.

In her role, she works closely with Texas Children’s Board of Trustees, the governing body of the organization. In the past 26 years, Dace has worked with 13 Board chairs, 13 Board presidents and an untold number of Board committee chairs. She has been a huge part of all of our growth and success. And she has been a big part of my success as well. Because of her insight, intuition, and deep understanding of our mission, Dace has always worked to ensure that our governance structure is in step with – and even ahead of – where it needs to be to support our next strategic move. Having thoughtful, proactive governance is critical to the success of a rapidly growing organization like Texas Children’s. And Dace has been integral to every single thing that the Board, leadership team and I have done during the past 26 years.

One of the contributions that I’m particularly appreciative of is the work Dace did with writer Betsey Parrish on Legacy: 50 Years of Loving Care, Texas Children’s Hospital. This book was published to celebrate Texas Children’s history on our 50th anniversary. Dace and Betsey worked on the book for nearly two years. Betsey was the author, but the book simply would not have happened without Dace. She was really the catalyst that pulled all of the ideas and information together, which was so important to documenting and sharing the incredible story of Texas Children’s Hospital. I will be forever grateful for her role in bringing this book to life.

I know that I speak for many when I say we are going to miss Dace, but no one will miss her more than I will. Thank you, Dace, for a job very well done. We are all wishing you a happy, blessed and adventurous retirement.

Board of Trustees Resolution presented to Dace Reinholds on May 8, 2017:

WHEREAS, since joining Texas Children’s Hospital in October 1990, Dace Reinholds has given generously of her time, providing invaluable counsel and unparalleled support to the organization’s mission and continued success;

WHEREAS, Dace, having served as Director of Corporate Governance and Corporate Secretary for Texas Children’s; Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and Assistant Secretary of each corporate Board of Directors, has imparted the value of quality governance and fiscal responsibility and impacted the success of the Board and overall performance of the organization;

WHEREAS, she spearheaded development of the corporate structure, from the Texas Children’s Hospital Integrated Delivery System to the current Texas Children’s corporate structure approved by the Board of Trustees in 2011;

WHEREAS, Dace has been an impactful, larger-than-life and resilient force behind Texas Children’s historic openings and expansions, including those of:

The West Tower;

The Mark A. Wallace Tower;

The Feigin Center;

The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute;

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus;

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women;

And Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands;

WHEREAS, she has coordinated nearly 2,000 meetings of the Board of Trustees, Board Committee and Corporate Board, has written more than 100 Board of Trustees’ resolutions of appreciation and fulfilled innumerable other behind-the-scenes, yet critical needs;

WHEREAS, Dace is the trusted confidant, friend, counsel and right hand of Mark Wallace, a devoted and indispensable liaison to the Board, a generous advocate and ambassador for the hospital in the community, and an insightful, invaluable source of institutional knowledge to countless others throughout Texas Children’s;

IT IS NOW, THEREFORE, RESOLVED, that in recognition and honor of her 26 years of service and dedication to Texas Children’s, the members of the Board of Trustees of Texas Children’s express their deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation to Dace Reinholds for her tireless and continued commitment to the organization and the families we serve.

UNANIMOUSLY adopted this 4th day of May, 2017.

16 Responses to “Job well done, and farewell”

  1. Roula Zoghbi Smith

    Very well stated! Dace, you have been such a great asset to Texas Children’s and will be missed. Enjoy this next chapter – you deserve it!

  2. Eva Alcorn

    Mrs. Dace, I have not had the privilege of meeting you and I can certainly gather by Mr. Wallace’s farewell comments that meeting would have definitely been a privilege. Congratulations on moving to your next level, next chapter. May you continue in great health, great wealth and perfect peace!

  3. Linda Aldred

    Thank you Dace for committing yourself and your work to Texas Children’s. We will miss you! Blessings for your next great adventure – enjoy retirement!

  4. Carrie Rys

    Dace, Thank you very much for your commitment to Texas Children’s. You’ve always provided tremendous guidance and assistance in navigating our governance structure. You’ve never hesitated to help any time I had a question and I’ve always appreciated your willingness to partner. I wish you the very best in retirement.

  5. Ed McCullough

    You have been a great resource and comfort to me as a board member.
    There was never a question in my mind that our governance was correct!
    Enjoy North Carolina and come back to see us.
    All the best,

  6. Paola Alvarez-Malo

    Mr. Wallace – thank you for recognizing Dace on your blog!

    Dace – you will be missed beyond words! I can’t wait to hear your retirement adventures. See you soon, my friend.

  7. Carol Boswell

    Wishing you the very best. I loved seeing the pictures of your new home and seeing the joy on your face as you shared about the next steps in your journey. You lead by example and I am honored to have had the opportunity to learn from you. Keep in touch, friend.

  8. Frida Wilson


    Thank you for your commitment to Texas Children’s for the past 26 years! Wishing you and Charlie the very best on your new journey !!!!

  9. Sarah Maytum

    Dace, Thank you for your friendship, guidance, and many laughs throughout my tenure at Texas Children’s. I wish you and Charlie much happiness in your beautiful new home. Congratulations on your retirement!


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