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Methodist Health System Foundation Team


Jim Johnston, President

Jim Johnston Jim Johnston
(214) 947-4545

James M. "Jim" Johnston, became President of Methodist Health System Foundation in November 2016.

Prior to his role at Methodist Foundation, Jim’s 40-year career in the Dallas banking industry started with Republic Bank of Texas where he served in various corporate executive positions. He was subsequently named regional chairman of Frost Bank, and board vice chairman for Bank of Texas.

Jim, originally from Coleman, Texas, attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) on a football scholarship where he received a BA in Marketing and an MBA in Finance. His involvement with his alma mater has continued, including such roles as chairman of the SMU Mustang Club, of the Letterman’s Association, of the Planned Giving Council, of the Athletics Hall of Fame, and serving on the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business. He has also served in leadership positions with the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Salesmanship Club of Dallas, Special Olympics of Texas, Goodwill Industries of Dallas, and the Goodwill Foundation. He also serves as an elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and on the board of the HPPC Foundation.

Outside of work and community service, Jim loves spending time with his family: wife Suzanne; daughters Michelle, Chandler, and Cindy; and grandchildren. Jim also enjoys golfing, traveling, reading, and supporting the SMU Mustangs.

Calvert Collins-Bratton, Vice President

Calvert Collins-Bratton

Calvert Collins-Bratton
Vice President, Strategic Events and Relationships
(214) 947-4585

Calvert Collins-Bratton is a seventh generation Texan, born and raised in Dallas. She graduated from the University of Missouri and spent a decade as a television news reporter in Omaha, Nebraska; Las Vegas; and Dallas. Prior to joining the Methodist Health System Foundation team in 2018, Calvert served as Methodist Health System's corporate manager of public relations for two and a half years. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering and currently represents District 13 on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board, and serves as president of Safer Dallas Better Dallas. She also sits on SMU's 21st Century Council and Executive Board of the Simmons School of Education & Human Development, as well as Children at Risk's North Texas Advisory Board. Calvert and her husband live in north Dallas with their three young daughters.

Joy Duncan, Vice President

Robin Daniels

Joy Duncan
Vice President, Board Relationships and Strategic Initiatives
(214) 947-4602

John Mitchener, Vice President

John Mitchener

John Mitchener

Vice President, Development
(214) 947-4596

John Mitchener graduated from the University of Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing. Prior to joining the Methodist Health System Foundation team, he was development officer at two pediatric healthcare systems, most recently at Children's Health in Dallas and before that at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Prior to getting into healthcare fundraising, John served as a capital campaign consultant with Community Counseling Services Fundraising. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their daughter, in addition to running and golfing when time allows.

Lindsey Landman, Director of Foundation Operations

Landman Lindsey

Lindsey Landman
Director of Foundation Operations
(214) 947-4598
Lindsey Landman joined the Methodist Health System team in May 2019. Prior to working with the Foundation, Lindsey spent 15 years in nonprofit operations. Most recently, she served as an operations leader at the American Heart Association National Center, where she had a 10-year tenure. Her areas of proficiency are campaign reporting, analytics, database management, prospect strategy, Tableau, and gift processing. Lindsey is a lifelong Texan — born in Fort Worth, graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio, and residing in East Dallas. In her free time, she enjoys travel, baking, ceramics, and boating with her loved ones and two dogs.

Devon Smith, Director of Grant Writing & Stewardship

Devon Batjer

Devon Smith
Director of Grant Writing & Stewardship
(214) 947-4550

Devon Smith graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in writing. She is currently working toward a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Before joining Methodist Health System Foundation in 2017, she enjoyed working for several outstanding nonprofit organizations, including Children's Medical Center Foundation, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Moncrief Cancer Institute. In her current role as director of grant writing and stewardship, Devon is grateful for the opportunity to share the special mission and story of Methodist Health System with generous funders and partners throughout the Dallas community. Outside the office, she and her husband love going to arts performances, watching movies, and traveling - especially when golf is involved!

Tobie Smith, Director of Development

Tobie Smith

Tobie Smith
Director of Development
(214) 947-4552
Tobie Smith joined Methodist Health System Foundation with more than 25 years' experience working for organizations such as Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation (now Texas Health Resources Foundation), the Episcopal Dioceses of Dallas, and most recently as a major gifts officer with SMU, as part of its historic $1.15 billion Second Century Campaign. In her role with the Foundation, she thrives on connecting people with meaningful opportunities to support vital Methodist Health System programs and services.
A native Texan, Tobie earned both her bachelor's degree and a Master's of Arts in Design and Innovation from SMU. She and her husband live in Dallas and enjoy spending time with their three sons.

Eder Fonseca, Donor Database Administrator

Edar Fonseca

Eder Fonseca
Database Administrator
(214) 947-4595
Eder Fonseca graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. He has taught English at Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, China and worked as a claims adjuster in the insurance industry for 7 years. Before joining Methodist Health System Foundation in 2020, he was working as a development administrator at Family Compass, a nonprofit organization that helps prevent child abuse. Originally raised in Illinois, Eder is happy to call Texas his new home of 5 years. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, watching live music, and spending time with his family, friends, and 3 dogs.

Mehari Kassa, Prospect Research Specialist

Mahari Kassa Mehari Kassa
Prospect Research Specialist
(214) 947.4580 
Mehari “Kassa” Kassa joined Methodist Health System Foundation with over 14 years of nonprofit experience in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. He began his career in the for-profit sector as a chemical engineer focusing on process improvement and project management. Kassa unexpectedly made the leap into the nonprofit world soon after relocating back to Atlanta, where he was invited to help launch the Ron Clark Academy, a highly acclaimed demonstration middle school. After serving in various roles during the school’s start-up period, Kassa volunteered to be the academy’s first development director. Since moving into fundraising, he has gained experience in both front-line fundraising and leveraging his engineering experiences in support of the operational side of advancement teams. Kassa looks forward to helping the Foundation increasingly connect with members of the community who will engage their compassion philanthropically to improve and save the lives of Methodist Health System patients.

Randy Lara, Creative Projects Coordinator

Randy Lara
Creative Projects Coordinator
(214) 947-4549
Randy Lara graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Mass Communications. Randy has over 20 years of experi-ence in graphic design and marketing. Before joining the Methodist Health System Foundation team, he worked for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as Creative Services Manager and before that Corpus Christi Caller-Times as a Creative Services Manager. Randy enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and watching college and professional football.

Hallie Larson, Project Coordinator

Hallie LarsonHallie Larson
Project Coordinator
(214) 947-4556
Before joining Methodist Health System Foundation, Hallie Larson served as the senior foundation development coordinator at BlueCross and BlueShield. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and concentrations in business and Spanish. During her time at A&M, she also obtained her Professional Event Management Certificate. Outside the office, Hallie enjoys doing yoga, baking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Nicole Zrake, Project and Events Coordinator

Nicole Zrake

Nicole Zrake
Project and Events Coordinator
(214) 947-4551

Nicole Zrake graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in international merchandising. Upon graduation she moved to Ireland, where she was a merchandising specialist for The Body Shop Co. A few years later, she returned to Texas and worked as a brand manager in the retail industry. Nicole transitioned to the nonprofit sector in 2017 when Methodist Health System Foundation hired her as project coordinator. She actively serves the community by volunteering at multiple local nonprofits, her church, and with Junior League of Dallas. Additionally, Nicole enjoys reading, the arts, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Varina Samuels, Executive Assistant

Varina Samuels

Varina Samuels has been an executive assistant in the healthcare industry for over the past 10 years, working with the United Surgical Partners, Tenet Healthcare, an EmCare to name a few. Prior to this, she gained experience in the oil and gas manufacturing industries, as well as the private sector. While working full time, Varina received her bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix, where she was a member of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society.
A native of West Texas, Varina resides in Terrell with her husband, Larry, and dog Bradlee. She has an adult son and enjoys spending time with family and friends, movies, crocheting, reading, and watching the Dallas Cowboys.
Varina Samuels
Executive Assistant
(214) 929-4056