The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently announced appointments and reappointments to its branch boards in San Antonio, Houston and El Paso, as well as an appointment to the Dallas Fed board. As board members, these individuals provide input on regional economic conditions as part of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy functions. Each of the branch boards consists of seven members—four appointed by the Dallas Fed and three by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. Each Federal Reserve Bank has a nine-member board—three members represent commercial banks, three represent the public and three are appointed by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.
Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board of directors for a three-year term ending December 31, 2024. With more than 44 years of chamber experience, she served on the bank’s El Paso branch board from 2008 to 2013. She is an active participant in the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has served on the USHCC President’s Advisory Council. She was appointed to the Texas Military Support Task Force by Governor Greg Abbott. She also served on Governor Rick Perry’s Texas Auto Theft Prevention Task Force. Ramos-Davidson received the Joe M. Rodriguez Leadership award, USHCC Chief Executive of the Year award, TAMACC Chairman Leader award and El Paso Inc. Women of Impact Award. She has been named Minority Business Development Agency Advocate of the Year Champion and Women in Business Champion of the Year at the SBA Small Business Week. Ramos-Davidson also received the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, a recognition bestowed by the U.S. Field Artillery Association for exemplary character and outstanding professional competence. She holds a BBA degree from the University of Texas–El Paso.
Monica Salinas of Laredo has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ San Antonio branch board for a three-year term ending December 31, 2024. She is a licensed U.S. customs broker and CEO of operations for Cromex Forwarding Inc., a customs broker company with locations in Laredo, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Manzanillo. Salinas has more than 29 years of international trading experience. She joined Cromex Forwarding in 1991 as a licensed customs broker before being promoted to CEO of operations. She currently serves as president of the Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association Inc. and has been a member, holding several positions, since 2016. Salinas is a member of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America and Asociación de Agentes Aduanales de Nuevo Laredo S.C.
Cynthia N. Colbert of Houston has been appointed Houston branch board for a three-year term ending December 31, 2024. She is president and CEO of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, overseeing assistance to individuals in Southeast Texas by providing food, clothing, shelter and support services. She served for six years as vice president of community resources at United Way Capital Area-Austin and was previously executive director of Catholic Charities in Austin and Wichita, Kansas. Colbert is a board member of the Texas Executive Women, United Way of Greater Houston and Catholic Charities USA. She also serves as treasurer of the Network of Behavioral Health Providers and is a senior fellow at the American Leadership Forum. Colbert earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University and a master’s degree in social welfare, planning and administration from the University of California.
Tracy J. Yellen has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ El Paso branch board for a three-year term ending December 31, 2024. She is the CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, which includes the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, El Paso Giving Day and a growing community of philanthropy. Prior to joining the foundations in 2013, she was managing partner of MJD & Associates, campaign director for the World YWCA Global Campaign, development director for the YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region, public outreach director for the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and program coordinator in the Office of Border Affairs for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. Yellen is a member of the board of directors of the Borderplex Alliance, PHIX (Health Information Exchange) and Fundación Paso del Norte. She is past chair of the University Medical Center of El Paso and past board member of the YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region, Kern Place Association, Keep El Paso Beautiful and the Johns Hopkins University board of trustees.Yellen earned a BA degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas–El Paso.
Jack Harper of Midland has been appointed to the bank’s El Paso branch board for a three-year term ending December 31, 2024. Harper is president of the Permian market of ConocoPhillips. In this capacity, he is responsible for the development and operations of the business unit in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico. Harper has more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector. Previously, he served in various roles at Concho Resources until ConocoPhillips acquired the company in 2021. He started in 2006 with Concho Resources as a director of investor relations and business development, then went on to serve as vice president of business development and capital markets, senior vice president and chief of staff, executive vice president and chief financial officer, then president starting in 2017. Prior to joining Concho Resources, Harper served in various investor relations, business development, finance and strategic planning roles at Unocal Corp., Pure Resources Inc. and Tom Brown Inc. Harper currently serves on the board of trustees of the Abell-Hanger Foundation and is treasurer and member of the executive committee of the Permian Strategic Partnership. He also serves on the board of governors for the Bynum School for Midland Shared Spaces and Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baylor University.
Sally Hurt-Deitch has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ El Paso branch board of directors. She will serve the remaining portion of a term ending December 31, 2023. Hurt-Deitch joined the El Paso branch board in 2018 as an appointee of the Dallas Fed. Hurt-Deitch serves as senior vice president of operations for Ascension. A registered nurse, she has served as a chief nursing officer, COO and CEO for HCA Healthcare. In 2005, she was named CEO at Oklahoma University Medical Center Edmond. She returned to El Paso in 2007 to accept the CEO position at Sierra Providence East Medical Center (now The Hospitals of Providence East Campus) for Tenet Healthcare and was promoted to group CEO in 2015, became Tenet Healthcare’s corporate chief nursing officer in 2017 and group CEO of Mid-South group in 2019. Hurt-Deitch is past president of the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives, former chair of the Texas Hospital Association, board member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and a past regent-at-large of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas–El Paso, as well as a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University. In 2013, the University of Texas–El Paso recognized Hurt-Deitch as one of its distinguished alumni.