Southwestern Medical Foundation is guided by a remarkable founding vision that was driven by a keen desire to achieve the highest standards. The Foundation’s team continues to be guided by these standards today: Service to Community, Vision of Excellence, Mindful Stewardship, and Best Outcomes. Each standard is a promise to donors, beneficiaries, and generations to come, assuring the Foundation is positioned to provide significant capital for medical progress in our community and the world beyond.

Kathleen M. Gibson

Kathleen M. Gibson

President | CEO

Kathleen Gibson became President & CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation in 2012. Prior to that, she worked in financial services at Citibank, as President of Texas and Central US Commercial. Gibson spent 25 years prior to that at Bank of America in various roles including Head of Asset Management Risk, President of Southwest Private Banking, Head of Southwest Corporate Banking, and President of Bank of America Dallas.

Gibson is the 10th President in Southwestern Medical Foundation’s more than eighty-year history and the first woman to be asked to lead the organization.

Under her leadership, the Foundation has established key priorities for growth and long-term sustenance. She is responsible for new efforts to engage a broad community of advocates and contributors, while overseeing the business, endowment, and core programs driving engagement, affinity, and impact.

Gibson is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation, engaging a broad coalition of advocates and contributors, stewarding a diverse asset base approaching $1 billion, and leading efforts to optimize operational excellence and impact. With an outstanding team, Gibson is directing the mission of Southwestern Medical Foundation forward, providing resources needed to help assure the highest quality of medicine through scientific discoveries, medical training, and patient care. During her tenure as President and CEO, the Foundation celebrated its 75th year of service – an opportunity to showcase the critical role the Foundation played in building quality health care in the southwestern U.S. and to re-engage community leadership in advancing the progress essential in health care today.

Born in Texas, Gibson lived several early years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and attended school at SMU in Oxford and SMU in Russia. Kathleen and her husband, Robert, reside in Dallas. They have two adult daughters, Catherine and Sarah.

Kay Schlankey, CPA

Kay Schlankey, CPA

Senior Vice President | CFO

Kay Schlankey is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with nearly 30 years of professional experience in public accounting, with the last 12 years focused primarily on non-profit and tax. Following a decade of dedicated client service at a Dallas regional public accounting firm, she broke out to run her own public accounting and consulting practice.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Management and Administrative Services with a concentration in Accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising/Public Relations from Texas Tech University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of CPAs, actively serving on the Members in Government and Industry Nonprofit Study Group committee which focuses on accounting for non-profit entities. She holds various professional training certifications, including the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Governance.

Kay began working with Southwestern Medical Foundation in 2006 as a consultant to assist in the accounting system transition and audit preparation work. Shortly thereafter, the Foundation became her most significant workspace and she has been leading the accounting and finance operations for the Foundation ever since. As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Kay’s responsibilities go beyond overseeing the Accounting and Finance team, touching all areas of the Foundation, including risk management, governance, compliance, technology, and continuity.

A native Texan, Kay spent many years moving around the state before returning to Arlington for her high school years.  She met and married the love of her life James, more than 40 years ago while they were both attending Texas Tech University (TTU). Kay, James, and their two large dogs, Abbie and Cocoa, now call Far North Dallas home. They enjoy traveling, mostly to beautiful beaches where they can scuba, snorkel, and relax, while spending time in quest of the perfect retirement spot.