A Message from our Founder / President & CEO, Thomas Wheat
Thomas C. Wheat
Mr. Thomas Craig Wheat is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC, (PHH) an exclusively pediatric private duty nursing provider. PHH services pediatric patients from birth to 21 years of age and employs only skilled nurses, LVN’s and RN’s, to care for our patients.
Mr. Wheat oversees the executive team members; as such, he is responsible for the annual revenue, profitability and overall success and growth of Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC. He is also a part of the marketing team, responsible for educating hospital administrators, case managers and other referral sources regarding services provided by PHH. Mr. Wheat serves on the Board of Managers and the Advisory Committee.
Mr. Wheat is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in The Lone Star – Dallas Chapter. He serves on their Executive Board as Member Chairman and on the YPO Regional Board as Membership Officer over the five YPO chapters in North Texas. Mr. Wheat has been a member of Legacy Forum where he served as Member Chairman and he sat on the Legacy Forum Board of Directors.
In 2016, Mr. Wheat was appointed to the Board of Trustees at The ChildCareGroup (CCG) with a three-year term, and he was appointed to The Board of Directors at Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. In 2017, Mr. Wheat was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the North American Development Group “NADG NNN REIT.”
Mr. Wheat has served on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Council (HHSC) which he was originally appointed by Governor Rick Perry and then re-appointed to serve an additional term. He is also appointed to the E-Health Advisory Committee at HHSC, a selection made by HHSC Commissioner, Charles Smith. As a voting member of this council, Mr. Wheat has been a part of the team responsible for developing rules and policies for the Commission. The HHSC is a state agency which seeks to provide the leadership and innovation needed to achieve an efficient and effective health and human services system for Texans.
Mr. Wheat holds a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Along with both degrees, Mr. Wheat received a Tennis Scholarship from Texas Tech University.
As Pediatric Home Healthcare’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Mr. Dennis Hosley is responsible for governance and organizational management with responsibilities that include finance, facilities, information technologies, customer service, human resources, legal compliance and security. Mr. Hosley oversees corporate operations and is responsible for the maintenance and training of employees on the internal information technology that supports the scheduling, billing, payroll and clinical documentation company-wide. He is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, developing policies and procedures, implementing cost control measures and is a part of the Senior Leadership Team that procures organizational banking relationships and cash management. Mr. Hosley has strong analytical and planning skills; he is a productive and efficient manager with the ability to motivate those that report to him.
Mr. Hosley’s previous work experience includes extensive business knowledge coupled with creative ideas for product applications, strong sales, marketing and operational understanding.
Prior to Mr. Hosley’s civilian employment, he was in the Air Force from June of 1997 through August of 2004. He was a part of Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Eagle Assist, following 9/11. During his time in the Air Force, Dennis attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and pursued course work in Professional Aeronautics and Aviation Safety.
Mark Patterson is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and responsible for the economic strategy and forecasting, treasury management, financial risk management and controllership duties of the Company.
He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. After six years he went to work for one of the firm’s clients and, thus began his career as CFO for the next 25+ years for various employers in the healthcare, information technology/software development and real estate industries. Over his career Mark has led and/or participated in several IPOs, debt securitizations and secondary stock offerings. He has worked with numerous Private Equity and Venture Capital groups both in growing investment companies and the eventual sale of those companies.
Mark earned two MBA degrees. The first from Texas Tech University and the second from University of North Texas.
Personally, Mark’s passion and enjoyment of athletics over his life led him to become a state ranked racquetball player.
Ms. Julie Golightly, RN, is responsible for implementation and supervision of administrative policies and directorially supervising the provision of all clinical services as the Administrator and Director of Patient Care Services for Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC. Ms. Golightly ensures quality of patient care in the home, overall administration of the clinical departments and monitoring of appropriate staffing and productivity. She coordinates care with the interdisciplinary team, patient/family and referring agencies. Ms. Golightly sits on the Advisory Committee.
Prior to starting employment with Pediatric Home Healthcare in October of 2010, Ms. Golightly worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a staff nurse, charge nurse and functioned as a part of the delivery team, attending everything from extremely high risk deliveries to normal new-born births. She remained in the NICU for 5 years when, with the discharge of one of her patients, she was introduced to the world of Pediatric Home Healthcare. Ms. Golightly began to work in the pediatric home health industry in August of 2006 as a staff nurse, and then began working as a PRN Associate Director for an agency that provides pediatric private duty nursing, in 2009.
Ms. Golightly holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University.
Stephanie Alexander is the Regional Director of Marketing for Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC. Her team of Patient Advocates act as a liaison between social workers, case managers, and physicians, as well as our PHH teams, including Account Managers, Directors of Nursing and Scheduling Coordinators in each office.
She dedicates her efforts to growing business relationships with networking partners in order to collaborate and meet the needs of medically fragile children. She leads the way in organizing a solid sales and marketing strategy. She opened and expanded both the Houston and San Antonio markets. She also serves on the leadership board for Connections Networking – Houston.
Ms. Alexander has extensive experience developing and managing relationships with physicians and other networking leaders in the healthcare industry. Previously, she worked with a therapy company as a patient advocate with an emphasis on promoting services to underprivileged and under-serviced children. Before that, she worked for MD Anderson Cancer Center, assisting international PhDs and MDs in meeting their goals in making cancer history.
Ms. Alexander lived abroad for four years and understands how different systems and entities must work together through understanding and relationship-building to accomplish a goal. She holds a Master of Arts in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies from UTSA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Photography from Sam Houston State University.
Mr. Lee Hosley is the Credentialing Supervisor responsible for establishing and driving Pediatric Home Healthcare’s human resource strategies encompassing over 1,000 employees. Lee is responsible for ensuring all employees remain active with all employment requirements and credentials up to date. Lee has helped create and enforce standard operating procedures. He is responsible for training our Recruitment and Staffing Coordinators on the extensive hiring process nurses must complete prior to employment. Lee was one of the original Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC employees, starting in October of 2010.
Lee started working in human resources in 2006 where he helped to streamline the credentialing/hiring process. His skills and attention to detail have always served him well.
Holly Thompson is the Executive Assistant to not only the corporate team at Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC., but she is a vital part in facilitating the other PHH offices as well. Her main responsibility includes assisting the Founder/CEO, Thomas Wheat, with the daily operations of the company. She also dedicates her time to supporting the other senior leadership members and general office management.
Holly is truly a jack of all trades. She is a member of Texas YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) Secretaries organization. She has taken on projects such as the website redesign, developing marketing collateral and planning company-wide events.
Before coming to Pediatric Home Healthcare, Holly worked as a personal assistant to several influential families in the Dallas area. As a Dallas native, Holly graduated from Highland Park High School. She then went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma with a B.A. in Journalism – Public Relations.
Becky Butler, RRT, is Director of Education for PHH. Her responsibilities include: teaching trach and vent classes for all PHH offices, consulting on all high-risk respiratory patients and ensuring all locations have adequate equipment and supplies for training new nurses.
Becky has been a respiratory therapist for over 30 years, with experience in both the pediatric and adult care settings. She gained her pediatric experience at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. In addition to working in the acute care hospital setting, she also worked in adult home health, providing telehealth and remote patient management services to chronically ill respiratory and congestive heart failure patients. While working in remote patient management, the company had patient 30-day re-hospitalization rate of <10% for patients with chronic diseases. (national average ranges between 25 – 30%).
Becky holds an AAS Degree (Associates of Applied Science) in Respiratory Therapy from Tyler Jr College and she also studied at Stephen F Austin State University.
Aubree Coats is the Regional Director of Operations for Pediatric Home Healthcare, LLC. She is responsible for overseeing operations for Account Managers and Scheduling Coordinators. Aubree works close with other members of the leadership team in the areas of staff development, recruiting, scheduling, billing and payroll.
Aubree began working for PHH in November 2013 as a Staffing Coordinator in the Fort Worth branch. She served as the Houston account manager for three years and worked diligently to serve families within her service area. Aubree holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Anthropology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lois Cantrell, LVN is the Corporate Quality Assurance Manager at Pediatric Home Healthcare. She has been a part of the PHH family since 2011. She loves helping nurses and teaching and assisting families any way she can. She has been our “Lead QA,” taking on the responsibility of training our QA staff and providing education to our field nurses. In this roll, she oversees all the Quality Assurance Coordinators and provides them with support, encouragement and direction.
Outside of the office, Lois enjoys spending time with her husband and their children. Lois loves working with medically fragile children so much that she adopted three medically fragile children of her own. Lois understands what it takes to take care of all of these beautiful babies.
Matt Coscia is a member of the Pediatric Home Healthcare Advisory Board. Matt is a founding partner of the Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP accounting firm. His primary disciplines include tax planning and transactional services – particularly transaction cost analysis, due diligence and structuring of acquisitions and divestitures, facilitating income tax audits, transfer pricing analysis, and tax provision calculations. He works with large publicly-traded companies, closely-held entities and their owners, private equity companies, high net worth individuals, and professional athletes.
Prior to forming the Firm, Matt spent two years at Montgomery Baggett & Drews LLP (MBD), a local CPA firm. Matt acted as the lead senior tax manager at MBD, and managed the firm’s largest business clients. While at MBD, Matt was involved in IRS representation, transactional and structural design, litigation support, estate planning, and asset protection. Matt led many due diligence projects including acquisitions in Europe, Canada, Australia, and the United States.
Prior to serving at MBD, Matt served seven years at Ernst & Young LLP (EY). Matt worked in the Entrepreneurial Services group at EY and spent time in the Tulsa, Washington, D.C., and Dallas offices.
Steve Bartlett is a member of the Pediatric Home Healthcare Advisory Board. Steve Bartlett, a Senior Advisor with Treliant Risk Advisors, has over 30 years of experience in financial services, business strategy, corporate governance, ethics and compliance, and public policy at the highest levels of the private sector and government. His most notable positions include President and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, DC, Mayor of Dallas, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Steve draws on his accomplished background and experience and specializes in offering strategic consulting advice to for-profit companies and non-governmental organizations. His advice is sought on a range of policy areas including regulatory compliance, financial services, health care, corporate reputation, congressional trends, retirement security, identity protection, federal fiscal policy, corporate governance, disability policy, and media relations.
From 1999 to 2012, Steve was President and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, a trade association representing 100 of the largest integrated financial services companies providing banking, insurance, and investment services to American consumers.
During his service as Mayor of Dallas from 1991 to 1995, Steve led Dallas to reduce violent crime, adopt a $5 billion capital improvements plan, and achieve significant economic revitalization, a downtown renaissance, and 30,000 new residential units in or adjacent to downtown Dallas.
As a member of Congress from 1983 to 1991, Steve served on the House Banking and the Education and Labor Committees. He was a sponsor or principal cosponsor of 18 major pieces of legislation. He was a principal author of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
He has provided a leadership role to a number of other non-profit organizations including Operation HOPE, International Relief and Development, Easter Seals of Greater Washington DC and YMCA of the USA. He also served on the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education.
Tom C. Leppert
Tom Leppert is a member of the Pediatric Home Healthcare Advisory Board. Tom Leppert has a distinguished record of accomplishment that includes high profile, successful leadership positions in both the private and public sector. His professional experience spans developing major strategic initiatives for corporate clients as a Principal with McKinsey & Co., managing large international companies in the role of CEO in a range of industries, leading a major US city as the elected Mayor and serving as a White House Fellow.
From 2007-2011, he was the elected Mayor of Dallas, Texas. Mr. Leppert aggressively pursued policies that dramatically improved the quality of life in Dallas. In the areas of public safety, economic development, education and the environment, Dallas emerged as one of the focal points in the nation. In public safety, he directed a major expansion of the police force, which resulted in nearly a third reduction in both violent and total crime during tenure. During his tenure, he also guided major new investments in the areas of infrastructure, tourism and hospitality. He was actively involved in education, pioneering several innovative programs. He was widely recognized for instilling a professional, supportive and business-focused approach. Mr. Leppert also directed a major reform of ethics standards and practices and successfully led two major referendums. He served on the Executive Committee of the US Conference of Mayors.
Leppert has led major national and international corporations in the areas of construction, financial services and banking, homebuilding, real estate and education. He served as the Chairman/CEO of The Turner Corporation, the nation’s largest general building company, with over 7000 employees and 46 offices throughout the nation and international operations throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. During his tenure, revenues grew from $4 billion to over $9 billion. Total returns during his tenure surpassed the cumulative returns of the previous 97 years of the company. He led the entry into new markets and the implementation of a product focused organization to improve both marketing and product delivery. In addition, he guided the establishment of new enterprises in insurance/risk management, logistics and education/training among others. Most recently, he was the CEO of Kaplan, Inc., leading the global multi-billion dollar educational services company with over 22,000 employees.
Previously, Leppert was Vice Chairman of Pacific Century Financial Corporation and its major subsidiary, the Bank of Hawaii; President and CEO of Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc.; and a National Partner at Trammell Crow Company. He began his career at McKinsey & Co. where he was elected a Principal.
Leppert served as a White House Fellow in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, working both in the Office of the Secretary of Treasury and the Office of Policy Development in the White House. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College.
He currently is Chairman of two “Silicon Valley” based companies, serves on the Boards of large public and private companies in the United States and Europe, including Dallas based Austin Ind., and is involved with several other enterprises.
A lifelong community volunteer, he has served numerous community groups and charitable organizations on both the local and national levels. Leppert has chaired the West Dallas Community School, the Greater Dallas Regional Chamber, Hawaii Business Roundtable, the Bishop Museum, the leading natural history museum in the Pacific and the DCFR. He has also served on the boards of the US Chamber of Commerce, National Building Museum, Baylor Healthcare System, Dallas Zoological Society, Dallas Citizens Council, Claremont McKenna College and Harvard Business School Alumni. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Fellows Commission.
He is a noted speaker and has appeared regularly in the media, including FOX News, FOX Business, CNN, CNBC and others. He has been recognized nationally for his leadership, including “CEO of the Year” by D Magazine, the “Texas Businessman of the Year” by the Texas Association of Business, the “Torch of Conscience Award” from American Jewish Congress, the Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award from Dallas Baptist University, the George Benson Distinguished Alumni Award from Claremont McKenna College and “The Global Cross Millennium Award for Corporate Environmental Leadership” from Global Green. He has also been inducted into the “Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame” and the “Dallas Business Hall of Fame”.
He and his wife Laura live in Dallas. They have three children and are members of First Baptist Church Dallas, where he serves as a Deacon and on the finance committee and Pastor’s Leadership Council.
Charles Smith is a member of the Pediatric Home Healthcare Advisory Board. Charles is Chief Executive Officer for Charles R. Smith Consulting, LLC. A company he founded in June 2018. His primary practice areas are healthcare and child support enforcement where he has more than 30 years of state government experience and contacts.
With plans to attend law school, Charles started his child support career as a volunteer with the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division’s (CSD) office in Lubbock in September 1988. He was hired as a child support officer in January 1989. In November 1990, he was promoted to manager of the Midland CSD office. After successfully improving the performance of various offices and regions around the state, Charles was promoted to Deputy Director for the CSD in May 2004. In December of that same year, he was given the additional duty of serving as the Director for Field Operations where he was responsible for the overall delivery of child support services for 2,200 field staff housed in 65 offices across the state. During his tenure, the CSD received its first Outstanding Child Support Enforcement Program award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) in 2007. Texas won this NCSEA award again in 2011 and 2014. Texas also won the Outstanding Program award from the Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council (WICSEC) in 2010 and 2014. In October 2013, Attorney General Greg Abbott appointed Charles to serve as executive deputy over the CSD.
Charles served on the Board of Directors for WICSEC from 2010-2015. Serving as WICSEC President from 2013-2014. He served on the NCSEA Board of Directors from 2009-2015. He served as an officer from 2012-2015 and eventually President Elect for NCSEA from August 2014 until his resignation from the Attorney General’s Office in June 2015.
Charles was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner in July 2015. In this capacity, he managed the system areas of Medicaid and Information Technology.
Charles was appointed by Governor Abbott to serve as Executive Commissioner effective June 1, 2016. As Executive Commissioner, Charles oversaw the Texas’ Health and Human Services system agencies consisting of a $40 Billion annual budget and 50,000 employees serving 7.5 million Texans in more than 600 programs that ranged from child welfare, hospital finance, Medicaid, Women’s Infants and Children, Long Term Services, and Support and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to mental health hospitals. During his tenure at HHSC, Charles successfully consolidated agencies and improved its overall efficiency and accountability to Texas citizens. In December 2017, he successfully negotiated a federal waiver with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will bring $30+ Billion in healthcare funding to Texas over the next five years.
Charles retired from state government service in May 2018. During his 30 years of state government experience, he created relationships with many business leaders, state executives and legislators. He has a reputation for being a man of high integrity and honesty, improving operations, creatively resolving problems, and reducing waste.
Charles presently serves on the Board of Directors for NCSEA. He is an advisory board member for Seedling Mentors and Texas Tech University Department of Psychological Services.
Charles is a proud graduate of Texas Tech University.