November 25, 2019
TMF Medallion of Merit Honorees Share Stories of Community
Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF) recently awarded its TMF Medallion of Merit, the organization’s highest honor, to Kay Yeager, Bob Dupuy, Bishop Mike McKee and Henry Joyner in recognition of their valuable role at TMF and their contributions to the United Methodist Church. TMF President Tom Locke presented the award at an awards dinner in Austin on November 24.
The TMF Medallion of Merit is bestowed on individuals who have made a significant contribution towards advancing the mission of TMF and/or the United Methodist Church. TMF recognizes Kay Yeager, Bob Dupuy, Bishop Mike McKee and Henry Joyner as conversation partners, courageous leaders and generous supporters of TMF’s mission. Each one of these remarkable individuals has been invaluable to their community and to the United Methodist Church.
- Kay Yeager served two terms as Mayor of Wichita Falls, TX from 1996 through 2000. In 2015, Perkins School of Theology named her as a recipient of the 2015 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award to applaud her commitment as a civic leader and community volunteer. She pursued a B.S. in Chemistry from Sweet Briar College and has been a member of many prestigious boards, such as the Board of Directors of the Methodist Children’s Home, Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology at SMU, and even the Board of Yellowstone National Park Foundation.
- Bob Dupuy is a transactional lawyer at Brown McCarroll, LLP, a midsize Texas law firm with offices in Dallas, Austin and Houston. His practice includes office, multi-family and retail real estate and various energy (electric generation and transmission and pipeline transmission projects) related transactions. He received his B.A. in Politcal Science and Economics from Southwestern University and pursued his JD at the University of Texas School of Law.
- Bishop Mike McKee earned his B.A. from the University of Texas in 1973 and an MTS from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 1978. He was ordained deacon in 1975 and ordained elder in 1979 in the Central Texas Annual Conference, where he served several churches, including 15 years as the senior pastor of First UMC, Hurst. In 2012, McKee was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to serve as the resident bishop of the North Texas Conference.
- Henry C. Joyner retired from American Airlines in July 2009 after a 29-year career there. He joined American as a financial analyst in 1980, after earning an MBA from the University of Chicago. Moving to the Marketing Department in 1982, he was involved in the development of the AAdvantageÒ marketing and frequent flyer program, the industry’s first. By 2000, Joyner was serving as the Senior Vice President – Planning in 2000.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, TMF is a nonprofit organization offering assistance to United Methodists throughout Texas and New Mexico through financial and leadership resources. Leading from its core values of servanthood, integrity and competence, TMF has been serving United Methodist congregations for 81 years. It is the largest United Methodist foundation in the country with more than $600 million in assets under management. To learn more, please visit http://www.tmf-fdn.org.