The mission of The HighArt Foundation is to Inspire, Support and Elevate young musicians to a higher level of artistry.
I have always had the dream of creating a foundation that will award scholarships to talented and deserving high school students. The applicants must be musically gifted and have a desire to pursue a musical career. I am proud to share that the dream has now been realized with the formulation of The HighArt Foundation (HAF).
As a sophomore in high school, Dr. Andre Thomas saw something in me that I did not see in myself and offered me a full scholarship to Florida State University (FSU) to pursue a degree in Voice Performance. I accepted the scholarshi p and received my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. I remained at FSU, upon graduation, and completed my Masters of Music, also in Voice Performance. I would like to offer other young artists an opportunity to pursue their dreams, through the HighArt Foundation. Along with awarding scholarships, the HAF will teach, inspire and help navigate students through their musical journey.
The HighArt Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Vivian Bradley Johnson is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. She oversees Pharmacy, Radiology, Respiratory, Clinical Dietary, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Laboratory Services.
She has spent over 35 years providing healthcare services to the underserved in Dallas County. Under Dr. Johnson’s leadership, many pharmacy programs have been developed including a 340B program. She is a member of the Parkland COVID-19 Response Team and provides oversight of the COVID-19 vaccines. She serves as a subject matter expert on COVID-19 vaccines for the Dallas community and congressional constituents.
She is originally from Lake City, Florida. Dr. Johnson attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, School of Pharmacy. She attained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia and an MBA from University of Dallas. She is married to Frederick with three children, Frederick II, Michelle Marva and Erika.
Dr. Johnson has been the recipient of many awards including the 2010 Texas Pharmacy Leadership Award. She has served on the TSHP Professional Affairs Council and the Leadership Section. Dr. Johnson is a long-term member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She is a fellow of ASHP.
She has served on the ASHP Residency Excellence Awards Committee, the Council on Pharmacy Management and the ASHP Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. She was appointed to the Pharmacy Executive Leadership Alliance Advisory Panel and the ASHP Forecast 2022 Advisory Committee.
Dr. Johnson is an ASHP Board of Directors helping to govern the practice of health-system pharmacists. She continues to be an advocate and active member in the pharmacy profession.
Kevin Austin is currently the Group Vice President of Demand & Supply Management (DSM) at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for demand / supply planning and overall transformation leadership for Toyota’s supply chain innovation efforts across North America and in coordination with Toyota /Lexus brands and manufacturing facilities.
Mr. Austin began his career at Toyota in 1999 as an analyst within the Production Control division at TEMA. He worked in this division until 2010 and was responsible for production planning efforts and helping lead Toyota's supply chain coordination in ensuring we have the appropriate production capacity and output
to meet all of our customers’ needs and demand. Following Production Control, Mr. Austin worked in the Human Resources department,
supporting company-wide initiatives on Team Member Engagement and Development.
In 2012, Kevin took an international assignment in Japan where he worked for two years in the Toyota Motors America Japan (TMA-J) division.
Upon completion of the TMC assignment in
2014, Kevin rotated to Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) in California where he worked in the Distributions Operations Department until his transition
to the TMNA headquarters in Plano, TX
in 2015. In 2018, Austin took a rotational assignment within Toyota Sales Division in the Denver Regional Office, supporting and engaging the regional team and dealers in achieving mutual sales and fixed operations goals and objectives. He was in this position until March of 2020, before rotating back to Toyota’s Plano HQ to work as the General Manager within the Toyota Sales team, prior to taking on his current assignment in DSM in November 2020. Mr. Austin is originally from Montgomery, West Virginia and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University. Mr. Austin and his wife, Shayla, have two children; Jackson (11) and Reyah (7).
Quincy Roberts wears many hats and is extensively involved in the arts and enriching his community. Mr. Roberts is the CEO of Roberts Trucking, a trucking company his grandfather founded in 1979, which is also the year Roberts was born. In addition to running a successful business that is a staple in the Dallas Metroplex, he is also an Executive Director for the Dallas Symphony and the newly elected Board Chair of The Dallas Opera, making history as the first African American to hold this position.
Mr. Robert's love for opera was introduced at the age of eight years old. Hypnotized from that experience, he gave up all ambitions of being a doctor and a lawyer to be an opera singer. His passion for music led him to the Griener Exploratory Arts Academy for middle school and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He has a degree in vocal performance from the Jacob School at Indiana University.
As a member of the DSO’s Board of Governors, Mr. Roberts works with the organization's Young Musicians program, which provides free instruments and eight hours of weekly music instruction to children in Southern Dallas. Roberts expressed, “The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is changing lives throughout our city, particularly in Southern Dallas where I grew up. Countless studies have shown the relationship between music education and academic achievement. Students who study music are more likely to find school engaging, attend college and earn a degree. Despite these results, access to music education is decreasing – especially in communities like my hometown of Southern Dallas." Seeing how music and the arts can open doors for young students, he attributes much of his success as a business leader to the skills and lessons he learned while studying music. He believes that music re-enforces the importance of teamwork – listening, interpreting and building on each other’s contributions. On and off stage, opera has had a high impact on his life and has taken him many places. He credits the skills and lessons learned throughout his opera training and career for undoubtedly making him a better entrepreneur.
He is a loving husband to his wife, Yeny, and the father of two beautiful children, Sydney and Quincy. Mr. Roberts is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.
Cendra King is a 20+ Year veteran of Texas State Government and an experienced IT leader with a demonstrated history of delivering Customer Support and Service in government organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Science from The Florida A&M University and a Master’s in Organizational Management. Mrs. King enjoys philanthropy and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In addition to serving on the board of The HighArt Foundation, she is also the founder and Executive Director of Free 2 Soar, Inc.
Mila Gibson of Sweetwater is founder and former director of the Amarillo Opera and is a retired music professor at Amarillo College. She is a board member of Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital and Amarillo Opera Board of Trustees and an ex-officio board member and consultant for Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium, where she produces and directs the APPLAUSE Music Series, visual art shows, and other arts events. Gibson is a past board member of Sweetwater Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Amarillo, Catholic Charities, National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Association of Professional Fundraisers. Additionally, she taught music at West Texas A&M University and in various public schools across Texas. Gibson received a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts in Music from West Texas State University. Ms. Gibson was a Commissioner for Texas Commission on the Arts from 2011 - 2021.
HENOSIS is our annual benefit concert. It features a world renown assemblage of classically trained singers and musicians. We also provide performance opportunities for our scholarship recipients and DFW's most gifted high school students.