Ms. Cindy Brinker Simmons

Ms. Cindy Brinker Simmons

Next Gen of Tennis Player Maureen Connolly and Entrepreneur Norman Brinker; Founder of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer, Principal, Levenson & Brinker Public Relations

Cindy Brinker Simmons graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor of arts in communications and Spanish.  Upon returning to Dallas after her graduation, Ms. Brinker Simmons began her distinguished career in public relations.  She founded Brinker Communications and, in 2004, merged her company with Levenson Public Relations to form Levenson & Brinker Public Relations, a full-service strategic communications company.  She served as president of the newly merged agency that specialized in image development, branding and events management in the retail, hospitality, medical, and non-profit sectors.  In 2012, Ms. Brinker Simmons retired to pursue writing and is currently working on her second book.  She also has served on numerous boards subsequent to her retirement.

Coinciding with commencing her professional career, in 1980 Ms. Brinker Simmons established Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC), one of Dallas’ largest pediatric cancer non-profit organizations.  WOKC funds meritorious childhood oncology research projects nationwide and has multiple programs designed to help and encourage young cancer patients and their families.  Ms. Brinker Simmons established WOKC in memory of her mother, the late great tennis champion Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly Brinker, who died of cancer in 1969 at the age of 34.

Ms. Brinker Simmons is president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (MCB), one of the most respected junior tennis organizations worldwide.  MCB furthers tennis development for elite and talented players, ages 8-12, through its national and international tournaments.  MCB has also created innovative initiatives for its young competitors that promote good sportsmanship, fair play and strong moral character.

In 2008, Ms. Brinker Simmons was appointed by Texas Speaker Tom Craddick to the Oversight Committee of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), a state agency designed to fund groundbreaking cancer grants and to bring top cancer specialists to the state.  In 2007, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment establishing CPRIT, which authorized the state to issue $3 billion in general obligation bonds over 10 years to fund innovative cancer research as well as prevention programs and services throughout the state.  Ms. Brinker Simmons completed her three-year term on CPRIT’s Oversight Committee, serving as its secretary, to establish and manage the operations, policies and staff of the Institute.

Ms. Brinker Simmons has devoted herself to philanthropic concerns.  She currently serves on the boards of Dallas Theological Seminary and East-West Ministries International.  She also serves on the board of the Virginia Athletics Foundation at the University of Virginia.  Her past board participation has been on the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Greater Dallas Metroplex Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Dallas Chapter), Children’s Health (formerly Children’s Medical Center Dallas), North Texas Food Bank, The Covenant School, and Dallas Christian Leadership.

Throughout the years, Ms. Brinker Simmons has received many distinguished awards including, but not limited to, State of Texas “Governor’s Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award,” “Person of the Year” in the Preston Hollow Newspaper, “Dallas Mother of the Year,” the “Roaring Lambs“ ministry award as a woman of great faith, the “Children’s Hope Award” from Orphan Outreach, and the Dallas Tennis Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Brinker Simmons is the author of the popular book, LITTLE MO’s LEGACY: A Mother’s Lessons, A Daughter’s Story.  The book chronicles the lessons her late mother taught her in life and in death.

Ms. Brinker Simmons has one son, William.  Her husband, Robert L. Simmons, Jr., passed away in 2005 after a valiant three-year battle with cancer.