Jill “J.R” Labbe, Vice President, Communications & Community Affairs
Jill “J.R.” Labbe is senior vice president of Community Affairs & Development for JPS Health Network, Tarrant County’s tax-supported healthcare system. She oversees Volunteer Services, gift shop operations and the JPS Foundation.
Prior to joining JPS in 2012 as the vice president for Communications & Community Affairs, Labbe was the editorial director for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. When she was hired in 1992 as editorial director for the Arlington edition of the newspaper, she was the first fulltime female editorial writer in the newspaper's history.
Labbe went to the Star-Telegram after serving as editor of the A.H. Belo Corp.'s Grand Prairie Daily News. Her work experience prior to newspapers includes a stint as a national public relations coordinator for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and eight years in hotel sales and marketing in north Texas.
A 1997 graduate of Leadership Texas, a statewide network of women leaders, Labbe is a past president of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and a past president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. She received that organization’s lifetime achievement award in 2015.
Labbe is the board treasurer for Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth and sits on the board of the Center for Transforming Lives. She is a past member of the Board of Governors at The Fort Worth Club and past president of the Tarrant Literacy Coalition, a nonprofit agency she helped found to advocate for and provide training to low-literate adults in Tarrant, Parker and Johnson counties.
Labbe was named the 2018 Women of Distinction Connect Award honoree by the Girls Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, a 2016 Great Woman of Texas honoree by the Fort Worth Business Press and the 2010 Outstanding Woman in the Workplace by the City of Fort Worth’s Commission on Women. She is a life member of the Kansas University Alumni Association, having spent four great years of learning – and not all of it in a classroom – at the Lawrence campus.