I am a native mid-westerner, having been born in Kansas and raised in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri. I received my undergraduate degree in 1971 from Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, and a Masters in Healthcare Administration in 1976 from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
My professional career has been spent in healthcare administration and has spanned 34 years. During this time I served in a number of executive management and leadership positions, including those of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer, in hospitals and health systems in Kansas, Georgia and Tennessee. After retirement, my wife, Gail, and I moved to Gainesville in 2012 to be near our daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. (We also have one son who lives in Birmingham, Alabama.) I currently serve as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Good News Clinics, where I have been a member since 2015. I am also a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Wisdom Keepers of Hall County.
I am personally honored to serve as a board member of the Good News Clinics. When initially appointed to the GNC Board I hoped to use my knowledge and experience in healthcare administration to assist the Clinic in accomplishing its operational goals, while also helping to develop plans for it to successfully meet the challenges of the future. My professional experience had shown me that starting and sustaining a “free” health clinic is a difficult undertaking. It has been a privilege to work with a clinic and board that has been successful for 20-plus years in providing high quality, accessible healthcare to members of the community lacking the financial resources for such care.
I consider the Good News Clinics to be a great blessing to our community. Its staff and volunteers represent the best of who we are as people, and I am thankful that I can play a small role in helping them continue to be successful in this healing ministry.