President, Retired Oncologist
Born October 1946 in NYC, Dr. Glen Wiggans grew up in Connecticut. He attended Bucknell University, graduating in 1968 with AB in Chemistry and with a doctorate from Cornell University Medical College in 1972.
Dr. Wiggans practiced in New Haven, Connecticut from 1977-1985 as Clinical Assistant Professor at Yale New Haven Hospital. He also practiced in Athens from 1985-2010 in Hematology and Oncology of Northeast Georgia (where he was responsible for the clinical trial program in the practice for 7-8 years, until retirement in 2010), and was on staff at Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary's Hospital. He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Georgia.
Since 2011, Dr. Wiggans has taught medical students in Athens as a Clinical Associate Professor. He has also volunteered at Mercy Health Center since 2010 and serves on their Advisory Board. He has been on the TCF board since 2010, serving as president since 2013.
Dr. Wiggans has been married to Marlo Wiggans for 48 years with 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. Outside of the medical profession, he enjoys hiking and biking trips nationally and internationally, spending time with grandchildren, and relaxing in the mountains of Highlands, NC.
Vice President, Director of risk management at Broad Street Capital Advisors, llc
Jag specializes in creative applications of insurance to help solve the unique needs of the affluent and ultra-affluent marketplace.
Prior to joining Broad Street, Mr. Gholson was a principal of John A. Gholson and Associates with offices in Athens and Atlanta. During that time, Jag served as an insurance consultant to the Emory Clinic and the Emory Egleston Pediatric Care Foundation. He has also served in an advisory capacity for insurance plans sponsored by the Medical Association of Georgia, the Georgia Bar Association and the Georgia Dental Association. Mr. Gholson has held the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation from the American College since 1981.
Jag is a graduate of West Georgia College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. His professional exam qualifications include the Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products (Series 6), Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63), Uniform Investment Advisor Law (Series 65) licenses and the Georgia Life and Health Insurance license. Over the years, he has also served on numerous boards of the United Methodist Church.
Retired oncology social worker
Valerie Fagan has worked in healthcare for over 40 years as a Social Worker in oncology and functional medicine and has worked in the areas of adjustment to illness and Mind Body Medicine.
Valerie is currently retired from Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Now she is a teacher for the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi. She has worked in the areas of guided imagery, resiliency training and Tai Chi for 9 years with cancer survivors at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.
VICE PRESIDENT AND SENIOR TRUST RELATIONSHIP MANAGER AT SYNOVUS TRUST COMPANY
Cynthia (Cindy) is a graduate of the University of Georgia (ABJ – ‘72) and the Southern Trust School, Birmingham, AL. She has over 30 years of financial services experience, spending 25 of these years in the Personal Trust and Investment Management area. Pryor to joining Synovus Trust Company in 2004, she served as the Private Client Services Executive at Sun Trust Bank – Athens. In addition to the Cancer Foundation, Cindy currently serves on the Board of Directors of Athens Area Community Foundation, Mercy Health Center.
DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST, CANCER SURVIVOR
Brooke Stortz has been an active board member with The Cancer Foundation for eight years. Brooke has a degree in Economics and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from The University of Georgia. After earning her MA, she focused on Development in her career.
As her family grew, she chose to stay home for a few years and continues to help with fundraising efforts and special events as a volunteer for The Cancer Foundation. She also serves on the vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, is an active member of Junior Ladies Garden Club and enjoys helping at her daughters’ school as a volunteer. Brooke lives in Athens with her husband, two daughters and their pets. Her favorite pastimes include being with family and friends, cooking, reading, exercising and traveling.
CFO AT LANDMARK PROPERTIES
Joel Gregory joined Landmark Properties in 2010. After obtaining a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Georgia, Joel has worked in public accounting, founded a beverage distributorship where he was co-owner and CFO, assisted in the start-up of an IT company as V.P. of Finance, served as CFO of a commercial construction company and served as Controller as well as V.P. of Sales & Marketing of a mid-sized residential builder.
Joel has served on the board of a local Chamber of commerce as well as the board of directors for multiple builder associations.
Past President, Ed.D., Cancer Survivor
George is currently undergoing treatment for relapsed multiple myeloma, and was also previously treated for prostate cancer. George retired from Louisiana and Georgia school systems as a school principal and formerly adjunct faculty at the UGA College of Education. He has been married to Susan Dougherty for 49 years and together they have three children.
George became involved with The Cancer Foundation after his retirement while undergoing his first round of myeloma treatment. Kimberley Liebowitz, Executive Director of TCF, asked Susan to help her move the Foundation forward, and together they asked George to join the board. Prior to that, he served on the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity Board for eight years, with two of those as president. He had administrative and nonprofit experience and has seen firsthand how difficult cancer is for patients in financial crisis.
Treasurer, CPA at Trinity Accounting Group
Alan serves as a Manager for Trinity Accounting Group and has worked at the firm since 2007. Alan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Georgia (2006) and a Master of Accountancy from Georgia College and State University (2008). He received his CPA certification in 2010 and is a member of both the Georgia Society of CPAs and the AICPA. Alan served as a Satellite/Wideband Communication Equipment Journeyman in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1997 until 2005, which included two years on active duty in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Alan currently serves as Treasurer of The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia and chairs multiple committees. He also lives an active lifestyle, competing in multiple triathlon and running competitions every year.
Owner of Hawthorne Drugs
Andy was born in Cuba in 1953. He came to the United States in 1966 on the “Freedom Flights.” He lived and went to high school in East Point, Ga. before coming to Athens to attend the University of Georgia on a football scholarship. He graduated from Georgia in 1977 and purchased his first pharmacy in 1984. Andy enjoys spending time with his family, especially his 4 grandsons. Customer service at Hawthorne Drugs is of utmost importance and Andy helps provide that to his patients.
Biography to come.
G. Marcus Hodge
Attorney at Fortson, Bentley, and Griffin PA
Mark is a real estate attorney who has spent his entire professional career at Fortson, Bentley and Griffin. Mark concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate and banking law.
Mark was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1984, the State Bar of South Carolina in 1985 and is a member of the Western Circuit Bar Association. After obtaining his B.B.A. degree, cum laude, in 1979 and M.B.A. degree in 1980 from the University of Georgia, Mark obtained his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1984. He was an instructor of Business Law at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education from 1984 to 1998.
Mark grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He attended the University of Georgia on a football scholarship where he was a three year lettermen and offensive captain his senior year in 1978. Mark and his wife, Suzette, have two grown children, Bo and Jennifer. Over the years Mark has served on several Boards and continues to be active in numerous civic affairs.
President at The Adsmith
Kirk Smith, president of The Adsmith, has over 25 years of experience working in advertising, graphic design and marketing. His interest grew as a youth surrounded by the business of “creating” – he would try to draw cartoons alongside his father Don, the accomplished artist who founded The Adsmith. Kirk attended the University of Georgia, majoring in Graphic Design while working part-time helping the company in any way that he could. An Athens native, Kirk has always believed in volunteering within his local community and in recent years has served on the boards of Free to Breathe and the Clarke County Mentor Program.
Floretta B. Johnson
Social Worker at St. Mary's Hospital
Floretta B. Johnson is a career social worker having earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees (LMSW) from the University of Georgia, with over three decades of experience in a variety of contexts.
Her central passion and most extensive experience is healthcare social work. For over a decade, she has been both the social worker for the Center for Rehabilitative Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital and a PRN Social Worker for St. Mary’s Hospice, working with patients and families in the planning and assessment of therapeutic intervention as well as end of life care issues. A native of Athens, Georgia, she has endeavored through her professional commitments and active community engagement to contribute to her community and serve the needs of some of Northeast Georgia’s most vulnerable populations; serving as a facilitator for the Athens Brain Injury Support Group, and is a member of the Athens Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, among many others. Floretta is the proud wife of Ralph Johnson, and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Alicia.
retired, uga professional
Fran Jarrell Lane, a native of Athens, attended Clarke County public schools before enrolling at the University of Georgia, where she earned an A.B. in history and a master’s degree in counseling and student personnel. Over a span of thirty-plus years as an employee of UGA, she held a variety of professional positions.
Fran’s volunteer service includes membership in the Junior League of Athens, where she served as treasurer and president. During two terms on the Athens-Clarke County Regional Library Board of Advisors, she helped with fundraising and special events and served a term as chairperson. Having helped to establish an oral history project at UGA prior to her retirement, she enjoys an ongoing volunteer involvement in that project at the UGA Russell Library. A former elder at First Presbyterian Church, Fran also participates in various church programs and especially enjoys working with Our Daily Bread and Holiday Meals on Wheels.
Fran is married to Richard Lane, another Athens native, and they have a son and daughter who have blessed them with three wonderful grandsons—and the gratifying, and occasionally fatiguing, babysitting opportunities that come with these active little fellows.