President, Director of risk management at FinTrust 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 FinTrust, 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.
past 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 50 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, 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.
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.
president and chief operating officer at benson’s, inc.
Mr. Tribble’s career has encompassed a variety of operational and finance related positions within the healthcare industry. His responsibilities have included direct oversight of healthcare operations including strategic planning, financing, operations and revenue, community health alliances and physician recruitment and retention. Mr. Tribble is a progressive and decisive team leader with a solid foundation in business development, risk management, and community partnerships.
Mr. Tribble currently serves as President of Benson’s, Inc. located in Bogart, GA. Previously, Mr. Tribble served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society whose National Campus is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is a not-for-profit corporation, with over 20,000 employees, founded in 1922 which operates skilled nursing facilities, residential housing for seniors, home and community-based health services and affordable housing projects in 217 locations across the United States. The Society is the largest not-for-profit provider of senior care services in the country. As the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, oversee all financial and fiscal services for the organization which generates over $1 billion of revenue annually, managing over $1.7 billion in net assets. Oversight also includes the Financial oversight and Treasury functions for the Society's Foundation and its Insurance Captive. In addition to the financial and fiscal services oversight, responsibilities also include oversight of Enterprise Risk Management, the Society's mergers, acquisitions and affiliation functions, construction and design services, as well as the Business Development, Research and Innovation initiatives.
Mr. Tribble served as the Senior Vice President of System Operations/Chief Operating Officer for a vertically integrated regional referral medical system from 2011-2014. Mr. Tribble was responsible for the fiscal, financial and operational services of the system which also included the oversight of a wholly owned Health Maintenance Organization, a hospital-based home health agency, and the oversight of the primary care and specialty care physician practices. Prior to serving as the COO of the system, Mr. Tribble served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Medical Center from 1998-2011.
Additionally, during his healthcare career, Mr. Tribble served as the Chief Financial Officer of Visiting Nurse Health System of Atlanta where his responsibilities included the fiscal service and financial management of a $70 million home health agency providing a full range of home health services including skilled nursing, infusion therapy, home medical equipment, home and residential hospice, and Alzheimer’s services. Mr. Tribble also served in the KPMG LLP Healthcare practice as an audit and consulting manager serving a variety of for profit and tax-exempt clients in most all aspects of the healthcare market.
Mr. Tribble served in the United States Army from 1985-1990 as an Infantry Officer with supervisory roles ranging from small unit tactical operations to multi-level staff organizations. Mr. Tribble led and trained various military units, including Airborne, Ranger and Special Operations units as well as various federal agencies worldwide.
Mr. Tribble graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from the University of Georgia and holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Public Health (Health Policy) from the University of Georgia. Mr. Tribble served as a Graduate Professor at the University of Georgia and the University of Sioux Falls instructing post-graduate and doctoral students in a variety of subjects including Leadership. Strategic Management, Comparative Global Health Systems, and Healthcare and Community Advocacy.
Mr. Tribble has served in a variety of civic organizations whose mission is to serve the at-risk and impoverished population in the service area.
treasurer, certified public accountant
Buster Royals is a partner in Royals & Associates, CPA, PC., a public accounting firm founded in May of 2003. The firm provides audit, tax and advisory services to not-for-profit organizations, schools, churches, employee benefit plans and other industries including construction and real estate companies. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received a CPA certification in 1994. His experience includes positions in both private and public accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He enjoys motorcycle riding, hiking in the mountains and spending time with his dogs.
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.
physician at athens women's clinic
Dr. Cynthia Mercer has been in private medical practice in Athens, Georgia for the past 35 years; 23 years in a high volume obstetrics and gynecology practice, with the last 12 years being limited to gynecologic surgery and office gynecology. She attended the University of Georgia where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, then matriculating at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). As a MCG student she was inducted into AOA honor society, graduating in 1978. Dr. Mercer completed her residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University Hospitals, serving as chief administrative resident her fourth year. Dr. Mercer joined Athens Women’s Clinic upon completion of her residency and remains in that same practice today.
During her career Dr. Mercer has been active in the Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, serving as a past president. She is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, having served as vice chair and chair of District IV of ACOG. Currently, Dr. Mercer serves on the Augusta University Medical Systems Board of Directors, chairing the Quality Committee of AU Medical Center. She was appointed to the Georgia Board of Public Health by Governor Nathan Deal and serves as chair.
Dr. Mercer has held multiple positions as a member of the medical staff of Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. She is chair of the Credentials Committee, and serves on the Medical Executive and Professional Affairs Committees. Dr. Mercer received the Native Citizen Award from the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce and was voted “Best Obstetrician Award” by the Athens Banner Herald. She is an active member of Beech Haven Baptist Church.
She is married to attorney Thomas Rogers. They have two adult children and one grandson.
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.
J. MERCER TREADWELL, III
Senior Portfolio Analyst AT FinTrust CAPITAL ADVISORS, LLC
Mercer Treadwell serves as senior portfolio analyst and Director of Portfolio management for FinTrust Capital Advisors. Mr. Treadwell and his team are responsible for strategic and dynamic asset allocation models along with manager research and due diligence on all money managers and fund managers considered by the investment policy committee at FinTrust.
In addition to his analytical duties, Mercer sits on the investment policy committee for the firm and has been instrumental in developing FinTrust's investment philosophy through his extensive experience overseeing and managing client assets.
Retired, UGA professor
Raised in El Paso, Texas, and a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS in Botany and a MS in Biology, Elizabeth "Libby" McKinney has lived in Athens, GA since 1986. Employed at UGA in the Genetics Department as a Research Professional until her retirement in 2017, Libby now enjoys working part time in the Entomology Department which allows her time to pursue some community non-profit involvement.
Libby's interest in the the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia came after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2016. She was treated that year with chemotherapy, targeted immunotherapy, radiation and surgery. During her treatment, Libby was able to witness the impact that cancer had on her community. She is now cancer free and hoping to be able to help others get the treatment they need.
Libby and her husband Michael live in Athens where they raised their sons Eli and Will. They now share their home with their goldendoodle, Paco, and schnoodle, Izzy.
Senior vice president commercial real estate
Erika graduated with B.B.A in International Finance from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. She is also a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking. Erika began her banking career more than 25 years ago. Upon returning to Athens in 1996, she joined Synovus, formerly Athens First Bank & Trust, as a commercial banker. Since then, she has held various positions within Synovus, including Community Bank Executive and Sr. Director of Loan Operations. Currently, she serves as Senior Credit Officer for the Wholesale CRE Banking Division. Outside of the office, she’s an active community volunteer serving on the NE Georgia Salvation Army Advisory Board and The Cancer Foundation. Erika and her husband Ricky have two daughters- Isabel and Mary who both attend the University of Georgia.
ex officio board member, mba student
Maggie Rheney is pursuing her MBA in Marketing at the University of Georgia. She serves as a Nonprofit Board Fellow at The Cancer Foundation and as the President of the Graduate Women’s Business Association. Before beginning the final year of her MBA, she completed an e-commerce strategy internship at FedEx where she led a B2B e-commerce analysis to inform implications and strategic recommendations. Prior to graduate school, Maggie served as a publicist for authors, influencers and brands in the entertainment and lifestyle space. She worked for a public relations agency in Nashville, TN where she collaborated with other organizations, agencies and members of the media to maximize results and increase client or product awareness.