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  “Over the years many people in the community have shown me the impact cancer has on their lives. The Foundation has helped me to understand how difficult it must be for people in the community who do not have the means to fight their cancer diagnosis.”

“Over the years many people in the community have shown me the impact cancer has on their lives. The Foundation has helped me to understand how difficult it must be for people in the community who do not have the means to fight their cancer diagnosis.”

Jag Gholson

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.


  “Myself and the other physicians who helped start TCF did so because of seeing so many of our patients who were dealing not only with their healing, but also with other factors in life like their finances. TCF has seen significant growth over the last few years and I am excited to see where the Foundation will continue to go in the coming years.”

“Myself and the other physicians who helped start TCF did so because of seeing so many of our patients who were dealing not only with their healing, but also with other factors in life like their finances. TCF has seen significant growth over the last few years and I am excited to see where the Foundation will continue to go in the coming years.”

Glen Wiggans

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 49 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.


  “I became involved with TCF because I was looking for a way to give back to my community through a charitable organization I had a connection with and help those in need.”

“I became involved with TCF because I was looking for a way to give back to my community through a charitable organization I had a connection with and help those in need.”

JOEL GREGORY

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.


  “I joined The Cancer Foundation Board of Directors to have an impact on people. It is important to me to help build the bridges that need to be built in our community around cancer awareness and financial assistance.”

“I joined The Cancer Foundation Board of Directors to have an impact on people. It is important to me to help build the bridges that need to be built in our community around cancer awareness and financial assistance.”

Valerie Fagan

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.


  “I decided to get involved with The Cancer Foundation because it is a great cause and truly helps cancer patients in need.”

“I decided to get involved with The Cancer Foundation because it is a great cause and truly helps cancer patients in need.”

Cindy LESTER

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.


  “Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a scary experience at age 32 with two young children. Dealing with the illness brings tremendous concern, and worrying about how to pay bills introduces added strain.   Now, I’m almost 42 and I love that my daughters have grown up seeing me involved in our community.”

“Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a scary experience at age 32 with two young children. Dealing with the illness brings tremendous concern, and worrying about how to pay bills introduces added strain. Now, I’m almost 42 and I love that my daughters have grown up seeing me involved in our community.”

BROOKE STORTZ

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.


  “I became involved because I felt like I needed to give back to my community through involvement with charitable organizations.”

“I became involved because I felt like I needed to give back to my community through involvement with charitable organizations.”

raymundo tinoco, jr.

treasurer, cpa at trinity accounting group

Raymundo is a staff accountant at Trinity Accounting Group, where he has worked since January 2016.  He graduated with a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Georgia in December 2015 and prior to that received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting, also from the University of Georgia.  He was born in 1992 in California and grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  In his teen years, he spent his summers working in his father’s landscaping business.  There he learned to appreciate the outdoors and the many unique towns in north Georgia.  He holds an active CPA license in the state of Georgia and is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs.  While in college, he was a member of the Ballroom Performance Group, a pre-professional dance company at the University of Georgia.  In his spare time, Raymundo enjoys a variety of activities, such as reading, dancing, exercising, and running.

 


  “My family has been personally affected by cancer so I became involved with the Foundation because of that connection. I am very excited by the growth that TCF has experienced in the last few years and what this growth means for the Foundation’s future.”

“My family has been personally affected by cancer so I became involved with the Foundation because of that connection. I am very excited by the growth that TCF has experienced in the last few years and what this growth means for the Foundation’s future.”

Alan Zielinski

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.


  “I have experience being involved in different medical organizations at the federal and state levels, but got involved with the Foundation when I was seeking opportunities to become more involved in my local community. TCF provided me with an opportunity to be involved in the community, but still be in my comfort zone of the medical field.”

“I have experience being involved in different medical organizations at the federal and state levels, but got involved with the Foundation when I was seeking opportunities to become more involved in my local community. TCF provided me with an opportunity to be involved in the community, but still be in my comfort zone of the medical field.”

cynthia mercer

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.


  “Cancer has touched many of my family members and friends, and I believe if it has not already, then it will. There are very few things as difficult as cancer to work through as a family member and friend as cancer.”

“Cancer has touched many of my family members and friends, and I believe if it has not already, then it will. There are very few things as difficult as cancer to work through as a family member and friend as cancer.”

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.


  “I felt like I could make a difference from the perspective of being a cancer patient. It was good for my healing to be involved with TCF where I was able to make a difference in the lives of those in the same waiting room as me.”

“I felt like I could make a difference from the perspective of being a cancer patient. It was good for my healing to be involved with TCF where I was able to make a difference in the lives of those in the same waiting room as me.”

Kirk Smith

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.


  “Cancer is pervasive and everybody needs to do something and be able to help in some way. Joining The Cancer Foundation Board of Directors is my way of helping support those battling this disease.”

“Cancer is pervasive and everybody needs to do something and be able to help in some way. Joining The Cancer Foundation Board of Directors is my way of helping support those battling this disease.”

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.


  “Cancer has affected my family directly. I truly cannot imagine anyone who is untouched by cancer in our country and community. I am here to make a difference in the lives of those people.”

“Cancer has affected my family directly. I truly cannot imagine anyone who is untouched by cancer in our country and community. I am here to make a difference in the lives of those people.”

Fran Lane

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.


  “Many of my family members have been touched by cancer. I cannot imagine what the combination of a physical struggle and financial struggle would do to an individual’s healing.”

“Many of my family members have been touched by cancer. I cannot imagine what the combination of a physical struggle and financial struggle would do to an individual’s healing.”

J. MERCER TREADWELL, III

Senior Portfolio Analyst AT BROAD STREET CAPITAL ADVISORS, LLC

Mercer Treadwell serves as senior portfolio analyst and Director of Portfolio management for Broad Street 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 Broad Street.

In addition to his analytical duties, Mercer sits on the investment policy committee for the firm and has been instrumental in developing Broad Street's                                       investment philosophy through his extensive experience overseeing and                                                 managing client assets.