Mid-South Division 2014 Board Members elected

Four new members were recently elected onto the 2014 Mid-South Division Board of Directors. Read below for more information on these members serving the American Cancer Society.

Taking office in January 2014 will be four new board members representing the American Cancer Society Mid-South Division.

The election of these officers took place in July 2013. Each member of the board serves a three-year term and may serve two consecutive three-year terms (total of six years.) They once again can become eligible for election to the board after one full year off the board.

Joining the 2014 board is:


Laurie B. Owen, PhD - Alabama

Dr. Laurie Owen is Associate Director for Basic and Translational Sciences in the Mitchell Cancer Institute (Barbara Colle Chair), at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala. A graduate in Medical Technology at the University of South Alabama, Dr. Owen moved to a PhD in Microbiology/Immunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK. Her post-graduate training as a Fellow was in the Laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth A. Grimm in the Department of Tumor Biology at the University of Texas and M.D. Anderson Center, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Owen is a talented researcher and a previous American Cancer Society research grant recipient. She has studied efforts in reducing tumor growth and is particularly skilled in articulating her work and the work of cancer research for non-medical individuals to better understand how research findings relate to advances in cancer treatment and care.

In her role as a member of ACS’s Cancer Immunology and Leukemia Peer Review Committee for years, she has worked to determine which research grants the American Cancer Society should fund. Dr. Owen has worked with both local and national organizations and brings experience from her employment at different cancer centers, including MD Anderson and Mitchell Cancer Institute. She worked with the American Cancer Society in California as a keynote speaker for our research programs– summarizing what the Society was doing and why donations were needed. The American Cancer Society has been a part of Dr. Owen’s career for many years.


Dwayne G. Bernal – Louisiana

Dwayne Bernal is President & Chief Executive Officer of Royal Engineering in New Orleans, La. Dwayne’s hand on approach has him involved in all aspects of the company from key management and strategic direction decisions to leading the firm’s business development. In six short years, Royal Engineering has grown to be the largest African-American owned engineering firm in the state of Louisiana. Bernal has an MBA in Civil Engineering from Tulane University and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point.) Commissioned in the Air Defense Artillery Branch, he proudly served as a Second and First Lieutenant in the United States Army.

As a cancer survivor, Bernal has dedicated himself and his network of resources to supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society by utilizing the accomplishments of the American Cancer Society as a clearinghouse/platform for his fundraising and awareness initiatives within his community. For four consecutive years, Dwayne has led the New Orleans Relay For Life in fundraising. His efforts have resulted in an additional $100,000 being contributed to the fight against cancer. This past year through a $500 plate dinner, he helped raise over $30,000 for the Society. Recently, he accepted the role of Chair for the 2014 Relay For Life event in New Orleans.

Bernal is actively involved in the local business community through his role as an appointee to the NOLA Business Alliance, a not-for-profit corporation that serves the City of New Orleans as an official public-private partnership for economic development, as well as a member of the Business Council of New Orleans & the River Region.


Richard Friedman, MD – Mississippi

Dr. Richard Friedman is a Radiation Oncologist with the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He has worked in the New York Metro area (where he is from), in Philadelphia, Pa, in a rural AHEC in Chapel Hill, N.C., and with the United States Army.

Dr. Friedman currently serves as Vice President of the Jackson Leadership Council. He had the honor of being the Flagship Speaker at the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Breakfast and was instrumental with implementation of CPS-3 enrollments at Baptist Medical Center. He is a member of ACS CAN and serves as a local media spokesperson on behalf of the Society.

He is clearly dedicated to fighting cancer on many levels, most importantly, by providing medical support and treatment to his patients on a daily basis. He has been an active voice inside the health care systems, helping implement the Societys programs and services. Through his role on the Jackson Leadership Council he helped leverage relationships with hospital system administration to ensure support for the Hope Lodge Program. He also works closely with the Baptist Cancer Center to advocate for continued support of the patient referral process, as well as to help ensure the Society is able to have a continued presence with the patient navigators, nurses and social workers in addressing patient needs.


Tony McLarty – Tennessee

Tony McLarty is Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs with Delek US Holdings, Inc., in Brentwood, Tenn. He provides overall directions for Public Affairs and Government Relations for the company. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Mississippi State University.

McLarty has a strong interest and expertise in government affairs and advocacy. He is a 2013 Advocacy Volunteer in Tennessee. McLarty is familiar with the legislative process both on a state and national level and is frequently in Washington on legislative business. He has supported ACS’s legislative efforts on a state level and is very interested in helping the American Cancer Society move forward with the initiative to increase the Tennessee tobacco tax.

In addition to McLarty’s volunteer experience with the American Cancer Society, he has actively served on the Boards of Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes, American Red Cross,

Levy’s Men’s Wear Board of Directors, and the Tennessee Restaurant Association.

Returning members of the board are:

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ED COULTER, EdD

Chairman of the Board (National Board Member)

DIANA S. DIAZ, RN, MS

Chair-Elect


WILLIAM BOYKIN, JR., MD

Vice Chair/Secretary

JOHN R. KELLY, PhD

Immediate Past Board Chair

THOMAS BARKER

 

DONNIE BATIE, MD

 

B. MARK EVERS, MD

 

ELIZABETH (TERRY) FONTHAM, MPH, DRPH

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MONA N. FOUAD, MD, MPH

 

TINA GILL

 

RONDA S. HENRY-TILLMAN, MD

 

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SUSAN D. HENRY, LCSW (National Board Member)

 

JOHN W. HUGGINS, ED.D

 

BENJAMIN D. LI, MD, FACS

 

LUCIO MIELE, MD, PhD

 

LELAND R. MITCHELL, III

 

TIM OSTERHOLM

 

JOAN PERRY

 

PETER R. PETTIT

 

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WILLIAM (BILL) E. PRESSLY

 

ROBERT M. PUGH, MPH

 

GERALD G. TUCKER

 

BRENDA B. TUCKSON, RN

 

BRENDA C. TURNER

 

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LAURA WITHERSPOON, MD, FACS

 

DEBRA WYMER

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-South Board Members elected for 2014