About Us

The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of Highlands, Cashiers, and surrounding communities, including collaborative partnerships that serve the health and well-being of all people in western North Carolina, with particular emphasis on Macon, Jackson, Swain, Graham, Clay and Cherokee Counties, as directed by donor support. 

Our Board, Committees, and Staff

Walter D. Clark, DPM
Chair, Board of Directors

Dr. Clark is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He has had a very successful and diversified career in the business, medical, and political fields. Walter attended both Auburn University and Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine. Upon graduation from Auburn, Walter worked for Exxon. He then decided to pursue a career in medicine. After completing his residency, Dr. Clark joined his father’s podiatry practice where we practiced for 37 years. Dr. Clark was certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. In 1995-1996, Dr. Clark was the first Podiatrist to run for the United States Senate. He was the past President of Shades Valley Rotary Club in Birmingham. Dr. Clark is the Chairman of the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation and serves as chair of the Vision Cashiers Leadership Forum’s Health and Wellness Task Force. Now retired, Dr. Clark and his wife live in Birmingham, AL and Sapphire, NC. He has three children and eight grandchildren.

Barbara Corcoran, MD
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

Dr. Corcoran is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer for Centro Medico Familiar/Family Medical Center a medical center for the uninsured and underinsured in Baldwin County, Alabama. She has been in family medicine practice for 20 years. Dr. Corcoran attended medical school at the University of Kansas and completed her residency at the University of South Alabama. She grew up in Albert Lee, MN, is married to E.T. “Tom” Corcoran, former president of Fort Dodge Animal Health, Division of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and member of the University of South Alabama Board of Trustees. Spending time and making memories with family and friends is a priority. Many of these take place in outdoor activities including hiking, golf, and croquet. The Corcoran’s spend as much time as possible enjoying Highlands, a refuge from the Alabama summer heat.

Paul C. Young
Secretary-Treasurer, Board of Directors

Paul is from the Tidewater region in southeastern Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he pursued a career in finance, providing investment advisory services and family office functions for investment banking clients. Developing and executing family philanthropy strategies was a key focus. Paul left the marketplace in 2010 to begin a “second-half career” concentrating on mission work with orphans in Haiti. Paul co-founded The Fond Blanc Foundation through which he continues this work. He and his wife, Fontaine, have been seasonal residents of Highlands, NC since 2010.

Stephanie Edwards
Board of Directors

Stephanie is an experienced executive with strong strategic business, communications and management skills and credentials from corporate, public service and entrepreneurial roles. Her collaborative leadership style and life interests led her to the helm of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Her professionalism, resourcefulness and dedication have revitalized the organization and established a foundation for future success. Her career includes managing international relations, CEO communications, board relations, and special projects for the AAA National Office, the world’s largest leisure travel organization. She served as a senior U.S. congressional aide and also directed private sector communications to a 10,000 person workforce for a major health insurance provider. She earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida and a BA in Economics from American University. She is a graduate of both municipal and state leadership programs, has held PRSA national accreditation and participated in numerous executive development programs, including working with a global women’s career initiative and launching the inaugural class of Leadership Cashiers.

Jonathan Golden
Board of Directors

Jon is a partner in the Atlanta-based Arnall, Golden and Gregory Law Firm. With more than 50 years’ experience practicing law, Mr. Golden currently serves on a number of and previously served on various other boards of both private and public companies, thus providing him with deep experience in corporate governance and fiduciary duty issues. Mr. Golden focuses his practice of transactional matters, including public and private company mergers and acquisitions, going-private transactions, and equity and debt financings. He has taken more than a dozen companies from startup to listing on the New York Stock Exchange, including Sysco Corporation, the largest food distribution company in the world. He has led Sysco Corporation through more than 100 acquisitions, dozens of public company offerings, and listing on the NYSE, and he served on the company’s board of directors for 35 years. Mr. Golden also serves on the board of directors of Rich Products Corporation, is chairman of The Livingston Foundation, is a former trustee of The Southern Center for International Studies and the Woodruff Arts Center. He previously served on the boards of directors of The Profit Recover Group International, Inc., Intermedics, Inc., Automatic Service Company and Butler Shoe Corporation. Mr. Golden has also served as an adjunct professor at Emory Law School in the subjects of mergers and acquisitions as well as securities and corporate finance. Mr. Golden has a BA degree from Princeton University and Law Degree from Harvard University.

 

Olivia Holt
Board of Directors

Olivia is an active volunteer both in Highlands and Atlanta after retiring her career in an international real estate office. She earned her master’s degree from Louisiana Technical University. Olivia is the president of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival board and has served on numerous non-profit organization Boards of Directors, including High Museum of Art, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, A Million Matters and the Bascom Visual Arts Center. Olivia is involved in several civic organizations including Ivy Garden Club, Pages and past president of the Vinings Village Women’s Club. She is married to Robert Holt, who is retired partner with the Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman law firm in Atlanta. They have two children and two grandchildren.

 

Jim Rayner, MD
Board of Directors

Dr. Rayner is a retired ophthalmologist in Oxford, Mississippi. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and internship, residency and fellowships at the University of Tennessee and Johns Hopkins. He helped develop a free medical clinic for low income residents, having served several terms as chairman of the board. He has been president of large mixed-use real estate developments for the past 25 years. Dr. Rayner and his wife, Mary Sharp Rayner, are seasonal residents, who split their time between Highlands, where they are members of Highlands Falls Country Club and Oxford, MS. Both Dr. and Mrs. Rayner are philanthropic individuals, having endowed funds for multiple scholarships through the Ole Miss Women’s Council and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

Paul Robshaw
Board of Directors

Paul is the founder and Chairman of AIC Ventures, a real estate firm that organizes investment funds to acquire single tenant net leased real estate properties throughout the US. Born in Buffalo, New York, Paul owned and operated one of the largest real estate firms in western New York. Paul is the founder and director of L3 organization and served as the volunteer Chairman of the Board in 2009-10. Paul was an International Director of WPO for 7 years and served as the Chairman of the Board in 2004. He is founder and trustee of the L3 Leadership Legacy Life Foundation. He studied economics at Canisius College and Niagara University. He is a licensed real estate broker in Texas, former director of the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and one of the founders of Vision Cashiers. Paul and his wife, Linda Benge, live in Austin, Texas, have 5 children and 9 grandchildren between them and are seasonal residents in Cashiers, NC.

Barrett K. Hawks
Programs and Grants Committee, Community Advisor

Mr. Hawks is a lawyer. His focus for most of his career was on mergers and acquisitions, financings, and securities and energy matters. Following a 45-year career primarily at Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan (now Eversheds-Sutherland), Barrett engaged in mediation, arbitration and neutral analysis services. He was a leader in his firm, in the Georgia State Bar and the American Bar Association, in Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and in Presbyterian denominational matters, as well as in Atlanta community affairs. Barrett is a nationally recognized expert in the resolution of complex commercial and energy matters, with substantial experience in resolving multi-party conflicts. He has taken on many pro bono causes over his career and continues to do so at this time. Barrett’s experience also includes service on corporate and non-profit boards. He has worked closely with CEOs, inside counsel and boards of directors to design business-based solutions to help avoid or mitigate conflicts. Barrett received a B.B.A. from Emory University School of Business, an LL.B. from Emory University School of Law and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Jerry Moore
Programs and Grants Committee, Community Advisor

Mr. Moore has been the owner and operator of the Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream franchise in Highlands, NC for the past 12 years.  In February 2019, Jerry sold the Kilwins franchise to devote full time attention to Main Street Payments, a member-owned credit card processor that he co-founded in October 2017.  Prior to his retailing experience, Jerry worked for the United States Court system for over ten years in the Pre-sentence Investigation and Pre-trial units. Jerry has a BS in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Jerry currently is the president of the Highlands Rotary Club. Jerry resides in Highlands with his wife Kay and their four children.

Dr. Patricia Morse
Programs and Grants Committee, Community Advisor

Dr. Morse received her MSW and PhD from Tulane University in New Orleans. She joined the faculty of Western Carolina University in 2007 and currently serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work. Dr. Morse is an administrator, a clinician, an educator, and a researcher. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and actively practicing therapist, she works on an integrated healthcare team in rural community practice. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She has conducted studies of health disparities, child trauma, male prostitution, injection drug use, issues facing HIV infected men and women and the children of HIV infected women, and has published widely in the fields of HIV, HCV, medication adherence, high-risk health behavior, trauma, injection drug use and other substance use. She has served as a national consultant to the Veterans Administration, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and to numerous public health, mental health and substance abuse programs. Dr. Morse was appointed to the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board in 2011 served for 6 years and as Chair of the Board for three. She is a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Cashiers and has also served on many community service boards including the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau and the Community Care Clinic of Highlands Cashiers.

Ralph M. Greene, Jr.
Finance and Investment Committee, Community Advisor

Mr. Greene is a retired CPA. Most of his career was spent with The Medical University of SC in Charleston. Positions held within the university included Internal Auditor, College of Dental Medicine Finance Director and University Budget Director, overseeing an annual $650 million budget. In 2001 he moved to the affiliated 700 bed teaching hospital and held positions as Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting and as Director of Treasury Operations and Tax Management, before retiring to Cashiers in 2014. Living in Charleston for 43 years, he was also active in his Lutheran congregation, serving on the congregational council, with terms of President and V-P, and also five years as Treasurer. In retirement, he has served on the vestry of Church of the Good Shepherd and is a member of the finance and endowment committees. He also currently serves as church Treasurer. He recently served on the board of the Country Club of Sapphire Valley for three years, two of those as Treasurer and chair of the finance committee. He is active on the board of the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic. He is a five-year member of the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, having served as President and as Treasurer for four years. He holds an AB degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC and was a member of the Board of Visitors for twelve years, two as vice-chair and two as chair. He served in the US Army Reserve for twenty-five years.

Paul R. Nowacki
Finance and Investment Committee, Community Advisor

Since 1998 and until his retirement in 2017, Mr. Nowacki served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation, and Integrated Oncology Solutions, L.L.C. located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center provides radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging services, and medical oncology management services throughout southeastern Louisiana.  Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation, through its philanthropic efforts, raises both short- and long-term endowment funds to be used for the benefit of cancer patients and their families in the communities it serves. His responsibilities included revenue cycle management, accounting, tax and financial statement reporting, operational and capital budgeting, directing all investment and funds management activities, facilities and risk management. Prior to joining Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Mr. Nowacki held senior and executive-level positions with banking institutions in the Baton Rouge area and was responsible for all accounting, tax and financial reporting, investment portfolio management, funds management, facilities, risk management, and security.

Robin Tindall, CFRE
Executive Director

r.tindall@hchealthfnd.org

(828) 482-6513

Ashlie Mitchell-Lanning, CFRE
Associate Director

a.mitchell-lanning@hchealthfnd.org

(828) 482-6514

Rhonda Oakley
Office and Database Administrator

r.oakley@hchealthfnd.org

(828) 482-6512