The Cancer Survivors Park Alliance recently announced its new board of directors and officers who will oversee the completion of the much-anticipated, 6.8-acre park in 2018 and bring to life unique survivorship programs for all those touched by cancer – with business, healthcare and civic representatives from across the Upstate Community.
The Cancer Survivors Park Alliance is overseeing the construction of the project that includes a new bridge across the Reedy River which opened in 2016 and a Celebration Pavilion and Survivorship Education Center, both currently under construction. The park will include waterfalls, sculpture, a healing garden, children’s garden, native plant garden, and plaza among other items. The developing survivorship programs will be based on needs in the community.
The new CSPA Board officers are:
- Tom Bates, President
- Tim Morrison, Vice President
- Meredith Kinsey, Secretary
- Sabrina Preston, Treasurer
- Diane Gluck, Immediate Past President, Founder
- Mark Sobray, Asst. Secretary
- Curt Hall, Asst. Treasurer
The new Board members are:
- Curt Hall, a Certified Private Wealth Advisor, who has spent his entire career serving ultra-high net worth clients, their families, corporate and philanthropic entities and the advisors that partner with them. A former branch manager here in Greenville for UBS who worked for the company in places as far away as Australia, Hall is a President of the Alta Visa Neighborhood Association. He has been a member of the Planning and Development Committee of CSPA.
- Rose Mihaly, the former president and chief operating officer for the global specialty paper and food packaging company Burrows Paper Corporation. Mihaly has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in global manufacturing, financial services and insurance, outdoor recreation and business and leadership consulting. A recent transplant to Greenville, Mihaly served as CSPA’s facilitator for its 2017 board retreat.
- Lynda Leventis-Wells, the executive director of the Carolinas Institute for Community Policing. Also a member of the Greenville County Board of Education, Wells formerly headed the Department of Criminal Justice at Greenville Technical College. This year she participated in the CHOP! Fundraiser for CSPA and won the title of “CHOP Champion” for raising the most money among 18 chefs.
- Mark Sobray, a survivor who recently retired from Publicis Touchpoint Solutions. Sobray spent 23 years as vice president of medical sales and marketing with Pfizer. Sobray and his wife Alice have been active volunteers with the CSPA, and he serves as a member of the Planning and Development Committee and has helped opened the CSPA to other area pharmaceutical companies.
- Tim Herron, the senior director of Business Development for Avonto, a crowdfunding platform that engages investors and project owners. A former real estate investor who has worked in pharmaceutical sales and marketing, Herron is a survivor who is active with the Sarcoma Warriors group in the Upstate and has been active with the CSPA’s Capital Campaign Committee.
- Donna Gossett, a survivor who with her husband Bo have been financial supporters of the Cancer Survivors Park, naming one of the arbor bench areas on the boardwalk. Her enthusiasm makes about the project makes her a perfect addition to the board.
- Natalie Dougherty, manager, Community Benefits Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Dougherty led the system’s cancer prevention and screenings for eight years. She now manages a senior program for the system called LifeWise. Her mother is a 13-year cancer survivor.
- Frank Holleman, the senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Holleman spent 28 years as an attorney with Wyche, Burgess, Freeman and Parham in Greenville and is a graduate of Furman University and Harvard Law School.
- Marvin Reece, IT Program Manager at Greenville Health System. Reece has been with GHS for two years. Previously he served as director of Technical Services for Voalte in Sarasota and program manager for Network Dynamics and Cisco Systems.
“We appreciate the dedicated service of the current board members who rotated off and their passionate work toward the completion of this amazing park,” said Kay Roper, executive director of the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance. “And our new board members will offer a new eye toward the future and what we can expect as we move toward the grand opening of this much-anticipated park and it’s unique programs.”
Retiring from the CSPA board Dana McConnell, Jeff Giguere, Rita Stone and Nancy Welch. Board members Sabrina Preston, Peggy Baxter, John Mansure, Meredith Kinsey, Tom Bates, Joe Whisonant, Tim Morrison, Megan O’Neil, Sonya Caldwell, Beth Wright Woodside and Immediate past President Diane Gluck will remain for 2018.
“Anyone who dedicates their time and talent to this park truly has a heart for what this disease does to patients, families and survivors,” CSPA President Tom Bates said. “I lost my daughter, Lindsey Bates Motley, in 2016 to colon cancer. As one of her ‘survivors’ we celebrate that she lived in hopes that her loss will continue to heal and educate others. And we know that this board is looking to the future and what the park will do to make their lives happier, healthier and more promising for the future.”
To learn more about the CSPA, its board and park plans go to: www.cancersurvivorspark.org
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kay Roper, CSPA Executive Director
864-255- 5010 work; 864-444- 8063 mobile