The College of Health Sciences & Professions at the University of North Georgia (UNG) has formed an advisory board of prominent regional healthcare professionals and business leaders.
"This group of strong leaders will be instrumental in ensuring that our college is in the best position possible to fulfill our mission of providing innovative, high-impact programs that address the current and future needs of our students, stakeholders and partners," said Dr. Teresa Conner-Kerr, dean of UNG's College of Health Sciences & Professions. "Each member of the board will bring valuable and unique experience to the table along with a genuine desire to see our students succeed."
The advisory board's primary purpose is to offer consultation and support the college's vision and initiatives. Comprising a diverse group of seasoned professionals from healthcare, education and technology backgrounds, the board's mission is to prepare all students for a successful career in the healthcare industry.
The board members include:
- Lynn Jackson – administrator of Northside Forsyth Hospital. With more than 30 years of clinical and administrative healthcare experience, she has held many healthcare leadership roles including vice president of nursing at Georgia Baptist Medical Center and administrator of Meriwether Hospital and Nursing Home.
- Dr. Jim Morrow – CEO of Morrow Family Medicine. His special areas of interest include sports medicine, episodic care, chronic disease management, and urgent care.
- Peggie Morrow – director of marketing for Morrow Community Foundation. She also organizes annual events that have raised more than $80,000.
- Richard Walsh – vice president of national initiatives at Wellcentive. He has nearly two decades' experience in healthcare information technology.
- Dr. Antonio Rios – chief physician executive and chief administrative officer at Northeast Georgia Physicians Group. He is board certified in internal medicine and as a physician executive from the American Board of Medical Management.
- Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park – assistant rector at Grace Episcopal Church. Prior to seminary, she established a private therapeutic practice as a cognitive behaviorist.
- Rebecca Farrow – project manager of the Southern Regional Education Board. She develops curriculums for the Advanced Career Initiative, and helps transition those curriculums into the college sector by establishing pathways that create educational opportunities for students.
- Paul Maney – retired executive of the International Business Machines Corporation.
- Augie DeAugustinis – International flight check captain, Delta, retired. He has more than 35 years in professional aviation, and served in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a commander before launching his career with Delta.
- Jason Cox – CEO at Chestatee Regional Hospital. A UNG alumnus, he began his career as a medical service corps officer in the U.S. Army. He has also held administrative positions at Martin Army Community Hospital, Northview Orthopedics and Northview Orthopedic Surgery Center.
"What got my attention to be involved on this advisory board is the new simulator lab being constructed on the Gainesville Campus," DeAugustinis said. "Though I don't have any experience with medical simulations, I have 35 years of experience working in aviation simulators, so I'm hoping to bring some focus and new ideas to how to best use the UNG simulator labs to optimize training. I see my role as providing more of an outsider's perspective and constructive comments."
The board will hold its inaugural meeting on Oct. 21 to discuss bylaws and elect officers.