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Board of Directors


Board Officers

Terry Morris

Board Chair
Terry joined Raymond James as Vice President, Investments in 2012. He graduated from the University of Memphis with BBA in Accounting May 1991, became a Certified Public Accountant in 1994, and received his Certificate in Financial Planning in 2004 from Christian Brothers University. Prior to joining Raymond James Terry worked for Price Waterhouse, Choctaw, Inc., and Morgan Stanley. He is on the University of Memphis National Alumni Association Board of Directors and Fogelman College of Business – Board of Directors (Past President). He has a son, Zach. He enjoys running, mountain biking and triathlons. He ran two marathons for Team in Training 2008 and completed a ½ Ironman April 2010.  

Bill Zarfoss (Vice-Chair)
Bill is a graduate of  University of Florida.  Currently retired, he previously worked as Administrative Vice President of Allenberg Cotton Company.  He served as Treasurer of The American Cotton Shippers' Association, a Board Member of The Cotton Warehouse Association of America, and was also a founding Board Member of EWR, Inc.  Bill also served as past President and Board Member of Colonial Country Club and his wife, Joann, is a Wings Volunteer.

Karen Cassella (Head of Finance)
Karen is the Director of Risk Management & Compliance for CBIZ MHM Thompson Dunavant.  She has served four years on the Board of Financial Executives International (FEI) and is currently serving a second year term as President of the Memphis Chapter.  Karen also serves as the Sponsorship Chair for the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk committee. She is a graduate of Christian Brothers University and received her EMBA from University of Memphis.  Karen is a two year breast cancer survivor with first-hand experience on the receiving side of the Wings Cancer Foundation.  Karen and her husband, Nick, will always cherish the impact that a Wings Volunteer had on them when she began chemo treatments.  Their initial perspective of West Clinic changed quickly from being a place of so many sick people, to a place where miracles happen - and people get well.   She is an active supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the local and national levels.  She was a participant in the SGK 3-Day (60 mile) walk in Boston in July 2011 and the San Diego 3-Day in Nov 2012.   

Alyssa Chase, MHA (Secretary)
Alyssa currently manages the QSource Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Integrating Care and Improving Health for populations and Communities task for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) 10th Scope of Work (10SOW) in Tennessee. She offers twelve years administrative and managerial experience in primary care and specialist practices, as well as sales and provider relations for insurance carriers. Chase’s knowledge and insight into the day-to-day workings of large internal medical practices facilitates provision of quality improvement (QI) expertise and technical assistance in electronic health records (EHRs) and quality reporting for physician staff. She promotes the Health Care QI Program (HCQIP) clinical initiatives to targeted physician specialties and provides support to physician’s office staff through clinical interpretations, continuous QI efforts, informative monthly e-briefs and effective onsite visits, regional meetings, scheduled conference calls and ad hoc requests for additional involvement. She promotes the community-based care transition program for the purpose of convening multi-disciplinary groups to help reduce preventable hospital readmissions. Chase is a member of the Tennessee Medical Group Management Association chapter (TMGMA), and is on the Board of Directors for the Mid-South Medical Group Management Association.  


Madan Birla

Madan is an author and Innovation Consultant. 'FedEx Delivers' has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and other languages. 'Balanced Life & Leadership Excellence' has been translated into German. He advises executives on how to unleash employee creativity and commitment to build a culture of innovation and performance.

Dana Davis Burkett
Dana Davis Burkett is a Senior Vice President and Loan Officer for First State Bank. She joined First State Bank in 2012 with 18 years of banking experience in Memphis.  In 2001, Dana was honored by a nomination into the Top 40 under 40 by the Memphis Business Dana served on the Memphis Central Rotary Club board for four years, during which time she was named a Paul Harris fellow and served numerous offices including Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chair and President-Elect.  Dana served on the Orpheum Board for six years and on the Playhouse on the Square for two years.  Both roles involved significant community and finance insight and outreach.  Dana was appointed by then Shelby County Mayor, A.C. Wharton to serve on the Center City Revenue Finance Corp board which is a state-chartered industrial development board.  This board is under the umbrella of The Downtown Memphis Commission whose purpose is to improve the economy of Memphis and Shelby Country by coordinating an aggressive public/private program to promote the redevelopment and economic growth of the Central Business Improvement District (CBID).    Dana was a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Executive Program in 2006.    Dana also previously served on the Board of Directors for School Advocates for Vision & Education, which seeks to identify and facilitate the treatment of vision-related disorders in children from Pre-K through 8th grade.  They have since been acquired by Southern College of Optometry who will continue with the outreach.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Wings Cancer Foundation, which provides support such as nutrition counseling, pastoral care, patient support, and needed prosthesis items after surgery.  She is also a cancer survivor with a strong belief in the critical need for supportive care options Wings Cancer Foundation offers patients taking a holistic approach to cancer treatment.  She also serves as secretary on the Emerge Memphis Board of Directors which is an economic development initiative that provides support to Mid-South startup companies and entrepreneurs coupled with flexible space options. Dana’s life outside of banking and community outreach includes caring for her family:  husband Adam, two small children- Ellen (8) and son Hayes (6), and Max the Dog.  She is also a member of Idlewild Presbyterian Church.   

Blake Dickens
I am a commercial insurance agent with Harris Madden and Powell, working with Memphis companies in a number of different industries.  I grew up in Memphis and attended Mississippi State University with a business degree. Jami is my wife and we have a 2 year old girl(lyla) and an 8 week old boy (graham). Our family is passionate about our community and wings is a great way to give back in an area that affects so many lives.

Ben Fields
Ben is a long time friend and faithful supporter of Wings. Over the last 14 years, Ben has focused most of his efforts Wings Annual Golf Scramble.  He enjoys the relationships that he has built, and feels that Wings is a worthy cause.  Ben is a cancer survivor, as well as many of his friends, so he has seen firsthand the incredible benefit that Wings presents to the community.  Ben has been with Armstrong Relocation for the past 45 years.  He has a one daughter who is a graduate of the University of Memphis, as well as a grand-daughter who is a graduate of the University of Memphis and a grand-son who is a graduate of ECS and will be attending the University of Memphis. Ben believes in the power of prayer and has seen it work!  He knows how prayer is a so appreciated by those for whom it is given.

Andre Fowlkes

Andre K. Fowlkes is the Co-President of LaunchYourCity Inc., a public-private partnership whose core focus is to turn Memphis into a venture city through the building of high growth entrepreneurial companies creating regional innovation.  His background is in Finance starting on the commodities floor of the World Trade Center and most recently with Fisher Investments in Silicon Valley.  Fowlkes also serves on the Memphis in May International Festival's Board of Directors as well new technology company Work For Pie, and he serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for Orion Federal Credit Union.  

Angela Goza

Angela is an internationally recognized local artist, having exhibited across the country as well as Venezuela and Great Britain. She attended Rhode Island School of design and received her MFA from the Memphis College of Art.  A skin cancer survivor of four years, she has always admired the services Wings provides people with all types of cancer to give them a full mind/body healing experience. Angela is married to native Memphian, Hud Andrews.  They live happily in Midtown with a coterie of four dogs, three birds, twenty fish and an insane feline.  

Mark Newman
A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Mark served 10 years active duty as a Navy pilot and is now a Captain and Standards Check Airman at FedEx Express. Additionally, he owns a wireless communications business, is a high school cross country coach, and works as a Blue and Gold Officer in recruiting efforts for the Naval Academy. Mark is an accomplished athlete who has competed in 3 US Olympic Marathon Trials, and is a world champion triathlete. He now coaches aspiring triathletes and runners. He is married with 3 children. Mark came to Wings as part of the Wings Ride to Rosemary, and his mother is an ovarian cancer survivor who was treated at The West Clinic. He is passionate about patient care and ultimately finding a cure for this crippling disease.

Ava Portis

Eileen Baer Posner
Born in New York City, Eileen has lived in many different places and has been involved in volunteerism for most of her life starting at the age of 11. A 1961 graduate of Syracuse University, she started her career in marketing/advertising shortly after graduation.  Living in Memphis for the past almost 20 years, having married the late Marvin Posner in 1995, she became a full-time volunteer. She has been a cancer survivor since her first diagnosis in 1983. She joined the Wings Cancer Foundation volunteer team in 1999. Marvin and she were a constant presence on Monday afternoons (and she served as a Wings hospital visitor for a time as well). As a member of the Wings Board her specific responsibility is liaison between the volunteers and the Board. In  addition to Wings, she has served as a volunteer with the Reach to Recovery Program of the American Cancer Society since 1985, as President of the Memphis Chapter of Hadassah, President of the Ladies Auxiliary of her synagogue, on the Board of Directors of a Margolin Hebrew Academy, and a surrogate parent with the Memphis City Schools. She is very proud to have a large blended family including 18 grand children and four great grandchildren, loves to travel both domestically and abroad, and is honored to be on the Board of Directors of the Wings Cancer Foundation.

Charlene Price 

Virginia Steele

Virginia is a native Memphian and long time friend and volunteer of Wings. Professionally she is a Health Care Business Development Consultant and has served the West Clinic in this capacity for many years. She is a cancer survivor and is nationally recognized as an oncology spokesperson and patient advocate.

B.J. is a native Memphian, an attorney and has represented over 100 persons with asbestos related cancers.  "These patients often voice a need for a holistic approach for their condition, while maintaining a confidence in the treatment.  Having reviewed the services provided by Wings Cancer Foundation, this holistic approach by Wings seems likely to expand in importance and I am pleased to be a part of Wings which is in the vanguard." 

Beth Washington

Beth is an Account Manager in the Premier Client Group at AT&T. She previously worked with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, as a Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate Board Member (Fundraising Chair/5 years) Co-Chairing the 2010 local Race for the Cure in Memphis, TN. She is a sustaining member of Subsidium, Inc. and EWI International. Beth is an eleven year breast cancer survivor. She joined the Wings Board of Directors in November 2010 to assist them as they continue to grow in their support of cancer patients in our community. Her husband Jack, and their children, Jeremiah, Leigh and Mary support her efforts to find a cure for cancer.

Jim Wilder
Jim is a management consultant with Communities Unlimited, a nonprofit organization, where he works with business owners to solve problems in their companies.  Jim received his BBA from Memphis State University and his MBA from Vanderbilt University before embarking on a 20 year entrepreneurial career.  He has launched three businesses, having sold two of them.  He continues to serve as partner and COO for his third startup, a medical staffing firm.  In addition to his full time duties, he serves as chairman of the board for Longtown Supply Company in Fayette County.Jim is a competitive cyclist and a founding member of the Ride to Rosemary having completed the ride all four years.  He experienced the wonderful care and attention that Wings provides during his mother’s battle with cancer and is honored to serve on the board.

Ex-Officio Members

Reid Evensky

Reid is the President of Reid D. Evensky, PC.  He provides counsel to physician groups and outpatient services providers on a variety of transactional issues related to ongoing compliance with health care and tax related regulations.  Reid assists physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers and other provider facilities in operational, licensing and regulatory issues.  He currently provides general counsel to a variety of non-profit and tax exempt organizations.

Dr. Kurt Tauer

Dr. Tauer is a medical oncologist and senior partner at The West Clinic.  Recognizing the need to support cancer patients emotionally and psychologically, he was instrumental in launching the Wings Cancer Foundation in 1996.  The close relationships he develops with his patients and their families is one of the many aspects of his work that Dr. Tauer treasures. He views the physician – patient exchanges as mutually beneficial. The treatment of cancer is his life’s work as he seeks to assist the people affected by it in any way he can. Dr. Tauer has experienced how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be to a family. His father developed lung cancer while he was in medical school, and it is with that inspiration he guides The West Clinic’s mission and vision.

Past Chairmen

Peggy Evensky,  2000 - 2002
Kay Usdan Saslawsky,  2002 - 2004
Carole West, 2004 - 2006
Jackie Falls, 2006 - 2008
Sharanjit Singh, 2008 - 2010

Dr. Susan Ross, 2010 - 2012

John Ogle, 2012 - 2013

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