Four leaders from the Oak Ridge community have volunteered to give their time and expertise as members of the Methodist Medical Center Foundation board of directors. Joining the board this month are Bruce Borchers, Leigha Edwards, Dr. Lawrence Maccree, and Bob Wilkinson.
Bruce Borchers came to Oak Ridge in 2013 to serve as superintendent of the Oak Ridge Schools. Borchers is a life-long educator. His teaching and administrative career has taken him to positions in Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri. Borchers earned his doctorate at the University of Minnesota and also holds master’s degrees from Wayne State College and the University of South Dakota. He also serves on the board of directors for the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Oak Ridge Rotary Club. Borchers and his wife Shannon have two teenaged sons.
Leigha Edwards is the protocol and community relations manger for UT-Battelle. She joined UT-Battelle in 2005 after a 10-year career with ORNL Federal Credit Union. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Edwards has been recognized as a recipient of the Postma Young Professional Medal, Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and the YWCA Tribute to Women. She currently serves on the boards of ORNL Federal Credit Union, the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Development Advisory Board. Edwards lives in Oak Ridge with her children Ella and Hudson.
Lawrence P. Maccree, D.O., is a neurosurgeon who has practiced at Methodist Medical Center since 2010. Dr. Maccree studied at California State University–San Diego and the Western University of Health Sciences. He completed his internship and residency through Michigan State University at Garden City Hospital. He is board certified through the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. Prior to moving to Oak Ridge, Dr. Maccree practiced at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Ore. He and his wife Tiffany have four children.
Robert W. “Bob” Wilkinson is an attorney in private practice in Oak Ridge and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Wilkinson is an honors graduate of Emory University and received his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He also holds a master’s of law in taxation from Georgetown University and a master’s of law in military law from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals School. Wilkinson began his law career as an active duty member of the U.S. Army JAG corps and is a past city attorney for Oak Ridge. He has served on the boards of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge, Hope of East Tennessee, the Girls’ Club of Oak Ridge, the YWCA, CASA of Anderson County, and Holston Methodist Foundation.
In addition to these four new board members, the Methodist Foundation also recently honored long-time member Lou Dunlap with emeritus status, an honor presented to board members in recognition of distinctive service. Dunlap has served as chair of the hospital’s Foundation board, as well as a member of the Methodist Advisory board, and she has played a leadership role in several successful fundraising campaigns. She is the seventh person honored as an emeritus member of the Foundation board, joining Pat Coffey, Wanda Craven, Martha Hobson, Carol Smallridge, Ken Sommerfeld, and Dr. Paul Spray.
The Methodist Medical Center Foundation also recently welcomed director of development, Misty Brown. Brown is part of Covenant Health’s Office of Philanthropy and will lead the fundraising programs of the Methodist Medical Center Foundation in addition to other campaigns for the health system.
She has many years of experience with Covenant Health and most recently worked in the Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation, where she coordinated the BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer and other efforts. She previously worked as a development and marketing professional for other area nonprofits.
Methodist Medical Center Foundation seeks out and accepts charitable gifts for Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge to advance the highest quality of health care services and extend the gift of life to all those in need in our community. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors who donate their time, talents, expertise, insights and financial support to grow and sustain the mission of Methodist Medical Center.