about us

Our team and Board of Directors strive daily to raise awareness and support for our Health System. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve our donors, patients, physicians, team members and community. By working together, we will create happier lives and a  healthier community.

our team

Krista Robitz, Director of Development
Office: (912) 466-3361
Fax: (912) 466-3186

Bryan Thompson, Coordinator, Nunnally House and Development
Office: (912) 466-7550
Fax: (912) 466-3849

Tara Kirkland, Coordinator, Foundation
Office: (912) 466-3360
Fax: (912) 466-3186

our board

Russell Mentzer, Chairman

Russell Mentzer is a retired sea food industry executive. He retired from King & Prince Seafood Company, Brunswick, GA, and previously served as President of the Borden Pasta Group, and Vice President of Michael Foods, and The Pillsbury Company. In addition to serving as Vice Chairman on the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Mentzer serves as Chairman of the Seafood Industry Research Fund.

Mr. Mentzer resides on St. Simons Island, with his wife, Mary. He enjoys traveling, walking, reading, and cooking, especially barbeque.

Con Holland, Vice Chair

Con Holland serves as the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Southeastern Bank. In addition to serving as the Treasurer of the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation, Mr. Holland serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee. He also serves as a Trustee of the College of Coastal Georgia, the Darien Downtown Development Authority, and the Board of Hospice of the Golden Isles and its finance committee.

Mr. Holland enjoys tennis and watercolor painting and resides on St. Simons Island with his wife, Debbie.

Carl Coolidge, Treasurer & Secretary

Carl Coolidge serves as a Financial Planner and is a Founding & Managing Partner of the local planning firm, Jacobs, Coolidge and Company, LLC. In addition to serving as a member of the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Board of Directors, he also serves as a board member for the United Way of Coastal Georgia.

Mr. Coolidge is a past graduate and co-chair of Leadership Glynn and former Chamber of Commerce Board member. He is a member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries and the Retirement Advisor University. Mr. Coolidge enjoys watching college and professional sports and serves as a Little League Baseball and Basketball Coach. He and his wife, Kim, reside on St. Simons Island with their family.

James A. Bishop

James A. Bishop is a practicing attorney with The Bishop Law Firm in Brunswick, Georgia. A native of Alma, Georgia, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1964 and his Juris Doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University in 1967. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Bishop also serves as Chairman of the Coastal Bank (Synovus) Board of Directors and has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding Trustee of Leadership Georgia. Mr. Bishop served as a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents from 2007 through 2011. A nationally recognized attorney, Mr. Bishop has twice served on the State of Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission and is a long standing member of the United States District Court Advisory Committee. He is an Eagle Scout and is a member of the St. Simons Island Presbyterian Church.

He and his wife, Mary, reside on Sea Island. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Bruce C. Dixon

Bruce C. Dixon is a graduate of the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia where he received a BBA degree. He serves as President of The Dixon Management Group which develops and operates Hotels. In addition to serving as a member of the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Board of Directors, he serves as a Trustee of the College of Coastal Georgia and Board member of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mr. Dixon resides on St. Simons Island with his wife Pam.

Donna Bryan Godbey

Donna Bryan Godbey received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Georgia in 1980. Mrs. Godbey worked as a buyer for Burdines Department Store in Miami, Florida, and then returned home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1986 to work as a buyer for St. Simons Drug Company. In 1999, Mrs. Godbey received her teacher certification in Middle Grades Education from Armstrong State University. She taught fourth and fifth grades at Golden Isles Elementary School.

Mrs. Godbey serves as the Secretary of the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Special Events committee.

She and her husband, Patrick, reside on St. Simons Island and have one daughter, Elizabeth.

William H. Gross

William H. Gross is the Owner and President of W. H. Gross Construction Company, a commercial construction and development company in Georgia and Florida. He has a Bachelor of Finance degree from the University of North Florida.

He is dedicated to the well-being and growth of Kingsland, Camden County, and the entire Coastal Georgia area. His civic service includes: Finance Chairman of Jekyll Island Authority Board, the SGHS Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the CHSI board for the Southeast Georgia Health System, The Camden Partnership Committee, Economic Development Committee for Camden County, Member of the Coastal Regional Comprehensive Planning Advisory Council, Deacon and active member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsland, Member of the Kairos Prison Ministry Outreach Program, Past President of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, a member of Leadership Georgia, and benefactor of many local charities, churches, and other non-profit organizations.

Mr. Gross resides in Kingsland, Georgia with his wife Rene with 2 children and a granddaughter.

Lucia G. Gumaer

Lucia Gumaer served as a chair side assistant for an orthodontist and worked as a travel agent for two travel agencies. Mrs. Gumaer was a member of the Junior League and the Pittford Volunteer Ambulance in Pittsford, NY, as a licensed Medic. She also served on the Salisbury School Board of Trustees in Salisbury, CT, the Land Council Board on Nantucket, MA and on the Sea Island Advisory Board.

An avid and long time donor of Southeast Georgia Health System, Mrs. Gumaer and her late husband Mike, created and financially supported Gumaer Gardens at Nunnally House. The gardens serve as place for hope, health and healing.

Mrs. Gumaer resides on Sea Island and enjoys photography, gardening, sailing and golfing.

Jo Ann Joubert

Jo Ann Joubert most recently retired from Southeast Georgia Health System as the Manger of Meaningful Use. With her consulting firm, Joubert Consulting, LLC, she held this position for six years. Prior to serving in this capacity, Jo Ann retired in 2011 from a 35 year banking career with her most recent role as Executive Vice President and Retail Bank Executive.

In addition to serving as a member of the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Board of Directors, she serves as a member of its Finance Committee. She is Past President and Campaign Chair of the United Way of Brunswick/Glynn County, as well as a former member of the Budget and Admissions Committee. She served as Past President and Board Member of the Young Women’s Christian Association and is a past member of the YWCA Core Committee for Tribute to Women Leaders annual recognition program and former Program Co-Chair.

Mrs. Joubert resides in Woodbine, GA with her husband, Burnea Joubert, Jr., and enjoys oil painting.

Randal Morris

Randal Morris has served as the Senior Public Affairs Manager for Georgia-Pacific’s Cellulose Business Division since 2007. Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific, Mr. Morris served on the faculty of the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute where he worked with communities across Georgia to help them enhance their community and economic development initiatives. In addition to serving on the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Morris volunteers locally on boards of many community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Glynn County 4 H Advisory Council and the College of Coastal Georgia Board of Trustees.

Mr. Morris and his wife, Lisa, reside in White Oak, GA and he enjoys raising, training and hunting with English Setter bird dogs.

Dr. Beau Sasser

I was actually born at what was then known as the Brunswick hospital. I’m a Jr., Thomas Michael Sasser Jr. And yet from the moment I came home my mother called me Beau. I spent most of my childhood on East Beach either in the marsh trying to catch mud minnows and fiddler crabs or hanging out on the rocks of Gould’s Inlet fishing for whatever would bite a hook. Mostly toadfish. I got very good at getting a toadfish off a hook.

I attended public school and graduated from Glynn Academy in 1990. After graduating I spent a short stint at Emory before I transferred to Washington University in St. Louis and graduated in 94’ cum laude with a BA in English Lit.

After graduation I was accepted to medical school at MCG in Augusta. During medical school I married my longtime girlfriend, who is now my lovely wife, Lisa. After medical school I spent 5 more years in Augusta in orthopedic residency. Somehow during those years we had three boys Dylan, Gray, and Jonathan.

Following residency I took an extra year for a sports medicine fellowship where I worked with the NFL Kansas City Chiefs. By this time I had been away from the Golden Isles and knew it was time to come home. Since 2007 I have worked for Summit Sports Medicine. Though I focus mostly on knee and shoulder issues I have a special interest in sports medicine issues. I have been the Sports Medicine director for the hospital since 2010 and oversee the school athletics for Glynn, Camden, and McIntosh.

I have plenty of hobbies I could list but like all of us who are busy very rarely do I get to pursue them. Instead I enjoy going to Athens to visit my two older boys, hanging out on the sideline with the athletes while my younger son plays soccer or kicks for the GA football team, and going to Cub Scout campouts with my youngest son Owen.

It is an honor to be asked to sit on the Foundation Board. So many people have helped me get to where I am. I hope I can do the same thing for others.

William J. Stembler

Bill Stembler is Chairman and Founder of the Georgia Theatre Company II. After two years as an enforcement attorney with the SEC, Bill entered the theatre business in 1973 with the original Georgia Theatre Company. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia Law School. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the UGA Law School, the Executive Committees of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia. Bill is past Chairman of the National Association of Theatre Owners and a past President of the Capital City Club and the Rotary club of Atlanta.

Bill and his wife Anne live in the Golden Isles.

Directors Emeritus
J. Dewey Benefield, Jr.
Col. Tom W. Fuller, USA (Ret.)
James W. McSwiney (Deceased)
Terry Thomas (Deceased)
L. Gerald Wright (Deceased)

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