RHI Legacy Foundation could not do all the work we do without our Board members. These people give freely of their time to help us provide important health services to our community.
Dan Hegeman is the former owner of Carrier Houses Bed & Breakfast in Rutherfordton and a retired airline pilot of over 40 years experience. He flew combat helicopters for the U.S. Army, corporate executive aircraft for several U.S Corporations and commercial airliners for Trans World and American Airlines. Dan served as a U.S. Army Warrant Officer and subsequently received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The College of Insurance (now part of St. John’s University) in New York City.
Dan has been involved with volunteer service over the years, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority and Rutherfordton Historic Preservation Commission. He is a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Rutherfordton, former Treasurer of Rutherfordton Business Association, and served as a Pilot Peer Counselor for the Critical Incident Response Program at TWA and American Airlines.
Dan believes in the RHI Legacy Foundation’s ability to offer guidance and financial assistance to help meet the Health and Wellness needs of residents of Rutherford County. He views his involvement with RHI Legacy Foundation as a way to help touch many lives for the better. Outside of his community involvement, Dan is a grand-parent, teacher, photographer, beekeeper, farmer, gardener, woodworker. He enjoys studying The Bible, worshiping and serving God.
David Eaker is a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Matheny Real Estate. He serves on the Rutherford County Economic Development Association. He is a past Trustee for Isothermal Community College and the United Way of Rutherford County. He has served on the Chamber of Commerce and the board for Smart Start.
He is a East Rutherford graduate and holds a BS in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. David is married to Ronda Eaker, and they have 3 sons and four grand- children.
David chooses to serve on the RHI Legacy Foundation board, because even though the Foundation is strong financially, it requires good volunteers to give input into how to best assist the county’s health and wellness needs.
Dr. England is a retired physician and N.C. General Assembly Representative. During his long tenure as a physician in Rutherford County, he volunteered for countless hours in sports medicine and the health of Rutherford county students, earning him the honor of Dr. Bob England Day in Forest City. He serves on the Rutherford County Education Foundation Board of Directors and as past chair of the RHI Legacy Foundation. He is proud to continue to service the county’s medical and health needs through the work of RHI Legacy Foundation.
Dr. Maggie Bell is a physician anesthesiologist with Western Piedmont Anesthesia, PA. She received her BS in Public Health and Doctor of Medicine from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Bell completed her medical residency in anesthesiology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2008. She enjoys a busy practice at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Originally from Hendersonville, Dr. Bell currently resides in Rutherfordton with her husband Ted and two young daughters. She is a member of First United Methodist Church in Forest City and its Handbell Choir. When not spending time with her family, Dr. Bell enjoys traveling, reading, college football and dog agility.
Jacqueline Hampton is retired from Rutherford County Schools after serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of pre-K and elementary curriculum. She is a member of the Foothills Pilot Club, and serves on the board for KidSenses Interactive Museum. She is a board member for Family Resources, Rutherford County DSS and Hospice of the Foothills, and is a McNair mentor in the middle and high schools.
She has been involved in the leadership of Rotary, Partnership for Children, and the United Way. She was honored and inducted into the Rutherford County Schools Hall of Fame in 2014. She holds a BA in English from Winston-Salem State, her Master’s Degrees in middle grade education and administration, and a MA in Divinity, Pastoral Care and Counseling.
She volunteers her time to RHI Legacy Foundation because she is passionate about the focus areas that are served in the Legacy mission.
Jimmy Dancy has lived in Rutherford County since 1978. After his military service, he joined CitiFinancial and retired after 37 years of employment. Dancy is a member of Rutherfordton First Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club of Rutherfordton, Habitat for Humanity and was a part of ACS Relay for Life for many years. As Mayor of Rutherfordton since 2009, Dancy serves on the boards for Rutherford Town Revitalization and on the Recreational Trust Fund. He was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer of the Year in 1990. Jimmy represents both the Rutherford Regional Auxiliary and the Board for RHI Legacy with his service to the Foundation.
Joan E. King is a retired high school biology teacher. She graduated from Western Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Science Education and completed her Master’s work at Western. She volunteers in a variety of capacities. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for ICC, the Board of Foundation for ICC, and a member of the Board of Directors for Hospice. She also serves as a mentor for RS Central, Rutherford Opportunity Center, McNair Foundation, and the Summer Reading Program.
Joan enjoys gardening and maintains the Courtyard Garden at the hospital. She loves to cook and organized Soul Food, a ministry at First Methodist Church in Rutherfordton that delivers healthy meals to 70 or more shut-ins in the community each week.
John W. Condrey is employed as the city manager for the town of Forest City. He also previously worked as the Rutherford County manager and has amassed more than 30 years’ experience in city or county management. In addition to working for the city, he has served on a number of boards and volunteered for a variety of organizations. As a lifelong resident of Rutherford County, Condrey focuses his career and volunteer efforts towards improving the quality of life for area residents. He chose to dedicate time to RHI Legacy Foundation because he believes we will continue to be an integral part of health and wellness initiatives.
In addition to his role as a board member with RHI Legacy, Condrey also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Isothermal Community College, a board member for the Rutherford County Endowment, a board member of the Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation, a McNair mentor at Chase High School, and is past Co-Chair for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. As a 30 year cancer survivor, he has dedicated significant time to the American Cancer Society.
In his free time, John can be found maintaining his Grandparents Hawkins' historic home that was built in the 1920s. He also enjoys yard work and tennis. Condrey attended college at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. He also received a Master of Public Affairs from North Carolina State University.
As Teaching Director of Community Bible Study, Judy Bond regularly leads and teaches an inter-denominational scripture study program for over 200 women and children. She is a Pediatric Cardiology Registered Nurse, having received a B.S. in Nursing from Ohio State University. Over the course of her nursing career, Judy worked at Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta, Columbus Children’s Hospital in Ohio, and San Diego Children’s Hospital. She was a co-owner and chef for Raindance Inc., a fine food and catering business, as well as a Founder of the Rutherfordton Elementary Enrichment Program. Judy has also been the President of Rutherford Town Revitalization as well as Rutherford Women’s League.
Her current involvement allows her to interact with women of 27 different churches, and become aware of needs throughout the community. As a nurse, she still is focused on improving the health and wellness of her community. Through her involvement with RHI Legacy Foundation, she is seeking to increase the awareness of healthy living and promote wellness in the community.
Judy loves cooking, hiking, photography, and overseas missions. She has been married to Chip for 32 years, and has four adult sons.
Kerry Giles is the Transportation Services Director with Rutherford County EMS and Public Transportation. Kerry attended Grace College where she had a double major in Business Administration and Communications. She is a Board Member of the North Carolina Public Transportation Association, a Rutherford County Health Council member, and an EMS Peer Review Quality Management team member. In addition to these functions, Kerry has also been a Board Member for Leadership Rutherford, the Rutherford County Literacy Council, and the Pangaea Fiber Network.
She enjoys the opportunity to help address areas of community need and be involved in numerous strategic planning initiatives. Outside of her other community obligations, she is a graphic artist, marketing consultant, and a youth leader at Spencer Baptist Church. Kerry and her husband, Bill, have two children, Molly and Joseph.
Matt Bright is a Financial Advisor with Raymond James, a Forest City financial services office. He is a graduate of RS Central High and holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a past president of the Forest City Kiwanis Club and former chairman of the Rutherford Regional Health System Board of Trustees. He was a former chairman of the Rutherford County Foundation.
He serves the RHI Legacy Foundation because he believes that a community is strengthened when volunteers provide a wide range of experience, wisdom, and compassion to charitable organizations. Matt is married to Dr. Dee Dee Bright and they have four sons.
Paul Deck is the General Manager of McCurry Deck Chevrolet Buick GMC, an automobile dealership in Forest City, NC. He is a member of the Rutherford Kiwanis Club and serves as finance chair for Spindale United Methodist Church. He has served on the boards for United Way and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the R-S Jaycees.
Paul chooses to serve on the RHI Legacy Foundation Board after serving on the Rutherford Hospital Board for 10 years. He has a specific interest in making the community a better place to live for all of Rutherford County citizens. He holds a BS in Economics from Clemson University, and is married to Pamela Deck. They have two adult children.
Shirley Koone, retired from marketing and sales, has a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from UNC-Greensboro. In addition to serving on numerous committees and boards in the past, she was also a founding member of Rutherford Regional Auxiliary and began the Toy Chest for that organization. She also previously served on the Consumer Affairs Committee for the American Apparel Manufacturer’s Association, UNCG Alumni Association Board, and served as the president of The Fashion Group of Charlotte.
Mrs. Koone has a strong belief in volunteering and giving back. As 1951’s 4-H state Health winner, she has always had a strong interest in health and wellness. Though in retirement she is selective about her volunteer efforts, she believes strongly in RHI Legacy Foundation’s mission and believes in the impact we can make in our community’s health and wellness initiatives.
Jack Koone, her husband, was the chairman of the Board of Trustees for Rutherford Hospital until his passing in 1985. Shirley Koone enjoys spending time with their two sons and three grandchildren. When she isn’t volunteering and spending time with family, she finds enjoyment in golfing, traveling, and reading thrillers.
Dr. Sumy Joseph is the president of Cohesion Phenomics, a certified clinical diagnostic laboratory, providing high complexity genetic testing and analysis of heritable disorders. The company develops DNA sequencing tests for complex and single gene disorders within specific clinical areas such as cardiovascular disease, along with offering education to assist healthcare professionals navigate this complex field.
She serves on the RHI Legacy Board in order to make a positive impact on health services for the people in Rutherford County.
Elizabeth T. Miller is an Attorney at Law with a practice located in Rutherfordton. Her practice includes real estate law, general civil law, wills and business and professional cases. She currently serves as the vice chairman of the McNair Educational Foundation and serves as a McNair mentor in the RS Middle and RS Central High Schools. She is a member of the hand-bell choir and finance committee at First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton.
Beth holds a BS in Political Science and Juris Doctor from UNC Chapel Hill. She is married to Dr. John Miller and they have two adult children. She chooses to serve on the board of RHI Legacy Foundation to play a part in improving the health and wellness of the people of Rutherford County.
Terry Hines serves as Executive Director of RHI Legacy Foundation. He is a graduate of Chase High and has a BS in Business Administration from Lander College. He had a 30-year career with Cone Mills, most recently as VP of Operations. He was later employed as the Supply Chain Director for Tanner Companies. During his time of employment in the textile industry, he served in several leadership positions for service organizations in the county and encouraged company employees to view volunteerism as an important responsibility.
Terry served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Rutherford Regional Health System until May, 2014. He continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for the health system and chairs the Duke Lifepoint Joint Venture board, representing the relationship between the health care system and RHI Legacy Foundation.
He is a member of Florence Baptist Church and serves as a McNair Mentor at Chase High. He is a board member for the Foundation at Isothermal Community College, the Economic Development Commission, and the Robert and Janice McNair Education Foundation. He formerly served on the Isothermal Community College Board of Trustees.
Jill is the Community Impact Director of RHI Legacy Foundation. RHI Legacy Foundation was formed in June of 2014, when the local not-for profit health system affiliated with Duke LifePoint Healthcare. At that time, the existing hospital foundation, for which Jill was the Executive Director, restructured as RHI Legacy Foundation. She has served in these two roles since April, 2001.
In her Community Impact role with the Foundation, she facilitates their grants process and serves as Executive Director of the Community Health Council of Rutherford County. This group is comprised of representatives from thirty organizations that represent health issues in the county. The Community Health Council and RHI Legacy Foundation work together to address healthy eating, active living, cancer and substance abuse and other health and wellness issues identified in the Community Health Assessment.
She holds a BBA from North Georgia College and is a founding member of the Women of the University of North Georgia. She is a 2004 graduate and past president of Leadership Rutherford. She serves on boards for Rutherford Life Services, Yokefellow and BB&T. She is a member of Rutherford Women’s League and the finance committee for Adaville Baptist Church and is a member of North Carolina Network of Grantmakers. She has two adult daughters and lives with her husband John in Rutherfordton.