Our Mission, Vision and History
Comprised mainly of restricted endowments, the Foundation provides endowment management services to other nonprofits as well as manages endowments that provide for many of the healthcare needs of West Tennessee Healthcare and our communities.
The future of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation is bright because of the Foundation’s commitment to service. Serving as the fundraising arm for cancer care, therapy for special needs children, ailing children and a myriad of other health related causes that impact the people of Jackson and West Tennessee, the Foundation has grown to become the leading community effort for more than 500,000 people.
With a goal of exceeding $100 million in assets by 2025, the Foundation will serve as a catalyst for positive changes in children’s medical care, cancer care, education and the arts.
The Foundation began as the idea of Ed Terry, Dr. Ebby Edwards and Judge Hewitt Tomlin in a conversation on Pine Tree Drive.
March 13, 1985
The name given the Foundation was the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Foundation.
April 19, 1990
The Tree of Life was dedicated in the lobby of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
The first $1 Million Hole-In-One Shootout was held.
July 29, 1993
Camp Bluebird began.
April 15, 1996
The name was changed to the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation with five community chapters.
March 12, 1999
The first Storm Aid Concert was held with the Oak Ridge Boys performing. $100,000 was raised and presented to the Chamber of Commerce for the rebuilding of homes in South Jackson.
August 12, 2003
Storm Aid was held at the Jackson Generals BallPark to rebuild homes from the tornado that struck Downtown Jackson and East Jackson. More than $550,000 was raised.
Ayers Children’s Medical Center was established with a charitable commitment from Jim Ayers.
April 17, 2007
The Foundation celebrated a record $10 million in assets.
August 24, 2012
Groundbreaking for the Kirkland Cancer Center took place.
The Foundation exceeds $25 million in assets.
July 15, 2014
The Foundation begins its 30th year
Board Members and Foundation Staff
Frank McMeen, a native of Columbia, Tennessee, is the President of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation where he has worked for the past 21 years.
His hobby is restoring older homes and buildings. His efforts resulted in renovating 11 homes and buildings in Midtown and Downtown Jackson, including Stephenson Concrete building and warehouse and the Renaissance Center. His latest project is a building that was constructed in 1845 and once housed Buddy’s Pool Hall, into what is now Miss Ollie’s, an event space in Downtown Jackson.
Receiving his B.S from Freed-Hardeman University in 1979 and his Master’s Degree in 2008 from the University of Memphis, Mr. McMeen joined the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation in 1998 where he serves as president of the Foundation. With more than 400 funds, 5 chapters and assets that now exceeds $24 million.He is a member of the Campbell Street Church of Christ, and is a supporter of Jackson Christian School He also serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation, headquartered in Nashville. He serves on the A.P.T.A. (Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities) board of directors, also headquartered in Nashville where he is currently the state president.
He received the highest award granted from West Tennessee Healthcare, the President’s Award in 2002; in 2007 he received the “Man of the Year” award from the Boys and Girls Club. His mission work includes Jamaica and Africa. He traveled to Sierra Leone, Africa, in 2005 to assist in treating sick children with Dr. Jimmy Pratt, formerly of the East Jackson Clinic.
In addition to his work at the WTH Foundation, Mr. McMeen is an adjunct professor for the University of Memphis, where he teaches on the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Beth joined the Foundation in April 2007 as Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator for Ayers Children’s Medical Center. In 2012, she assumed the role of Events and Community Relations Coordinator, working with the Foundation’s volunteer boards and managing all of the Foundation’s events including its annual Charity Gala. In May 2015, she was promoted to Vice President of Operations. While she still manages the community boards and fundraising events, her duties were expanded to include general oversight of the internal activities of the Foundation.
A native of Gibson County, Beth has been a part of the Jackson community for 20 years. She received an honors degree in Business Administration from Union University and has worked in the non-profit community in Jackson for more than a decade.She is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Jackson, a 2014 graduate of WestStar, and has been a member of the Jackson Exchange Club since 2000, where she has previously served as the co-chair of the Social Committee and the chair of the Child Abuse Prevention Committee.
She served on the Board of Directors for Wo/Men’s Rape and Resource Assistance and as a member of the Personnel Committee and the Finance Committee. She also assisted with planning and volunteering at WRAP fundraisers.
Beth and her husband, Barry, have two children, Emma and Eli. She has served on the board of the Parent Teacher Organization at her children’s elementary school for several years holding the offices of Secretary and President. She is an active member of West Jackson Baptist Church, serving as an administrator for her Bible Fellowship class and has taught 3rd grade girls in the Wednesday night program. She has also served on several other church committees.
Stephanie joined the Foundation in April 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. She has more than ten years in public accounting with Horne LLP. While there, she focused on health care financial accounting and provided physicians and physician practices with back-office accounting services. Stephanie is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
While she calls Humboldt her home, Stephanie has spent over ten years being a part of the Jackson community as well.
Stephanie attended Union University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Public Accounting. She serves as the VP of Finance for the Jackson Arts Council and has been an active board member serving on the Finance Committee and Steering Committee. She also is a member of the Jackson Rotary Club and has helped with the accounting for the Jackson Rotary Classic Golf Tournament.
Stephanie and her husband, Tim, have two children, Hannah and Ansley. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family balancing that with giving her best efforts in the workplace.
Rebecca Creasy, Donor Management Specialist
Rebecca joined the Foundation in January 2018 as the Donor Management Specialist. She acts as the liaison between the Foundation and the fund representatives. Rebecca has previous experience in the non-profit sector as she worked with the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism (JACOA).
Rebecca graduated from Union University in 2015 with a major in Public Relations with a minor in Photojournalism. She served on the Board of Directors for the West Tennessee Continuum of Care, and as a committee member of the Jackson-Madison County Anti-Drug Coalition.
Rebecca recently moved to Historic Downtown Jackson with her Husband, Colton. They adopted a French Bulldog puppy, which they named Sam. In their spare time, they enjoy hunting for Mid-Century pieces of furniture for their new home.
Amy joined the Foundation in January 2017. Prior to the Foundation, she worked in Special Education for the Paris Special School District and served as the Early Childhood Director of Journey Church in Three-Way, Tennessee.
Amy is a member of the Jackson Exchange Club and serves on the board for Revelation Gardens. Amy is also attending Western Governors University to obtain her bachelors degree in Marketing Management and Administration.
Amy and her husband, Joseph, have three children, Braxton, Maddison, and Cecilia. They reside in Gibson County, Tennessee.
The Foundation is blessed to have community leaders who will invest their time guiding our mission and vision. All members volunteer their time and talents and are not compensated for their service.
Foundation Board Trustees
The West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Trustees are community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to set policies and practices to ensure the Foundation’s success both now and in the future.
- Jane Alderson
- Greg Alexander
- Theresia Bledsoe
- Robert Caldwell
- Jeb Campbell
- Tim Crossett
- Val Exum
- Donna Frankland
- Logan Hampton
- Young Kim
- Carl Kirkland
- Pat Mann
Ayers Children's Medical Center Advisory Board
The Ayers Children’s Medical Center Advisory Board was established in 2007 to serve as community ambassadors for Ayers Children’s Medical Center. Comprised of local business leaders, philanthropists, parents and grandparents, this group works to raise funds and awareness for Ayers Children’s Medical Center.
- Diane Abbott
- Steve Bowers
- Jennifer Carnal
- Darren Lykes
- Jim Norton
- Doug Roth
- Lindsey Homra Siroky
- Trish Stanfill
- Linda Truex
- Brenda Whalley
- Heath Williams
- Sheila Willis
- Brandi Wilson
Kirkland Cancer Center Advisory Board
This advisory board was established in 2010 to support the work of the Kirkland Cancer Center in serving patients throughout West Tennessee. The group works as community liasons to educate the community on the services provided by Kirkland Cancer Center and to raise funds to help patients in need.
- Anita Kay Archer
- Tausha Alexander
- Kathy Brooks
- Tom Butler
- Susan Camean
- Caroline Campbell
- Traci Carney
- Elaine Christian
- Cindy Daly
- Donna Frankland
- Jim Ferrell
- Danice Haltom
- Loni Harris
- Ben Hays
- Celia Jordan
- Carl Kirkland
- Don Lewis
- Mary Catherine Mascolo
- Carmen Murray
- Vikki Neblett
- Vance Shoaf
- Mark Taylor
- Chuck Thompson
- Ben Truex
- Bobby Walden
- Lorie White