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Those serving on the executive committee, as follows, left to right: Vice Chairman, Tony LaMarca;  Co-chairperson, Wilhelmina Williams; Secretary, Cecil Easterly;  Co-chairman, Tom Gregory; and Treasurer, Jack Wilson.


Laughlin Health Care Foundation Announces New Executive Committee. Please welcome Tom Gregory, Wilhelmina Williams, Anthony “Tony” LaMarca, Jack G Wilson, and Cecil L Easterly.

Tom Gregory
Tom Gregory has been re-elected co-chairman of Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees. Gregory is a Greene County native. He attended Glenwood Elementary School, Greeneville High School, and East Tennessee State University. He served as co-chairman of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation for the past two years. He has been active in all sectors of the community, volunteering his time and talents. He has co-chaired the Laughlin Tennessee Scholarship Pro Am and Long Drive Shoot-Out Tournament for seven years. Gregory is an avid golfer. He served in the U. S. Navy for four years. Gregory’s career was spent in the food industry and as a manufacture representative. He is a member of the Christ United Methodist Church. He and his wife, the former Frances Ricker, returned to Greeneville from Virginia after their retirement. The Gregorys are the parents of Kathy Gregory and the late Gary Gregory.

Wilhelmina Williams
Wilhelmina Williams was elected co-chairman of Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in home economics. She served as the executive director of Northeast Community Services Agency, covering the eight counties of Northeast Tennessee for eight years. There, she was responsible for 100 staff members to carry out the mission of the organization in health and human services, specializing in programs for children and youth. Additionally, for five years, Williams was the coordinator of a youth services center in the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky.
She is a past president of the Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition. She had numerous other work-related responsibilities in Louisville.
Locally, Williams is active with Main Street: Greeneville and is a tour guide for local historic sites. She is a past president of the Nathanael Greene Museum Board. Regionally, she has served in leadership roles with several organizations. Her professional honors include being awarded the Outstanding Professional Advocate for the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare and was recognized by the Child Advocacy Centers for outstanding service. She held credentials as a nationally Certified Family Life Educator.

Anthony L. “Tony”  LaMarca
Anthony L. “Tony:” LaMarca has been elected vice-chairman to the Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees. Tony attended school in Jamestown, New York. He received a degree in Secondary Education from The State University of New York at Geneseo. Upon graduation, he served as a physics teacher in the Gates-Chili, NY School District. He retired after a 34 year career and moved to Greeneville in 2000.  He has co-chaired the Laughlin Tennessee Scholarship Pro Am and Long Drive Shoot-Out Tournament. He has also served as a volunteer at the Landair Ladies Classic Basketball Tournament. Tony is an active member of the Greeneville Noon Rotary Club and has served as co-chairperson of the Rotary Round Robin and chairperson of the Rotary Golf Classic Golf Tournament.
LaMarca is married to Carole and they have two children and six grandchildren. Both Tony and Carole are Rotary Paul Harris Fellows. They are members of Notre Dame Catholic Church.

Jack G. Wilson
Jack G. Wilson, retired administrator of Laughlin Memorial Hospital, was elected treasurer of Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees. Wilson served in this position of leadership for Laughlin Memorial Hospital for 33 years.
He is a member of the Laughlin Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees. Wilson has been a member of the Greeneville Lions Club for 48 years, holding several leadership positions during this tenure. He and his wife, Geraldine, have three daughters. He is an avid golfer.

Cecil L. Easterly
Cecil L. Easterly was elected secretary of Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees. She is founding member of the organization. Easterly has been active in the Greeneville community having served on the boards of Greeneville-Greene County Heritage Trust, Tuesday Book Club, Greeneville-Greene County Library, Greeneville Arts Guild, and the Sinking Creek Film Festivals. Additionally, she has served on Literary Arts Panel of Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN, Greeneville  Community Concerts, Youth Builders of Greeneville, and the Andrew Johnson Club.  She is also a member of Nolachuckey Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was active in leadership roles with the Greeneville City School System. Easterly is a member of the Board of Governors, East Tennessee Presentation Society, Knoxville, TN.  She was a significant part of the Greene County Medical Auxiliary/Alliance at the local, state, southern, and national levels. 
An educator, Easterly received her bachelors degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, and earned a masters in education from Memphis State, now Memphis University, Memphis, TN. She taught at Miss Hutchinsons School for Girls in Memphis. She served as Director of Admissions, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. She is a member of St. James Episcopal Church and has served as clerk of the vestry, Sunday school teacher and is a member of the alter guild.  The Easterlys have one daughter, Darlington Ridgway.
Dr. James F. Easterly, Jr., husband of the newly elected secretary, is a native Greenevillian and was born at Laughlin Clinic on Main Street, delivered by the revered Dr. C. B. Laughlin Jr. The Easterlys came to Greeneville in May of 1974 from Memphis where Dr. Easterly served as chief resident of the University of Tennessee Radiology Department, to join the practice of Doctors Calvin Reviere and Dee Metcalf , therefore providing a longstanding relationship of the Easterlys with Laughlin Memorial Hospital.
Chuck Whitfield, president and CEO of Laughlin Memorial Hospital, said, “We are so pleased to welcome these five talented and capable individuals on the leadership team of our Foundation. We look forward to serving with them, as we continue the important work associated with this organization.”

Laughlin Health Care Foundation is a fund development and philanthropic organization serving Laughlin Memorial Hospital and its Affiliates. For additional information about Laughlin Health Care Foundation, please call 787-5117.

Laughlin Health Care Foundation was organized in 1994 to provide support to Laughlin Memorial Hospital and its health care affiliates: Laughlin Healthcare Center and Laughlin Home Health.

This support comes in two ways: through donors who are interested in helping us maintain the best healthcare available for the citizens in our community and through the development of community benefit programs that educate and promote awareness of good health practices. Donors use our 'in memorial' or 'in honor' gift programs to make a difference in our community’s health care. Donors also make gifts that are not designated. Legacy of Caring is a new giving program that supports activities at Laughlin Healthcare Center. Learn about all the giving opportunities of the Foundation under the “Giving Programs” link at

We are especially proud of the free visual and dental clinics for the under-privileged in our community, the grief support programs for those who are hurting, the 911 Emergency Training Program for school-age children, and our scholarship program for those interested in pursuing higher education in the nursing field.

The Blanche W. Grady Community Service Award honors a volunteer each year, who has worked tirelessly in the community, without a lot of recognition. The Scott M. Niswonger Family is the benefactor of this award.

Our “Feed the Children” program provides food for “at-risk” children, during the two-week Christmas and New Year holiday recess.  These children normally receive two meals a day at school.

Our 'YES, MAM!' program promotes the recommended three-steps in early detection of breast cancer. The Look Good, Feel Better program is designed to support women in treatment for cancer and is in partnership with the American Cancer Society, national cosmetic companies, and area cosmetologists. Additionally, our Hearts of Love program provides a cuddly, yet firm, handmade heart for mastectomy patients. These hearts give physical support to the surgical area during recovery. An extensive packet of educational material is also given to the mastectomy patients.

We support the Health Information Library at the Laughlin Center for Women’s Health with over 400 books and DVDs for check-out purposes.

Our annual Laughlin Memorial Hospital Tennessee Long Drive Shoot-Out and Pro/Am Golf Tournament provides funding for healthcare scholarships.
These are only a few of the many programs that result from donated funds or services, and I invite you to contact us, any member of the foundation board, or the foundation office to receive additional information about the important work of this organization.

Thank you for your support of Laughlin Health Care Foundation, past and future.

Tom Gregory and Wilhelmina Williams, Co-Chairmen
Laughlin Health Care Foundation


Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees 2014/2015:

  • Tom Gregory, Co- Chairman
  • Wilhelmina Williams, Co-Chairman
  • Tony LaMarca,  Vice Chairman
  • Cecil L. Easterly, Secretary
  • Jack G. Wilson, Treasurer, Lifetime Member
  • Martha M. Bachman
  • Terry Bellamy
  • Brian Bragdon
  • Mike Burns
  • Bill Carroll
  • Alan Corley, PharmD
  • Larry Coughlin
  • James A. Emory
  • Martha Hammer
  • Shane Hite
  • Susan T. Holzschuh
  • Brandon C. Hull
  • Justin Jeffers
  • Dale Keasling
  • Anthony LaMarca
  • John W. McInturff, Jr.
  • Carla Nickle, D.O.
  • Hilary Porta
  • Peter A. Reardon, M.D.
  • Craig Shepherd, D.D.S.
  • Bob Southerland
  • James L. Warner
  • Hugh A. Wells
  • J.W. Douthat, Emeritus
  • Herbert Whitfield, Lifetime Member
  • C. Ray Adams, Ex officio
  • Charles H. Whitfield, Jr., Ex officio
  • Betty S. Weemes, MA, CFRE, Founding Director

Laughlin Health Care Foundation is a philanthropic and fund development, not-for-profit organization serving Laughlin Memorial Hospital and its Affiliates.


Board of Trustees

2014 - Laughlin Health Care Foundation is pleased to announce that three new board members have been added to the Board of Trustees. They are Hilary Porta, Bill Carroll, and Justin Jeffers.

Chuck Whitfield, president and CEO of Laughlin Memorial Hospital, said, “These individuals are great additions to our Foundation board and we look forward to utilizing their varied talents as they help create philanthropic programs to benefit our great community.”

Justin Jeffers:

Justin Jeffers is a native to Greeneville. He is the third generation to be associated in his family's businesses. Jeffers serves as the manager of Jeffers Funeral Chapel and Graceland Memorial Gardens and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with Jeffers Mortuary, Inc.

He is a graduate of Greeneville High School, earned degrees in Business Administration from Tusculum College and Mortuary Science from John A. Gupton College. At Tusculum College, Jeffers excelled as a member of the school's golf team.

He serves the Tennessee Funeral Directors' Association as the chairman of the membership committee and the Independent Funeral Group as a member of the advisory board. Jeffers has served the United Way as chairman of the small business division and promotes the yearly Tusculum College Pioneer Club membership drive.

He is a member of the Greeneville Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Jennifer, are members of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, have a daughter Addison and live in the Union Temple community of Greene County.

Hilary Porta:

Hilary Porta is a native Greenevillian and prior to her "homecoming," lived in several geographical locations across the southeast and abroad before returning to Greeneville to make her home with her two sons, Hampton and Graham. Since her arrival, she has quickly re-established herself in the mainstream of community activities. She is president and CEO of HCP Coaching and Consulting, LLC, a practice which specializes in helping companies/organizations develop/hone capabilities for sustainability, provides strategic thought leadership, program development, public relations and marketing. In conjunction to her practice, she is director of development for LEADStrong International, a North Carolina based, non-profit organization.

In North Carolina, Porta served multiple not-for-profit organizations, including United Way, Uptown Men's Shelter, leadership and board positions with Community Link, the Work First Program, Director of Women’s Ministry, Stephen Minister, as well as being a Christian motivational speaker for women’s conferences and retreats.

Locally, Porta is a member of the Greene County Partnership; president-elect of Youth Builders of Greeneville, where she has been an active chair for several major fundraising projects; served on United Way Campaign; participated on the Volunteer Spirit Award nomination judges panel; is a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville/Greene County; serves on the Greeneville Schools in Action Committee (GSIA) for Greeneville Middle School; served as chairman for Parent Advocacy; board member of the Greeneville Arts Council; member of Main Street: Greeneville; serves as treasurer on the board of directors for the Child Advocacy Center, and most recently became affiliated with Younglife, as well as participates in several other organizations.

Most recently, Ms. Porta has been engaged in a consulting capacity with Tusculum College, functioning as interim director of alumni and parent relations for the college. Porta attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Bill Carroll:

Bill Carroll comes to the Foundation board with vast amount of experience in the community. He became general manager for the Greeneville Light & Power System in January 1990. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1972. He became a Licensed Professional Engineer in 1977.

Carroll serves on numerous TVA committees including Energy Marketing, Long Term Power Contract Team, Education and Training, Communications, the Power Play Committee.

Carroll has provided a high-degree of experience to numerous energy-related boards and has been elected chair and/or vice chair of many of these influential boards across the state of Tennessee.

Locally, Carroll has chaired the American Heart Association, United Way, Keep Greene Clean, Main Street: Greeneville, and Greene County Partnership.

Married to Patsy, together they have four children, seven current grandchildren with number eight set to arrive in March.

“The new board members’ strong background in business, involvement with not-for-profits, and knowledge of the community will well-serve Laughlin Health Care Foundation,” said Betty S. Weemes, director of Laughlin Health Care Foundation.


2013 - Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes three new board members: Martha Seaton Hammer, Dale A. Keasling, and Dr. Carla Nickle.

Martha Hammer    

Martha Hammer

Martha Hammer has been away from Greeneville for several years, moving back in the past year. However, during this time away, she continued to be “supportive of” and “interested in” the mission of Laughlin Health Care Foundation. When her mother, Kate Seaton, passed away, she named the Foundation the recipient of memorial gifts and those funds helped create a chapel at Laughlin Healthcare Center. Both Martha and her mother worked at Laughlin Clinic. And, Martha has volunteered with Laughlin, also.

Hammer said, “My interest in Laughlin goes back to 1965 when as a student at Greeneville High I worked in the newborn nursery with my mother on weekends, holidays, and during the summers. This was during the time babies were delivered by Drs. Hal Henard, Nathan Horner and many more practitioners revered by many in this community.” Hammer went on to say, “I also worked under the direction of RNs Mary Holliday, Janie Farmer, Nettie Winslow, and so many wonderful professionals during that time. Moving back to Greeneville in the 1980s, I was again able to work part time in the nursery and in 1997 became involved with the Foundation after my mother lived her final three years at Laughlin Healthcare Center. I was truly blessed with the care she received during those years.”

Hammer added, “The management group of Laughlin Memorial Hospital that I worked with over the years helped form my lifelong dedication to Laughlin.”


Dale A. Keasling


Dale A. Keasling

Dale A. Keasling is chairman, president and CEO of Home Federal Bank of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He is a CPA and a graduate of East Tennessee State University, summa cum laude. Keasling has been active in the Knoxville community, having served on the boards of United Way, Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee, the Salvation Army, Helen Ross McNabb Foundation, Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts, Leadership Knoxville, East Tennessee Economic Development Agency, and several other leadership roles.

He and his wife, Barbara, are members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian church in Knoxville. The Keaslings maintain a residence in Greeneville.




Dr. Carla Nickle


Dr. Carla Nickle

Dr. Carla Nickle has returned to Greeneville from Fairbanks, Alaska, where she and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Nickle, served in the U.S. Army at Fort Wainwright. She is in a medical practice with her husband as Tusculum Family Medicine and their office is located in Laughlin’s Medical Office Building, Number 3.

Dr. Nickle is a graduate of Chuckey-Doak High School, earned dual undergraduate degrees in communicative disorders and special education from East Tennessee State University. She then earned a masters degree in speech/language pathology at Radford University in Virginia and earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV.

During her residency, Dr. Nickle received the Outstanding Resident Award. After residency she was stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where she managed the Wounded Warriors Unit and served as officer in charge at the Troop Medical Clinic. Her last deployment was to Afghanistan for one year with the 3rd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Infantry Division, based out of Fort Drum, NY. During her deployment she received the Combat Medical Badge for her care of wounded soldiers while under direct fire from insurgents. Upon return from deployment, she served as director of the emergency room at Bassett Army Community Hospital until her transition from Alaska to Greeneville.

Betty Weemes, executive director of Laughlin Health Care Foundation, stated that the addition of these three native Greene Countians brings additional strength to the organization. “We are so pleased that they have committed their time and talent to our board’s mission,” she said.