St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation announces new board members

Published 10:38 am Tuesday, March 24, 2015

St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that six outstanding professionals have joined the board of trustees. Sherry Dashiell, Craig Germano, Arlene Kolker, Suzanne Metcalf Andrew Morris and Roger Newman will each will serve a three-year term.

Originally from Spartanburg, Sherry Alexander Dashiell graduated from Clemson University with a nursing degree. Since moving to Tryon 13 years ago with her husband, Dr. Thomas Dashiell, Dashiell has become a member of the Green Blades Garden Club. She has been a member of the Tryon Hounds and the Green Creek Hounds, and has served on the board of the Red Fox POA. She also worked on the capital campaign for the St. Luke’s Foundation. She is an avid card player, but her first love is decorating, and her interior design business keeps her very busy.

Craig Germano and his wife, Ghislaine, moved to Tryon from Boca Raton, Fla. in 2012.   Throughout his 34-year IBM career, Germano held many positions in financial management, mainframe computer pricing, new product launch pricing and global services financial management, including a three-year overseas assignment in Tokyo.

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A US Army veteran holding an MBA from Marist College, N.Y., Germano has redirected his career away from the world of corporate finance and more towards service to others, first serving as Pavillon International’s CFO and ultimately by purchasing Link Medical, Inc. in 2013, a long-time locally-based medical equipment supply and service company.

Arlene Kolker retired from BellSouth after 30 years. She is a past president of Miami Council Telephone Pioneers of America and has been involved with United Way of Dade County through BellSouth.  Kolker has also been involved with fundraiser efforts for Jackson Memorial Hospital – Trauma Center – through Telephone Pioneers of America.

Kolker and her husband, Walter, live at Bright’s Creek where Walter is part owner. They also have a horse ranch in Rutherford County.

Over the past 20 years, Suzanne Metcalf has worked with many top brands and impactful nonprofit organizations building awareness, developing relationships and executing public relations and marketing campaigns. Recently, Metcalf has dedicated a lot of time to investing in the First 2,000 Days of a child’s life, building community capacity for healthy living policy changes and advocating for evidence-based home visiting programs. Metcalf and her husband Rich live in Tryon with their four children.

Andrew Morris grew up in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina and received his B.S. in business administration from Coker College in 2005. He worked with Edward Jones in Columbia, S.C. after graduation and in 2008 moved to the Foothills to work with Pinnacle Wealth Management out of Hendersonville, N.C. He obtained his MBA from Gardner-Webb University with concentrations in accounting and finance in 2012. Morris currently owns Morris Financial Services, a full service accounting and tax practice, and offers investment management through Invest Financial with offices in Landrum and Hendersonville.

Morris has been serving in the Army National Guard since 2006. He currently serves as a 1st lieutenant with a Combat Engineer Company out of Wadesboro, N.C. Morris enjoys volunteering with the Rotary Club of Tryon and various church and community programs. He and his wife, Nicole, have three children and live in Columbus.

A native of Polk County, Roger Newman attended Mill Spring Elementary School and graduated from Polk Central in 1967. He served in the United States Navy from 1969-1971. In 1977 he began his 29-year career with Air products and Chemicals, an industrial gas company that produces Argon, Oxygen nitrogen, and hydrogen. He started in an entry level position working his way up to the executive level as manger of global operations. Newman lived in many areas of the United States and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia.

In 2006, Newman along with his wife Joanie, retired and moved “back home” to Polk County.  He devotes his time to connecting with family, old friends playing golf. He is involved in various local community organizations, and is a member of the same church he attended as a child.

The St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization established in 1991 to support one of our community’s most valuable assets, St. Luke’s Hospital. It is made up of citizens who have joined together to raise funds for new equipment, facility improvements, educational programs and the foundation’s endowment.

A gift to the foundation is tax deductible. Contributions are always needed and appreciated and enable St. Luke’s to maintain the highest level of patient care. Please visit the foundation office at 89 West Mills St., Suite B, Columbus or call Meshelle Colvin, executive director at 828-894-2693.

– Submitted by Jennifer Wilson