For more than 50 years, the foundation has supported education, literary, scientific, educational endeavors, and the health sciences and its faculty. We have awarded millions of dollars in student scholarships and have promoted education by providing housing for local and long-distance students in an academic-life environment while preparing them for their future careers.
Focused on providing our students and the community with opportunities that lead to economic development and a stronger Southwest Georgia Community, we focus on health profession career opportunities in 13 fields of study. We are proud that some of our most notable scholarship recipients are now professors and professionals in the health care industry.
Who We Are
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of independent, local representatives who care about education and removing the financial barriers for individuals who wish to seek a post-secondary degree while living and working in our Southwest Georgia community.
Over time, our name has changed and our mission has evolved, but we have remained steadfast as a resource to enhance the lives of our students, our neighbors, and the local health professions.
The Darton Health Professions Foundation’s Board of Directors and Executive and Finance Committees are committed to the charge of fiscal stewardship, transparency, and honoring the legacy of endowments and gifts that are purposed to benefit students. We therefore exercise a proper level of due diligence to ensure our investments are solid, our expenditures prudent, and are within our investment and spend policies.
Randae Davis – Executive Director
Joy Davis – Administrative Assistant
Our Board of Trustees is comprised of local representatives who recognize the needs of today and tomorrow, and also value community support and the legacy of our founders. The board seeks to honor endowments, steward resources, promote giving, and remove the barriers of those seeking a degree.
Pam Simmons* – Chairperson – Market President, Synovus Bank
Chuck Logan* – Vice President, Renasant Bank
Bill Ashberry* – Retired, Community Volunteer Extraordinaire
Dr. Sarah Brinson – Dean, Darton College of Health Professions, ASU
Andy Christo – Retired, Insurance Industry Executive
Frances Carr* – Treasury/Secretary – Retired, Educational Specialist
Tina Harden* – Retired, Marketing Guru/Chief Fundraiser
Jeanette Hoopes* – Retired Medical Professions
Dr. Sophia Johnson – College and Career Counselor, 4C Academy
Ed Newsome – CEO, Albany Air
Dr. Tracy Suber – Vice President, Center of Learning & Innovation, Phoebe Putney
Wayne Yesbick* – Retired, Accounting Professor, Real Estate Management
Dr. Kelsey Reed – Director, Patient Care, Phoebe Putney
Ben Steffens – Lead Pastor, Church at the Groves
Amber Herrington – Vice President, Colony Bank
* Denotes a member of the Executive Committee