July 16, 2008

Cancer Group Adds to Board of Directors

By The Moultrie Observer, Ga.

Jul. 16--ALBANY -- The Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition has added four new members to its board of directors, and while none of them are from Colquitt County, some may be familiar names to area residents.

Newest members are Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest District health director; Terri Lupo, Georgia Power Company South Region vice president; J. Perry Mustian, Archbold Memorial Hospital president/CEO; and Richard Royal, state representative and owner of Royal Petroleum Products.

The Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition is a regional non-profit organization covering the 33 counties of Southwest Georgia. The Cancer Coalition's mission is to ensure that Southwest Georgians have access to the highest quality cancer education, prevention, screening, treatment and research.

Grant, MD, MPH, MPA, manages and provides direction to 14 county health departments and district programs, including environmental health, communicable diseases, emergency preparedness, oral health, and women's and children's health. In addition to serving as the chief executive officer of the health district's county boards of health, she works cooperatively with the state public health director, community partners, and local officials regarding public health issues. Colquitt County is one of her district's 14 counties.

Lupo has been with the Georgia Power Company for 25 years and was selected as vice president of South Region in February 2005. Prior to coming to Valdosta, Lupo was region manager in Rome and previously was an area manager in both Gainesville and Madison. During the early part of her career, she worked in both the customer service and sales organizations. A native of Toccoa, Ga., Lupo received her bachelor's degree from Columbus State University, and her MBA from Mercer University. She completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 2000.

Mustian is a native of Gainesville, Fla., and grew up in Tallahassee. Effective April 25, 2008, Mustian was named president/CEO of Archbold Memorial Hospital. From 2003 until April of 2008, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Archbold. Previously he worked as director of Archbold's affiliate network, which includes four community hospitals, four nursing homes and other facilities in Grady, Mitchell, Brooks, Early and Jefferson (Fla.) counties.

Royal was elected to the House of Representatives in 1983 and will serve until the end of his current term at the end of this year. He represented the 171st District, which included the counties of Mitchell and Colquitt. He had served on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee as chairman, as well as on the Appropriations, Natural Resources and Environment, and Ways & Means committees, where he also served as chairman of the Property Tax Sub-committee. He was also appointed to the Tobacco Advisory Committee and to the Fiscal Affairs Committee.

The board currently includes 19 members, many but not all of them from the health care professions. None are from Colquitt County.

For more information, visit www.swgacancer.org.


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