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April 4, 2016

Haywood Healthcare Foundation Names New Executive Director

The Haywood Healthcare Foundation welcomed Susan Anderson, of Waynesville, as the new executive director at the February board meeting.

“We are delighted to welcome Susan Anderson to HHF as our executive director,” said Joan Barnes, vice chair. “Susan brings with her years of experience working for a nonprofit. She is proactive and presents fresh ideas and a new perspective. We look forward to Susan’s enthusiastic contribution and a successful working relationship with her.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Haywood Healthcare Foundation,” said Anderson. “Our community leaders and interested parties have shown tremendous support in the Foundation’s efforts over many years.  I look forward to working on the challenges of 2016.”

Anderson began her professional career as the owner and operator of Crown Personnel in Charlotte, a company that specialized in medical, administrative and legal placements. She later worked in her family’s business, Anderson Automotive Group, supervising a portion of a multi-million dollar portfolio of automotive loans.

From 2000-14, Anderson served as director of transportation at Mountain Projects, Inc.  In this position, she was responsible for all grant applications for multiple funding sources, as well as oversight and use of funds. She managed the transportation fleet, including maintenance, budget and fundraising to supplement unmet needs.

During her years of experience with Mountain Projects, Anderson worked directly with many county, regional and state agencies. She was responsible for ensuring that all state and federal laws and guidelines were met.

“When Susan began her employment, the transit system was struggling professionally, financially and with compliance,” said Patsy Dowling, executive director of Mountain Projects. “Susan brought the system up to standards and even exceeded standards. Our performance improved and our budget was elevated from deficit to break-even.”

Anderson was named Outstanding Transportation Director for North Carolina Department of Transportation in 2013. She served as a member of the N.C. Public Transit Association board of directors and the Legislative Committee for Public Transportation.

Committed to community service, Anderson has created funds such as the Dr. Ralph Feichter Fund, the Randy Taylor Emergency Medical Fund and the Moms for Moms fund, supporting emergencies for single moms.

“My background in community service has given me the insight to understand many of the needs of Haywood County,” said Anderson. “There are so many people in our area, new residents and old alike, who share interests in supporting healthcare-related needs.” Haywood Healthcare Foundation has several annual fundraising events. Casino Night is May 21, with proceeds to be used for two initiatives: funding Haywood County law enforcement’s request for additional defibrillators (AEDs) for law enforcement vehicles; and providing funding for community healthcare grants.

“Susan has excellent management abilities, combined with a big heart, to help anyone in need,” said Dowling.

Haywood Healthcare Foundation has several annual fundraising events. Casino Night is May 21, with proceeds to be used for two initiatives: funding Haywood County law enforcement’s request for additional defibrillators (AEDs) for law enforcement vehicles; and providing funding for community healthcare grants.

This year will be the 25th anniversary of HHF’s Annual Charitable Golf and Gala, to be held Aug. 30-31 and the 10th anniversary of the Power or Pink 5k Relay, Run and Memory Walk on Sept. 24.

“We are currently working to identify new endeavors for the Foundation, as well as moving forward with plans for our successful annual events,” said Anderson.

“Susan brings excellent experience and skills in administration, budget management and funding that will be of great benefit to our organization,” said Ginger Lang, HHF board chairwoman. “Her demonstrated commitment to service and her dedication to advancing healthcare in our county will serve well the mission of Haywood Healthcare Foundation and our community residents.”

The Haywood Healthcare Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit foundation, formerly Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation, is committed to improving healthcare for underserved individuals and families of Haywood County through educational programs, grants, scholarships and leadership opportunities.

For more information, visit www.HaywoodHealthcareFoundation.org or call 452-8343.

Original article posted in The Mountaineer.

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