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Meet Our Team

Lance Wilkerson
Executive Director


Theresa Phipps - Deaconess Foundation 
Theresa Phipps
Donor Relations and Event Specialist

Kendal Voelker
Senior Major Gifts and Grants Officer

Carri VanWinkle

Executive Assistant and Communications

Linda E. White
Vice President

Lori Martin

Gibson Foundation Development Officer


Deaconess Foundation became the official fundraising arm of the health system in 1972. It adopted a mission to support the medical, charitable and educational activities of Deaconess by raising and distributing funds.

Members of the volunteer Auxiliary played an instrumental role in the early and continued success of the Foundation. Auxiliary members donated proceeds from hospital gift shop sales and other fundraisers help support initiatives in the health system.

Notable projects during the 1970's included purchasing an $87,000 heart x-ray machine and contributing more than $200,000 to support construction of the Health Sciences Building and Tri-State Cancer Care Center as well as improvements to the Mt. Vernon Medical Center. In 1979, the Heritage of Leadership campaign began with a three-year goal of raising $1.5 million. By the end of 1981, donations exceeded $1.6 million. These funds, along with money raised throughout the 1980's Party of the Year events, helped build a new Emergency and Trauma Center and the Deaconess Child Care Center.   

Efforts to support the medical, charitable and educational activities of Deaconess Health System continued into the 21st century. The purchase of simulation manikins for emergency, pediatric, and obstetrical training, mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women, creation of Deaconess Cancer Services, and construction of the Linda E. White Hospice House represent some of the biggest projects undertaken by the Foundation in the past decade.

Deaconess Foundation
Board of Directors 

Scott Hartig (Chair) - MelKay Electric Co. 
Dr. Phillip Adams - Deaconess Care Group
Melissa Clements - United Way of Henderson County
Allison Comstock - Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP
Alli Engelbrecht - Community Volunteer
Brent Hill - Community Volunteer
Patricia Jackson - CenterPoint Energy 
Jeff Justice (Hospital Board Liaison) - HAFER
John Lamb - German American Bank
Gretchen Briscoe Muchnick - F.C. Tucker/Emge Realtors
Kathryn Nix  - Community Volunteer
Lindsey Nix - Nix Companies
Siobhan Pietruszkiewicz - Community Volunteer
Scott Saxe (Past Chair) - Saxe Pinkston Financial Group Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network
Roland Shelton - Old National Bank
Havi Troffkin - Community Volunteer
Marlene Waller- Community Volunteer
Lauren Weil - Encompass Health Deaconess Rehab Hospital
Linda E. White - VP, Chief Administrative Officer of Deaconess Henderson Hospital

Director Emeritus
Shirley Becker 
Alan Braun
Donald A. Rausch 
Dr. Peter L. Stevenson

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