The Arthritis Foundation, Southeast Region is led by a volunteer Board of Directors representing our six-state region. They are responsible for governance, strategic guidance and accountability to ensure our mission and strategic goals are fulfilled on behalf of the 6 million adults and nearly 30,000 children fighting the unacceptable pain of arthritis in our six states.
2013 Southeast Region Board of Directors
Executive Committee:
W. Ryan Underwood, Board Chair
BKD, LLP; Little Rock, Arkansas


L. Brunson White, Board Vice Chair
Energen Corporation; Birmingham, Alabama


Charlotte Anderson, Board Secretary
Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP; Little Rock, Arkansas


Jean Schmidt, Board Treasurer
Educational Networks of America; Nashville, Tennessee


Don Bolia, Immediate Past Chair
Peachtree Government Affairs; Atlanta, Georgia


Dexanne Clohan, MD
HealthSouth Corporation; Birmingham, Alabama


Nicole M. Cotter, MD 
Rheumatology & Osteoporosis Specialists; Shreveport, Louisiana


Frank Navarra 
Smith & Nephew, Inc.; Memphis, Tennessee


Cecile Wardlaw
Community Activist; Jackson, Mississippi


Members At Large:
Randal Q. Cron, MD, Phd 

Division Director, UAB Div. of Pediatric Rheumatology; Birmingham, Alabama


Lorraine Dress
Community Activist, Physical Therapist; Snelville, Georgia


Gwen Nixon
Louisiana Community & Technical College System; Baton Rouge, Louisiana


David Pleasance
Deloitte & Touche LLP; Atlanta, Georgia
Lisa Shuff
Community Activist; Jackson, Mississippi


Kelli Thompson, Esq.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Knoxville, Tennessee


Paul von Behren
ARK Financial; Dunwoody, Georgia
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