ALBANY, GA – The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors.
The new members include Dr. Troy Kimsey, Director of Surgical Oncology at Phoebe Cancer Center; Randy Sauls, CEO of South Georgia Medical Center ; and Shelly Sullivan, Assistant Branch Manager and Loan Officer of Citizens Bank of Americus. (See bios below)
“We are very pleased to add these new members to the Board of Directors and we look forward to utilizing their expertise and enthusiasm to help further our mission,” said Board Chairman Richard Royal, a businessman and retired Georgia State Representative. “With a focused and passionate board like ours, we are prepared to continue the Coalition’s work.”
A local, non-profit leader, the Cancer Coalition’s mission is to prevent cancer and increase survival among the people of South Georgia. Serving 32 counties, the Coalition provides community-based research, outreach, screening and education – all done with compassion and in collaboration with others who are concerned about cancer. CEO Diane Fletcher said, “Our Board is a critical part of the Coalition. We are excited to have such committed individuals dedicate their time and expertise to lead the fight against cancer here in South Georgia.”
To learn more about the Coalition and its impact on cancer in our region, please visit www.sgacancer.org.
Dr. Troy Kimsey
A native of Athens, Georgia, Dr. Troy Kimsey received his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) and surgical oncology training from the Medical College of Georgia, followed by a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Kimsey currently is Director of Surgical Oncology at Phoebe Cancer Center and as such he treats patients and is instrumental in developing multidisciplinary cancer care teams. In addition, Dr. Kimsey is studying factors that influence cancer-related disparities and cancer rates and deaths in our region. A published author, he is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, American College of Surgeons (and serves as the Commission on Cancer Physician Liaison), American Society of Clinical Oncologists, and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Kimsey has been honored as a Georgia Cancer Coalition “Distinguished Cancer Clinician and Scientist” and also co-chairs the Treatment Workgroup for Georgia’s State Cancer Plan. He considers his work a ministry to others and notes his priorities as his faith, his wife Bethany, and his six young children.
Since 2011, Mr. Randy Sauls has served as CEO of South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) in Valdosta, a major founding partner and ongoing major supporter of the Cancer Coalition. A native of Tifton, Sauls graduated from the paramedic program at Valdosta Tech and received an Associate’s degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). He continued his education at the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Albany State and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Sauls began his hospital management career working at two different hospitals in Athens, followed by 14 years as assistant administrator at Crisp Regional Hospital in Cordele. He was recruited by SGMC in 1995, where he became Chief Operating Officer in 2000. Sauls is committed to the provision of high quality healthcare in our region as well as to professional education and local workforce development. Married to Denise, an RN, he has two adult daughters.
Ms. Shelly Sullivan is a native of Americus and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Georgia Southwestern State University. Sullivan has been with Citizens Bank of Americus since 2000, and was named Assistant Branch Manager in 2008. That same year she was diagnosed - at the age of 29 - with breast cancer and is passionate about helping other individuals who have cancer. She is a member of Pink Pals, a breast cancer support, education and advocacy group dedicated to helping women in the Sumter County area. She also has served in leadership roles for events to raise funds for cancer research. She gives of her time to many other community service organizations, including Americus/Sumter Chamber Board, Chamber Ambassador/President of Ambassadors, Junior Service League, Methodist Youth Home, and Americus Central Baptist Church.