The Caring Place welcomes new board members
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THE CARING PLACE of Cleveland/Bradley County installed new members and saw four longtime members rotate off from board duties. The current board includes Margo Fitzgerald, Tom Harris, Bob Hardin, Darla Conn, Lou Ann Wright, Kim Brooks, Bill Brown, Betty Chase and Martin Ringstaff.  Submitted photo, Chelsea Long
THE CARING PLACE of Cleveland/Bradley County installed new members and saw four longtime members rotate off from board duties. The current board includes Margo Fitzgerald, Tom Harris, Bob Hardin, Darla Conn, Lou Ann Wright, Kim Brooks, Bill Brown, Betty Chase and Martin Ringstaff. Submitted photo, Chelsea Long
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The Caring Place of Cleveland/Bradley County board of directors said goodbye to four long-term members while welcoming new members with open arms.

The board and staff thanked the Rev. Cliff Hudson, Don Goff, Beth Bird, and Rafael Lastra for their commitment and passion toward the underprivileged of their community.

The Rev. Cliff Hudson, pastor for First Cumberland Presbyterian, was on the board for six years, two of which he served as chairman.

Don Goff, principal and educator for Cleveland City Schools for 38 years and Caring Place volunteer, Beth Bird, a weekly volunteer for The Caring Place, and Rafael Lastra, coordinator of The Mosaic Center, all served on the board for three years.

Officers currently serving on the board include Chairman Dewayne Thompson, Vice Chairman Mike Seago, and Secretary/Treasurer Coleman Foss.

Thompson is a full professor and chair of the Department of Business at Lee University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lee University, a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State, and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Thompson is an active member of Westmore Church of God and has served the community on various boards as chair and as member, including the Family Resource Agency and the Economic Development Council, Existing Industry Committee, and the Education and Workforce Development Committee at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. He participated several years on distribution panels for United Way and is past chair of the United Way Steering Committee for Lee University. He is married to Cathy, and they have two daughters.

Seago is married to the former Mary Helen Windham. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. He has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, and an master of business administration from Baylor University. He spent six years as the plant manager of Ethel M Chocolates in Las Vegas, but retired from M&M/Mars as an engineering manager. After retirement from M&M/Mars, he taught in the Business Department of Lee University for 12 years. He is a member of First Baptist Church, an ordained deacon, and was on the building committee for the recently built First Baptist Church building on Stuart Road.

Foss is chief executive officer of SkyRidge Medical Center. He currently serves on the board of directors for United Way of Bradley County and the Cleveland Community Foundation Board. He is the co-chair for the Compass Campaign East Division of the Chamber of Commerce. Foss attends First Baptist Church. He is married to Amy, and they have two daughters and two sons.

The Caring Place welcomed five freshly installed board members.

New members include Lou Ann Wright, a returning board member and current Caring Place volunteer; Kim Brooks, director of event planning for Cleveland’s Lee University; Bill Brown, of William J. Brown & Associates; Betty Chase, community advocate and longtime member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; and Martin Ringstaff, director of Cleveland City Schools.

These officers will work alongside veteran board members Tom Harris, Bob Hardin, Margo Fitzgerald, and Darlia Conn in a combined effort to meet the spiritual, physical and social needs of the disadvantaged in our area.

The Caring Place is a local, Christian nonprofit organization whose mission is to model the love of Christ by addressing basic physical, social and spiritual needs of the disadvantaged in Bradley County.

The Caring Place provides groceries, diapers, ready-to-wear clothing, and professional social work services free of charge to eligible residents.

The Caring Place relies heavily upon volunteers and community support. For more information about The Caring Place or to volunteer, call 472-4414 or visit its website at www.thecaringplaceonline.org.

The organization always welcomes donations of food, clothing and/or finances. All donations are tax deductible.