The Village at Germantown Foundation
The Village at Germantown Foundation was created by members of our community to serve its residents because each of us gains when The Village thrives. The Village at Germantown Foundation is composed of a resident-elected Foundation Board, which includes residents as well as community leaders with close connections to The Village.
The purpose of The Foundation is to:
Provide financial assistance to residents if needed
Provide special equipment to improve residents’ health and lifestyle
Assist management in identifying and supporting activities that enhance the lifestyle of residents
Ensure that the desires of the residents are known to management by working closely with The Village Resident Council
Improve community involvement
Gifts of any amount are welcome. Several tax-deductible giving options are available. Depending on your financial situation, a gift to The Foundation can maximize tax savings, maintain income-producing assets, and directly improve the lifestyle of current and future residents at The Village. Gifts can be unrestricted donations or, if you desire, designed for a specific purpose.
Cash gifts should be directed to The Village at Germantown Foundation. If writing a check please indicate the purpose of the donation in the memo section of the check and include your name and address, as well as the name and address of the person this gift is memorializing. Also include your telephone number and email address. Mail your check and information to The Village at Germantown Foundation, 7820 Walking Horse Circle, Germantown, TN 38138.
Community Representatives for the Village at Germantown Foundation
Charles I. McCraw is currently Senior Vice President and Manager of Medical Private Banking in First Tennessee’s Mid South Market. He has 34 years in the banking industry, specializing in personal banking and wealth management. He has been with First Tennessee for 24 years where he served as Germantown Regional President for eight years. He graduated from The University of Tennessee at Martin with a BS in Business Administration; graduated from The Barrett School of Banking; and graduated from The Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. He and his wife Beverly live in Germantown and have two children, Elizabeth and John. Charlie is past chairman and current board member of the Germantown Chamber of Commerce; immediate past president and current board member of the Germantown Performing Arts Centre; a member of the Germantown Economic Development Commission; a member of the Germantown Industrial Review Board; member of the Germantown Kiwanis Club; and a member of the Mid South Medical Group Management Association.
Robert Sharpe is president of The Sharpe Group, a consulting firm that works nationwide with leading educational, health, social service, and religious organizations and institutions in implementing their endowment development and management efforts. With offices in Memphis and Washington, DC, The Sharpe Group has worked with over 10,000 nonprofits nationwide during its 45-year history. He speaks frequently at local and national gatherings and has authored many articles and other publications covering numerous gift planning topics. His remarks on this subject have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, and other national publications. Mr. Sharpe chairs the philanthropy section of the editorial board of Trusts & Estates magazine. He is an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and Cornell Law School.
John M. Dobson, MD was raised in Kingsport, TN. He attended the Vanderbilt University in Nashville and then attended the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis. He served his internship and residency in diagnostic and therapeutic radiology at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. He is board certified in diagnostic and therapeutic radiology. He joined the Memphis Radiological Professional Corporation and practiced Radiology at Methodist Hospitals for 37 years. During this time, he served as Chief of Staff at both Methodist South and Methodist Central. He also served on the board of Methodist Healthcare Systems. During this time, he also served on the Executive Committee on the Methodist Healthcare Systems. He has been married for over 50 years to his wife Carolyn and they have 3 children and I granddaughter. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his granddaughter.
Ron Rukstad, VP/Senior Director of Operations has 34 years’ experience in the day-to-day operations of senior living communities. Prior to joining CRSA, Mr. Rukstad has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and was the Executive Director of a continuing care retirement community which he also opened. He has created a management company for a publicly held company which did CCRC development. Following that, he was one of the founding shareholders of Monarch Management, a St. Louis based company that managed 14 retirement communities throughout the country. Since 1991 Mr. Rukstad has worked for CRSA. He is responsible for CRSA’s managed communities. Mr. Rukstad has been the point corporate person for CRSA at The Village at Germantown throughout the operational phase of the community.
Rita Sparks is on the Board of Directors of The Village at Germantown Foundation. She attended the University of Memphis and was a resident of Memphis since 1970. She is the widow of William R. Sparks and a Licensed Commodity Broker. Ms. Sparks has been instrumental in forming Sparks Company, Inc., an agricultural research and consulting firm. In 2006, she formed her own company, Sparks Enterprises, LLC. Her civil experience includes a member of the Board of Visitors and ambassador of the University of Memphis where she serves on the Athletic Advisory Board, Chairperson of the Baddour Center Board, board member of the Memphis Development Foundation, board member of the Campbell Clinic Foundation, past president of the Ronald McDonald House, past board member of Agricultural International, past board member of the Crescent Club, past board member of The Foundation for the Library, past board member of the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce, past board member of Lausanne Collegiate School, a recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser, member of the 1996 Leadership Memphis Class, appointed by a judge to a six-year term on the Tennessee Appellate Court Commission in 1987, and appointed to U.S. Presidential Rank Awards Review Board by President Clinton in 1994.