Board of Directors

Chris McLean

EVP of Finance and CFO
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

 


Prior to his appointment to Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Methodist in October 2001, Mr. McLean was Vice President of Finance of Methodist Memphis. Mr. McLean rejoined Methodist in 1998 after spending six years as Chief Financial Officer at hospital systems in East Tennessee. He began his health care career at Methodist in 1984 in corporate finance and returned to Methodist as Vice President of the Mississippi division. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Christian Brothers College (now Christian Brothers University) and a Master of Business Administration from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis). Mr. McLean is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He also serves on the boards of Health Choice, LLC, Wesley Housing Corporation of Memphis, Inc., Leadership Memphis and is Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer of Methodist Memphis and each of the Restricted Affiliates.

 


Mark J. Halperin

COO & Executive VP
Boyle Investment Company


Halperin joined Boyle in 1973 after graduating from the University of Tennessee, where he studied accounting and real estate. He has been active for years in a number of professional real estate industry groups at both the national and local levels. He holds the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management and the SIOR designation from the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He is past president of the Memphis Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and is a longstanding member of the Lambda Alpha real estate fraternity. In 2008, he was named Commercial Broker of the Year by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) Commercial Council. He was the 2008 recipient of the Realtors Commercial Alliance National Award from the commercial division of the National Association of Realtors. In 2012, Halperin was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser at the Crystal Awards held by the Memphis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for his work on behalf of the Memphis Jewish Home. Halperin also has been active on a number of boards throughout the Memphis community and is a founding board member of Triumph Bank. He was appointed by the city and county mayors to serve on the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis and Shelby County. He is past chairman of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce Development Council. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Memphis University School (MUS) and, as an alumnus, has been actively involved with the school for years. Halperin also is a leader in the Memphis Jewish community. He previously served as president of the Memphis Jewish Home and currently serves on its Executive Committee. He is a past president of Temple Israel Memphis, a past board member of the Jewish Foundation of Memphis, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Union of Reform Judaism.

 


Jean M. Morton

Senior Vice President and Manager, Institutional and Government
SunTrust Bank


Jean M. Morton is the Manager of the Not-for-Profit and Government Industry Sector at SunTrust Bank-Memphis. In this role, she is responsible for maintaining and developing not-for-profit, private school, charter school, church, foundation, not-for-profit medical, and continuing care retirement communities, and municipal clients in the footprint of SunTrust Memphis. These responsibilities include knowledge and expertise in loans, construction financing, tax-exempt financing, new market tax credit loans, equipment leasing, municipal leasing, capital markets, interest rate derivatives, investment strategies, endowments and foundations, depository, merchant processing, retirement solutions, and treasury & payment solutions. Jean’s career has been focused in the financial services industry sector. She is a graduate of Lindenwood Colleges in St. Charles, MO with a B.S. in Business/Accounting and an MBA in Business/Finance. Jean and her husband, Nick, have resided in Germantown, TN for the past 24 years, have three children and three grandchildren. Hobbies include boating and leisure time at Pickwick Lake, cooking, reading, and traveling.  

 


James W. Harkess, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Campbell Clinic

 


Dr. James Harkess is a senior orthopaedic surgeon at Campbell Clinic specializing in hip and knee replacement. Following graduation from Medical College of Georgia in 1982, he completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Campbell Clinic and subsequent fellowship in adult reconstructive orthopaedics at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. He has been on the staff of the Campbell Clinic since 1988 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Harkess is Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital Collierville and serves on the Medical Staff Leadership Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Select Health Alliance and Baptist Physicians Advisory Council. He has previously served on the board of the Campbell Foundation and is past President of The Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery. Dr. Harkess is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and has authored numerous book chapters and scientific articles in the field. He and his wife Carol have three children and have resided in Germantown for over 25 years.

He has been married for over 50 years to his wife Carolyn and they have 3 children and 1 granddaughter. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his granddaughter. 

 


Rita Sparks

Owner/Chairwoman
Sparks Enterprises, LLC


Rita attended the University of Memphis and has been 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 being a member of the Board of Visitors and an ambassador of the University of Memphis, where she serves on the Athletic Advisory Board. She is Chairperson of the Baddour Center Board, board member of the Memphis Development Foundation, and the Campbell Clinic Foundation, past president of the Ronald McDonald House, past board member of Agricultural International, the Crescent Club, The Foundation for the Library, the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce, and 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.

 


Chuck LaneChuck Lane

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare


Chuck Lane is the SVP/chief financial officer (CFO) for the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system (MLH).

Lane joined MLH in 1996, where he served as a project facilitator for the corporate finance department and the director of business planning for the MLH corporate division. He was promoted to vice president and CFO for Methodist University Hospital (MUH) in 2001. His responsibilities included revenue cycle, financial planning, physician relations, and development of operational strategies.

After leading MUH for 16 years, Lane was promoted in 2017 to senior vice president/associate CFO for the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system until his appointment to CFO in January 2019.

His prior employment includes positions at the Regional One Health Medical Center at Memphis. Lane received both a bachelor's degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

 


Steve ThrelkeldSteve Threlkeld

Medical Director of Infectious Disease
Baptist Memorial Health Care


Stephen (Steve) Threlkeld is a native Memphian and a 3rd- generation physician in our community. He is a 1982 graduate of Memphis University School and 1986 graduate of Rhodes College. From there he entered medical school at the University of Alabama (UAB), after which he went on to an internal medicine residency at UAB. After serving as chief medical resident for an additional year, he completed his infectious disease fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and served as an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Since 1997, he has been in infectious disease clinical practice with his brother, Dr. Michael Threlkeld, and Dr. Imad Omer. He is currently the medical director of Infectious Diseases for the Baptist Hospital system and a past president of the medical staff, as well as on the medical staff of Methodist Hospital. He serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine education committee that oversees the creation of the infectious disease board certification exam.

Steve is married to Ginger and they are parents to Colin who attends graduate school at the London School of Economics and Blair who is a junior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is a lifelong member of 2nd Presbyterian Church where he has served as deacon and Chair of the Physician Committee. He is also a past member of the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Day School. He is the son of Colin and Martha Threlkeld (Brandon) who made the Village of Germantown their home in 2009. On the rare occasion he has time off, he enjoys traveling, fly fishing, and photography.

 


Rebecca CullisonRebecca Cullison

President
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital


Rebecca Cullison is the president of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, a 319-bed, full-service hospital with nearly 1900 employees, 500 physicians, and 19,000 annual admissions. She began her career with Methodist in 2004 as an administrative resident after graduate school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Over the years she has held numerous positions with increasing responsibilities and was named vice president in 2012. She left this role to become the chief executive officer of The Village at Germantown, an affiliate of Methodist. Rebecca was then named president of Methodist Germantown Hospital in 2018. The Memphis Business Journal named Rebecca in their Top 40 Under 40 awards in 2019.

In the community, Rebecca is a member of the City of Germantown CEO Council and the Bobby Lanier Farm Park Board, has served as a board member of the Briarcrest Christian School PTF, and the co-chair for the Methodist Healthcare annual United Way campaign. She has served as an executive board member for Leadership Germantown, and was a member of the Houston High School Health & Technology Advisory Council, and has coached Germantown Girls Youth Softball.

Rebecca is married to optometrist Chad Cullison of Cullison Eye Care in Collierville. They have two children, Ella, 9, and Henry, 5.

 

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