The Village 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.

The Foundation Board of Directors

Jim Moore

Chairman, The Village at Germantown Foundation

Jim Moore is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, class of 1962. He and his wife, Janet, have 3 grown and married children and 3 grandchildren. Jim retired from Exxon after 34 years, with 5 years spent as an international consultant for Exxon International. He has been a Germantown resident since 1973 with the exception of 3 years spent in Europe and 2 years in Lakeland East Shores. His civic experience includes Past Board of Directors of East Shores, Lakeland, TN; Past President of Shady Creek Homeowners Association for 3 years; Past Chairman of Germantown Parks & Recreation, Past Chairman of Germantown Civic Center Fund Raising Committee, past member of Lakeland Planning Commission, President of ExxonMobil Annuitants of Mid-South from 1999-present; Past President of Grove Park Homeowners Association from 1999-2006; and Chairman of Resident Council at The Village at Germantown.



Roger Buckmaster

Vice President, The Village at Germantown Foundation

Roger is a graduate from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Engineering. He and his wife, Jill, have one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. He is a Licensed Mechanical Engineer, and was employed by the American Blower Corporation. He moved to Memphis and formed D.M. Mills and Associates, Inc., a mechanical equipment manufacturers’ representative firm. He retired as President of Mills-Wilson-George, Inc. His civic and church experience includes being an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning (ASHRAC) and President of the Memphis Chapter; Regional Vice Chair of Membership Committee’s Research Promotion Committee, Regional Chairman and Society Director, Board of Directors of ASHRAC Foundation, and various church responsibilities in Cleveland Heights, OH; Birmingham, MI; Upper Arlington, OH; and Asbury United Methodist Church in Memphis.


Dan Norton

Treasurer, The Village at Germantown Foundation

Dan is a graduate of the University of Memphis, obtaining a B.B.A. in 1969. He and his wife, Virginia, have 3 grown and married children, and 3 grandchildren. He retired from the U.S. Postal Department after 38 years of service in Accounting, Auditor/Postal Inspector, and Regional Budget Office/Budget Manager. He become a Certified Public Accountant in 1971. He has been a Memphis resident since 1949. His civic and church experience includes Treasurer of the Lions Club in Hardeman County, TN; Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Shepherds School in Memphis; member of the Finance Committee of Christ United Methodist Church; served on the Administrative Board of Christ United Methodist Church, selected as 2009’s Unsung Hero of Christ United Methodist Church, and Treasurer of The Village at Germantown Residents Council.

Ellie Appling

Secretary, The Village at Germantown Foundation

Ellie was born and resided in Memphis until moving to The Village at Germantown in 2006. She graduated from Lausanne School, and earned a B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1954. She is a widow, married for 44 years to her husband Bob, and has no children. She was employed by the U.S. Courts, Bankruptcy Division, with 10 years involving court hearings in Memphis and Jackson, TN. She is a 45 year member of St. Luke’s UMC, President of UMW, Altar Guild, Nominating Committee, Staff Parish, volunteered at Methodist Hospital for 10 years, delivered MIFA meals for 17 years, and is a member of CRSA Resident Advisory Council.

William B. Rudner

Financial Advisor

Bill is a native Memphian who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree in 1941. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he entered the investment business with Merril Lynch and in 1961 joined Union Planters National Bank, where he retired as executive vice president in 1977. That same year, Bill founded DeSoto Capital and in 1987 formed Highland Capital Management, an investment management firm. 


He has held numerous leadership positions in the Memphis community, including President of Executive Club of Memphis, Memphis Jewish Home, Plough Towers, and WKNO. Bill also served as the Treasurer of Rhodes College and on the boards of Delta Life & Annuity, University of Memphis Foundation, the Orpheum, the Community Foundation, and the Memphis Shelby County Planning Commission.


He and his wife, Jocelyn, are members of Temple Israel. They have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. 


Community Representatives for the Village at Germantown Foundation

Robert Sharpe

Robert 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.


James W. Harkess, MD

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 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 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

Rita Sparks serves on the Board of Directors of The Village at Germantown Foundation. She 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.



Tim Morgan

Tim is the Senior Financial Advisor at First Tennessee Bank in Germantown, TN. He has 30 years of experience in the Financial Services industry and 22 years with First Tennessee, having served as a Financial Advisor in the Germantown market for most of the time. He obtained the designation of CFP from the College of Financial Planning in 1998.

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