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

Kenneth Plunk

President, The Village at Germantown Foundation

Kenneth Plunk retired from Union Planters Corporation (now Regions Financial Corporation) March 31, 2004. He joined Union Planters in July 1987 as president of the Community Bank Group. In March 1992 he was elected president and director of Union Planters Bank Memphis and was elected chairman in 1996. He was subsequently named regional executive over the Midwest Region which included oversight of the Union Planters banks in Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. He was then named regional executive over the Union Planters banks in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Finally, in preparation for retirement, Plunk was named Chief Administrative Office of the Central Banking Group.

Mr. Plunk has been heavily involved in his community ranging from a board member of the Foundation Library to Secretary of the Health, Education & Housing Facility Board of Shelby County. Plunk is married to Patricia Plunk and they have one daughter and two grandsons.



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.


Jerry Francisco

Dr. Jerry Francisco

Dr. Jerry Francisco, M.D., is a graduate of University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Dr. Francisco has three daughters, Lisa, Susan, and Tabitha. He served in the military July 1957 – July 1959 as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves. After graduating from UT College of Medicine, Francisco had a rotating internship at The John Gaston Hospital in Memphis, and completed his residency in pathology, becoming Chief Resident in 1960.

Dr. Francisco taught in the Department of Pathology at the University of Tennessee, where he became chairman and received tenure. Among many other achievements, he was the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Tennessee from 1963-1965.


Marian Marion

Mrs. Marian Marion

Mrs. Marian Marion moved to The Village at Germantown five years ago to be closer to her family. She graduated from Lakenau School of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA with her degree in Nursing and practiced for 45 years. After moving every five years, Mrs. Marion and her late husband settled in Arizona. Her favorite thing about Arizona was the night sky – beautiful, clear, and dark. They enjoyed lots of golf, being active in charitable groups, church groups, and fundraising. One of her favorite hobbies now is reading.


Jerry Francisco

Mike Craft

Chief Executive Officer, The Village at Germantown

Mike began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co, an international CPA firm, where he served as Senior Manager in Audit & Business Advisory Services.  Prior to joining The Village at Germantown, Mike spent nearly twenty years as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of a private upscale hotel company.  Mike was also involved in various roles in the time share and construction industries.

Mike received a BS degree in accounting from Arkansas State University and an MBA degree from The University of Memphis.  He is a certified public accountant.  Mike is a member of the City of Germantown Mayor’s CEO Council, as well as the American Institute of CPAs, the Tennessee Society of CPAs, the Arkansas Society of CPAs, and the Construction Financial Management Association, and is a Board member of Leading Age of Tennessee. He is former Chairman of the Finance Committee of The American Hotel and Lodging Association and board member of The Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Association.  He has served as a lecturer and panelist in numerous industry seminars and as an adjunct professor at The University of Memphis.

Mike, his wife, Holly, and their canine daughter, Lexie, live in East Memphis. They have two adult children who live in Chicago and Denver.  Mike and Holly are active members of their church, where Mike serves as Trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee. 


Community Representatives for the Village at Germantown Foundation


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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