Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Announces 2015 Board of Directors

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., (April 14, 2015) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, a non-profit entity based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has announced its 2015 board of directors, a 17-person group featuring five newly ratified members.

At the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s recent quarterly meeting, Chairman James Osborn, President Amy Jo Osborn, Treasurer Bob McMahan and Legal Officer Gary Patrick welcomed the following five new board members:

  • Nina Coppinger: Member Board of Directors from Hixson, Tennessee.
  • Dale Hetzler: Member Board of Directors from Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • Adriene Petmecky: a licensed clinical social worker from Chattanooga.
  • Betsy Ranalli: EPB; Executive Director of Community Development.
  • David Tsurusaki: Strategic Global Alliance Manager at ExxonMobil, from Apple Valley, Minn.


Those five will join the following incumbent board members:

  • Doug Fehan: Program Manager, Corvette Racing, from Birmingham, Michigan.
  • Dr. Felicito Fernando: Pediatrician at Cleveland Pediatrics from Cleveland, Tennessee.
  • Joseph Heath: Managing Partner, Core Medical, from Chattanooga.
  • Christi Hissong: Director of Marketing, The Hissong Group, from Kennebunk, ME

from Kennebunk, Maine.

  • Marnie Lincoln: Member Board of Directors, from Braselton, Georgia.
  • R.T. (Bob) McMahan: Executive VP at Erwin Marine Sales, from Chattanooga.
  • Amy Jo Osborn: President of Austin Hatcher Foundation, from Apison, Tennessee.
  • Dr. James M. Osborn: Chairman of the Board for Austin Hatcher Foundation, from Apison.
  • Gary Patrick: Partner at Patrick, Beard, Schulman, & Jacoway PC. , from Chattanooga.
  • Dr. Delia Price: Asst. Professor of Education at Lee University, from Chattanooga.
  • Robert Stewart: SVP Branch Manager, FSG Bank, Signal Mountain, Tennessee.
  • Debbie Westbrook: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Signal Mountain.

Also at the quarterly meeting, the dedicated service and leadership provided by outgoing board members Robert Mayes and Steven McNally was acknowledged.

“We are so grateful for the time our board members put in for our organization,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “It really makes a difference to have leadership that is ‘all in’ when it comes to our mission. Our 2015 board is committed to helping the Foundation advance its cause on an increasingly broader scale.”

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, founded in 2006, has established a mission to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnoses and continuing throughout survivorship.

For more information on the Austin Hatcher Foundation, visit or contact Director of Operations Ray Lallier at (423) 243-3475.


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The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’smission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation provides services to children with cancer, as well as their families, in association with Pediatric Oncology centers and through the Foundation’s cancer care center, Hatch’s House of Hope. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of supporters. For more information, visit

Hatch’s House of Hope is a landmark pediatric cancer care center providing children and their families with the tools needed to cope and thrive at the onset of pediatric cancer, as well as the skills essential to live meaningful and productive lives as cancer survivors. The comprehensive services offered at no cost to families by Hatch’s include: individual and group counseling, marital and family counseling, speech and occupational therapy, music and art therapy, cognitive skills remediation, academic coaching, financial counseling, and diversionary therapy events for family enrichment. Services are provided from diagnosis through treatment, during remission, and into adulthood. For more information,