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New CRS board members offer experience, expertise to organization WEB ONLY

By Jon Coomer
July 2009

Ten new Canby Robinson Society board members are bringing an extensive array of knowledge and experience to Vanderbilt’s largest donor society.

Earl Bentz Jr. became a supporter of Vanderbilt throughout the years as his family members were treated at the hospital.

“Vanderbilt been wonderful to our family and we are blessed to have them in the community,” he said. “Being a part of the Canby Robinson Society allows me the opportunity to get more involved to help contribute and raise funds for a truly world-class organization that we have in our backyard.”

Bentz is a leader in boat manufacturing, founding Triton Boats in 1996, which produces an innovative line of wood-free freshwater and saltwater fishing boats. Triton has a retail network of more than 180 dealers in the United States, and exports to many foreign countries.

Bentz lives in Nashville with his wife, Janet, and their three daughters, Mariel, Amelia and Camille.

Ann Bumstead has spent many years volunteering her time to Nashville-area organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and the Nashville Opera. She also has a dedicated past to Vanderbilt. She has served as president of Friends of Children’s Hospital and chaired the Children’s Miracle Network in the 1980s.

“I am more than a fan of Vanderbilt,” she said, “I am amazed at what is accomplished at the hospital, so I was honored to be asked to be on the Canby Robinson Society Board.”

She and her husband, Frank, have two sons and six grandchildren, all who live in Texas.

Marianne Menefee Byrd has dedicated much of her life to volunteering. In addition to the CRS Board, she currently serves on the boards of Vanderbilt Blair School of Music and the Tennessee State Museum Foundation. She also is involved with the Vanderbilt Aid Society and the Diabetes Center at Vanderbilt.

An avid trail rider and gardener, she volunteers with organizations such as the American Horse Show Association, Friends of Warner Parks, Friends of Cheekwood, and The Herb Society of Nashville.

She and her husband, Andrew Wayne Byrd, have three children, Marianne Allison Byrd Sabis, Valere Carroll Byrd Fulwider, and Andrew Wayne Byrd Jr. The couple also has one grandchild, William Franklin Fulwider, who was born in 2008.

George Crawford Jr., practices law with Gullet Sanford Robinson Martin PLLC in Nashville, where he is the firm’s coordinating member. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Crawford’s wife, Judy, a longtime volunteer at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital who worked to start the Junior League Family Resources Center Library, died from breast cancer in June 2001.

“I am honored to be asked to serve on the Canby Robinson Board,” he said.

He is a member of the Nashville Vanderbilt Club and serves on the advisory board for Vanderbilt Law School. George serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Martha O’Bryan Center and is a past board member of Alive Hospice.

George lives in Nashville with his wife, Linda. His daughter, Ellen, is a Presbyterian minister. His son, George III, also practices law in Nashville.

Beth Dortch Franklin, CEO of Multi-Task Solutions, LLC, currently serves on the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center board and was pleased to be asked to serve on the CRS board.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my meetings and being the co-chair with Orrin Ingram for the fundraising piece of the renovation of our Cancer Center,” she said. “When I was asked to serve on the Canby Robinson Board I made sure it would not replace my position on the Cancer Center Board. I am passionate about my work with the Cancer Center.”

Franklin is looking forward to gaining more knowledge about the entire Vanderbilt campus through the Canby Robinson Society. “Being part of CRS will help me understand the bigger picture for Vanderbilt's decisions and vision.”

Henry S. Jennings III, M.D., graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1977, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine, followed by cardiology fellowship at Vanderbilt.

Jennings was a founding member of the Gottlieb C. Friesinger Cardiology Fellows Society at VUMC, and served as past president from 2002 to 2003. He practiced at Saint Thomas before coming back to Vanderbilt in 2007 to join Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) and currently serves as medical director of Network Development of VHVI and on Executive Committee of VHVI.

“I am in debt to Vanderbilt for a fantastic and fulfilling career in medicine and cardiology over the past 32 years since my graduation from medical school,” he said. “The education and training I received, and the individuals I have been inspired by over those decades, were outstanding. The association with Vanderbilt also has given me the opportunity to remain actively engaged in the stimulating and rewarding role as a clinician-educator.”

James L. Netterville, M.D., has been a CRS member since 1987. Netterville is Associate Director of the Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences,
Mark C. Smith Professor of Otolaryngology, and director of the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology.

“I work with many students who are CRS scholars and many of my patients are CRS members, and they encouraged me to be involved with the board,” he said.

Netterville grew up in Nashville, and his father graduated from Vanderbilt with a Ph.D. in chemistry and was a professor at Lipscomb University for many years.

He and his wife, Mitzie Lambert Netterville, have four children, Matthew, Emily, Tanner and Christopher.

Anil C. Patel, M.D., has a dual connection with Vanderbilt. He first came to Vanderbilt for a fellowship in gastroenterology from 1988 to 1990 under Raymond Burke, M.D. Patel then completed a master’s degree from Owen Graduate School of Management in 1998. He currently serves as a guest lecturer at Owen.

A new CRS member, Patel has a private gastroenterology practice, GI Specialists of Clarksville, and also owns five hotels in Clarksville, Goodlettsville and Nashville. He is chairman of the board of Civic Bank and Trust in Nashville.
He and his wife, Divya, have two children, Dilan and Neelam, who are both currently attending Vanderbilt University.

Dick Ragsdale has been associated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center since moving to Nashville in 1973. His family has been treated at Vanderbilt and he has been involved with the CRS for many years.

Ragsdale founded, operated and financed numerous health care companies, and co-founded and served as chairman of Community Health Systems, the nation's largest community hospital company with more than 130 hospitals in 28 states. He has served on the boards of numerous non-profit and charitable organizations, such as the Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority, Maryville College, Benton Hall School, the Nashville Opera and the Nashville Zoo.

Ragsdale and his wife, Anne, who is deceased, `have a daughter, Bethany, and a 10-year-old grandson, Calvin.

Susan Andrews, M.D., MD’78 and her husband, Randy Rickard, operate Family Practice Partners, a private/group practice in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Family Practice Partners has won several awards for being in the top 10 percent of quality practices in a research group of more than 100 practices. Her father, Nelson Andrews, was a founder of the Canby Robinson Society. In addition to her medical practice, Andrews serves as an elected member of the Murfreesboro City School Board and has been involved in multiple community organizations. She has three children: a graduate student at MTSU studying French and education; an employee of Microsoft, and a third-year resident at Vanderbilt.

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