Kathie Heimerdinger – President
A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Kathie holds a degree in Home Economics in Business. She worked in the retail and insurance industries after graduation until she chose to forgo her career in order to raise a family.
While Kathie’s husband, Mike, was battling cancer she became aware of the importance of nutritious meals and a healthy lifestyle. She realized the impact they can have on improving the health of all people, but most importantly the difference that eating right can have on the bodies of those battling disease. By founding the Heimerdinger Foundation, she is hoping to allow caregivers the opportunity to focus on their loved ones while providing nutritious meals to those fighting for their lives.
Kathie has dedicated herself to the community by serving on committees and volunteering her time to several educational and non-profit organizations including The Patricia Heart Foundation, the Williamson County United Way, the Department of Children’s Services, and the Salvation Army angel tree program.
Judi Medford, Secretary
Judi Medford is the current President and past Treasurer of The Woman’s Club of Nashville. Her extensive business experience includes service as administrative assistant to the executive director of the Public Buildings Service of GSA and secretary to the President of the Claremont University Center. She has also worked in large and small businesses in private enterprise including Xerox.
As time permits, Judi enjoys volunteering at her church as well as at several charities.
Lynda was born in Louisville, KY; however, she moved to Nashville when she started first grade. She attended Woodmont Elementary, Nashville Christian and David Lipscomb High School. She attended Florida College in Temple Terrace, FL where she was the first student government female president and was named Miss Florida College. After college she lived in the Lexington, KY area where she was an agent for Lloyds of London insuring thoroughbred race horses. Later she was in the Indianapolis area where she got her introduction into manufacturing in sales for Bell Fibre Industries. When she returned to Nashville, she worked at International Abrasives as the Sales Manager and later became President of the company. After having her daughter, Whitney, she decided to work building a construction business for her husband. The business had 5 divisions – new construction, rehab, vinyl siding, gutters and rental properties. When this business closed, she began working with Endodontic Associates – currently an 8 doctor, 3 location dental specialty practice and currently still manages this practice.
Lynda has been involved with the Interfaith Dental clinic which provides dental work for low income families as well as Sacred Selections which provides funds for families to adopt children. She has taught the TN Handgun Permit class at Vol State Community College since 1994. She sang with the Nashville Symphony Chorus for 9 years.
Mark is the Zone Commercial Leader for the East Region at GE Healthcare Equipment Finance.
Mark has been with GE Healthcare Equipment Finance since 2001 and with GE since 2000, holding several positions including the Manager of Sales Programs, where he focused on commercial excellence, the Southeast Regional Commercial Leader, which brought him to Nashville, Tennessee in 2008, and the Corporate Accounts Leader role where he led HEF’s efforts with their largest and most strategic clients through 2014.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and received his MBA from Cornell University. Mark also earned an Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Management from Vanderbilt University and is currently enrolled at the University of Alabama Birmingham pursuing an Executive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration – Health Services.
Mark is a member of the Nashville Chapter of AEI’s Enterprise Club, he serves on the board of the Heimerdinger Foundation, which strives to provide nutrient-rich meals to patients fighting cancer, and he has a passion for growing the educational offerings available to students in the Nashville community. Living in Nashville, Mark spends much of his free time taking in all the city offers in the way of music and sports with his family and friends.
GE Healthcare Equipment Finance, based in Brookfield, WI, is a leading provider of financing solutions to the healthcare industry. With 45 years of experience, GE Healthcare Equipment Finance helps customers improve their clinical, operational and financial outcomes by providing flexible offerings to meet their cash and technology needs.
Gwen McCoy is the Director of Telehealth Operations at HCA. Gwen has been with HCA since 2008 in various roles within the IT&S and OSG organizations. She is a strong advocate for non-profit work in the Nashville area and has been involved as a volunteer and consultant to several organizations since moving to Nashville in 1998. She has helped organizations build business plans for expansion, develop grant proposals, and outline strategic plans for continued success. Gwen has led a committee for HCA’s Caring for the Community campaign to assist nonprofit agencies organize an impact project for the HCA Community Day. An Alabama native, Gwen graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After moving to Nashville, Gwen completed her MBA at Belmont University.
Gwen lost her mother to cancer in 2007 and continues to be passionate about cancer advocacy – from early diagnosis and treatment to overall wellness and health for prevention. She is extremely blessed to be a part of the Heimerdinger Foundation and is passionate about using her skills to the betterment and expansion of the mission. She currently chairs our largest fundraiser, the Drive 4 Dinger, a two-day golf tournament and celebration held in June of each year.
Gwen is married to her husband, Scott, and they have two boys, Gray (12) and Eli (8). She enjoys spending time watching her boys play sports (any and all of them) and traveling.
James O Brien
James serves as Director of Client Experience at AltoIRA. AltoIRA is a Nashville-based financial technology company that helps investors utilize their retirement savings to participate in alternative asset investments. James in entrepreneurial by nature and a total startup junkie. His dedication to helping people drives him to create the best possible customer experience at Alto and is what first attracted him to The Heimerdinger Foundation. Before joining Alto, James co-founded ShaveFace, a consumer products shaving startup in 2014, and, since then, has acted as a consultant to a number of businesses, at various stages, ranging in industry from private dining events to women’s cosmetics.
James, like too many of us, has had friends and family members who have lived or are living with cancer. He strongly believes that food is the root of health and that there is no better time to remember that than when someone is actively undergoing chemotheraphy.
James moved to Nashville from Boston in 2013 with a band, and now lives in East Nashville with his partner, Lauren, and their English bulldog, Hank. James loves cooking, yoga, travel, singing, the ocean, and just about anything he can read. He’s from coastal Connecticut, and has a bachelor’s from Colby College.
Sharon D. Peters, PhD.
Sharon Peters is Executive Director for Community College Initiatives at Tennessee State
University. This division of academic affairs was designed to develop partnerships and pathways
with Tennessee’s 13 community colleges. Dr. Peters also coordinates programming for transfer
and commuter students at the university. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Off-
Campus Programs and Evening/Weekend College and responsible for the development and
management of TSU course and degree offerings at satellite locations throughout Middle
Tennessee. Her unit coordinated the evening and weekend degree programs and the recruitment
activities targeting potential adult and transfer students. Prior to her tenure in higher education,
Dr. Peters was a partner in a research firm which provided training and technical assistance to
juvenile justice residential facilities for adolescent females. She has taught in the disciplines of
sociology and public administration for over 25 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Public
Administration from Tennessee State University, a master’s in Sociology from Southern Illinois
University and a baccalaureate degree in Sociology from Appalachian State University.
Oliver Van Dierdonck, MHA
Oliver is a Senior Associate in Korn Ferry International’s North American Healthcare Services Practice.
Oliver brings deep healthcare industry knowledge to senior level assignments identifying and recruiting Board members, Physician leaders, and Senior Executives for leadership roles in hospitals, health systems, consulting firms, and physician groups.
His ability to quickly build relationships with healthcare professionals has resulted in an extensive network of proven leaders and industry experts. His clients value his strategic leadership, insights, and his aptitude for identifying executives who match the unique needs and culture of their organization.
Oliver has held operational positions with rural and urban hospital systems and national physician practice management organizations. Throughout his career, Oliver has gained extensive experience recruiting healthcare leaders focused on quality, safety, access and financial stewardship. Oliver’s extensive experience and successful track record in healthcare recruitment provide a strong foundation and thorough understanding of trends and changes impacting the industry.
Oliver earned his Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Duke University and his B.S. from Davidson College.
Wade Weaver, Treasurer
Wade Weaver is an Assurance Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has six years of experience with PwC, primarily serving clients in the health care provider and payer space. He is an active member of Leadership Health Care, the Nashville Health Care Council’s initiative for young professionals. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Wade earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Accountancy from the University of Alabama.
With a number of friends and family directly impacted by cancer, Wade and his wife Lauren have developed a passion for advocacy.
Wade and Lauren moved to Nashville in 2011, where they live with their daughter Avery.
Chris Wobensmith is the Vice President of IT&S Clinical Informatics at HCA. Chris joined HCA in 1999 as a manager for EHC.com’s internet services department and since then has held various leadership roles and provided oversight for a number of HCA’s integral systems. Before returning to Nashville in 2014, Chris served as CIO for the HeathONE system in the Continental Division in Denver, Colorado. Chris grew up in Virginia and served over six years in the United States Air Force. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and his Bachelor’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. Chris has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for over 16 years. They are both passionate about cancer advocacy after losing their mothers to cancer early in their marriage. Chris enjoys spending time Fly Fishing with his dog, Winston.