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April 20, 2014

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Laughlin Foundation Board's New Members Of Exec. Committee

Photo Special to The Greeneville Sun

Shown above are the members of the Executive Committee of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees. They are, left to right: Larry T. Coughlin, board co-chairman; Wilhelmina Williams, board vice-chairman; Jack G. Wilson, board treasurer; Cecil L. Easterly, board secretary; and Tom Gregory, board co-chairman.

Originally published: 2013-01-10 10:19:26
Last modified: 2013-01-10 10:21:04

The Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees has announced new executive committee members.

They are: Larry T. Coughlin and Tom Gregory, co-chairmen; Wilhelmina Williams, vice chairman; Jack G. Wilson, treasurer; and Cecil L. Easterly, secretary.

These individuals elected in December will serve in important leadership roles in the Foundation, a news release stated.

Chuck Whitfield, president and CEO of Laughlin Memorial Hospital, said, "We are so pleased to welcome these five talented and capable individuals on the leadership team of our Foundation. We look forward to serving with them, as we continue the important work associated with this organization."

Laughlin Health Care Foundation is a fund development and philanthropic organization serving Laughlin Memorial Hospital and its affiliates.


Coughlin has been elected co-chairman of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees.

Coughlin is well-known in the Greeneville community for his service in the not-for-profit sector.

He has co-chaired the Laughlin Tennessee Scholarship Pro Am Tournament and Long Drive Shoot-Out for seven years and has served as co-vice chair of the Foundation for the past two years.

Coughlin is secretary of the Greeneville Exchange Club Charitable Foundation; chairman, Tusculum College Pioneer Club; assistant chairman of the Landair Ladies Classic Basketball Tournament; and is a past president, East Tennessee Seniors Golf Association.

Coughlin retired from Philips Consumer Electronics Company with 34 years of service. He also serves on the board of directors of Consumer Credit Union.

He was educated at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

Coughlin is married to Donna Coughlin, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

He is a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church and Link Hills Country Club.


Gregory has been elected co-chairman of Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees.

Gregory is a Greene County native who attended Glenwood Elementary School, Greeneville High School, and East Tennessee State University.

He has served as co-chairman of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation for the past two years and has been active in all sectors of the community, volunteering his time and talents.

Gregory has co-chaired the Laughlin Tennessee Scholarship Pro Am and Long Drive Shoot-Out Tournament for seven years.

He is an avid golfer, and served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

Gregory's career was spent in the food industry and as a manufacturing representative.

He is a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

He and his wife, the former Frances Ricker, returned to Greeneville from Virginia after their retirement. The Gregorys are the parents of Kathy Gregory and the late Gary Gregory.


Wilhelmina Williams was elected vice-chairman of Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees.

Williams is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in home economics.

She served for eight years as the executive director of Northeast Community Services Agency, covering the eight counties of Northeast Tennessee.

While at that agency, she was responsible for 100 staff members in carrying out the mission of the organization in health and human services, specializing in programs for children and youth.

Additionally, for five years, Williams was the coordinator of a youth services center in the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky.

She is a past president of the Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition. She had numerous other work-related responsibilities in Louisville.

Locally, Williams is active with Main Street: Greeneville and is a tour guide for local historic sites.

She is a past president of the Nathanael Greene Museum Board. Regionally, she has served in leadership roles with several organizations.

Her professional honors include being awarded the Outstanding Professional Advocate for the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare, and she was recognized by the Child Advocacy Centers for outstanding service.

She held credentials as a nationally-certified Family Life Educator.


Wilson, retired administrator of Laughlin Memorial Hospital, was elected treasurer of Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees.

Wilson served as administrator of Laughlin Memorial Hospital for 32 years.

He is a member of the Laughlin Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees.

Wilson has been a member of the Greeneville Lions Club for 47 years, holding several leadership positions during this tenure.

He and his wife, Geraldine, have three daughters. He is an avid golfer.


Easterly was elected secretary of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees.

She is a founding member of the organization.

Easterly has been active in the Greeneville community, serving on the boards of the Greene County Heritage Trust, the Tuesday Book Club, the Greeneville-Greene County Library, the Greeneville Arts Guild, and the Sinking Creek Film Festival.

Additionally, she has served on the Literary Arts Panel of the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville, and with Greeneville Community Concerts, Youth Builders of Greeneville, and the Andrew Johnson Club.

She is also a member of Nolachuckey Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Easterly was active in leadership roles with the Greeneville City School System.

She is a member of the Board of Governors, East Tennessee Presentation Society, Knoxville.

She was also a significant part of the Greene County Medical Auxiliary/Alliance at the local, state, Southern, and national levels.

An educator, Easterly received her bachelor's degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and earned a masters degree in education from Memphis State, now Memphis University.

She taught at Miss Hutchinson's School for Girls in Memphis.

Easterly served as director of admissions at Emory University in Atlanta.

She is a member of St. James Episcopal Church and has served as clerk of the vestry and as a Sunday school teacher; she is also a member of the altar guild.

Dr. James F. Easterly, Jr., husband of the newly-elected secretary, is a native Greenevillian and was born at what was then Laughlin Clinic on North Main Street, delivered by the revered Dr. C.B. Laughlin Jr.

The Easterlys have one daughter, Darlington Ridgway.

Dr. and Mrs. Easterly came to Greeneville in May 1974 from Memphis, where Dr. Easterly served as chief resident of the University of Tennessee Radiology Department.

They moved here in connection with Dr. Easterly's joining the practice of Drs. Calvin Reviere and Dee Metcalf, thereby beginning a longstanding relationship of the Easterlys with Laughlin Memorial Hospital.

For additional information about Laughlin Health Care Foundation, please call 787-5117.

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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