What is the Circle of Excellence?

The Circle of Excellence is a young giving society organized through the McLeod Health Foundation.  It is comprised of individuals and couples 45 and under, who contribute $500 or more annually to support the work of the McLeod Foundation.

What are the Membership requirements?

The membership requirement for the Circle of Excellence is a minimum gift of $500 annually. Only individuals/couples who are under 45 are eligible to join.

How are the Funds be used?

The funds contributed by the members are held in the Circle of Excellence Fund, which is used to support programs and services of McLeod Health.  Each year, members review a list of  high priority needs at McLeod Health and vote on how to award the funds.

How often will the Circle of Excellence meet?

The membership meets four times a year for social and educational events including an Annual Recognition Party.

How can I join?

You can join the Circle of Excellence by completing the commitment form.  Membership requires a pledge of $500 or more.

If you would like more information, please contact:
Lauren Snipes, McLeod Foundation, lsnipes@mcleodhealth.org

  • Making a Powerful Impact Through Joint Giving

    Young Leaders Focus on Healthcare Need

    When a group of individuals come together to work towards a common goal, they will accomplish so much more than going it alone.


    This is the power in joint philanthropy and is especially true for members of the Circle of Excellence, a young group of donors who support patient care projects at McLeod Health.

    The Circle of Excellence is comprised of individuals and couples under age 45 who make a generous annual contribution of $500 or more to the McLeod Health Foundation.

    These young leaders have found their common interest in healthcare is often motivated by personal experience.

    “I joined the Circle of Excellence because I have been fortunate enough to receive excellent medical care my entire life,” said Meggie Baker, Co-Chair of the Circle of Excellence Executive Committee. “I want others who face life-changing illness to have access to exceptional care and services. This group enables me to have a voice in giving.”

    Circle of Excellence members gather regularly to socialize and learn more about healthcare at McLeod. Each year, the membership reviews a list of high priority needs from McLeod Health and votes on how to award the funds they contribute.

    Last year, the members learned about various funding needs for many McLeod Health programs. The group decided to commit a portion of their funds to impact several areas of McLeod Children’s Hospital, which benefit children and their families.

    For Meggie, supporting the redesign of the Child Life Activity Center was especially meaningful.

    “The Child Life Activity Center is a play area that provides hospitalized children a safe space to be a child even as they face a difficult diagnosis,” Meggie explained. “By adding more space tailored to specific needs, the center will foster warmth and well-being as the children work through their recoveries.”

    Meggie speaks for her fellow Circle of Excellence members when she encourages other young people to join. Not only for the philanthropic aims, but also to “meet and interact with others who share similar interests, passions, and goals.” 

  • McLeod Circle of Excellence Members

    Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Abbott
    Mr. Boone Aiken, IV
    Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Armstrong
    Ms. Meggie Baker*
    Dr. and Mrs. Brian Blaker
    Mr. Travis Blayton
    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bolick
    Mr. and Mrs. Blake Branham
    Drs. Cary and Mary Sue Brewton
    Mr. and Mrs. John Ivey Brown, Jr.
    Mr. and Mrs. Gunter Bullock
    Rocky Cagle and Kristin Cain
    Dr. and Mrs. Todd Campbell
    Mr.  Darren Youmans and Dr. Vicki Chung*


    Mr. Cameron Coker and Mrs. Emily Matthews
    Dr.  and Mrs. Michael Collins
    Dr. and Mrs. Eric Coughlin
    Ms. Courtney Cribb
    Mr. John S. Deberry, Jr.
    Mr. and Mrs. Curt Derrick
    Dr. and Mrs. Amaninder Dhaliwal
    Mr. and Mrs. Gary Dicks
    Dr. and Mrs. Zachary DiPaolo
    Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Duncan
    Ms. Kaley Elmore
    Mr. and Mrs. Brian Fast
    Mr. and Mrs. Matt Ferguson
    Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Galloway
    Mrs. Reba Gordon
    Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Grantham
    Mr. John and Dr. Candice Greenan
    Mr. and Mrs. Barnett Greenberg*
    Mr. and Mrs. William Hardaway
    Dr. and Mrs. Eric Hart
    Mr. and Mrs. Derek Hemmingsen
    Edward and Christie Henderson
    Mr. Robby Hill
    Drs. Tripp and Abby Hines
    Mr. and Mrs. Alec Hogsette*
    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hunter
    Mr. and Mrs. Casey Hydro
    Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Jackson
    Dr. and Mrs. Will Jackson
    Mr. and Mrs. Andy Jeffords
    Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Jones
    Mr. and Mrs. Phil Jones
    Drs. Art and Meghan Jordan
    Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Jordan
    Dr. and Mrs. Noah Kahn
    Mr. Laithe and Dr. Jamie Kenney-Kalbuneh
    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kennedy
    Drs. Cyrus and Caitlin Kocherla
    Dr. and Mrs. David Lake
    Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Lane
    Dr. and Mrs. Josh Leighton
    Dr. Jenna and Perry MacLennan
    Mr. and Mrs. Weber Mimms
    Mr. and Mrs. Chris Moore
    Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Nance*
    John and Ashton Pennstrom
    Dr. and Mrs. Carmen Piccolo
    Mr. and Mrs. Josh Pierce
    Mr. and Mrs. Edward Reames
    Dr. and Mrs. John S. Richey
    Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Rishmawi
    Mr. and Mrs. Matt Rogers
    Dr. and Mrs. Joshua Rouhan
    Dr. and Mrs. Brian Sang
    Mary Amanda and Stokes Shumpert
    Brooke and Jason Smith
    Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Snipes
    Burt and Lindsey Srisuwan
    Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Straus
    Mr. and Mrs. Clay Swaggard
    Mr. and Mrs. Adam Swindler
    Mr. and Mrs. Chad Tange
    Dr. and Mrs. Chad Thornhill
    Dr. and Mrs. Chad Thurman
    Sam and Alissa Tinsley
    Dr. Jarrod Tippins
    Mr. and Mrs. Steve Tonolio
    Mr. and Mrs. Derick Urquhart
    Dr. and Mrs. Vivek Vasuki*
    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vause
    Dr. and Mrs. Neal Vincent
    Dr. and Mrs. Johnson Walker
    Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wentzell*
    Dr. Jill Wilkes
    Mr. and Mrs. Dikran Yacoubian*
    Mr. and Mrs. Brian Yost
    Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Yurek


    *Circle of Excellence Executive Committee
    Bold – Founding Members

    Members as of 12.1.22

  • A Focus On Giving

    Young Couple Faces Cancer Scare by Giving Back

    For Morgan Pierce, a newly hired Pharmacist at McLeod, giving a portion of her salary to help others through the McLeod Health Foundation came naturally.

    At the time she began giving, she had no idea what her young family would face.


    In 2019, Morgan and her husband, Josh, settled blissfully into family life with their new son, Ryan. Then, Josh began experiencing an unusual pain in his abdomen and back. The otherwise healthy 29-year-old teacher and football coach decided to consult his family physician Dr. Prakash Beeraka. Tests revealed frightening results.

    Josh was diagnosed with a rare testicular cancer, which required immediate and aggressive treatment.

    He was quickly referred to a team of physicians including Dr. Wayne Holley, Dr. Amy Murrell and Dr. Rajesh Bajaj.

    As Josh experienced the side effects of chemotherapy, Morgan felt blessed that they had the ability to pay for his treatment as well as essential pain and nausea medications.

    As a pharmacist working in the McLeod Cancer Center, Morgan knew this was not necessarily the case for all patients.

    “I read the names of patients as their charts came across my desk each day, knowing that many had no insurance or the ability to pay for what they needed,” Morgan recalled. “It was such a great relief to know that the HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Everyday) Fund was there to bridge that gap for them.”

    In the midst of their journey, Morgan received a postcard in the mail from the McLeod Health Foundation about a new service available to donors: FreeWill.

    FreeWill allows those who do not have a will to create one easily and for free. Morgan tucked the postcard away and vowed to come back to it later.

    The following year, Morgan and Josh decided to create their will. Keeping with their desire to help others, they included the McLeod Foundation as a beneficiary.

    “After walking through this cancer journey, we knew we needed a will, especially for our young son,” Morgan shared.

    As Josh continues to recover, the young couple has returned to their focus on helping others. This year, they joined the McLeod Foundation’s young giving society, the Circle of Excellence, allowing them to give back to the hospital they love.