At our most recent board meeting, the Pardee Hospital Foundation Board of Directors elected six community leaders to the Foundation Board.
Cameron Baker was born and raised in Hendersonville and graduated from West Henderson High School. He attended Western Carolina University and Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. He began working full-time with his family company, Associated Land Surveyors and Planners,PC in 2005 as a crew member and now is Vice President. Cam became a licensed NC Professional Land Surveyor in 2010. He serves as President of the Western Chapter of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors and works closely with local large companies, such as Tryon International Equestrian
Center, Buchanan Construction, City of Hendersonville, and Carolina Land Conservancy completing their surveying needs.
Cameron and his wife Heather Todd Baker enjoy spending time with their son, Colter, 8, and daughter, Huntley, soon to be one.
“As a Foundation board member, I look forward to being a part of your vision of growth in promoting Pardee Hospital, and health and wellness in the communities we serve.”
Galen was born in Ottawa, Ontario and emigrated to the U.S .(Shaker Heights, Ohio) as a teenager. She is now a dual citizen. Galen attended private schools in Canada and U.S., She is a graduate of University of Miami/Ohio. Galen worked in the advertising department for Clairol, in New York and London and she
was a real estate broker in New York and Vermont. She also owned a small antique business in Vermont. She has written two “Images of America” books, “Flat Rock, the Little Charleston of the Mountains” and “Connemara, the Carl Sandburg Home” and co-authored “Hendersonville”. Galen’s volunteering includes: Historic Flat Rock; the Flower Guild at both St. John in the Wilderness and St. James; Kenmure’s long term planning committee; and serving as Vice President and President with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra League. She has also been a valuable volunteer for the Pardee Foundation. “If I have any attributes that I can use to help increase support for Pardee, then I feel it's my duty to at least offer to try. I do have some experience in fund raising, and I've been told I'm a good "idea person", so I offer whatever I can in those regards.”
After graduation from Lycoming College with a BA in Accounting and Business Administration, Bill worked for DuPont for his entire career in positions including accounting, business analysis, business acquisition and support for startup operations. Bill and his wife, Jean Ann have supported the Foundation with their time, talents and gifts, including being a part of the inception of the Pardee Cancer Center. Bill’s volunteer activities include or have included the Crossnore School and Childrens’ Home, the Tamassee DAR School, Historic Flat Rock, Salvation Army and his church. When asked why he would like to join the Board, Bill answered, “Over the last several years we have contributed financially as best we could, and hope to continue with the annual gift
program. When you come right down to it, I have served and participated for years on the outside and now I have the honor and opportunity to serve on the inside of the Pardee Foundation organization. As a Pardee patient several times, having lived here for 30 years, I have been impressed with the hospital’s growth, expansion of services and facilities, and the overall level of attention and care patients are provided.”
As a lifelong resident of Henderson County, Hilton Swing has Henderson County family history that spans five decades. An active member of the community, Hilton has served on several area non-profit boards and organizations. Currently, he serves as President of the Housing Assistance Corporation, and on the Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation, which raises money to improve amenities and recreation opportunities at the Park at Flat Rock. "I look forward to working with the foundation and doing whatever I can to help support Pardee Hospital so that it can continue with its mission and to be there to serve our community for generations to come. " Hilton, a realtor with Coldwell Banker King, lives in Flat Rock with wife Bridget, a local attorney. They have three children, Harper (21), Britton (17), Hilton (13), and a feisty new Springer Spaniel named Lue.
Heather LaRue Ward
Heather was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida. After high school, she attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN majoring in History and Political Science. Upon graduation, she began a banking career with a small community bank in Central Florida. In 2012, after meeting and marrying husband Brent, they moved to Fletcher. They have two Labrador Retrievers named Bella and Fletcher. Heather currently works for First Bank as the Fletcher and Reynolds Branch Manager. She is a member of the Arden Rotary and the Fletcher Lions Club. “I look forward to joining the Pardee Foundation, and being a part of your vision of growth in promoting Pardee Hospital and health and wellness in the communities we serve.”
Debbie R. Bell—Hospital Liaison
Stepping in to fill the position of Hospital Liaison to the Foundation is Debbie Bell who replaces Tammy Albrecht. Tammy served as liaison for several years and has been named Pardee Hospital Board of Directors’ Chair. Debbie, a Hendersonville resident, spent thirty-nine years in the commercial and industrial
lighting industry. She was the National Sales Manager for a leading global specification lighting brand. She mentored, coached and motivated colleagues while building relationships throughout the industry.