CPH Board of Advisors

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Left to right: Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Dan Jeter, Dr. Gary Nelson, Dean Phillip Williams, Ron Shipman, and Nancy Paris. (Not pictured: Senator Renee Unterman)


Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., serves as the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and State Health Officer. Dr. Fitzgerald, a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a Fellow in Anti-Aging Medicine, has practiced medicine for three decades. As Commissioner, she oversees various state public health programs. Prior to her position as Commissioner, she served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN Society, and she worked as a health care policy advisor with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Paul Coverdell. Dr. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine.
Daniel (Dan) Jeter is the Chairman and co-owner of Standard Discount Corporation, a family-owned consumer finance company. In addition, he is the owner and partner in two re-insurance companies and a real estate partnership that develops owner occupied medical offices. He became involved in public health at the local level through the Pioneering Healthier Communities partnership with the YMCA of the USA and the Center for Disease Control serving as the committee’s first chairman. He continues to serve on the University of Georgia’s Archway Health Partnership with Colquitt County. Dan is a graduate of the University of Georgia holding a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Dr. Gary Nelson serves as president of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, where he is responsible for implementing Board decisions and policies and for executive management of the Foundation's program. Prior to joining the Foundation in March 2002, Dr. Nelson served as a Program Director at The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) responsible for managing the Health Improvement Initiative and Healthy Aging Initiative and at Centers for Disease Control as Associate Director for Evaluation in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.  He received his bachelor's degree at Kansas State University, master's degree at Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. at the University of Utah.
Mr. Ron Shipman is Vice President of Georgia Power’s environmental affairs organization.  In this position, Shipman directs the company’s environmental stewardship and compliance programs to meet or surpass all environmental laws and regulations. Since joining Georgia Power in 1984, Shipman has held a number of positions in the areas of nuclear chemistry, environmental affairs, legislative affairs, area management and distribution management. In each role his focus has been to provide superior customer service while building strong, long-lasting relationships throughout organizations, companies and external communities. Shipman received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Morehouse College and an MBA from Shorter College.  He has completed numerous leadership development programs including:  Leadership Georgia, the Regional Leadership Institute (RLI), and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL).
Ms. Nancy Paris has served as president and CEO of Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (CORE) since 2005. She also serves as a member of the Board of the Georgia Health Foundation. Ms Paris has extensive experience creating, directing and raising funds to support community-based health programs. Prior to Georgia CORE, she served as vice-president and interim president of the Georgia Cancer Coalition, president of Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, and vice-president of the Georgia Baptist Health Care System. She also served as director of Hospice Atlanta, vice-president of the Visiting Nurse Foundation and president of AID Atlanta.  Ms. Paris holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia and Master’s Degree from Mercer University.
Senator Renee Unterman (not pictured) grew up in Gwinnett County and graduated from Berkmar High School. She earned her Nursing Degree at Georgia State University and trained at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Georgia, as a clinically trained social worker. She served three terms as the Mayor of Loganville, Georgia, she then went on to serve four years as a Gwinnett County Commissioner, followed by her service in the Georgia House of Representatives for two terms.an advocate of public health, Sen. Unterman has twice been named a "Public Health Hero" by the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA).  Senator Unterman serves as chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Vice Chairman of Appropriations Committee.