Memorial Health Foundation Introduces New Board Members

(February 27, 2015) – The Memorial Health Foundation Board of Trustees confirmed five new members at its February meeting: Ted J. Kleisner, Jerry Meyer, Steve Stephens, Cynthia Willett, and Beverly Young.

“We are very excited to welcome these new members to the Foundation board,” said Bill Donahue, chair of the Memorial Health Foundation Board of Trustees. “All five are leaders in the community and will contribute important skills and guidance to our board. Together, we will help Memorial acquire the financial resources it needs to care for the people in our region.” 

Ted J. Kleisner, a third generation hotelier from Chicago, graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Denver. He is retired chairman, president, and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.

Jerry Meyer was a member of the New York Stock Exchange for 32 years. He has served on the board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York (Cardinal's Committee of the Laity), on the board of the Savannah Philharmonic, and on the Patient Advisory Board for the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center.

Steve Stephens is a Savannah native and president and CEO of Stage Front Presentation Systems. He has served on the Rotary Club of Savannah, the CEO Council, Savannah Film Commission, the Creative Coast Advisory Board, the Savannah Economic Development Authority’s advisory board, and at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.  

Cynthia Willet is a passionate advocate for children. She is a member of the Children’s Hospital Charters Circle, and she is on the Kid’s Only Capital Campaign Committee for The Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. She is also on the advisory board for the Bluffton Boys and Girls Club of South Carolina.

Prior to moving to Savannah, Beverly Young was a member of the Liberty County Garden Club, local chair of the Liberty County branch of the American Cancer Society, and was a volunteer for the First United Methodist Church in Hinesville.  She is a retired broker and former member of the Hinesville area Board of Realtors.

The Memorial Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization authorized to receive financial gifts for Memorial University Medical Center and its affiliates. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees helps ensure that Memorial has the resources necessary to provide world-class healthcare programs for the community. To achieve its mission, the Foundation works to build relationships with businesses and individuals throughout the region.  

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 654-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at,, and