Baptist Health Foundation announces new members
Six appointed to board of directors
March 18, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Health Foundation announced the appointment of six new members to its Board of Directors: Martha Frye Baker; Poppy Clements; Jefferson R. Edwards, III, MD, FACS; Art Graham; Pamela Rama, MD, and Kent Stermon.
Martha Frye Baker is an active community volunteer, serving on the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Executive Committee and the Boards of The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the Christ Episcopal Church Foundation. She is also a member of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Giving Alliance and the Beaches Habitat Advisory Council. A longtime resident of Jacksonville’s Beaches, Mrs. Frye Baker is married to Thompson (Tom) S. Baker, II, and they have three children. A native of Jacksonville, Poppy Clements, who lives in Ortega, serves on the City Year Jacksonville Board and is immediate past Florida Forum Chair for The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Over the years, Mrs. Clements has served on many non-profit boards and is deeply committed to Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region. She is married to Rob Clements, and they have four children.
Jefferson R. Edwards, III, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon with North Florida Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a participant in the Mastery of Breast Surgery program. Dr. Edwards is past president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, an active member of the Mandarin Rotary and volunteers with the American Cancer Society. He was also chair of the department of surgery at Baptist Medical Center South in 2005-2006 and chair of surgery for Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville in 2000 and is currently a member of Baptist Medical Center South’s Development Council.
A former City Council Member of the City of Jacksonville and of Jacksonville Beach, Art Graham, of Jacksonville Beach, was appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission by both Governor Charlie Crist and Governor Rick Scott. He is also Commission chairman, past chair of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and vice president of the Northeast Florida Regional Council. An active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Graham serves on the Committee on Water.
Cardiologist Pamela Rama, MD, with Baptist Heart Specialists and is a former chief of Staff at Baptist Medical Center Beaches. She is the medical director of the Baptist HeartWise Prevention Program and the Baptist Beaches Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. She was awarded the Health Award by the Women of Color Cultural Foundation, and was recognized as one of the “75 Most Influential People in Jacksonville Health Care” by Jacksonville Magazine
. She also received Most Outstanding Alumni Award for community service from her alma mater, the University of the East in the Philippines. Dr. Rama is married to internal medicine physician Virgilio de Padua, MD, and has four children.
Kent Stermon, of Jacksonville Beach, is chief operating officer of Total Military Management (TMM). He serves on the Business Advisory Council of the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business and is a former board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida and Dreams Come True. He was named in 2011 among Jacksonville Business Journal’s
Top 40 Under 40 and also JBJ’s CFO of the Year.
While serving as divisional controller at Flowers Foods in 2001, he became the youngest person in 25 years to hold a director-level title in a Fortune 1000 company.
“With these strong community volunteers by our side, we are able to further promote Baptist Health’s mission throughout the communities we serve,” said Pierre N. Allaire, PhD, vice president and chief development officer of Baptist Health Foundation. “They play a valuable role as ambassadors and supporters of Baptist Health – roles which they are only able to fulfill and we are most grateful.”