Alison Barton is originally from Selmer, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Business. Barton currently lives in Memphis with her husband and their three children. She enjoys spending time with her family whether at home, traveling or attending Grizzlies games. She spends much of her time serving as a community volunteer.
Barton brings a rich background to the board. She has served in leadership roles with the Junior League, Salvation Army, Alpha Gamma Delta and Leadership Memphis. Barton served on the board of directors for the Memphis Zoo and Memphis College of Art. Over the years, she has successfully planned special events for the Memphis Children’s Museum, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Junior League of Memphis and Brooks Museum.
Why She Got Involved
Barton and her family know first-hand the life-saving care that takes place at Regional One Health on a daily basis. “When my dad was severely injured in a car accident about seven years ago, he needed specialized care. We immediately got him to Regional One Health because we knew that is where he would receive the highest level of care, performed by the best doctors and nurses. We are extremely grateful to the amazing team that was responsible for literally saving my dad’s life. They handled it all, from the emergency room all the way through the extensive outpatient physical therapy he needed.”
“When you are given such a gift as the care we received from Regional One Health, you immediately want to give back in some way. How can you truly thank people who save lives daily? Serving on the board is just one way I can do that.”
Lee Harper and her husband reside in Memphis. They have one daughter who attends the University of Alabama. Harper and her family are huge Grizzlies fans and enjoy traveling to different parts of the world. Harper graduated from the University of Virginia and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is Head of Client Portfolio Management and a Principal at Southeastern Asset Management, an investment counseling firm.
Harper has served on several boards, including Bridges, an organization focused on leadership and diversity training for youth and the Pyramid Peak Foundation, primarily funds education needs in Memphis.
Why She Got Involved
The more Harper learned about Regional One Health’s growth and transformation, the more she wanted to get involved. “What Regional One Health provides to the city of Memphis is phenomenal. The quality of specialized, world-class care they offer cannot be found anywhere else in the region. By serving on the board, I hope to help protect and advance this valuable resource.”
Lisa Jehl was born and raised in Memphis. After completing her degree from the University of Missouri, she returned home to begin her career of more than 30 years with First Tennessee Bank, where she serves as Commercial Credit Risk Executive. Jehl and her husband recently became empty-nesters and moved downtown.
Jehl serves as the executive sponsor and strong supporter of First Tennessee Bank’s Women’s Initiative, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. She has served as a board member and Treasurer for the Junior League of Memphis, and now serves as a sustainer member of its Investment Committee. Jehl is an active member of the Church of the Holy Communion, serving as Vestry member, Treasurer and current Chair of the Endowment Committee.
Why She Got Involved
Jehl chose to serve on the board because she has a deep passion for Memphis and knows that having a world-class health system like Regional One Health is critical to our city. Jehl commented, “It’s important to me to be involved and direct my energy to things that are having a positive, long-term impact on our city. That is why I am excited to be hands-on with an organization like Regional One Health Foundation that not only meets the needs of those who can pay, but cares for the underserved in our community that might not otherwise get the help they need.”
”There is so much good taking place at Regional One Health that I just had to be involved,” added Jehl. “Dr. Reginald Coopwood, Regional One Health’s CEO, is an amazing visionary and has done an outstanding job of raising the service level and reputation of the healthcare system. As a member of the board, I hope to help promote a better understanding of all the ways Regional One Health serves our community. Some Memphians may be unaware of the many critical services offered and all the amazing research that takes place at Regional One Health every day. Many people in our community have been touched by their life-saving work in one way or another.”
In 1989, Paulo Teixeira left his home in Brazil for a job-related move to Memphis. He is a Chemical Engineer, MBA, and serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Juice Plus+ ® Company, headquartered in Memphis. Prior to joining Juice Plus+®, he served as Chief Operating Officer of The Bryce Company, a Memphis manufacturer of food packaging. Teixeira and his wife have a son who is a senior at Lausanne Collegiate School. Teixeira enjoys tennis, fishing, reading and supporting the Memphis Grizzlies.
As a way to give back to the community he has grown to love, Teixeira serves on several boards, including the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis.
Why He Got Involved
“One of the reasons I chose to serve on Regional One Health Foundation’s board is to help ensure this caliber of life- saving care is available where we need it, when we need it,” commented Teixeira. “Years ago, my dad’s life was saved by a level 1 trauma center at a similar hospital when he was involved in a horrific accident. If that level of care would not have been available at the time, my dad would not have survived. Knowing from personal experience what can happen without this type of world-class care close by, makes me even more committed to ensuring we continue to have the most advanced care possible right here in Memphis.”