Team members and board of directors

Meet our team

Joe Flynn

Joe Flynn


“I give to the Hope Fund because every day I read stories of how our employees are suffering from circumstances beyond their control. The thankful letters and emails recipients send to us are frequent reminders of the difference we are making in about 1,800 lives each year.”

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Melody Benedict

Grants Specialist

“We should never take life for granted because in a blink of an eye, everything can change. Here at the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund we see our colleagues as family and we are grateful to be here for them. I hear so many sad stories from our colleagues during their crisis or unexpected circumstances. It’s so humbling to hear 'I don’t know what I would have done without you.' It’s a testimony of how we all work together through the Hope Fund to help our colleagues during their most difficult times."


Deana Campbell

Development Manager

“Working with the Hope Fund I am constantly reminded that life can change for anyone, in an instant. I am so grateful to work for a company that created an avenue for us to join together during these times. Knowing that you can help someone when they feel the weight of the world on their shoulders is so incredible!”

Leigh Clark

Leigh Clark

Grants Manager

“Keeping a single mother in her home after a lengthy illness, allowing a family to relieve the burden of finances when losing a loved one and helping families when their home has been destroyed in a disaster—they all have hope. Everyone deserves opportunities in life and we all win when families are stable and healthy so in turn we can care for our patients and communities. I believe the Hope Fund is an integral part of HCA Healthcare’s culture of caring and I am honored to be a part!”

Taylor Jett

Taylor Jett

Grants Specialist

“I am so proud to work for a company that employs staff who love to support one another as if they are family. It is incredibly humbling to hear an employee state, 'I feel supported and cared for by my coworkers while going through one of the most difficult seasons of my life.' Having a fund like this gives my fellow coworkers hope during their unexpected trials.”


Lyric Marinac

Hope Fund Coordinator

“Being a member of the Hope Fund team is a humbling and joyful experience. I am grateful to be a part of our HCA Healthcare family coming together to support our colleagues when they face difficult, unexpected circumstances. Through our Hope Fund and our generous donors who enable us to lend a helping hand to our colleagues in crisis, it is my firm belief that all HCA Healthcare colleagues can feel like family.”

Lindsey McKinney

Lindsey McKinney

Grants Specialist

“I am proud to work at a company whose charity extends directly to the individuals who make it run; it is nice to see people caring for one another. Although it is tough to hear about the hardships that my fellow employees are going through, it is reassuring to know that the Hope Fund is available to provide some relief in their time of need.”

Jim Willsey

Jim Willsey

CRM Manager

“Working for HCA Healthcare means more than simply using your talents to support the company’s mission—it means being part of a group that takes care of one another. I feel very blessed that I get to be a part of the Hope Fund staff, knowing that the work I do helps to ensure that members of the HCA Healthcare family have the help they need in difficult times.”

Board of directors


Jennifer Berres, Chairman

Joanne Pulles, Vice-Chairman

Joe Flynn, President

John Hackett, Treasurer

Susan Short-Jones, Secretary

R. Lee Grubbs, Asst. Secretary

Sam Hazen, Ex-Officio Honorary Chair


Jill Adams

Becky Adix

Anna Backman

Lasharndra (Sharn) Barbarin

Rebecca (Becky) Barnes

Scott Cihak

Shannon Dauchot

Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum

Nancy Dwyer

Jillian Eischeid

Eric Evans

Shahzad Fakhar

Jon Foster

Betsy Hunsicker

Louis Joseph

Jaya Kumar, M.D.

Ashley McClellan

Gina Melby

Dan Miller

Deb Reiner

Erica Rossitto

Jeff Sollis

Sonia Wellman

Damita Williams