March 27, 2019 – Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to welcome
Thomas A. Headlee as its newest
Camden Advisory Committee member. Headlee replaces Advisory Committee member, Mary T. Root, who
recently retired after four years of dedicated service.
Having traveled the nation for his career in business and finance—from
Alaska to Texas to New Jersey and many places in between—Headlee
settled down in Georgia following his retirement and has resided in St.
Marys for the longest he’s ever lived in one place: fourteen years.
“Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I was looking for a warmer
climate, but having searched all down the west coast of Florida, I found
it too crowded. St. Marys was the best choice: close enough to places
like the airport and the beach, but away from the crowds. And, of course,
close enough to golf,” Headlee adds.
Headlee is an avid golfer, a sport that he fully takes advantage of now
that he has the time to enjoy it. During his youth, Headlee spent three
years in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant of infantry, serving as a
combat platoon leader during Vietnam, and earning three Bronze Stars and
a Purple Heart. After his military service, he followed in his grandfather
and father’s footsteps, pursuing a career in finance. He graduated
from the University of North Carolina with his Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration and earned his M.B.A. from the University of Houston.
“Throughout my education and career, I learned a great deal about
finance management, and I continue to enjoy non profit work. One of the
biggest accomplishments of my career was witnessing my recommendations
to a small- to medium-sized government contracting company prove successful
in an evolving business environment. I hope that my experience and expertise
in the finance industry will be helpful to the St. Marys community and
the Camden Advisory Committee in particular,” says Headlee. “But
unlike the stereotypical finance or accounting mindset, I’m a very
compassionate person. I’m not only all about the numbers.”
In his free time, Headlee is an avid University of North Carolina basketball
fan. He enjoys golf, yard work, and reading history and a variety of fiction
novels—from literary to thrillers. He also takes special pride in
his accounting work for the St. Marys United Methodist Church.
“We thank Ms. Root for her many years of dedicated service and welcome
Mr. Headlee into the Advisory Committee. His perspective and expertise
will be valuable assets as we continue to address the health and wellness
needs of our communities against the backdrop of an evolving health care
Michael D. Scherneck, president and chief executive officer, Southeast Georgia Health System.
“Mr. Headlee is a wonderful addition to our already dedicated committee.”
The Advisory Committee currently consists of 9 members including the Camden
Campus chief of staff. Members volunteer their time to assist the
Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority in overseeing the Health System’s Camden Campus. In addition to
Headlee, Advisory Committee members are Jean Marie Brazell, chair; James
"Jim" B. Lomis, vice chair; Jeffery “Jeff” B. Barker;
Clainetta Jefferson; Mark R. Kevan; Juliette “Judy” Smith-Burris;
Gary D. Willis; and
Thomas C. Whitesell Jr., M.D.