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Phoebe Foundation Board of Directors Names New Chair

Albany, GA | March 9, 2022 – The Phoebe Foundation Board of Directors has a new chair. Kari Middleton, was appointed to replace Rick Doherty, who served as chairman of the board for the last five years.

“We are so appreciative of the time and service Rick gave as chairman of the Foundation board. His dedication and leadership were vital during so many of our campaign initiatives,” said Carolyn Higgins, President & Chief Fundraising Officer, Phoebe Foundation. “We are happy that he will still be serving as a member of the board and look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Doherty, CEO of Doherty, Duggan, Hart, and Tiernan, has been dedicated to philanthropy in southwest Georgia for many years. He began serving on the Phoebe Foundation Board of Directors in 2012 and as chair since 2017. Doherty, who will remain a member of the board, says, “It was a wonderful privilege to serve Phoebe and our community.”

A graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Georgia State University Law School, Middleton leads the litigation team at Baudino Law Group.  Additionally, she has held several leadership positions in local organizations, and is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015.

“I am honored to be chosen to chair the Phoebe Foundation board. The Foundation is a wonderful organization that has provided many services to improve the health and wellness of our community and I look forward to continuing the important work of the board, said Middleton.

“Kari is an asset to the board and will help further our mission of supporting the health system and advancing the health of the communities we serve,” added Higgins.

Phoebe Foundation is also pleased to welcome new board members Dr. Olumayowa Abiodun, Phoebe plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and Sakina Nurbhai.

Phoebe Foundation is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to support Phoebe Putney Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare delivery system that serves a population of more than a half million residents in southwest Georgia.  Formally established in 1989, the Foundation plays an integral role in supporting many of the health system’s initiatives as well as providing support to patients and Phoebe employees. With the help of generous donors, the Phoebe Foundation is able to provide life-saving technology and services here in southwest Georgia. Learn more at