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Waters College Advisory Board

Purpose

Launched in 2022, the Waters College Advisory Board (WCAB) will support and facilitate the success of the Georgia Southern University Waters College of Health Professions. The WCAB is not an official entity of the Georgia Southern University governance structure, therefore, does not vote on management decision, personnel issues, budgets, etc.

The WCAB will have three (3) roles:

  1. Board members will provide advice, counsel, and ideas to the Dean of the Waters College of Health Professions and its faculty and staff on a variety of issues including programs, placement and the competitive environment of education in the health professions.
  2. Board members will work to increase the visibility, reputation and impact of the Waters College of Health Professions, locally, nationally and internationally.
  3. Board members will assist in and facilitate fundraising and developing efforts designed to enhance the quality, impact and competitive standings of the Waters College of Health Professions. This includes making a personal gift to the college.

Board Members

Rahman Anjorin

Rahman Anjorin is a Player Manager in Player Affairs with the NFL Players Association. Anjorin received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Georgia Southern University, MBA and Masters in Sports Business Management from the University of Center Florida, and an Athletic Development Certificate rom Wharton Business School. He is currently enrolled at the University of Idaho as a Ph.D. student studying Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership.

Anjorin’s professional experience stated with New Mexico State University Athletics. Additionally, he served three plus years with the Kansas City Chiefs in player engagement and has most recently served as an athlete development manager with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Anjorin currently serves as an adjunct professor with the Robert. H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Kathleen Benton

Dr. Kathleen Benton is the President and CEO of Hospice Savannah. Prior to this appointment she served as the Director Ethics and Palliative Care at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital for over a decade. Benton earned her doctorate in public health leadership from Georgia Southern University, her masters in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University and her bachelors degree in political science and communications from Furman University. Benton has been the reviewer for numerous peer reviewed journals and is the author of three books. Always civic minded, she sits on the Board of the Daniel DeLoach Memorial Fund and the Proteus Syndrome Foundation.

Benton resides in Savannah with her husband and three children. In addition to caring for them she also provided support to her parents as they cared for her brother who underwent 110 surgeries and thousands of hospitalizations living with the same disease as the Elephant Man, until his death in January 2017.

Kristin Burton

Kristin Burton, PT, DPT, has deep roots a the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern. Burton attended Armstrong Atlantic State University and excelled both academically and athletically. Burton graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors in Rehabilitation Sciences and went on to enter the DPT program, graduating summa cum laude in 2013. Notable, Burton was a 4-time All-American, 3-time Academic All-American, and a 3-time Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year in women’s soccer. She is a member of both the Armstrong and Peach Belt Hall of Fame and still holds many records. She later joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant and was a member of the team that advanced to the NCAA DII Final Four in 2012.

Professionally, Burton spent the first part of her career working the inpatient rehab unit at a local hospital in Savannah. Recently she purchased her own rehabilitation business, this time servicing canines. In her spar time Burton enjoys traveling, competing in local flag football and soccer leagues, running, and spending time with her family and pups.

Ross Euteneuer

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Euteneuer resides in Marietta GA. He is a 2013 sport management graduate with cum laude honors from Georgia Southern University. In 2017, he received a Masters in Sport Industry Management from Georgetown University and is currently pursuing an MBA from Villanova University.

Euteneuer has worked across the sports and entertainment industry in event operations and partnership fulfillment for organizations including the Kansas City Chiefs, Major League Soccer, Atlanta Gladiators, the College Football Hall of Fame, and Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Euteneuer has been an active Georgia Southern alumnus, returning to Statesboro frequently to support and advise students and athletes alike. He serves as a sport management alumni speaker and an advisory board member for Athletes in Action.

Lauren Green

Lauren Green is a Nurse Manager at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. She holds a BS in Nursing from Georgia Southern University. In 2017, she completed a dual masters at the University of Texas at Tyler in Nursing Administration and Business Administration. Her organizational leadership experience includes serving as an officer in the United States Army Nurse Corps.

Green serves as the President of the Alpha Alpha Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a charter member and former Vice President of Public Relations for the Masters Toastmasters Club. She has served in various leadership roles on different nonprofit foundation boards including the San Antonio Ivy Educational Advancement Foundation and the Roseville Community Trust. She was named a member of the 2021 Georgia Southern University 40 under 40 class. She is married to Durrell Green and they have two children, Jace and Mia.

John Hodges

Waters College Advisory Board Chair

Dr. John Hodges recently retired as an orthopedic surgeon, having practiced across Southeast Georgia for more than twenty years. He is an alumnus of the University of Georgia (B.S. in Microbiology) and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency at the University of Florida, where he served as Chief Resident for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Along with his leadership at Optim Orthopedics, Dr. Hodges also served as the orthopedic surgeon for the Georgia Southern football team.

He now serves on the Georgia Southern University Foundation Board, the Advisory Board for Citizens Bank of the South, and the Staff Parish Committee of Statesboro United Methodist Church. He is married to Shannon Hodges and has three children: Margaret, Ian and James.

Brandon Messer

Brandon Messer, with more than 13 years of healthcare experience, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. Prior to joining the Landmark team, Messer served as the Director of Quality and Risk Management for Encompass Health in Murrells Inlet, Little River and Bluffton, South Carolina. He has held various clinical and leadership roles in short-term acute care, long-term acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities located in the Southeastern United States.

Messer received his bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from Armstrong Atlantic State University. He has 13 years of military experience and still serves as a Healthcare Specialist in the United States Army Reserve. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for Riverview Health and Rehabilitation and continues to support volunteer efforts of the American Red Cross and the children’s Masonic Home of Georgia.

Bradley Trower

Brad Trower serves as the VP Business Development for St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System since 2014. In this role he implements strategies to expand outpatient and retail business lines and build regional health care access strategies with physicians and rural hospital partners. Additionally, he oversees the Managed Care, Strategic Planning and Physician/Market Relations departments for the health system. Trower started his career with St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in 1994 ad Department Director for Sports Medicine and then Service Line Director for Orthopedics. In 2010 he became Hospital Administrator for Optim Healthcare’s three critical access hospitals in Southeast Georgia.

Trower received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia Southern University, studying health science and exercise science, respectively. He later earned his MBA from the University of South Carolina. Trower and his wife, Jil, have two children. Addison is a senior in athletic training at the University of Alabama and Zane is a freshman multimedia journalism major at Georgia Southern.

David Schott

David Schott is the Chief Operating Officer at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, Georgia. Before joining the East Georgia team, he served as CEO at two Select Medical Critical Illness Recovery Hospitals in Columbus Ohio and prior to that as System COO for a health system in Valdosta, Georgia. He has more than 10 years of healthcare leadership experience.

David is an alumnus of The Ohio State University (B.A in Economics), Tulane University (MSPH in Tropical Medicine), and a Georgia Southern Double Eagle (MBA in Health Services Administration, DrPH in Public Health Leadership). He is a member of the 2018 Georgia Southern University 40 under 40, Board Certified in Public Health, and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Deirdre “Dee” Dixon

Deirdre “Dee” Dixon is CEO of the American Red Cross of Georgia. She oversees the Red Cross’ mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. More than 10 million people benefit from the Red Cross programs under Dixon’s leadership. 

Before serving as CEO, Dixon was the Chief Development Officer since 2017. During her tenure, Development raised $81 million for the Red Cross mission and played a pivotal role in fundraising for local and national disaster relief operations. In Georgia, Dixon paved the way for a Sickle Cell Disease awareness campaign that developed partnerships and virtual education forums with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, elected officials and faith-based communities.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, Dixon led cross-functional teams of district managers and up to 130 frontline team members at Grainger Industrial Supply as their Senior Director of Account Management Sales. In that role, she generated a continued year-over-year revenue growth for the organization.   

Dixon earned her Master of Business Administration at Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Georgia Southern University. Dixon and her husband, a recently retired middle school assistant principal, are the proud parents of two daughters. Her family teases her that her blood type is “G” for all things Georgia. 


To learn more about the work of the WCAB, or to learn more about becoming a Board or Committee member, please email Nicole Berman, at nberman@georgiasouthern.edu.

Last updated: 9/19/2022