Stephen Wickham graduated from The University of Tennessee in 1979 with degrees in Chemistry and Music; in 1984 with a degree in Nursing from Dalton State, and in 1989 with a Master’s in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. In 2018 he completed training as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. His career has included working as a staff nurse in multiple hospital departments; serving as Director of a Medical-Surgical Unit; Director of Education; Director of Nursing, and Coordinator for Advanced Certifications for two hospitals. As a Registered Nurse, he supervised Diabetes Education as well as had clinical experience in providing diabetes care and education. For the past nine years he has served as director of Grundy Reversing Diabetes Seminars, a community-based lifestyle education seminar he authored, instructing the public as well as training other health professionals and paraprofessionals to hold diabetes reversal seminars. The program was updated with the latest scientific research in 2021 and renamed Diabetes Reversal Explained. He is active as a volunteer with both the local Health Council and his church. Stephen serves as the Board Chairman of Lifestyle Makeovers, a nonprofit organization committed to providing lifestyle education which empowers people to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Lilly Tryon, DNP serves as a professor for the School of Nursing at Southern Adventist University and teaches in the graduate nursing program. She also practices part-time as a Family Nurse Practitioner at A Pattern Medical Clinic in Ooltewah, Tennessee. In addition, she offers individual and group health coaching, speaks and writes on a variety of health-related topics, conducts lifestyle coach training, and consults with organizations who want to develop a wellness initiative. Coaching is at the heart of what she is passionate about. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Southern Adventist University in 1982; advanced nursing degrees from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, and finally a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Southern Adventist University in 2014. She also has obtained multiple certifications – a partial list includes ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner; National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach; Faith Community Nurse; ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist; and Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell. Lilly contributed the Table Coaching segment for Grundy Reversing Diabetes Seminar. The effectiveness of this seminar was significantly improved by the addition of this component and continues to be a crucial part of the revised program, Diabetes Reversal Explained.
Gary Garner graduated from Southern Adventist University in 1970 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He began his 44-year healthcare career working part time for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee prior to graduation, and then joined their Medicare/Medicaid division as a Provider-based Physician Specialist immediately after graduation. His career includes both dental and medical group management, and hospital administration, along with experience in home health, mental health, and hospice plus 7 years of international experience with a NGO in Blantyre, Malawi. He retired in 2014 from the WellStar Health System (Atlanta) where he provided financial advice as a Senior Financial Analyst. Since retirement, he has continued to be active in various charitable organizations including a local food bank. Gary serves as the Board Treasurer.
Karen Wickham graduated from Southern Adventist University (formally Southern Missionary College) in 1975 as a Registered Nurse. In 2017 she received a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from e-Cornell. Her career has included working as a staff nurse in multiple departments of the hospital; creating a hospital-based Department of Cost Containment and serving as the Director; serving as the Director of Performance Improvement; and coordinating the implementation of computerized ordering and scheduling for multiple departments at the local hospital as well as system wide. As a Registered Nurse, she provided clinical care and education for diabetes patients. As a volunteer with the Grundy County Health Council, she learned that this county had the lowest health rankings in the State of Tennessee. She was instrumental in obtaining a grant for the county for diabetes prevention and education. She assisted Stephen in the development of Grundy Reversing Diabetes Seminars and serves as one of the seminar presenters. She is an active member of the local Health Council as well as in her local church.
Ken Colburn graduated from Loma Linda University with an MD degree in 1980. After completing a residency in Family Medicine at Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois, he and his family went to Okinawa, Japan in 1984 where he served on the staff of the Okinawa Adventist Medical Center for 7 years. In 1991 he moved to Rickman, Tennessee and joined a private primary care practice in Livingston, Tennessee, providing whole family care including obstetrics. He continues in solo private practice at this time. He is also actively involved in the “Your Best Pathway to Health” organization in providing care to underserved people of our major cities. Ken serves as our Board Secretary.
Greg Henderson began his hospital career in a hospital laundry and retired as a hospital administrator; he lives in Cookeville, TN. Complete bio is coming soon…