Board Members

Stephen Wickham 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 six 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. He is active as a volunteer with both the local Health Council and Healthier Tennessee Communities Committee. Stephen serves as the Board Chairman.

Hampton Bisalski graduated from Southern Adventist University (formally Southern Missionary College) in 1980 with an AS in Nursing, received his certificate as a CRNA in 1985 from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) in Madison, TN followed by a BSN degree and a Master’s in Nurse Anesthesia. He then taught Pharmacology physiology at MTSA where he also served as the Alumni President and on the board in that capacity for 4 years. In 2011 he received the first Humanitarian Award from MTSA. He has worked and taught in various facilities, including a Lifestyle Center in Colorado. He currently resides in Sparta TN, practices as an CRNA, teaches students in Nurse Anesthesia, and serves as the volunteer lay leader of his church.

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.

Paull Dixon graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree in 1967 from Andrews University, and with a Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University in 1981. He has devoted his career to pastoring and conducting various community health education programs. He also served part time for six years as an administrative consultant on rural health education in 30 Iban villages in Sarawak, Malaysia, and three years as the CEO of Carolina HealthCare in Asheville, NC, a non-profit community health education program center. After serving his Tennessee church district for 17 years, he has semi-retired to work part-time in ministry and health education. He has served for six years in an advisory role during the development and implementation of the diabetes reversal program authored by Stephen Wickham. Paull serves as the Board Secretary.

John McKeown, MD graduated from the Medical College of Georgia, 1976, completing a Family Practice residency in 1979. He worked in Family Practice in Georgia for a year before transitioning into Emergency Medicine where he worked in both Orlando, Florida and Chattanooga, Tennessee for the following 27 years. In 2009, he returned to Family Practice where he continues to work in Palmer, TN. For more than five years, he has served as the Medical Director of Grundy Reversing Diabetes Seminars, advising and overseeing the curriculum development.

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 and Tennessee Healthier Communities Committee.