CooperRiis Board of Directors
Donald R. Cooper
Chairman/Treasurer and Assistant Secretary
Don is the co-founder of CooperRiis with his wife Lisbeth and is an actuary and a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries. Don is also a Board Member and Secretary/Treasurer of "The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care", www.FEMCH.org, a Trustee at Warren Wilson College and serves on the Investment Committee of "The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina" where he was a former three term board member.
Before retirement, his business career included many senior management positions within the insurance industry and Don was co-founder and president of Resource Deployment, Inc, (RDI, Inc), a venture capital and consulting company in Dallas/ Fort Worth, TX.
Lisbeth Riis Cooper
Lisbeth is the CooperRiis visionary and co-founder with her husband Don, and CooperRiis. She is also the CooperRiis Design Director and Photographer.
Lisbeth recently founded the "Mother Bear Community Action Network", an international community dedicated to bringing families hope, education and recovery resources. She previously worked in management and teaching positions in the fashion industry in New York City as an internship counselor and an adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and an adjunct instructor at Parson's School of Design. Lisbeth formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Asheville Art Museum and Caring For Children, Inc.
David R. Cooper, Esq.
David is an attorney with the law firm of Kenlan, Schwiebert, Facey & Goss, P.C. in Rutland, Vermont, where he specializes primarily in municipal, land use, and general commercial law. Before moving to Vermont in 2003, Dave practiced for four years in Boston with Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP where he specialized in bankruptcy law.
Dave currently serves as a Commissioner for the Rutland Redevelopment Authority, as a Trustee of the Rutland Free Library, and as a member of the Rutland Architectural Review Board and the Rutland Revolving Loan Fund Committee.
Arthur Dewitt "Terry" Ackerman
Terry has been involved with entrepreneurial endeavors and sales for most of his career. From 1967-1980 he had a successful career with Home Life of New York where he was a member of the "Hall of Fame" and a charter member of the "Top of the Round Table".
Since 1980 he has been an investment banker for resource and technology companies and renewable energy companies, raising over $50,000,000 for early stage companies. He is also an angel investor in technology and renewable energy companies, and in a LEEDS community in the Mohave Desert which will incorporate hydroponic farming, water production, solar power generation, and residential and resort facilities. He is a Director of Beech Tree Labs, Inc. and the Mohave National Preserve Conservancy and a member of the Board of Advisors of TrakLok Corp.
Jack W. Bonner, III, MD
Jack is Medical Director Emeritus of the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center Behavioral Health Services and Marshal I. Pickens Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina and formerly of Highland Hospital in Asheville, NC. He is a GHS Professor of Clinical Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and is a faculty member at the Duke University Medical Center. He is past-president of The American College of Psychiatrists, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and the National Association of Psychiatric health Systems.
Jack has served as Trustee of the American Psychiatric Association and of the North Carolina Symphony.
William C. Dailey
A Clemson graduate, Bill is President and owner of Dailey Development, Inc., where for 35 years he developed land and built single family homes, condos and apartments in North and South Carolina. He has been involved as Chairman of the Florence City and County Planning Commission, VP of the SC Realtors Association and Co-Founder of the Pee Dee Homebuilders Assoc. and is currently on the Advisory Board of the SC Electric and Gas Company. Bill is active in many Florence, SC charities including the Pee Dee Mental Health Center, Pee Dee Housing Corporation (housing for the mentally ill), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Marlboro County Library, Choices Charter alternative School and the Methodist After School Program.
Lynn Killian Neill
Lynn is the Development Director at Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. Her recent background includes positions as Director of Development for Pavillon in Mill Spring, NC, and Executive Director of Park Ridge Hospital Foundation in Fletcher. She received her BA from Wake Forest University, her MBA from Clemson and has earned the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Lynn makes her home in Hendersonville where she has lived for the past 35 years. An accomplished musician, she plays violin in several area orchestras and is an avid tennis player and hiker.
Barbara (Babs) S. Strickland, PhD, JD
Babs is Director and Corporate Secretary of Suddath Companies in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been an attorney, college French professor and business leader. She was also a partner in the law firm of Mahoney, Adams and Criser of Jacksonville, Florida, where she specialized in health care, franchising and corporate law.
Babs was the first woman to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Port Authority and served as Chairperson from 1995-1997.
Jay S. Young, Jr.
Jay was born, raised, and still lives in Lexington, North Carolina. In 1970 he joined the family furniture business where he worked in sales. In 1994 he formed Jay Young Management, an asset management company. Jay has served as Board Chairman of the Lexington YMCA and the Lexington Memorial Hospital. He currently serves as President of the Jay and Kathy Young Foundation and the J. Smith and Helen W. Young Foundation.