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",, 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
Vice Chairperson

Lisbeth is the CooperRiis visionary and co-founder with her husband Don, and CooperRiis. She is also the CooperRiis Design Director and Photographer.

Lisbeth 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.

Michael T. Riordan

Mike is a retired Chairman and CEO of two publicly held paper companies, Fort Howard Corporation and Paragon Trade Brands, which made and sold commercial and retail tissue products (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels and facial tissue) and private label disposable diapers, respectively. He spent considerable time in engineering and human resources prior to entering general management. He has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Purdue, an MBA from Marquette and a law degree from DePaul. He is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin and a member of the Illinois bar. Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of RR Donnelley, Clearwater Paper and Hilex Poly, as well as three volunteer boards. He and his wife Libby spend the summers in Wisconsin and the winters in Florida since Mike retired in 2002. His hobbies are golf, snowboarding, motorcycling and their six grandkids - not in that order.

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.

Anne Vance

Anne has had an illustrious 35 year career, beginning working as a Head Nurse /Family Counselor at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs California. She was asked to join the Betty Ford Center start up team in 1983, and for the next 11 years advanced from Assistant Administrator to Administrator, Director of Training, and finally, International Development for the Center.

What followed was a 2-year consulting project based in London, with the European Association of Treatment of Addictions. Ms. Vance worked with all of the members of the Association helping them to write standards for facilities and for staff credentialing. In 1996 she undertook a major project with Eric Clapton creating and building Crossroads Antigua. After working as CEO/President of Crossroads for 5 years she returned to La Jolla intent on working with healthcare facilities. But before long (6 months) she moved to Bermuda developing a program for Bermudian women and children.

It was in 2003 that Anne came to the mountains in Western North Carolina to work for Pavillon as CEO. When she retired after 12 years, she said: “It brings me a great sense of fulfillment as I leave my work here knowing that I have been able to help create what the facility is today – a first class organization that provides outstanding treatment. We have grown from having one building on campus to six that now house and treat 89 clients from across the country who suffer from the disease of alcoholism and/or other drug addictions.” (Pavillon also has an Outpatient Center and Recovery Housing in Greenville, South Carolina.)

Asked about what she enjoyed the most about her work at Pavillon she said: “working with a group of dedicated and talented people who have made Pavillon the national success it is today and as a result, helping so many underserved individuals and families.”

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