CooperRiis Board of Directors
Donald R. Cooper
Chairman/Treasurer and Assistant Secretary
Donald R. Cooper is the chairman of the board and co-founder of CooperRiis with his wife, Lisbeth Riis Cooper. Don is also an actuary and a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries. He was a twelve-year trustee at Warren Wilson College and a former three-term board member of “The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina”. He continues to serve on their Investment Committee.
Before retirement, Don’s business career included many senior management positions within the insurance industry. He was co-founder and president of Resource Deployment, Inc (RDI, Inc), a venture capital and consulting company in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.
David R. Cooper, Esq.
David is an attorney with the law firm of Facey Goss & McPhee P.C. in Rutland, Vermont, specializing in municipal, land use, commercial, and non-profit law. Before moving to Vermont in 2003, David practiced law for four years in Boston with Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP, where he specialized in bankruptcy law.
David currently serves as Chairman of the Rutland Redevelopment Authority and is involved with several other community organizations.
Wendy Cooper Roche, MA
Wendy has been an Art & Design Teacher in the NY/NJ public school system since 2004. She is currently working in Glen Rock, NJ, where she teaches Grades K-8 at Coleman Elementary and Glen Rock Middle school. She has also served as a Professor-in-Residence in the Paterson, NJ, School District and worked as an Adjunct Professor and Art Teacher Supervisor at William Paterson University in their College of Education.
Before moving to New Jersey in 2005, Wendy worked for the Wolf Group Advertising Agency in New York City as a Senior Art Director, producing print and television advertising for national accounts, including Visine, Häagen-Dazs, and Scotts Lawn Care. She has also worked extensively as a freelance graphic designer designing logos and creating image marketing for several New York City corporations, including Goldman Sachs Wellness Exchange. She continues to pursue her creative work through murals, paintings, and collages and has completed various private and public commissions in recent years.
Wendy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Fine Art from Duke University and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from New York University.
David L Hayes
David serves as Market President for BB&T and is based in Asheville. He has worked with BB&T for over 30 years, and over the past 15 years, he has focused his time on leading a commercial banking team, working directly with clients, and growing the bank’s business over a seven-county area in Western North Carolina. David currently serves on the board of Community Care Partners Foundation, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also active in the Rotary Club of Asheville-Breakfast, having served as club president several years ago.
Belynda Dunn Veser, MD ABPN
Belynda has been the medical director at St. Lukes Hospital Center of Behavioral Health in Columbus, NC, since 2013, a 10-bed inpatient psychiatric unit that serves individuals age 55 and over for various psychiatric conditions. She has been associated with the hospital since 2006 when she and her family moved to Columbus from Charleston, SC. She finished her general adult psychiatric residency at MUSC in 1999 and completed a fellowship there in geriatric psychiatry in 2006. While in Charleston, she had experience in both private practice and community mental health. Other professional experience includes working in the Asheville, NC, VA Medical Center on a team that served those with SPMI (severe and persistent mental illness). If there were more time in the day, she would prefer to work again in the community mental health setting. Her philosophy is to find strength in all people before diagnosing or treating any condition. Her personal healing farm includes 20 acres, chickens, wildlife rehabilitation, and a menagerie of other small animals.
Lisbeth Riis Cooper
Lisbeth is the CooperRiis visionary and co-founder of CooperRiis with her husband, Don. She is also the CooperRiis Design Director and Photographer.
She previously worked in management and teaching positions in the fashion industry in New York City. She was an internship counselor and an adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology for six years and recipient of the FIT Business & Technology Alumni Achievement Award in 1984. She was also an adjunct instructor at Parson’s School of Design for 15 years. Lisbeth formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Asheville Art Museum and Caring For Children, Inc.
Lisbeth was appointed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to serve on the Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services starting July 2019.
Sandy Mazoway, BA
Sandy is the Director of Leadership and Professional Development for Lowe’s Corporation in Charlotte, NC. Before joining Lowe’s, Sandy’s career in financial services spanned 25+ years in branch management, human resources, leadership development, learning, and organizational management. At Wells Fargo and Bank of America, she focused on improving business performance by driving corporate design and people strategies across multiple divisions and countries. She also established her own company, Samiam Consulting, LLC, where she continues to provide her expertise in designing, leading, and influencing small and large-scale change to help each organization achieve its strategic goals. Sandy takes pride in assisting companies to focus their energy and capital on the personal and professional development of their employees, leaders, and national/global teams.
During her career, Sandy was a motivational leader and fundraiser in the non-profit sector and instrumental in and advancing the vision of these philanthropies by providing her core skills in leadership development, team building, client/donor engagement, and building relationships at all levels. Over 14-years, Sandy has served as a volunteer, cyclist, top fund-raiser, board member, Vice-Chair, and Chairing the board with the “24 Foundation”, Formerly 24 Hours of Booty, dedicated to supporting anyone impacted by cancer and the needs of those trying to navigate cancer treatment).
Anne has had an illustrious 35-year career, beginning working as a Head Nurse /Family Counselor at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, California. She joined 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 staff credentialing. In 1996 she undertook a significant project with Eric Clapton creating and building Crossroads Antigua. After working as CEO/President of Crossroads for five years, Anne returned to La Jolla to work 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 the 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.”
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.