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 is a long standing 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, Don’s business career included many senior management positions within the insurance industry, and 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 of 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.
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.
Wendy Cooper Roche, MA, BA
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 own personal work through murals, paintings and collages and has completed a variety of 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 R. Cooper, Esq.
David is an attorney with the law firm of Facey Goss & McPhee P.C. in Rutland, Vermont, where he specializes 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, as President of the Rutland Architectural Review Board, and as a member of the Rutland Revolving Loan Fund Committee. He formerly served as trustee of the Rutland Free Library.
F. Barton Evans, Ph.D.
F. Barton Evans, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist in Asheville who is a fellow at both the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality Assessment. He was recently appointed professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. Previously, he held academic appointments at eight universities, including George Washington and Georgetown University medical schools and the American University.
Barton has written more than 50 professional publications, including three books – one of which was on the work of Harry Sullivan, who is considered one of the most original figures in American psychiatry and an influential thinker in compassionate care for individuals with complex problems in living.
Michael T. Riordan, J.D., MBA
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 allowing him to pursue golf, snowboarding, motorcycling and their six grandkids – not in any order.
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.”
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.