By SEMA Editors
The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer is welcoming three new members to its board of directors in 2021.
The first member being added is Eric Fuller, president and CEO of U.S. Xpress. A 21-year veteran with U.S. Xpress, he was named president and CEO in 2017. In this role, his focus is driving the digital transformation of a traditionally low-technology industry by using machine learning and behavioral science. Fuller’s background will provide vital insight as the foundation grows to new service areas.
“I believe in the mission of the Austin Hatcher Foundation,” Fuller said. “I hope my experience running a large business can provide value to the foundation as they look to expand their reach.”
The second new addition is Rose Kawasaki, vice president of Exports International. She has 33 years of business management experience and volunteering in the non-profit sector. Through her role with Exports International, she has developed strong ties to the automotive community and aftermarket industry, which she brings to the foundation’s Industrial Arts Therapy division. She was the chairwoman of the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) and the vehicle build chairwoman for the 2012 SEMA SBN Mustang Build Powered by Women. Through her guidance, the vehicle’s marketing campaign in New York City’s Times Square received the Regan Advertising Award.
“I’ve always felt a connection with the community approach that’s at the core of the foundation’s vision,” Kawasaki said. “Providing these children with meaningful programs also allows us to care for the family unit, which is where my heart is. I look forward to working with the rest of the team to heighten awareness of pivotal programs, along with the needs of the foundation.”
Albert Leavengood is the third addition to the foundation’s board. He’s a 22-year veteran with Cigna, where he currently serves as an operations leader, and helps create a multi-year service strategy. Both Leavengood and his wife Karen have been supporters and volunteers of the foundation for more than eight years. Through his career in healthcare and corporate responsibility, Leavengood brings valued knowledge that will help the foundation create new and impactful partnerships with businesses on a large scale.
“I’m looking forward to serving families impacted by pediatric cancer, not only in Chattanooga, but also in many communities throughout the U.S.,” Leavengood said. “Being involved for as long as we have, we’ve seen the foundation grow and serve patients in a meaningful way throughout the country. I hope I can be part of spreading the news about the important work the foundation does.”