Health: Gena Agnew retiring Dec. 31 as leader of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition after 17 years; Erin Hernandez takes over in January.

Health: Gena Agnew retiring Dec. 31 as leader of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition after 17 years; Erin Hernandez takes over in January.

 

From our archives: Lisa Stone, left, with the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District and Gena Agnew, center, and Sandra Bethune with the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition display state awards for health collaboration.

 

Gena Agnew, who has led the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition for 17 years, is retiring on Dec. 31. Agnew says she’s “very proud of all we have accomplished together” and she should be.

“I began with the organization in 2002, securing one of six state designations as a Regional Program of Excellence; brought in over $6.6 million during my 17 years at the helm, and increased the programs from the initial three to approximately 20 with the assistance of my incredible staff,” says Agnew. “I have served on the State Cancer Control Consortium over 12 years, along with several state-wide organizations and committees.”

Even in retirement, she won’t be going far. She’ll continue to consult with the coalition as well as handle the bookkeeping, help with grant applications/budgets and work with the accountants on the taxes and annual audit.

The coalition’s executive board has asked Vice President Erin Hernandez to step up to the president/chief executive office’s position effective Jan. 1 and she has accepted. Says Agnew: “She will do an excellent job for us!”

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