Wilmington, NC – After 19 years of experience working with healthcare foundations, public relations and marketing, Terrie Priest has joined Lower Cape Fear Hospice as Foundation Manager.
Priest has several decades of experience in communications and development, including 19 years working for Columbus Regional Healthcare System (CRHS), most recently as VP of Marketing & Community Relations and Director of the CRHS Foundation. Originally from Bladen County, she has lived in Whiteville for 33 years.
“I spent several years in Raleigh,” the Meredith College graduate said. “After college, I went to work for Carolina Power & Light (CP&L) for 16 years. Part of that time, I was in Whiteville.”
“I’m so excited to be here,” Priest added. “LCFH holds a near and dear place to my heart. I’ve had several types of relationships with LCFH over the years.”
Priest served as a member of the LCFH’s Board of Directors almost a decade ago. She has been involved with various LCFH Foundation events over the years, with Columbus Regional Healthcare System serving as a sponsor of many of the events.
“I’ve decorated many, many trees for Festival of Trees,” she said. “But my most recent, and most personal, is that my sister was a patient in the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick. I feel very fortunate to be a part of LCFH now. I’m looking forward to working with our staff and the foundation here. We have a great team, with a lot of knowledge and a lot of experience. We’ve got a lot to do, but we’ve got a great team to do it with.”
During her time in Whiteville, Priest has been involved with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA Steering Committee in Columbus County, and has served as Chair of the Vineland Station Depot Board. In her role with Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Priest will remain involved in community activities, and will work out of Whiteville part-time, approximately one day per week.
“We are excited to have Terrie join us as the LCFH Foundation Manager,” said Gwen Whitley, LCFH President and CEO. “Terrie has long been involved in our community, and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership skills.”
Priest and her husband, Fred, have two grown children, including a daughter who lives in Whiteville with Priest’s grandchildren: MacKenzie, 3 years old, and Campbell, 3 months old. Priest’s son, Evan, recently graduated from East Carolina University.
“So I’m also a Gigi,” she said. In addition to spending time with their grandchildren, Priest and her husband enjoy the beach and traveling.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community. For more information, visit lcfh.org.