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Tanner Foundation

Foundation Staff

Brian Dill

Brian Dill

Vice President, External Affairs, Tanner Health System

Executive Director, Tanner Foundation

Brian leverages a proven track record of corporate communications, government affairs and public policy strategy, corporate fundraising success, contractual negotiations, and corporate budget management in his current role at Tanner Health System.

Externally, Brian currently serves as the Chair of the Georgia Telecommunications Commission (GPB) and is the immediate past President of the University of Georgia Alumni Association. In addition, he serves on the Board of Governor’s for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and is a University of West Georgia Foundation Trustee.

A 2013 member of Leadership Georgia, Brian has served on their Board of Trustees and is a J.W. Fanning Fellow. He and his family are members of First Baptist Church of Carrollton.

A native of Irwin County, Brian is a 1994 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science and a 2019 graduate of UGA’s Executive MBA program.

Brian is married to Carmen, the Culinary Arts Teacher for Carrollton High School and a 1995 graduate of UGA. They have one son Mason who is a Sophomore two-sport athlete with Dean College. The Dills currently reside in Carrollton, Georgia.


Mary Busby

Mary Saravia Busby

Director of Development

As Director of Development, Mary manages the Foundation team and directs the Foundation’s fundraising efforts to secure corporate and individual major, annual and planned gifts as well as grants and sponsorships. She has overseen Tanner Foundation's signature event, The Magnolia Ball, which became a venerated local tradition welcoming 600+ guests for a evening of dining, dancing and auction in support of key hospital projects.

Mary advances Tanner Foundation's mission via web, print, social media and video communications. She builds community relationships, crafts proposals, structures programs and supports donors in developing multi-year fund and endowment agreements to champion the patients and services of Tanner Health System.

She leverages more than a decade of experience in strategic sales and communications from her early career in the cable industry, serving as Director of Sales Strategy for The Weather Channel and as a marketer for Cox Communications. She has developed and directed integrated marketing campaigns with teams from Disney and ESPN, AMC Networks, NBC Universal and other cable industry leaders.

Mary is a graduate of Binghamton University, a top-rated public research center in New York, and was inducted into Mensa in 2002. She has earned certificates in Fundraising Management (2021), Major Gifts (2016) and Annual Giving (2012) from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Madison Institute and graduated the Tanner Leadership Institute Director's Cohort (2017.)


Janet Whitt

Janet Bradley Whitt

Finance and Operations Specialist

For more the 17 years, Janet has served the community through strategic positions with Tanner Foundation. As Finance and Operations Specialist, she manages the general accounting functions and the management of the donor database for the Foundation. Her duties include monitoring endowments, processing month end close, preparation and distribution of reports to management and maintaining the integrity of donor information.

Janet has earned certificates in Philanthropy Operations, Elements of Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Hospice Development from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Madison Institute and bCRE certification from Blackbaud University. Janet attended the University of West Georgia and is a current member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.


Lauren Gann

Lauren Gledhill Gann

Donor Relations Coordinator

Lauren Gledhill Gann is the Donor Relations Coordinator at Tanner Foundation where she serves as a key liaison between the Executive Director and the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, staff, donors and prospects. She supports the Foundation’s major initiatives in support of Women’s and Children’s Health, coordinates Board of Trustees, Board Committee and Campaign Committee Meetings and maintains the Foundation’s official records. Lauren has earned a Fundamentals in Resource Development certificate from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Madison Institute.

Lauren is a graduate of Oak Mountain Academy and holds a B.A. in Psychology from LaGrange College. While at LaGrange College, Lauren had unique fundraising opportunities including being the co-founder of Panthers Pounce on Autism, a 5K run to support Autism Speaks.



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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Carb Counting - Webinar
Carb Counting - Webinar

Thursday, February 10, 2022


Tanner Welcomes National Guard Deployment
Tanner Welcomes National Guard Deployment

As the omicron variant of COVID-19 strains hospitals throughout the country, Tanner Health System was appreciative to welcome 10 members of the Georgia National Guard to assist with operations at its hospitals in Carrollton and Villa Rica.

Bank OZK Contributes $250,000 to Higgins General Hospital
Bank OZK Contributes $250,000 to Higgins General Hospital

Bank OZK contributed $250,000 to Higgins General Hospital in Bremen, Georgia, bringing the total donated by Bank OZK for the community hospital to $1 million.

Foundation Staff Locations

Tanner Foundation

Tanner Foundation

109 College Street, Carrollton, GA 30117

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Phone: 770-812-4438

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.