Tanner Foundation

Foundation Staff

Brian Dill

Brian Dill

Senior Vice President, External Affairs
Tanner Health System

As the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Healthliant and Tanner Health System, Brian oversees all community development efforts for the health system’s parent company – Healthliant as well as managing the system’s philanthropic Foundation and legislative advocacy efforts.

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, is a University of West Georgia Foundation Trustee, a REACH Georgia Foundation Development Board member and serves locally on the Carroll Tomorrow Economic Development Board.

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 Junior at the University of Kentucky. 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 fundraising efforts to champion the patients and services of Tanner Health System. She secures major, annual and planned gifts, as well as grants and sponsorships. For several years she oversaw Tanner Foundation's signature event, The Magnolia Ball, a venerated local tradition that supported key hospital projects.

Leveraging more than a decade of sales and communications experience in the cable telecom industry, Mary previously served as Director of Sales Strategy for The Weather Channel and as a marketer for Cox Communications. She developed and directed integrated marketing campaigns with teams from Disney and ESPN, AMC Networks, NBC Universal and other cable industry leaders.

A graduate of Binghamton University in New York, she was inducted into Mensa in 2002 and has earned certificates in Fundraising Management (2021), Major Gifts (2016) and Annual Giving (2012) from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Madison Institute.

Mary is honored to serve the community she called home as a child. Today, she resides in Sharpsburg with her family and three rescue pups.


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

Development Officer

Lauren Gledhill Gann is the Development Officer 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 bachelor's 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.


Joel Truss

Joel Truss

Government Affairs Coordinator, Tanner Health System

Development Coordinator, Tanner Foundation

Joel Truss is a lifelong resident of the State of Georgia and was born and raised in Dekalb County. He brings several years of local and state campaign experience with his most recent position being Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Georgia Republican Party during the 2020 Presidential Election. As Development Coordinator for Tanner Foundation, Joel leads development and donor support in Tanner’s East Alabama market while promoting service line fundraising and awareness. As Government Relations Coordinator, Joel advances Tanner Health System's legislative priorities, representing the organization in Atlanta, Montgomery and Washington.

Joel is a graduate of Albany State University with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently studying for his Master's Degree in Global Affairs and Trade at the University of Oklahoma. He currently resides in Stockbridge, Georgia where he is a member of Grace Baptist Church.


Bree Kelly

Bree Kelly

Donor Relations Coordinator

Bree Kelly is the Donor Relations Coordinator at Tanner Foundation where she acts as an ambassador of the Foundation and fosters outreach to the community. Bree supports Tanner Foundation's development, fund management, administrative operational and accounting functions to maximize fundraising efforts and help build a culture of philanthropy. She supports the Foundation’s major initiatives in support of Orthopedic and Spine Health, as well as Neurology. She oversees Heartbeat, Tanner’s Employee Giving Program, and supports Tanner Foundation’s communication development through web, print and social media.

Bree graduated magna cum laude from Lander University with a bachelor's in English. While attending Lander, she was a member of the NCAA DII Women’s Volleyball Program and served as a Presidential Ambassador. Bree was the 2021 recipient of the Lander University Margaret M. Bryant Excellence Award.



Tanner Volunteers Gift Heart-shaped Pillows to Open-heart Patients
Tanner Volunteers Gift Heart-shaped Pillows to Open-heart Patients

Tanner Volunteers have donated heart-shaped pillows to gift to patients having open-heart surgery.

Tanner Team Trains Hard Ahead of Open-heart Launch
Tanner Team Trains Hard Ahead of Open-heart Launch

Thursday morning, the team at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton ran through a series of scenarios to find — and fix — any weak points in their open-heart surgery process before the program officially launches next week.

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.