One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for October 7, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
David Sumner is the vice president of Human Services and Planning at Southeastern Health in Lumberton NC. He also is a diehard Clemson Tiger fan so on Saturday he was a very happy man as his Clemson Tigers defeated previously undefeated Notre Dame 24-22 on a very rainy night.
David is involved in our community in a lot of different ways including the Kiwanis Club of Robeson/Lumberton. The Kiwanis Club is involved in golf tournaments, reading to 2nd graders, helping underprivileged children, cooking pancakes, and securing sponsorship from donors. David has done all of the above to serve his Lumberton civic club. In fact he has even been seen sporting a ugly sweater during the Kiwanis Christmas holidays.
(l-r) William Gentry, Reid Caldwell, Bruce Mullis, Ralph Ussery, Owen Thomas, and David Sumner.
David has been with the hospital for quite some time and during his tenure he has overseen or been part of some amazing transitions at Southeastern Health. He has assisted Southeastern in building a new heart tower, helped Southeastern develop a business partnership with Duke Hospital, he has assisted the hospital in purchasing a number of properties to expand medical services, and has been instrumental in assisting SE in building a new campus on 26 acres just off I-95 that currently houses Southeastern Park.
David is married to Angela Sumner who also finds many ways to serve our community.
The Friend-DAVID SUMNER
The Friend of the Friend-ANGELA SUMNER
The leader who gives us all a BOOST
Angela Sumner is a leader who works at the local community college as a grant administrator heading up a program called BOOST.
She also is a mom with two special children in Joshua and Hailey.
Angela works at Robeson Community College which is part of a six community college multi-state initiative that is developing a 21st Century technology-based approach to training for the healthcare industry. The program will use 3D simulation technology to provide hands-on training experiences to students. The program is called BOOST.
BOOST is a program designed to enhance students at Robeson Community College with a new pathway to healthcare careers. BOOST will select 48 students each semester to take part in a structured learning community.
Angela is also involved in a number of Non-Profits including Communities in Schools (CIS). Angela is a member of the board of director for CIS. In her work with CIS she helps make sure kids in middle schools have opportunities and encouragement to succeed academically.
Angela and David Sumner have both given our community a boost.