Jo Brewer and Dr. Brian Burke O.D. have joined the board of the Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County, according to a press release last week.
The clinic is a 501(C)3 that provides free medical, dental, vision, hearing and prescription medications to eligible residents of Dawson County who are uninsured and cannot afford healthcare.
Brewer is currently the executive director of the Medical Plaza 400 and Laboratory Services for Northeast Georgia Health System, where she has been employed for more than 30 years.
She currently serves as the 2017 Chairman of the Board of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and is deeply involved in many community activities.
Brewer graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science and a masters of business administration.
Burke opened Dawson Vision eye clinic in 2003, where he continues working as an optometrist.
He was a medic in the 9th Infantry Division for three years after graduating from high school in Kettering, Ohio. After completing his enlistment, he attended Wright State University before graduating from The Ohio State University with a Doctorate in Optometry in 1990.
Locally, Burke was been awarded Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2015 and Business Leader of the Year in 2016. He is active in the Rotary Club of Dawson County.
Their election to the board was unanimous.
"They bring valuable experience and expertise to the board that will prove to be invaluable as the clinic strives to move to successively higher levels to serve more patients in need," said Jane Stuckey, chairman of the Good Shepherd Clinic.