Wilson Research Foundation adds three new members to board


The Board of Governors of the Wilson Research Foundation, the fundraising arm of Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson has elected three new board members: Sam Lane and Dick Molpus of Jackson and John D. (Dave) Robinson of Ridgeland.

“We are very pleased to announce these additions to our outstanding board – Sam, Dick and Dave bring tremendous experience and energy to our foundation as we look to expand our fundraising to enable Methodist Rehab Center to help more people and in more significant ways,” said Ginny Wilson Mounger, chair of board.
Since its formation in 1989, the Wilson Foundation has given more than $1.7 million to Methodist in grants for its growing neuroscience and neurological rehabilitation research program. While continuing to focus on research, the foundation is expanding to become the fundraising arm for additional unfunded or under-funded needs at Methodist.
Lane (left) is senior vice president of First Commercial Bank in Jackson. Lane has 32 years of banking experience, including 17 years with Deposit Guaranty National Bank where he served as senior vice president of commercial banking. He serves on the boards of directors for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, the Neighborhood Christian Center and the Mississippi Kidney Foundation.   
Molpus (right)is president of The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC (MWG), a timberland investment firm based in Jackson with more than 734,000 acres under management. Prior to founding MWG in 1996, Molpus enjoyed a career in public service. In 1980, he was Gov. William Winter’s first staff appointee, and he subsequently was elected for three consecutive terms as Secretary of State of Mississippi. Molpus, along with his wife, Sally, were the founders of Parents for Public Schools, which now has 25 chapters across the U.S. He also serves on the executive committee of the Mississippi Economic Council. In 2005, he was inducted into the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame.
Robinson (left) recently retired as vice president of strategic planning for L-3 Vertex Aerospace. Previous to this position, he retired from the U.S. Army as a major general after a 33-year career. Robinson is a key lay leader in the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church, and serves as chair of the United Methodist Foundation of Mississippi. He is a sought-after strategic planner and keynote speaker on topics ranging from church budgeting, capital campaigns, stewardship and planned giving.
For information about Methodist Rehabilitation Center and the Wilson Research Foundation, visit www.methodistonline.org.