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CARTI Foundation Announces New Board Members

The CARTI Foundation announces the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors for fiscal year 2023. Board terms begin on July 1 and the members foster, support and encourage the activities and purposes of CARTI and advance its mission to provide health care services to cancer patients. 

New members include:

  • Jennifer Ralston-Day
  • Jason Chacko
  • Manoj Patel
  • Greg Williams
 L to R: CARTI Foundation new board members Jennifer Ralston-Day, Jason Chacko, Manoj Patel and Greg Williams.

Jennifer Ralston-Day is the current president of the CARTI Auxiliary and co-chair of Festival of Trees. She is a past Foundation board member and has been involved with CARTI for more than 15 years. Day is also actively involved with the Ralston Family Foundation which raises money for college golfers. Day says her family connection to cancer is what drives her passion for CARTI. “In 1988, my Nanny was treated at CARTI. As an 18 year old, I wasn’t able to help, but said that someday I would help others at CARTI,” shared Ralston-Day. “Since then, my other grandmother and dad were treated at CARTI.”

Jason Chacko is a certified financial planner and a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. His volunteer work ranges from Camp Aldersgate and the Boy Scouts of America to leadership positions with Rotary Club of Little Rock and the Catholic High School for Boys Foundation.

Manoj Patel is known for his work designing and rebuilding hospitality industry businesses. He is president of several businesses including Setu Inc., Vishnu Inc., Setu Hospitality Inc. and Sita Ram Associates. He is a member of the North Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission, has volunteered for the Race for the Cure, Parkinson Foundation events, the Little Rock Marathon, Friends of India as well as other charities over the past 25 years. Patel has had several friends and relatives who have received treatment at CARTI and his desire to serve is steeped in the words of wisdom passed down from his father that says, “If we continuously give, we will continuously have.”

Greg Williams is the Board Chairman of Nabholz Construction Services in Conway. He is an active volunteer and board member with the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph’s Church in Conway and the Jonesboro Unlimited Board. Nabholz Construction has a long affiliation with CARTI and Williams joins the board as a grateful patient.

The four new members join Paul Benham, III, Chair, J. Scott Schallhorn, Vice-Chair, Ginger Beebe*, Traci Braunfisch, Pam Brown Courtney, Misti Coker, Kyle Drown, Kelley Erstine, Adam Head, Dennis Jungmeyer*, Kyle King, Grace Raja, M.D., Cindy VanVeckhoven, Sheila Vaught, Terry Vick, Mark V. Williamson* and Jan Zimmerman.