BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Randy & Pam Cope, Co-Founders
Randy Cope is the Co-Founder of Touch A Life as well as a Director with Cribb, Greene & Associates. He manages the sale and appraisal process for daily newspapers and weekly publication groups. His emphasis is in newspaper and publication consulting, providing operational restructuring and strategic planning to newspaper boards and owners. Randy has worked with newspaper publications since 1987, when he took over as the publisher of his family’s newspaper, the Neosho Daily News.
Pam Cope is the Co-Founder of Touch A Life and the author of Jantsen’s Gift, a powerful memoir published in three foreign markets. Pam and her husband Randy have four children and have been committed to a life of purpose since losing their oldest son in 1999. That life of purpose has been organically taking shape in the most creative ways. From the streets of Saigon to the adventures of West Africa, Pam firmly believes that the world can be changed one child at a time.
J.D. Young, Chairman of the Board
J.D. Young resides in Oklahoma City, OK, with his wife and their four children. J.D. is a graduate of Texas A&M, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1995. From there he began his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has continued his career in finance and accounting as a CFO of several companies over the last 14 years. He has served in various leadership capacities at his church including as a marriage mentor, small group leader, and elder. He has a passion for sports, loves to run, enjoys the outdoors, and particularly enjoys camping with his family and friends. He considers one of his greatest joys to be keeping up with the children of Touch A Life and partnering with this wonderful organization in various ways, including serving on its board of directors.
Terra McClelland, Board Secretary
Terra Gray McClelland serves as the Director of Regional Government Relations for Benevis, a dental management company. As director, she is responsible for all aspects of government relations and strategic communications for Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma as well as working on federal issues for the company. Previously, Terra served as Director of Advance for First Lady, Laura Bush. In this role, Terra was responsible for the First Lady’s schedule outside of the White House, coordinating both national and international travel. Terra has traveled to all over the world, working with foreign governments and embassies on the execution of the First Lady’s schedule. She has served on the National Young Alumni Board for SMU, served on many committees, including the Securities Industry Association and the US Chamber of Commerce, was a Public Member for the State Bar of Texas District 6A Grievance Committee, and holds a seat on the Planning Committee for the State Government Affairs Council. She is also a graduate of Leadership Texas, graduating in November 2012.
Rob Bunch, Board Member
Rob Bunch has always had a passion for people in need and became involved with Touch a Life through a divine appointment- a business dinner with Pam and Randy Cope. After hearing Pam and Randy share about Jantsen’s Gift and the beginnings of this amazing ministry, he knew he had to get involved. As the Managing Director of The High Road Agency, he and his team have been able to help increase awareness of the ministry and needs of Touch A Life through marketing and social media. Rob and several of the High Road team had the privilege of visiting Ghana in fall 2018 and they hope to return again this year. Rob has also loved getting his wife, April, and their two boys Ethan (9) and Truman (7) involved in collecting needed supplies to take back to Ghana.
John O’Toole, Treasurer of the Board
John has served as the Touch A Life Executive Director and then CEO since 2011. John is an Associate for Executives in Action and also serves as Executive Vice President of WLX, a company specializing in platform truck transportation. John co-founded the Cal West Tariff Bureau and Association, a nonprofit organization servicing the transportation industry. He brings over 30 years of executive-level experience to the Touch A Life team. John lives in Irving, TX, and has two grown children and five grandchildren.
medical advisory board
A medical mission trip over 20 years ago was what first led Jamie to pursue a career in dentistry. Since graduating dental school, Jamie has traveled and provided dental care in several different countries on several different continents including: Honduras, Nicaragua, India, Ghana, and Haiti. Jamie and his wife reside in Nashville, Tennessee, with their four children. Their son, Micah, was adopted from Touch A Life’s program in Ghana. The Burtons have continued to travel to Ghana and visit Touch A Life where Jamie has been able to set up dental clinics on site to provide basic dental services such as examinations and cleanings for the children and adults living there.
Jamie serves on the Peer Review Committee for the Nashville Dental Society. He maintains active membership in the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Nashville Dental Society, and the Tennessee Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a past Board member and active volunteer at the Interfaith Dental Clinic in Nashville.
Matt Cope, Internal Medicine Hospitalist
Matt Cope is an internal medicine hospitalist at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. He attended Abilene Christian University as a National Merit Scholar, graduating with a degree in biology. After earning his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine where he finished the Tropical Medicine Track, he completed his internal medicine residency at Duke University. When not working, Matt enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Brad Gautney, PNP, MPH
Brad Gautney is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is the Founder and President of Global Health Innovations, a non-profit organization that exists to design, implement, and manage medical programs focused on providing solutions to save lives one village at a time. He has worked with vulnerable children around the globe for the past 15 years. His experience in providing direct medical care, public health interventions, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs allows him to partner with many governmental and non-governmental organizations globally to improve the lives of children.
Jim Morrison, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Medical Officer
Jim Morrison is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, Texas. He practiced Emergency Medicine for almost twenty years and was a founder and leader of Texas Midwest Emergency Physicians providing emergency medical services at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. While in Abilene, he served in numerous medical staff leadership roles and helped to develop the regional trauma system in West Texas.
Dr. Morrison completed a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Business Administration at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore prior to joining the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare system at Hillcrest in 2009. He has been active in international health and is involved in ongoing medical programs in Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, and Ghana. He has a strong interest in healthcare policy and management with an emphasis on equitable access to care and system healthcare quality processes.
Taylor Tidmore, MD
Taylor Tidmore is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon – in Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine with his MD in 2003. He then completed his otolaryngology residency at The University of Missouri in 2008. Since then he has been in private practice in Abilene, Texas where he lives with his wife, Heather, and their four children.