Commencement Keynote Speaker - Dr. Ann Wooten Langston
Ann Langston is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Opportunities at Church Health, whose purpose is to improve health and well-being so that people can experience the full richness of life. Ann attended Southern Methodist University where she earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees. She practiced law for 22 years, first in Atlanta, GA then Memphis, TN before joining Church Health in 1999.
Founded by Scott Morris, MD, M.Div. in 1987, Church Health is the largest privately-funded, faith-based medical organization of its type in the United States, caring for more than 70,000 working uninsured people and their families since its inception. Ann provided volunteer legal counsel to Church Health from 1987 to 1999 and served on the board of trustees from 1994 to 1999. Since joining the Church Health team in 1999, she has served as Director, Chief Strategic Officer and is now the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Opportunities.
Church Health is a critical part of the social safety net and connective tissue that makes Memphis a caring community. Throughout her career, Ann has worked to develop partnerships that support all facets of Church Health’s Model for Healthy Living: Medical, Nutrition, Friends & Family, Movement, Work, Faith Life, and Emotional. Ann was a driving force that made Church Health’s 2017 move to Crosstown Concourse possible, and she continues to develop and nurture myriad community partnerships that extend Church Health’s ability to engage patients and members—body, mind and spirit – in the pursuit of healthy living.
Through her work with ECHO (Empowering Church Health Outreach), Ann advises teams around throughout the United States who are starting or expanding non-profit health clinics in their communities.
Ann currently serves on the boards of Community Redevelopment Agency and the Foundation for Southwest Tennessee Community College. She is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and serves on the board of St. John’s United Methodist Church, where she is also Lay Leader. She has been honored with numerous awards and accolades throughout her career.
Ann and her husband, Dudley, have two grown children, Frank and Katy.