NEW STARPOINT BOARD MEMBER – Dr. Mitch McCartney
Dr. McCartney grew up in Ontario, Canada before beginning his journey to Canon City, CO. After completing a B.Sc. (Biological Science) and M.Sc. (Anatomy) in Ontario, Mitch moved to the east coast of Canada to complete a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology studying the retina and more importantly finding and marrying the love of his life, Dianne. Post-Doctoral stops in Memphis, TN and Louisville, KY preceded a 25 year career researching the eye at Alcon Laboratories in Fort Worth, TX where he rose through the scientific ranks to retire as a Director of Research. Following his retirement from Alcon, Mitch and his bride of 36 years, relocated to Land O’Lakes, FL in order to accept the position of Scientific Director of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplantation & Research in Tampa. After four years in this position, Mitch decided to really retire and relocated to Canon City, CO. Dianne is an award-winning author of suspense and contemporary romance novels. Her third book, set in Canon City, will be published this spring. Their daughter, Colleen, graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Anthropology (with honors) and the University of Memphis with a Masters in Applied Anthropology and a Certification in Museums. Colleen is currently the Grants & Initiatives Manager for Arts Memphis.
Mitch has been a Rotarian for over 20 years. His Rotary journey started in TX, prior to transferring to a Florida club and finally the Canon City Rotary Club. Mitch has served Rotary at the club level as a member of various committees, the Director for all the Avenues of Service, Treasurer, Foundation Chair, Board Member and as Club President. He has also served at the District level as a Committee member for Membership, Committee member and Chair of the Wheelchair Committee, the Chair of Foundation Annual Giving and as an Assistant Governor.
“I am honored to become a member of the Starpoint Board. Starpoint’s mission of providing services for children with disabilities as well as adults with cognitive and physical challenges needs to be successful. The commitment to self-determination for families and adults is an enlightened position for our society. Working towards accomplishing these challenges is something that I look forward to helping preserve and grow.”