Dr. Lanny Copeland is a Family Physician who practiced in rural settings in Indiana and Georgia for 20 years. He was instrumental in beginning a family medicine residency program focusing on rural healthcare, especially the underserved area of southwest Georgia. For many years he was recognized as one of the top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the US by Modern Healthcare, ranking #8 on this list in 2012.
Copeland’s humanitarian work has taken him to Yemen, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Haiti, and most recently to Cuba, where the foci has been on medical education and health care delivery.
After retiring from the corporate world, he and his wife Mica actively manage their 280 acres of timberland in Warren County, Kentucky.
COL (retired) Jimmie Sizemore is a very passionate, energetic and busy woodland owner. Recently retired from the United States Army Reserve and the Clay County Board of Education, he and his wife Leslie are enjoying a very active retirement. Their property in Clay County lies on the Sarvis Fork of Buzzard Creek deep in the heart of Eastern Kentucky. Here they manage an orchard of mainly heirloom apples, keep honey bees, grow sorghum cane, black walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, paw paws and persimmons. They also enjoy tapping maple trees and spending time enjoying the natural wonders of their woodlands.
COL Sizemore is an active member of many organizations including: the Arbor Day Foundation, American Chestnut Foundation, the American Tree Farm System, Disabled American Veterans, North American Pawpaw Growers Association, the Great Smokey Mountains Association, Kentucky Maple Syrup Association, Kentucky State Bee Keepers Association, Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association, the Midwest Apple Improvement Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. When they aren’t busy working their farm or managing their woodlands they enjoy volunteering at their church or traveling and spending time with their five daughters and grandchildren.
Jimmie and Leslie will be hosting the August 24 Woodland Owners Short Course at their tree farm.