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Robert NelsonPresident of the Board (term expires 2022)
Mr. Nelson is a member of a consulting firm consisting of retired high-level officials from governmental agencies and the University of North Carolina. He serves as an advisor and subject matter expert concerning issues of strategic, financial and physical planning to public and private higher education intuitions. He also consults with a global software company on matters related to solutions for governmental clients. Mr. Nelson received his master’s degree in Public Affairs from North Carolina State University, worked in the Office of State Budget and Management and then in the Office of the President of the University of North Carolina System. Mr. Nelson is currently a member of the North Carolina State University Investment Fund Board, East Carolina University Board of Visitors, UNC Press Finance Committee and Galloway Ridge Board of Directors. He was awarded the Barry K. Sanders Award for Financial Leadership in State Government in 2004 and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2010.
Kelly Mackay Vice President to the Board (term expires 2021)
Kelly Mackay earned her law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993. Currently, she is a Managing Member at the Law Office of Walker Lambe, PLLC, in Durham, NC. Her areas of practice focus on General Business, Corporate, Corporate Sustainability and Commercial Real Estate. Ms. Mackay is the 14th Judicial District President of the North Carolina State Bar and a member of the Durham County Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association. She has been an active contributor to the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce and has served as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. She is currently serving as President of the Durham County Bar Association and on the Local Board of Advisors for North State Bank. Ms. Mackay has been active in her community with her work through Hoops for Wake Forest, Kiwanis Club, American Business Women’s Association and the Anthony J. Trentini Scholarship Foundation. She has also been recognized by the NC Pro Bono Honor Society, an honor given to NC attorneys who have given substantial and valuable legal contributions to the state of North Carolina.
George Alex WellerSecretary for the Board (term expires 2020)
G. Alex Weller, a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, served as a Second Mate on container ships with Sea Land Service, Inc. Upon graduating cum laude from Stetson University, College of Law, he entered active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard. After leaving active duty, he practiced maritime law as a partner in a New Orleans law firm, while continuing his U.S. Coast Guard Reserve career rising to command all Coast Guard Reserve members in Louisiana, and retiring as a Captain. After leaving his law firm, he was a civilian senior counsel with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Maritime & International Law, where he advised numerous U.S. delegations to the International Maritime Organization and the International Maritime Satellite Organization. On retiring from Coast Guard civilian service, he and his wife moved to Galloway Ridge in 2013. He was elected to the Board in 2015 and serves as Board Secretary. Mr. Weller’s time working in law (including three cases as Coast Guard counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court), and on U.S. Delegations working in international diplomacy, has allowed him to develop and hone a talent for breaking down complex problems into their component parts, listening to all sides before reaching a decision, and working with all interests, developing optimal and workable solutions. Using his negotiating skills, he has demonstrated the ability to bring diverse interests to “yes.”
Todd L. PetersonTreasurer for the Board (term expires 2021)
Mr. Peterson retired from a management career primarily in academic medical centers. For two decades he served University of North Carolina Hospitals as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Previous to that at University of California, Davis, Medical Center he was responsible for most professional services and also served as Chief Financial Officer. Earlier hospital work was in Philadelphia, and banking in Pittsburgh. Todd currently volunteers as a member of the Chatham Hospital Board of Directors and chairs its Finance Committee. Numerous other not-for-profit board memberships have included a state hospital association, a chamber of commerce, a YMCA, and a young adult mentorship program. The post-graduate Management Fellowship Program at UNC Healthcare is named in Todd’s honor. He earned a MA in Health Care Administration from George Washington Univ., and a BS in Business from Univ. of Pittsburgh. Todd is Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, and a Life Member of the NC Hospital Association.
Robbie CoxBoard Member (term expires 2021)
Robert Cox earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburg. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where his principal research interests have been environmental and climate change communication, and strategic studies of environmental non-profit organizations. Dr. Cox recently edited the 4-volume reference work Environmental Communication (2016) and the Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication (2015). His book Environmental Communication (2018, 5th edition) is the leading U.S. college textbook in the field and recently was translated into Chinese. Dr. Cox served three times as President of the U.S. Sierra Club and on the board of directors for Earth Echo International. He advises environmental non-profit groups, recently helping to design the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” initiative, encouraging U.S. cities to transition to100% renewable energy. He has enjoyed hiking in the Himalayas, the southern Appalachian Mountains, and, in 2018, he completed a walk across northern England.
Matt EwendBoard Member(term expires 2020)
Dr. Matthew Ewend is the President of UNC Physicians and has responsibility for the overall physician enterprise of UNC Health Care System, a statewide network of 10 hospitals and more than 1,900 employed physicians across more than 600 practices. He also serves as UNC Health Care’s Chief Quality and Value Officer and is charged with planning and leading UNC’s quality improvement and population health initiatives. In addition, Dr. Ewend is Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the UNC School of Medicine. He joined the faculty in 1997 after completing medical school, neurosurgery residency, and a brain tumor fellowship at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Ewend’s clinical interests center on endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of brain tumors, especially pituitary tumors, skull base tumors, and metastases. His research interest centers on developing neuro-stem cell based therapies for treatment of brain tumors.
Valerie Crofton HarrisBoard Member (term expires 2020)
Valerie Crofton-Harris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Duke University in Durham, NC in 1984 and a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987. She served as the Director of Provider Relations and Contracting with Maxicare of North Carolina, as well as a Health Care Contracting Consultant for clients such as the NC Department of Correction, Wellpath of North Carolina, MDI Healthcare and CIGNA. Most recently, Ms. Crofton-Harris has served in a management capacity at Welford Harris Ford. Her board experience includes Chatham Charter School, Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board and the Boys and Girls Club Corporate Board.
Marva PriceBoard Member (term expires 2021)
Marva Price received the Bachelors of Science in Nursing from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro. She received the Masters and Doctorate in Public Health from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, including a post-master’s certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition, she completed the post-masters in nursing at the University of Washington, Seattle. Currently, Marva is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the Duke University School of Nursing, which was followed by associate professor and program director at the UNC School of Nursing. Marva served terms appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue and Governor Pat McCrory to the North Carolina State Public Health Commission and the Mining and Energy Commission (currently Oil and Gas Commission). She served on a three-county mental health board (which included Chatham county), and she served on the Carolina Meadows continuing care retirement community’s executive board and health committee. In addition, she is a former health director for the Chatham County Health Department. Marva and her husband Eddie Price, former Chatham County principal and central office consultant, live in Fearrington Village. They have two adult daughters, LeShawndra, a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, and Lebbonee, who is a strategic partner manager for Google, San Francisco.
Jeff StricklerBoard Member (term expires 2022)
Dr. Strickler is the President of Chatham Hospital and Vice President responsible for UNC Hillsborough campus. He is a Registered Nurse and retired Paramedic who has worked in emergency, transport, and trauma nursing. He has a doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is an adjunct faculty member at UNC School of Nursing and Gilling’s School of Global Public Health as well as the Tillman School of Business at the University of Mount Olive. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for Nursing 2019. He currently serves on a number of community boards such as Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, Hillsborough Tourism Board, and Orange County Rape Crisis Center.
Fred SparlingBoard Member (term expires 2022)
Fred Sparling moved to Galloway Ridge in 2014. He was raised outside Chicago, was educated at Barrington (IL) Consolidated High School, Princeton University, and Harvard Medical School before training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1969 he took a position at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he worked for 45 years before retiring in 2014. At UNC he served sequentially as Chief of the Infectious Disease Division in the Department of Internal Medicine, Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, working all the while in research on infectious diseases and as an attending physician. In his last 10 years, he served as director of a large multi-institutional program in biodefense and emerging infectious diseases, holding joint appointments at both UNC and Duke for several years. He served on various university boards and also on the scientific advisory boards of large (Merck) and small biotech firms, as well as various committees of the National Institutes of Health and the Infectious Disease Society of America IDSA), of which he was President for one year. Awards include a lifetime achievement award from the IDSA. At Galloway Ridge he has served on several committees, including terms as Chair of Health and also the Strategic Advisory Committees.
David PerryBoard Member (term expires 2022)
David Perry received his undergraduate and M.A. degrees in Political Science from Indiana University-Bloomington. From 1968 to 1975 he served as a legislative analyst and budget examiner with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, a component of the Executive Office of the President, and in 1972 received the Professional Achievement Award from OMB. In 1975 he commenced a 30-year career in academic medicine, serving as Associate Dean/Principal Business Officer at two American medical colleges: Saint Louis University (1975-1989); and UNC-Chapel Hill (1989-2006). In 2004 he was honored by UNC-CH with the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. During most of the decade of the 1980’s he served the National Institutes of Health as a Special Reviewer on grant renewal site visits to all seven of the federally-sponsored Regional Primate Research Centers, as well as to several federally-funded General Clinical Research Centers. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War (1966-1967), and was awarded the Bronze Star medal for Outstanding Service on the staff of the Military Assistance Command-Vietnam.
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