UNC Greensboro Foundation

Members are appointed for a three-year term from July 1 through June 30 of the third year. Standing committees include: the Executive Committee, the Governance Committee, and the Finance and Audit Committee.


UNC Greensboro Foundation Board of Directors

Karen Armstrong received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1987 and subsequently worked for ABCO Automations, Procter and Gamble, and Arrow International. She is now a community volunteer who currently serves the Duke Cancer Institute Board of Advisors and the Advisory Council for Voices Together, a nonprofit that promotes music therapy for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has also completed a four-year term on the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, after being appointed by Governor Pat McCrory in 2015.

Debra Turner Bailey ’79, ’81 MPA retired from Corning Incorporated in 2013 as their global diversity officer. With a master’s degree in human resources from Cornell University, she has also held roles as a strategic HR business partner, an HR generalist, and a director of three HR Centers of Excellence. She worked for ten years in higher education administration at Cornell University, The University of Texas at Austin, and UNCG. She is vice president of the Children’s Homes of Iredell County Board of Directors and a member of the American Heart Association Circle of Red and the Circle of Giving organizations.

Gay Bowman ’72 MA is the former president (2003-2004) of the American Medical Association Alliance and the 2009 recipient of the Belle Chenault Award for Political Participation, given by the American Medical Association PAC. She currently sits on the Alliance Health Education Initiative Board of Trustees, and she is active in several community organizations, including Reading Connections.

Jason Caldwell ’03 is the Community Colleges-Strategic Partnership manager at Western Governors University, an online university based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this position, he serves as WGU’s liaison to the North Carolina Community College System. He is also an adjunct professor at NC A&T’s Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics. Previously, he served as executive director to Degrees Matter!, based at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and as the director of the School of Business Management at John Wesley University.

Patricia Chamings earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at the University of Florida before completing her doctorate in higher education administration at Vanderbilt University.  She served 10 years as a flight nurse in the Tennessee Air National Guard and 20 years in the Air Force Reserve in various nursing and administrative positions; she retired as a colonel. Her civilian career has included several university faculty positions. She came to UNCG from Emory University, and worked as a professor and dean at the UNCG School of Nursing. She retired from the University in 2005 and, from 2007 to 2011, she served as interim dean at North Carolina A&T University’s School of Nursing.

Doug Copeland is the executive director of business development for the commercial division of Furnitureland South, the largest furniture store in the world. His past roles include 16 years as president and publisher of the Triad Business Journal, vice president of Cone Health, and chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Richardson Preyer. He has been honored with a National Leadership Award from the National Association of Community Leadership and the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award from Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. In 2017, Doug was presented the Maleska Leadership Service Award from Leadership Greensboro “for a lifetime of work in the area of leadership and civic engagement.”

David Craft ’85 has been an advisor at AssuredPartners since 2017. Before coming into this role, he served as board chair, CEO, and executive vice president of Craft Insurance Group. A dedicated outdoor enthusiast, he has greatly assisted land conservation and protection in the local community. In 2004, he was a leader in helping to pass the Open Space bond, which led to a county-wide system of passive parks, and he spearheaded the effort to prevent the Haw River State Park from being turned into a private golf course. He serves on the board of Piedmont Land Conservancy and is the co-founder of the Piedmont Legacy Trails initiative. He currently serves as the chair of the Uwharrie Trailblazer trail club.

Candance Cummings retired from VF Corporation in 2012 as vice president of administration, general counsel, and secretary. She was VF’s first general counsel and was responsible for the establishment of VF’s global law department. Prior to VF Corporation, she was a senior partner at the international law firm of Dechert Price & Rhoads of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Hank Cunningham is a certified mortgage banker. He founded Cunningham & Company in 1990, and after selling the company, now serves as senior vice president for Highlands Residential Mortgage. He is former chair and vice chair of the Greensboro Housing Development Partnership, former chair of the Mortgage Bankers Association Residential Board of Governors, former director of the Mortgage Bankers Association, and former president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of the Carolinas. In 2011, he was presented the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Distinguished Service Award and inducted into the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association Hall of Fame.

Beth N. Fischer is UNCG’s vice chancellor for University Advancement. Prior to joining the Spartan family in 2018, she was the executive director for University Development at UNC Charlotte, where she designed and directed the UNC Charlotte $218M Exponential Comprehensive Campaign. Beth was selected by the Charlotte Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” award winner in 2009 and subsequently received the “Women in Business” award in 2017. In 2020, she received the Triad Business Journal’s “Women in Business” award. She is an active member of Women Executives and Women’s Professional Forum and she serves on the North Carolina Gift Planning Board.

B. Parks Freeze, Jr. retired as the executive vice president of Commonwealth Hosiery, where he had a 33-year career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in managerial science from Duke University. He currently sits on the Sylvan Heights Bird Park Board of Directors and is a member of the Beaufort Ole Town Rotary and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point, N.C. He is a former member of the UNCG NC Entrepreneur Center Advisory Board. 

Joan Greason ’61 graduated from Woman’s College (now UNCG) as a University Marshal with a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles. She then worked a stint at Wachovia before retiring as a community volunteer. Joan greatly prides herself on being a founding member of the Ronald McDonald House in Winston-Salem. She also helped spearhead the UNCG Vanguard Service Project in the Winston-Salem area, and she is a former member of the community advisory board for the Children’s Museum of Winston Salem.

Carolyn Green ’71, ’73 MA previously served as executive director of Piedmont Senior Care LLC., which now operates through Cone Health. She is also a former senior marketing executive of Precision Fabrics Group, with lobbying experience in both Raleigh, N.C. and Washington, D.C. She is former president of the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance as well as the Greater Greensboro Medical Society Alliance. Carolyn currently serves on the boards of the Weatherspoon Foundation, the Carolina Theatre, and the North Carolina Aquarium Society, a non-profit whose mission is to support the North Carolina aquariums and underwrite special exhibits.

Phaedra J. Grove ’92, ’95 MPA has cultivated a 20+ year career in human resources and currently leads Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand at Reynolds American in Winston-Salem. Her commitment to civic service includes lifetime memberships in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., NAACP, and the UNCG Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Links Incorporated and Leadership Winston-Salem Class of 2021.

Linda Higgins ’72 was president and co-founder of One Design Center, a Greensboro interior design and space planning firm. Since closing the company with fellow UNCG alumnae Cyndi Folds and Anne Bowers in 2016, she offers services as an independent commercial interior design consultant. Linda served on the UNCG HES Foundation Board for more than 20 years, and was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni by receiving the HES (now HHS) Pacesetter Award. She was a charter member of the Construction Professionals Network (CPN) of North Carolina, and in 2008 CPN honored her with an Outstanding Service Award.

Joe Hughes ’84 retired as executive vice president and employee benefits division leader of Senn Dunn Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC. company. Before joining Senn Dunn Insurance, he was a founding partner of Professional Benefits Management LLC. and held roles at Ciba-Geigy Corporation, UnitedHealthcare, and Piedmont Administrators. Joe previously served on the Elon University Parents Council and is a former board member of Industries of the Blind, the UNCG Board of Visitors, and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

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Lisa Johnson worked in marketing and management at IBM for more than 12 years before starting her event planning and design consulting business. Active in her community, she currently is serving her second term on the Weatherspoon Art Museum Advisory Board of Directors as secretary and on the executive committee. She has served for six years on the boards of the Music Academy of North Carolina and GreenHill, and she is past president of both boards. She has been involved with fundraising and chaired committees for many organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Greensboro Day School, Episcopal High School, and the Junior League.

Celia G. Jolley ’71 is a retired educator with more than 25 years of experience in North Carolina public education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UNCG and a master’s in education from NC State University. Her service to UNCG includes terms on the School of Education (SOE) Advisory Board and the University’s Board of Visitors. She is currently in her second term on the UNCG Excellence Foundation board and is also a member of the SOE Donor Relations Committee. Celia was named an Inspirational Educator in 2019 and received the SOE Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

Steve Joyce ’90 is the managing director at Talanta Investment Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, most of which he spent at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley Wealth Management) as a financial consultant. His philanthropic service has included serving on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, as past president of the Kiwanis Club of Greensboro, and as chair of the Trinity Church (Greensboro) Board of Directors.

Dot Kearns ’53, ’74 MED served as a member of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and was its first female chairperson. She is credited with initiating Smart Start in Guilford County, and in 2014, Guilford County Schools’ Dorothy Kendall Kearns Academy was named in her honor. She served on the Board of Education for High Point City Schools and for Guilford County Schools, and is the current board co-chair for Southwest Renewal Foundation in High Point. In 2020, she marked her 50th year as a member of the League of Women Voters. Among her many honors and awards, she received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2008 and was named High Point Citizen of the Year in 2011.

Kim Ketchum ’70 is president of Ketchum and Company, which he founded in 1971. With strong ties to the community, he is also a trustee of AuthoraCare Collective (formerly Hospice and Palliative Care) and a member of the Guilford County Commission on Aging. Kim’s previous involvements include president of the Greensboro Civitan Club, board chair of Family Service of the Piedmont and the Family Service of Greensboro Foundation, and member of the Community Foundation of Greensboro’s Professional Advisory Committee. Kim was UNCG’s first male senior class president and he is the originator of the campus’ annual luminary display.

Kurt Kronenfeld ’79 is executive vice president of Marsh & McLennan Agency. He is a business insurance consultant who develops and implements risk management programs for owners, developers, and managers of real estate. He began his insurance career in 1980 with Aetna Casualty and Surety Company as a senior claims representative.   

Tom Martin ’70 retired in 2003 as planning director for the City of Greensboro. A true UNCG campus fixture, Tom played on the University’s first men’s basketball team and served as the first male president of the University’s Alumni Association. He is in the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame (2013) and the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame (2002). In 2006, the Southern Conference presented him with a Distinguished Service Award and in 2014 he was honored with UNCG’s WC Legacy Award. Tom is past chairman of the 1981 GGO (now the Wyndham Championship), former treasurer of the Greensboro Historical Museum, and former president of the Greensboro Sports Council.

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Terri Maultsby is a former teacher, with experience at the Green Vale School (New York), Canterbury School, and Greensboro Day School. After retiring from K-12 education in 2013, she completed certification for health coaching and yoga instruction. Today, her business Think.Eat.Grow. provides wellness education programs, classes on healthy eating habits, and cooking instruction. 

Cheryl McQueary previously served as deputy administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration with the U.S. Department of Transportation and as special assistant to the chief information officer at the US Department of Agriculture. Both positions were appointments from President George W. Bush. Cheryl also has 20 years of private sector experience at Bell Laboratories, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies. She has served on the TEDxGreensboro Leadership Team, the NCDOT Board of Transportation, and the boards of the Greensboro Transit Authority, NC Global TransPark, and the United Way of Greater Greensboro, among others.

Terald Melton ’93 founded Ivy Ridge Capital Consulting, Inc. (predecessor to Sterling Gabriel, Inc.) in 2004. Before starting his company, he had an extensive career in retail, commercial, corporate and investment banking and commercial real estate with NationsBank, First Union National Bank, BB&T and Wachovia. He holds a bachelor of science degree in finance and accounting from UNCG and a master’s in business administration from Duke University. He is active with several local and regional community and educational boards. 

Jennifer Mee Morris ’86 is an international flight attendant with United Airlines and the former director of marketing and sales for Paces Construction Company in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently serves on the UNCG Alumni Leadership Board as vice president and as an executive committee member, and she has served as chair of the University’s Alumni Engagement Committee and as a member of its executive committee. Her volunteerism has also extended to the Sandy Springs Education Force, at her local public high school, where she has aided as a student mentor through the program Students Achieving in Life.

Claire Niver ’86 is the senior vice president of human resources and corporate affairs at Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC. She has completed post-graduate programs at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School and at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She has been certified by WorldatWork as a compensation and benefits professional and by the Society for Human Resource Management as a senior professional in human resources. Claire currently serves on the board of the American Red Cross Eastern North Carolina Region as well as the development committee of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – and is the former secretary for North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation.

Judy Penny ’70, ’74 MA, ’89 PHD is the retired executive director of accountability and research for Guilford County Schools. Previously, she served as program evaluation manager for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and she was formerly the president of University Research Associates, Inc. Her service to other organizations includes serving as board member and treasurer of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education, board member and treasurer of the Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality, and board member of John Gordon branch of the State Employees Credit Union, UNCG HHS Alumni Leadership Council, and On Track Education, Inc.

Dale Phipps ’82, ’86 is a certified public accountant and senior vice president of Internal Audit at LabCorp. His former positions include vice president of finance at Wysong & Miles and controller for Trent Capital Management Inc. Dale is a current member of the UNCG Bryan School Accounting and Finance Advisory Board and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.

Carolynn Rice ’97 MBA is the former director of quality improvement at Advanced Home Care and the wife of Cone Health CEO Emeritus Tim Rice. Named in their honor, the Tim and Carolynn Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health is the largest facility for children in the Cone Health network. Carolynn is a former board member of Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro, and she previously sat on the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Triad Board of Directors.  

Jo Safrit ’57 was the Virginia Horne Henry Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well as professor and chair at American University in Washington, D.C. Specializing in measurement and evaluation in exercise science, she is an emerita member of the Kinesiology Academy, the Measurement and Evaluation Society, and was a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Science Board, and the Measurement and Evaluation Section of AERA. She published several text books in her area of specialization and numerous articles in research journals. Every few years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison sponsors a Safrit Lecture in her honor.

Leigh Seager ’72 bio to come

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Sarah Shoffner ’62, ’64 MS, ’77 PHD is professor emerita of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, and she currently serves on three panels with the University’s Alumni Association board – the Alumni House Committee, the Vanguard Leadership Council, and the Woman’s College Tribute Project Committee. She is past president of the Human Environmental Sciences (HES) Foundation Board of Directors, and she now serves on the Executive Committee of the Excellence Foundation and the HES Legacy Committee. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the School of HES in 2006, and in 2013 UNCG recognized her with a Women of Distinction Award. 

Paula Myrick Short ’67 is senior vice president and provost at the University of Houston and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Houston System. Prior, she served as vice chancellor of academic affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents, and she has previously presided as president to the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration and the University Council for Educational Administration. As a highly decorated administrator and professor, she was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board as a Fulbright specialist and voted one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Houston in 2015.  

Carole Simms is a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. law firm. She is a trustee at Cone Health, chair of the Board of Directors at Union Square Campus, and director of The First Tee of the Triad. With a long record of service to the community, she has previously chaired the Greater Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, the Cone Health System Board of Trustees, and United Way of Greater Greensboro. She is also a former trustee of Guilford College and North Carolina A&T State University. In 2007, the Chamber of Commerce presented her with the Osborne Distinguished Citizen Award.

Mac Sims is the president and chief executive officer of East Greensboro NOW. In this role, he works with local and county officials to provide minority business and economic development, access to housing for low-income families, and entrepreneur training for the East Greensboro community. Additionally, he serves on the Greenway Oversight committee, the Greensboro Conventions and Visitors board, and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Grow Committee.

Dennis Stearns, founder of Stearns Financial Group, is nationally recognized in the financial planning industry. He has authored several books and been regularly quoted in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Planning magazine, Kiplinger Finance, and the Journal of Financial Planning. The Financial Planning Association named him “one of the leading financial scenario experts and futurists,” and his recent accolades include being named one of the Triad’s “Most Influential People” and “Most Admired CEOs” by the Triad Business Journal.

Carrie Stewart is vice president at Green State Power, a commercial solar and LED lighting installation company, where she heads Solar Farm Development. Daughter of the late Senator Kay Hagan, Carrie holds a degree in business administration from UNC Chapel Hill and formerly worked in commercial banking at BB&T. Her volunteerism includes service on the North Carolina Council for Women, the UNCG Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Future Fund Steering Committee at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and Greensboro Day School’s Alumni Board.  

Camille Townsend ’65 AAS had a 40+ year career in health care and has volunteered with several community organizations. She was president of the American Cancer Society Greensboro chapter and served as a board member and officer to the Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance, the Medical Society/Alliance Endowment Fund, and the Guilford Medical/Dental Managers Association. She now serves on the UNCG Nursing Advisory Board, the Greensboro Sports Council, and the Earlier.org Board of Directors, a local breast cancer organization. Camille is an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro and volunteers as the coordinator for an outreach ministry called Hot Dish and Hope.

Jana Wagenseller ’76 has been president of her health care consulting business, Jana Wagenseller LLC., since 2004. She retired as associate director at the Duke Oncology Network, after being instrumental in the development of the Duke Cancer Center’s affiliation program. Prior to that, she worked as a registered nurse for Duke University Medical Center and became head nurse in the oncology department. She is the first UNCG School of Nursing graduate to preside as president of the University’s Alumni Association Board.

Art Winstead ’78 is a partner at both DMJ Wealth Advisors, LLC. and DMJ & Co., PLLC. He has been a guest lecturer in business/accounting classes at several universities including Appalachian State University, UNC Charlotte, Wake Forest University, and UNC Chapel Hill. He serves as team captain for the Private Companies Practice Section peer reviews throughout the country and state of North Carolina. Art has also served as chairman of the CPAmerica Accounting and Auditing Executive Committees. He recently served as president of the NC Board of CPA Examiners and also as a member of the AICPA Standards Board.