2020 Candidates for GAA Board of Directors

These candidates and the accompanying ballot are submitted to all dues-paid members of the UNC General Alumni Association as of Jan. 1, 2020. All GAA members are eligible and encouraged to vote in each race, including races representing areas other than those in which the member lives. Completed print ballots must be received at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center, P.O. Box 660, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514-0660 no later than March 31, 2020. Facsimile replies are not accepted. Unless otherwise noted, terms of office are for three years, 2020–23. Chair for 2020–21, Jill Silverstein Gammon ’70 (’72 MSW), elected last year as chair-elect by the Board of Directors, and those elected from this ballot assume office at the Annual Alumni Luncheon in Chapel Hill on Saturday, May 9, 2020.


FIRST VICE CHAIR (Vote for one. One-year term of office,  2020-21.)

Jan Rowe Capps ’75 (BA), Wrightsville Beach. Retired president, Cone Health Foundation. GAA Board of Directors: At-large representative (2017-20).

At UNC: Student filing clerk, Wilson Library; babysitter, University Presbyterian Church.

Formerly: Chair, Cape Fear Community College Foundation; organizing director, Premier Commercial Bank, Greensboro; member, UNC Board of Visitors (2007-11); recipient, Triad Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business Award; member, executive committee, N.C. Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention; member, National Association of Corporate Directors; member, N.C. chapter of Women Corporate Directors; director, Brigade Boys and Girls Club, Wilmington; director, United Way of Greater Greensboro; director, Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro.

Currently: Co-chair, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center board of visitors and member of Lineberger’s campaign cabinet; member, executive committee, UNC Global Leadership Council; co-chair, Higher Ed Works’ communications committee; member, Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council; president-elect, Wilmington area women’s investment club. Married to Stephen A. Capps ’86 (BA). Two children, both alumni.

John A. Fraley ’73 (BSBA), Mooresville. Member, N.C. House of Representatives; retired business consultant and textile industry executive. GAA Board of Directors: At-large representative (2017-20).

At UNC: President, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity; coordinator, football card section.

Formerly: Director and treasurer, Sereolipi Nomadic Education Foundation; trustee, N.C. Society of New York; chair, House UNC System Board of Governors nominating committee.

Currently: Co-chair, House education appropriations subcommittee; co-chair, House education committee on universities; vice chair, House appropriations committee; member, Board of My Future NC on statewide workforce attainment; member, UNC Board of Visitors. Married to Adelaide Burke Horton ’72 (BSBA).

SECOND VICE CHAIR (Vote for one. One-year term of office,  2020-21.)

Mary Argentine Adams Cooper ’12 (BSPH), Nashville, Tenn. STEM instructional coach, Valor Collegiate Academy. GAA Board of Directors: Out-of-state district representative (2017-20); ex officio member (2011-12).

At UNC: Student body president (2011-12); director, HOPE Gardens; philanthropy chair, Kappa Delta sorority; coxswain, UNC Men’s Crew; member, Order of the Golden Fleece.

Formerly: Recipient, Most Distinguished Young Alumni Award, Groton School (2010); recipient, Teacher of the Year Award, Wilmer-Hutchins High School; recipient, Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teacher Leadership, Teach For America, (2018-19); recipient, Level 5 Teacher in Tennessee Award; named No. 3teacher in Tennessee for growth in algebra 1 (2018-19).

Currently: Volunteer, Alzheimer’s Association of Nashville. Married to Scott D. Gallisdorfer ’10 (BA). One child.

Thomas C. Tillett ’74 (BA), Ambler, Pa. CEO, MBF Therapeutics. GAA Board of Directors: Out-of-state district representative (2017-20).

At UNC: Member, student adviser team, 1974 SACS-COC re-accreditation; dean’s list; participant, intramural athletics.

Formerly: President, Paris Carolina Club; chair, board of elders, Chelten Church; chair, bioindustrial liaison committee, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy; member, Hatboro-Horsham High School Hall of Fame; board chair, Impact Thrift Stores; board member, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine; vice chair, American School of Paris.

Currently: Board member, Friends of Kijabe Hospital, Kenya; board member, Sustained Acts; member, Blue Bell Rotary Club. Married to Lynne Blackman Tillett ’75 (BA). Four children, one of whom is an alumna.

NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrell and Washington counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2020-23)

Patrick J. Ballantine ’87 (BA), Wilmington. President, Ballantine Co. Inc.; former nominee for governor of North Carolina; former minority leader, N.C. Senate.

At UNC: Vice president, Pi Kappa Phi; captain, intramural athletics; volunteer, Big Buddy; volunteer, N.C. Burn Center.

Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; national member, The Order of Barristers; graduate, Wilmington Leadership Institute; recipient, Autism Speaks Champion for Children Award; recipient, Keep America Clean and Beautiful Award; author, “Common Sense Reform,” Wake Forest Law Review; member, Historic Wilmington Foundation; member, Wilmington Rotary; member, Wilmington Aviation Foundation; member, N.C. Azalea Festival; founder, Juvenile Diabetes Legislative Task force; supporter, Special Olympics.

Currently: Youth coach, YMCA flag football and basketball; board member, Opera House Theatre Company; admitted attorney and counsellor, U.S. Supreme Court; member, St. Andrews-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church; regular K-12 and university guest lecturer. Married to Lisa Marie Ballantine. Two children, one a current UNC student.

Russell B. Holderness ’72 (BSIR), Tarboro. Retired owner, Rural Equity Corp., real estate development and sales.

At UNC: Member, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Formerly: Elder, Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, Tarboro; past chair, Nash-Edgecombe Down East Partnership for Children; past chair, N.C. Society of Farm Managers; past chair, Tri County Industries (workshop for people with disabilities and/or other disadvantages); recipient, Lewis Hines Award for service to children and youth (2000).

Currently: Treasurer, Nash-Edgecombe Down East Partnership for Children. Married to Mary Ann Horney Holderness ’68 (BSMTC). Four children, three of whom are alumni.

NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Anson, Cabarrus, Davie, Davidson, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Rowan, Randolph, Stanly and Union counties. (Vote for two. Three-year term of office, 2020-23)

E. William Bates II ’76 (BA, ’79 JD), New London. Retired partner, King & Spalding LLP. GAA Board of Directors: Ex officio member (1975-76).

At UNC: Student body president (1975-76); ex officio member, UNC Board of Trustees; ex officio member, Carolina Athletic Council; governor, Morrison Residence Hall; graduated Phi Beta Kappa; member, Order of the Coif; editor, Law Review; member, Society of Janus; member, Order of the Old Well.

Formerly: Board member, MHM Services Inc.; board member, UNC Law Alumni Association; member, advancement committee of the UNC Law Alumni Association; member, UNC Board of Visitors; president, N.C. Society of New York; six years of service on church vestries in both Manhattan and Bronxville, N.Y.; co-chair of capital campaigns at both churches.

Currently: Adjunct professor, UNC Law School; member, capital campaign steering committee for UNC Law School; member, UNC School of Law Cornerstone Club. Married to Andrea Hunnicutt Bates ’87 (ABJO). Two children, one an alumna and one a UNC student.


Veronica Mora FlaspoehlerVeronica Mora Flaspoehler ’08 (BA), Huntersville. Enterprise risk senior manager, Wells Fargo.

At UNC: Vice president, senior class; president, Public Policy Majors Club; member, Campus Crusade.

Formerly: Member, UNC Young Alumni Leadership Council; keynote speaker, Hayden B. Renwick Recognition Ceremony for Academic Achievement; keynote speaker, UNC Womxn of Worth.

Currently: Chair, UNC Board of Visitors’ student career services committee; member, UNC Office of Development’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (ACRED); member, Charlotte chapter, Association of Latino Professionals for America. Married to Jonathan D. Flaspoehler ’08 (BA). Two children.


Sarah Parrott Lathrop ’90 (BA), Charlotte. Human resources and customer service associate, Reid’s Fine Foods.

At UNC: Member, Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Formerly: Member, inaugural committee, Davie Dinner (1994); president, Encore! (Volunteer Corps for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte); board member, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte; member, Salem Academy alumnae board; member, Salem Academy and College board of visitors; recipient, Salem Academy service award (2006).

Currently: Co-chair, Christ Episcopal Church’s Room in the Inn; co-chair, Davie Dinner (2019). Married to Anthony T. Lathrop ’83 (BA, ’88 JD). Three children, one an alumna.


Dr. Robert M. Selden III ’94 (BA, ’98 DDS, ’01 MS), Concord. Orthodontist, Selden Orthodontics.

At UNC: Treasurer, community service chair, Kappa Alpha Psi; president, Student National Dental Association; Project Uplift counselor, Office of Minority Student Affairs; dean’s list; recipient, Undergraduate Kappa Man of the Year Award (Middle Eastern province); Poque Scholar; UNC System Board of Governors’ Dental Scholar; Brooks Orthodontic Fellow.

Formerly: Recipient, Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2012); recipient, Orthodontic Teaching Award (2017 and 2019); chair, Dental Foundation of N.C.; member, UNC Board of Visitors; president, Old North State Dental Society; secretary, Continental Orthodontic Study Club.

Currently: Adjunct clinical faculty member, UNC Orthodontics; president-elect, N.C. Association of Orthodontists; treasurer, Sharon L. Holley Dental Study Club; member, American Association of Orthodontics Council on Orthodontic Practice. Married to Sharay Miller Selden ’94 (BA). Three children, one a UNC student.

NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Franklin, Nash and Wake counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2020-23)

Ruffin L. Hall ’92 (BA, ’93 MPA), Raleigh. City manager, City of Raleigh.

At UNC: Executive branch offices, student government; board president, The Daily Tar Heel; producer, Pauper Players; counselor, Campus Y, freshman camp; senior class marshal; board member, Carolina Union; board member; Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honorary society); member, Order of the Grail-Valkyries; member, Order of the Old Well; recipient, William Scott Bryant Memorial Award; recipient, MPA Howard Holly Scholarship Award (1993); recipient, MPA Ronald Matthews Scholarship Award (1993).

Formerly: Board member, UNC MPA Alumni Association; president, N.C. Local Government Budget Association; participant, State-Local Leadership Program, Harvard JFK School of Government; participant, Public Executive Leadership Academy, UNC School of Government; participant, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia; board member, Downtown Raleigh Alliance; board member, Charlotte Arts and Science Council; board member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Development Corp.; board member, Charlotte Collegiate Football Association.

Currently: Member, UNC MPA Alumni Association; member, International City-County Management Association; member, N.C. City and County Management Association; member, Urban Land Institute. Married to Cynthia Mueller Hall ’94 (MHA). Three children, two of whom are current UNC students.

Donna Curtis McClatchey ’93 (ABJM), Raleigh.

At UNC: Member, Chi Omega sorority; volunteer, Campus Y/Big Buddy.

Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; board member, Methodist Home for Children; board member, JourneyMates; member, young alumni committee, Carolina First Campaign; board member, Neighbor 2 Neighbor.

Currently: Member, UNC Women’s Leadership Council executive committee; board member, Hussman School of Journalism and Media Foundation; trustee, St. David’s School; member, National Charity League. Married to William M. McClatchey Jr. ’99 (MBA). Three children.

OUT OF STATE DISTRICT International, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2020-23)

Sydenham B. “Sandy” Alexander III ’99 (BA), Cambridge, Mass. Assistant attorney general, Office of Massachusetts Attorney General; former program officer, Carolina Center for Public Service.

At UNC: President, Chi Psi fraternity; member, Men’s Glee Club; member, APPLES Service Learning Program; Morehead Scholar; graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Currently: Board member, Harvard Campus Childcare; adviser, Harvard College. Married to Dr. Mary P. Alexander ’99 (BA, ’02 MPH). Two children.

Dr. Robert L. Ferris ’90 (BA), Pittsburgh. Director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Hillman Cancer Center and professor of immunology, University of Pittsburgh. GAA Board of Directors: Ex officio member (1989-90).

At UNC: President, senior class (1989-90); member, Campus Y; recipient, E. Eugene Jackson Award for Leadership; graduated Phi Beta Kappa; member, Student Congress (1987-90); member Delta Upsilon.

Formerly: Member, Carolina First Campaign’s young alumni leadership committee; president, Johns Hopkins Medical Student Society; member, Pithotomy Club, Johns Hopkins Medical School; coach, Fox Chapel girls’ junior basketball; member, Roots of Faith; supporter, Aspinwall Community Riverfront Park Development.

Currently: Member, Pittsburgh Carolina Club; member, Allegheny County Medical Society; member, Girls of Hope fundraising group. Married to Dr. Laura K. Ferris. Three children.

OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2020-23)

Benjamin Boykin II ’72 (BSBA), White Plains, N.Y. Chairman, Westchester County, New York Board of Legislators and 5th District legislator; president, Ben Boykin & Associates; CPA.

At UNC: Member, Black Student Movement; recipient, Marvin B. Smith Business Scholarship; graduated Phi Beta Kappa; inductee, Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society.

Formerly: Recipient, Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award from the Black Alumni Reunion (2013); recipient, Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award from the Beta Alpha Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi (2002); recipient, Clear Run High School Trailblazer Award (September 2019); grand marshal, White Plains, N.Y., Juneteenth Parade (2019); recipient, Beta Alpha Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi’s Citizen of the Year Award (1994); recipient, White Plains Democratic City Committee Special Honoree Award (2018); recipient, White Plains Democratic Committee Ted Benjamin Award; recipient, N.C. Association of CPAs’ 40-Year Honorary Membership (2012); member, White Plains Board of Education (1992-99); member, White Plains Common Council (2000-13) and three-term council president; chair, White Plains Shared Services Committee; chair, White Plains Youth Bureau; chair and member, White Plains budget and management advisory committee; treasurer, Lois Bronz Children’s Center; trustee, Bennett College; charter member, Chi Gamma Gamma chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Marietta, Ga. (1988); evening accounting instructor, N.C. A&T State University (1976-79 and 1981-87).

Currently: Board member, White Plains, N.Y., Meals-on-Wheels; member, White Plains Outdoors Arts Council; board member for five counties in 9th Judicial District, N.Y. State Association of Counties; member, White Plains League of Women Voters; district leader, White Plains Democratic City Committee; member, Beta Alpha Alpha chapter, Omega Psi Phi fraternity; member, Union Baptist Church; board member and vice president, Clear Run High School Alumni Association; member, N.C. Association of CPAs; member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Married to Carsandra S. Boykin. Two children, both alumni.

Pamela Hicks Ferguson ’80 (BA), New York. Managing partner, wealth management consultant, Turlington Hicks LLC.

At UNC: Member, vice president of pledge class and pledge trainer, Chi Omega sorority; photographer, covering UNC’s athletics, Chapel Hill Newspaper.

Formerly: Member, executive committee member, board of managers’ member, recipient of Outstanding Volunteer Award and strategic planning chair, N.Y. Junior League; member, elder and deacon, The Brick Presbyterian Church; co-chair, junior committee, Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Currently: Member, co-chair of membership engagement and regional co-chair on student recruitment, UNC Board of Visitors; supporter, UNC Lacrosse Capstone Networking Program; member, Rams Club; member, Safe Water Network; member, North Shore Land Alliance; member, N.Y. Carolina Club; member, N.Y. Chi Omega Association; member, youth advisory board and grants committee, The Brick Presbyterian Church; member, N.Y. Junior League.

OUT OF STATE DISTRICT District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2020-23)

Samuel L. Fulwood III ’78 (ABJO), Washington, D.C. Senior fellow, Center for American Progress; author of two books, Waking from the Dream: My Life in the Black Middle Class (1996) and Full of It: Strong Words and Fresh Thinking for Cleveland (2004).

At UNC: Reporter and photographer, The Daily Tar Heel; charter member, Mu Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity (1976); member, Black Student Movement; member, Order of the Grail; member, Order of the Old Well.

Formerly: Co-recipient, Pulitzer Prize for the Los Angeles Times for coverage of the Los Angeles riots in 1992; recipient, Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award (2015); member, UNC Board of Visitors (1998-2002); advisory board member, UNC Hussman School of Media and Journalism; fellow, Nieman Foundation for Journalists at Harvard University (1994); fellow, Institute of Politics at Harvard University (2000); founding director, Center for American Progress’ Leadership Institute (2010-17).

Currently: Advisory board member, UNC’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History; board member, Community Change, Washington, D.C.; board member, Center for Political Accountability, Washington D.C.; member, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va. Married to Cynthia Bell.

Leah Suddreth Kirkland ’05 (BA), Arlington, Va. Senior director for business development and account management, Outward Inc. (a subsidiary of Williams Sonoma).

At UNC: President, Panhellenic Council; member, Phi Beta Phi; member, Student Government’s human relations committee; seminar participant, Emerging Leaders.

Formerly: Conference operations coordinator, Women in the Home Furnishings Today (WithIT); member, Junior League of Charlotte; member, Junior League of District of Columbia.

Currently: Member, Women in the Home Furnishings Today (WithIT). Married to Jonathan A. Kirkland ’05 (MAC). One child.

REPRESENTATIVE ON THE ATHLETIC COUNCIL (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2020-23)

Jonathan W. Hovis ’06 (BA), Gastonia. National account manager, Spalding.

At UNC: Pitcher, baseball team (2002-06); recipient, UNC Three-Dimensional Leader Award; ACC Honor Roll (2005-06); recipient, UNC Athletic Director’s Scholar-Athlete Award; captain, baseball team (2006); member, 2006 team, national runner-up in College World Series; winner of NCAA ERA Title (2006); recipient, Baseball Most Dedicated Award (2005); named Baseball Co-Most Valuable Player (2006).

Currently: Board member, Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame; baseball coach, YMCA. Married to Melissa Lee Buchanan ’07 (BA). Two children.


Meghan Elizabeth Lyons ’13 (BA), Charlottesville, Va. MBA student, UVA Darden School of Business.

At UNC: Member, Division I national championship field hockey team (2009); unprecedented two-term president, Student-Athlete Advisory Council; board student member, UNC Friends of the Library; member, UNC Undergraduate Honor Court; member, Order of the Golden Fleece; finalist, Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup; recipient, Athletic Director’s Scholar-Athlete Award; veteran leader, Carolina Leadership Academy; Carolina Dreams ambassador to UNC Children’s Hospital; participant, Carolina Outreach; member, TEDxUNC organizing committee; member, Delta Delta Delta sorority; Buckley Public Service Scholar; recipient, UNC field hockey Players’ Player Award (given to “player who represents Carolina with the most dedication, commitment and intensity; embodies what it means to wear a Tar Heel uniform”); four-time ACC Honor Roll; three-time member, NCAA Division I national champion runner-up (2010, ’11, ’12); two-time member, ACC championship team (2011, ’12).

Formerly: Board member and corresponding secretary New York Carolina Club (2013-14).

Currently: Member, The Rams Club’s board of advisers; board member, UNC Friends of the Library; board member and adviser, Youth Overcoming Obstacles.