2018 Candidates for GAA Board of Directors

This group of candidates has been submitted to all dues-paid Carolina Alumni members as of Jan. 1, 2018. All Carolina Alumni members are eligible and encouraged to vote in each race, including races representing areas other than those in which the member lives. The deadline for voting is 5 p.m. (EDT), March 30, 2018.

Any member — including those with access to email — can continue to vote using a print ballot if preferred. Print ballots may be requested by contacting Paula Poe ’89 on the GAA staff by phone at (919) 962-7051; by mail at P.O. Box 660, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514-0660; or by email at 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 30. Facsimile replies are not accepted. Unless otherwise noted, terms of office are for three years.

Chair for 2018–19, L. Ferguson “Ferg” Norton ’61, who was elected last year as chair-elect by the GAA Board of Directors, and those elected from this ballot assume office at the Annual Alumni Luncheon in Chapel Hill on Saturday, May 12, 2018.


(Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2018–19.)

tara_hammonsTara Patterson Hammons ’93 (BA), Charlotte. Executive director, Maryland/South Africa Sister State Partnership.
GAA Board of Directors: At-large representative (2014–17); chair, Membership Committee (2016–17).
At UNC: Member, Black Student Movement and BSM Gospel Choir; participant, summer study abroad, Togo; tutor/mentor, Carrboro Elementary School.
Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; member, advisory committee for United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley Community Schools; Sunday school teacher, Greater Shiloh Church; president, Howard University School of Law Alumni Association; member, executive board, Philadelphia Barristers Association; member, West Philadelphia YMCA; volunteer adviser, Carolina Alumni Admissions Program; board member, Strive Inc. Youth Leadership Institute.
Currently: Member, board of directors, Freedom School Partners of Charlotte; volunteer, Providence Spring Elementary School; member, Alliance for Peacebuilding; member, NAACP; member, Smith Memorial United Methodist Church. Married to Terrence G. Hammons Jr. One child.


Dana E. Simpson ’96 (BA, ’00 JD), Raleigh. Partner with Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP.
GAA Board of Directors: At-large member (2013–16).
At UNC: Member, Order of the Golden Fleece; member, Order of the Bell Tower; president, Graham Residence Hall; member, Law Review.
Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; recipient, Triangle Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” leadership award; recipient, N.C. Governor’s School Foundation’s Jim Hunt Award; member, N.C. Rules Review Commission.
Currently: Member, UNC School of Government Foundation; member, UNC School of Law Alumni Association; member, Alliance Medical Ministry’s board of advisers. Married to Stephanie Mansur Simpson. Three children.


(Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2018–19.)

Rebecca Michels “Becky” Halloran
’97 (BA), Chicago. Senior associate director, career management events, University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
GAA Board of Directors: Out-of-state district director (2013–16); chair, Clubs Committee (2013–16).
At UNC: Member, historian and chapter service key recipient, Alpha Kappa chapter of Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity; senior marshal; orientation counselor.
Formerly: Co-chair and special projects chair, Chicago Carolina Club; philanthropy coordinator and co-president, Richmond Carolina Club; recipient, Outstanding New Member and Online Fundraiser awards (2014), Skyline Soiree silent auction committee chair (2015), recognized for $2,500-plus fundraising (2017), American Cancer Society Associate Board of Ambassadors; kitchen classroom volunteer, CommonThreads Chicago; member, professional development committee member, national conference programs committee member, MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance; recipient, national distinguished service key and Alpha Sigma (VCU) chapter service key; alumni adviser, volunteer alumni consultant and national committee member for Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity; member and executive director, Phi Sigma Pi’s Metro Richmond Alumni Association; team captain, team recruiter and planning committee member, and recipient, Impact Award for Relay for Life, N.C. division of the American Cancer Society.
Currently: Member American Cancer Society Associate Board of Ambassadors; member, Phi Sigma Pi Foundation; member, Carolina Clubs Ambassador Corps (inducted October 2013).


Robert C.H. “Bert” Mathews III
’76 (BA), Nashville, Tenn. President, The Mathews Co.
GAA Board of Directors: Out-of-state representative (2015–17); chair, Ancillary Services Committee (2017–18).
At UNC: Member, Order of the Golden Fleece; member, Chi Psi fraternity; president, Sports Club Council; member, Order of the Grail; member, Order of the Old Well; vice chairman, Fine Arts Festival; president, UNC Sailing Club.
Formerly: Board chair, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; board chair, Metropolitan Transit Authority; vice chairman, Nashville Airport Authority; board chair, University School of Nashville; member, UNC Board of Visitors; recipient, Father of the Year Award from the American Diabetes Association (2007); recipient, Executive of the Year in Commercial Real Estate Award, Nashville Business Journal.
Currently: Global trustee, Urban Land Institute; board member, Think Tennessee; board member, Nashville Downtown Partnership. Married to Brooks Harlin Mathews. Five children, one a student at UNC.


Nash, Rockingham and Wake counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term, 2018-21.)

Zach S. Clayton
’07 (BA), Raleigh. CEO, Three Ships.
At UNC: Morehead Scholar; vice president, Interfraternity Council; member, Chi Psi; graduated Phi Beta Kappa; founder, New Media Campaigns.
Formerly: Founding director and finance committee chair, Global Citizen Year (gap-year fellowship); Baker Scholar, Harvard Business School; recipient, Small Business of the Year Award, Business North Carolina; named to Wake County Public School Hall of Fame.
Currently: Member, board of directors, UNC School of Media and Journalism Foundation; member, board of directors, Dix Park Conservancy; member, board of directors, With Honor (nonpartisan political group supporting veterans running for office); member, Redeemer Anglican Church; member, board of directors, Carolina for Kibera. Married to Katie Clayton ’04 (BSBA, ’13 MSW). One child.

Martha Weeks Daniel
’66 (ABEd), Rocky Mount. Principal owner and art director, Daniel Design Associates.
At UNC: Member, Graham Memorial committee; member and pledge trainer, Chi Omega sorority; member, Order of the Bean Birds.
Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; member, Morehead-Cain Scholarship regional selection committee; recipient, Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce’s Small Businesswoman of the Year Award; member, board of directors, Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce; member, Rocky Mount United Way board of directors; member, board of directors, Junior Guild of Rocky Mount; member, board of directors, Rocky Mount Arts Center; member, board of directors, Nash County Historic Society; completed certificate in documentary studies in filmmaking at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies (2007).
Currently: Member, UNC Women’s Leadership Council. Married to E. Curtis Daniel Jr. ’64 (MBA). Two children, both alumnae.



Alamance, Bladen, Chatham, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term, 2018-21.)

Lisa McNew Chapman
’82 (BSZOO, ’07 EdD), Sanford. Senior vice president/Chief academic officer, N.C. Community College System.
At UNC: Squad leader, Marching Tar Heels; member, Alpha Chi Sigma.
Formerly: Recipient, Central Carolina Community College Instructor of the Year Award; recipient, Outstanding Service in Support of the Profession Award, N.C. College Personnel Association; recipient, Alumni Achievement Award, UNC School of Education; member, UNC Advisory Committee on Access; member, executive board, N.C. College Transfer Program Association; vice president, Lee County High School Athletic Booster Club; member, career and technical education steering committee, Chatham County Schools; member, Lee County JobReady Partnership Council; member, executive board and college designee, Lee County Partnership for Children.
Currently: Member, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Delta Rho chapter; member, Jobs For the Future Policy Leadership Trust; member, advisory board, N.C. State University Envisioning Excellence; member, board of directors, Lee County United Way; member, biosafety committee, Pfizer Institutional. Married to Jeffrey A. Chapman. Two children.


Mary Jo Whitley Walter ’73 (BA), Lumberton. Financial adviser, Triangle area WINGS/bridge leader, Edward Jones.
At UNC: Dean’s list.
Formerly: Member, UNC Educational Foundation advisory board (2006–09); recipient, UNC Educational Foundation advisory board’s Board Member of the Year Award (2009); board member, Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Currently: Member, UNC Board of Visitors’ student recruitment committee; co-chair, Robeson-Bladen Carolina Club (2007–present); named as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Lumberton Rotary Club; board member, Friends of the Robeson County Library; member, First Baptist Church, Bladenboro. Married to H. Lane Walter Jr. ’74. Two children, both alumni.



Forsyth and Guilford counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term, 2018-21.)

Alexa Smith Aycock ’66 (BA), Greensboro. Executive director, Marion Stedman Covington Foundation.
At UNC: Member, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary society; president, Kappa Delta sorority; member, Women’s Residence Council; member, Elections Board.
Formerly: Co-chair, Center City Park; chair, Friends of Center City Park; board member, Wesley Long Cone Hospital Community Health Foundation; president, Greensboro Junior League; board member, Wesley Long Hospital; member, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center advisory council; board member, United Way of Greater Greensboro; graduate of Leadership Greensboro.
Currently: Board member, Greensboro Downtown Parks; board member, Greensboro Beautiful; member, First Presbyterian Church. Two children, both alumni.


Phillip L. McAlpin
’75 (BSBA), Greensboro. Retired general manager of Norse Sports Properties, Learfield Sports.
At UNC: Photographer, The Black Ink; member, Black Student Movement; member, UNC Student Court.
Formerly: Board secretary, Cone Health Foundation; recipient, Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award; member, executive committee, the National Association of Athletic Development Directors; co-chair/committee chair, UNC Black Alumni Reunion; member, Other Voices steering committee; member, International Civil Rights Center and Museum planning committee; president, The Tapestry Group; member, Hayes Taylor YMCA Capital Campaign steering committee; member, Southeastern Council of Foundations; member, Council for Advancement and Support of Education; board president, Win-Win Resolution.
Currently: Member, steering committee, Dudley High School Alumni Association; member, UNC Black Alumni Reunion planning committee. Two children, one of whom is a UNC alumnus.



Virginia. (Vote for one. Three-year term, 2018-21.)

Judith Hippler Bello ’71 (BA), McLean, Va. Retired executive vice president, PhRMA Foundation; contributed articles in numerous international law and trade journals; author of two books on international trade.
Valedictorian, class of 1971; president, Valkyries; co-chair, UNC exchange program with University of Toronto; chair, Tom Bello’s 1970 campaign for student body president; graduated with highest honors; recipient, Outstanding Junior Woman Award; member, Women’s Student Association; Richardson Fellow; cheerleader.
Member, editorial board of the American Journal of International Law; vice president, American Society of International Law; member, advisory board of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship.
Teacher of immigrants aspiring to naturalize as U.S. citizens; preparer, server and cleaner for breakfasts for homeless on Capitol Hill; assistant to church pastor regarding mission to rejuvenate church. Three children.

Allan T. Holmes ’83 (ABJO), Arlington, Va. Editorial project manager and senior reporter, The Center for Public Integrity. Contributor to USA Today, Time, The Verge. Technology team leader, Bloomberg (2010—13). Creator of Atlantic Media technology website, Nextgov. Appearances on Bloomberg TV, NPR-affiliate programs. Content creator and moderator for technology conference panels.
At UNC: Reporter, The Phoenix newspaper; referee, UNC intramural sports department; recipient, Intramural Referee of the Year Award (1983).
Formerly: Member, National Press Club; more than 30 years as a volunteer coach for kids’ basketball, soccer and baseball teams.
Currently: Volunteer, the News Literacy Project; member, Society of Professional Journalists; member, The Falls Church Episcopal; active in church programs for low-income families. Married to Kristen J. Holmes. Four children.



Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. (Vote for one. Three-year term, 2018-21.)

Jenny Fowler Peck ’03 (ABJM), Charleston, S.C. Director of development, College of Charleston.
Reporter, The Daily Tar Heel; philanthropy chair, Chi Omega sorority; member Carolina Public Relations Student Society of America; peer mentor, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication; volunteer, Habitat for Humanity.
President, Charleston Carolina Club; volunteer, New York Carolina Club; venue chair, TEDxCharleston; volunteer, Charleston Habitat for Humanity.
Volunteer, Charleston Carolina Club; member, Council for Advancement and Support of Education; member, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Lowcountry chapter; board member, Ideas to Inspire. Married to David Peck.


Michael P. Vandenbergh ’83 (BA), Nashville, Tenn. Professor and David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair, Vanderbilt University Law School.
At UNC: Student body president; Morehead Scholar; participant, N.C. Fellows Program; member, Rugby Club; graduated Phi Beta Kappa; member, Phi Eta Sigma honor society; member, Honors Program.
Formerly: Member, Governor’s Energy Policy Task Force, Nashville, Tenn.; member, alternative energy future committee, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; member, steering committee, Assessment of Standards and Certification Systems (funded by the Packard Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation and Mars Inc.).
Currently: Member, board on environmental change and society, The National Academies of Sciences-Engineering-Medicine; member, advisory board, Cambridge University Press Series in Business and Public Policy. Married to Linda Karen Breggin. One child.



Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. (Vote for one. Three-year term, 2018-21.)

W.H. “Joe” Knight Jr. ’76 (BA), Seattle. Distinguished Academic in Residence, Seattle University School of Law; former dean, University of Washington School of Law; managing director, WHK Consulting.
At UNC: Member, Order of the Old Well; member, Order of the Grail; member, Order of the Golden Fleece; member, Phi Eta Sigma honor society; National Merit Scholar.
Recipient, Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award (2006); recipient, Outstanding Professor Award, Duke Law School.
Vice chair, AccessLex Institute; trustee, National University System; director, State Farm Mutual Automobile Co. Married to Susan Mask. Two children, one of whom is an alumna.


Jeffrey S. Smith ’92 (BA), Los Angeles. CEO/Co-founder, JS2 PR, a public relations firm specializing in the food, beverage and hospitality industries; in charge of new-business development, finance, human resources, operations, client strategy and client retention.
President, Philanthropic Society; member, Dialectic and Philanthropic societies.
President, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Los Angeles chapter; board member, The Wonder of Reading, Los Angeles; board member, the Alzheimer’s Association’s marketing advisory council; board member, Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing, Los Angeles; volunteer, Project Angel Food; member, steering committee for Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s” benefit.
Member, UNC School of Social Work’s advisory board; board member, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Los Angeles chapter; recipient, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Award for Outstanding Service to the School of Social Work; founding member, PR Masterminds.



(Vote for one. Three-year term, 2018-21.)

David Hanners ’76 (ABEd, ’82 MAT), Chapel Hill. Retired assistant basketball coach, New Orleans Pelicans.
Member, men’s basketball team (1972–76); Academic All-ACC; recipient, Foy Roberson Award.
In charge of teams that selected St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte (focusing on the oncology wing) in response to the NBA’s expectation that teams support a community organization each season. Each team also participates in six to eight community service-related activities each season, with health and fitness programs, educational programs and various topics relevant to each community; in New Orleans, coastal restoration was the key topic.


Mitchell “Mitch” Kupchak ’76 (BA), Los Angeles. Retired general manager, Los Angeles Lakers; retired NBA basketball player; member, 1976 U.S. Olympic Team, which won the gold medal in Montreal.
At UNC: Member, men’s basketball team (1972–76); recipient, Patterson Medal (1976); recipient, Jim Tatum Memorial Award (1976); participant, intramural softball; recipient, Priceless Gem Award from UNC Athletics Department.
Formerly: Inductee, National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame (2002).
Currently: Member, alumni association of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he received his MBA in 1987. Married to Claire Kupchak. Two children.