2019 Candidates for GAA Board of Directors

This group of candidates and the attached ballot are submitted to all dues-paid members of the UNC General Alumni Association as of Jan. 1, 2019. 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 29, 2019. Facsimile replies are not accepted. Unless otherwise noted, terms of office are for three years, 2019–22. Chair for 2019–20, J. Rich Leonard ’71 (’73 MEd), 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 11, 2019.


FIRST VICE CHAIR (Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2019-20.)

Linda Lynch Butler ’68 (BSPHR), Chapel Hill. Retired supervisor, Pharmaceutical Product Development Medical Communications. GAA Board of Directors: N.C. district representative (2016–19); chair, Programs Committee (2018-19), vice chair (2017-18); pharmacy alumni representative (1992–93).

At UNC: Class secretary of the pharmacy school; recipient, Student Body Award; secretary, pharmacy student body; member, Kappa Epsilon fraternity; member, Phi Mu fraternity.

Formerly: President, School of Pharmacy Alumni Association; member, N.C. Pharmacy Association; member of board and executive committee for the N.C. Pharmacy Foundation; recipient, School of Pharmacy’s Burrus Award for community service; member, UNC Board of Visitors; recipient, Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award; co-chair, Butch and Tammy Davis Tailgate Tournament for SECU Family House; secretary and member of board and executive committee for the SECU Family House; deacon, University Presbyterian Church.

Currently: Board member, UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation; board member, UNC Friends of the Library; member, Carolina Women’s Leadership Council; elder, University Presbyterian Church. Married to Clifford R. Butler Jr. ’68.


Hayes R. Holderness ’79 (BSBA), Greensboro. Senior consultant, The Todd Organization. GAA Board of Directors: N.C. district representative (2015–18); vice chair, Membership Committee (2016-18).

At UNC: Member, Phi Gamma Delta; dean’s list.

Formerly: Member, UNC National Development Council; Boy Scout scoutmaster and recipient of James E. West Fellowship Award; board member and treasurer, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce; board member and treasurer, Partners Ending Homelessness; board member and Paul Harris Fellow, Greensboro Rotary Club.

Currently: Founder, Greensboro Burrito Bikers (feeding homeless citizens); member, UNC Chancellor’s Club; 30-plus-year member, Educational Foundation (Rams Club); member, Greensboro Sports Council. Married to Cherie Murphy Holderness. Three children, two of whom are UNC alumni.


SECOND VICE CHAIR (Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2019-20.)

Gregory J. Parent ’92 (ABJM, ’98 JD), Atlanta. Senior neutral, Miles Mediation & Arbitration. GAA Board of Directors: Out-of-state district representative (2016–19); chair, Outreach Committee (2018-19), vice chair (2016-18).

At UNC: President, first-year law school class; National Merit Scholar; Chancellor’s Scholar; participant, Honors Program; member, Alpha Phi Omega fraternity; member, Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity; justice, Honor Court; participant, Student TV.

Formerly: Den leader, Cub Scouts; coach, St. Paul’s basketball; governing board member, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School.

Currently: Three-time Mediator of the Year in Georgia (2016–18); recipient, “Super Lawyer” designation (for 2019); member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; soccer coach, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School. Married to Renae Suzanne Parent. Two children.


Bobbie-Jean “BJ” Price ’95 (BA), Orlando, Fla. Analytics and Optimization Manager, The Walt Disney Co. GAA Board of Directors: Out-of-state district representative (2016–19).

At UNC: Member, Sigma Alpha Iota; member, Carolina Choir; member, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship; staff member, Carolina Union Tech; member, Chamber Singers; dean’s list.

Formerly: Sunday program leader, Marathonfest.

Currently: President, Orlando Carolina Club; member, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park; member, League of Women Voters.



NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2019-22)


James M. Deal Jr. ’74 (JD), Boone. Partner with Deal, Moseley & Smith LLP.

At UNC: Member, Holderness Moot Court.

Formerly: Member, UNC System Board of Governors; recipient, Order of the Long Leaf Pine; chair, Watauga County Commission; chair, Watauga County Board of Education; recipient, Watauga County Spirit of Philanthropy Award; recipient, Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award; member, board of trustees, and chair, administrative council, Boone United Methodist Church.

Currently: First vice president, UNC Law School alumni board; member, UNC Board of Visitors; board member, Higher Education Works; member, board of trustees, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System; member, Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound, Basic Education; member, board and executive committee, Appalachian Theatre of the High Country; chair, endowment committee, Boone United Methodist Church. Married to Shelia Tucker Deal. Four children, three of whom are alumni.


Ginger Golding Wilkins ’82 (BSN), King. Pediatric trauma program manager, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

At UNC: Member, Phi Mu fraternity; Little Sister, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity; member, Sigma Theta Tau, nursing honor society.

Formerly: Recipient, N.C. Great 100 Nurses Award (2013).

Currently: Member, board of trustees, Surry Community College; treasurer, Safe Kids Coalition, Northwest Piedmont; member, Chapel Hill Bible Church; president, N.C. chapter of the American Trauma Society; member, Pediatric Trauma Society; member, Emergency Nurses Association; member, Society of Trauma Nurses. Married to Charles A. Wilkins ’84 (BSPHR). Three children.



NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Durham, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2019-22)


Lowry Caudill ’79 (BSCH), Durham. Co-founder, Magellan Laboratories Inc.; UNC adjunct professor of chemistry; previously in pharmaceutical development research at Baxter Travenol and Glaxo Inc.

Formerly: Chair, UNC Board of Trustees (2013–15); chair, executive board of the Educational Foundation (Rams Club); steering committee member, $2.4 billion Carolina First Campaign; chair, private fundraising steering committee, UNC’s physical science complex; chair, Chancellor’s Innovation Circle; taught in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship in UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences for 12 years; recipient, Distinguished Alumnus Award (2008); inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece (2013); recipient, GAA’s Distinguished Service Medal (2014); named, with his Magellan Laboratories business partner, a Life Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas (1998); co-recipient, N.C. Council for Entrepreneurial Development Entrepreneurial Excellence Award (2002); received his doctorate in analytical chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington (1983).

Currently: Member, UNC Board of Trustees; co-chair $4.25 billion Campaign for Carolina; member, UNC chemistry department’s external advisory board; member, UNC Lineberger board of visitors; member, executive board of the Educational Foundation; board member, Carolina Research Ventures Fund; member, advisory working group for the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship in UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences and co-chair, Shuford Program’s fundraising campaign; board member, Higher Education Works; board chair, Purcado Inc. Married to Susan Self Caudill ’80 (BSPHR). Three children, all alumni.


Bernadine CobbBernadine Alston Cobb ’84 (BA), Durham. Vice president/City officer, State Employees’ Credit Union.

At UNC: Member, Black Student Movement.

Formerly: Chair, UNC Black Alumni Reunion (2014); member, board of Habitat for Humanity; member, board for YESICAN (nonprofit to help students prepare for college).

Currently: Program chair, Interfaith Council of Orange County; chair, Scholarship Selection Committee, Light on the Hill board; sponsorship chair, UNC Black Alumni Reunion Committee; standards co-chair, treasurer and membership chair, Chapel Hill chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; camp administrator, Sam Perkins Basketball Camp; member, Triangle Park chapter of The Links Inc.; assistant treasurer, trustee and finance coordinator, Wake Chapel Church, Raleigh. One child.



NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Caswell, Orange and counties Rockingham. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2019-22)

William A. Aldridge II ’02 (BA, ’06 MA, ’09 PhD), Chapel Hill. Director, The Impact Center at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute; advanced implementation specialist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

At UNC: Participant, Honors Program (graduated with highest honors); youth adviser, University Presbyterian Church; recipient, James Henley Thompson and Evelyn Barnett Thompson Undergraduate Research Award; graduated Phi Beta Kappa; member, Psi Chi, national honor society in psychology; graduated with highest distinction.

Formerly: Deacon, University Presbyterian Church; co-chair, annual fundraising campaign, Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA; member, Community Resource Board with Junior League of Columbia, S.C.; member, Frank Porter Graham strategic planning advisory committee, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

Currently: Member, board of directors, National Prevention Science Coalition; committee member; Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Development among Children and Youth; member, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Married to Martha Goldfinch Aldridge. Three children.


Paula Brown Stafford ’86 (’92 MPH)

Paula Brown Stafford ’86 (BSPH, ’92 MPH), Chapel Hill. Chief development officer and board member, Novan Inc.; managing director, Habergeon LLC; co-author of Remember Who YOU Are: Achieve Success. Create Balance. Experience Fulfillment.

At UNC: Member, Loreleis; member, Order of the Bell Tower; member, Order of the Old Well.

Formerly: Chair, Public Health Foundation, UNC Gillings School of Public Health; recipient, UNC Distinguished Alumnus Award (2016); chair, Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium; presenter, expert testimony in congressional committee on the 21st Century Cures Act (2014); board member, Bioimaging Technologies (previously listed on NASDAQ); recognized in Top 10 Women in Biopharma, named by Fiercebioth (2012); named Business Woman of the Year, Triangle Business Journal (2011); member, board of visitors, department of psychology, UNC School of Medicine.

Currently: Board member, Health Decisions; adjunct professor in public health leadership, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; advisory board member, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Married to Greg W. Stafford ’86 (BA). Two children, one of whom is a current student.


OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2019-22)

Raquel Marlene Hudson ’92 (BA), Douglasville, Ga. Director, Westside Volunteer Corps, Westside Future Fund.

At UNC: Member, BSM Gospel Choir.

Formerly: Chair, Atlanta Black Alumni Club; board member, Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Atlanta; recipient, Presidential Service Award from Hands On Atlanta,

Currently: Chair, Atlanta Carolina Club; member, Big Brothers Big Sisters; member, Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity; member, American Legion Auxiliary.



Beverly Holland “Holly” Pritchard ’73 (BA), Atlanta. Retired deputy general counsel with Exide Technologies, an international manufacturing company.

At UNC: Member, Order of the Valkyries; member, Order of the Old Well; staff member, Student Attorney General’s Office; rush chair, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority; member, Society of Hellenas.

Formerly: Member, State Bar of Georgia Formal Advisory Opinion Board and co-chair, court futures committee; member, board of directors and executive committee, Ansley Park Civic Association; member, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church Commission on Education and adult and children’s education teacher; member, Blue Key Honor Society; co-chair, State Bar of Georgia Court Futures Committee; chair, Atlanta Bar Association Award of Merit Committee; secretary and member, executive committee, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta; editorial board member for Atlanta Bar Association’s The Atlanta Lawyer; graduate of Midtown Leadership program and subsequent member, President’s Council of Atlanta’s Midtown Alliance; editor, Ansley Park Civic Association magazine.

Currently: Member, Fulton County Juvenile Court citizen review panel; member and outreach volunteer, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church; member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta.


OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2019-22)

Whitney Frye ’07 (BA), Colorado Springs, Colo. Director, SafeSport, USA Basketball.

At UNC: Varsity cheerleader; senior marshal; co-founder, Carolina United; Opeyo! artistic director, Black Student Movement; member, Carolina Association of Black Journalists (CABJ); Counselor of the Month, Communiversity; dean’s list, semi-finalist, John Motley Morehead Scholarship.

Formerly: Recipient, Special Person Award, N.C. High School Athletic Association; innovation council member, Innovate NC and Innovate Greensboro; recipient, Bridge Builder Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs; council member, sports and entertainment section, N.C. Bar Association; recipient, Girl Scout Gold Award; member, N.C. Bar Association Leadership Academy (class of 2015); legislative committee member, sports and entertainment section, N.C. Bar Association; member, Minorities in the Profession Committee and Administration of Justice Committee, N.C. Bar Association; member, board of directors, Greensboro Historical Museum.

Currently: Member, N.C. Bar Association; recipient, N.C. Central University’s “40 under 40” award.


Elton M. Hyder ’76 (BA), Fort Worth, Texas. Investments and president of the EMH Foundation.

At UNC: Member (junior year) and chairman (senior year), Carolina Forum (selection of University speakers); Chancellor’s “Student Leader” (junior and senior years, selected by Chancellor Ferebee Taylor ’42); member, soccer team; member, Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Formerly: Member, board of Federal Reserve Bank; member, board of Public Broadcasting System (PBS); member, board of International Tennis Hall of Fame; member, Fort Worth Children’s Hospital board of trustees.

Currently: Donor, art collection at UNC School of Law; member, board of Stage West Community Theatre; member, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. One child, an alumna.



OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Florida, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2019-22)

David B. Kirk ’79 (ABJO, ’81 MACOM), Park Ridge, Ill. Founder and executive director, Kirk Media Enterprises (independent sales representative and consultant).

At UNC: Member, varsity baseball; reporter, The Daily Tar Heel; member, Beta Theta Pi fraternity; member of the 1978 College World Series team; ACC Honor Roll (1978–80).

Formerly: Executive director, Time Inc.; national sales director, Caesars Entertainment; vice president of business development, Pace Communications.

Currently: Secretary, UNC School of Media and Journalism board of advisers. Married to Joni Kirk. Three children.



Nilsa Shepsle Sweetser ’96 (BA), Riverside, Ill. Business consultant and marketing manager, MCR Performance Solutions LLC.

At UNC: Member, Zeta Tau Alpha; resident adviser, Carmichael Residence Hall.

Formerly: President, Chicago Carolina Club (2000–08, including years when club won Outstanding Club of the Year, 2001–08); president, Farragut Association (2016–18); board member, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School eMentoring Program; vice president and secretary, 18th Street Lofts Association; mentor, Parenting Progress; tutor with Chicago Cares, for economically underprivileged elementary school students; volunteer, Chicago Abused Women and their Children; volunteer fundraiser, Ravenswood Community Child Care Center; volunteer fundraiser, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Currently: Co-founder, Indivisible West Suburban Action League; member, League of Women Voters; member, American Association of University Women. Married to Daniel S. Sweetser. One child.



REPRESENTATIVE ON THE ATHLETIC COUNCIL (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2019-22)

Russell D. Babb ’96 (BA, ’99 JD), Raleigh. Partner, Tharrington Smith, LLP; former assistant public defender, Wake County Public Defender’s Office.

At UNC: Member, football team (four-year letterman); Morehead Scholar; recipient, James Southerland Team Captain Award; recipient, Jim Tatum Award (top scholar in the ACC); recipient, Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award; Academic All-ACC; recipient, ACC/Weaver James Post-Graduate Scholarship; recipient, Best All-Around Senior Award.

Formerly: Board member, Wake County Bar Association (2014–16); member, Wake County Bar Association strategic planning committee (2014).

Currently: Member, 10th Judicial District Grievance Committee (2018–20); member, advisory board for YMCA/Y-Guides (2018-20); named among Best Lawyers in America (criminal defense); fellow, American Bar Foundation. Married to Julie Johnson Babb.


Alge Crumpler ’00 (BA), Suwanee, Ga. Retired from Fox Sports Southeast ACC Gridiron Live and National Football League.

At UNC: Member, football team (played tight end); member, track and field team (shot put); named All ACC football (1997, 1999 and 2000) and team captain.

Formerly: Named to Boys and Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame; named to Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame; participant, NFL Pro Bowl (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007); named Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ Best Morning Show Personality, WQXI The Locker Room (2014).

Currently: Member, board of advisers, Educational Foundation (Rams Club); participant, Legends Community Atlanta Falcons (community outreach and charity). Married to Jennifer Avent Crumpler ’97 (BA). Three children.