2021 Candidates for GAA Board of Directors

This group of candidates is submitted to all dues-paid members of the UNC General Alumni Association as of Jan. 1, 2021. 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, 2021. Facsimile replies are not accepted. Unless otherwise noted, terms of office are for three years, 2021–24. The chair for 2021–22, Dana E. Simpson ’96 (’00 JD), elected last year as chair-elect by the Board of Directors, and those elected from this ballot are scheduled to assume office at the Annual Alumni Luncheon, on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Chapel Hill. This plan is subject to change, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic; any necessary adjustments will be determined by the board’s Executive Committee.


FIRST VICE CHAIR (Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2021-22.)

Lisa McNew Chapman ’82 (BSZOO, ’07 EdD), Sanford. President, Central Carolina Community College. GAA Board of Directors: N.C. district representative (2018-21); vice chair, Communications Committee.

At UNC: Squad leader, Marching Tar Heels; member, Alpha Chi Sigma.

Formerly: Recipient, Alumni Achievement Award, UNC School of Education; member, UNC Advisory Committee on Access; recipient, Outstanding Service in Support of the Profession Award, N.C. College Personnel Association; recipient, Instructor of the Year Award, Central Carolina Community College; member, Policy Leadership Trust, Jobs For the Future; member, executive board, N.C. College Transfer Program Association; member, board of directors, Lee County United Way; vice president, Lee County High School Athletic Booster Club; member, executive board and college designee, Lee County Partnership For Children; member, career and technical education joint review steering committee, Chatham County Schools; co-chair, steering committee for 2014 comprehensive articulation agreement, N.C. Community Colleges and UNC System; member, Lee County Job Ready Partnership Council; participant, church ministries in youth, children and music.

Currently: Member, North Carolina’s Early Childhood Advisory Council; member, UNC World View Council of Advisors; member, national advisory board, Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research; Aspen New Presidents Fellow, Aspen Institute College Excellence Program; recipient, Paragon President Award, Phi Theta Kappa; member, Western Governors University’s N.C. advisory board; member, biosafety committee, Pfizer Institutional; member, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Delta Rho chapter. Married to Jeffrey A. Chapman. Two children.


Phillip L. McAlpin ’75 (BSBA), Greensboro. President, On Point Marketing; retired general manager of Norse Sports Properties, Learfield Sports. GAA Board of Directors: N.C. district representative (2018-21), chair, Membership Committee.

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; member, Greensboro Housing Coalition board of directors. Two children, one of whom is a UNC alumnus.

SECOND VICE CHAIR (Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2021-22.)

Judith Hippler Bello ’71 (BA), McLean, Va. Retired. Formerly practiced law; formerly served in three federal government agencies; former executive vice president, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA); taught English in Governor’s STEM school. Contributed articles in numerous international law and trade journals. Author of two books on international trade. GAA Board of Directors: Out-of-state district representative (2018-21); chair, Ancillary Services Committee.

At UNC: 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.

Formerly: 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.

Currently: Involved in charitable work. Three children.


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; former vice provost of the University of Iowa. GAA Board of Directors: Out-of-state district representative (2018-21).

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.

Formerly: Recipient, Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award (2006); recipient, Outstanding Professor Award, Duke Law School.

Currently: Chair, AccessLex Institute; member, American Law Institute; member, American Bar Association Foundation; trustee, National University System, serving on its committees for finance and investment and for human capital and compensation; lead director for the board of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. Married to Susan Mask. Two children, one of whom is an alumna.

NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Franklin,Nash and Wake counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2021-24)

Louis Patalano IV ’95 (BA), Cary. Chief legal officer, corporate vice president and corporate secretary, Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health.

At UNC: Member, Carolina Athletic Association; member and search committee member, Student Recreation Center board of directors; Chapel Hill Town Council liaison for Student Government; member, football team (walk-on; 1991).

Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; named Fayetteville Observer Top 40 Under 40; president, N.C. Society of Healthcare Attorneys; member, Communities In Schools of North Carolina board of directors.

Currently: Member, UNC Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (ACRED); member, Campaign for Carolina diversity strategy committee. Married to Jodi Dixon Patalano ’96 (ABEd, ’97 MEd). Two children.


Dr. Martha Gabriel Peck ’73 (BSPHR, ’77 MS, ’04 MD), Raleigh. Physician, UNC Physicians Network; former vice president, The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a national nonprofit research foundation.

At UNC: Member, Undergraduate Honor Court; secretary, Kappa Kappa Gamma; member, Rho Chi (pharmacy honor society); class advocate, UNC School of Medicine; recipient, Merck Award for Undergraduate Pharmacy Student; participant, Student to Student Drug Abuse Program; mentor, Big Sister mentoring program; member, Student Health Action Committee; member, Orientation Committee, School of Medicine; recipient, Heusner Pupil Award; recipient, Gilbert Cuthbertson, MD, and Megan Danton, MD, Memorial Award for a graduating medical student; resident, family medicine (2004-07).

Formerly: Chair, board of directors, Southeastern Council of Foundations; member, Leadership Raleigh; president, Wake County Pharmaceutical Association; member, board of directors, North Carolina Equity; participant, Burroughs Wellcome Co. Management Institute, Kenan-Flagler Business School; member, board of directors, Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum; recipient, N.C. Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ Presidential Service Award; volunteer, Raleigh Council on Aging; member, N.C. Science and Mathematics Alliance advisory committee; chair, Duke Talent Identification Program national advisory board; volunteer, Open Door Clinic; member, Institute for Science Philanthropy national advisory board; member, advisory committee for UNC School of Medicine’s 3000 x 2000 Project to increase minorities in medicine; member, Triangle Community Foundations’ Catalyst Project advisory committee; precinct chair, Wake County Democratic Party; vice president, Brassfield Neighborhood Association.

Currently: Director of missions and budget and finance committee member, University Baptist Church; precinct treasurer, Wake County Democratic Party; member, American Academy of Family Medicine. Married to Ray F. Peck Jr. ’73 (BA, ’78 MBA). Two children, one of whom is an alumnus.

NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Alamance, Bladen, Chatham, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2021-24)

Lee Conner ’97 (BA, ’02 JD, ’02 MBA), Burlington. Counsel, VLP Law Group, LLP.

At UNC: President, Graduate and Professional Student Federation; founding chair, Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor; student body co-secretary, Student Government; Hyparchos (vice president), Order of the Golden Fleece; Morehead-Cain Scholar; senior class marshal; member, Order of the Bell Tower; member, Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society); member, Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society; member, Carolina Union board of directors; member, The Daily Tar Heel board of directors; member, Yackety Yack board of directors; senior adviser, Carolina Athletic Association; member, Provost Search Committee; member, University Committee on Teaching Awards.

Formerly: Co-founder, Emerging Tar Heel Leaders; member, N.C. Governor’s School Task Force; member, Chapel Hill Rental Licensing Task Force.

Currently: President, N.C. Governor’s School Foundation; Carolina basketball columnist (“The Secondary Break”), Community Sports News; member, Golden Fleece Foundation board of directors; head coach, youth rec soccer, basketball, baseball and softball; member, Front Street United Methodist Church board of trustees; member, N.C. Governor’s School board of governors. Married to Emily Kerley Conner ’01 (BSBA). Three children.


Mary Jo Whitley Walter ’73 (BA), Lumberton. Financial adviser, Edward Jones.

At UNC: Dean’s list.

Formerly: Chair, Robeson/Bladen Carolina Club for 12 years; member, UNC Educational Foundation advisory board (2006-09); board member, Lumberton Rotary; board member, Robeson Friends of the Library; board member, Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce; recipient, UNC Educational Foundation advisory board’s Board Member of the Year Award (2008).

Currently: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; chair, Robeson/Bladen Carolina Club; member, board of trustees, Southeastern Regional Medical Center Foundation. Married to H. Lane Walter Jr. ’74. Two children, both alumni.

NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Forsyth and Guilford counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2021-24)

Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll ’73 (BFA), Greensboro. Professor emerita and retired director of the Main Street Fellows program, UNC Greensboro’s department of interior architecture.

At UNC: Member, Order of the Valkyries; co-chair, UNC Student Honor Court; member, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority; invited artist, one-person art show, UNC Newman Center.

Formerly: Chair (2011), member (2003-14), Preservation North Carolina board of directors; chair (2011-13), National Alliance of Preservation Commissions board of directors; recipient, Ragan Old North State Nonfiction Award (2010); trustee, Marion Stedman Covington Foundation (2006-09, 2012-14 and 2016-18); member, N.C. National Register advisory committee (1996-2002, 2009-15); chair (2002-04), member (1995-2006), Preservation Greensboro board of directors; member, Guilford County Historic District Commission (2005-18); chair (1988-94), member (1987-94), Greensboro Historic District Commission; recipient, Robert E. Stipe Professional Award, Preservation North Carolina (1996).

Currently: Member, Order of the Long Leaf Pine; member, American Institute of Architects; forum member, National Trust for Historic Preservation; sustainer, Junior League of Greensboro; member, First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro; member, National Alliance of Preservation Commissions; member, Vernacular Architecture Forum; member, Preservation North Carolina; member, Preservation Greensboro. Married to Jerald R. Leimenstoll. Two children, one of whom is an alumnus.


Charles F. “Chuck” Wallington ’84 (ABJO), Greensboro. Executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer, Cone Health.

At UNC: Daily Tar Heel staff writer; member, Order of Bell Tower; member, Order of the Old Well; chapter president, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity; Black Ink staff writer.

Formerly: Member, Winston-Salem State University board of trustees (2010-14); board chair, ArtsGreensboro (2007-09).

Currently: Member, Institute for Public Relations’ board of trustees; member, board of directors and marketing committee chair, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro; marketing committee member, United Way of Greater Greensboro; strategic communications adviser to national president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and immediate past alumni chapter president; member, Sigma Pi Phi fraternity; member, Arthur W. Page Society. Married to Sandra Wallington. One child.

OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Virginia. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2021-24)

Allan T. Holmes ’83 (ABJO), Arlington, Va. Editorial project manager and senior reporter, The Center for Public Integrity. Contributor to The New York Times, USA Today and NBC News. Former technology team leader, Bloomberg; creator of Atlantic Media technology website, Nextgov.

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.


Janet Roach ’88 (BA), Newport News, Va. News anchor, WVEC-TV.

At UNC: On-campus coordinator, University Affairs and Black Student Movement; member, Order of the Golden Fleece; special projects chair, Senior Class; creator/organizer Black Film Series (1988); recipient, UNC Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship; secretary, Black Student Movement; member, Ebony Readers; MLK speech contest winner, sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha; senior class marshal.

Formerly: Recipient, Virginia Peninsula YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award; recipient, Living Legends of Hampton Roads Award, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Association; member, Beyond Boobs (breast cancer support group) calendar selection committee; honorary chair, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Virginia Beach; recipient, Public Service Award, Virginia Building and Code Official Association; honorary chair, South Hampton Roads’ Relay for Life, Newport News; honoree, Virginia National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women.

Currently: 2020 inductee, Silver Circle of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; nine-time Regional Emmy Award winner of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Famous Former Award recipient and philanthropy committee member, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast; advisory board member, Bryant & Stratton College’s medical assisting degree program; member, Impact 100 Giving Circle; member, National Association of Black Journalists; member, First Baptist Church Denbigh, Newport News. Married to Harold L. Roach. Two children.

OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2021-24)

Carolyn Griffin Hall ’85 (BA), Nashville, Tenn. Community volunteer.

At UNC: Morehead-Cain Scholar; member, Delta Delta Delta sorority; vice chair, Undergraduate Honor Court; member, Order of the Valkyries; recipient, Chi Omega Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Leadership in Department of Political Science; member, Campus Y; graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Formerly: Participant, Metro Nashville Arts Commission’s Racial Equity in Arts Leadership Program; parent education chair, parent association secretary and executive committee member, Ensworth School; member, planning committee, Nashville Entrepreneur Week; volunteer, Carolina Alumni Admissions Program.

Currently: Member, Carolina Women’s Leadership Council; docent, Frist Art Museum; member and legacy fund trustee, Westminster Presbyterian Church; member, Nashville Carolina Club; member, development committee, Nashville Ballet. Married to Hartley Hall. One child.


Richele Keel Taylor ’99 (BA), Chapin, S.C. General counsel and senior vice president for advocacy and communication, South Carolina Medical Association.

At UNC: President and vice president of membership, Delta Zeta; participant, study abroad, Oxford; member, women’s club crew (1996-97).

Formerly: Recipient, Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award (2016); chair, Community Outreach and Communication Division of Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force (2014-16); board member and secretary, South Carolina Industry Liaison Group (2011-14); fellow, Diversity Leaders Initiative, Furman University’s Riley Institute (spring 2014); named to Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite in government law (2019); named to Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite in employment law (2013); named to South Carolina Super Lawyers in “Rising Star” category (2012); member, South Carolina Bar’s inaugural “Lean In” women’s leadership group (2013); member, Charlotte Area Liaison Group (CALG) (2011-14); executive board member and chair of sponsorship committee for the Southeast regional Industry Liaison Group conference (2012); badge chair and troop committee member, Pack 870 Cub Scouts (2013-18); member, pastor search team, Chapin Baptist Church (2014-15); Volly Award for outstanding volunteer work, Chapin Baptist Church (2012); board member, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association (2018-20).

Currently: Commissioner, governor’s representative, South Carolina Access for Justice Commission; S.C. House of Representatives’ appointee, State Regulation of Public Utilities Review Committee; member, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association (2002-present); chair of bylaws committee, Chapin Baptist Church (2004-present); member, South Carolina Bar Association, Employment and Labor Law Section; preschool/elementary Sunday School teacher, Chapin Baptist Church (2009-present). Married to Stacy K. Taylor ’00 (JD). One child.

OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2021-24)

Eugene Y. Lao ’91 (BA), Burlingame, Calif. General counsel, Reltio Inc.

At UNC: Co-founder and president, Asian Students Association; member, UNC Undergraduate Honor Court; recipient, Chancellor’s International Leadership Award; member, Order of the Grail-Valkyries.

Formerly: Member, UNC Global advisory board.

Currently: Member, UNC Asian American Center advisory board; member, UNC Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (ACRED); recipient, 2020 UNC Alumni Diversity Award from UNC’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Married to Courtney Lao. Two children.


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.

At UNC: President, Philanthropic Society; member, Dialectic and Philanthropic societies.

Formerly: 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.

Currently: Member, UNC School of Social Work’s advisory board; board member, Entrepreneurs’ Organization US West DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) task force; recipient, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Award for Outstanding Service to the School of Social Work; founding member, PR Masterminds.

REPRESENTATIVE ON THE ATHLETIC COUNCIL (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2021-24)

Jeff C. Denny ’90 (BA), Wilmington. Managing partner, MCL Ventures Private Equity.

At UNC: Member, men’s basketball team (1986-90); volunteer, fundraising for N.C. Special Olympics; founder/director, Four Corners Basketball Camps; volunteer and guest speaker with Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), working with youth across N.C.; recipient, Foy Roberson Award in men’s basketball for most inspirational teammate (1990).

Formerly: Youth athletic speaker in N.C. public/private schools; inductee, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Sports Hall of Fame for basketball; volunteer, Lutheran Family Services; member, growth committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes of the Carolinas; volunteer, Chatham County Youth Athletics, Chatham County Schools; founding partner, Amateur Athletic Union sports organization; committee chair, Governors Club; chair, UNC basketball alumni reunion.

Currently: Volunteer, fundraising for Fellowship of Christian Athletes; interpreter, American Sign Language; volunteer, fundraising for N.C. Multiple Sclerosis. Three children, one an alumna and one a current UNC student.


Scott Williams ’99 (BSBA), Charlotte. Vice president and investment director, Lincoln Harris; former head of Wachovia Structured Products International Trading, London.

At UNC: Member, men’s basketball team (1995-99); recipient, Rick Sharp Award in men’s basketball for most behind-the-scenes contributions (1998-99).

Formerly: Group co-leader within the youth group, Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte (three years); mentor, Queens University of Charlotte’s Department of Athletics’ mentoring program.

Currently: Coach, youth basketball, Charlotte (five years); coach, youth baseball, Charlotte (four years). Married to Katie Williams ’01 (BA). Two children.