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2023 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, 2023. 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, 2023. Facsimile replies are not accepted. Unless otherwise noted, terms of office are for three years, 2023–26. The chair for 2023–24, Lowry Caudill ’79, 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 in Chapel Hill. This plan is subject to change; any necessary adjustments will be determined by the board’s Executive Committee.

 

FIRST VICE CHAIR (Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2023-24.)

Russell HoldernessRussell Braswell “Rusty” 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.

Currently: Treasurer, Nash-Edgecombe Down East Partnership for Children; GAA Board member, 2020-23. Married to Mary Ann Horney Holderness ’68 (BSMTC). Four children, three of whom are alumni.

Paula StaffordPaula Brown Stafford ’86 (BSPH, ’92 MPH), Chapel Hill. Chair, president and CEO, Novan, Inc.

At UNC: Order of the Bell Tower; Loreleis; Order of the Old Well; Carolina Choir.

Formerly: GAA Board of Directors, 2019–22; Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award; UNC Distinguished Alumna Award; expert testimony to U.S. Congress, 21st Century Cures Initiative; Fierce Pharma’s Top 10 Women in Biopharma.

Currently: Strategic advisor, Curewell Capital; board member, AMRI LLC; adjunct professor, public health leadership, Gillings School of Global Public Health; co-author, Remember Who You Are: Achieve Success. Create Balance. Experience Fulfillment. Married to Gregory Wayne Stafford ’86 (BA). Two children, one of whom is an alumna and one of whom is attending UNC.


SECOND VICE CHAIR (Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2023-24.)
Alge CrumplerAlgernon “Alge” Crumpler ’00 (BA), Suwanee, Ga. Retired, National Football League.

At UNC: Football letterman 1996–2000; Track and Field 1999.

Formerly: NFL Pro Bowl; National Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame; Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame; GAA Board member, 2019-22.

Currently: Rams Club Executive Board; UNC Board of Visitors; UNC Chancellors Philanthropic Council. Married to Jennifer Avent Crumpler ’98. Three children.

 

Sam FulwoodSamuel “Sam” Levi Fulwood III ’78 (ABJO), Bethesda, Md. Dean, School of Communication, American University.

At UNC: Charter member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; staff writer and photographer, Daily Tar Heel; staff writer and photographer, Black Ink; member, Order of the Grail; member, Order of the Old Well.

Formerly: Board of advisors, UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media; UNC Board of Visitors; contributed to Pulitzer Prize at Los Angeles Times for coverage of the 1992 riots; UNC Black Alumni Reunion Harvey Beech Award; Institute of Politics Fellow, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Nieman Fellow, Harvard University.

Currently: Member, advisory board, UNC Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History; JAFA Lifetime Members Affinity, Hussman School of Journalism and Media; GAA Board member, 2020-23. Married to Cynthia Bell. One child.


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, 2023-26)

Jim CoplandJames Reuben “Jim” Copland IV ’94 (BA), New Bern. Senior fellow and director, legal policy, Manhattan Institute.

At UNC: Student body president; publisher and editor, Carolina Critic; Chi Psi; Morehead scholar; Phi Beta Kappa; GAA Board member (ex officio), 1993-94.

Formerly: President and treasurer, Union Church of Pocantico Hills; elder, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church; National Association of Corporate Directors Directorship 100; UNC Board of Trustees (ex officio).

Currently: Vice chairman, Copland Fabrics; trustee, Elizabeth City State University; treasurer and trustee, African American Heritage and Culture Center of New Bern; elder, First Presbyterian Church of New Bern; director, Tryon Palace Foundation. Married to Tahira Copland. Two children.

 

Chris SuggsChris J. Suggs ’21 (BA), Kinston. Councilmember, City of Kinston.

At UNC: Senior class president, class of 2021; president, Black Student Movement; member, Student Alumni Association; Order of the Golden Fleece; Light on the Hill Society; GAA Board member (ex officio), 2020-21

Formerly: Key to the City of Kinston; Facebook Community Leadership Program; FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award; Nickelodeon HALO Award.

Currently: Commissioner, North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission; third vice chair, Rural Caucus, N.C. Democratic Party; board member, Black Student Movement Inc.; member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; member, Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce; member, N.C. Governor’s Task Force on Safer Schools; member, N.C. Juvenile Justice Planning Committee.

 


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, 2023-26)

Grant CampbellGrant Liles Campbell ’93 (’97 MD), Concord. Physician; Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Atrium Health University City.

At UNC: UNC School of Medicine student body president 1997; UNC School of Medicine class president 1996; Residence Hall Association, Mangum Dormitory president 1990.

Formerly: Meritorious Service Medal for actions in Iraq/Kuwait, U.S. Army; Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for actions in Afghanistan, U.S. Army; 2021 Pink Tie Guy, Susan Komen Foundation; Most Outstanding Teaching Resident, Carolinas Medical Center, 1999, 2000, and 2001; UNC School of Medicine Christopher Fordham Leadership Award; UNC School of Medicine William B. MacNider Award.

Currently: Board member, N.C. State Board of Community Colleges; board of advisors,Interpreting Freedom Foundation; board of advisors, The Independence Fund. Married to: Anita Sharma ’92 (’96 DDS). Two children. 

 

Ashley DunhamAshley Parrott Dunham ’98 (BA), Charlotte. Senior marketing strategist, Deloitte.

At UNC: Publisher, Carolina Course Review; Student Attorney General’s Staff; vice president of standards, Kappa Delta Sorority; Student ambassador, Order of the Bell Tower; Morehead (now Morehead-Cain) scholar; Phi Beta Kappa; Undergraduate Honors Program; Chancellor’s Undergraduate Prize for Economics; Joshua Meador Prize for Undergraduate History Research.

Formerly: Marketing and communications leader, N.C. Governor’s School Foundation Board of Directors; Jim Hart Champion Award for extraordinary volunteer contributions to the N.C. Governor’s School; N.C. semifinalist committee, Morehead-Cain Foundation; Big Saturday marketing chair, Charlotte Country Day School Parents’ Association; youth leader, Christ Episcopal Church Charlotte; troop co-leader, Girl Scouts of America.

Currently: Out-of-state semifinalist committee and student mentor, Morehead-Cain Foundation; banker, Charlotte Country Day School Parents’ Association. Married to Brian Frederick Dunham ’05 (MBA). Two children.

 

David SquiresDavid Roosevelt Squires ’80 (ABJO, ’82 MA), Pineville. Lecturer, North Carolina A&T State University.

At UNC: Assistant managing editor and staff writer, The Daily Tar Heel; editor in chief and sports editor, Black Ink; cadet, Air Force ROTC; Society of Professional Journalists; National Press Photographers Association; intramural basketball referee.

Formerly: Advisory board member, North Carolina Local News Workshop; national board member and Cleveland Chapter president, National Association of Black Journalists; 3rd place, column writing, Virginia Press Association; Associated Press Sports Editors, Top 10 Daily, Sunday and Special Section, Hampton Roads Daily Press; co-organizer, N.C. A&T Journalism Hall Of Fame; co-director, N.C. A&T Media Institute.

Currently: Board member and writing coach, Sports Journalism Institute; life member, National Association Of Black Journalists; boot camp director, ESPN’s Andscape Rhoden Fellows Initiative; Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists; Charlotte group, Brothers In The Media; Charlotte Carolina Club. Married to Renee Squires. Two children.

 

Brian ZitoBrian Zito ’02 (BSBA), Charlotte. Principal, senior defined contribution investment consultant, Mercer.

At UNC: Club sports: men’s tennis; Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Formerly: President and board member, Charlotte Benefits Forum; committee member, Davie Dinner.

Currently: Co-chair, Charlotte Carolina Club (Carolina Club Leaders Ambassador Corps); board member, St. Anthony Foundation of Charlotte.

 


NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Franklin, Nash and Wake counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2023-26)

Natalie BestNatalie Knorr Best ’97 (ABJM), Raleigh. COO and principal, French/West/Vaughan.

At UNC: Student assistant, Athletics Communications Office; campus tour guide, Admissions Office; Women’s Club Volleyball; freshman orientation counselor; chapter editor, Delta Zeta Sorority.

Formerly: Named a Top Woman in Public Relations by PR News; named Agency Leader of the Year by Bulldog Reporter; named a Top Woman in Business by Triangle Business Journal; member, Global Advisory Board and treasurer, IPREX; board director, NC Child; member, advisory board, Alexander Family YMCA; advisory board member, Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education; 40 Under 40 Award Winner, Triangle Business Journal; Mover & Shaker Award Winner, Business Leader Magazine.

Currently: Member, advisory board, UNC Hussman School of Journalism & Media; co-chair, North Carolina Media & Journalism Hall of Fame; board director, Wake Tech Community College Foundation Inc.; member, National Charity League. Married to Kevin Best ’93. Two children.

 

Malcolm LoganMalcolm Logan ’96 (BA, ’02 JD, ’02 MBA), Rocky Mount. Senior director, professional services, Anthology Inc.; attorney, the Law Office of J. Malcolm Logan.

At UNC: President, campus chapter NAACP; vice president, Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha; member, Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society; member, Board of Directors, ACLU of Chapel Hill-Carrboro; webmaster, Black Law Student Association; member, Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Fraternity.

Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; executive director, Education Consortium of North Carolina; president, Epsilon Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha; member, Board of Directors, Me Fine Foundation.

Currently: Board member, Nash UNC Health Care Foundation; board member and legal advisor, Team Cold Case; legal advisor, Education Consortium of North Carolina. Married to Youlanda Logan ’03 (PD). Two children.


OUT OF STATE DISTRICT International, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2023-26)

Kenneth EppsKenneth W. Epps ’02 (MBA), Philadelphia. Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy.

At UNC: President, MBA Student Association; Frank Hawkins Kenan Award for Excellence; Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society; student representative, Kenan-Flagler Board of Advisors.

Formerly: Member, Kenan-Flagler Alumni Council; board member, Navy Supply Corps Foundation; active member, Supply Corps foundation chapters in Washington, D.C., Mechanicsburg, Penn., and Norfolk, Va.; volunteer, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Washington, D.C.

Currently: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; Class of 2022 U.S. Supreme Court Statecraft Fellow.

 

Peggy SenterMargaret “Peggy” Elizabeth Senter ’73 (BMED), Dunbarton, NH. Founder, retired president and CEO, Concord Community Music School.

At UNC: Rehearsal pianist, UNC Opera Theatre; Phi Beta Kappa; Order of the Valkyries; Kappa Kappa Gamma; member, Carolina Choir.

Formerly: UNC Distinguished Alumna Award; Governors Award for Arts Education; Citizen of the Year (Concord Chamber of Commerce); Milestone Award and trustee, National Guild of Community Arts Education; Riverbend Champion for Mental Health Award; member, Welcoming Concord Steering Committee; Concord Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; under her leadership, the Concord Community Music School received the Governors Award for Cultural Access Leadership, the N.H. Nonprofit Business of the Year Award, the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and the Dunfey Award for Excellence in Management.

Currently: Member, Member, Dunbarton Kuncanowet Town Forest & Conservation Area; advisory board member, Avaloch Farm Music Institute; volunteer, Overcomers Refugee Services; trail work volunteer, U.S. Forest Service; individual member, N.H. Center for Nonprofits (NHCN); National Guild of Community Arts Education; Mentor, Hoffman-Haas Fellowship for New Trustees (NHCN).


OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2023-26)

Vicki CraverVicki Underwood Craver ’92 (BS), Riverside, Conn.

At UNC: Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Formerly: Chair, UNC College of Arts & Sciences Foundation Board; board chair, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; co-founder and co-president, Impact Fairfield County; co-chair, Fund for Women and Girls.

Currently: Board president, Horizons National; president of board of trustees, Greenwich Country Day School; UNC Campaign Steering Committee; board of advisors, Impact Fairfield County. Married to David Francis Craver ’92. Three children.

 

Darryl KeithDarryl Joel Keith ’77, Wakefield, Rhode Island. Research oceanographer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

At UNC: Intramural sports manager, Connor Residence Hall; freshman orientation counselor; Order of St. Andrew (honorary service society).

Formerly: Club leader, leadership committee, treasurer and Tar Heel Service Day organizer, Rhode Island Carolina Club; member, Boston Carolina Club; deacon board chair, Peace Dale Congregational Church; member, Kingston Water District Board; Carolina Club Leaders Ambassador Corps; BSA Narragansett Council Capt. George Bucklin Award of Merit; board member, Narrow River Preservation Association; scoutmaster of the year, BSA Narragansett Council; youth basketball coach, South Kingstown Parks and Recreation; coach, Ocean State Soccer School; member, Christian education committee, Peace Dale Congregational Church; winner, BSA Narragansett Council Laird E. Worsham Award; winner, BSA Quequatuck District Award of Merit

Currently: Vice president, Kingston Water District; participant, Tar Heel Service Day; communications lead, Rhode Island Carolina Club. Married to Kim Salisbury-Keith ’77. Three children, two of whom are alumni.


OUT OF STATE DISTRICT District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2023-26)

Monica CloudMonica R. Cloud ’96 (BA), Silver Spring, Md. Director, GSK Pharmaceuticals.

At UNC: Speaker of Congress, Student Congress; member, Black Law Students Association; volunteer, GAA; UNITAS Living and Learning Program.

Formerly: Inns of Court; member, Junior League of Raleigh; member, Junior League of Miami; vestry, St. Ambrose Episcopal Church; volunteer, Mordecai House; volunteer, North Carolina Ballet; Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association; member, Miami Carolina Club.

Currently: Member, St. Ambrose Episcopal Church; member, National Bar Association; UNC Board of Visitors; national advisory board member, Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Research in Black Cultures and Histories; African American subcommittee chairperson, Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity; member, Women’s Leadership Council; special events volunteer, National Museum of African American History and Culture; volunteer, President’s Park/White House Visitor Center; volunteer, N.C. Election Protection; sustainer, Junior League of Washington; member, N.C. Society of Washington; member, Washington, D.C., Carolina Club; sustainer, Junior League of Washington; member, American Bar Association.

 

Deborah WilderDeborah Cherrie Wilder ’75 (BA), Upper Marlboro, MD. Retired project management specialist, District of Columbia Child and Family Services.

At UNC: Senate, Hinton James Residence Hall; member, Black Student Movement; peer counselor, College of Arts and Sciences; Charter member and president, Kappa Omicron Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; Dean’s List.

Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; member, board of directors, Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women; member, board of directors, American Society for Public Administration, Washington, D.C., Chapter; co-chair, program committee, National Forum for Black Public Administrators; co-chair, Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; president and Maryland state coordinator, Prince Georges County Alumnae Chapter; president, Maryland chapter, and member, national conference planning/evaluation committee, National Forum for Black Public Administrators; founding member, Light on the Hill Society.

Currently: Vice chair, Prince George’s County Commission for Women; board secretary, Carolina Alumni Black Issues Council; National Social Action Commission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; project site coordinator, Suitland Technology Education Engagement Reource Center, Inc.


REPRESENTATIVE ON THE ATHLETIC COUNCIL (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2023-26)

Charlotte SmithCharlotte Daniele Smith ’95 (BA), Whitsett. women’s basketball head coach, Elon University.

At UNC: Player, women’s basketball; member, Fellowship of Christian Athletes; National Player of the Year; two-time ESPY Award winner; 2nd woman to dunk in NCAA; All-ACC; Kodak All American; ACC 50th Anniversary team; jersey retired.

Formerly: Inductee, N.C. Sports Hall of Fame; recipient, Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award; FIBA All Star; ABL All Star; CAA Coach of the Year; WNBA Charlotte Sting Community Service Award.

Currently: Board member, FCA; board member, Hoop Phi.

 

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

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

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