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2022 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, 2022. 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, 2022. Facsimile replies are not accepted. Unless otherwise noted, terms of office are for three years, 2022–25. The chair for 2022–23, David C. Keesler ’84, 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 7, 2022, 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, 2022-23.)

Lowry Caudill ’79 (BSCH), Durham. Chair, Tennwood Holdings LLC. 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, member 2011–19); 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; member, advisory working group for the Shuford Program; co-chair, Shuford Program’s fundraising campaign; board member, Carolina Research Ventures Fund; recipient, Distinguished Alumnus Award (2008); inductee, 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 doctorate in analytical chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington (1983).

Currently: UNC honorary doctor of laws, 2021; steering committee 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, UNC General Alumni Association; board member, Higher Education Works. Married to Susan Self Caudill ’80 (BSPHR). Three children, all alumni.

 

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 & 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, 2022-23.)

Judith Hippler Bello ’71 (BA), McLean, Va. Retired. Formerly practiced law; formerly served in three federal government agencies; former executive vice president, PhRMA; taught English in Governor’s STEM school. Have 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. Married to Thomas Bello ’71. Three children.

 

Whitney C. “Whit” Frye ’07 (BA), Colorado Springs, CO. Director, SafeSport, USA Basketball.

At UNC: Varsity cheerleader; senior class marshall; co-founder, Carolina United; creative director, Opeyo! dance company, Black Student Movement.

Formerly: Chair, Fund a Cure, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Piedmont Triad Chapter; Special Person Award, North Carolina High School Athletic Association; inaugural member, Diverse Sports Executives Pipeline Program; council member, NCCU 40 Under 40 Alumni Award; member, Sports and Entertainment Section of the North Carolina Bar Association; council member, Innovate NC’s Greensboro Innovation Council; advisory group, U.S. Center for SafeSport Climate Survey; 2015 North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy; Bridge Builders Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs; board of directors, Greensboro History Museum.

Currently: Council member, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Council on Racial and Social Justice; .S. federation delegate, FIBA Americas Adelanté Program; community ambassador, Team USA; member, Minorities in the Profession committee and Sports and Entertainment Law Section, NC Bar Association; member, Trans Inclusion in Sport Task Force; DEI champion, Team USA.


NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncome, 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, 2022-25)

Susan Curtis Campbell ’87 (BA), Mount Airy. Special County Attorney for Surry County Department of Social Services, Campbell Law Group, PLLC.

At UNC: Panhellenic representative, Alpha Chi Omega.

Formerly: Vice chair, Surry County Republican Party; Governor’s Appointment to NC Courts Commission; president, Mount Airy Junior Women’s Club; board secretary, Women’s Orthopaedist Global Outreach; board of directors, American Heart Association; recreation advisory committee, Surry County; president, Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library; advisory committee, Mount Airy Parks and Rec; board of advisors, Salvation Army; MPACT board, Millennium Charter Academy; executive committee, NC Republican Party; board of trustees, Central United Methodist Church; chair, pastor-parish relations committee; vice president, United Methodist Women.

Currently: Board of directors, Millennium Charter Academy. Married to Hugh B. Campbell III. Three children, one of whom is an alumna.

 

Danya Ledford Vanhook ’00 (BA), Waynesville. Attorney, Vanhook Law Firm.

At UNC: Senior Class President; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; Alpha Chi Omega Sorority; Order of the Grail-Valkyries; Order of the Old Well; Student Government; award for highest GPA in department of Slavic languages and literatures.

Formerly: NC District Court Judge (2009–11); president, NC Bar 43rd Judicial District (2018–20); vice president/president-elect, NC Bar 43rd Judicial District (2016–18); alderman, Maggie Valley (2011); recipient, Legal Aid of North Carolina Clifton Everett Community Lawyering Fellowship (2005–06); law clerk to the Honorable Viktor V. Pohorelsky, USMJ, EDNY, Brooklyn, NY (2003–05).

Currently: President, Haywood Women’s Small Business Alliance; team mom and coach, community league sports; volunteer, Haywood County Lawyers for Literacy Program (2019–present). Married to Duane Vanhook. Two children.


NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Durham, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2022-25)

Bernadine Alston Cobb ’84 (BA), Durham. Senior Vice President, North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union.

At UNC: Black Student Movement

Formerly: Chair, GAA Black Alumni Reunion, 2014; founding donor, Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History; board member, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County; board member, Inter-Faith Council for Social Service of Orange County.

Currently: Sponsorship chair, GAA Black Alumni Reunion Committee; scholarship selection committee chair, Light on the Hill Society Board; member, Triangle Park Chapter of The Links, Inc.; member, Chapel Hill Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; treasurer and trustee, Wake Chapel Church, Raleigh; board member, YESICAN college preparatory program; member, Elizabeth City State University Foundation Board; GAA life member. One child.

 

John Elliot Dervin ’96 (BA), Durham. Stay-at-home father.

At UNC: President, UNC Association of Student Governments; ex-officio member, UNC Board of Governors; Order of the Golden Fleece; recipient, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Chancellor’s Award for unselfish humanitarian service; member, Marching Tar Heels; senior advisor, Student Government; Honor Court; staff, Student Attorney General; senior class marshal; co-chair, SeniorCorps; UNC housekeepers movement; member, Alliance for Creating Campus Equity and Seeking Social Justice (ACCESS); Black Student Movement; Campus Y; NAACP; student activist; board of directors, US Student Association.

Formerly: Chief of staff, NC Department of Health and Human Services; health and human services policy adviser, Office of the Governor; research director, Bev Perdue for Governor; research director, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; vice-president nominee research director, Kerry-Edwards for President; partner, Ginsberg Lahey, LLC; communications director, Youth Vote Coalition; Hurricane Floyd relief staff, Carolina Center for Public Service; organizer, NC Pride PAC.

Currently: Room parent and volunteer, elementary and middle school PTA; adviser to the president, NC Governor’s School Foundation; parent activist and advocate for non-neurotypical children. Married to Danielle Marie Dervin. Two children.


NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT Caswell, Orange and Rockingham counties. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2022-25)

Stephanie Poole Nieman ’06 (’10 MBA), Chapel Hill. Managing director, Leeds Illuminate.

At UNC: Member, Order of the Golden Fleece; president, MBA Entrepreneurship Club; opinion columnist and reporter, The Daily Tar Heel; member, Alpha Phi Omega public service fraternity; member, MBA Net Impact Club; UNC Public Service scholar [now Buckley Scholars program]; recipient, Kenan-Flager Business School Core Value Award; created MBA Board Fellows program to teach students how to effectively serve on nonprofit boards of directors.

Formerly: Inductee, America’s Clogging Hall of Fame; Sunday school teacher, United Church High School; completed New York City, Marine Corps and Richmond marathons.

Currently: Board member, NC Council for Entrepreneurial Development; member, B Lab’s Standards Advisory Council; coach, YMCA youth basketball; investment committee member, Refugee Employment Venture Fund; Kayo Conference Series’ Top 21 in ’21 Women in Healthcare Investing; impact measurement and management committee member, Impact Capital Managers; member, Fleet Feet running club. Married to Jeff Nieman ’00. Two children.

 

William Sidney “Sid” Aldridge ’74 (BA, ’77 JD with honors), Chapel Hill. Attorney and president, Nicholls & Crampton, P.A.

At UNC: Treasurer, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity; member, Phi Beta Kappa; letterman, varsity golf team; ACC Honor Roll (1972–74); North Carolina Law Review (1975–77; treasurer and business manager, 1976–77).

Formerly: Board of directors, Educational Foundation (Rams Club, 2004–10); president, Raleigh Little Theater (1984–85); member, City of Raleigh Arts Commission; board of advisors, Capital Area Soccer League; member, Tenth Judicial District Bar Grievance Committee; president, Wake County Bar Association (1995; board chair, 1982); president, Tenth Judicial District Bar (1995); chair, bankruptcy section of North Carolina Bar Association (1994–95); chair, law practice management section of North Carolina Bar Association (1990); chair, membership services committee of the North Carolina Bar Association (1996–98).

Currently: Member, Wake County Bar; member, 10th Judicial District Bar. Married to Diane Scobie Aldridge ’88 (BSBA, ’94 JD). Two children.


OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2022-25)

David W. Jernigan ’00 (BSBA), Atlanta. President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.

At UNC: President, Residence Hall Association. Jason, Order of the Golden Fleece. Morehead-Cain Scholar. Cornelius O. Cathey Chancellor’s Award. Roger A. Davis Memorial Award. Wachovia Award for Best Honors Thesis. Student of the Year, North Carolina and Southeast United States Residence Hall Associations. Heels to Heaven. Governor, Morrison Residence Hall. Assistant Area Director, Carmichael and Whitehead Residence Halls.

Formerly: UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2003). UNC Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2011). Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians.” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40.” Outstanding Atlanta Award (2007). Morehouse College Alumni Association’s Dr. Joseph Draper Service Award. Georgia Charter Schools Association’s “Charter Leader of the Year.”

Currently: Co-chair, education day, Leadership Atlanta. Board member, Hands on Atlanta. Board member, Breakthrough Atlanta. Board member, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools.

 

Susan McAdams Thigpen ’75 (BSBA), Atlanta. Retired director of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (now Truist).

At UNC: Panel member, Honor Court; president, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Formerly: Board member, chair, treasurer, and recipient of Thanks Badge I and II (the highest adult award in Girl Scouting), Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta; executive committee member, Leadership Atlanta Class of 1987; recipient, Outstanding Young People of Atlanta Award; board member and treasurer, YWCA of Atlanta; interim CEO and Fulton County development committee member, Partnership Against Domestic Violence; member, Schenck School Board; immediate past chair, administrative board of Peachtree Road Methodist Church; chair, preschool board of Peachtree Road Methodist Church; Sunday School teacher; immediate past president, Iris Garden Club of Atlanta.

Currently: Member and former chair, citizens review committee, Fulton County/Atlanta Department of Juvenile Justice; steering committee member, Peachtree Road Methodist Church One Lamb initiative; member, Pastoral Counseling Board; member, endowments committee; steering committee member, Christmas Kindness Outreach; Georgia family to family course facilitator, National Alliance on Mental Illness; GAA Life member; avid tennis and pickleball player. Married to William Morton “Bill” Thigpen III ’71 (BA). One child.


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, 2022-25)

Jennell McIntosh ’15 (BA, ’18 DPT), Louisville, CO. Physical therapist, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

At UNC: President, UNC Chapter of NAACP; member, Black Student Movement; scholar and board member, Light on the Hill Society; staff, Project Uplift; Buckley Public Service Scholar; member, BSM Gospel Choir; member, UNC Allied Health Ambassadors; member, UNC Student Physical Therapy Association’s diversity and inclusion committee and sunshine committee; ambassador, PT Day of Service.

Formerly: Bocce ball coach, Special Olympics; volunteer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties; clinic volunteer, Student Health Action Coalition; volunteer, Bridge Builders Mentoring Program; recipient, Diversity in Physical Therapy Scholarship; recipient, Rose and David Hamm Scholarship for Clinical Excellence; recipient, Howes Family Scholarship; recipient, Girl Scout Gold Award.

Currently: Secretary and social media chair, Light on the Hill Society; member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated; member, American Physical Therapy Association.

 

Lisa Kelly ’99 (BA), Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Director, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, University of Iowa.

At UNC: Administrator, UNC Pauper Players; communications director, Newman Catholic Student Center; volunteer, Campus Y; participant, intramural sports; dean’s list; graduated with distinction; administrator, Lab Theatre; assistant stage manager, PlayMakers Repertory Company; student worker, Davis Library.

Formerly: Central committee member, Johnson County Democrats; member, American Society for Theatre Research; member, American Theatre in Higher Education.

Currently: Associate artistic director, Theatre Cedar Rapids; chair, membership operations group, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning; member, Stage Managers’ Association.


OUT OF STATE DISTRICT Florida, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2022-25)

Kristen Willett “Kris” Pierce ’03 (ABJM), Tampa, Fla. Deputy athletics director and chief of staff, University of South Florida.

At UNC: Argonaut, Order of the Golden Fleece; president and homecoming director, Carolina Athletic Association.

Formerly: Administrator of the Year, Women Leaders; member, Women in Sports and Entertainment; member, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics; member, Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association; member, Greensboro Sports Council; member, Front Street United Methodist Church.

Currently: Member, Women Leaders. Married to Ben Pierce ’02 (BA). Two children.

 

Robert L. “Bob” Wynn ’76 (BA), Madison, WI. President, Akamai LLC.

At UNC: Member, North Carolina Fellows; member, Order of the Grail; volunteer tutor, Campus Y; Morehead-Cain Scholar; fellow, Center for Creative Leadership; intern, North Carolina General Assembly; member, Black Student Movement; counselor, Upward Bound.

Formerly: Member, Federal Reserve Consumer Advisory Council (1999–2001); Board member, Better Investing (1996–2015); founder and president, R. L. Wynn Memorial Scholarship Fund; U.S. Small Business Administration Advocate of the Year 1990; financial education ministry, Mt. Zion Baptist Church; member, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; recipient, Wisconsin Supplier Development Council’s Distinguished Service Award; founder, Madison Golfers Alliance; founder and board member, Urban Economic Development Association; producer, Governor’s Summit on Capital; co-founder, National Institute for Financial Literacy Teacher Training; founder, Asset Builders of America, Inc.; founder, Land Rich, Inc.; policy founder, Community Based Revolving Loan Fund; member, Univ. of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology Board of Visitors (2002–10); founder and inaugural president, Madison Area Investment Club.

Currently: Board secretary, American Players Theater; president, ProSquared, LLC; managing member, Upside Capital, LLC; founder and president, CLIMB USA; membership council chair, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; founder, Winners Circle Investors Network; treasurer, CASH investment club; founder and executive committee member, REHL Wynn Enterprises. Married to Millie J. Jones ’82 (MPH).


REPRESENTATIVE ON THE ATHLETIC COUNCIL (Vote for one. Three-year term of office, 2022-25)

Russell Babb ’96 (BA, ’99 JD), Raleigh. Attorney, Tharrington Smith, L.L.P.

At UNC: Offensive lineman, varsity football team; senior class marshall; criminal law clinic; Morehead-Cain scholar; Jim Tatum Award for top senior scholar in the ACC; first team academic All-ACC; James Southerland Team Captain Award; Best All-Around Senior Award; Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award; CFA/Hitachi Scholar Athlete Team; American Honda scholar athlete.

Formerly: Board of directors, Wake County (2014–16); strategic planning committee, Wake County Bar (2015, 2018); grievance committee, Tenth Judicial District Bar (2018–20); Best Lawyers in America, criminal defense (2018–22); Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite (2012, 2015–22); Super Lawyers (2021); fellow, American Bar Foundation (2016–21); AV preeminent peer-reviewed attorney by Martindale-Hubbard (2016).

Currently: President, Tenth Judicial Bar (2021, and president-elect, 2020); Y-Guides advisory board, YMCA (2018–present). Married to Julie Johnson Babb. Two children.

 

Wendell Jermaine Camp ’96 (BA), Wake Forest. Sales account manager, Red Hat.

At UNC: Letterman, UNC football (1991–96); Black Student Movement; Black Athletes Council; Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Formerly: Member, Toastmasters International (Greenbelt, Md., chapter (1999–01); youth basketball coach, i9 Sports (2016–17); youth soccer coach, Triangle United Soccer (2018); youth basketball coach, Durham Parks and Recreation (2014–16); planning committee member, UNC Black Alumni Reunion (10 years), and planning committee chair (2017).

Currently: Member, Kappa Alpha Psi, Wake Forest Rolesville alumni chapter; board member, Front Back 9 Youth Golf Academy; member, NC PTA. Married to Tiffenee Jones Camp. Two children.