2014 Candidates for GAA Board of Directors

This group of candidates are submitted to all dues-paid members of the UNC General Alumni Association as of Jan. 1, 2014. Ballots are being mailed with the January/February Carolina Alumni Review to all dues-paid Carolina Alumni members as of Jan. 1. Households with more than one Carolina Alumni member receive one ballot per member. Completed 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, 2014. Facsimile replies are not accepted.

Unless otherwise noted, terms of office are for three years, 2014–17.

Chair for 2014–15, Vaughn D. Bryson ’60, 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 10, 2014.



(Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2014–15.)
Joel M. “Joe” Brown ’69 (BSBA), Winston-Salem. Executive vice president, BB&T.
GAA Board of Directors: Athletic Council representative (2003-06).
At UNC: Member and co-captain, men’s basketball team (including playing on three teams that won ACC and Eastern Regional championships and reached three Final Fours); recipient, Foy Roberson Award for most inspirational player.
Formerly: Member, board of N.C. Housing Foundation; president, Raleigh-Wake County Mortgage Lenders Association; member, Mortgage Bankers Association of the Carolinas; deacon, Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary.
Currently: Member, Risk Management Association; member, Burke County Sports Hall of Fame. Married to Linda Saunders Brown. Two children.

L. Ferguson “Ferg” Norton ’61 (AB), Wilmington. Treasurer, First Flight Foundation; U.S. Navy (1961-93), serving in five positions of command and retiring as a rear admiral; retired executive director, First Flight Foundation (1998-2005), instrumental in staging commemoration in December 2003 of the centennial of powered flight.
GAA Board of Directors: Athletic Council representative (2011-14); chair, Athletic Advisory Committee (2013-14).
At UNC: Member, Order of the Old Well; member, Navy ROTC; member, baseball team (1958-61), co-captain (1961); named to All ACC (1960-61); member, first UNC team in College World Series; member, Phi Delta Theta fraternity; member, Order of Gimghoul; member, Order of Scabbard and Blade military society; Herbert Worth Jackson Scholar.
Formerly: Participated in Pan American Games with U.S. baseball team (1963); member, Rotary International.
Currently: Married to Linda Shankle Norton.



(Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2014–15.)

James E. “Jim” Delany ’70 (AB, ’73 JD), Hinsdale, Ill. Commissioner, Big Ten Conference; former vice president and treasurer, USA Basketball.
GAA Board of Directors: At-Large director (2011-14); Out-of-State District director (2005-08).
At UNC: Member, freshman and varsity men’s basketball teams; varsity team tri-captain; recipient, Foy Roberson Award; member, Tau Epsilon Phi.
Formerly: Chair, NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee; president and vice president, Collegiate Commissioners Association; selected by SportsBusiness Journal as No. 29 in the Top Most 50 Influential People in Sport Business (2012); member, halls of fame for St. Benedict’s Prep, Ohio Valley Conference, Newark, N.J. and Chicagoland; member, various NCAA and Collegiate Commissioners Association committees and working groups.
Currently: Member, board of directors, USA Football; member, board of directors, National Football Foundation; member, board of managers, Big Ten Network; member, Collegiate Commissioners Association. Married to Catherine Fisher Delany. Two children, one of whom is an alumnus and one a current student.

Peter A. Harkness ’65, Washington, D.C. Retired founder and publisher emeritus, Governing, a national management and policy magazine for state, city and county leaders.
GAA Board of Directors: 2011-14 (Out-of-State District director).
At UNC: News editor and editorial page editor, The Daily Tar Heel; stringer for United Press International bureau in Raleigh.
Formerly: Executive editor and deputy publisher, the CQ News Service, covering Congress; recipient, Raymond Clapper Award for investigative reporting, awarded by White House Correspondents Association; editor of Governing when magazine was nominated four times for the National Magazine Award for general excellence and reporting in the public interest; recipient, Rough Rider Award for Excellence in Public Policy from the State Policy Advisors Board; recipient, National Technology Champion Award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers; elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Currently: Board member, Partners for Livable Communities; member, national advisory board for homebuilder KB Homes of Los Angeles; board member, Center for Excellence in State and Local Government. Married to Patricia French Harkness. Two children.



Anson, Brunswick, Chatham, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Lee, Moore, New Hanover, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Stanly and Montgomery counties. (Vote for one.)

Margaret Highsmith Dickson ’71 (AB), Fayetteville. Columnist, Up and Coming Weekly; retired secretary-treasurer, Cape Fear Broadcasting Co.
At UNC: Recipient, Thomas Wolfe Student Award for creative writing; student government; worked as a graduate assistant in department of radio, TV and motion pictures; member, Chi Omega.
Formerly: Member, N.C. Senate and N.C. House; chair, nominating committee for UNC System Board of Governors; member, UNC Board of Visitors; recipient, first-place award for editorial writing from The Associated Press; recipient of recognition by the N.C. Veterans’ Council for leadership, service and support of veterans and their families; member, board of directors for the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation; member, board of directors for the N.C. State Capitol Foundation; member, executive committee for the Fayetteville State University Foundation; member, board of directors for Carolina Horse Park; co-chair, Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County; member, board of directors for the Cumberland Community Foundation; member, board of directors for the Fayetteville Regional Chamber of Commerce; member, board of directors for the Cumberland County Education Foundation; recipient, Athena Award from the Fayetteville Regional Chamber of Commerce; recipient, J.W. Pate Award from the Cape Fear River Assembly.
Currently: Chair, Lillian’s List Action Fund; councilor, N.C. State Bar; member, executive committee, Women’s Forum of North Carolina; secretary, N.C. Civil War History Center Foundation; trustee, Methodist University; vice chair, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina; member, advisory board, School of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University; member, altar guild at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Married to John Wyatt Dickson ’69 (AB, ’76 JD). Three children, two of whom are alumni.


Thomas V. Morris ’74 (AB), Wilmington. Chairman, Morris Institute for Human Values; doctorate from Yale University; recipient, honorary doctor of humane letters from Florida Southern College; honorary doctor of humanities from UNC-Wilmington. Author of more than 20 books, including True Success, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, The Art of Achievement, Philosophy for Dummies, The Stoic Art of Living and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric.
At UNC: Graduated Phi Beta Kappa; member, Student Legislature; Morehead Scholar.
Formerly:Recipient, GAA’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (1992); board member, New Hanover County Library; co-founder and board member, One Wilmington; board member, Southhold Dance Theater; Howard Foundation Fellow at Brown University; fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities; recipient, Thomas P. Madden Teaching Award from Notre Dame University; recipient, Indiana Professor of the Year Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Currently: Married to Mary Teague Morris ’74. Two children, one of whom is an alumnus.



Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties. (Vote for one.)

Linda Dew Garrou ’67 (MAT), Winston-Salem. Retired N.C. senator, former Guardian ad Litem administrator high school teacher.
Formerly: Recipient, Davie Award from the UNC Board of Trustees (2010); recipient, Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from the UNC Small Business Technology Council (2008); recipient, Autism Society’s Autism Legislator of the Year (2008); recipient, Jeralds Award from the Adolescent Pregnancy Coalition; recipient, Shining Star 2013 Award from Action for Children; recipient, Duke Power Citizens and Service Award (2006); member, UNC Board of Visitors; member, regional board for Novant Health; founding chair, Action for Children; member, Governor’s Advocacy Council for Children and Youth; deputy minority leader, N.C. Senate; co-chair, N.C. Senate appropriations/base committee and the N.C. Senate pensions, retirement and aging committee; member, Big Brother/Big Sister; member, Commission on the Family; member, Leadership Winston-Salem; member, N.C. Advocacy Council; member, Piedmont Triad Leadership; member, Winston-Salem Junior League.
Currently: Member, Winston-Salem Foundation; member, Senior Services; member, Creative Corridors Coalition. Married to John Garrou ’67 (JD). Two children, one of whom is an alumnus.

Melissa Perrell Phipps ’89 (ABJO, ’94 JD), Winston-Salem. Assistant general counsel, Novant Health.
At UNC: Member, Alpha Chi Omega; member, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship; member, Order of the Coif; graduated from law school with honors.
Currently: Member, N.C. Bar Association’s Health Law Section; member, American Health Lawyers Association. Married to John Dickson Phipps ’89 (AB, ’93 MD). Four children.



Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford and Union counties. (Vote for one.)

Bill Helms ’68 (BSBA, ’72 JD), Monroe. Retired N.C. Superior Court judge.
At UNC: Member, Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Formerly: Chairman, board of directors of Union County Halfway House; member, board of directors for Union County Habitat for Humanity.
Currently: Member, Wingate University board of directors; member, Rams Club; statewide consultant for mediation and arbitration matters. Two children, one of whom is an alumnus.


Eric E. Sipe ’76 (AB), Maiden. Psychologist and owner of Unifour Sexual Abuse Intervention Services.
At UNC: Recipient, senior internship at Butner State Hospital; psychology lab assistant; graduated with honors in psychology; completed senior honors research and thesis; dean’s list.
Formerly: Helped develop Sexual Abuse Intervention Treatment Services in Western North Carolina; recipient, Innovative Programs Award from the National Association of County Governments; presenter, National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ national conference, Lake Tahoe, N.V.; president, N.C. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers; member, State of the Child in Catawba County Committee; member, exploratory committee for the Child Advocacy Center.
Currently: President, Foothills Carolina Club, Hickory; member, Catawba County Child Advocacy and Protection Center’s multidisciplinary team; member, community advisory council for public radio station WFAE; member, GAA’s inaugural class of Carolina Club leaders’ Ambassador Corps. Married to Pamela L. Sipe; one child, a UNC alumna.



International, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. (Vote for one.)

Tara LaVerne Patterson Hammons ’93 (AB), Bethlehem, Pa. Employment law attorney.
At UNC: Member, Black Student Movement and Black Student Movement Gospel Choir; participant, Ghana/Togo study abroad; tutor/mentor, Carrboro Elementary School; recipient, United Methodist Church scholarship.
Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; president, Howard University School of Law Alumni Association; member, executive board, Philadelphia Barristers Association; member, West Philadelphia YMCA board of directors; member, Howard Law Journal; president, Howard University Public Interest Law Society; recipient, Washington Bar Association inaugural Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship; recipient, Howard University Equal Justice Award; recipient, Olender Foundation Earl J. Davis Trial Advocacy Award; recipient, William Camille Cosby Fellowship; alumni recruiter for UNC Admissions Office in the U.K. and U.S.
Currently: Volunteer, Carolina Alumni Admissions Program; member, advisory council for United Way for the Greater Lehigh Valley Community Partners for School Success Program; member, Strive Inc. Youth Leadership Institute board of directors; member, Strong Foundations Charter School board of trustees; member, Corporate Counsel Women of Color; member, Greater Shiloh Church; member, College Bound board of directors. Married to Terrence G. Hammons Jr. One child.

Stephen R. “Steve” Previs ’72 (AB), London. Sales/trader, MINT Partners; former director, Knight Equity Markets International; retired pro basketball player with the Carolina Cougars.
At UNC: Co-captain, men’s basketball team (1972); recipient, Frank Porter Graham Award; recipient, Jim Tatum Memorial Award; recipient, First Team Academic All-America honors; member, Order of the Grail, Order of the Golden Fleece and Order of the Old Well.
Currently: Married to Constance McGovern.



Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. (Vote for one.)

James C. “Jim” Roberts Jr. ’77 (ABJO), New York. Executive editor/Chief content officer,; former executive editor, Reuters Digital at Thomson Reuters; assistant managing editor, The New York Times.
At UNC: Member, Order of the Golden Fleece; news editor, The Daily Tar Heel; managing editor, Yackety Yack; graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Currently: Member, board of directors, Online News Association; member, board of directors, Global Editors Network. Married to Debby Krenek. Two children.


Marva LaVerne York ’76 (ABJO), New York. Internal auditor, anti-money laundering compliance officer, Grant Thornton, LLP.
At UNC: Reporter, The Daily Tar Heel; member and scholarship recipient, Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity; member, Delta Sigma Theta sorority; member, Black Student Movement.
Formerly: Board member, Court Appointed Special Advocates; member, Newark Museum Council; member, National Association of Black Journalists; member, American Tennis Association; as a former broker for Merrill Lynch, worked with UNC Management Co. on investments for UNC’s endowment.
Currently: Founding board member, David Dinkins Tennis Club; member, Harvard Club of New York; member, Financial Women’s Association; member, 85 Broads; volunteer work with the David Dinkins Tennis Club involves making tennis and golf accessible sports for children in Harlem; supporter of the UNC School of Journalism, including facilitating a 2013 meeting between ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts and Cruz Maria Santibanez, a Carolina broadcast journalism major featured in the May/June 2013 Carolina Alumni Review.



Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia. (Vote for one.)

Amanda Taylor Marshall ’97 (AB), Washington, D.C. Founder, Fair Chance; formerly with Ernst & Young in New York.
At UNC: Founder of UNC’s first chapter of Operation Smile; member, Honors Program; recipient, N.C. Statewide Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice; member, Delta Delta Delta.
Formerly: Recipient, GAA’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2012); recipient, Greensboro Day School Distinguished Alumni Award (2005); recipient, Washington Life Magazine’s Women of Substance and Style Award (2005); first alumna commencement address speaker at Greensboro Day School (2011); member, The Robin Hood Foundation in New York; member, K-World of Stockholm and London.
Currently: Member, Fair Chance board of directors and chair of the board’s development committee; volunteer, multiple nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C., including Life Pieces to Masterpieces and A Wider Circle; volunteer, National Child Research Center and the Maret School; member, Parent Association at the Maret School. Married to Alex Marshall. Four children.

Dr. Michael L. Zollicoffer ’85 (MD), Baltimore, Md. Pediatrician, owner/CEO of LifeCarePlus Urgent Care Center.
At UNC: Recipient, McNider Award (1980); president, Whitehead Medical Society, School of Medicine’s student government; co-class president, second year medical school; founder, Xi Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma (1982); recipient, Merck Student Service Award (1985); champion, intramural track.
Formerly: President, Zeta Upsilon chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma; recipient, Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award (2010); recipient, Community Leadership Award from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (1995); recipient, Harlow Fullwood Community Leadership Award (1995); recipient, Patients Choice Award (2008-12); Freestate Physician of the Quarter (1997); member, YMCA board of directors (1993-97); member, Coventry Health Quality Assurance board of directors (2008-12); member, Sinai Quality Assurance board of directors; member, Baltimore City Healthy Start board of directors; mentor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Meyerhoff Mentor Program at John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (1989-2007); recipient, certificate winner from Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program.
Currently: Chair, UNC Board of Visitors (2013-14); member, Metro Delta Head Start health advisory board; member, UNC campaign planning board; board member, ACRED (Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity); founder, Alumni Reconnect Campaign at UNC Medical Foundation; member, Sinai Hospital health diversity committee; member, Metro Delta health advisory board; founder, Zollicoffer-Cross Community Fellowship; founder/coordinator, Sigma Santa; member, Phi Beta Sigma. Two children.




(Vote for one.)

Michael R. Bucy ’01 (AB), Greensboro. Partner, McKinsey & Co.; chartered financial analyst.
At UNC: Founder and overall coordinator, UNC Dance Marathon; four-year starter, men’s soccer; NCAA assist leader (2000), All-ACC (2000); Academic All-American (first team 2000-01, third team 1999); founder, Doherty’s Disciples; member, Lambda Chi Alpha; UNC representative, ACC Leadership Council; member, Student Advisory Committee to the UNC Board of Trustees; Morehead Scholar; UNC Student of the Year (1998-99), Blue and White magazine; recipient, NCAA and ACC scholarships; participant, NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference; recipient, IBM Watson Scholarship; member, Order of the Grail-Valkyries.
Formerly: Recipient, Dean’s Merit Scholarship, University of Virginia School of Law; member, ACC Leadership Council; co-chair, UNC Young Alumni Council, Carolina First Campaign (Atlanta, 2001-03); N.C. High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year (1997); lieutenant governor, N.C. Boys’ State (1996).
Currently: Member, board of directors, UNC Dance Marathon; volunteer, Dustin’s Greenhouse. Married to Ashlie Green Bucy ’03 (AB). One child.

Heather O’Reilly Werry ’09 (AB), Chapel Hill. Professional athlete, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.
At UNC: Member, varsity women’s soccer team, two-time national champion; jersey retired at UNC in 2008; member, Order of the Golden Fleece; co-captained 2006 national championship team; recipient, Honda-Broderick Sports Award (2007); recipient, ESPN the Magazine’s Player of the Year Award; recipient, NCAA’s Top VIII Award; volunteer, heavily involved in various student-athlete organizations including SAAC and the Carolina Leadership Academy.
Formerly: Three-time Olympic gold medalist; ambassador, USOC Team for Tomorrow; two-time World Cup medalist; more than 190 appearances for U.S. on the USA Women’s National Soccer team; with teammates, honored at the White House by presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama; winner of various team and personal awards, including the MVP of the WPS championship game in 2009; recipient, Women’s Sports Foundation’s Yolanda L. Jackson’s Give Back Award in 2011, presented by Billie Jean King.
Currently: Ambassador, Right to Play; founder, Heather O’Reilly Soccer Academy; member, America Scores-LA board; member, Athletes for Hope; teammate, Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation. Married to Dave D. Werry ’06.