2015 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, 2015. Ballots were mailed with the January/February Carolina Alumni Review; 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, 2015. Facsimile replies are not accepted.

Unless otherwise noted, terms of office are for three years, 2015–18.

Chair for 2015–16, Dr. Dan A. Myers ’71 (’75 MD), 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 9, 2015.


(Vote for one. One-year term of office, 2015–16.)
Ann Rountree LineweaverAnn Rountree Lineweaver ’60 (ABEd), Greensboro. Retired corporate relocation director, Prudential Piedmont Triad Properties.
GAA Board of Directors: N.C. district representative (2012-15); vice chair, Enrichment Committee (2013-14).
At UNC: Student Council; Chi Omega sorority; Panhellenic Council; Sound and Fury; Student National Education Association.
Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; member, UNC School of Social Work’s board of visitors; board member, N.C. School of the Arts Foundation; board chair, Goodwill Industries; recipient, Distinguished Alumna Award from St. Mary’s School; board chair, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro; secretary, National Association of Junior Leagues.
Currently: Chair, Advancement Council for Cone Health System; founder, Women to Women Endowment Fund; board member, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro; member, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s development committee and member of the foundation’s real estate foundation board; member, board of trustees of Greensboro Day School; member, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Married to Francis B. Lineweaver ’59 (BSIR). Three children.

L. Ferguson “Ferg” NortonL. Ferguson “Ferg” Norton ’61 (AB), Wilmington. Vice president, 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; 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, 2015–16.)

Dawn Michelle PetersDawn Michelle Peters ’86 (AB), Norfolk, Va. Private wealth adviser, Lincoln Financial Advisors.
GAA Board of Directors: Out of state district director for Virginia (2012-15); chair, Enrichment Committee (2013-14).
At UNC: Reporter, Alpha Delta Pi sorority; representative, Campus Governing Council; secretary of state, N.C. Student Legislature; North Carolina legislative intern; recipient, Lyndon Baines Johnson Congressional Scholarship.
Formerly: President, Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach; recipient, Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach Two-Time Sustainer of the Year Award; recognized by Inside Business in “Top 40 Under 40” (1999); president, Volunteer Hampton Roads; recipient, Naval Commendation Medal, U.S. Navy LCDR, Judge Advocate General Corps; alumna, Leadership Hampton Roads; recipient, Outstanding Volunteer Award, Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast.
Currently: Leader of Girl Scout Cadette troop; president, Blair Middle School PTA; member, Daughters of the American Revolution, Great Bridge chapter; member, Hampton Roads Carolina Club. Married to Robert Matthew Finke. Two children.

Janet Hayes SoutherlandDr. Janet Hayes Southerland ’82 (AB, ’84 BSDH, ’89 DDS, ’94 MPH, ’05 PhD), Brentwood, Tenn. Professor and former dean, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry.
GAA Board of Directors: Out of state district director (2012-15).
At UNC: Opeyo dancer; peer counselor; member, Sweet Carolines; UNC System Board of Governors’ Scholar; member, Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Formerly: President, Old North State Dental Society; member, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national advisory committee; committee chair, Black Alumni Reunion; member, Sonya Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center advisory board; founding member, Light On The Hill Scholarship committee; member, Governor’s Diabetes advisory committee.
Currently: Member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Dental Research, American Dental Education Association, International Association of Dental Research, Tennessee Dental Association and the Safety Net Consortium of Middle Tennessee. Married to Johnnie S. Southerland ’81 (AB, ’83 MRP). Four children.



Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. (Vote for one.)

Brian O. BeverlyBrian O. Beverly ’90 (AB), Raleigh. Partner, Young Moore & Henderson, P.A.
At UNC: President, Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Psi Delta chapter; Big Buddy, Campus YMCA; member, Students for Advancement of Race Relations; member, Black Student Movement; volunteer, SAFE Escort; participant, intramural basketball and football.
Formerly: Member, board of governors, N.C. Bar Association (2001-04); president, N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys (2008-09); board member, Wake County Bar Association (2008-09); recipient, Pro Bono Impact Award from Business Leader Media; recognized in N.C. Super Lawyers (2010-13).
Currently: Big Brother, Triangle Big Brothers/Big Sisters (2010-present); president, Capital City Lawyers Association; board member, Omega Psi Phi fraternity (sixth district representative); board member, Uplift Project Inc.


J. Rich LeonardJ. Rich Leonard ’71 (AB, ’73 MEd), Raleigh.Dean, Campbell Law School; former chief judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
At UNC: Morehead Scholar; recipient, John J. Parker Medal for Outstanding Leadership; president, Carolina Union; recipient, Howard Odom Award for Outstanding Sociology Major; secretary, Phi Beta Kappa; member, Order of the Golden Fleece; recipient, Frank Porter Graham Award; member, Delta Upsilon fraternity.
Formerly: Recipient, N.C. Lawyer of the Year (Lawyers Weekly magazine, 2014); recipient, Robert Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution to Judicial Administration (American Bar Association, 2011); editor-in-chief, American Bankruptcy Law Journal; (1998-2005); recipient, Directors Award for Outstanding Leadership in Federal Courts (1992); recipient, Robinson Everett Award (Campbell Law School, 2012).
Currently: Diocesan trustee, North Carolina Episcopal Church; member, board of directors, Downtown Raleigh Alliance; fellow, American College of Bankruptcy; member, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism; member, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church; member, board of directors, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; member, board of directors, N.C. Supreme Court Historical Society. Married to Whitney J. Cain. Five children, one a UNC alumnus.



Alamance, Caswell, Durham and Person counties. (Vote for one.)

G. Wayne AbernathyG. Wayne Abernathy ’69 (AB, ’75 JD), Burlington. N.C. Superior Court judge.
At UNC: Member, Scott College Senate; participant, intramural athletics; dean’s list.
Formerly: N.C. District Court judge; board member, Alamance County United Way; president, Alamance County Bar Association; member, Alamance Citizens for Education.
Currently: Member, N.C. Conference of Superior Court Judges; elder, First Presbyterian Church; member, N.C. State Bar Association. Formerly married to the late Barbara Buerger Abernathy ’73 (MSLS). Two children, one of whom is an alumna.

James B. Crouch Jr.James B. Crouch Jr. ’71 (AB), Burlington. Vice president of Harris Crouch Long Scott & Miller Inc.
At UNC: Member, Beta Theta Pi fraternity; member, Beta Grail mural basketball champion team (1968).
Formerly: Director, First South Bank (1988-96); director, Mid-Carolina Bank (1997-2011); chairman, Alamance County March of Dimes Teamwalk (1991); chairman, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Teamwalk (2011); co-chairman, Multiple Sclerosis Dinner honoring Mack Brown (2011).
: Married to Janie Ryan Crouch ’72 (ABEd). Three children, one of whom is a UNC alumnus.



Alleghany, Ashe, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties. (Vote for one.)

Lori Ann HarrisLori Ann Harris ’84 (AB), Greensboro. President, L.A. Harris & Associates Inc.
At UNC: Member, Order of the Old Well; chair, Student Union social committee; member, Pan-Hellenic Council; member, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority; member, Black/White Dialogue Group; member, Student Union forum committee; participant, intramural women’s basketball; member, Black Student Movement.
Formerly: Recipient, Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award (2008); member, Leadership North Carolina, Class XV; fellow, N.C. Institute of Political Leadership; board member, N.C. Women’s Forum; recipient, Greensboro Preservation Inc. Award (2009); board member, N.C. Center for Voter Education; board member, N.C. Institute of Political Leadership; member, Raleigh city advisory board of Mechanics and Farmers Bank; board member, Ivy Community Service Foundation; lay advisory board member of the Duke University Arthritis Center; member, Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum; board member, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; board member, Center for Women in Public Service.
Currently: Ranked 11th most influential N.C. lobbyist by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research; member, Carolina Women’s Leadership Council; member, board of trustees, Providence Baptist Church; committee member, UNC Light on the Hill Society gala; board member, N.C. Professional Lobbyists Association; life member, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority; member, community service guild of Providence Baptist Church; vestry member and priest liaison, Wade Chestnut Memorial Chapel; member, Ocean City Jazz Festival committee; life member, NAACP.


Hayes R. HoldernessHayes R. Holderness ’79 (BSBA), Greensboro. Senior consultant and former executive committee member, The Todd Organization.
At UNC: Member, Phi Gamma Delta; dean’s list.
Formerly: Member, UNC National Development Council; member, Regional Carolina First Campaign Steering Committee; 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; member, UNC Co-Founders Club of School of Medicine; board member, Cerebral Palsy Association; program chair, Opportunity Greensboro; graduate, Leadership Greensboro; advisory committee member, United Way; chair of corporate gifts campaign, United Arts Council; board member, Nat Greene Kiwanis Club; member, parents advisory council, Woodberry Forest School; board member, assistant treasurer and member of the executive, finance and membership committees, Greensboro Country Club; member, board of chapter advisers, Phi Gamma Delta.
Currently: Founder, Greensboro Burrito Bikers (feeding homeless citizens); board member and Paul Harris Fellow, Greensboro Rotary Club; member, UNC Chancellor’s Club; 30-plus-year member, UNC Rams Club. Married to Cherie Murphy Holderness. Three children, two of whom are UNC alumni.



Virginia. (Vote for one.)

William H. Fuller Jr.William H. Fuller Jr. ’86 (AB), Chesapeake, Va. Master defensive line coach, All-American Games LLC; former NFL football player (13 years and four-time pro-bowler).
At UNC: Captain, football team; three-time All-ACC, twice All- American; member, ACC Championship football team (1980); member, Omega Psi Phi fraternity; member, UNC Honored Ring of Jerseys.
Formerly: Board member, UNC Educational Foundation; member, UNC Board of Visitors; member, Elizabeth City State University board of visitors; recipient, Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award; member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; inductee, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame; member, ACC 50th anniversary Top 50 team; member, board of directors of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic; member, NFL Over 100 Sacks Club.
Currently: Board member and selection committee member, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame; member, board of advisers, Montero Medical Missions. Married to Precilla Tillman Fuller ’87 (MAC). Four children.

Alfred M. “Ran” Randolph Jr.Alfred M. “Ran” Randolph Jr. ’84 (AB), Virginia Beach, Va. Partner, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.
At UNC: Member, Undergraduate Honor Court; president, Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity; member, Interfraternity Council; DKE International Scholar; Lincoln-Lane Scholar; volunteer, coach and tutor with Chapel Hill public schools.
Formerly: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; co-chair and co-founder, UNC Hampton Roads scholarship dinner; chairman, Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; chairman, Virginia Bar Association community service program; chairman, RBC Centura Bank regional advisory board; member, board of governors, Virginia Bar Association.
Currently: Member, board of trustees, The Norfolk Academy; chair-elect, ACCESS College Foundation; board member, Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation; fellow, Virginia Law Foundation; fellow, American Bar Association; member, advisory board for Plexus Capital. Married to Kristen Petersen Randolph. Three children.



Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. (Vote for one.)

Sharon Elizabeth LawrenceSharon Elizabeth Lawrence ’83 (ABJO), Los Angeles. Actress and producer; owner/producer, Sienna Productions.
At UNC: Founding member and vice president, Order of the Bell Tower; three leading roles with PlayMakers Repertory Company; dean’s list; president, pledge class Alpha Chi Omega.
Formerly: Recipient, GAA Distinguished Young Alumni Award (1998); recipient, Screen Actors Guild Award; chair, Women in Film Foundation (2008-11); four-time Emmy Award nominee; recipient, California Community Leader Award from Westside Women’s Health Center LA (1999); recipient, Celebration Theatre Vital Voice Award (2013); nominee, OVATION Award (2008); recipient, Drama-Logue Critics Award (2008).
Currently: Board member, Heal the Bay; board member, Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Married to: Dr. Thomas Charles Apostle.


W. Peter SommerfeldW. Peter Sommerfeld ’72 (AB), Portland, Ore. Senior philanthropic adviser, Oregon Health & Science University Foundation.
At UNC: Participant, men’s freshman basketball team; member, Campus Crusade, member, Granville Towers Residence Hall Council.
Formerly: Chairman, Portland Carolina Club; board member, United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington and recipient of its Longtime Partnership Award; president, Portland Basketball Officials Association; president, Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable.
Currently: Co-chair, Portland Carolina Club; member, Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable; member, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.



Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee. (Vote for one.)

Calvin A. BellCalvin A. Bell ’80 (BS, ’85 MD), Chattanooga, Tenn. Physician and manager of Cardiovascular Diseases Group.
At UNC: Minority academic adviser (1977-79); vice president, Student National Medical Association (1982-85); UNC System Board of Governors’ Scholar (1981-85); teaching assistant, MED program.
Formerly: Member, board of trustees, Erlanger Medical Center (1998-2006); member, board of directors, Alton Park Health Center (1998); member, board of directors, Association of Black Cardiologists (2005-07); member, board of directors, Boy Scouts of America local chapter (2004-06); member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; fellow, American College of Cardiology; fellow, Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.
Currently: Member, American College of Cardiology; member, National Medical Association; member, American Medical Association; member, Society Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Married to Karen O. Bell. One child.

Robert C.H. Mathews IIIRobert C.H. Mathews III ’76 (AB), Nashville, Tenn. Partner, Colliers International.
At UNC: Member, Order of the Golden Fleece; member, Chi Psi fraternity; president, Sports Club Council; member, Order of the Grail; member, Order of the Old Well; vice chairman, Fine Arts Festival; president, UNC Sailing Club.
Formerly: Chairman, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; chairman, Metropolitan Transit Authority; vice chairman, Nashville Airport Authority; board chairman, University School of Nashville; chairman, Urban Land Institute-Nashville District Council; recipient, Father of the Year Award from the American Diabetes Association (2007); recipient, Executive of the Year in Commercial Real Estate Award, Nashville Business Journal.
Currently: Member, UNC Board of Visitors; faculty adviser, Daniel Rose Center for Public Leaders; board member, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; board member, Nashville Downtown Partnership. Married to Brooks Harlin Mathews. Five children.




(Vote for one.)

William W. JohnsonWilliam W. Johnson ’03 (AB), New York. Corporate Development for Medidata Solutions Worldwide.
At UNC: Member, men’s basketball team (four-year letterman) and team captain; Morehead Scholar; member, ACC All-Academic Team; recipient, Athletic Director’s Scholar Athlete Award; recipient, Foy Roberson Award; member, Order of the Grail-Valkyries; Phi Beta Kappa; tutor, Orange High School.
Formerly: Member, Morehead-Cain Scholar selection committee; volunteer, Daniel Johnson for Congress campaign; volunteer, Literacy Chicago; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Charlotte.
Currently: Member, Harvard Business School Club of New York.



Charles F.H. “Charlie” McNairyCharles F.H. “Charlie” McNairy ’97 (AB), Raleigh. CEO, International Farming Corp.; formerly, financial analyst with Morgan Stanley, New York.
At UNC: Member, men’s basketball team (played in two Final Fours and was on final team of Dean Smith’s career); member, Academic All-ACC; recipient, Rick Sharp Award (for player contributing most behind the scenes); Morehead Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa.
Formerly: Member, Morehead Scholarship Regional selection committee; published in The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons from a Life in Coaching.
Currently: Married to Elizabeth M. McNairy. One child.