Executive team bios
Carl S. Armato – President & Chief Executive Officer, Novant Health
Carl Armato is the president and chief executive officer for Novant Health. Since joining Novant Health in 1998 as the vice president of finance and operations for the physician divisions in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Armato has also served as senior vice president of materials management and logistics for Novant Health. In 2003, Presbyterian Healthcare appointed Armato as chief operating officer and then promoted him to president and chief executive officer in January 2004. In 2008, the health system promoted him to president of Novant Health markets and in 2011 as chief operating officer. The board of trustees appointed him to his current position in January 2012.
Prior to joining Novant Health, Armato was vice president of operations for First Care Physicians and director of finance for the General Health System in Baton Rouge, LA. He was also a senior tax/audit consultant for Ernst & Young in the Baton Rouge office. Armato holds a bachelors degree in business administration - accounting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a masters degree in business administration from Norwich University of Vermont.
He is a certified public accountant licensed in Louisiana and North Carolina. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina Society of Certified Public Accountants, the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Armato currently serves as chairman of board of Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education. Past community involvement includes: serving as chairman of the Friends of Scouting Exploring Community Campaign for 2004; member of the 2004 and 2005 American Heart Walk Executive Committee; member VHA Central Atlantic Board of Directors 2005 and 2006; member Central Piedmont Community College President's Council 2006; and past member of Knights of Columbus.
Peter S. Brunstetter – Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
Peter Brunstetter is chief legal officer and general counsel for Novant Health. Brunstetter has been an attorney for nearly 30 years and has served in the North Carolina State Senate since 2006, representing District 31.
Prior to joining Novant Health, Brunstetter served as a member of the Novant Health Board of Trustees including three years as chair. He was appointed as an initial board member with Novant Health when the organization formed in 1997 and continued to serve in a variety of capacities on the board for the next 10 years.
Brunstetter holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Tulane University and a juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association.
Jesse Cureton – Executive Vice President & Chief Consumer Officer
Jesse Cureton is chief consumer officer for Novant Health, overseeing strategic planning, marketing and public relations, government relations, community relations and outreach, the foundations, business development and sales, network development and corporate health, as well as web development and call center relationships.
Prior to joining Novant Health in 2013, Cureton was regional executive, managing director for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. He also served in a variety of executive roles with Bank of America during his twenty-five year financial industry career.
Cureton holds a bachelor of science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a master in business administration from Queens University of Charlotte.
He serves as a board member with Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte Mint Museum and Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. Prior to joining Novant Health, Cureton served on both the Presbyterian Healthcare and Novant Health boards.
Jacque R. Daniels – Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Jacque Daniels is chief administrative officer for Novant Health, overseeing human resources, information technology services, construction and property management as well as the ambulatory surgery division.
Prior to accepting her current role in 2004, Daniels served in a variety of managerial positions within human resources, including senior vice president, director of benefits and compensation, and recruitment and personnel manager for the physician division in the Winston-Salem region. She began her career at Novant in 1982 as a medical technologist and clinical educator in the pathology department for Forsyth Medical Center.
Daniels holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and master's in business administration from Wake Forest University.
She serves on the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee and is a member of the Allegacy Federal Credit Union board of directors. Over the years, she has also been an active volunteer and held several leadership positions with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Forsyth County, Winston Salem State Foundation Board and the North Carolina Hospital Association.
Fred M. Hargett – Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Fred Hargett is Novant Health's chief financial officer. He joined the health system in 2003 and most recently served as executive vice president of finance for Novant. Prior to that, Hargett held the position of senior vice president of financial planning for our health system.
Before joining Novant Health, Hargett served as manager of healthcare consulting at Ernst & Young in Charlotte, NC. At Ernst & Young, he led engagements in strategic planning, business development and financial forecasting.
Hargett graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health, a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is a certified public accountant licensed in North Carolina. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Sallye A. Liner, MSN, RN – Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
Sallye Liner, RN, is the chief clinical officer for Novant Health. She leads our innovation around how we deliver seamless patient care across the continuum - from our hospitals to outpatient centers to physician practices.
After graduating from nursing school, Liner started her career as a nurse in the ICU. She joined Forsyth Memorial Hospital in 1976 as a clinical nurse educator and over the years, moved into positions in critical care management and nursing administration. In 1997, Liner became chief operating officer of Forsyth Medical Center. She was named hospital president and chief operating officer for the Winston-Salem market in 2008 and assumed her current role in 2010.
Liner holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in nursing administration from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. She is also a graduate of the Wharton Nurse Executive Program.
The Winston-Salem community has benefited from Liner's leadership over the years, as she has served on task forces and boards for Winston-Salem State University, University of North Carolina Greensboro Bryan School of Business, North Carolina Stroke Association, The Arts Council of Forsyth County, North Carolina Hospital Association, Winston-Salem Alliance, Piedmont Triad Partnership, as 2009-2010 President of the Winston-Salem Rotary Club and 2011 Campaign Chair for United Way of Forsyth County. Liner was also instrumental in founding the Women's Leadership Council for the United Way, serving as its first chair and receiving the first Susan Ivey Award in 2011, an award which honors an individual who exemplifies the true spirit of education, engaging and empowering women. Liner is presently the chair of Forsyth Futures, chair-elect for the United Way of Forsyth County, and a member of the board of directors for Providence Health and Services.
Stephen L. Wallenhaupt, MD – Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Stephen L. Wallenhaupt, MD, serves as Novant Health's chief medical officer. From 2001-2006 he served as the executive vice president for medical affairs of Presbyterian Healthcare in the Charlotte area. He is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon and formerly a partner of Hawthorne Cardiovascular Surgeons in Charlotte from 1993-2001.
Dr. Wallenhaupt was assistant professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine from 1985-1993. He received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in 1978. He is a member of multiple medical organizations including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American College of Chest Physicians, American Medical Association, American College of Physician Executives and the North Carolina Medical Society. He is on the Medical Alumni Association Board of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a member of the Wake Forest Charlotte Executive Board.