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Novant Health board of trustees


Dr. Robert M. Barr is a practicing neuroradiologist and past president of Mecklenburg Radiology Associates, a group of 45 radiologists and 15 physician assistants. He has practiced in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 1995. Dr. Barr is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Following an internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Dr. Barr returned to UCSF for a radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship. Dr. Barr is the president-elect of the American Society of Neuroradiology, the current secretary-treasurer of the American Board of Radiology and a member of the advisory board of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

Vice chair

Laura A. Schulte is a former executive with Wells Fargo & Co. She led the enterprise’s largest banking divisions as a member of the CEO’s management committee. Schulte was also responsible for the companywide customer experience and affluent strategies. She has deep and broad experience in profit and loss management, risk management, compliance, credit, finance, strategy and distribution. During her 32-year tenure, she served as transition leader for multiple successful mergers and acquisitions. Schulte retired at the end of 2014 to pursue consulting, mentoring and board work.

Schulte currently serves on the boards of State Farm Bank, Novant Health, Grubb Properties, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Nebraska - Lincoln College of Business, National Association of Corporate Directors (North Carolina Chapter), Charlotte Country Day School and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, Women Executives and the International Women’s Forum. During her career, she was named one of the top 25 most powerful women in banking.

Schulte earned a bachelor’s of science in accounting from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at University of Pennsylvania.

Secretary treasurer

James F. Amos most recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring Dec. 1, 2014, after 42 years of service. He commanded Marine units at every rank from Lieutenant Colonel to General. During his tenure, he reset the Corps’ combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, shepherded the beginning of a force reduction from 241,000 Marines to 221,000, while managing the Corps’ $32+ billion annual budget — all during congressionally mandated sequestration. Amos introduced Marine leadership to industry best-practices regarding diversity and talent management. He partnered with key legislators to bring national recognition to the service and sacrifices of the Corps’ WWII African-American “Montford Point Marines” with the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal. Lastly, after 13 years of sustained combat, he began an institutional effort to “ethically reground” his force in line with its legendary high standards of conduct. Amos currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Lord Corporation, chairman of the board of directors of the Semper Fi Fund, a director with VT Systems Inc., a member of Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding strategic advisory panel, a member of Charlotte’s Veterans Bridge Home advisory board, and founder of Windsock LLC.

Immediate past chair

G. Patrick Phillips is a retired 35-year veteran of Bank of America, leading a variety of consumer, commercial, wealth management and technology businesses through rapid expansion, while growing talent for the company and providing collaborative industry leadership. Phillips served in various Bank of America roles, including president for Premier Banking and Investments, president of Consumer and Small Business Products and president of Card Services. He also served as president of financial products for NCNB and NationsBank. During his tenure at Bank of America, Phillips served as a member of the board of Visa International and as chair of the board of Visa USA. Phillips holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and a Master of Business Administration from Darden School of Business, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Phillips serves as director and chairman of audit and compensation committees of USAA Federal Savings Bank, director and chairman of compensation committee of Cardtronics Inc. board, and adviser to the Financial Services practice of Bain & Company. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina..

Carl S. Armato is president and chief executive officer for Novant Health. He joined Novant Health in 1998 as vice president of finance and operations for physician divisions in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 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 later promoted him to president and CEO in January 2004. He became president of Novant Health markets in 2008 and as chief operating officer in 2011. The board of trustees appointed him to his current position in January 2012.

Before 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, Louisiana. He was also a senior tax/audit consultant for Ernst & Young in the Baton Rouge office. Armato holds a bachelor of business administration in accounting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of 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 serves on the Vizient Inc. board of directors and as a member of the American Hospital Association governing council. His past service includes work with the American Heart Association, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education and the Friends of Scouting.

In 2013, Armato was recognized by the Triad Business Journal as one of the Most Influential People in the Triad, and by the Public Relations Society of America, Charlotte Chapter, with the Pegasus Award. He is also a recipient of the 2015 Father of the Year Award by the American Diabetes Association, Charlotte Chapter. Additionally, Armato has been recognized by the Triad Business Journal and Charlotte Business Journal as a Most Admired CEO.

Brandon Adcock is a co-founder and CEO of Adaptive Health, a health and wellness company that manufactures, markets and distributes dietary supplements direct to consumers, as well as in major retail chains. In 2012, Adaptive Health, formerly known as Direct Digital, was recognized as the fastest growing company in Charlotte. The same year, Adcock was named to the Charlotte Business Journal 40 under 40. Adcock graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he also served as director on the university’s foundation board for more than seven years.

Deborah McQuitter Ally is the vice president and co-publisher of Gaston Lifestyles Magazine. She serves as chairwoman of the Nominating and Governance Committee, as well as a member of the Gaston County Planning Board and the Gaston County 2020 Census Committee. Before joining Gaston Lifestyles Magazine, Ally worked as president of United Way Gaston County, where she raised more than $20 million and revised its business model to focus on community initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Ally is also a North Carolina certified public accountant. She is a member the Rotary Club of Gastonia, St. Stephens AME Zion Church, and was president from 2014 to 2016 of the Piedmont chapter of the Links, Inc. In 2014, Ally was honored by the Gaston County commissioners as a William Gaston Award recipient. She resides in Gastonia, North Carolina, with her husband, Mo Ally.

Alvaro G. de Molina is a retired chief financial officer (CFO) of Bank of America. He began his career in 1979 with Price Waterhouse. He spent 17 years at Bank of America where he last served as CFO and a member of the bank’s risk and capital and management operating committees, managing more than $56 billion in revenue and $16.5 billion in earnings in 2005. As CFO, he orchestrated growth strategies for a financial institution that serves more than 55 million consumers with 5,800 banking offices and 16,800 ATMs. After his role as CFO for Bank of America, de Molina served as the chief executive officer of Ally Financial, bringing the organization to the Carolinas. He has also served as chief executive officer of Bank of America Securities and president of its global corporate and investment bank. The June 2006 issue of Treasury & Risk Management magazine called him a "visionary CFO," and ranked him among the 100 most influential people in finance

Brian Eckel is a co-founder of Cape Fear Commercial, a boutique, commercial real estate firm in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he oversees strategic planning and has extensive experience specializing in corporate advisory services and strategic real estate planning. He is also a partner in the firm’s development arm, GHK Cape Fear Development. Before co-founding Cape Fear Commercial, Eckel was vice president of Ackerman & Co. in Atlanta, where he specialized in representing Fortune 500 companies, as well as emerging growth technology organizations. He is a native of Wilmington and has served as the co-chairman of the Economic Development Board and on the board of directors for Wilmington Downtown, Inc. Eckel has been appointed to the zoning board by the New Hanover County Commissioners and sits on the board of directors for the REALTORS Commercial Alliance of Southeastern North Carolina, Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builder Association and Business Alliance for a Sound Economy. He also serves on the Land Acquisition Committee of the Coastal Land Trust. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Joia M. Johnson is a retired chief administrative officer, general counsel and corporate secretary for HanesBrands, and oversaw the legal, human resources, corporate social responsibility, real estate, and government and trade relations functions for the international company. Prior to HanesBrands, Johnson served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for RARE Hospitality International, an owner, operator and franchisor of national chain restaurants that was acquired by Darden Restaurants in 2007.

Johnson serves on the board of directors for Global Payments, a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions. She has held multiple leadership roles on both corporate and civic boards, including American Arbitration Association, Crawford & Company, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s School of the Arts Foundation and the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra. Johnson earned law and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Christine P. Katziff is the corporate general auditor of Bank of America and a member of the company’s executive management team. She leads a global team responsible for providing independent assessments of the company’s business strategies, operations, risk framework, financial management and credit standards. She is the executive vice chairwoman of Bank of America’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and serves as the executive sponsor for the company’s Investing in Women Leadership Council. Katziff is active in the Charlotte community, serving on the board of directors and the finance committee for the Central Piedmont Community College Foundation, the UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business board of advisors, the Wake Forest University Charlotte executive board and the board of directors for TreesCharlotte.

David KingDavid P. King is a respected healthcare consultant, providing strategic and operational advice to numerous industry stakeholders. Named in 2019 to Forbes list of America’s Most Innovative Leaders, he has three decades of healthcare and legal experience. King previously served in leadership roles at Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (Labcorp), one of the largest medical testing laboratory and drug development businesses in the world, including as Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President and General Counsel. He was instrumental in leading the company’s transformation from a pure-play U.S. testing laboratory to a global life sciences company. He served on Cardinal Health’s board of directors from 2011 to 2018. Prior to joining Labcorp, King was partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells) where he was an essential leader in the firm’s healthcare fraud and abuse practice, representing national healthcare companies in investigations and litigation, including Abbott, Amgen, Genentech, and Labcorp. King was also an Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland. Active with many nonprofit organizations, King is an active member of the Advisory Board and Executive Committee for the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy; Board Chair and Compensation Committee Chair of PATH, Inc.; and a member of the Finance Committee and Campaign Steering Committee for the Emily Krzyzewski Center. He previously served as Chair and Vice Chair of the American Clinical Laboratory Association. King earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and juris doctor degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Viola A. Lyles is a strategic planning and project management consultant for government entities and nonprofit organizations with Vi Lyles Consulting. She serves as mayor of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was previously an assistant city manager and member of the Charlotte City Council. She is nationally recognized as an outstanding and groundbreaking public administrator. She served as the director of community outreach for the 2012 Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte in September 2012. Lyles continues to work as a consulting director with The Lee Institute and Flynn Heath Holt Leadership and as an executive coach, completing programs at the Institute of Government, North Carolina State University and the Lee Institute's American Leadership Forum. She has served and continues to serve on numerous organization boards, including Novant Health, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Presbyterian Healthcare, Wachovia Southern Region, Charlotte Chamber, Queens University, Foundation for the Carolinas, Communities in Schools, and Arts & Science Council. She has been recognized for her commitment to her community by being named 2003 Charlotte Woman of the Year and a 2007 Women Who Lead honoree with the United Negro College Fund, among other honors. The National Forum of Black Public Administrators also named the “Vi Lyles Award” in her honor. She has served on the Novant Health board of trustees since 2012. She previously served as the startup director for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing. Lyles earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queens University and a master’s degree in public administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ian A. McDonald is a retired BAE Systems executive. He began his career with IBM as an electrical engineer and spent his 30-year career in the aerospace and defense industry, having worked for IBM, Loral, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. He spent the last 15 years of his career at BAE Systems, where he served as director of the company’s space business that supplied advanced technology solutions to many critical missions for the Department of Defense, intelligence community, NASA and commercial space communities. He currently chairs the Novant Health UVA Health System board and the George Mason University Science and Technology Campus advisory board. McDonald also serves as a trustee of the George Mason Research Foundation.

Dr. Dawn Moose Moose is a radiation oncologist with Piedmont Radiation Oncology in Winston-Salem. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, where Moose later received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. She completed her residency in radiation oncology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Moose currently serves as president of Piedmont Radiation Oncology as well as the medical director of radiation oncology for Novant Health Cancer Center at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center. She has been a member of the Radiation Safety Committee for Forsyth Medical Center since 1996 and has served as chair since 2006. Moose has also served as a member of the Novant Health Forsyth Cancer Committee since 1996.

Dr. Daniel W. Murphy is a gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology Associates of the Piedmont, PA, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Murphy received his doctor of medicine from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He has been in practice since 1987. Dr. Murphy’s professional affiliations include the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Murphy is the past president of the staff physicians at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and currently serves on a number of committees for Novant Health and Forsyth Medical Center. He also serves on the clinical advisory board for OpenBiome. He participates in investigator-sponsored research in the areas of colorectal cancer screening and fecal microbiota transplantation and is published in these areas. Previously, he served on the Novant Health Triad Region board of trustees, and, since 2013, he has served on the Novant Health board of trustees.

David Niell Thomas David Neill is the president of Bob Neill Inc., an operator of automobile dealerships and real estate investments. He has worked with Bob Neill, Inc. since 1983 and has held various positions with manufacturers’ committees. Neill has served on the Mercedes-Benz National Dealer Council for six years. Neill holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Neill has served on numerous boards and capital campaign committees in Winston-Salem, including United Way of Forsyth County, Forsyth Country Day School, Summit School, Winston-Salem Foundation, Winston-Salem Business Inc., Twin City Youth Soccer Association and eight years as Chair of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission. Neill currently serves as chairman of the Greater Winston-Salem Inc. board and past chairman of UNC Shuford Program of Entrepreneurship advisory board. He also serves on the Winston-Salem Alliance, Piedmont Triad Partnership, Reynolda House Museum of American Art boards. Neill is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and resides in Winston-Salem.

David R. Plyler retired after 60 years in the radio and television industry. He spent 25 years as news and public affairs director at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and 20 years as co-owner of WTOB radio station. He currently serves as chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners where he has served since his election in 1994. Plyler attended Winston-Salem State University majoring in political science and studied an additional two years at Guilford College. He has a long history of community service in the greater Winston-Salem area. He is a member of the National Association of County Commissioners where he is a current member of the community and economic development steering committee as well as the early childhood development task force. Plyler is the past president of the Kernersville Lions Club and a life member of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. His service to the state of North Carolina includes serving on the governor's task force on osteoporosis and the North Carolina Energy Policy Council. In 2003, Plyler was named Outstanding County Commissioner by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. He has won the Abe Lincoln Award for exceptional broadcasting, the humanitarian award from the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials and the community service award from the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. Plyler also served six years as a member of the YMCA national policymaking board of directors. He has been a member of the Novant Health board of trustees since January 2013.

Dr. Elwood L. Robinson is the chancellor of Winston-Salem State University, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to his current role, Robinson was provost and vice president of academic affairs for Cambridge College in Boston, Massachusetts. He held multiple leadership roles with North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, including dean for the College of Behavioral Health and Social Sciences, director of the Minority Access to Research Careers Program and chairperson for the Department of Psychology. In 2012, Robinson was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the governor of North Carolina. Robinson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from North Carolina Central University and completed his Master of Arts in psychology from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University in State College.

Jason Thompson is the owner of American Property Experts, a recycling and biomass fuel production facility. He served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years, specializing in logistics and air delivery of assets. Thompson previously served as a New Hanover County Commissioner for four years and as a Wilmington City Council member for eight years. In addition, he has served on the Wilmington Industrial Development Committee, New Hanover Parks & Recreation Committee, Cape Fear Community College board of trustees, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Fear Public Utilities Authority, the Wilmington Airport Authority and the Wilmington Tree Advisory Committee. He aspires to be a positive influence in his community and spends time on endeavors aimed at achieving this goal. He is particularly interested in organizations that serve at-risk youth or in-need veterans. Thompson is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois Gies School of Business in Champaign.

Ex-officio, non-voting members:

Chair, Southern Piedmont Region Board

LewisJohn Lewis is the CEO of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) for the city of Charlotte. In that role, he focuses on advancing the long-term transit plan, enhancing and expanding transit services to attract and retain customers, and ensuring a safe and reliable transit system. Since joining CATS, Lewis led the opening of the 9.3-mile LYNX Blue Line light rail extension and launched the bus system redesign initiative, Envision My Ride. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having previously served in transit leadership roles in multiple cities. Lewis earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Chair, Triad Region Board

Lari HardingLari Harding is the vice president of client development at Inmar Intelligence. She is responsible for sales enablement with a focus on the commercialization of products. In her 31 years of working at Inmar Intelligence, Harding has held leadership roles in media and promotions, health care and supply chain, with more than 15 years of her career spent developing health care solutions implemented by more than 50,000 pharmacies. Harding earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she serves on the Alumni Council for the Kenan-Flagler School of Business.