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Carl S. 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 Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration degree 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.

Dr. Robert M. Barr, FACR, is currently the president of Mecklenburg Radiology Associates, a group of 45 radiologists and 12 physician assistants. He is a neuroradiologist and has practiced in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1995. He is a graduate of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Following an internship Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, he returned to UCSF for a radiology residency and a neuroradiology fellowship. Barr serves on multiple hospital committees, including the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center executive steering committee. Barr has been a strong advocate for clinical neuroradiology and has been actively involved in issues regarding coding, reimbursement and coverage policy through the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) Health Policy Committee, which he currently chairs. He previously served as the ASNR advisor to the American Medical Association's AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, where he helped determine the value for a wide range neuroradiology procedures. He is also a member of the Economics Commission of the American College of Radiology and is a member of the board of trustees of the Harvey I. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

Michael B. Baughan currently serves as Chairman of Noranco, a global manufacturer of aerospace components and assemblies, and serves on the executive board of MidOcean Partners and is a director of a portfolio company, Jones & Frank Corporation. An instrument-rated pilot, Mr. Baughan consults to the aerospace and industrial services industries, and assists local and regional authorities on economic development initiatives.

Mr. Baughan served as President and Chief Operating Officer of B/E Aerospace, Inc., a publicly traded global supplier of aircraft cabin interior products and aerospace consumables, from 2005 until December 31, 2010. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company's Commercial Aircraft Segment and Group Vice President and General Manager for Seating Products. During his years at B/E Aerospace, Mr. Baughan helped transform the company from a small domestic manufacturer to a highly profitable global industry leader with annual revenues in excess of $2.5 billion and an enterprise value of over $5 billion. Earlier in his career, he served as President of AET Systems, Inc. and in various roles at The Boston Company (American Express) and Dow Chemical. He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife and three teenage boys.

Richard A. Belden is Chief Operating Officer for the Universal Service Administration Company located in Washington, DC. Prior to this, he was General Manager of Micron Technology Virginia in Manassas and President and Chief Operating Officer of Dominion Semiconductor. Before moving to Northern Virginia, Mr. Belden worked for IBM as Manager, Investment Analysis, in New York, and as Controller, Software Solutions Division in North Carolina. Belden received his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering, with honors from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Trustee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.

Robert R. Gordon, Jr. spent thirty-four years working in various units of the R. J. Reynolds family of companies, beginning as an engineer in 1967. In 1988 he was named Senior Vice President of Human Resources at RJR Nabisco, Inc. He later was Executive Vice President of Human Resources at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc. after it was spun off as a free-standing publicly traded company. Mr. Gordon was a member of the Novant Health Triad Region board of trustees for ten years and chaired that board for three years. He currently chairs the Novant Medical Group Board of Trustees. In the past he also chaired the boards of Winston-Salem Health Care, Inc., Winston-Salem Dental Care, Inc. and the predecessor of what is now Allegacy Federal Credit Union. Mr. Gordon was the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Forsyth Technical Community College and a member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Winston-Salem. He was also a member of the Chancellor's Corporate Cabinet at Appalachian State University and was a founding member of the North Carolina Drug Free Workplace Alliance. Mr. Gordon holds a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Glenn E. Ketner, Jr. is a practicing attorney, businessman and philanthropist who has served the Salisbury community for more than 30 years. After serving in the United States Air Force from 1964-1967 with the Judge Advocate General's office, Ketner became counsel for the United States Senate Constitutional Rights Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. He then returned home to Salisbury in 1972 where he entered the private practice of law and subsequently founded Ketner & Dees. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Ketner is the president and general manager of Ketner Center, Inc., Rowan Investment Company, Inc. and Ketner Foundation, Inc., all located in Salisbury. Mr. Ketner believes in supporting higher education in North Carolina. He served for 28 years on the Board of Trustees for Catawba College and currently sits on the Duke University Law School Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation. His community service has also included serving on the City of Salisbury Board of Education, the Boards of Rowan Chamber of Commerce, the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society and the Rowan Regional Medical Center, which he chairs. He lives in Salisbury with his wife.

Viola A. Lyles is currently a strategic planning and project management consultant for government entities and non-profit organizations with Vi Lyles Consulting. She is the former assistant city manager with the City of Charlotte and is nationally recognized as an outstanding and ground-breaking public administrator. She served as the director of community outreach for the 2012 Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte in September 2012. Ms. Lyles continues to work as consulting director with The Lee Institute and Flynn Heath Holt Leadership and 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 (CRVA), Presbyterian Healthcare, Wachovia Southern Region, Charlotte Chamber, Queens University, Foundation for the Carolinas, Communities In Schools and Arts and Science Council. She has been recognized for her commitment to her community by being named 2003 Charlotte Woman of the Year and 2007 UNCF Women Who Lead Award, to name a few. The National Forum of Black Public Administrators also named an award in her honor, the “Vi Lyles Award.” She has served on the Novant Health Board of Trustees since 2012.previously served as the startup director for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing. Ms. Lyles earned a bachelor’s degree in arts from Queens University, and a master’s degree in public administration from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Daniel W. Murphy is currently a gastroenterologist with Piedmont Gastroenterology Specialists in Winston-Salem, NC. 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 Gastroenterology Association, and the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Murphy is the past president of the staff physicians at Forsyth Medical Center and currently serves on a number of committees for Novant Health and Forsyth Medical Center. Dr. Murphy is also a consultant as Investigator to Piedmont Medical Research in Clinical Trials involving areas of constipation, duodenal ulcer, dyspepsia, gastric ulcer, GERD, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis. He is widely published in these areas as well. 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.

G. Patrick Phillips is 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 of Economics degree from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. and a Master of Business Administration degree from Darden School, University of Virginia of Charlottesville, Va.

Phillips serves as director of USAA FSB, director and chair of compensation committee of Cardtronics Inc. board, and advisor to Bain & Company board. He resides in Charlotte, N.C.

David R. Plyler is an executive with Truth Broadcasting, Inc. and a member of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners where he has served since his election in 1994. Mr. Plyler has a degree in political science from Winston-Salem University and a long history of community service in the greater Winston-Salem area. He is a member of the National Association of Counties where he is a current member of the Community & Economic Development Steering Committee as well as the Early Childhood Development Taskforce. Mr. 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 Commission. In 2003, Mr. 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 by the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Plyler has been a member of the Novant Health Board of Trustees since January of 2013.

Robert H. Stolz currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Novant Health. He is a member of the executive board of management of the Würth Group, a German based global trading company. As chief executive officer of the North American wood, metal and auto divisions, Mr. Stolz oversees operations for seven operating companies and 67 distribution centers located throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to joining the Würth Group, Mr. Stolz served as a Vice President of Southern Bank Group in Atlanta, Georgia, and as legislative affairs director for Mayor Andrew Young. Mr. Stolz was a gubernatorial appointee of both Governor Jim Hunt and Governor Mike Easley to the North Carolina State Economic Development Board from 1999 to 2005, and served as chairman of that board from 2002 to 2005. Currently, Mr. Stolz serves on a number of boards including the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Directors, The Central Piedmont Community College Foundation Board of Trustees, Carolina Caterpillar Board of Advisors, and The Christ School Episcopal Boarding School Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Since 2009, Mr. Stolz has served on the Novant Health Board of Trustees.

Larry D. Stone is the retired president and chief operating officer for Lowe's, based in Mooresville, North Carolina. In his role, Stone was responsible for store operations, merchandising and store support, marketing, logistics and distribution, as well as Lowe's Canadian and Mexico operations. Stone began his career at Lowe's as a part time employee in 1969 and served in nearly every leadership position within store operations and merchandising during his career, including senior executive vice president of operations, merchandising and marketing. Stone was appointed to the board of directors of Dick's Sporting Goods in May 2007. He also serves on the boards of General Parts International (CARQUEST) Wilkes Community College, ASU Foundation Board and the local board for Wells Fargo Bank. Stone is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development

Dr. Peggy A. Valentine currently serves as the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Winston Salem State University. She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Howard University, where she became a lecturer in psychiatry in 1980. She later received her Doctor of Education degree from Virginia Tech and was given an award for "Promising Doctoral Research in Education" from the State. She is listed in "Who's Who of American Women," and was honored as "Educator of the Year" by the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 1997. Her work has been published in refereed journals, textbooks, and HIV/AIDS training materials. Dr. Valentine's clinical experience includes being a registered nurse, a nursing coordinator, and a physician assistant. Her professional expertise includes working as a consultant and accreditation site visitor for physician assistant educational programs and grant reviewer for various federal agencies. Dr. Valentine served as the chairman of the DC Mayor's HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee from 2003 - 2005 and served on the Advisory Board for the United Negro College Fund Project HOPE. She is the former president of the National Society of Allied Health and presently serves on that board. Other board memberships include the SG Atkins Community Development Corporation and Sci-Works of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Since 2007, she has served as a Board of Trustee member to Novant Health.

John B. Woodlief is Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Ruddick Corporation, a holding company in Charlotte, NC which is engaged in two primary businesses: Harris Teeter, Inc. (a regional chain of supermarkets) and American & Efird, Inc. (manufacturer and distributor of thread and technical textiles). He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1972 where he received the Award of Achievement from the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. That same year, he joined Price Waterhouse in Florida and worked with clients concentrated in financial services. In 1983, Mr. Woodlief transferred to New York City and served as an audit partner for Chase Manhattan Corporation. His responsibilities included capital markets activities, international operations, and expansion into specialty retail finance areas. In 1989, he transferred to Charlotte and served as global relationship and lead audit engagement partner to NationsBank, now known as Bank of America. In 1990, he participated in the Executive Program in Business Administration at Columbia University. From 1996 until 1999, he served as managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Charlotte, NC office, as well as the site leader for four other offices in the Carolinas. In 1999, he joined Ruddick Corporation.


Chair, Triad Region Board

Joseph H. Ely is a retired executive vice president and Southeast region manager of Aon Hewitt, a global leader in human resource solutions. His is a 1968 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, in 1971.

Ely lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is chairman of the Triad Region Board of Trustees of Novant Health, secretary of the board of governors of the Presbyterian Homes of North Carolina, a multisite, continuing-care retirement community, a member of the board of trustees of UNC TV and a member of the board of directors of Samaritan Ministries, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen serving Winston-Salem. He also tutors elementary-age school children at El Buen Pastor, a ministry supporting Hispanic families, and is an elder on the session of First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem.

Chair, Southern Piedmont Region Board

Dr. William K. Poston, currently sreves as the chief of staff and the medical director of laboratory at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. He has served as a pathologist at Novant Health for the past 25 years. He attended medical school at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Poston completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and hid fellowship in hematopathy from Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to his service at Presbyterian Medical Center, he served as the chief of the department of pathology at the United States Army Hospital at Heidelberg, Germany, and as a staff pathologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Poston is board-certified in anatomical and clinical patjology, as well as hematology with special qualifications. He currently serves on the college of American Pathologists Government Affairs Committee and has served on the board of directors for the Mecklenburg chapter of the American Cancer Society, and has served as past president of the North Carolina Society of Pathologists and the Mecklenburg County Medical Society.