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Carl S. Armato is the president and chief executive officer for Novant Health. Since joining Novant in 1998 as the vice president of finance and operations for the physician divisions in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Armato has served in a number of senior positions, including as president of the Charlotte market and as chief operating officer for Novant Health. The board of trustees appointed him to his current position in January 2012. Previously, 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’s degree in business administration-accounting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a master’s 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 a member of the American Hospital Association governing council; member of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce executive committee; member of the VHA board of directors; and serves as chair of the American Heart Association Charlotte Chapter. Past community involvement includes serving as chairman of the board of Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education; as chairman of the Friends of Scouting Exploring Community Campaign for 2004; as a member of the 2004 and 2005 American Heart Walk executive committees; as a member of VHA Central Atlantic board of directors 2005 and 2006; as a member of Central Piedmont Community College President's Council 2006; and past member of Knights of Columbus. Armato was selected as a recipient of the American Diabetes Association Father of the Year Award in 2015.

Deborah McQuitter Ally is president and CEO of United Way Gaston County. She serves on the board of directors, on the executive committee and as treasurer for the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the executive committee and as chairwoman of the leadership committee for Gaston Together. She serves on the Gaston County transportation advisory board, the Novant Health metro advisory board, the Wells Fargo advisory board and as chairwoman of the Gaston County Emergency Food and Shelter program local board. Prior to joining United Way Gaston County, she worked as a marketing and development director at Care Resource in Miami, Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce/advertising from North Carolina Central University in Durham. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the United Way of North Carolina public policy committee, of Gaston Together, of the Gaston County Healthcare Commission and of the Gaston County Cooperative Extension advisory council. Other memberships include the Rotary Club of Gastonia, St. Stephens AME Zion Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is the 2014-2016 president of the Piedmont Chapter of the Links Inc. She was selected by Gaston County commissioners as a 2014 William Gaston Award recipient. She lives in Gastonia.

# Dr. Robert M. Barr is a neuroradiologist and president of Mecklenburg Radiology Associates, a group of 45 radiologists and 12 physician assistants. He has practiced in Charlotte since 1995. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Following an internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, he returned to UCSF for a radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship. Dr. Barr serves on multiple hospital committees and is actively involved in health policy. He chairs the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) health policy committee, is a member of the Economics Commission of the American College of Radiology, and is a trustee of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

Richard A. Belden is chief operating officer for the Universal Service Administration Co. in Washington, D.C. 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, he worked for IBM as manager, investment analysis, in New York, and as controller, software solutions division in North Carolina. Belden received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Viola A. Lyles is a strategic planning and project management consultant for government entities and nonprofit organizations through Vi Lyles Consulting. She serves as an at-large member of the Charlotte City Council and is the former assistant city manager for the city of Charlotte. She 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. She continues to work as consulting director with The Lee Institute and Flynn Heath Holt Leadership. She completed 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 boards, including at 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 as the 2003 Charlotte Woman of the Year and in being chosen in 2007 for the UNCF Women Who Lead Award. 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. She previously served as the startup director for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing. She 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 a gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology Associates of the Piedmont in Winston-Salem. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, where he was inducted as Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Murphy received his medical degree 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 staff physicians at 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 president of Bob Neill Inc., an operator of automobile dealerships. He has worked with Bob Neill Inc. since 1983 and has held various positions with manufacturers’ committees, highlighted by being 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 the United Way of Forsyth County, Forsyth Country Day School, Summit School and the Winston-Salem Foundation, Winston-Salem Alliance, Winston-Salem Business Inc. and Twin City Youth Soccer Association. Neill currently serves as chairman of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Winston-Salem and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He lives in Winston-Salem.

G. Patrick Phillips is a retired 35-year veteran of Bank of America and led 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, he served as a member of the board of Visa International and as chair of the board of Visa USA. He holds a bachelor degree in economics from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and a master’s degree in business administration from Darden School, University of Virginia of Charlottesville. Phillips serves as director and chair of audit and compensation committees of USAA FSB, director and chair of compensation committee of Cardtronics Inc. board, and advisor to the financial services practice of Bain & Company. He lives in Charlotte.

David R. Plyler retired after 60 years in the radio and television industry. He spent 25 years at Winston-Salem’s WXII as news and public affairs director and 20 years as co-owner of WTOB Radio. He has served as chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners since 1994. He attended Winston-Salem State University and majored in political science and studied an additional two years at Guilford College. He has a history of community service in the greater Winston-Salem area. He is a member of the National Association of County Commissioners, the Community & Economic Development steering committee and the Early Childhood Development task force. Plyler is past president of the Kernersville Lions Club and a life member of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Governor's Task Force on Osteoporosis and the North Carolina Energy Policy Commission. 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 served six years as a member of the YMCA National Policy Making board of directors. He has been a member of the Novant Health board of trustees since January of 2013.

Laura A. Schulte is a retired Wells Fargo executive. She currently serves as an executive management business adviser and consultant for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, as well as for commercial real estate developer Grubb Properties Inc. She retired at the end of 2014 from Wells Fargo to pursue consulting, mentoring and teaching. Schulte holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a master’s degree in banking from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. Schulte has been a guest lecturer at Queens University and frequently speaks to business organizations, including the Women’s Presidents Organization and the Harvard Business School alumni chapter. Schulte currently serves on the Grubb Properties board of directors, board of trustees and executive committee. She is an advisory board committee member for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Foundation for the Carolinas and the University of Nebraska Business School. She serves on the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art advisory board and Charlotte Country Day School board of trustees. She has received a number of awards, including being named to the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking and Top 25 Women to Watch in Banking (US Banker Magazine) and Charlotte Businesswoman of the Year. Schulte lives in Charlotte.

Robert H. Stolz is a member of the executive board of management of the Würth Group, a global trading company based in Germany. As chief executive officer of the North American wood, metal and auto divisions, Stolz oversees operations for seven operating companies and 67 distribution centers in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining the Würth Group, Stolz served as a vice president of Southern Bank Group in Atlanta, Georgia, and as legislative affairs director for Mayor Andrew Young. Stolz was an appointee of Gos. Jim Hunt and 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, Stolz serves on a number of boards, including the University of Georgia Foundation board of directors, Carolina Caterpillar board of advisors, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art advisory council, and The Christ School Episcopal Boarding School board of directors. Since 2009, Stolz has served on the Novant Health board of trustees and is the current board chair. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Larry D. Stone is the retired president and chief operating officer for Lowe's, based in Mooresville. Stone was responsible for store operations, merchandising and store support, marketing, logistics and distribution, as well as Lowe's Canadian and Mexican 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 and was appointed to the board for AT Home in 2014. He is a board member for Wilkes Community College, Appalachian State University Foundation and the local board for Wells Fargo Bank. Stone is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's program for management development.

Ex-officio, non-voting members:

Chair, Southern Piedmont Region Board

Dr. Anthony Zeiss holds a Doctorate in Community College Administration from Nova University, a Master’s degree in Speech (Radio and Television), and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Education from Indiana State University. In 1992, he became the third president of Central Piedmont Community College (“CPCC”), serving approximately 70,000 students per year. During his tenure, the college grew from one campus to six and was recognized as a national leader in Workforce Development. Dr. Zeiss has authored or co-authored several books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and American History. His most recent publications include four books on creating high-performance employees and a novel on the Revolutionary War. Dr. Zeiss is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter on resource development, workforce development, leadership, and career development. He and his wife, Beth, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Chair, Triad Region Board

Joseph H. Ely retired as executive vice president and southeast region manager from Aon Hewitt, the global leader in human resource solutions with more than 30,000 professionals in 90 countries. He is a 1968 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1971. He is on the UNC-TV board of trustees and is chair of the Triad region board of trustees of Novant Health. He also serves as secretary of the board of governors of Presbyterian Homes of North Carolina, a multisite, continuing-care retirement community, and a member of the board of directors of Samaritan Ministries, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen serving Winston-Salem. He 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. He has four children and five grandchildren and lives with his wife, Kathy, in Winston-Salem.