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Novant Health board of trustees

Robert M. Barr, MD - Chair

Robert M. Barr, MD, 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 first past president of the American Society of Neuroradiology, the president-elect of the American Board of Radiology and a member of the advisory board of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

Laura A. Schulte - Vice Chair and Strategic Growth Committee Chair

Laura A. Schulte is a former executive with Wells Fargo & Co. During her 32-year career, she led some of the enterprise’s largest banking divisions with responsibility for $10 billion in revenue. 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, audit, strategy and distribution, and has served as a transition manager for multiple successful mergers and acquisitions. During her career, she was named one of the top 25 most powerful women in banking.

Schulte currently serves on the boards of Novant Health, Grubb Properties, and the National Association of Corporate Directors (Carolinas Chapter) and served for five years on the board of State Farm Bank. Schulte is an NACD Governance Fellow and holds an NACD Directorship Certification. Additionally, she has a Certificate in Cyber Security Leadership and Governance from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.

James F. Amos - 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 a strategic advisor to the President of Singapore Technology Engineering – North America, and a member of the President of Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding Strategic Advisory Panel, Chairman, Capewell LLC’s Board of Advisors, Director, NeoVolta LLC, Director, Aero Med Group LLC, a member of the Board of Advisors for Jewish Institute for National Security in America (JINSA), and a member of the Charlotte’s Veterans Bridge Home Advisory Board. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lord Corporation, past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund, and Founder, Windsock, LLC.

Carl S. Armato - Ex-officio member

Carl S. Armato is president and chief executive officer of 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, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center 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 chief operating officer of the system 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 General Health System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was also a senior tax/audit consultant for Ernst & Young in the Baton Rouge office prior to beginning his career in healthcare. 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, by the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana and in North Carolina, by the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners. 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.

Armato serves on the Vizient Inc. Board of Directors as well as the Vizient Inc. Finance Committee, the American Heart Association Southeast Board of Directors, the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council, the American Hospital Association Committee on Health Care Strategy and Innovation, and the JDRF North Carolina Executive Council, where he is a founding member. His past service includes work with the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the American Hospital Association Governing Council, the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Knights of Columbus, Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education and the Friends of Scouting.

He has authored 2 books, It’s Never Just Another Monday and A Future With Hope: An Inspiring Guide to Overcoming Diabetes, in addition to multiple articles featured on CNN, The New England Journal of Medicine, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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, as well as the 2020 recipient of the Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO from Costs of Care. Additionally, Armato has been recognized by the Triad Business Journal and Charlotte Business Journal as a Most Admired CEO.

Brandon T. Adcock

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 M. Ally

Deborah McQuitter Ally is the vice president and publisher of Gaston Lifestyles Magazine. She serves 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 on the board of directors for the United Way of North Carolina, the Chair of the Gaston Vision 2040 Steering Committee, a Communications Task Force member for the Gaston Business Association, and a member of St. Stephens AME Zion Church.

Ally is a past member the Rotary Club of Gastonia, 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 — Compensation & Leadership Committee Chair

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 C. Eckel

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

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 — Audit & Compliance Committee Chair

Christine P. Katziff is the chief audit executive of Bank of America and a member of the company’s executive management team. She leads the global division responsible for the company’s business strategies, all business segments, technology, operations, risk framework, financial management and credit standards. She is the executive vice chair 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 and is a passionate advocate for wellness and higher education. She serves on the board of directors for the American Heart Association’s Corporate Operations Coordinating Committee, National Go Red Leadership Council and past Chair of the Charlotte Go Red for Women campaign, UNC Charlotte, Bryant University, and serves on the Campaign Committee for Central Piedmont Community College. Katziff is also the Charlotte Executive Market Sponsor, championing Bank of America’s efforts to support the community, clients and employees within the company’s home city.

David P. KingDavid King

David 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.

Ian A. McDonald — Safety & Quality Committee Chair

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. McDonald earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Brown University.

B. Dawn Moose, MD

Dawn Moose, MD, is a radiation oncologist with Piedmont Radiation Oncology in Winston-Salem. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, where Moose later received her Doctor of Medicine 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.

T. David Neill
David Niell

T. 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. He 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 chairman of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission.

Neill currently serves as chairman of the Greater Winston-Salem Inc. board and past chairman of the UNC Shuford Program of Entrepreneurship advisory board. He also serves on the Winston-Salem Alliance, Piedmont Triad Partnership and Reynolda House Museum of American Art boards. Neill is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and resides in Winston-Salem.

G. Patrick Phillips

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 chairman 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 has held multiple leadership roles on both corporate and civic boards including Cardtronics Inc., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Foundation, Providence Day School and the Darden School Foundation. Phillips currently serves as director of USAA Federal Savings Bank Board and he resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

David R. Plyler

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 serves on the board of Novant Health, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, and IFB Solutions. His past board service includes the Governor’s Task Force on Osteoporosis, Forsyth County Board of Public Health, National Association of Counties (NACo), NC Association of County Commissioners, the National YMCA Board, NC Energy Policy commission, Crimestoppers, Blumenthal Jewish Home for the Aged, and Kernersville Lions Club. He is a lifetime member of Oasis Shrine 32nd Degree Mason and the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce.

Plyler is the recipient of the Abe Lincoln Award for Exceptional Broadcasting, the Humanitarian Award from the NC Association of Black County Officials, the Community Service Award from the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce and was recognized as Outstanding County Commissioner in 2003 by the NC Association of County Commissioners. He is an active member of United Methodist Church in Kernersville.

Elwood L. Robinson, PhD — Corporate Governance & Responsibility Committee Chair

Elwood L. Robinson, PhD, 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. 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 chairman 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 R. Thompson

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:

John M. Lewis, Jr. — Chair, Southern Piedmont Region Board

John Lewis is the chief executive officer 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.

Lari E. Harding — Chair, Triad Region Board

Lari Harding

Lari 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.

Board Meetings

The 2022 schedule for regular meetings of the Novant Health, Inc. Board of Trustees is:

      • February 22-23
      • May 16-17
      • September 19-20
      • November 14-15

The 2022 schedule for regular meetings of the Novant Health Triad Region, LLC Board of Directors and Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Inc. Board of Trustees is:

      • February 15
      • April 19
      • June 21
      • August 9
      • October 11
      • December 6

For more information, please contact [email protected].