Council members also provide insights, ideas and resources in developing collaborative initiatives and connecting the School to innovative public-private partnerships. In addition, council members serve as ambassadors of the School and share its commitment to making a positive and significant impact on the lives and health of people across North Carolina, throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Donald A. Holzworth, MS, Chair
Executive in Residence
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC
Don Holzworth serves as the Executive in Residence at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health, as well as Chairman of the School’s Advisory Council. He is also Chairman of the Health Decisions, Inc., a women’s health clinical research organization. He serves on the board of Veritas Collaborative a specialty behavioral hospital system serving patients with severe eating disorders, and on the board of UNC’s Senior Alliance Accountable Care Organization. He was the 2018 recipient of Triangle Global Health Champion award.
Holzworth is the former Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Constella Group, a leading global provider of public health policy and implementation, as well as clinical development services, operating in more than 60 countries. The company was sold to SRA International in 2007. He was also the Founder and Chairman of Expression Analysis, Inc., a genomic services company, which was sold to Quintiles (now IQVIA) in 2012. He also served as Executive Chairman of a UNC spinout, Bivarus, Inc., a patient-centered analytics company sold to Press Ganey in 2018.
Holzworth earned a BS in systems analysis and an MS in environmental science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He also has advanced graduate training in biostatistics from North Carolina State University.
Marcia A. Angle, MD, MPH
Retired Public Health Physician
Marcia Angle is an environmental advocate and preventive medicine physician, who has published and worked in the area of international reproductive health. She was the medical director at IntraHealth, focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, for two decades. In North Carolina, she served as Medical Director of the Orange County Health Department and taught environmental epidemiology at Duke University’s School of the Environment.
Angle currently serves on the Board of Directors of three non-profit organizations: E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, Nature and Culture International, and the Southern Environmental Law Center. She serves on advisory councils for Duke University’s Superfund Research Center, The North Carolina Conservation Network, and Reserva La Esperanza.
Angle earned a BA from Harvard University, an MD from Duke University, and an MPH from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Nicole Bates, DrPH, MPH
Director, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives
Dr. Bates is an executive leader and impact-driven strategist with 20 years of experience designing original portfolios; building cross-sectoral partnerships; and activating public and political networks to generate support, policies and financing for health and development priorities – in the US and abroad. She currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives at Pivotal Ventures, an incubation and investment company founded by Melinda French Gates, and leads the company’s efforts to build a well-resourced and active ecosystem of individuals and organizations working together to advance social progress. Nicole joined Pivotal Ventures after more than a decade at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she led the foundation’s global advocacy and communications strategy for child health, including global immunization and polio eradication. Nicole previously served as the Director for Government Relations at the Global Health Council and Deputy Director for Public Policy at the Center for Community Change. Nicole began her career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Presidential Management Fellow, and worked for Senator Edward Kennedy on domestic policy. Nicole earned her doctorate and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed undergraduate studies with high honors at the University of Virginia.
Michael J. Cucchiara
Chapel Hill, NC
Michael Cucchiara consults with North Carolina businesses in the food sector. His current projects include Eastern Carolina Organics, the south’s largest distributor of organic produce; Juvn8, a fresh fruit smoothie made from all North Carolina produce and distributed to grocery stores throughout the south; and Brave Cider, a manufacturer of hard cider from heirloom Virginia apples.
Cucchiara had previously been managing partner of Greenbridge, a Bill McDonough designed, mixed-use project in Chapel Hill. Cucchiara brings over 30 years of experience in the water industry. He distributed and manufactured irrigation equipment in over 90 countries. He has extensive knowledge in the design and installation of systems.
Cucchiara earned a BS in agricultural irrigation engineering from the University of Arizona.
Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH
Gillings Professor of the Practice
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Research and Innovation Solutions
Chapel Hill, NC
Leah Devlin is a Gillings Professor of the Practice at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She works with faculty, students and staff throughout the School to effectively talk with state leaders and residents about the many ways the School can and does serve North Carolina.
Prior to joining the School, Devlin served as state health director from 2001 to 2009, after also serving as deputy state health director. She previously served as chief of the chronic disease prevention and control section at the NC Department of Health and Human Services. She also served as Wake County Health Director for ten years.
Devlin serves as a board member for Healthy Wake 2000, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science and on the Central Region board of Wachovia Bank and the Community Advisory Board for WUNC 91.5. She is also a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, the Women’s Forum of North Carolina and president of the North Carolina Public Health Association. She has co-chaired the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, and served as past-president of the Raleigh/Wake County Dental Society and the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors. Devlin was a 1993 scholar in CDC’s Public Health Leadership Institute and served as a member of the Health Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties from 1993-96.
Devlin’s honors include 1994 Health Director of the Year, Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, North Carolina Public Health Association’s Rankin Award, the Poe Center for Health Education’s President’s Award, and the 2008 UNC Distinguished Alumni Award.
Devlin earned a bachelor’s and dental degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s of public health from Carolina’s School of Public Health.
Jeffrey P. Engel, MD
Former Executive Director
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Jeffrey Engel is the Former Executive Director of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. As former State Health Director in the Division of Public Health in the NC Department of Health and Human Services, he led an agency of approximately 1800 people that provide state-level administration and expertise in women’s and children’s health, epidemiology and preparedness, chronic disease and injury prevention, oral health, health disparities, and vital records. From 2002-2009, Engel served as State Epidemiologist in the Division where he worked closely with local health departments and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1988-2002, he was on the faculty at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where he attained the rank of Professor of Medicine, served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and Medical Director of Hospital Infection Control for Pitt County Memorial Hospital. He did his residency, chief residency, and fellowship training at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.
Engel has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has received many grants and awards. He was appointed to the CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee by Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Levitt and to the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee of the CDC.
Engel received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Subhash Gumber, MD, PhD, FACG
Raleigh Medical Group Gastroenterology
Subhash Gumber is a practicing physician and entrepreneur. He has been Medical Director of Raleigh Medical Group Gastroenterology for about the last 20 years and has overseen its growth to be the largest Gastroenterology private practice with five Endoscopy Centers in the Research Triangle region. He has served on the North Carolina Medical Board, Raleigh Medical Group Board, North Carolina Indian-American Physicians Board and is a member of the Global Leadership Council at UNC-Chapel Hill. His interests include music and travel.
Gumber received his MD degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Harvard Medical School. Prior to attending medical school, he obtained his PhD in Biochemistry at Washington State University and worked at Brandeis University. He is board-certified in gastroenterology and hepatology.
James R. Hendricks, Jr., MS
Duke Energy Vice President of
Environment, Health and Safety (Retired)
Pawleys Island, SC
Jim Hendricks retired as vice president of environmental, health and safety policies for Duke Energy. He was responsible for leading the corporate environmental, health and safety efforts including implementation of the EHS management system as well as identifying and developing relationships with key external groups, coalitions and environmental special interest groups that are essential to Duke Energy’s success. Presently, he is the owner and principal of Hendricks Consulting, LLC.
In 1971, Hendricks joined Duke Power, a Duke Energy company, as an assistant design engineer. After a series of promotions in the design engineering department, he was promoted to principal engineer in 1980. He was named engineering manager in the civil/environmental section in 1988, manager of environmental protection for generation services in 1991, and general manager of the environmental division for electric system support in 1993. In 1997, he was named vice president of corporate environment, health and safety; and he was named vice president of corporate responsibility in February 2003. He retired as Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety in December 2006.
During his career, Hendricks was chair of the Environmental Executive Advisory Committee for the Edison Electric Institute. He is past chair of the Conference Board’s Chief EH&S Officers’ Council, a member of the Nature Conservancy’s International Leadership Council and a past member of EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He also served on the board of the Global Environmental Management Initiative, as well as numerous local working groups.
Hendricks earned a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering and a master’s of science degree in water resources engineering from Clemson University.
Michael E. Kafrissen, MD, MSPH
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Palm Beach, FL
Michael Kafrissen is currently a Senior Research Scientist in MIT’s AgeLab. He is Chief Executive Officer of STE Health International, LLC providing services to a group of private clients. He was previously the Chief Scientific Officer and Company Head of Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC and a member of the Johnson & Johnson’s North American Pharmaceutical Management board. His responsibilities comprised J&J companies focusing on neurology, psychiatry, analgesia, anti-infectives, gastroenterology, women’s health, urology, pediatrics and cardiovascular diseases. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education and is a member of the Centers for Disease Control Foundation’s Corporate Roundtable. His academic appointments include Adjunct Professorships at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health, Rutgers University School of Pharmacy, and University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Kafrissen was a Medical Epidemiologist in the Centers for Disease Control’s Chronic Disease Division in Atlanta, GA, engaging in research ranging from pregnancy-related mortality to Vietnam combat. His initial role at J&J was in pharmaceutical development where his groups were responsible for a number of novel product approvals. His research interests include geriatrics/gerontology, pharmacoepidemiology, clinical trial design, clinical project planning and execution, and management of technical professionals and Women’s Health. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and originator of clinically-related patents.
Kafrissen earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Temple University and an MSPH in maternal and child health from Carolina’s School of Public Health.
Richard D. Kelly, BSPH, MBA
Former Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Nutriati, Inc.
Executive in Residence, University of Richmond Robins School of Business
Richard Kelly’s career has spanned three decades in the Consumer Products, Healthcare and Manufacturing sectors. He currently serves as Executive in Residence at Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, mentoring students in both corporate leadership and entrepreneurship. Kelly also is currently advising CEOs and Boards of companies in the areas of finance, strategy, operations, and innovation. He serves on the Board of Directors of World Pediatric Project, a nonprofit linking worldwide pediatric surgical, diagnostic, and preventive resources to heal critically ill children in developing countries. His current passion is to improve an individual’s wellness by making healthier food choices available and affordable.
Kelly is the former CEO and Co-Founder of Nutriati, Inc, a venture capital supported plant-based Ingredient Technology company helping leading brands and food manufacturers develop great-tasting and healthy products. Prior to founding Nutriati, Kelly was CEO of Worldwide Sourcing Advisors LLC (WSA), an advisory firm that provides supply management, operations and business development expertise to public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. WSA’s clients include food & beverage, packaging, and life science companies. Kelly also served as Vice President at consumer products giant, Altria Group. Under his leadership, Fortune 50 Altria was ranked as a leading company by the AT Kearny’s Assessment of Excellence in Procurement. Kelly co-sponsored the Altria Worldwide Sourcing Team which involved synergy activities and strategic sourcing with Kraft, General Foods, Oscar Mayer, Miller Brewing, St. Michelle Winery, and Philip Morris International. A thought leader in the area of partnerships, he was a contributing author to the acclaimed book Next Level Supply Management Excellence: Your Straight to the Bottom Line Roadmap.
Kelly earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BS with Honors in Health Policy and Management from the Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Stacie McEntyre, MSW, LCSW, CEDS, F.iaedp
Founder and Vice Chair of the Board
Veritas Collaborative, LLC
In 2011, as CEO and President, Stacie co-founded Veritas Collaborative, a Specialty Healthcare System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders. Today, Veritas Collaborative is a National Healthcare System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders and has served over 3000 male, female and other-gendered patients and their families with 500+ employees in 3 Southeastern states at the inpatient, residential and partial hospitalization levels of care. Prior, she founded Carolina House, a well-respected residential eating disorders program in Durham, NC after recognizing the need to fill an important gap in service for college-age students after serving as the Eating Disorders Specialist for Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services.
She served on the non-profit Board of Directors for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp), and as Chairman of the Certification Committee. She has been recognized in Top 10 Female CEO of the Year (2018) by Charlotte Scoop, Member of the Year (2012), International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals; was awarded a United States Patriot Award for Employers (2011), and was named Executive of the Year by CRC Health Group (2008). Stacie is passionate about entrepreneurship, and equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Jesse Milan, Jr., JD
President and CEO
Ellicott City, MD
A person living with HIV for 28 years, Jesse Milan is a national expert on HIV/AIDS policies and programs. Appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he served from 2002 to 2007 as Co-chair of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment. Milan is current Chair Emeritus and past board chair (2002-2009) of the Black AIDS Institute and has served as president of the boards of ActionAIDS (Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS service organization), the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium, and the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition. In 2007 he was designated a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Global HIV/AIDS. Over the past 20 years, he has delivered hundreds of presentations and addressed millions on HIV/AIDS-related issues through speaking tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department in eight African countries, in regional and national forums, and in appearances including at the 2000 Democratic National Convention and in 2009 at the White House.
Milan joined the Altarum Institute, a non-profit health research and consulting organization, as Vice President and Director of Community Health Systems in April 2008. He oversaw a wide range of health programs for CDC, SAMHSA, NIH, HRSA, USDA, HUD, the WHO, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Prior to joining Altarum, he served as the Constella Group’s Vice President for Health Communications, Vice President for Global Health Convergence and its Project Director of the CDC’s National Prevention Information Network. Milan was also Director of the AIDS Office for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health and served as Chief of Staff to the President of Temple University. He was voted Humanitarian of the Year by the Philadelphia Gay News readers; received the 2008 “Hero in the Struggle” award from the Black AIDS Institute, and was honored by the Health Resources and Services Administration for “leading the national and international fight against HIV disease.”
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law.
Jane Smith Patterson
Jane Patterson & Associates
Chapel Hill, NC
Jane Patterson is the President of Jane Patterson & Associates. She was previously the Executive Director of the e-NC Authority. The Authority’s goal was to bring high-speed affordable access to the Internet for citizens, businesses and institutions of North Carolina, and in particular rural North Carolina. Prior to her appointment, Patterson served in Governor Jim Hunt’s cabinet as Secretary of Administration during his first two terms. She led the development of the first integrated information technology services effort in the 50 states. She also served under Governor Hunt as his Chief Advisor for Policy, Budget and Technology, as the Senior Advisor for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Technology during the last two Hunt administrations. During her distinguished career, she was recruited by UNC Wilmington to serve as interim vice-chancellor, where she oversaw a reorganization of advancement, and also created a new vice-chancellorship for extended education and public service.
Patterson’s career has concentrated primarily on the areas of information technology infrastructure and its impact on operations of government, industry and education. She has consulted with more than 20 countries worldwide
Patterson has completed educational programs at UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard University and NC State University. In 1983, she was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and became the first woman to deliver the main address at University Day in the history of the University.
Lee (Leyan) Phillips, MA
Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder
Chapel Hill, NC
Lee Phillips is a seasoned innovator and brand strategist with 30 years’ experience in Europe, the US and Asian markets. He has previously worked in senior marketing roles for global brands including Vodafone and Harrods and has led creative agencies in Tokyo, London and Miami. For the last 15 years, he has specialized in the health sector, leading branding and consumer product innovation projects for organizations including US healthcare giant Humana, global telehealthcare company Tunstall, and major US health systems and providers. Phillips is an expert in consumer engagement and behavior change marketing and pioneered population health management programs in the UK’s NHS, where his exploits saw him inducted into the CorpComms 100 Club, an organization that recognizes the top-performing corporate communicators in the UK. In addition to co-founding Bluedoor Group, a digital health innovation and growth agency based in Chapel Hill, NC, he is a Co-founder and Fellow of The Institute of Healthcare Design Thinking, and a Co-founder of the non-profit Digital Health Institute for Transformation (DHIT).
An entrepreneur at heart, Lee is on the board of several start-up companies in the health sector advising them on their product development and commercialization strategies. He serves as Executive Director of the Lampidis Cancer Foundation and also co-founded the first conveyor-belt sushi bar chain in the UK in 1994.
A fluent Japanese speaker, Lee holds a Masters and BA (Hons) degree in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University in the UK. Following a brief appearance on Masterchef, he is now a frustrated chef whose culinary genius is completely lost on his two sons.
Pamela J. Pure
Chief Executive Officer
Pamela Pure became CEO of HealthMEDX in December of 2011. She brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare IT and services to her position at HealthMEDX. Her tenure as a healthcare executive provides her with a unique ability to craft strategic direction and drive operational execution. Pure inspires her employees through her commitment to customer success and her focus on innovation and development with an early career in product management and customer implementations, she has a strong commitment to developing products that drive value to the end-user.
Before joining HealthMEDX, she spent 8 years at McKesson, most recently as Executive Vice President, President of McKesson Technology Solutions the largest healthcare information technology/services business in the world. During her tenure at McKesson, the business grew from $900 million in revenue to $3 billion dollars and margins increased by 84%+. Prior to joining McKesson, Pure served in multiple executive roles in operations, product management, marketing, and development. Pam has held senior leadership positions at IDX and Shared Medical Systems and ran ChannelHealth a start-up company focused on physician EMR technology that was ultimately sold to Allscripts. .
Pure was actively involved in the development and rollout of HiTech, the Healthcare IT component of the American Recovery Act. She provided congressional testimony supporting the use of HIT to reduce medication errors. She has been recognized as Atlanta Woman of the Year in Technology and as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare. She serves on the Board of Change Healthcare where she chairs the Compliance Committee. She is also on the Board of MModal.
Pure has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the UNC School of Public Health.
Maura Smith Rampolla, MPH
Co-Founder and Director
The Mark and Maura Rampolla Foundation
Redondo Beach, CA
Maura Rampolla is co-founder and director of The Mark and Maura Rampolla Foundation established in 2012. The Foundation’s focus is on healthy, active living and social entrepreneurship benefiting low income and vulnerable populations.
In 2004, she and her husband, Mark, founded ZICO Beverages, one of the trailblazers of today’s mainstream coconut water category. The Rampollas launched ZICO to combat obesity by encouraging consumers to drink a healthy, natural alternative to popular artificial, high-sugar beverages and to spur sustainable economic development in tropical nations across the world. ZICO experienced a decade of explosive growth and became one of the fastest-growing beverage brands in the world before being acquired by The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. As ZICO expands across the US and globe, coconut water has become a multi-billion dollar category and spurred massive investment and employment in dozens of lower-income countries. Rampolla’s roles at ZICO spanned strategy, branding, marketing, product development and employee health and wellness. She also helped ZICO the company and the southern Los Angeles Beach Cities obtain Blue Zones certifications in 2013.
Prior to ZICO, Rampolla lived in El Salvador for five years where she gave birth to and raised her daughters while consulting for a variety of small and large non-profits. She wrote grants, evaluated programs and consulted on rural health and early education for CARE El Salvador, DEVTECH Systems, and Health Unlimited UK. During the late 1990s, Rampolla championed women and children’s health at Planned Parenthood and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. She, her husband Mark, and daughters Ciara and Lexi live in Redondo Beach, California.
Rampolla earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African Studies from Northwestern University, and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the UNC School of Public Health.
Laura Helms Reece, DrPH, MS
Chief Executive Director
Chapel Hill, NC
Laura Helms Reece is Chief Executive Officer of Rho, a contract research organization specializing in high-quality medical research in conjunction with their partners in the public and private sectors. Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer in 2006, Helms Reece acquired a broad range of work experiences at Rho, including serving as Director of Regulatory Affairs, Associate Director of Biostatistics, and Senior Statistical Scientist.
After receiving her doctor of public health in biostatistics, Helms Reece was a Senior Statistical Scientist supporting phase I-III clinical trials in oncology at AstraZeneca. She has also worked at GlaxoWellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline) as a statistical consultant designing studies and performing analyses for market research.
Helms Reece is a Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She earned her master’s of public health and doctor of public health in biostatistics from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
James H. Rosen, MBA, MSPH
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
Chapel Hill, NC
Jimmy Rosen is President and Chief Executive Officer of Artizan Biosciences. He previously served as Deputy Director, Program-Related Investments, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He was previously a Partner on Intersouth’s life sciences investment team. He began with the firm as an intern in 2005 while pursuing his graduate degrees; joined full-time in 2007, and became a Partner in 2009. Prior to joining Intersouth, he spent 15 years in clinical, research and financial positions in the health care and biotechnology sectors.
Rosen’s research experience includes programs at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, the National Cancer Institute, Duke University Medical Center and its Comprehensive Cancer Center. He also managed and monitored clinical trials at a privately held contract research organization, which led to FDA-approved products. Rosen spent several years as an equity research analyst at Brean Murray & Co., covering biopharmaceuticals, genomics, generics, drug delivery and medical device companies. Prior to his research and Wall Street functions, he spent five years in Emergency Medical Services as a mountain search & rescue and ambulance medic.
Jimmy currently serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Board of Visitors for NCCU, the board of Florida BIO, and the Oversight Committee for the Duke-Coulter Translational Partners Program. He is also a frequent lecturer at Duke, UNC and NCSU. In 2010 Jimmy was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for which he designed and executed a program to evaluate the prospects for health care innovation in China and Southeast Asia.
Jimmy holds a BA from Duke University and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business where he was a Carolina Venture Fellow & recipient of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Award for Excellence. He received his MSPH from the UNC School of Public Health.
William G. Ross, Jr., JD
Visiting Professor and Attorney
Chapel Hill, NC
William G. Ross, Jr., is the former secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He led the agency from 2001 to 2009. While he was secretary, the department played a principal role as the state expanded the size of the state park system; enacted the NC Clean Smokestacks Act; and built the Nature Research Center, an innovative new wing for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Since leaving the secretary’s office in 2009, Ross has focused on matters of environment and health as a visiting professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, in Durham, NC. In addition, he is an attorney and a consultant in matters relating to natural resource conservation and sustainability at Brooks Pierce, in Raleigh.
Ross serves as chair of the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as co-chair of the Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative. He also serves on the boards of the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, and of the Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
A North Carolina native now residing in Chapel Hill, Ross is a graduate of Davidson College, in Davidson, NC, and of the University of Virginia School of Law, in Charlottesville, VA.
Virginia B. Sall
Co-Founder and Director
Sall Family Foundation
Virginia Sall is a co-founder and director of the Sall Family Foundation. She has studied and worked in not-for-profit organizations for over 30 years. Her focus is on complex local-to-global organizations addressing global health and poverty, conservation and the environment—especially where these intersect to support healthy, sustainable lives for people in the developing world.
Sall currently serves on the board of directors for CARE USA, Environmental Defense Fund and World Wildlife Fund as well as the board of advisors for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. She is a co-founder of Cary Academy, an innovative middle and high school in North Carolina. Sall volunteered for La Leche League to help mothers in her community breastfeed their babies; she also served on the board of La Leche League International, chaired the organization and represented La Leche League International at the United Nations. She has served on the board of the School of Nursing Foundation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sall has worked as a systems programmer, software developer, technical consultant and statistical software trainer. She holds a BA in physics from Rice University and studied biostatistics at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Louise Winstanly, LLB, MSB
Attorney and Medical Ethicist
Chapel Hill, NC
Louise Winstanly, LLB (Hons), MS, is an adjunct assistant professor in the Public Health Leadership Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and associate faculty for the UNC Center for Bioethics. Originally from South Africa, where she lived for 25 years, Winstanly also lived in Japan for nine years where she worked for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Nishimura and Partners. In 2005, Winstanly moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As philanthropists, she and her husband support education and global health.
Winstanly is the chair of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Institutional Review Board and a member of the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee and North Carolina’s Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute’s Clinical and Community Research Ethics Core. She is a Member of the Board of CliniStart and serves on the NCMS Ethical and Judicial Affairs Committee. She served as chair of the board of IntraHealth International 2012–2017. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Winstanly received a Bachelor of Laws degree (with honors) in business law from London Guildhall University (United Kingdom) and a master’s degree in bioethics from Union Graduate College and was admitted to practice law in New York.