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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

David Pottenger

Director, Chair

David holds a BA from Davidson College, 1979. He has been very active in the greater Durham community through his current and past board work with Urban Ministries of Durham (Board Chair), YMCA of Durham, Lakewood YMCA (Board Chair), Hope Valley Country Club (President), Executive Service Corps, and Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Dr. George Brothers, Jr.


Dr. Brothers graduated from Brown University in 1972 and then matriculated at Tufts University School of Medicine graduating in 1976. His medical residency was served at Boston City Hospital, after which he completed a fellowship in rheumatology at UNC. He is board certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology.

Professionally, Dr. Brothers served on the medical staffs of Durham Regional Hospital and UNC Hospitals. He was elected to fellowship in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. Throughout his career he has participated in teaching and in community organizations. He held a clinical teaching appointment at UNC School of Medicine where he mentored students in physical diagnosis and later in the Introduction to Community Medicine for 20 years. He was appointed to the Durham County Hospital Board of Trustees and ultimately served as its first physician and first African-American chairman. In later years he served on the Pharmacy Formulary Committee of the North Carolina State Health Plan.


Jane Brown

Senior Strategic Advisor, Business Development, Mosaic Health Solutions – Director

As a Senior Strategic Advisor for Mosaic Health Solutions, Jane is responsible for deals from end to end including sourcing opportunities, negotiating transactions, and growing portfolio companies. Prior to Mosaic Health Solutions, Jane was a strategic business lead responsible for growing patient care services generating over $400mm in revenue at a premier academic medical center. Passionate about making health care better, Jane’s career spans from starting a nonprofit to spur innovation in women’s health to guiding C-level health care executives as they develop new ways to care for patients as a PwC consultant. Jane has a MBA with a concentration in health sector management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. Outside of the office, Jane enjoys gardening and travelling with her husband and three daughters.

Harvey Cohen, MD

Walter Kempner Professor of Medicine Director, Center for the Study of Aging – Director

Harvey Jay Cohen, MD, currently serves in several professional roles at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, including Walter Kempner Professor, Director, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Chair Emeritus, Department of Medicine, Principal Investigator of the Duke Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and of the Partnership for Anemia: Clinical and Translational Trials in the Elderly (PACTTE). He received his medical degree, cum laude, from Downstate Medical College of the State University of New York (SUNY). He served his internship in medicine at Duke University Medical Center, where he was later a resident and a Fellow in Hematology-Oncology. He was also a staff associate for the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases. Dr. Cohen chairs the Cancer in the Elderly Committee for The Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, and co-chaired the Task Force on Cancer and Aging for the American Association for Cancer Research. He is President of the American Federation for Aging Research and a past President of the American Geriatrics Society, the Gerontological Society of America and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology. He has published extensively with more than 300 peer reviewed papers as well as book chapters on topics in geriatrics and hematology/oncology. His current interests are geriatric assessment, biologic basis of functional decline, and cancer and hematologic problems in the elderly.

Frances Dyer


Frances Dyer is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, with degrees from Spelman College and North Carolina Central University School of Law. Frances began her career as a social worker for the Durham County Department of Social Services. Through that work, she became interested in law and engaged in a private practice, becoming a member of the North Carolina State Bar. Her emphasis during her career focused on Estate Administration, Wills and Trusts, Elder Law, and Real Property. Now in retirement, Frances enjoys giving back to her community and is a member of many boards and foundations, to include Durham Merchant’s Charitable Foundation, Durham County Library Foundation, and the Preschool Board of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Anthony Galanos, MD

School of Nursing at Duke University, Duke University Health System – Director

Anthony Nicholas Galanos, M.A., M.D. is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University and Medical Director for the Inpatient Palliative Care program at Duke University Health System. Dr. Galanos is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Galanos served as The Forest’s first Medical Director from 1992-2005, and served six years on The Forest at Duke Board of Directors. He received a medical degree from University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.

Michelle Harper

President/CEO, Savii, Inc. – Director

Michelle serves as President & CEO of Savii Inc., a software company located in Raleigh, NC. With over a decade of health & information technology experience, Michelle’s career goal is to make tech usable for the end-user, regardless of technical ability. Previously, Michelle served as Sr. Product Manager for Home Care Software Solutions based in Cary, NC and Director of Sales & Marketing at eCast Corporation, both of which focused on health technologies and allowed her to leverage her experience in operations, including strategic planning, sales, marketing, customer relations, and project management. Michelle is active in the Triangle startup community serving as mentor for the Citrix Innovators Program and a Reviewer for the NC Idea Grant program.

In 2004 Michelle graduated from East Tennessee State University with a M.A. in History and from Emory & Henry College in 2002 with a B.A. in History with a minor concentration in Mathematics and has work published in International Social Science Review. Michelle serves alongside her husband, Pastor Greg Harper, at their church in Holly Springs and is a proud Gama to four grandchildren.

Mike Hill

President, D3 Development - Director

Mike Hill served as Vice President and General Counsel for Capitol Broadcasting Company from 1991-2007. While at Capitol, Mike was directly responsible for the development of greater than 1.2 million square feet of real estate projects, including the largest historical rehabilitation project in the history of the State of North Carolina. Mike also developed new ballparks for Capitol’s minor league baseball teams in Durham, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mike left Capitol Broadcasting Company to form D3 Development in October 2007.

Mike has had primary and direct development responsibility for projects with total project costs that exceeded $270 million and has played a critical but secondary role in the development of other projects with total project costs that exceed $100 million, including the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Mike is a 1983 graduate from Yale College and a 1987 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Chuck Kennedy

Senior Employee Benefit Specialist, Hub International - Director

A Durham native, Chuck graduated from Guilford College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1981. He entered the insurance industry that same year with the Life Insurance Company of Virginia.

In 1985, Chuck joined Home Insurance Agency where he managed their employee benefit division. A 1996 merger transformed Home Insurance Agency into CSC Corporation. Two years later, Chuck left to form Admark Benefits Group, Inc. and later joined Banyan Consulting Group, now Hub International, in 2012.

Chuck still lives in Durham with Kim, his wife of 31 years, and two sons, Adam and Mark. Chuck is an elder at The Summit Church of Durham and is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters and the Hope Valley Country Club.

Arnie Lerman

Director, Resident

Forest resident since December 2010. Education: Hamilton College, BA; Yale Law, LLB; US Army 1953-1955. Washington DC Law Practice 1955-1993; 1962-1993 Partner, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.

Advising Business Executives and Boards; engaging in business transactions; appearances before courts, agencies and Congress. Practice in diverse areas including banking, finance, regulatory and legislative issues, structuring businesses, funding development, strategic planning and commercial transactions. Working with non-profit organizations at various times since 1992, including: Trustee, Academy Art Museum; Director, Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care; Director, Quality Health Foundation (Chair); Director, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Inc.; Director, Chesapeake Music Chamber Competition (Chair & Founder); Director, Temple B’nai Israel—Finance and Long Range Planning; Judea Reform Congregation Durham—Finance Committee.

Heather Linton

Linton & Associates, PA – Director

Heather Smith Linton, CPA founded Linton & Associates, PA, an accounting and consulting firm specializing in helping individuals and owners of closely-held businesses, in 1989. She received her B.A. summa cum laude in philosophy and art history from the University of Delaware and her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Linton is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA).

Ms. Linton’s professional activities have included serving as President of the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) and representing North Carolina as a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Council and CPA Vision Team. She is a member of the Durham-Orange Estate Planning Council, Financial Planning Association, and Institute for Certified Divorce Financial Analysts. Ms. Linton was recognized by CPA Magazine in 2009 as one of the top 40 Tax Advisors to know during the recession.

Ms. Linton has been involved in several community activities including currently serving on the Foundation Board for North Carolina Central University and the local board of Wells Fargo Bank, the finance committee for the Ellerbee Creek Watershed Association and the Durham Central Park Co-housing Community. Past board service includes the Durham Arts Council, Durham Technical Community College Foundation, Durham Communities in Schools, Chapel Hill Country Club, and the Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Linton’s publishing credentials include her authorship of the Streetwise Guide to Business Valuation (Adams Media, 2004) and Protecting Your Financial Security When Getting a Divorce (McGraw-Hill, 2004). In addition, she has written numerous articles on financial and tax issues. She has been quoted by many high-profile and local publications including: The New York Times, CBS MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Business North Carolina, and the Triangle Business Journal.

Ms. Linton’s communication experience includes talks and seminars about tax and financial planning topics such as estate planning, tax planning, divorce planning strategies and business valuation. She has been an invited speaker at national and state-wide professional conferences as well as seminars for the general public. She has appeared on several radio and television programs to talk about taxes and financial and divorce planning.

Dean McCumber

Director, Resident

Dean and Nancy moved across US-15/501 from Hope Valley into The Forest in May 2013. At the urging of a resident, Dean became responsible almost immediately for the administration of the 35 raised-bed gardens, a responsibility that continues to expose him through the Grounds Committee and the Wood Shop to a broad range of campus-wide issues. He also writes new-resident biographies and occasional articles for The Forester, reads regularly for Sunday evening Play Readers, and served in 2014 on the Resident Association Nominating Committee. He continues as an active volunteer with his Durham church, especially on property issues, and has in the past been been a Durham Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

Dean had a diverse 30-year research and technical-management career at Bell Laboratories when it was at the peak of its prominence. During the period immediately preceding the breakup of the Bell System he was appointed to represent Bell Labs in a small AT&T group supporting the Chairman on reorganization and legislative options, and during the breakup transition he served in the Office of the AT&T President. After retiring from Bell Labs, he was recruited to Duke in 1992 as Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in Electrical Engineering to advise and teach undergraduates. As DUS he organized departmental Self Studies for three successive planning and engineering-accreditation cycles.

Education:  Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering, Yale University; Two years active duty as an engineering officer, USS Tripoli, U.S. Navy; PhD in Theoretical (Mathematical) Physics, Harvard University; Two years NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Physics (École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France and Institute for Theoretical Physics (Niels Bohr Institute), Copenhagen, Denmark)

Alice Sharpe

Realtor/Broker, Berkshire Hathaway - Director

Alice, a Durham native and ’71 Duke graduate, is the Development Officer for the Durham County Library and serves as the staff liaison to the Durham Library Foundation.  Alice has a background in retail management having worked 13 years for a major retailer.  She then formed and operated her own events planning company after returning to Durham.  She became actively involved in the revitalization of downtown Durham, serving as the Downtown Events Coordinator for the City of Durham prior to being named the Economic Development Coordinator for the City working in the Office of Economic and Employment Development.  Alice is a past president of the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties, a past chair and current board member of Downtown Durham Incorporated and past president and current board member of Durham Central Park.

Wesley Steen

Director, President of Residents' Association

A native of Louisiana, Wesley began his career as a Congressional Page in Washington, DC. He then attended the University of Virginia earning a BA in English, just before joining the US Navy as a Flight Officer. After serving his country, Wesley traveled back to Louisiana and earned his JD at Louisiana State and began practicing law in Baton Rouge, with an emphasis on federal income tax, ERISA, trusts, estates, estate planning, and representation of businesses and business owners. His career advanced to placements as a United States Bankruptcy Judge, first in the Middle District of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA and then as the Southern District of Texas, Houston, TX, as well as serving with the Judicial Conference of United States Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System and as President of American Bankruptcy Institute.

Wesley has been married to his wife Evelyn for nearly 50 years and they share 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Residents of The Forest since 2016, Wesley became the President of the Resident’s Association in 2019.

His view of how to have fun would be to fly an airplane – anywhere, any time – but not as a passenger.


Casey Steinbacher

Executive Director, Made in Durham - Director

Casey Steinbacher, CEO of Casey’s Company and former CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, serves as Executive Director of Made in Durham.

Steinbacher was a founding member of Made in Durham’s board of directors while she was the chamber’s chief executive. She left the chamber to form a consulting company that focuses on urban innovation. She recently returned to the board to chair the Management Committee and took the helm of Made in Durham in November 2017.

Steinbacher holds a bachelor’s degree in urban development from Penn State and is widely recognized as a national expert in urban innovation strategies.

Chuck Wilson

C.T. Wilson Construction – Director

After graduating from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Chuck served as a Damage Control Officer and Engineering Officer on two different ships in the US Navy before taking a management position at CT Wilson Construction. Since 1983, Charles T Wilson, Jr. has been the President and Treasurer of CT Wilson Construction Company. Chuck has held nearly every position within the company and currently oversees the company’s corporate operations. Chuck is active in his church and serves on numerous boards for both civic and industry affiliated organizations as an advocate for education, minority participation, workforce development, and healthcare. He is a Durham native and a proud grandfather of three.

Allison Zollicoffer


Allison is an independent financial consultant providing a range of “CFO” type services to smaller businesses. He is currently working with several small businesses, revenues ranging from $1,000,000 to $45,000,000, on a variety of different issues. His goal is to help companies identify and focus on what is important in their business and its impact on the financial condition of the company.

His background includes 17 years in banking/financial services and five years in private industry (textiles). The banking experience includes retail banking, commercial/corporate banking and capital markets (Wachovia and First Union). The private industry experience is five years of work at Harriet & Henderson Yarns, a privately held textile company with $120-$180 million in revenue. The first three years at Harriet & Henderson he was responsible for strategic planning and special projects. This included analysis of various projects (capital expenditures, joint ventures and acquisitions),centralization of purchasing, disposition of trucking operations and negotiation of various corporate development opportunities. Additionally, during the last two years he headed the sales and marketing function as well as headed a cost cutting team. He served on the Harriet & Henderson’s Board of Directors from 1992 until January 2004 and at various times chaired the Audit Committee and co-chaired the Strategic Planning Committee.

He earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill and passed the CPA exam (Fall 1985, first attempt).