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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of members whose passions and experiences align with The Forest at Duke’s mission. Board members include a number of Forest residents and Early Acceptance Program members, each providing significant insight into life in our community. Importantly, the Board empowers The Forest at Duke’s continued success by providing oversight for the organization’s operations. Board members also advocate for The Forest in the greater Durham area and serve as its ambassadors among peers.

Chuck Kennedy

Senior Employee Benefit Specialist, Hub International
Chair

Chuck Kennedy is a Durham native. In 1981, he graduated from Guilford College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He entered the insurance industry that same year with the Life Insurance Company of Virginia. In 1985, Mr. Kennedy joined Home Insurance Agency, where he managed the employee benefit division. A 1996 merger turned Home Insurance Agency into CSC Corporation. Two years later, Mr. Kennedy left to form Admark Benefits Group, Inc. In 2012 he joined Banyan Consulting Group, now Hub International, where he continues to serve today.

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

Craig S. Lewis

President, Investors Trust
Vice Chair

As president of Investors Trust, Craig S. Lewis oversees day-to-day operations and manages the Investors Trust team, who provides the personalized service necessary to meet a wide range of clients’ investment, retirement, and other financial planning needs.

Mr. Lewis has more than 25 years of leadership experience in investment related businesses and served most recently as chief investment strategist for Manchester Capital Management in Manchester, Vermont, where he was responsible for asset allocation, investment selection, and client communications for relationships totaling more than $4 billion in assets under management. Prior to that role, Mr. Lewis served for 12 years as the chief investment officer for Franklin Street Partners in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Additional roles that Mr. Lewis has held include principal and portfolio manager for Essex Investment Management, portfolio manager for Putnam Investments, and analyst for Keystone Investments, all of which were based in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Lewis also attained the rank of captain while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve for 10 years.

Mr. Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kimberly Martin Rehberg

City Attorney, City of Durham
Secretary

Kimberly Martin Rehberg has served as an in-house attorney for the City of Durham, North Carolina, since April 2005. After serving as litigation manager and lead attorney in all litigated tort matters for the first 14 years of her tenure with the City, she was appointed City Attorney by the Durham City Council in June 2019. Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, she served as Assistant General Counsel for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, as an Assistant County Attorney for Durham County, and as an Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Government.

The daughter of a career officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and a nurse administrator, Ms. Rehberg spent the bulk of her youth in Onslow County, North Carolina. Having moved to North Carolina at the age of 5, she considers herself to be a North Carolinian for life.

Ms. Rehberg possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law.

Harvey Cohen, MD

Walter Kempner Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine; Emeritus Director, Duke Center for the Study of Aging & Human Development; Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging
Founding Board Member / Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Harvey Cohen is one of The Forest at Duke’s founding Board members and has been a key supporter of the community for more than 30 years.

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. Dr. Cohen was also a staff associate for the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases. He previously co-chaired the Task Force on Cancer and Aging for the American Association for Cancer Research.

Dr. Cohen is President of the American Federation for Aging Research. He is also a past President of the American Geriatrics Society, the Gerontological Society of America, and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology. Dr. Cohen has published extensively, with more than 300 peer reviewed papers. He has also authored 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.

Denise Barnes

Regional Diversity Manager, LeChase Construction

Denise Barnes has 16 years of experience in construction administration and diversity management. As Regional Diversity Manager for LeChase Construction, Denise focuses on making connections, building and preserving relationships, ensuring compliance, and promoting an inclusive vendor community. She has a passion for helping others and has been recognized both internally and externally for her genuine efforts.  She is an advocate for underrepresented business and committed to ensuring opportunities are afforded to minority and woman-owned firms.

Ms. Barnes completed her Contract Compliance Administrator (CCA) credentials and holds board seats with United Minority Contractors of North Carolina, National Association of Women in Construction in the Triangle of North Carolina, WayMaker Skilled Trades Collaborative, and Durham County Hospital Corporation.

Denise holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Shaw University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Pfeiffer University.

George Brothers, Jr., MD

Rheumatologist, Chapel Hill Internal Medicine (Retired)

Dr. George Brothers, Jr. graduated from Brown University in 1972, then from Tufts University School of Medicine four years later. He served his medical residency at Boston City Hospital, afterward completing a fellowship in rheumatology at UNC. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.

Previously, Dr. Brothers served on the medical staff of Durham Regional Hospital and UNC Hospitals. He was chosen to fellowship in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. He formerly held a clinical teaching appointment at UNC School of Medicine; there he mentored students in physical diagnosis.

Later, Dr. Brothers taught the Introduction to Community Medicine for 20 years at UNC School of Medicine. He was appointed to the Durham County Hospital Board of Trustees, ultimately serving as its first physician and first African-American chairman. In later years, he served on the North Carolina State Health Plan’s Pharmacy Formulary Committee.

Craig Daniels, PhD

Dean of Arts & Sciences, Eastern Connecticut State University (Retired)
Resident, The Forest at Duke

Dr. Craig Daniels received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, followed by three years in the U.S. Navy. While serving as the Assistant Replacement Director at the University of Delaware, he earned an M.Ed. and PhD in Psychology. Dr. Daniels taught at the University of Hartford for 19 years after which he became a Graduate Dean at the University of Saint Joseph (Connecticut), followed by Dean of Arts & Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University. In retirement, he obtained an M.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Taxation.

Dr. Daniels and his wife, Janet, joined The Forest at Duke in 2016 along with their dog, Edo. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

Edward L. Embree III

Attorney, Powe, Porter, Alphin & Whichard / Moore & Van Allen (Retired)
Resident, The Forest at Duke

A native North Carolinian, Edward L. Embree III graduated from Durham High School and attended Davidson College, ultimately earning his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He practiced law in Durham from 1972 to 2014 with the firm of Powe, Porter, Alphin & Whichard and its successor, Moore & Van Allen, with the exception of a three-month period in 1972-73 when he trained as an Infantry Officer in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

While practicing law, Mr. Embree was active in the affairs of the Durham Bar Association. A lifelong member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in downtown Durham, he served on its vestry for two terms, then as the chair of its Search Committee for a new Rector. During that process, Mr. Embree was named the Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, a position he held for nearly 15 years. He also served on the Board of the Homeowners Association at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well as on the Board of Johnson Service Corps, a Triangle member of the Episcopal Service Corps.

Mr. Embree and his wife, Stuart, joined The Forest at Duke in November 2018. He enjoys a number of hobbies and interests, including camping, hiking, boating, and cooking.

Lynne Farber, MSN, CPNP-PC, AC

Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and UNC School of Nursing; Clinical Consultant, Duke School of Nursing

Lynne Farber, MSN, CPNP-PC, AC is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and UNC School of Nursing and a Clinical Consultant with the Duke School of Nursing. Her many awards include the Advanced Practice Provider Award (2013), Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina (2009), APSNA Founders Award (2008), and James Emonson North Carolina Children’s Honour (2008). Ms. Farber is a past president of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing (JPSN). She has presented internationally and nationally on a variety of pediatric surgery and trauma topics.

As the first pediatric inpatient nurse practitioner at the University of North Carolina’s Health Care Children’s Hospital, Ms. Farber recognized a need for a model reinforcing the benefit of advanced practice nurses providing cohesive management and evidence-based clinical care for hospitalized children. Ms. Farber was a founding member of the Advanced Practice Council in an organization currently employing 490 nurse practitioners. On a national level, she served on the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board’s acute care update committee to maintain recertification standards for Acute Care nurse practitioners through test writing and critiquing examination questions from nurse experts nationally.

Recently retired from the UNC Pediatric Surgical team, Ms. Farber aspires to serve the community in new and rewarding venues. As a caregiver for a father with dementia (now deceased) and her mother who lives at her home, she holds a sincere appreciation for the needs of elderly persons who often cannot advocate for themselves.

James F. Freedman, D.Eng

Vice President for Strategic Planning, Semiconductor Research Corporation (Retired)
President, The Forest at Duke Residents' Association / Resident, The Forest at Duke

James F. Freedman was born and raised a Connecticut Yankee. He received a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate from Yale University, majoring in Metallurgy. He joined IBM after graduation, starting in the Research Center doing research in magnetic materials for computer storage. This led to a two-year assignment in England with his wife, Jeanne, and their young family, where Jim established the IBM UK Development Facility for magnetic memory. Upon completion, he returned to the Research Center as director of the Materials Research Department.

Jim’s career evolved into engineering executive management for advanced technology, specializing in semiconductor technology, with a move to the Product Development Division. This included a two-year assignment at corporate headquarters as corporate Director of Technology, with Jim overseeing the wide range of computer technologies. Jim returned to the product divisions to lead the development of the internal software design system for component design. He then accepted a special assignment in Japan to study and analyze Japanese manufacturing methods to improve IBM’s manufacturing capabilities in the US. He took early retirement from IBM to accept the position of Vice President for Strategic Planning with the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a collaborative industry, government, and university consortium in the Research Triangle Park, NC.

In retirement, Jim was President of the Oaks III Homeowners Association in Chapel Hill. His wife died in 2011, and he moved to The Forest at Duke in 2015. His interests include self study, reading, clay sculpture, DIY projects, and keeping up with family spread broadly across the country.

Julie Wells

Vice President, Latino Community Credit Union

Julie Wells is a non-profit veteran with 25 years of experience working with individuals and systems to impact educational and economic outcomes in marginalized communities. Ms. Wells is experienced in creating and scaling organizations, innovative collaborations, resource development and mentoring non-profit leaders in organizational stability. As Executive Director of Partners for Youth Opportunity, Inc., she led the merger with Durham Children’s Initiative in 2020 and served as their Vice President of Strategy. Since October 2021, she has worked as Vice President of Latino Community Credit Union.

Ms. Wells is strongly engaged in community service and received the 2017 Goodmon Fellow and Duke Durham Fellow community service awards through Leadership Triangle.