Our Board of Directors includes 15 members whose passions and experience align with The Forest at Duke’s mission. Three board members are Forest residents and provide 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.
Alice Sharpe is a Durham native and a 1971 Duke graduate. She previously served as the Development Officer for Durham County Library. In this role, she served as the staff liaison to the Durham Library Foundation. Alice has a background in retail management and worked 13 years for a major retailer. Following this experience, she formed and operated her own events planning company. Alice soon became actively involved in the revitalization of downtown Durham. Before being named the Economic Development Coordinator for the City, she served as Downtown Events Coordinator for the City of Durham.
Alice is a past president of the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties. She is also a past chair and board member of Downtown Durham, Inc., and past president and board member of Durham Central Park.
George Brothers, Jr., MD
George Brothers, Jr., MD
Dr. Brothers 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.
In her professional work, Jane is responsible for deals from end to end; she looks for opportunities, negotiates transactions, and grows portfolio companies. Previously, Jane was a strategic business lead at a premier academic medical center. In that role, she grew patient care services, generating over $400 million in revenue.
Jane is passionate about making healthcare better. Her career has quite a span, from starting a nonprofit, whose mission is to spur innovation in women’s health, to working as a PwC consultant. In the latter role, she guides C-level healthcare executives as they develop new ways to care for patients.
Jane earned her B.S. in psychology from Franklin & Marshall College. Afterward, she obtained her MBA with a concentration in health sector management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening and traveling with her husband and three daughters.
Harvey Cohen, MD
Harvey Cohen, MD
Dr. Harvey Cohen 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.
Frances Dyer is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She has degrees from Spelman College and the 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. She soon became a member of the North Carolina State Bar. During her career, Frances focused on estate administration, wills and trusts, elder law, and real property.
Now retired, Frances enjoys giving back to her community by serving as a member of many local boards and foundations.
Anthony Galanos, MD
Anthony Galanos, MD
Dr. Anthony Nicholas Galanos is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. From 1992 until 2005, he served as The Forest’s first Medical Director. He has been a member of The Forest at Duke’s Board of Directors for six years.
Dr. Galanos earned his medical degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. He began his career in geriatrics, eventually moving into palliative care.
Over the years, Dr. Galanos has authored and contributed to numerous medical publications. In 2011, he was honored with the Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award for excellence in the practice of palliative medicine. He specializes in palliative care, end of life care, and hospitalized senior adults.
Michelle serves as President and CEO of Savii, Inc., a software company located in Raleigh, NC. She has over a decade of health and information technology experience. Her career goal is to make technology usable for the end-user, regardless of their technical ability. Previously, Michelle served as Senior Product Manager for Home Care Software Solutions based in Cary, NC, and Director of Sales & Marketing at eCast Corporation. Both positions focused on health technologies and allowed her to leverage her experience in operations. This includes 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.
Michelle graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2002 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Mathematics. Two years later, she earned her M.A. in History from East Tennessee State University. Her work has been 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 served as Vice President and General Counsel for Capitol Broadcasting Company from 1991 until 2007. In this role, he was responsible for the development of more than 1.2 million square feet of real estate projects. This included 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. He 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. Additionally, he has played a critical but secondary role in the development of other projects (like the Durham Performing Arts Center), with total project costs that exceed $100 million.
Mike is a 1983 graduate of Yale College and a 1987 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.
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, Chuck joined Home Insurance Agency, where he managed the employee benefit division. A 1996 merger turned Home Insurance Agency into CSC Corporation. Two years later, Chuck left to form Admark Benefits Group, Inc. He later joined Banyan Consulting Group, now Hub International, in 2012.
Chuck lives in Durham with Kim, his wife of 31 years, 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.
Arnie Lerman moved into The Forest in December 2010. He earned his B.A. from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and obtained his LLB from Yale Law School. Afterward, he served in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1955. Arnie then worked in the Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering law firm in Washington, D.C. from 1955 until 1993. He served as a partner with the firm from 1962 until his retirement. His practice was in diverse areas, including banking, finance, regulatory and legislative issues, structuring businesses, funding development, strategic planning, and commercial transactions.
In addition to advising business executives and boards, Arnie has taken part in business transactions and made appearances before courts, agencies, and Congress. At various times since 1992, Arnie has worked in a number of roles with non-profit organizations. These include the Academy Arm Museum (Trustee); Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care (Director); Quality Health Foundation (Director, Chair); Chesapeake Chamber Music, Inc. (Director); Chesapeake Music Chamber Competition (Founder, Chair); Temple B’nai Israel – Finance and Long Range Planning (Director); and Judea Reform Congregation Durham (Finance Committee).
Heather Smith Linton, CPA, founded Linton & Associates, PA, an accounting and consulting firm, in 1989. The firm specializes in helping individuals and owners of closely-held businesses. Ms. Linton earned her B.A. summa cum laude in philosophy and art history from the University of Delaware. Later, she obtained her MBA with a concentration in accounting 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 has served as President of the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA). Additionally, she has represented North Carolina as a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Council and CPA Vision Team. Ms. Linton is a member of the Durham-Orange Estate Planning Council, Financial Planning Association, and Institute for Certified Divorce Financial Analysts. In 2009, she was recognized by CPA Magazine as one of the top 40 tax advisors to know during the recession.
Ms. Linton currently serves on the finance committee for the Ellerbee Creek Watershed Association. 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 wrote 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 a number of articles on financial and tax issues. Ms. Linton has been quoted by many high-profile and local publications. These include The New York Times, CBS MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Business North Carolina, and the Triangle Business Journal.
Dean and his wife, Nancy, moved to The Forest from Durham’s Hope Valley community in May 2013. After moving in, Dean soon took over responsibility for administration of the Community Garden. He also joined the Grounds Committee and enjoyed working in the wood shop on campus. Dean write new resident biographies and occasional articles for The Forester. He also reads for Sunday evening Play Readers. In 2014, he served on the Residents’ Association Nominating Committee. Dean continues as an active volunteer with his Durham church, especially on property issues. In the past, he served as a Durham Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
Before joining The Forest, Dean had a diverse 30-year research and technical management career at Bell Laboratories. Before 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. Throughout the breakup transition, he served in the Office of the AT&T President. After retiring from Bell Labs, Dean was recruited to Duke in 1992 as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Electrical Engineering to advise and teach undergraduates.
Education: bachelor’s and master’s 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).
Wesley Steen is a native of Louisiana. He began his career as a Congressional Page in Washington, D.C. He then attended the University of Virginia, earning a B.A. in English. Afterward, he joined the U.S. Navy as a Flight Officer. After serving his country, Wesley traveled back to Louisiana and earned his JD at Louisiana State University. He began practicing law in Baton Rouge; his emphasis was 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, then as the Southern District of Texas, Houston. Wesley also served with the Judicial Conference of United States Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System and as President of American Bankruptcy Institute.
Wesley and his wife, Evelyn, have been married for nearly 50 years and moved to The Forest in 2016. Together, they share 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Wesley became President of the Residents’ Association in 2019.
Casey Steinbacher is the CEO of Casey’s Company and former CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. She was a founding member of Made in Durham’s board of directors while she was the chamber’s chief executive. Steinbacher left the chamber to form a consulting company that focuses on urban innovation. She recently returned to the board to chair the Management Committee. She took the helm of Made in Durham in November 2017.
Steinbacher holds a bachelor’s degree in urban development from Penn State. She is widely recognized as a national expert in urban innovation strategies.
Charles T. Wilson, Jr. (“Chuck”) graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Afterward, he served as a Damage Control Officer and Engineering Officer on two different ships in the U.S. Navy. Next, he took a management position at CT Wilson Construction. Since 1983, Chuck has been the President and Treasurer of the company. He has held nearly every position within CT Wilson Construction Company. He currently oversees the organization’s corporate operations.
Chuck is active in his church. He also serves on numerous boards for both civic and industry affiliated organizations. Chuck is an advocate for education, minority participation, workforce development, and healthcare. He is a Durham native and a proud grandfather of three.