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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of 13 members whose passions and experiences align with The Forest at Duke’s mission. Two 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.

Dr. Harvey Cohen of the Board of Directors

Harvey Cohen, MD

Walter Kempner Professor of Medicine 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
Board Chair

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.

Dr. Brothers of the Board of Directors

George Brothers, Jr., MD

Rheumatologist, Chapel Hill Internal Medicine (Retired)

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.

Rhodes Craver

Founder and Managing Partner, Kennon Craver, PLLC

Mr. Craver is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina.  He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina and his law degree from Wake Forest University.  After completing law school, he worked for two years with the accounting firm of Touche Ross & Company where he earned his designation as a Certified Public Accountant.  He is a founder and managing partner of Kennon Craver, PLLC in Durham.  He practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning and closely held business planning.  Mr. Craver and his wife, Ann, are active participants in Durham non-profits, and he has board experience in senior living communities.

Craig Daniels

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

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

Board of Directors member

Frances Dyer

Attorney/Owner, Frances Dyer, P.A. (Retired)

Frances Dyer

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.

Lynne Farber, CPNP-PC, AC

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

Lynne Farber, CPNP- PC, AC is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and UNC School of Nursing and Clinical Consultant with the Duke School of Nursing. Her 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). Lynne is a past president of APSNA, the American Pediatric Surgical Society 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, Lynne recognized a need for a model reinforcing the benefit of advanced practice nurses providing cohesive management and evidence-based clinical care for hospitalized children. Lynne 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, Lynne 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, there is a sincere appreciation for the needs of elderly persons who often cannot advocate for themselves.

Chuck Kennedy

Senior Employee Benefit Specialist, Hub International

Chuck Kennedy

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.

Craig S. Lewis

President, Investors Trust

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.

Craig 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, Craig served for 12 years as the chief investment officer for Franklin Street Partners in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Additional roles that Craig 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. Craig also attained the rank of captain while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve for 10 years.

Craig 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.

Dean McCumber

Director of Undergraduate Studies in Electrical Engineering, Duke University (Retired)
Resident, The Forest at Duke

Dean McCumber

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 writes 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).

Pilar Rocha-Goldberg

President & CEO, El Centro Hispano, Inc.

Pilar Rocha-Goldberg has held her current position at El Centro Hispano since 2009. The nonprofit has locations in Durham and Carrboro and is focused on advocating for the Latinx population in the Triangle.

Pilar worked as a dietitian-nutritionist and in similar occupations for 30 years for various companies in Bogotá, Colombia, and for Duke University Medical Center. While at Duke, she developed and ran a Spanish language program for hypertensive Latinx individuals, which she later implemented at El Centro.

Her community involvement includes leadership positions and seats on the UnidosUS Board of Directors, Health Equity Council for Orange County, Health Advisory Board for Duke’s chancellor, and Pathways to Change Board of Directors.

In 2019, Pilar was featured in the 150 Faces of Durham exhibit at the Museum of Durham History as part of the Durham 150 celebration. She was named the 2011-2012 Woman of the Year from the National Association of Professional Women and, in 2011, as one of the Five Successful Women in Durham by the City of Durham and has received such accolades as Latin American Women’s Excellence Award from the Latin American Women’s Club and the Goodmon Fellow Award from Leadership Triangle.

Pilar has also represented Colombia at the White House for the 15th anniversary of the Plan Colombia initiative and owns, teaches, and choreographs for Takiri Folclor Latino, a Latinx folkloric dancing group.

Forest board member Alice Sharpe smiles in her portrait.

Alice Sharpe

Real Estate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty

Alice Sharpe

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.

Julie Wells

Vice President of Strategy, Durham Children's Initiative

Ms. 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 serves as their Vice President of Strategy.  She is strongly engaged in community service and received the 2017 Goodmon Fellow and Duke Durham Fellow community service awards through Leadership Triangle.

Chuck Wilson

President/Treasurer, C.T. Wilson Construction

Chuck Wilson

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.