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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors includes 15 members whose passions and experiences 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.

Forest board member Alice Sharpe smiles in her portrait.

Alice Sharpe

Real Estate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty
Board Chair

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.

Dr. Lois Oliver

Associate Dean for Medical Education and Medical School Admissions, (Retired)
President of Resident's Association

After earning her MD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965, Lois quickly established a name for herself in the field of pediatrics in both the medical and academic communities. Beginning in 1969 and for the next five years, she served as an academic pediatrician at Duke University before moving back to Pittsburgh to teach at her alma mater until 1987. Lois returned to Duke later that year, filling the role of Associate Dean for Medical Education and Medical School Admissions.

Beyond her career, Lois has spent years engaged in a plethora of other activities around the Durham community. She served on both the Durham Library Foundation Board and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Board. In 1997, she became a docent at Duke Chapel, where she now serves as head docent, informing guests about the Chapel’s history, construction, and beautiful Gothic Revival architecture. She is also a long-time volunteer at Duke Gardens.

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.

Jane Brown of the Board of Directors

Jane Brown

Senior Strategic Advisor, Business Development, Mosaic Health Solutions

Jane Brown

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.

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

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.

Rhodes Craver

Certified Public Accountant, founder, and managing partner of 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.

Dr. Craig Daniels

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

Mr. Daniels received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University followed by three years in the US Navy.  While serving as the Assistant Replacement Director at the University of Delaware, he earned an MEd and PhD in Psychology.  Mr. 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 MS in Accounting and an MS 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.

Anthony Galanos, MD

Professor of Medicine / Associate Professor, School of Nursing at Duke University; Clinical Services Director, Inpatient Palliative Care Program, Duke University Health System

Anthony Galanos, MD

Dr. Anthony Nicholas Galanos is a Senior Research Fellow at the Duke 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.

Kenneth D. Gibbs, CPA, Esq.

Tax Partner, Thomas & Gibbs CPAs, PLLC

Ken is the tax partner for Thomas & Gibbs CPAs, PLLC, a full service certified public accounting firm located in Durham, NC. He received a B.S. degree and a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University and Master of Taxation degree from the University of New Haven. Ken is a Certified Public Accountant and Member of the North Carolina State Bar.

Ken has over 20 years’ experience in corporate taxation, including areas such as tax compliance, planning, and audits, with emphasis on inbound transactions for multi-national conglomerates and handling other controversy matters, having served as Director of Taxes and a Financial Controller for Glaxo Wellcome, Inc., Tax Accountant with Richardson Vicks, Sales and Use Tax Accountant at Pitney Bowes, Inc., and a Tax Accountant at Uniroyal, Inc.

Ken previously served as an adjunct professor for North Carolina Wesleyan College where he taught a course on personal income tax. Ken is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the North Carolina Bar Association. He was previously a member of the Tax Executives Institute, the Durham Citizens Review Board, Board of Trustees for North Carolina Central University, Board of Directors of The Carolina Theatre, Raleigh Durham Airport Authority Board, and The Forest at Duke, where he was the Chairman.

Ken has been married to his wife Lori for 39 years, and they are the proud parents of three adult children and grandparents of five grandchildren.

Michelle Harper of the Board of Directors

Michelle Harper

President/CEO, Savii, Inc.

Michelle Harper

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.

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.

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).

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.