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The Forest at Duke Leadership

A woman in leadership at The Forest

Anita L. Holt, MPH

President and Chief Executive Officer

Anita L. Holt is a seasoned professional in the field of aging services. She has more than 25 years of executive leadership in continuing care and senior living communities. Ms. Holt is an advocate of innovation, strategic service, and program development that responds to the emerging needs of older adults.

Ms. Holt holds a Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. In addition, she is a proud graduate of Northeastern University.

Karen Henry, CPA

Director of Finance / CFO and Treasurer

Karen Henry has served as the Director of Finance since June 2005. She also serves as the Treasurer and the Assistant Secretary to the organization’s Board of Directors. Ms. Henry is responsible for the accounting and financial administration of The Forest and assists the Executive Director with budgeting and long-range planning.

Ms. Henry has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Before The Forest, she worked with KPMG LLP, Hershey Foods Corporation, Quintiles Transnational Corporation, and Constella Group. Ms. Henry is a member of the NC Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Sharon M. Pitt, RN

Chief Operating Officer

Sharon Pitt joined The Forest at Duke in January 2020, bringing over 30 years of extensive experience in nonprofit and healthcare-related leadership to the organization. She possesses broad nursing management experience in both acute and long-term care settings.

Prior to The Forest at Duke, Ms. Pitt held senior and executive management roles at the American Red Cross, including Director of Operations and Chief Executive Officer of the Carolinas and South Carolina Blood Services Region. She was responsible for developing and executing the region’s operational plan, maintaining community and hospital relationships, leading a staff of 1,000 paid employees, managing an operating budget of up to $100 million, and overseeing more than 400,000 blood collections. During her tenure as CEO, the region exceeded its collection targets, becoming the largest blood collection region in the American Red Cross system. Furthermore, it experienced the highest employee engagement scores in the eastern division.

Milta O. Little, DO

Medical Director

Dr. Milta O. Little has specialized in Geriatric Medicine for over 13 years. She is passionate about ensuring that the appropriate, collaborative care is delivered to senior adults across all settings of care.

Dr. Little graduated with honors from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in 2006. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at St. Mary’s Health Center – St. Louis and her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at St. Louis University. Dr. Little speaks both English and Spanish and enjoys teaching and leading others. She is board certified in both geriatrics and internal medicine.

Lee Ann Bailey-Clayton, NHA

Director of Health Services

Lee Ann Bailey-Clayton’s 29-year career has been firmly planted in the medical field of acute care and long-term care. Nearly 20 of those years have been spent here with The Forest at Duke. Ms. Bailey-Clayton’s professional interests include dementia care and communication, human behavior, and team member morale and development. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.

In 2016, Ms. Bailey-Clayton achieved her North Carolina Nursing Home Administrator’s license. An accomplished leader and mentor, she was awarded the North Carolina Emerging Leader Award from Leading Age North Carolina in 2018.

Brian Adornetto

Director of Dining Services

Brian Adornetto joined The Forest at Duke in Spring of 2021, bringing with him a wealth of over 25 years in the culinary industry.

Mr. Adornetto is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Southern Foodways Alliance, and Association of Food Journalists. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business management with a minor in English from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ.

With over 25 years of professional cooking experience including in AAA Four and Five Diamond Award winning restaurants and hotels, Mr. Adornetto is a published food writer, seasoned culinary instructor, recipe developer, cookbook judge, and Food and Beverage consultant. He was on Wake Tech’s adjunct culinary faculty for nearly 10 years and taught regularly at Southern Season in Chapel Hill for over 12 years. He has performed cooking demonstrations in De Gustibus at The Cellar in Macy’s Herald Square NYC, the Fancy Food Show in NYC, and on NBC’s My Carolina Today and CBS’s Carolina Talk. Brian has twice cooked at the James Beard House, the Taste of the NFL at the Waldorf Astoria, and the Taste of the LPGA at Caesar’s Palace. He has also developed culinary programs and two food trucks for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for Easter Seals UCP.

A woman in leadership at The Forest

April Ravelli

Director of Sales and Marketing

April Ravelli brings a depth of more than 15 years of experience as an accomplished leader in digital marketing, advertising, and branding. In addition to directing the sales and marketing for independent living at The Forest, April provides oversight and branding control of all marketing materials, advertising, and media placement.

Prior to The Forest at Duke, April served as the Executive Director of One World Market, a 25-year-old Durham non-profit organization.

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Director of Community Life

Nathan Summers

Director of General Services

Nathan Summers spent over 15 years in the service of seniors before coming to The Forest at Duke. During his 25-year career, Nathan has led teams in all service areas, including maintenance, security, housekeeping, landscaping, and administration. Nathan was recognized in 2015 by North Carolina Leading Age for “Excellence in Customer Service.”

A Certified Aging Services Professional, Nathan has worked with various project development teams and post-construction initiatives. He has also helped two communities receive the important CARF accreditation for CCRCs.

Tess Thomas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources

Tess Thomas is an experienced Human Resources leader with a history of success in healthcare, non-profit, high-tech, manufacturing/supply chain management, and Fortune 500 companies. She is committed to the HR model that champions Human Resources as a strategic business partner, with particular focus on service, culture, development, continuous improvement, innovation, diversity, and inspirational leadership.

Ms. Thomas received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, with her major in Human Resources and Labor Relations. Additionally, she has completed graduate-level studies at the University of Michigan and is certified with SPHR and SHRM-SCP credentials.