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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.

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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.

Tina McLeod

Director of Community Life

Tina McLeod joined The Forest in March 2021. She is responsible for Resident Life, Community Outreach and Engagement and Volunteer Programming. She began working in the senior housing industry in 1990. She has served in many different roles throughout her career including social work, marketing and sales, operations and consulting. She has worked with over 50 continuing care retirement communities nationally, and developed an expertise in marketing both start-ups and expansions; branding, sales training and coaching, marketing planning and strategy. In addition, operations assessment, management review and leading change through systemic integration of plan and practice have been hallmarks of her tenure in communities. She earned a dual MBA/MHA from Pfeiffer University and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from SUNY. She is also a licensed NC Real Estate Broker.

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.