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The Forest at Duke Leadership

Anita L. Holt, MPH

President / Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Ms. Holt joined The Forest in January 2015. Ms. Holt is a seasoned professional in the field of aging services with more than twenty-five years of executive leadership in continuing care and senior living communities. She is an advocate of innovation and strategic service and program development which responds to the emerging needs of older adults. Ms. Holt holds a Master of Public Health from Boston University/SPH and is a proud graduate of Northeastern University.

Lee Ann Bailey-Clayton, NHA

Director of Health Services

Ms. Bailey-Clayton’s 30-year career has been firmly planted in the medical field of acute care and long-term care, with over twenty of those years being tenured at The Forest.  Her professional interests include dementia care and communication, human behavior and team member morale and development.  Ms. Bailey-Clayton is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree.  In 2016, she went on to achieve her North Carolina Nursing Home Administrator’s license.  In 2016, she became a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer.  As an accomplished leader and mentor, Ms. Bailey-Clayton was awarded the North Carolina Emerging Leader Award from LeadingAge NC in 2018.

Karen E. Henry, CPA

Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Director of Finance, and Treasurer

Ms. Henry joined The Forest in June 2005.  She is responsible for the accounting and financial administration of The Forest, as well as assisting the CEO with budgeting and strategic planning.  Ms. Henry has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  She began her career as an audit professional with KPMG LLP, Harrisburg, PA and continued in internal audit with Hershey Foods Corporation, Hershey, PA.  She then spent five years in the clinical research industry at Quintiles Transnational Corporation in increasing roles of responsibility (Financial Analyst, Senior Manager, Associate Director) in the Consolidation/SEC/Financial Reporting Department and most recently as Senior Manager/Controller at Constella Group.  Ms. Henry is also a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs.

Sharon M. Pitt, RN

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Ms. Pitt joined The Forest in January 2020 and brings over 30 years of extensive experience in nonprofit and healthcare related leadership to the organization. As a seasoned Registered Nurse, she possesses broad nursing management experience in both acute and long-term care settings. Prior to joining The Forest, Ms. Pitt held senior and executive management roles at the American Red Cross, including Director of Operations and CEO of the Carolinas and South Carolina Blood Services Region. As CEO, she was responsible for developing and executing the region’s operational plan, maintaining community and hospital relationships, leading a staff of 1,000 employees, and managing more than 400,000 blood collections and an operating budget of up to $100 million. During her tenure, the region experienced the highest employee engagement scores in the eastern division and exceeded its collection targets, becoming the largest blood collection region in the American Red Cross system. Ms. Pitt holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbia College. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association.

Milta Oyola Little, DO, CMD

Medical Director

Dr. Little has served as the Medical Director at The Forest since July 2019. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham. Her primary scholarly interests are inter-professional health education, health systems innovations, and non-pharmacologic management of geriatric syndromes to improve outcomes of older adults across healthcare settings. Dr. Little has served both the American Geriatrics Society and American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine on a variety of committees and spent seven years on the Board of Directors for AMDA.

Nathan Summers

Director of General Services

Mr. Summers joined The Forest in April 2016, bringing more than fifteen years of experience in the senior living industry.  During his twenty-five year career, Mr. Summers has led teams in all service areas including maintenance, security, housekeeping, landscaping and administration.  He was recognized in 2015 by LeadingAge NC for “Excellence in Customer Service”.  As a Certified Aging Services Professional, Mr. Summers has worked with various project development teams and with post-construction implementations which included major renovations to the historic Pinehurst Country Club in preparation for the 1999 Men’s US Open Golf Championship and the renovation of the 100 year old five-story Pine Needles Hotel for senior living apartments.  He was also influential in assisting two communities achieve accreditation from CARF International.

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April Ravelli

Director of Sales and Marketing

Ms. Ravelli has served as Director of Sales and Marketing since September 2018.  She 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, she provides oversight and branding control of all marketing materials, advertising and media placement.  Ms. Ravelli has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She also holds a Certificate in Digital Marketing from North Carolina State University. Prior to The Forest, she served as the Executive Director of One World Market, a twenty-five year old Durham nonprofit organization.

Brian Adornetto

Director of Dining Services

Mr. Adornetto joined The Forest in the 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 ten years and taught regularly at Southern Season in Chapel Hill for over 12 years.

Tess Thomas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources

Ms. Thomas joined The Forest in June 2020.  She 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 human resources 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, Michigan, 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.

Sarah Haney

Director of Community Life

Ms. Haney joined The Forest team and aging services in 2020.  Her experience creating community has guided her as she assumed responsibility for Community Life.  Ms. Haney received her BA in English and Exercise Sports Science from The University of North Carolina.  She is the Director of Community Life, which embraces all community engagement for residents and team members as well as creating partnerships with the greater Durham community.  She brings years of experience in cultivating a culture of community after spending twenty years coaching women’s rowing at the collegiate level.  Her experience has taught her that a community of engagement and vibrancy provides a more meaningful and purposeful life.

Rashad Wilson

Director of Information Technology

Mr. Wilson is the newest Director on the Leadership Team; however, he is not new to The Forest.  He joined The Forest over ten years ago and has served as Information Technology Support, Network Administrator, and Manager of Information Systems. He has a Bachelor of Science from ECPI University and has acquired all of the necessary system security certifications. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Science/Computer Analytics.

Robin Rogers

Executive Assistant / Resource Development Officer

Ms. Rogers received her BA from East Carolina University. She spent the first 25 years of her career working as a certified paralegal in Durham. The majority of her legal career was in the area of medical malpractice defense in private practice firms, and her nonprofit work was with The Center for Death Penalty Litigation. In 2011, she left the legal field to work with Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina as the Assistant to the Vice President of Patient Services. In early 2015, she began work at The Forest in the Sales and Marketing Department as the Marketing Specialist and, in 2017, transitioned to the position of Executive Assistant to the President/CEO in Administration. In addition to her Executive Assistant position, she now oversees The Forest’s Resource Development Program.