Our Leadership

Meeting resident needs now and in the future.

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Kevin McLeod

President and Chief Executive Officer

In 2016, Kevin led the corporate restructuring efforts to create Carolina Meadows Senior Communities and Services, Inc., which is the parent corporation and sole member of Carolina Meadows, Inc., Carolina Meadows Home Care, Inc., Carolina Meadows Foundation, and sole shareholder of Carolina Meadows Management and Development Services, Inc. He served as Carolina Meadows' Chief Financial Officer prior to assuming his current role.

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Ben Cornthwaite

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President

Ben oversees all of Carolina Meadows’ community operations, including continuing care health and wellness operations, resident services, dining services, plant operations, human resources, sales and marketing, and community relations. Ben is deeply involved with all aspects of the business and works with the CEO to develop and implement strategic plans for the company. His personal mission is to make Carolina Meadows the very best place to live and work.

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Gary P. Levine, CPA

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

Gary has served in his current role since April 2015, managing responsibilities for the business and finance offices, and the risk management and information technology departments. He previously served as Carolina Meadows’ Controller and Director of Finance. Gary also serves as Treasurer and a Board Member for the Carolina Meadows Senior Communities & Services, Inc., Management & Development Services, Inc. and Home Care, Inc. organizational entities.

Donna Miller, DO

Medical Director

Dr. Miller grew up in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and graduated from Muhlenberg College. She earned her DO degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she also completed an Internship and residency in Internal Medicine . She was the first DO to complete a two-year Geriatric Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and was employed in the Section of Geriatric Medicine until returning to Pennsylvania to head the newly created Geriatrics Institute at St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network. After the hospital closed her department, she began her private practice which specialized in long term care. She was also the Medical Director of two nursing homes and has recently recertified as a CMD. Dr. Miller serves as the Chair of the American College of Osteopathic Internists Certifying Examination for Geriatric Medicine. She has a broad range of experience in geriatric care in all settings.

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Dan Camara

Vice President, Plant Operations

Dan oversees all aspects of maintenance, improvements and operations for more than 1 million square feet of physical plant located on 166 acres. He ensures complex code and regulatory compliance is maintained, and manages capital enhancements and improvements that ensure the beauty and comfort of our campus for all who call Carolina Meadows home.

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Adele Dowell

Director of Assisted Living, The Fairways

Adele oversees the nursing and administrative functions of the assisted living and memory care on campus. She began as a nursing social worker with us in 2001 before transitioning to assisted living in 2004. Prior to her time with Carolina Meadows, Adele was a social worker in long-term care for seniors and a residential treatment program for nonviolent, female offenders. She has also held positions in office management.

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Shelli Giardino

Vice President, Human Resources

Shelli oversees recruitment and benefits for the team of more than 400 people at Carolina Meadows. She previously served as director of human resources for Sinai Residences of Boca Raton in Florida and the Erickson Living communities in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as other HR support roles.

Amy Gorely

Director of Community Relations

Amy has committed her career to working with mission-driven nonprofit organizations. She made a purposeful career shift into the field of aging services to align her passion with her work. Amy helps Carolina Meadows enrich and improve the lives of older adults by developing community partnerships and strategic communications.

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Emma Harrill

Director of Wellbeing

Emma joined Carolina Meadows in April 2012, bringing 45 years of healthcare experience to our team. She previously worked with Carrboro Community Health Center, Duke Medical Center, UNC and Duke Integrative Medicine. She is committed to the continued exploration of whole person wellness and engagement in life.

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Melissa Kass

Vice President, Sales And Marketing

Melissa is responsible for developing and implementing the marketing and sales strategy for Carolina Meadows. She spent 10 years as director of sales at Judson at University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio, where she helped launch the Judson Smart Living at Home program, which continues to be a successful model that supports the option of aging in place.

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Kathy Norman

Pines Health Care Center Administrator

Kathy has served as a licensed healthcare administrator for the past 17 years, and currently oversees the care and services provided in the Pines Health Care Center at Carolina Meadows. She manages a team of healthcare professionals who are committed to working with residents and families to provide a person-centered approach to enhance the quality of life for residents.

Todd Ohle

Vice President, Dining Services

Todd Ohle is Carolina Meadows’ VP of Dining Services, Todd is an honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York where he developed a passion for food and service. He went on to study hospitality management at Florida International University in Miami. Todd has more than 20 years of experience as a Chef and leader in restaurant operations spanning a wide spectrum to include serving as a personal chef for the Versace family in South Beach, managing banquet operations at Fearrington Village, and various leadership roles restaurant operations and ownership. Todd also has more than nine years of senior living experience having previously led the dining operation of The Cypress of Raleigh, an upscale CCRC serving 300+ residents. Todd resides in Wake Forest with his wife and their two children.

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Linda Zachary

Vice President, Resident Services

Linda oversees resident services operations, including housekeeping, laundry, transportation, club center reception desk and concierge services. She ensures productivity, efficiency and accuracy while meeting the needs of residents to enhance their quality of life. She also serves as administrative liaison to residents and their families, responding to problems, questions or concerns.

Adam Pizzo

Director of Information Technology

Adam manages the day to day technology operations and implements the overall Information Technology strategic plan for the organization.  Adam has always had a strong passion for technology and helping others. He simultaneously gained an education in technology, while helping to take care of his grandparents. These experiences shaped Adam into the leader he is today. Adam enjoys working with the people at Carolina Meadows, ensuring that their technology needs are being met, while also looking towards the future of things to come.

Our Board of Directors

This volunteer community-based governing body maintains four resident members.

Steve Miller, Chair

A headshot of Steve MillerOriginally from Louisville, KY, Mr. Miller moved to Chapel Hill in 1971 to attend the University of North Carolina, earning a BA in 1975. After spending a few years in Washington, DC where he worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide, Mr. Miller returned to Chapel Hill and received an MSPH from the School of Public Health in 1982 and a law degree in 1985. He has practiced law in Chapel Hill since 1985, and is a partner in the firm of Alexander Miller & Schupp, LLP. Mr. Miller practices in the area of business and corporate law, estate planning and administration, and residential and commercial real estate. Mr. Miller served for many years on the Board of Directors of Freedom House Recovery Center, Strowd Roses Foundation and Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws, a service dog training and placement organization. He is married to Dr. Paula Miller. They have two sons and are eagerly awaiting the birth of their second grandchild.

JB Culpepper, Vice Chair

A headshot of JB CulpepperA native of Oklahoma, Jennie Bob “J.B.” Culpepper moved to North Carolina in 1982.  She holds a B.A. in Urban Affairs and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Virginia Tech.  As Director of Planning for the Town of Chapel Hill for nine years, she managed the Town’s long-range planning process, development review process, and oversaw innovative planning approaches.  Today, she is an independent consulting planner and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Recently, she has been involved in community planning for an aging population and has helped arrange and conduct a series of work sessions on the topic. In addition, she is chairperson of the UNC Partnerships in Aging Program advisory board.  J.B. and her husband, Philip, live in Chapel Hill where they raised two sons and are now joyful grandparents.

Joan C. Pharr, Treasurer

A headshot of Joan C. PharrJoan C. Pharr is a certified public accountant (CPA) and the President and “managing partner” of Blackman & Sloop, CPAs, P.A., a full-service accounting firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she has in excess of thirty years of experience working with individuals, family-owned businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. She currently spends much of her professional time working with trusts, estates, and high net worth individuals from both a compliance and planning perspective. Joan earned her bachelor of science of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel and has designations as a chartered global management accountant (CGMA) and as a certified specialist in retirement planning (CSRP). Joan is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), where she has served in multiple volunteer capacities, including service as Chairman of the Board of Directors and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), where she is currently serving as an elected member of the Joint Trial Board. Joan has volunteered her time and talents throughout her community having served on multiple Boards of not-for-profit organizations. She resides in Chapel Hill where she raised two boys with her husband, Ron. In her spare time, you can find her on the golf course, traveling or with a good book.

Anne Kissel, Secretary

A headshot of Anne KisselDr. Anne Kissel grew up in the nomadic childhood of a military family, beginning kindergarten in Germany and finishing high school in Hawaii. After undergraduate school at W. Kentucky (BA, Sociology) and graduate school at the University of Florida (M.Ed., Ed.S, Ph.D., Counseling and Gerontology) she enjoyed a career in hospice administration and bereavement and with agencies serving elders, retiring in 2013 as Executive Director of Fearrington Cares. Currently, she serves as Chatham County Delegate to the NC Sr. Tar Heel Legislature, on the Triangle J Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, the Chatham Advocacy for Seniors Team and as a volunteer with UNC Hospice, League of Women Voters, Chatham Historical Society and other community programs.

 

John Gabor

A headshot of John GaborMr. Gabor arrived in New York from Budapest at age 15. He went to NYU receiving a degree in Journalism. After Army service at Fort Bragg he worked in Cincinnati and Baltimore, where he and his wife Ann married in 1962, then moved to New York. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Mr. Gabor worked in advertising; then was sales and marketing director of several startups developing electronic information technologies, (now known as the Internet.) Ann and John moved to Fearrington in 1993. He served on the board of Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services as well as consulting pro bono with many Triangle nonprofits through the Executive Service Corps, where he also served on the board.

 

Richard Gurlitz

A headshot of Richard GurlitzRichard Gurlitz has been a Chapel Hill resident since 1979. He is the founding member of Gurlitz Architectural Group. Richard’s undergraduate degree in Art History from the Johns Hopkins University, coupled with a design studio under a beaux arts professor at Columbia University, directed him to pursue architecture as a profession. The program at the University of Wisconsin, strong in community planning and design, set his path for bringing strong design features to community projects. Richard is responsible for all design efforts in the architectural firm. He has been licensed in North Carolina for thirty years. Richard and his wife Carey have three children. His oldest daughter is a lawyer in New York City, his other daughter works with the Center for Child Traumatic Stress at Duke, and his son, the youngest is a recent graduate of UNC Law School. Richard’s wife Carey has long been associated with healthcare, currently an engineering supervisor with the Department of Health Service Regulation in Raleigh. Richard has served as Treasurer with the Chapel Hill Public School Education Foundation, Coach for The Triangle Youth Hockey Association, Education Chair on the Judea Reform Board of Trustees, Chair for Chapel Hill School System New Facilities Review Committee, Redistricting committee co-chair Chapel Hill Public School System. Richard also manages a statewide adult ice hockey program – the Carolina Classics – for hockey players in their sixties and seventies.

Pickett Guthrie

A headshot of Pickett GuthrieAlthough a native of North Carolina, Pickett Guthrie lived her early adult life in Denver, Colorado and Princeton, NJ. She was educated at Duke University and at the University of Denver. Returning to North Carolina, she earned a masters degree in Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and built her career as a Law Librarian for several large law firms. She later moved to the nonprofit world, earning a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She co-founded the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation (RLSF) and was the executive director from 1992-1996. Several years later, she returned as a member of RLSF’s Board of Directors, serving on the Executive Committee and as Chair of Governance and of Corporate Relations. Recently, Pickett held a position on the Board of UNC’s Program in the Humanities. Since 2013, she and husband, Robert, have made their home at Carolina Meadows. Pickett is a long-term volunteer at the Pines where Robert lived until the end of his life in 2017. She has two adult daughters and two granddaughters.

Rodgers Harshbarger

A headshot of Rodgers HarshbargerRodgers Harshbarger joined UNC Management Company in 2008 and is currently a Director of Private Investments for the UNC Investment Fund. Prior to UNCMC, Rodgers was a Consultant in the Private Equity Group at Bain & Company and began his career in Investment Banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Rodgers received a B.A. from the University of Virginia where he was an Echols Scholar and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Richard H. Jenrette Fellow.

 

Bill Kalkhof

A headshot of Bill KalkhofBill Kalkhof is the former president/CEO of Downtown Durham, Inc. (DDI) and for 20 years led the remarkable revitalization efforts that transformed downtown Durham. In 1993 downtown Durham was considered the ugly stepchild of the Triangle region. Empty, lifeless, moribund. By any account, downtown Durham is now thriving. Bill was instrumental in brokering the catalytic public-private partnerships that were so essential to the success of Durham’s renaissance — the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Historic Campus, West Village, Durham Central Park, the Farmers Market, and many more. Downtown Durham now receives national accolades, is home to one of the top 5 performing theaters in the world, and has the growing reputation for being one of the creative class hot spots in the country. Prior to starting DDI, Bill was the Executive Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Durham & Orange Counties. Bill has been active in the community affairs of Durham and the Triangle serving on numerous boards and commissions. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including having a major public art sculpture commissioned in his honor and located in the CCB Plaza in downtown Durham, and being honored by the American Cancer Society for raising over $100,000 to help support research and services in the efforts to find a cure for cancer. Bill retired from DDI in April 2013.

Bill Lehrburger

A headshot of Bill LehrburgerRaised in Brookline, MA, Bill earned a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bill’s working career encompassed marketing, advertising and general management positions in several industries, including plywood, farm machinery, small appliances, retail and marketing consulting. Bill also served as the first president of a 1500-unit gated community and as a volunteer consultant in Istanbul, Turkey under the auspices of the International Executive Service Corps. Bill resided in Queens, Rye and Scarsdale, NY, Glastonbury, CT, Toronto, Canada, and Boca Raton, FL before moving to Fearrington Village in 2006, then Carolina Meadows in 2014. Since being in Carolina Meadows, Bill served as Chair of the Resident Buildings, Grounds and Safety Advisory Committee and as a member of the Resident Health Center Task Force. He and his wife Dinny have four children and eight grandchildren. Bill enjoys bridge, golf and reading, especially history and biography.

Patricia Mandell

A headshot of Patricia MandellDr. Mandell is a native of Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State University in 1971, she moved to Texas, where she spent the next 33 years. There, she earned an MA in Learning Disabilities and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology. She taught elementary grades, special education and university courses in colleges of education. In addition to teaching, Dr. Mandell served as Head of School in three private schools in Texas, one in Houston and two in San Antonio. She served as the founding president of a national organization of Reform Jewish Day Schools. In 2004, Pat moved to Baltimore, MD to marry Dr. Wallace Mandell. In Baltimore, she taught at Towson University and was Head of School at Baltimore Hebrew Day School. The Mandell’s retired and moved to Carolina Meadows in 2012. Pat has been a volunteer in the Pines and the library. She has served as Precinct Secretary and Representative for Precinct 15, chair of the Community Outreach Committee and chair of the Women’s Luncheon Committee. She also is a member of the Carolina Meadows University steering committee.

Joan M. Pellettier

A headshot of Joan M. PellettierBorn in New York and raised in Oregon, Ms. Pellettier came to NC in 1969. She received a BA from Duke University and an MA from North Carolina Central University. Now retired, she was Director of the Triangle J Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging, which covers a seven-county area. She served as chair of the NC Association of Area Agencies on Aging and as a member of numerous local and state aging-related committees, including the North Carolina Study Commission on Aging. Joan was Executive Director of the private-non-profit Council for Senior Citizens in Durham County, NC- the Council is the lead aging service-providing agency in that county. Earlier experience was with aging and disability programs, including work with the Durham County Department of Social Services. She currently serves as chair of the North Carolina Partnership to Address Adult Abuse and Durham’s Partnership for Seniors.

Sam Ligon, Ex Officio

A headshot of Sam LigonMr. Ligon moved to Carolina Meadows from Texas following a 45-year career in small business as a serial entrepreneur mostly in consumer products.  Growing up, he moved from Buffalo to Palo Alto and then during high school to Mississippi.  He earned a degree in Mechanical engineering from Auburn University in 1961.  Following a four-year tour of duty in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, he received an MBA from Harvard Business School.   Sam has served on Boards of several Public Companies.  Since being at CM, Sam served as chair of the Resident Budget and Finance Advisory Committee, on the Health Center Task Force, and as Vice President of the Residents Association.   He has 3 children, 8 grandchildren and enjoys golf and the variety of programs at CM.

 

Kevin A. McLeod, Ex Officio

A headshot of Kevin A. McLeodMr. McLeod currently serves as the President/Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Meadows. He previously served as Carolina Meadows’ Chief Financial Officer from 1998 to January 2006. Prior to joining Carolina Meadows, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Friends Home, Inc. from 1992 to 1998. He worked in public accounting with the national CPA firm of BDO Seidman from 1990 to 1992 and Bernard Robinson & Co, LLP, CPA’s from 1987 to 1990. Mr. McLeod currently serves as a financial and administrative surveyor with CARF-CCAC, the national accrediting organization for CCRC’s. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he completed his accounting coursework at North Carolina State University. He is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves as Board Member and Past Chair of LeadingAge North Carolina.

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