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Our Leadership

Meeting resident needs now and in the future.


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

Vice President, Resident Life

Adele oversees all aspects of Resident Life including concierge services, housekeeping, transportation and activities. She began as a nursing social worker with us in 2001 before transitioning to our assisted living administrator 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Nancy Chescheir

Dr. Chescheir came to Chapel Hill in 1973 as a college freshman and has remained here since, except for a 4 year hiatus in Nashville, Tennessee and Gaborone, Botswana between 2008-2010.  Since 1988, Dr. Chescheir has worked at the UNC School of Medicine as a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology since completing her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (high risk obstetrics) and has also been an editor in chief of an Ob GYN journal.  Her husband is a research engineer studying water-management and is retired from NC State University. They have 2 sons, one who lives in Durham and one who lives in upstate NY.  Her hobby is photography and they have two jack Russell rescue dogs.


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.


Gregory Herman-Giddens

Greg Herman-Giddens is a shareholder in the Naples, Florida office of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.  He also maintains a home and office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Greg is a trusts and estates attorney, having practiced law for over 31 years.  He holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, a J.D. from Tulane Law School, and an LL.M. in Estate Planning from the University Of Miami School Of Law.  Greg is certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and is a Certified Financial Planner.  He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Florida, New York and Tennessee.



Ralph Karpinos

Mr. Karpinos grew up in the Washington DC area.  He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University where he served as editor of the student newspaper during his senior year.  He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina, where he was an articles editor of the Law Review.

Returning to North Carolina in 1978, he was the Assistant City Attorney in Winston-Salem until 1985, when he was appointed as the Town Attorney in Chapel Hill, a position he held until September, 2020.  He is the past president of the N.C. Association of Municipal Attorneys and past chair of the Government and Public Sector Section of the N.C. Bar Association.  Following his retirement from local government service in North Carolina he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor Roy Cooper.

Ralph’s wife is a former concert pianist and retired attorney.   They have three children and five grandchildren.


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

Dr. 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.

Robin McDuffie

Robin McDuffie is a principal of Blackman & Sloop, CPAs, P. A. in Chapel Hill where she has over thirty years of experience working with individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations.  Robin works in the assurance area providing audits, reviews and compilation of financial statements.  Many of her assurance clients are in the construction and not-for-profit industries.  In addition, she has expertise in tax compliance and consulting for individuals and nonprofits.  Robin has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.  She volunteers her time and talents throughout the community and serves on the board of directors for non-profit organizations.  Robin lives in Chatham county where she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

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.

Hugh Tilson

Dr. Tilson M.D. (Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 1964), Dr.P.H. (Harvard School of Public Health 1972) has spent fifteen years each in public service, the multinational pharmaceutical industry, and academia, and continues as an active consultant and researcher. Recognized as a public health systems and workforce, pharmacoepidemiology, and outcomes researcher focusing on drug safety, he is a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies of Science. He recently completed his duties as member of the national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

At Carolina Meadows, he has been an active volunteer and committee member/chair. Among others, he has served as an officer for the Resident Health and Wellness Committee; the Medical Ambassadors; the ad hoc task force on the future of the Pines; the “Connect and Engage” Taskforce;  Carolina Meadows University; UNC TV Annual Fund Drive; and as a Precinct Representative to the RA Council.  He and his wife received the 2015 CM Residents’ Association Presidents Award.  They are proud parents of four offspring, proud in-laws of their spouses, and happy grandparents to eleven.


Chris Kesner, Ex Officio

Chris Kesner was born in Florida and grew up in Kent, Ohio.  She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Home Economics/Business concentration.  She earned an MA in Home Economics and Family Ecology with Art as a minor area from the University of Akron (OH).  In 1979, she moved to Pennsylvania and completed a Ph.D. in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University with a Building Diagnostics focus.  She taught interior design at the university level for seven years at the University of Akron and 26 years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania coordinating the Interior Design program and retiring in 2005.  Chris and her husband, Michael, made the decision to move to Carolina Meadows in 2013, having visited 16 CCRCs in the southeastern U.S.  Shortly after arriving at CM, she became involved with Marketing, chairing the Weekend Ambassadors and the Marketing Committees. She served two years as the Residents Association Vice President.  Chris has two sons, three grandchildren and enjoys being creative, staying fit, and traveling.


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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