Board of Directors

Carolina Meadows is governed and managed by a volunteer, community-based, Board of Directors. There are 15 voting directors plus two ex-officio, non-voting positions for the President/Chief Executive Officer and the President of the Carolina Meadows Resident Association. The bylaws require four directors of the Board to be residents of Carolina Meadows. The following is a list of the current Board of Directors of Carolina Meadows, Inc.

Dianne Stimson (Chair)

A native of Iowa, Ms. Stimson moved to North Carolina in 1997. She received a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She served as Senior Vice President for the UNC Health Care System until her retirement in 2008. Prior to that position she was Chief Executive Officer of hospitals in Texas and Oregon and Vice President of a hospital in Florida. She served as Chief Administrator for the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She has had management responsibility, in addition to acute care hospitals, for a free standing skilled nursing facility, nursing home, renal dialysis facility, psychiatric hospital and for an HMO. She has managed large primary and specialty physician practices, medical office buildings, and a hospital foundation. Her civic activities include serving on multiple Boards of Directors in Florida, Texas, Oregon and North Carolina. Ms. Stimson is an elected Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Joan C. Pharr (Treasurer)

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.

John Modisett (Secretary)

John Modisett is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended the University of North Dakota, where he met wife Barbara, and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce in 1952. He served in the US Air Force for two years in Germany and then moved to Philadelphia, Winnetka, Illinois and Chapel Hill over the period 1953-2010, when the Modisetts moved to Carolina Meadows. John conducted a 50 year career in Marketing with N.W. Ayer and J. Walter Thompson advertising agencies, WTTN Chicago (Public TV) Evanston Northwestern Hospital and Tony Hall & Associates Real Estate in Chapel Hill. John and Barbara have two children, one grandchild, one great grandchild and attend Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church. He enjoys writing, reading history and biography, and OLLI, the Duke based continuing education system.

Betsy Ahern (Ex Officio)

Betsy Ahern Mrs. Ahern was born in Cincinnati, raised in Union City, IN, received her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her MBA from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She started her career at Bell Labs; they were looking for math majors to train as computer programmers. Except for a three year stint as a HS math teacher, she programmed, designed and/or managed main frame computer systems at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, GMAC and Electronic Data Systems. She retired early to join her husband when he was offered a job in England for 4 years. From there they retired to Fearrington Village. While in the Chapel Hill area she was instrumental in creating the Newcomers Club and has volunteered at the NCBG for over 20 years. Upon moving to CM she was involved with the team that revitalized the Meadow Garden and managed the Library during its reorganization and mechanization. Besides reading and gardening, she enjoys playing bridge.

G. Rhodes Craver

  Mr. Craver is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and his law degree from Wake Forest University. After completing law school, Mr. Craver worked for two years with the accounting firm of Touche Ross and Company where he earned his designation as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Craver started his present law firm in 2003 and is presently serving as the managing partner. Mr. Craver practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning and closely held business planning. He is a member of the Estate and Fiduciary section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He serves on the SunTrust Bank regional advisory Board. He serves on the Board of the Asheville School.

John Gabor

Mr. 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.

Robert N. Jackson, Ed.D.

Dr. Jackson recently retired after 23 years of work with AARP. As State Director of AARP North Carolina for 16 years, he managed eleven staff and over 1000 volunteers on a variety of tasks including legislative advocacy, educational programs and community service activities across the state. A native of Miami, FL, Dr. Jackson and his wife have lived in Greensboro and Chapel Hill for the last 36 years. He earned his Masters (1977) and Doctorate (1980) degrees in Adult Education with an emphasis in Gerontology from NC State University. He has worked with older adults in a variety of settings including a senior center in Greensboro, the Department of Insurance’ Seniors Health Insurance Information Program, AARP’s Medicare Assistance Program, Legal Aid and AARP North Carolina. Dr. Jackson has also taught courses in gerontology at Guilford College and NC A&T University.

Bill Kalkhof

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.


Donald J. Stedman

A native of Western New York, Don Stedman completed his doctoral studies (PhD) in Child Clinical Psychology at Peabody College – Vanderbilt University. He served an internship at Sonoma State Hospital and post-doctoral studies at the Child Study Center of the University of California at Berkeley. In 1963, after two years as Associate Director of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation in Washington, DC, Dr. Stedman and his family moved to the Research Triangle area where he joined the faculty of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Duke University. In 1968, he returned to Vanderbilt to become Director of the JFK Center for Child Development Research and then, in 1971, moved to UNC-Chapel Hill to serve as Professor of Education and Psychology and Associate Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. During his 30 years at UNC-Chapel Hill he served for fourteen years as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of North Carolina System and for nine years as Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Stedman retired from the University in 2001. He and his wife Helen moved to Carolina Meadows in 2005 where Don remains active in area programs for children with disabilities and the rich life of Carolina Meadows.

Kevin A. McLeod (Ex Officio)

Mr. 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.

Anne Kissel

Anne Kissel Dr. 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.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller Originally 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, has served on the Board of the Strowd Roses Foundation since its inception in 2001, and also serves today on the Board of Directors of 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 first grandchild.

Patricia Mandell

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.

JB Culpepper

JB Culpepper Jennie Bob “J.B.” Culpepper is an independent consulting planner and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 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.  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 contributed a chapter on modifying community infrastructure in the newly-published book “Reimagining Your Neighborhood.” A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, J.B. and her husband, Philip, have lived in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area since 1985, where they raised two sons.