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.

Steve Miller (Chair)

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, 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 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)

Joan C. Pharr is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a tax “partner” with Blackman & Sloop, CPAs, P.A., a full-service accounting firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she has spent her career 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)

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.

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.

Richard Gurlitz

Richard 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

Although 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 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

Rodgers 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 a 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

Bill 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

Raised 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.

Joan M. Pellettier

Born in New York and raised in Oregon, Ms. Pellettier came to NC in 1969.  She received a BA from Duke University and a 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)

Mr. 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)

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.