Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation Board of Directors
As a nonprofit organization, the Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation is governed by a board of directors. Board members represent a diverse range of different organizations and perspectives from across the community.
Muhammad Arida, MD
Dr. Arida is an interventional cardiologist with Cone Health Medical Group. He graduated from University of Damascus medical school in Syria. He is the cardiac cath lab co-director at Cone Health and serves on the Heart and Vascular Executive Committee. He started volunteering by providing free medical care in his home country of Syria, then continued in Detroit where he did his residency and fellowship training. He is a volunteer at the Al-Aqsa Community Clinic in Burlington, providing free care to uninsured patients. He helped the clinic get an indigent account with LabCorp, obtain an EKG machine via Alamance Charitable Foundation and implement Cone Emergency Medical Records
Dr. Arida is married and has four children. He enjoys running and playing tennis. He is the winner of the 2019 Alamance Country Club table tennis championship.
Jeff Blaser, Treasurer 2022
Jeff is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and has spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry. A strong believer in giving back to the community, Jeff serves on the board of Alamance Extended Care Inc. He has also served on the boards of Alamance County Young Life and the Alamance-Caswell Hospice Foundation.
He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, The CMT Association and Kingdom Advisors. Jeff endeavors to incorporate a Biblical worldview alongside sound investment and financial planning principles as he works with clients and prospective clients. He married his high school sweetheart, Becky, and they have four adult children and two grandchildren.
Miguel A. Brito, Jr., MD, FCAP, FASCP, Chief Medical Officer and Contract Medical Director, Palmetto GBA
Dr. Brito is part of the Medicare Administrative Contractor program at Palmetto GBA in the MolDx program and Medicare jurisdictions JJ and JM. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and went on to Medical School at the University of Florida. He completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Medical College of Virginia.
Brito is a member and former Vice President and Executive committee member of the Florida Society of Pathologists, member and former state issues representative and current House of Delegates representative of the College of American Pathologists, member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor of the Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Physician Leadership Academy of South Florida. He holds active medical licenses in the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. He is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and is Board certified by the College of American Pathologists in the specialties of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. He is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Patty Brothers has lived in Alamance County since 1981. She is the founder of KARIZMA, Burlington Academy’s performing company; chair of the Pink Ribbon Luncheon; coordinator of the KidsCan! Program; and a volunStar for Little Pink Houses of Hope Family Retreat. She is retired from 27 years of ownership of Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts. Brothers and her family live in Gibsonville.
William Clark, Vice Chair 2022
William Clark is the manager of Wade’s Jewelers in Gibsonville and is a life-long resident of the town. William is an undergraduate of Wake Forest University and has an MBA from Elon University. He is a board member of the Gibsonville Merchant’s Association, serving as past president.
Tara Davis has lived in Alamance County for most of her life. At an early age, she worked with the Muscular Dystrophy Association promoting and hosting events alongside her mother. She works as a senior business analyst at Glen Raven and has helped manage many successful fundraising campaigns for JDRF. Most recently, Tara fundraised with the Charitable Foundation by competing as a belle for the Black and White Ball. She lives in Burlington with her family.
Brian Flaherty is chief operating officer of Global Strategic Business Process Solutions Inc. He has been a resident of Alamance County since 2009. A graduate of Monmouth University, Flaherty is studying for his MBA at Elon University. He is president of Alamance Benevolence Club; a member of the Knights of Columbus; and founder and president of the Denise Marie Flaherty Foundation. He also coaches basketball and track at Blessed Sacrament School. Brian and his family live in Elon.
Dick Fisher is founding partner of Fisher Wealth Management in Burlington, NC. Fisher serves on several civic organization throughout Alamance County including the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Alamance County Extension Advisory Council. From 1997-2027, he served on the Alamance County Community College Board of Trustees. Fisher is a retired major in the North Carolina Army National Guard. His interests include walking, tennis, travel, fishing, theater and spending time with his grandkids. He also enjoys college sports especially Elon University.
Channing Franklin is compliance counsel at LabCorp. She moved to North Carolina in 2011 and to Burlington in 2015, where she lives with her rambunctious dog, Trooper. She holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Elon University. A multi-state resident, she is glad to call North Carolina home.
Issac Gibson is a realtor in Alamance County and central NC. He and his wife, Lauren, own the Gibson Group, a division of Keller Williams Burlington. Isaac is a member of the Alamance Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and sits on the Diversity Committee. He is also a board member of the Burlington Alamance County Association of Realtors and serves on their Diversity Committee. When he’s not busy with real estate, Isaac enjoys coaching his kids’ soccer team, skydiving, snowboarding, and one-wheeling.
Blairton Hampton, Chair 2022
Blairton Hampton served 21 years in the U.S. Army (including five years active duty) and retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves. He completed his undergraduate degree in business administration at American University, Washington, D.C. He began his professional career in the banking industry there, and later spent 12 years in Burlington. He launched Century Products LLC in 1987 and continues to serve as president and CEO of this company.
Blairton serves on the state board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities; the executive leadership team of the Guilford Heart Walk; and the board of the Guilford Heart/Stroke Association. He established Hampton Family Mobile Kitchen, which operates in food deserts and underserved areas in Guilford County and provides demonstrations and education on healthy alternatives for cooking and eating. A native of Alamance County, Blairton and his wife live in Elon. He has two adult sons and a grandson.
Tom Humphrey is an experienced business man with demonstrated history of working as a CFO and Controller in the mechanical or industrial engineering industry as well as the non-profit sector. He is currently business controller for Sandvik Coromant in Mebane, NC. Humphrey was born in New Castle, PA, spent much of his life in Massachusetts before moving to Elon in 2017. He has two daughters, four grandchildren and enjoys reading, exercising, baseball games, musicals and being with family.
Dr. Prudence Layne
Dr. Prudence Layne is a global educator, administrator, academic and scholar. She is skilled at developing and implementing programming that guides students to recognize the realities of privilege and social exclusion, and actively engages students in personal growth and discovery. Her teaching, mentoring and research specializations reflect a commitment to raising awareness; fostering inclusion and diversity; giving voice to marginalized groups; and providing opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community partners to incorporate these values into their respective learning, pedagogy and work.
Since joining the faculty at Elon University in 2005, Dr. Layne has brought energy and passion to the university’s mission of engagement and social and civic responsibility. She joins the board of the Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation to provide a stronger nexus and alignment between the university and our community’s needs.
Cheryl Ray is human resources manager at Sports Endeavors Inc. in Hillsborough. A North Carolina native, Cheryl is deeply involved in the community. In addition to the foundation board, she also serves on the boards of, or holds positions with, the Alamance County Human Resources Association, Mebane Business Association, N.C. Society for Human Resource Management, Alamance County Children’s Museum, Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce, Orange County/Hillsborough Relay for Life and Mebane Women’s Club. She lives in Haw River.
Yazmin Garcia Rico
Yazmin García Rico is the Director of Latinx and Hispanic Policy and Strategy at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Yazmin has over ten years of experience focused on improving the life outcomes of the Latinx community in North Carolina. Throughout her career, she has worked in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors to advocate for the health and safety of immigrants, increase access to higher education for Latinx youth, and serve uninsured and underserved populations.
In her current role at NCDHHS, Yazmin leads the Department's Latinx/Hispanic outreach and engagement efforts, most recently supporting COVID-19 education as well as prevention and response efforts to promote equitable vaccine distribution. She is a proud alumna of Guilford College and UNC’s School of Social Work, where she earned her MSW
Lori Seiler, Secretary 2022
Lori moved to Alamance County in 1993 with her husband, Dan. They own a professional janitorial company, Seiler Services Inc., which is a certified historically under-utilized woman-owned business. Lori serves as president and handles all aspects of daily operations.
She is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina and has served on its Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. Lori is a member of the Burlington Woman’s Club, a founding member of the Greater Alamance Woman’s Club and a past member of the Burlington Junior Woman’s Club. She has served on the Alamance Chamber Executive Committee and Board of Directors (2016 board chair) as well as the United Way board and The Alamance Arts board. She was also a 2021 Belle of the Ball participant.
Prior to moving to Alamance County, Lori pursued her passion of travel and worked as a travel agent for many years. Her passion is still traveling and she loves planning new adventures for herself, family and friends. She was born in California, raised in Oklahoma and attended Tulsa Community College and Bakersfield College.
Melva Sharpe has lived in Burlington since 1990 with her husband, Stan. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Loyola University and is retired from 28 years in global logistic sales. For years, Melva has been actively involved with the Charitable Foundation, including being a former Belle of the Black and White Ball and serving on the Pink Ribbon Committee. She is chair of the Funds Distribution Committee and a leader on the Signature Sponsorship Committee.
Laura Stanfield, DNP, RN
Dr. Laura Stanfield DNP, RN is an assistant director in the Emergency Department at Cone Health Alamance Regional. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she also earned her master’s in nursing administration and doctorate of nursing practice in 2004. Laura is nationally certified in emergency nursing as well as a board certified nurse executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Laura grew up in Alamance County and lives in Burlington with her family.
Chelsea Ward, MD
Chelsea Ward, MD is employed by Westside Ob/Gyn in Burlington. She moved to Burlington in August 2015. Dr. Ward has an undergraduate degree from the University of California and a medical degree from Drexel University. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she lives in Burlington with her family.
Ben Wooten serves as an area coordinator for the N.C. Division of Emergency Management, where he serves in a response capacity for the division, acting as the on-scene coordinator for state resources and is subject to deployment anywhere in the state and the U.S. Ben is a graduate of N.C. State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science (2006) and UNC-Pembroke, receiving his master’s in public administration (2014). Ben is certified as an executive level emergency manager with the state of North Carolina and holds his certified emergency manager designation with the International Association of Emergency Managers. Ben has previously served as a healthcare emergency manager for Cone Health and volunteers as a firefighter in Mebane, where he lives with his wife, Katy Davis.