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 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.
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, Treasurer 2021
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, Secretary 2021
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.
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.
Blairton Hampton, Vice Chair 2021
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.
Dr. Frankie T. Jones Sr.
Dr. Frankie T. Jones Sr. serves as the president and chief operating officer of B&C Associates Inc. and B&C International, a management consulting, marketing research and public relations firm headquartered in High Point. Dr. Jones is also a retired U.S. Air Force senior officer with 20 years of service.
Dr. Jones serves civic and charitable organization boards including the N.C. Citizens For Business and Industries, International BookSmart Foundation Inc., the High Point United Way and the Wake Forest University Divinity School Board of Visitors. Dr. Jones has also received numerous awards and honors, including the famed national NAACP Roy Wilkins Meritorious Service Award in 1990.
Dr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and a doctorate. He completed his studies at N.C. A&T State University, Wayne State University, Duke University, Shaw University and Virginia University-Lynchburg.
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.
Griffin McClure is the owner of Green & McClure Furniture in Graham. He is a lifelong resident of Alamance County and lives with his family in Graham. Griffin is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in management and society. He serves as the United Way Board chair, is a member of the Rotary Club and is on the Graham City Council.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Spangler is a financial advisor at Edward Jones. In addition to the hospital foundation, he is also president of the Alamance Business Club and a member of the Elon Society executive board. A graduate of Elon University, he lives in Graham with his family.
Britt Stadler has lived in Alamance County for most of her life. She is a past board member of Greenhill Center for N.C. Art, the Junior League and the Alamance County Historical Museum. A former belle of the Black and White Ball, Britt has fundraising experience with the Charitable Foundation. Stadler lives in Burlington with her family.
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, Chair 2021
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.