Board of Directors
As a nonprofit organization, the Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation is governed by a board of directors. Board members represent a 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 currently the cardiac cath lab co-director at Cone Health and serves on the Heart and Vascular Executive Committee.
He started volunteering in providing free medical care back in his home country in Syria then continued in Detroit where he did he residency and fellowship training. He is currently an active 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 implemented Cone EMR in the clinic.
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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has spent over 30 years in the financial services industry. A strong believer in giving back to the community, Jeff currently 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 an active member of the Financial Planning Association and 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.
William Clark, Treasurer 2021
William Clark is the manager of Wade’s Jewelers in Gibsonville. He has lived in the area his whole life and resides with his family in Gibsonville. Clark is an undergraduate of Wake Forest University and has an MBA from Elon University. He is an active member of the Gibsonville Merchant’s Association serving as past president and current board member.
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 through the company. 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 COO of Global Strategic Business Process Solutions, Inc. He has been a resident of Alamance County since 2009. A graduate of Monmouth University, Flaherty is currently studying for his MBA at Elon University. He is the President of Alamance Benevolence Club, a member of the Knights of Columbus, President of the Denise Marie Flaherty Foundation and Founder. He also coaches basketball and track at Blessed Sacrament School. Flaherty 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 currently lives with her rambunctious dog, Trooper. She holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Elon University. A multistate resident, she is glad to call North Carolina home.
Blairton Hampton, Vice Chair 2021
Blairton Hampton is used to being a leader. He served 21 years in the United States Army (including five years active duty) and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves. He completed his BS/BA Degree in Business Administration at American University, Washington, DC. He began his professional career in the banking industry in Washington, DC and later in Burlington spending twelve years in this arena. He fulfilled a long-term goal of owning his own business when he launched Century Products, LLC in 1987. He continues to serve as President and CEO of this company that operates on a national level.
Blairton is committed to involvement in his community. Currently he serves on the North Carolina 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 previously served on the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board. Evidence of his passion for community engagement was manifested in his supporting establishment of the “Hampton Family Mobile Kitchen”. Under the American Heart and Stroke Association and in conjunction with the Guilford County Health Department the kitchen operates in food desert and underserved areas and populations of 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. He is a member of First Baptist Church Apple Street where he chairs the Finance Committee. He has served on the Council of Student Life at Elon University as well as numerous other civic organizations within the local community.
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, North Carolina. Dr. Jones is also a retired United States Air Force Senior Officer with 20 years of service.
Dr. Jones serves on numerous civic and charitable organization boards including the North Carolina 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 of Science degree, two Master degrees and a Doctorate Degree. His studies were completed at North Carolina A&T State University, Wayne State University, Duke University, Shaw University and Virginia University - Lynchburg.
Dr. Prudence Layne
Dr. Prudence Layne is an experienced global educator, administrator academic and scholar. She is highly 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. As a requested speaker and workshop leader/facilitator, she combines the social and intellectual domains to include the broadest audiences possible. 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. Her insights encourage innovative responses to complex problems: social, political and economic. Dr. Layne joins the Board of the Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation to provide a stronger nexus and alignment between the university and our community’s needs. We will remain united in our fight against cancer, a disease that continues to ravage the lives of so many we know and love.
Griffin McClure is the owner of Green & McClure Furniture in Graham. He has lived in Alamance County his whole life and resides with his family in Graham. McClure is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Society. He serves as the United Way Board Chair and is a member of the Rotary and is on the Graham City Council.
Cheryl Ray is human resources manager at Sports Endeavors Inc. in Hillsborough. The North Carolina native 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. Ray lives in Haw River.
Lori moved to Alamance County in 1993 along with her husband Dan. They own a professional janitorial company, Seiler Services Inc., which is a certified NC Historically Under-Utilized Woman owned business. Lori serves as the President and handles all aspects of daily operations.
She is also a passionate volunteer. She is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina and has served on their Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Board of Trustees and is the current State of NC Presidents Special Project Chairman. She has served the GFWC of NC on a District 4 level for the past 23 years. She is a current 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. Locally, she has served on the Alamance Chamber Executive Committee, Board of Directors, was the 2016 Alamance Chamber Board Chair and has served on numerous Committees with the Chamber. She also has served on the United Way Board and The Alamance Arts Board.
Prior to moving to Alamance County, she pursued her passion of travel and worked as a travel agent for many years. Lori’s passion is still travel and 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 the University of North Carolina at 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 currently 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 now 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 NC Art, the Junior League and 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 of Science in Nursing degree from UNC Chapel Hill and both her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2004. Laura is nationally certified in Emergency Nursing as well as a Board Certified Nurse Executive from the America 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 Kernodle Clinic Ob/Gyn in Burlington. She moved to Burlington in August of 2015. Ward has an undergraduate degree from the University of California and a Medical Degree from Drexel University. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Ward now resides in Burlington with her family.
Ben Wooten, Chair 2021
Ben Wooten serves as the Systemwide Director of Emergency Management at Cone Health. Ben is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he received a BA in Political Science (2006) and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, receiving his Masters 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 (CEM) 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.