Novant Health adds new foundation board members at three medical centers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 22, 2021

WINSTON-SALEM — Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center Foundation, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation and Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center Foundation has announced the addition of new board members to provide stewardship and oversight of its operations and activities.

Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center Foundation

Andy Harding, chair 

Andy Harding is the director of practice development for Bernard Robinson & Company (BRC), a certified public accounting and advisory firm. Previously he worked as a senior director in business development for Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP, the North Carolina Credit League, and Bank of America. Harding graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His wife Lari serves as chair of the Novant Health Triad Region Board of Directors.

Andrea Gendrachi, vice chair

Andrea Gendrachi is an independent marketing and advertising professional. She worked for several years as the marketing director for the Yale School of Medicine’s OB-GYN department. She also worked in telecommunications marketing for Sprint and AT&T. She speaks both English and Spanish.

Gary Ortiz

Gary Ortiz works as a global sourcing manager for Sonos, Inc. Previously, he worked as the director of engineering for Hayward Pool Products. He holds an MBA from Wake Forest University’s School of Business and a degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Kean University.

Alison Ashe-Card

Alison Ashe-Card is the associate director of diversity and inclusion at Wake Forest University’s School of Law. Previously, she worked in career development at Wake Forest and as an attorney specializing in high-profile liability cases. She holds a J.D. degree from the American University Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College.

Greg Brewer

Greg Brewer is a personal and executive coach, trainer and speaker. He is the Piedmont Triad area president for Right At Home, an international organization for senior care.

Amy Gardner

Amy Gardner is a certified public accountant at Lindsay and Gardner CPAs, PLLC, where she has worked since 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics — accounting from Emory & Henry College.

Gray Barber

Gray Barber is a market executive at First Bank. He has worked in executive banking as a senior vice president for Wachovia Bank, regional vice president of commercial markets for Royal Bank of Canada, and for PNC Bank. Barber graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation

Debbie Marshall, chair

Debbie Marshall spent her career in private wealth management for a number of banks in Winston-Salem. She most recently worked at NewBridge Bank where she was a president and private banking executive. Many of her clients were doctors in Winston-Salem, so she developed a strong network of connections around the region. She is also a member of the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation Women’s Council.

Joe Ely, vice chair

Joe Ely retired in 2006 as executive vice president and southeast region manager of Aon Hewitt, an international human resource solutions company. He is a 1968 graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1971.

Lynne Fuller-Andrews, secretary            

Lynne Fuller-Andrews is vice president and deputy general counsel for Hanesbrands Inc. Prior to joining Hanesbrands (then Sara Lee Corporation) in 2001, she was an assistant professor of law and government at the University of North Carolina’s School of Government. Fuller-Andrews received her bachelor’s degree in economics and industrial relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes is a former football coach and college administrator. He retired from being the athletic director for Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) in 2014. Previously, he served in college administrative roles and as the head football coach at WSSU and North Carolina A&T University. Hayes began his career as the first African American coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Brenda Diggs

Brenda Diggs is an independent consultant in leadership and board development, operational and financial management, organizational planning and strategic management. During her professional career, Diggs was a senior vice president at Wachovia Bank. She held several positions in the corporate and retail bank during her 35 years of employment.

Andy Schneider

Andy Schneider is a plastic surgeon at Forsyth Plastic Surgery, where he has worked for the past 21 years. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and underwent training at Wake Forest Baptist Health. He is currently chief of plastic surgery at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Park Hospital. He is also a past president of Medical Park Hospital.

Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center Foundation

Karen Bovender, chair

Karen Bovender and her family own The Packaging Source, which has served the packaging needs of the Triad community for over 30 years. Bovender manages the finances for the company. She is also a busy mother to four and has lived in Kernersville since she was a child.

DeAnna Mabe, vice chair

DeAnna Mabe is a teacher with Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. A native of Kernersville, she became involved with the hospital at the urging of her father Wayne, who has served on the foundation advisory board. Deanna graduated from High Point University with a degree in elementary education.

Tammy Coulter

Tammy Coulter is the assistant vice president and branch manager for Piedmont Federal Savings Bank in Kernersville. She and her husband own Gypsy Road Brewing Company, a small brewery in Kernersville. As a breast cancer survivor, she and her husband hosted a fundraising event for mammograms in 2019, which is how she was introduced to the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation.

Dona Neal

Dona Neal has spent her career in banking. She currently serves as a branch manager with Piedmont Federal Savings Bank in Winston-Salem. She is a member of the Kernersville Rotary Club and serves as treasurer of the Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center Foundation. Neal received a bachelor of business administration and a Master of Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Duane Long

Duane Long has operated Long Insurance Services since Aug. 1, 2003, when the agency was founded. He is also the owner of Duane Long Accounting, which specializes in income taxes. Long is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in history.

Robin Smith

Robin Smith and her husband Lynn own AllYear Heating and Cooling, a HVAC company established in 1989. Outside of work, she has six children, and has always been involved in volunteering at local schools and community organizations.

About Novant Health Foundation

The philanthropic efforts of Novant Health’s foundations inspire giving that supports programs and initiatives having direct patient impact. The Novant Health network consists of more than 2,400 physicians and over 37,000 employees that provide care at more than 800 locations, including 18 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.

The regional foundations focus on critical needs in five areas: infants and childrencancerheart and vascularstroke and neurosciences and research and education.

Through the generous support of individuals, families, companies and grant-making institutions, Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center Foundation, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation, and Novant Health Kernersville Medical Foundation support Novant Health in its mission to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.

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