Forum leadership for 2012-2013

New officers and leaders

The Forum is pleased to announce the following incoming leaders for the 2012-2013 year who will take office on July 1.


  • President: Carol Spruill*, Raleigh, Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke Law School
  • Past President: Patricia Orrange*, Raleigh, Education Consultant
  • Vice President: Lisa Grafstein*, Raleigh, Senior Attorney, Disability Rights NC
  • Secretary: Linda Suggs, Morrisville, former Legislative Director, NC Board of Education
  • Treasurer: Valerie Fields, Raleigh, CEO V.K. Fields & Co. Public Relations

Class of 2013 Board of Directors

  • Cheri Beasley, Fayetteville, Judge, NC Court of Appeals
  • Angella Dunston*, Norlina, Director, Office of the Governor
  • Barbara Kornegay, Mount Olive, VP for Enrollment, Mount Olive College
  • Jo Ann Norris, Raleigh, Pres./Exec. Dir., Public School Forum

Class of 2014 Board of Directors

  • Molly Beacham-Whitman, Rocky Mount
  • Susan Dotson-Smith*, Weaverville, Attorney
  • Sharon Morrissey**,, Raleigh, Sr. V.P. and CAO, NC Community College System
  • Brenda Rogers*, Durham, Special Asst. Govt. Relations, Durham Tech. CC

Class of 2015 Board of Directors

  • Elizabeth Ann Davis*, Kinston
  • Margaret Dickson**, Fayetteville
  • Linda McGee, Raleigh, Judge, NC Court of Appeals
  • Jane Gray*, Raleigh, Former Wake County District Court Judge

Other Leaders

  • Statewide Regional Coordinator: Susan Dotson-Smith
  • Finance Committee Chair: Valerie Fields
  • Nominating Committee Chair: Jane Gray
  • Membership Committee Chair: Barbara Ann Hughes
  • Historian: Neill McLeod
  • Recruitment Chair: Angella Dunston

*In a new position or new to the board.
**Appointed after the start of the year.

Thanks to the following who served partial terms during 2012-2013:

  • Julie Newman*, Wake Forest, Practice Administrator, North Wake Cardiovascular Center
  • Jane Pinsky, Raleigh, Director, NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform

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