Board Of Directors

Board Of Directors

Col. David Hayden : Chairman

Col. David Hayden


  • U.S. Military Academy – BS, Engineering
  • NC State University, MBA
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
  • Judge Advocate Generals Corps
  • Engineering Company Commander, Ft. Bragg
  • Deployed to Afghanistan, 2002-03
  • Federal Prosecutor; Practicing attorney, Smith Anderson, Raleigh
Marilyn Avila : Vice Chair

Marilyn Avila

Vice Chair

  • Georgia Southern College, BS in Chemistry
  • Five-Term North Carolina State Legislator, 40th District
  • Policy Advisor on Health and Human Services Issues to the Speaker Pro Tem, NC General Assembly
  • Event Coordinator/Finance Manager, John Locke Foundation
  • Owner, Command Performance/Focus One Hairstyling Salons
  • Chemist, Hanes Brands, Inc.
Heather Losurdo : Secretary

Heather Losurdo


  • U.S. Air Force 1993-95
  • Real Estate Broker, Owner Savvy Real Estate
  • Real Estate Broker, Re/Max One, 2012-2014
  • District Manager, Arbonne International 2004-09
  • Regional Account Manager, Small Business
  • First Union National Bank, Charlotte, NC 1996-98
Chris Judy : Treasurer

Chris Judy


  • East Carolina University, BSBA, Accounting
  • Managing Partner, Thomas, Judy & Tucker, P.A.
  • Member, American Institute of CPAs
  • Member, North Carolina Association of CPAs
  • Director, Triangle Area Chapter, American Red Cross
  • Trustee, Raleigh-Wake Leadership Foundation
  • Founding Member, Raleigh Young Entrepreneurs Organization
Dr. Bob Adams :

Dr. Bob Adams

  • BS, US Naval Academy
  • MD, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Family Practice Doctor in Knightdale, NC
  • Author of Six Days of Impossible - Navy SEAL Hell Week a Doctor Looks Back
  • Navy SEAL; Colonel, US Army (Medical Corps) Retired
  • Bronze Star, Iraq combat award
Tim Berry :

Tim Berry

  • Emory and Henry College; BA in Economics
  • United States Army Reserves
  • Senior Consultant, Credit Risk Management; Raleigh, NC
  • Market President, SouthTrust Bank; Raleigh, NC
  • Senior Credit Officer, SouthTrust Bank; Birmingham, AL
  • President of the Roanoke Valley Arts Council
  • President of Emory and Henry College Alumni Association
Don Comer : Immediate Past Chairman

Don Comer

Immediate Past Chairman

  • Georgia Southern University – B.S.
  • United States Navy, Seabees
  • CEO, Bobbitt Design-Build, Inc., General Contractors
  • Chairman, Butler Buildings Advisory Council
  • Employees Stock Ownership Plan Association
  • Board of Directors, Raffles Insurance, Ltd.
Brigadier General (Ret) James “J.R.” Gorham :

Brigadier General (Ret) James “J.R.” Gorham

  • East Carolina University, BA; US Army War College, MS,Strategic Studies
  • Assistant adjutant general for domestic operations, NC National Guard
  • 38-year military career including three years active duty in the US Army
  • Director of Special Projects, NC Dep’t of Public Safety
  • VP and manager of retail banking, First Citizens Bank
  • Ordained minister, St. Peter’s Church & World Outreach Center
  • Author/Motivational Speaker/Life Coach
Rick Rountree :

Rick Rountree

  • University of Georgia – BS, Grady College of Journalism
  • Founder and President, Rountree Communications
  • Senior Warden, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
  • Spent 20 years in international corporate communications
  • Former newspaper reporter and editor in Atlanta, Macon and Augusta, GA
V. Lane Wharton, Jr. :

V. Lane Wharton, Jr.

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School
  • BS, Louisiana-Lafayette University
  • US Marine Corps Reserves
  • Has practiced law before NC Supreme Court,
  • US Court of Appeals, NC Court of Appeals
  • Board of Directors, NC Pottery Center
  • Board of Directors, NC Community Food Bank

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