Six North Carolina leaders elected to board of Leadership North Carolina

Brian Etheridge, President
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August 1, 2013

Raleigh – Six North Carolina leaders were elected to the board of Leadership North Carolina and began their two-year terms this month.

  • David Barksdale of Winston-Salem, Chief Strategy Officer, NewBridge BankAlumnus of LNC Class XIX 
  • Verna Graff-Gessaman of Rocky Mount, Principal, Graff Gessaman Consulting, Alumna of LNC Class X
  • Jennifer Harris of Wilmington, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships, UNC WilmingtonAlumna of LNC Class XX
  • Teri Lemons of Conover, Alumni Development – Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, Wake Forest Baptist HealthAlumna of LNC Class XI
  • Phillip Morgan of Thomasville, Community Relations Manager – NC North, Piedmont Natural GasAlumnus of LNC Class XX

For a complete listing of the 2013-14 Leadership North Carolina Board of Directors, visit or click HERE.

About Leadership North Carolina

Leadership North Carolina’s mission is to inform, develop, and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing North Carolina.  Each year, though a rigorous selection process, LNC chooses a diverse class of established and emerging leaders from across the state to participate in its acclaimed program.  Each Leadership North Carolina Class is made up of top leaders from the government, business, nonprofit, and education sectors.

Over the course of six two-and-a-half day sessions, LNC participants learn about issues critical to the state through discussions with top officials and professionals, field trips, and experiential learning activities.  LNC’s sessions focus on five key areas:  economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services.  Through LNC’s program, participants gain new insight into North Carolina’s strengths and challenges and develop their own action plans for ways they can improve and empower their communities and the state as a whole.

The Leadership North Carolina program cultivates a network of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who share a deep commitment to their state.  There are more than 900 graduates of the program whose continued ties to LNC and to one another provide them with rich opportunities for serving North Carolina.  LNC is an independent, nonpartisan, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.  For more information, please visit


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