Board Of Directors:
SVP for Commercial Banking Group, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Stakeholder Philanthropy Leader, Duke Energy
Director of Programs, Collective Impact Forum
Wendell M. Davis is the County Manager for Durham County, North Carolina. Durham is regarded among the most progressive, innovative, and rapidly growing communities in the southeast and one of 66 counties in the nation that enjoys a double AAA bond rating.
As the chief executive officer for county government operations, Wendell manages a half-billion dollar budget and approximately 2,000 employees. At present, he is leading his organization through a major transformation by introducing a strategic approach for governance with metrics and data as the principal drivers for decision making. Most recently, under his leadership, Durham County leads the way as the only county in the southeastern United States that has implemented a $15 per hour livable wage and paid parental leave.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, RTI International
Jay Irby is Triangle Area Executive for First Citizens Bank. He manages a network of 31 branches in Wake, Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties and the bank’s business and retail banking efforts in those markets. He previously served as the bank’s Triangle area manager of business banking and is based in Raleigh.
A Raleigh native, Jay graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined First Citizens in late 2014 and has more than 20 years of banking experience.
In the community, Irby is active in the Greater Raleigh Chamber and has served as chair for the First Citizens United Way campaign. He recently served as treasurer and as a board member for the Triangle Aphasia Project. In addition, he is a member of the Regional Transportation Alliance and serves as the chair of its rapid research committee. He is also an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
A corporate and securities lawyer for over 30 years, Byron Kirkland has extensive experience in private equity and venture capital transactions; domestic and international mergers and acquisitions; and general corporate law and securities matters. He represents public and private companies across diverse industry sectors including information technology, clean technology, medical device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, communications and manufacturing.
Byron also has an active venture capital and private equity fund practice, representing venture capital and private equity funds. He regularly assists funds with their portfolio company investments, acquisitions and fund formation matters.
Additionally, Byron is the leader of the Firm’s Private Equity practice group, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Corporate team and is Chair of the Firm’s Policy and Planning Committee.
Linda Shropshire Eudy
Linda Shropshire Eudy is a North Carolina native, hailing from the Queen City – Charlotte. She came to the Triangle in 1984 to attend North Carolina State University and with the exception of brief stints in Boca Raton, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, the Triangle area has been home for over 30 years.
Currently, Linda lives in Durham and is the Global Lead for Human Rights at Cisco Systems. When asked how a low-tech person like herself works for one of the largest high-tech companies in the world Linda responds, “There are enough techies to go around. What I bring to the table is an authentic voice, a global perspective, and a clear understanding of the human condition.”
While she is enthused about her work, nothing gives Linda more joy than being mother to amazing daughters, Taylor (21) a graduating senior at Temple University and Sydney (18) a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. Linda holds a B.A.in International Relations and Business from North Carolina State University and also studied Italian language and culture at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy.
She serves on the board of directors for Book Harvest and she is former members of both the North Carolina Childcare Commission and the Durham Public Arts Advisory Committee. When not working, volunteering, and performing the duties of “Mother-in-Chief” Linda enjoys spending time at the ocean, the Durham Farmer’s Market, reading, drinking great coffee, cooking, and walks with her favorite miniature schnauzer, Kobe Jack.
Delores joined the EmPOWERment, Inc. staff as Community Organizer in 2002. She soon became Associate Director in charge of organizing, rental properties, and marketing. In May 2005 she became Executive Director. During her time in this role, Ms. Bailey has provided oversight of EmPOWERment Inc. as it has become one of the largest nonprofit property owners of affordable rental units in Orange County, NC. In January 2019, the Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee recognized Ms. Bailey for her consistent and powerful impact on the community she serves by naming her as their first King Leader Award recipient.
Dave serves as the Raleigh Managing Partner and is responsible for the oversight of more than 750 professionals in the Research Triangle Region. He drives client and business growth to enhance the strategic direction and delivery of the full breadth of Deloitte services to the North Carolina market.
Dave has been with Deloitte & Touche since 1995, working in the San Diego, New York, and Charlotte offices before relocating to Raleigh. In addition to his leadership role, he provides audit and risk services to top life sciences and healthcare clients, and has extensive experience leading engagement teams in all aspects of integrated financial statement and internal controls audits, including the coordination of foreign member firms involved in the audits of public companies with global operations. He also has significant experience with carve-out financial statements, private equity buy-outs, predecessor/successor accounting and reporting issues, and spin-offs. He currently serves as the lead partner for Syneos Health, PPD, PAREXEL International, and the US operations of GlaxoSmithKline.
Outside of Deloitte, Dave is a trustee of the North Carolina Symphony and is a board member of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He previously was a board member of the Community Building Initiative, a non-profit organization in Charlotte, NC focused on equity and inclusion. He is a graduate of San Diego State University, is a registered CPA in California and North Carolina, and is married with two teenage boys.
Anne Howard was most recently a Director in the Grant Thornton National Financial Services practice with significant regulatory compliance, operational, internal audit, and risk management experience for financial institutions and non-bank financial institutions. Previously, she served as an Experience Manager within Grant Thornton.
Anne has more than 30 years of internal audit and regulatory compliance experience, including extensive BSA/AML/OFAC experience. She has held various compliance and internal audit positions in small, moderate, and large financial services organizations and has provided compliance and advisory services in the governance, risk, and compliance space.
Dr. Roger Kemble is President of Kemble Advisors LLC and serves on the board of directors and/or advisory boards of AgBiome LLC, AgriMetis LLC, AgTech Accelerator Corp, Boragen Inc, GroundTruth Ag Inc, and Vindara Inc. Dr. Kemble served in a number of leadership roles for Syngenta including President of Syngenta Biotechnology Inc., Global Head of Crop Genetics Research and Global Head of Technology Strategy and Integration from 2002, retiring in 2012. Prior to this, he held management positions at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a DuPont Company (1991-2002), Allelix Crop Technologies, and Allelix Inc (1983-1991). In parallel, he also had an academic career as a professor at the University of Toronto with an adjunct professorship at the University of Waterloo, after an assistant professorship at Kansas State University. Dr. Kemble conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Florida and the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, UK following receipt of a PH.D. degree from King’s College, University of London.
Dwight Morris in his 11th year as Executive Director of Partnership for Children of Johnston County. He previously erved as the Executive Director of the Yadkin County Partnership for Children for 7 years prior.
Outside of his full-time role, Dwight pursues opportunities related to his strong interests in economic development and community collaborations. He most recently completed a term as the local Chamber of Commerce Board Chair and has been elected to two terms on the Florence School District II Board.
Dwight is a native of Greensboro, NC and has two grown children and two grandchildren. He earned a BA from Campbell College, Dual Masters from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from Erskine College with a focus on Social Justice.
In addition to enjoying working with children and families, Dwight loves to travel, is a Drone Pilot, learning to fly a powered paraplane, and enjoys a relaxing motorcycle ride.
Dr. Peter Morris
Rahul Pagidipati is the Chief Investment Officer at Ayon Capital.
Rahul is an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded Freedom Health which was the largest Private Health Insurance company in America ($1.8 Billion in annual revenue). Anthem (#29 on the Fortune 5000) acquired Freedom Health in 2018. Rahul and his family have been the lead or founding investor in multiple “Unicorn” Healthcare companies including: Oscar Health, RxAdvance, and Rise (One Medical). In India, the family is the lead investor in eVaidya, United Hospitals, NanoHealth (2014 Recipient of the HULT Prize), and Anion Healthcare Services. He is currently focusing on integrating these firms to build a Social Enterprised Health System in Hyderabad, India. He has a JD/MBA from the Northwestern School of Law and Kellogg School of Management.