Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Pines at Davidson, Inc. is composed of twenty-four persons made up of community leaders, business executives, church officials and qualified professionals with experience in various fields.  Directors serve staggered terms of three years or until their successors are duly elected and qualified.  In addition, the President of Davidson College and the Pastor of Davidson College Presbyterian Church serve as Ex-officio Directors with no definite term. 

Harrison L. Marshall, Jr
Chair and Director

Mr. Marshall practices corporate law, including representing large corporations, emerging growth companies and private equity funds in merger and acquisition transactions.  He also represents several colleges, universities and non-profit entities with regard to corporate governance and other legal matters.  Mr. Marshall has served on the Board of Partners for McGuireWoods and as the Chair of the firm’s Finance Committee.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Marshall served as captain of the JAG Corps in the U.S. Army.  He was an Elliott Cheatham Scholar at Vanderbilt University Law School and a Samuel Bell Scholar at Davidson College.  He attends Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.  

Joseph L. Trask, M.D.
Vice Chair and Director

After practicing cardiology in Myrtle Beach for 24 years, Dr. Trask moved to Davidson in 2012 and began practicing in this area.  He was affiliated with Novant Health and is now retired from active practice of medicine.  Dr. Trask graduated from Davidson College (1979).  He obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (1983).  Dr. Trask completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1986) and his fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (1988).  He has board certifications in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.  He is married to Sally Trask and they have two adult children, Rebecca (Davidson Class of 2008), who is a CPA in Charlotte, and Lake (Davidson Class of 2011), who has completed his Ph.D. in mathematics at N.C. State University and works with Kittleson and Associations in Wilmington, NC.

Barbara I. Neidinger
Past Chair, Secretary and Director

Ms. Neidinger retired at the end of 2016 from Ernst & Young, where she was employed for the past 35 years, more than half of those years as Tax Executive Director.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University and a Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Texas at Austin.  Ms. Neidinger is currently an elder and Treasurer of First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.  She is a past president of the North Carolina World Trade Association and has served on the Board of the Presbyterian Psychological Services.  She currently serves on the Board of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council, as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee and as past-Chair of the Audit Committee.  Ms. Neidinger is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

J. W. David Atchison, M.D.
Resident Director

Dr. Atchison came to The Pines at Davidson from Monroe, LA., where he retired as a Radiologist in 2013.  Dr. Atchison graduated from Davidson College in 1960, attended UNC-Chapel Hill for medical school and served his residency at Duke University Medical Center.   He spent three years in the USAF as a medical officer in Lakenheath, England.  He has three children, including a son and grandson here in the Charlotte area, one in England and another in Jacksonville, FL.  Dr. Atchison supports the Episcopal Church, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, public radio and public TV.  He is a member of St. Ablans Episcopal Church.

Thomas A. Batchelor, M.D.
Director

Dr. Batchelor has a board certification in internal medicine and practices in Huntersville with North Charlotte Medical Specialists, where he also serves as the practice’s Medical Director. He is affiliated with Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas Healthcare System). Dr. Batchelor graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, VA (“UVA”) with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 1990. He obtained his medical degree from UVA in 1994 and completed his residency at Emory University in 1997, serving as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine there from 1997 to 1998. Dr. Batchelor has also served as Medical Director for the internal medicine division at the Center for Advanced Practice with Carolinas Healthcare System (2013-2015) and for the Lake Norman YMCA (2008-2015). He was the Medical Director of the Atrium COVID-19 Virtual Hospital Observation Unit (March 2020-June 2020).

Amy Bezanson
Director

Mrs. Bezanson has served as Director of Design with Crescent Communities since early 2016 with a focus on the design of mixed-use retail, office, and industrial developments, creating unparalleled places that enhance the way people live, work, and play. Her diverse project experience spans 16 years and includes over 4,000,000 built square feet and 8,000,000 planned square feet. Prior to joining Crescent, she was the Associate Director of Design at MSTSD in Atlanta, GA, where she led office, retail, mixed use, entertainment, and institutional projects, as well as master planning for urban and suburban projects. Mrs. Bezanson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, including City and Regional Planning certificates of minor study specializing in Urban Law and Land Development. In addition, she holds a Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University and was awarded the Henry Adams Medal. Mrs. Bezanson is a registered architect (NCARB/Georgia), a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction. She dedicates time to Charlotte Lab School as a grant writer, guest lecturer, and STEM curriculum contributor. In addition, she leads Crescent's support of Project Scientist, an educational program created to engage and empower girls with a passion, talent, and aptitude for STEM. Mrs. Bezanson previously chaired the Art Night fundraising initiative at The Children's Circle at Myers Park United Methodist Church. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, daughter (11) and son (7).

Sarah Boehmler
Director

Mrs. Boehmler received a B.A. from Sweet Briar College. She is a retired Executive Vice President of the American Stock Exchange. Mrs. Boehmler was Chairman of the Corporation of The Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City and a Board member of The Brick Church Day School for four years. She served on the Board of Sweet Briar College, The Board of Trustees of Davidson College and the Board of the YWCA of New York City. Mrs. Boehmler was Co-Chair of the World Service Council of The National YWCA and a member of the Third Street Music Settlement and a Deacon of Davidson College Presbyterian Church. She currently serves on the WDAV Advisory Board and the Davidson College Board of Visitors.

Jason Cameron
Director

Mr. Cameron graduated in 1995 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a BS in Civil Engineering.  He works as a Project Manager for construction management firms similar to Rodgers Builders.  He is currently employed by Edifice, Inc. (May 2017 to present) and formerly worked for The Whiting Turner Contracting Company (1999-2006) and JE Dunn Construction (2006-2017).  JE Dunn Construction is one of the firms that Atrium Health uses for its construction projects and The Pines obtained a proposal from Edifice for its expansion project.  He is a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC.

Marian Steele Clark
Director

Mrs. Clark is President in charge of finance and all manufacturing operations of J.C. Steele and Sons, Inc. in Statesville, North Carolina, where the company has its headquarters. Prior to joining J.C. Steele, she worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Clark received her B.S. in commerce from Washington & Lee University and her Masters in international finance from the London School of Economics.

Mary Weeks Fountain
Director

Ms. Fountain is a Chartered Financial Analyst.  She serves as Managing Director of Sterling Capital Management which she joined in 1985.  Ms. Fountain is a senior private client portfolio manager.  She received her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Ms. Fountain is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC.

Lori Gaston
Director

Ms. Gaston is the Controller at Davidson College, having served in that capacity since 2010. She became Associate Controller for the College in 1991. Ms. Gaston received her B.S.B.A. in accounting from Appalachian State University in 1987 and her C.P.A. certification in 1990. Prior to Davidson, she was an auditor with the international public accounting firm of Ernst & Young and was Controller at The Methodist Home. Ms. Gaston currently serves as Treasurer, Finance Committee member and Council member for Hill’s Chapel UMC, and has served as Youth Leader, Adult and Children’s Sunday School Teacher, Building Committee Chair, Worship Committee, Relay for Life Committee Chair, Confirmation Class Mentor, and Sports Ministry. She lives in Lincoln County with her husband John and has two adult sons. She works within her community through the East Lincoln High School Sports Boosters and East Lincoln Christian Ministries, and has also served on PTA Boards for elementary and middle schools. Ms. Gaston, along with her husband John, were inducted as Lifetime Sports Booster Members for East Lincoln High School in 2019. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA).

John N. Gilbert III
Director

He is President of Gilbert Engineering Company where he has been employed for the past 22 years. Mr. Gilbert received a B.A. in the History of Art from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served on the City of Statesville Planning Board and the City of Statesville Board of Adjustments. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Statesville, NC where he has served as Elder and Treasurer.

James E. Harris, Jr. (Jay)
Director

Mr. Harris is a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Bank of America Securities, where he has been employed since November 2019. Prior to joining Bank of America Securities, Mr. Harris was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, where he was employed for 20 years. Before joining Wells Fargo Securities, Mr. Harris worked in the Industrials M&A Group for JP Morgan Securities and, prior to business school, he worked at James E. Harris Construction Company, a family-owned business based in Huntersville, NC. Mr. Harris received a B.A. in History from Davidson College, and an MBA, with honors, from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, where he was a Peter May Scholar. Mr. Harris is a member of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, where he has served as an Elder, Chairman of the Global Missions and Planning Committees, a Sunday school teacher for the Confirmation class, and a youth group small group leader. He has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 58 of the Boy Scouts of America and has been actively involved in Y-Guides and Y-Princesses. Mr. Harris has served as Co-Chairman of the Fund for Davidson, a member of the Campaign for Davidson, and as Co-Chairman of the Ne Ultra Society for Davidson College.

SiSi Hester-Clarke, MD
Director

Dr. Hester-Clarke is Board Certified in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and practices with Tryon Medical Partners in Huntersville. She attended Ohio State University Medical School and did her residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

Edward A. Kania
Director

He is Vice President for Business & Finance and Treasurer at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Prior to Rollins, Mr. Kania served at Davidson College as Vice President for Finance and Administration from 2010 to 2018 and as Controller from 1990 to 2010. He also served as Treasurer and then President of the for-profit Davidson College Development Corp. from its inception in 1992 to its dissolution in 2007. Mr. Kania received his B.S. degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s University and his C.P.A. certification in 1985. Prior to Davidson, he was an auditor with the international public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand and Controller of an international architectural firm. Mr. Kania has served on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations including the Mayflower at Winter Park, a Florida CCRC, and Private College 529 Plan. He also serves as a presenter and moderator for professional associations, including the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). Mr. Kania lives in Winter Park, FL with his wife Donna. Their daughter Kristina is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from West Virginia University.

Joseph Konen, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Director

Dr. Konen taught Family Medicine, Public Health, Health Care Systems and History of Medicine for 35 years at various academic institutions including 8 years as a department chair in Family and Community Medicine. He served as Vice Chair of Family Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine/Baptist Hospital before coming to Carolinas Medical Center as Chair of Family Medicine. He then went to work with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in NYC, initially in Pfizer’s cardiovascular division and then in its international division. In 2019 he retired with 15 years of pharmaceutical industry leadership in field medical, medical affairs, pharmaceutical innovation and integrated health from both US and Global perspectives. He also taught part-time as adjunct faculty at Davidson College for 17 years. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1975 (AB), the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1979 (MD), and the University of Utah in 1984 (MSPH) where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow.

Richard (Rich) Lockridge
Director

Mr. Lockridge is an associate and real estate attorney with the law firm McGuireWoods in Charlotte, NC. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2015, where he was a Senior Copy Editor for the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Davidson College in 2012, where he graduated with Honors and was a member of the Davidson football team.

Robert Lutz, M.D.
Director

Dr. Lutz is board certified in Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine, serves as team physician for the Davidson College Wildcats and has a Sports Medicine practice in Davidson that is affiliated with Atrium Health. He graduated from Davidson College, attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, completed a residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and a fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Lutz spent the majority of his military medical career serving with Special Forces where he served in command roles including Commander of the Jt. Special Operations Medical augmentation unit, Commander of the Special Warfare Medical Group and Commander for the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta. Dr. Lutz is married.

Robert (Rob) Marcus
Director

Mr. Marcus is an experienced attorney with a diverse litigation practice in the areas of business litigation, general commercial litigation and class action defense. He has litigated significant cases involving intellectual property, securities and financial disputes, insurance coverage matters, contract enforcement and class actions. Mr. Marcus has handled matters in state and federal courts across North Carolina, and he has significant experience in the North Carolina Business Court. He is a partner with the Bradley law firm which he joined in 2018. Prior to working at Bradley, Mr. Marcus was a partner with the Smith Moore Leatherwood law firm where he worked from 1993 to 2018. Mr. Marcus served as Chairman of the Management Committee for Smith Moore Leatherwood and helped establish the firm’s Charlotte office. Mr. Marcus is active in a number of professional organizations, including in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Mr. Marcus graduated from Hamilton College, cum laude (1990), and from Duke University School of Law, with honors (1993), where he received the Bidlake Award for excellence in legal research and writing. Mr. Marcus has two daughters.

Linda Need
Director

Ms. Need serves on the Board of Directors of OneAmerica and managesLinda Need Consulting, LLC providing independent consulting focused on insurance, annuity and other financial product management, marketing and distribution.  Her prior work experience includes serving with Wells Fargo (SVP, Managing Director, Life Insurance, 2011-2016); Bank of America (SVP, Merrill Lynch Transition, 2008-2011; SVP, Division Sales Executive, Premier Banking & Investments, 2006-2008; SVP, various insurance product/sales management roles, 2002-2006); Morgan Stanley (Executive Director, National Sales Manager, Insurance & Annuities, 1998-2002); Allstate (various actuarial and sales roles, 1986-1997); Willis Towers Watson (actuarial consulting, 1984-1986); and Northwestern Mutual (Actuarial Associate, 1978-1984).  Ms. Need graduated from Williams College in 1978 with a BA in Mathematics and Economics and obtained a MS in Financial Services from The American College in 2015.    She currently serves on the Board of the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council and was previously the Board Chair for The American College’s Board of Trustees.

Kathy L. Pilkington
Past Chair and Director

She is an attorney with Bringewatt, Wolter & Snover PLLC (formerly Bringewatt & Snover, PLLC) which she joined in 2012 after having practiced law with McGuireWoods LLP (formerly Helms Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC) for 23 years.  Ms. Pilkington received a B.S. from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a J.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Ms. Pilkington is a member of the Real Property Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association and a former member of the Real Property Section Council of the NC Bar Association.  She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Concord, NC where she has served as Deacon, as Moderator of the Women of the Church and an Elder from 2010-2013.  She was recently elected to serve as Elder for a term commencing in 2019. She is a member of the Charlotte Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry.  

Carranza Pryor
Director

Mr. Pryor is Chief Counsel for Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport, a public university focused on the health sciences and located in Shreveport, Louisiana. It is part of the LSU System and is composed of three different schools: the School of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Allied Health Professions.  Before joining LSUHSC, Mr. Pryor was the owner of the Pryor Firm, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he practiced business litigation.  He is an elder and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

Brenda Seligmann
Director

Ms. Seligmann is a Senior Vice President with, BBT/Truist where she works as a wealth advisor focusing on individuals, having begun her employment with BB&T in 2009. Prior to BBT, she worked with Bank of America.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983 with a degree in Labor and Industrial Relations.

Beth Younce
Director

Ms. Younce has been a Partner with the firm Younce & Co., P.A. since 1998. She is a founding member of her firm with over two decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant helping clients with accounting, tax and business planning solutions. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the NC Association of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Younce graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and studied accounting at Georgia State University. Her community involvement includes the roles of Finance Committee member at First Presbyterian Church and Treasurer at the Old Courthouse Theater. Some of her former community activities include Deacon at First Presbyterian Church, Secretary of First Presbyterian Church Foundation, President and Treasurer of Beverly Hills PTO, Treasurer of Concord Middle School PTSO, Chair of the Public and Community Relations Committee for the NCACPA, Treasurer for Presbyterian Women, President Wake County Estate Planning Council, and Treasurer Carolina Ballet Theatre. She has two daughters; Sarah, who is a recent graduate of East Carolina University, and Anna, who is a senior at University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Ms. Younce is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Concord, NC.

Rev. Dr. Peter J. M. Henry
Ex-Officio Director

Rev. Dr. Henry has been the Pastor and Head of Staff of Davidson College Presbyterian Church (DCPC) since 2019.  Prior to his position at DCPC, he was at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan where he was head of staff since 2007. Prior to his time at Grosse Pointe Memorial, Peter served as Associate Pastor for Youth and their families at Myers Park Presbyterian Church (1996-2000) in Charlotte and as Interim Associate Pastor at Nassau Presbyterian Church (2001-2002) in Princeton, New Jersey. From 2002-2006, he was a doctoral candidate in homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. Peter holds the Master of Divinity (‘96), Master of Theology - Homiletics (‘01) and Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology Homiletics (‘09) degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. Peter received a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from the University of Illinois in 1992.

Dr. Carol E. Quillen
Ex-Officio Director

She is the President of Davidson College, having joined the Davidson College community on August 1, 2011 as the 18th President of the College.  After completing her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, Dr. Quillen earned her Ph.D. in European History from Princeton University.  Dr. Quillen came to Davidson from Rice University in Houston, TX, where she served most recently as vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives.  She formerly served as a member of the history faculty at Rice University from 1989 to 2011.

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