Advisory Board

Promoting the welfare of the college through advocacy, fundraising and service — that's the important role our Advisory Board members play every day. Through their involvement and engagement, they advocate for the humanities and social sciences at NC State, across the state and beyond.

Meet the Advisory Board

Susan Rabon, president
B.A. Political Science (NC State University)

Susan is the current chair of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board. She serves on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Commonwealth Home Health Care Group. She retired from the state of NC after serving as a commissioner for the North Carolina Utilities Commission, Senior Assistant for Administration for the Governor's Office, and Deputy Attorney for Administration for the North Carolina Department of Justice. After graduating with a BA in Political Science from NCSU, she attended law school at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and is a North Carolina Certified Mediator. For her outstanding service and achievements, she was named the 2013 CHASS Distinguished Alumna.

Richard Ballou
B.A. English; B.S. Computer Science (NC State University)

Richard began his technical career at N.C. State as a programmer/analyst with the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services.  From there he went on to spend seventeen years with Computer Task Group, an international information technology consulting firm, where he was ultimately Executive Vice-President in charge of its Mid-Atlantic and South regions as well as the company’s Industrial Automation and Healthcare specialty practices.  Richard retired from IT and the business world to write literary fiction.  He has most recently been published in “Everywhere Stories:  Short Fiction from a Small Planet,” an anthology of twenty stories by twenty authors representing twenty countries. 

Emily Barbour
B.A. Communication (NC State University)

Emily has recently embarked on a new career, and is currently a real estate professional with Hodge Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty. Prior to this new endeavor, Emily was a successful fund-raising professional, serving in several senior roles including Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Rex Foundation and Vice President of Development at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  

Paul Bonavita
B.A. Communication (NC State University)

Paul is the CEO at Strategic Pharma Solutions, Inc. a Raleigh-based healthcare communications agency focused on marketing solutions for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies.  Prior to Strategic Pharma Solutions, Paul held several industry leadership roles including at Healthstar Communications and GlaxoSmithKline. 

Steve Bullard
B.A. Economics and Business Management (NC State University)

Steve is a native of Raleigh, with 22 years of experience in banking and finance. He currently serves as corporate banking manager for BB&T’s Corporate Banking Group in the Triangle Region. Steve's focus is on leading the corporate business development effort for the bank in the Triangle, servicing publicly-traded companies, large privately-held companies, hospitals, universities, institutions, municipalities, venture capital companies and other large organizations.

Kathy Council
M.A., Statistics (NC State University)

Kathy first joined SAS in 1977, and has served as vice president since 1985. As the head of the SAS publications unit, she oversees development and delivery of online and printed documentation and information products that support SAS products globally. Kathy has held numerous leadership positions at NC State, including as a member of the Board of Visitors and the NC State University Foundation.

Lynn Daniel, NC State University Foundation Liaison
B.A. Political Science (NC State University)

Lynn started The Daniel Group in 1989, providing strategic planning, research and training services designed to help companies measure, manage and improve customer service. His background includes more than 11 years of management consulting experience with Norelli & Company, corporate planning and new product management positions with Rexham Corporation (now Rexam Corporation), as well as sales and sales management experience with Eli Lilly Company. He is a past president of the NC State Alumni Association.

Cristina Fernandez Pierce
B.A. Political Science (NC State University)

Cristina is Vice President of Legal Operations in North America for GlaxoSmithKline. She is a healthcare and pharmaceutical attorney, practicing in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Her practice has focused on providing contractual, regulatory healthcare and corporate legal services to corporate clients. Particular emphasis include advising on commercial contracts, FDA laws, the application of government pricing and reporting laws (Medicaid, Best Price, PHS, ASP FCP, Non-FAMP), drug  reimbursement, antitrust, healthcare fraud & abuse laws, and corporate compliance.

Lee Garrett
B.S. Chemical Engineering (NC State University)

Lee is a Medicare Contractor Medical Director for Palmetto GBA (Medicare Jurisdiction M) He was previously with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Additionally he was in private practice as a nephrologist for 20 years in Raleigh, and also served in the US Air Force as a physician for 20 years. Lee has been an integral part of the Raleigh community through service on multiple nonprofit boards.​

Roger Goode
B.A. Sociology (NC State University)

Roger serves as Senior Associate General Counsel in the Sam’s Club Division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. where he provides legal support to various business units, including Marketing, Membership, Member Insights, E-Commerce, Corporate Communications, Credit and Finance. Roger started his career at Walmart in 2002. Prior to Walmart, Roger practiced law for 12 years at an insurance defense law firm in Atlanta. Roger currently serves in executive and director positions on several professional and community organizations.

Angela Helfrich
B.A. Communication (NC State University)

Angela has significant experience in higher education, and is currently the Executive Director for Higher Education at Doolli Inc, a STARTUP-NY technology company. She most recently worked at Fullbridge Inc., and previously at Xerox, Blackboard Inc. and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Angela is completing her MBA at Columbia Business School.

David Jolley
B.A. Economics (NC State University)

David has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry, including both commercial and investment banking.  David is currently Sr. Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager for Middleburg Bank in Williamsburg, VA.  

Christina LaCanfora Kuhl
B.A. Communication, Sociology (NC State University)

Christina is a communications advisor for ConocoPhillips. Prior to joining her current company, she held a number of communications roles with Exxon Mobil Corporation. In addition to her degrees from NC State, she received a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Christina and her husband, Matt, live in Houston, Texas.

Kelly LeVoyer
B.A. English (NC State University)

A 1991 graduate in English, with a concentration in writing and editing, Kelly is a Director in External Communications at SAS, where she’s spent her entire career leading change through the evolution of print, digital and social communication strategies. She leads a team of talented writers and editors, and helped develop SAS’ first social media and community teams. She is passionate about exploring issues related to public education, diversity, and medicine. She is married with two children and enjoys traveling, reading, art, writing, cooking, and wine. Preferably all
at the same time.

Dean Norman
B.S. Animal Science (NC State University)

Dean is currently Chief Operating Officer for Renfro Hot Sox LLC, an innovator in fashion socks and hosiery.  Dean has over 20 years of senior management experience in sales, marketing and operations.

Charlie Perusse
B.A. Political Science (NC State University)

On January 1st, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper appointed Charlie Perusse to his second stint as State Budget Director. Charlie, a 24 year state employee, returns to the Governor's Budget Office after six years serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the University of North Carolina System. In Charlie's earlier work with the Budget Office, he served as State Budget Director for three years and Deputy Director for six years. He also spent eight years in the General Assembly's Fiscal Research Division, serving three years as budget coordinator for the House of Representatives.

Reginald Ponder
B.S. Rural Sociology (NC State University)

Reggie has been a pastor his entire professional career. In addition to ministering to the needs of congregations throughout the state of North Carolina, he has also served in leadership roles in numerous civic organizations.  Reggie is currently the senior advisor for legacy giving at the United Methodist Foundation. 

Robert Rader
B.A. Political Science (NC State University)

Robert serves as the Chief District Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial District of North Carolina, which encompasses all of Wake County. He has served as a district court judge for the past 20 years and as a practicing attorney for eight years prior to being appointed to the bench by Governor Jim Hunt. Robert has served on the executive board of numerous professional and community organizations.

Carol Rahmani
B.A., M.S. Ph.D. Psychology (NC State University)

Carol has 29 years of experience working in the Wake County Public School System. Prior to retiring from public education in 2007, she was the senior director of counseling and student services. Over her tenure in the school system, she was responsible for a variety of student support programs, including school psychology, counseling, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology and audiology. Carol maintains her licensure as a practicing psychologist in North Carolina, and provides supervision to psychologists in private practice as well as donating some of her time through pro bono psychological services.

Jane Rogers
B.A. English (NC State University)

Jane is an entrepreneur with 35+ years of experience working in various leadership roles within the public and private sectors. She recently served as a consultant to improve train travel in North Carolina and to secure the funding for rail corridor improvements. Her professional career is punctuated by development and fundraising. She has worked with environmental and educational organizations in and out of North Carolina and found time to volunteer with many nonprofits, including NC State’s Center for Environmental Farming Systems, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh Precinct 01-29 and Quail Ridge Books and Music.

Jason Simon
B.A. Communication (NC State University)

With more than 15 years of experience leading marketing efforts in higher education, Jason is currently Vice President and Partner at Simpson Scarborough. In addition to corporate and agency branding experience, Jason previously served in marketing communications leadership roles for the University of California System and North Carolina State University. A regular speaker on marketing strategy, he currently serves as co-chair of the AMA’s Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education. He has also penned articles or been featured in CASE Currents, Marketing News, The New York Times, NPR and other media outlets.

Bing Sizemore
B.S. Textile Chemistry (NC State University)

Bing is an investment professional with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and head of The Sizemore Group. He serves as a board member on the NC State Board of Visitors, the State Club, and Friends of Arts NC State.

Adama Washington
Bachelor of Social Work (NC State University)

Adama is an energetic community member involved in a number of civic and school organizations.  She is the proud mother of three children who keep her extremely busy with their academic studies and extracurricular activities.

Anita Watkins
B.A. Political Science, Spanish Language and Literature (NC State University)

Anita serves as the Director of Rex Strategic Innovations, focused on investing and partnering with innovative healthcare-related companies.  Prior to her current focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, her career centered on public policy and government relations as the Vice President for Government Relations for the University of North Carolina System and previously as the Legislative Counsel for the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Anita is a licensed attorney and also serves on the NC State School of Public and International Affairs’s (SPIA) Advisory Council. 

David White
B.A. English (NC State University)

David is a wealth advisor with The Carolinas Financial Network. A 26-year veteran, David advises individuals and closely held businesses on investment management, risk management and estate planning opportunities. David has been involved with NC State over the years in capacities such as Alumni Association board and State Club board. He is very involved in several nonprofits and is an avid Wolfpack fan. David, Ann and their two boys live in Raleigh.

Ken Wooten
B.A. Political Science (NC State University)

Ken is a managing director at Ward and Smith, PA, in New Bern, N.C., where he handles litigation including construction, business and commercial, contract, public housing, insurance coverage and federal litigation. He is an International Fellow and past district governor of Civitan International, and has served on the executive boards of numerous civic organizations. 

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