The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee

The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee, the primary governing body of the Foundation, is comprised of the following members:

Alison Ashe-Card is an assistant director in the Office of Career and Professional Development at Wake Forest University School of Law. She currently serves as board chair of The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem and on the boards of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and the Winston-Salem Urban League. She is immediate past-chair of the Black Philanthropy Initiative’s Advisory Committee. Ms. Ashe-Card received her Juris Doctor degree from the American University Washington College of Law and her undergraduate degree at Spelman College. She was appointed in 2017 by The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.

Joe Crocker is the director of the Local Impact in Forsyth County program area at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. He oversees the Trust’s Forsyth County grantmaking in four key issue areas: developing community assets, improving education, promoting health care, and supporting the local safety net. Mr. Crocker serves as vice chair of the NC Medical Care Commission and is a board member of the NC Housing Finance Agency, the United Way of Forsyth County, Crosby Scholars, and the Arts Council Endowment Fund. He graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and he previously served as chairman of the university’s board of trustees.  Crocker was appointed to the Committee in 2018 by the U.S. District Court Judge.

Dr. Gary Green is president of Forsyth Technical Community College.  He has hosted visits by President Bush in 2003 and by President Obama in 2010, and is a frequent regional and national presenter on workforce development and community college issues.  He serves on the Education Council for the Manufacturing Institute and has served on the American Association of Community Colleges’ Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  Dr. Green serves on the boards of Winston-Salem Alliance, the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Winston-Salem Business, Inc., and on the advisory board of Piedmont Triad Research Park.  He earned his B.A. and M.A. in English and his Ed.D. from the University of Kentucky.  Green was appointed in 2012 by The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.


Linda Garrou (Committee Board Chair) served seven terms in the North Carolina Senate representing Forsyth County, where she chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee from 2004-2010.  Garrou has served as president of the Forsyth County Juvenile Justice Council, founding chair of the NC Child Advocacy Institute, and she has served as a member of both the Novant Advisory Council and the UNC Board of Visitors.  She currently serves on the board of Senior Services and the General Alumni Association of UNC-Chapel Hill.  Other community service has included Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, and the Junior League of Winston-Salem.  In 2010, Garrou was honored with the Davie Award from the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. She holds an M.A. in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Georgia.  Garrou was appointed in 2013 by The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.  


Ray Hand serves as senior vice president and sales and service director for BB&T Private Advisors. He has served on the Certification Advisory Board of the Institute of Certified Bankers in Washington, DC, on the Editorial Advisory Board of Trust and Investments magazine, and on the board of Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind. He received his B.B.A. in Trust Management from Campbell University and is a graduate of the Southeastern Trust School and the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University. Hand was appointed to the Committee in 2016 by BB&T.

Stan Kelly is president and chief executive officer of the Piedmont Triad Partnership and a former executive vice president at Wells Fargo.   Professional and community leadership positions include serving as past Chairman of the North Carolina Chamber, current co-chair of the Piedmont Triad Regional Partnership, and board service on Wake Forest University's Business School Board of Visitors.  He also serves on the boards of N.C. State University Foundation and the NC Bankers Association, and previously served on the board of Old Salem Museum and Gardens.  A graduate of North Carolina State University, Kelly was appointed to the Committee in 2011 by Wells Fargo.


Lucia J. Marshall is a certified financial planner and wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch, and a former senior vice president and private client advisor at Bank of America. She serves on the Finance Council of Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church and is a member of The Rotary Club of Winston-Salem. Her community involvement has included serving as past chair and board member of Crisis Control Ministry, board member of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and board member of Pastor’s Pantry. Ms. Marshall earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The College of William and Mary.  She was appointed to the Committee in 2018 by Bank of America.

Davida W. Martin (Committee Secretary) retired as Forsyth County Attorney in 2018. She and her staff were responsible for providing legal representation to the Forsyth County Government and the Forsyth County Commissioners. Ms. Martin is a member of several local and state bar associations, and currently serves on the board of Forsyth Medical Center Foundation and the Brenner Children’s Hospital and First Community Bank Advisory Boards. She is a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem. A graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Wake Forest University School of Law, she was appointed to the Committee by the Mayor of Winston-Salem in 2011.


Dr. Nolo Martínez is the founder and co-president of Nolo Consulting, LLC. A bilingual adult educator, Dr. Martinez has worked for more than 25 years to build bridges between immigrant and diverse populations and existing communities in North Carolina. He served as the first Director for Hispanic/Latino Affairs at the N.C. Office of the Governor. During his tenure, he led state efforts to develop Latino leadership and coordinated statewide initiatives to address the needs of the fastest growing Latino state in the country. Dr. Martinez earned his doctorate in adult education from North Carolina State University, as well as a master’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico. He was appointed in 2018 by The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.


Dr. John D. McConnell (Committee Treasurer) is chief executive officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, which is the largest employer in the Piedmont Triad. Dr. McConnell serves on the boards of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Winston-Salem Alliance, and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, where he served as the 2013 Campaign Co-Chair. He is also a board member of Senior Services of Winston-Salem, Inc., the Wells Fargo Winston-Salem Advisory Board, the Triad Partnership CEO Council, and the North Carolina Hospital Association. Dr. McConnell earned a BA from the University of Kansas, an MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, followed by a surgical internship/residency at the University of Texas Southwestern. He was appointed to the Committee in 2014 by the Clerk of Superior Court.

Randall S. Tuttle (Committee Vice Chair) is founder and partner of Trade Street Capital Partners, LLC, which specializes in private equity investments. His community involvement includes serving as a board member of the Downtown Winston Salem Partnership, past chairman of Creative Corridors Coalition, board member of the Arts Council of Winston Salem and Forsyth County, and chair of the Council’s Innovative Project Grant. He also serves as Commissioner and Finance Chair of the City County Utilities Commission. Past involvement includes volunteer leadership with Experiment in Self Reliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Leadership Winston-Salem. Tuttle earned his A.B. in Economics and Political Science from Duke University, and he was appointed to the Committee in 2014 by the Chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

Mike Wells is a partner of the law firm of Wells Liipfert, PLLC. He is a recent past President of the North Carolina Bar Association (2012-2013). He has served on the Academic Affairs Committee of the WFU Baptist Medical Center and on the Board of the WFU Baptist Medical Center.  He is a regular contributor to public radio, he authors a monthly legal column in the Winston-Salem Journal, and he is the author of What I’ve Learned about Life on the Way to the Courthouse. He also hosts a weekly public service legal call-in radio show. He recently completed a two-year term as the Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Forsyth County. He serves on the Board of Directors of Winston-Salem Business Inc., and he has served on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Baptist Hospital for a number of terms. He is on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of North Carolina.  He received a BA degree from the University of Virginia and a JD degree from Wake Forest University. Wells was appointed to the Committee by the senior resident judge of the State Judicial District containing Forsyth County in 2012.

Vernon Winters has extensive experience in investment management.  From 1994 to 2002, he served as chief investment officer at Mellon Financial Corporation, and from 1980 to 1994 he led Wachovia Investment Management.  Mr. Winters is chair of the board of Novant Asset Management LLC and serves on the board of UNC-Greensboro Investment Fund.  An A.B. and MBA graduate of the University of North Carolina, Winters was appointed in 2011 by The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.


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