Melissa is currently the COO and CFO of Combined Caterers which is comprised of Duvall Catering & Events (Charleston, SC) and Best Impressions Caterers (Charlotte, NC).
Prior to making this career change, Melissa spent 27 years with Bank of America. Her most recent role was the Enterprise Services Executive, responsible for operations and vendor management.
Melissa spent 9 years serving on the Board of the National Kidney Foundation with 5 years as Board Chair.
Melissa and her husband Jeff enjoy traveling and spending time in Elk Creek at their Christmas tree farm.
Kim Foresta serves as the Chief Financial Officer for The Wolfpack Club. The Wolfpack Club is the fundraising arm for NC State athletics. Prior to joining the Wolfpack Club, Kim served as Vice President of Finance for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern, NC. Kim’s career has been primarily in the non-for profit areas of finance. Kim is a 1994 graduate of NC State University with Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
A native of Gastonia, Kim and her husband (also a NCSU graduate), their two girls, and two dogs live in Cary, NC.
Brian M. Stephens
Chief Security Officer, Global Corporate Security Executive
Brian Stephens is the Senior Managing Director of Security Risk Advisory at Teneo, the Global CEO advisory firm. He supports Fortune 500 clients with design and delivery of enterprise security strategy programs, including emergency preparedness and response and crisis communications.
He is also the co-director of Florida State University’s Policing, Security Technology and Private Security Research and Policy Institute.
Previously he served as Bank of America’s Chief Security Officer responsible for the security and safety of nearly 210,000 employees, 6,000 Banking Centers, 17,000 ATMs and over 2000 office buildings in more than 40 countries. He led a team of over 450 security professionals and 5,000 private contractors in providing for the security and safety of Bank of America’s employees, customers, assets, and brand. A nationally recognized expert in his field, Brian directed the Bank’s physical security programs that include intelligence and analysis, security technology, executive protection, crisis management, health and safety, security operations centers, threat management investigations and enterprise crisis and event response.
Brian’s innovative initiatives at Bank of America began with the Enhanced Security Program, which he formed in response to the September 11 attacks. This implemented advanced security standards, technology, and procedures to better protect the Bank from new and evolving threats. He later created the Security Operations and Analysis Command Center (SOACC), housing the Company’s industry-leading intelligence, analysis, and security technology programs that proactively monitor the entire portfolio of Bank of America and serve as its 24/7/365 emergency and crisis management center. He has also led Background Screening and Due Diligence Investigations for the company.
Prior to joining Bank of America, Brian worked in several branches of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), including the Division of Criminal Justice Information Systems and the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute. He then led the rollout of FCIC II and CJNet, the state’s telecommunications and intelligence system, with the FDLE Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center.
Brian received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from The Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida. He was recently inducted into Florida State’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Hall of Fame.
Chairman Zander Guy
Chairman Zander Guy was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve as Chairman of the NC ABC Commission in March 2017.
Chairman Guy is a native North Carolinian who has always lived and worked in the southeastern part of the state. Chairman Guy attended Campbell University and is a graduate of the Realtors Institute. For more than 25 years he held elected office in municipal government.
In 2011, he sold his real estate company and retired after 41 years in the business. Chairman Guy is married to Sabrina M. Guy. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Director of Client Engagement – Exela Technologies
Mac Clubb is a Director of Client Engagement in the Financial Sector with Exela Enterprise Solutions, a part of Exela Technologies. In this role, Mac has responsibility to drive Business Process Outsourcing and Business Process Automation through a variety of solutions offered by Exela Technologies.
A native of North Carolina, Mac received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1990.
In addition to the NC State Highway Patrol Foundation, Mac is widely involved in many other community activities including the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, his local church, and the National Kidney Foundation. He is currently a member of the North Carolina Chapter of the Board of Trustees for the National Kidney Foundation where he serves as Board Chair. He is also very active in his church where he is a Youth Sponsor, leads the Guest Services Teams, and serves on the Board as the Vice-Chair.
Board Vice Chair
Nick is the Senior Vice President of Cloud Alliances for SentryOne and is responsible for leading the SentryOne relationships with Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and other cloud providers.
Prior to joining SentryOne, Nick was Vice President of National & Strategic Accounts for Dictaphone – Healthcare Division. Previous experience includes sales management positions with Computer Associates, NEC Computer USA, Tegra Varityper, and Heath/Zenith Computer Systems.
Nick holds a BA degree in Economics from University of Dayton in Dayton, OH.
Shanell Smaw, MPA is a North Carolina native with a passion for building meaningful relationships and helping organizations achieve their mission.
She earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from UNC Greensboro and a Masters of Public Administration from UNC Charlotte.
Shanell currently serves as the Campaign Development Director for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman and Students of the Year campaigns. Prior to joining LLS, Shanell was the Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County and Political Fundraising Specialist for NC REALTORS® Political Action Committee. She is a member of Elevation Outreach.
Shawn D. Mercer is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Speech Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to receive his law degree from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. Shawn was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1992 and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court, and numerous Federal Circuit and District Courts across the country.
Shawn is also a certified superior court mediator. Mr. Mercer has been awarded an “AV” Preeminent rating, the highest recognition of legal ability in the profession from Martindale-Hubbell, the rating source for attorneys for more than a century.
In his time away from the office, Shawn is actively involved in various community and civic causes, including current service on non-profit Boards.
Sandy is the owner of Samiam Consulting, LLC where she provides her expertise in designing, leading and influencing small and large-scale change to help each organization achieve its strategic goals. Sandy most recently worked as the Sr. Director of Leadership and Professional Development for Lowe’s Corporation in Mooresville, NC. Before joining Lowe’s, Sandy’s career in financial services spanned 25+ years in branch management, human resources, leadership development, learning, and organizational management.
During her career, Sandy has also been a motivational leader and fundraiser in the non-profit sector and instrumental in advancing the vision of these philanthropies by providing her core skills in leadership development, team building, client/donor engagement and building relationships at all levels. Over 14-years, Sandy has served as a volunteer, cyclist, top fund-raiser, board member, Vice-Chair, and Chairing the board of the “24 Foundation”, also known as 24 Hours of Booty, an organization dedicated to supporting anyone impacted by cancer and the needs of those trying to navigate cancer treatment.
Allen Hook is a retired Major from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol last serving as the Director of Professional Standards. His career with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol began in 1993 as a Cadet with the 91st Basic Highway Patrol School. Following graduation from Patrol School, he was first assigned as a Trooper in Mecklenburg County.
He earned a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University, with a concentration in law and political philosophy, graduating in 1993. Continuing in his role as a public servant, this is Allen’s first service with a non-profit organization and he truly values the opportunity to support Patrol members and their families.