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.

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 Secretary) 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.

Tommy L. Hickman (Committee Vice Chair) is a retired senior vice president of operations for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.  He and his wife Patricia co-chaired the capital campaign for Experiment in Self Reliance and previously served on the Arts Council board and chaired the Arts Council's Grant Panel for Arts in Education.  He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina and was awarded its Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2001. Hickman is also a member of the board of directors of Allegacy Federal Credit Union.  He was appointed in 2017 by The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.

Stan Kelly (Committee Board Chair) 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.

  M. Carlyle Kinlaw Jr. is a senior financial advisor for Merrill Lynch and is a retired senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for Bank of America.  He serves on the Board of Governors of Presbyterian Homes, Inc., and his volunteer service has included serving on the Investment Committee of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and as chairman of the Small Business Campaign and on the Allocations Committee of the United Way of Forsyth County.  He has served on the Fund Raising Advisory Committee for the national American Heart Association (AHA), as board chairman of the NC AHA affiliate, as chairman-elect of SC's AHA affiliate, and as president and board chairman of the CFA North Carolina Society.   He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and earned a Masters in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Kinlaw was appointed to the Committee in 2011 by Bank of America.

Davida W. Martin, Forsyth County Attorney, is responsible with her staff 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. John D. McConnell 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. 


Silvia Ramos serves as an independent inclusion strategist and diversity professional, partnering with higher education and non-profit organizations to assist them in achieving systemic equity and inclusive excellence. Her community involvement includes serving on the board of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, as well as working with The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Women AdvaNCe. Past service includes serving as a founding board member of Interfaith Winston-Salem and volunteering at the Community Care Clinic and The Children’s Home. Ms. Ramos received her B.A. from Florida Gulf Coast University and her M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. She was appointed in 2016 by The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.

Randall S. Tuttle (Committee Treasuer) 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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