David L. Boliek Jr. (Dave)

Elected 2019; term ends 2023

Fayetteville, NC

Boliek is an attorney and partner with Williford, Crenshaw, Boliek and Frangakis LLP in Fayetteville. His practice focuses on litigation and consults on healthcare issues, specifically those in the allied health field. Previously, he spent several years as an award-winning journalist, political consultant and public relations professional. Boliek also previously served as CEO of a government contracting firm and as a prosecutor in Cumberland County. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and J.D. with honors and MBA from Campbell University. His community leadership roles have included serving on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, Boy Scouts of America and youth sports. He currently serves as chair of the Southeast Regional Area Health Education Center and as an elder at Highland Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.

John P. Preyer (John)

Vice Chair
Elected 2019; term ends 2023

Chapel Hill, NC

John Preyer is the Co-Founder and President of Restoration Systems, an environmental company specializing in wetland, steam, nutrient, and habitat mitigation, headquartered in Raleigh. The company has over 80 mitigation projects in twelve states, including the first water quality bank to reduce nutrient loading ever approved in the country.

He has been a member of the UNC Institute of the Environment Board Visitors since 2011 and previously served on the University Board of Visitors from 2012 to 2016.

Before founding Restoration Systems in 1998, Preyer worked in the United States Senate on environmental and defense issues as Legislative Director for Senator Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina.  From 2002-2006, Preyer served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a non-profit environmental group advocating for coastal rivers, creeks, and wetlands. He worked closely on the formation of the North River Wetland Preserve, the largest saltwater marsh restoration project in North Carolina.

Preyer graduated from UNC in 1990 with a B.A. in political science. He is married to Joanie Lacy Preyer from Winston Salem, UNC 92’ Journalism. They have lived in Chapel Hill with their two children for the past fifteen years. Preyer embraces the motto Facta, Non Verba.

Malcolm K. Turner (Malcolm)

Elected 2021; term ends 2025

Boston, MA

Malcolm K. Turner currently serves as head of strategy and corporate development for DraftKings. He previously served as vice chancellor and athletics director at Vanderbilt University. Turner also was president of the NBA G League, managing director at the Wasserman Media Group, and senior vice president and a member of the leadership team of OnSport, a North Carolina–based sports and entertainment consulting firm. A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, Turner also earned joint JD and MBA degrees from Harvard University. While a student at Carolina, he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Morehead-Cain Scholar, and recipient of the Ernest L. Mackie Chancellor’s Award for character, scholarship and leadership. Turner served on the advisory boards for Teach for America, the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, and the board of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund.

Teresa Artis Neal (Teresa)

Elected 2019; term ends 2023
Cary, NC

Artis Neal is a media attorney at Trans World Radio in Cary, where she counsels on licensing and compliance matters, and an adjunct professor at Campbell Law School. Previously, she was vice president of business affairs at a Turner Broadcasting subsidiary in Atlanta, Georgia, and general counsel of Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh. In her role at CBC, she had legal and regulatory responsibility for radio and TV stations, web and mobile entities, a satellite services provider and a Triple-A baseball team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in economics and public policy from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MBA and J.D. from Harvard University. As a student at Carolina, she was a Pogue Scholar, active in Student Government, a resident advisor and a member of the Carolina Union Activities Board, N.C. Fellows and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. After graduating, she stayed involved at Carolina by serving on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, the General Alumni Association Board, as chair of the Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and as a board member for UNC-TV. In 2016, Artis Neal was awarded Carolina’s Davie Award in recognition of extraordinary service to the University. As a current board member of UNC Rex Healthcare, she chairs the Quality, Patient Safety and Human Resources Committee and serves on the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Robert P. Bryan III (Rob)

Elected 2021; term ends 2025
Charlotte, NC

Rob Bryan received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with honors from the Duke University School of Law. Bryan has extensive legal, government, development, and real estate experience. For over a decade he represented real estate developer clients across the Southeast as a partner at Womble Carlyle before leaving in 2016 to serve as Chief Development Officer at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions.

Bryan recently started Break Bread Ventures, a franchisee of Slim Chickens, with two partners where he serves as the Executive Vice President for Development, Legal, People.  He served as Chief Legal Officer at a healthcare management company helping the state with COVID testing and vaccine administration. In addition, Bryan served as a member of the North Carolina Senate (2019-2020) and served two prior terms as a representative in the North Carolina House (2012-2016).

Bryan has served on numerous boards including the University of North Carolina Board of Governors (2017-2019) and the UNC Board of Visitors (2013-2017).

R. Gene Davis Jr. (Gene)

Elected 2019; term ends 2023
Raleigh, NC

Davis is an attorney at Gene Davis Law PLLC in Raleigh and has more than 20 years of experience in real estate law, business formation, estate planning and estate administration. Davis earned his Bachelor of Arts with distinction in speech communications and political science and his J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. From 1989 to 1990, Davis served the UNC community as president of the UNC Association of Student Governments and as speaker of the UNC Student Congress. In law school, Davis was a founder and executive editor of the Banking Law Institute. He was also an editor for the Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Davis was inducted into the Order of the Grail, Order of the Old Well and the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Law School Honorary Society in recognition of his service to the University. He currently serves as vice chair of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s board of trustees and as chair for the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency board of directors.

Perrin W. Jones, MD (Perrin)

Elected 2021; term ends 2025
Greenville, NC

Dr. Perrin W. Jones is an anesthesiologist and has been a partner with East Carolina Anesthesia Associates since 2003. Jones also served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from October 2019 through December 2020 and was in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 2000-08.

Jones received his bachelor of arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and his doctor of medicine degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. His residency in anesthesiology was at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2003. Perrin’s professional associations include serving as a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA); and President of the North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists (NCSA) in 2015; and North Carolina Institute of Medicine since 2018; and a founding committee member of the Toward Accountable Care Consortium, North Carolina Medical Society. Perrin’s Carolina activities include service on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, the Student Recruitment Committee, and Legislative Liaison Committee. He is a member of the Gerard Legacy Society and the General Alumni Association.

He lives in Greenville, North Carolina, with his wife and three children.

W. M. “Marty” Kotis III (Marty)

Elected 2021; term ends 2025
Greensboro, NC

Marty Kotis is the CEO and owner of Kick Ass Concepts, a commercial real estate developer, managing properties in North and South Carolina in addition to multiple hospitality businesses. Kotis earned a bachelor of science degree in business from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1991 and an MBA from UNC-Greensboro in 1995. Kotis served previous terms on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

Allie Ray McCullen (Allie Ray)

Elected 2015; term ends 2023
Clinton, NC

Allie Ray is a lifelong resident of rural Sampson County and lives on the family farm in Keener, NC.  He attended NC State University and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity.  He transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill where he graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in history.  Allie Ray is owner of The McCullen Group, Inc. which is a real estate sales and appraisal firm located in Clinton, NC.  Over the years, he has served on a number of state and federal Boards and Commissions including the State Banking Commission and the USDA-A.S.C.S. Committee.  Locally, he has been a member and Chairman of the Board of Sampson Community College.  Until recently, he served as a member of the Sampson Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees (18.5 years) and as Chairman for 9 years.  He is currently a member of the Sampson County Board of Health.

Ralph W. Meekins Sr. (Ralph)

Elected 2019; term ends 2023
Shelby, NC

Meekins, Sr. is an attorney with Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC in Shelby, NC and he has practiced for over 33 years, primarily in the area of personal injury and workers compensation. He is board certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is also a board certified mediator. Meekins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UNC in 1983 and his J.D., with distinction from Campbell University School of Law in 1986. He was a basketball manager for the Carolina men’s basketball team that won a national championship in 1982 and he served as head basketball manager in 1983 for the Tar Heels. He has served on the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Bar Association, a State Bar Councilor for the North Carolina State Bar, and he presently serves as a trustee for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Health Board Trust. He has also served as a chair for the Cleveland County YMCA, the Dover Foundation YMCA, and for the Cleveland County Community Foundation. He recently served four years on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors.

Vinay B. Patel (Vinay)

Elected 2021; term ends 2025
Charlotte, NC

Vinay B. Patel received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently serves as a Principal for SREE Hotels, LLC. Prior to that he was appointed President and CEO for SREE Hotels, LLC in June 2012. In these roles, he was responsible for day-to-day operations, sales and marketing for the 25 hotels that are owned and operated by SRE Hotels and franchised with Hilton, Marriott and Intercontinental Hotel Group.

Prior to joining SREE, Patel worked in brand marketing for Microtel Inn & Suites and in marketing, sales and advertising for Knights Franchise Systems. Patel currently serves on the board of directors for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Visit Lake Norman and the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. He is also a franchisee elected member of the TRIA (Residence Inn by Marriott) FAC and a member of the Aloft FAC.

A native of the Fiji Islands, Patel resides in Charlotte with his wife and their two children.

Ramsey R. White (Ramsey)

Elected 2021; term ends 2025
Washington, D.C.

Ramsey White is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. White worked in the development departments at the Morehead-Cain Foundation and at the University of North Carolina. She is now an active volunteer focused specifically on children’s causes, both with her children’s schools and her community broadly. She has co-chaired the chief fundraising event at Landon School, Durham Academy and University Presbyterian Preschool, two times each in the last decade. Currently, she is an active volunteer at Landon School and Holton-Arms School in various roles.

Additionally, she and her children served as an Area Coordinator with the inaugural chapter of Familes4Families, pairing local volunteer families with carefully vetted nonprofit partners to deliver groceries and other essential items monthly to families. She and her husband, also a graduate of the University, live in Washington, DC with their two children.

Taliajah Vann (Taliajah)

Ex-Officio Member 2022-2023
Student Body President




Assistant Secretary
Christopher D. McClure (Chris)

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