My history of community participation and leadership is strong: 23 years of cumulative experience that includes three of Chapel Hill’s major advisory boards.
I have repeatedly demonstrated my ability to address major Town challenges with a fair and open mind.
My community involvement includes:
2011-2012 Chapel Hill 2020 (Co-Chair)
2009-present President, Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation
2009-2010 CH Sustainable Community Visioning Task Force (Chair)
1999-2011 CH Community Design Commission (3 years as Chair)
2005-2011 CH Planning Board (2 years as Chair)
2006-2007 UNC Chancellor’s Leadership Advisory Committee (member)
2007-2008 Orange-Durham-Wake Special Transit Advisory Commission (Co-Chair)
2005-2006 CH Streetscape Master Plan Review Committee (Chair)
1999-2005 CH Transportation Board (2 years as Chair)
My wife Cresha and I came to the Triangle in 1978 with my newly earned PhDin Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Miami (FL). After nine years with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Duke, I entered the emerging biotechnology industry, first with Genentech in California and then back to the Triangle with Sphinx Biotechnologies.
In 1991, I co-founded a biotechnology company, MacroNex Inc. This experience gave me valuable insight into how to fund, situate and staff a start-up business, experience that will enable me to help foster the increasingly critical entrepreneurial culture in Chapel Hill. For the last 15 years I have been on the faculty of Duke University Medical School, where my research has focused on identifying new drugs to treat cancer and inflammation while I help to train the medical researchers and biotech entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Cresha recently retired from a 29-year career at Duke as a critical care nurse and clinical trials coordinator. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Community Home Trust and is doing volunteer work with Duke Hospice and the Friends of the Library. We live in the Chandlers Green neighborhood with our two shelter-adopted dogs, Chloe and Leyden, and from where I enjoy exploring the North Carolina countryside by motorcycle.
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