Board of Directors

Dr. Stuart J. Levin – President & Founding Chairstuart levin

Stuart Levin moved to Raleigh at age 16, and has been in full-time practice at Wake Internal Medicine Consultants in Raleigh since 1994. Levin attended North Carolina State University, is a graduate of Duke University and received his MD at the UNC School of Medicine. He is board­-certified in internal, pulmonary and sleep medicine and a clinical professor of medicine at UNC. Levin works on and lives near Blue Ridge Road, and served as founding chair of the Blue Ridge Corridor Stakeholder Advisory Group in 2008 to coordinate planning in this area. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Healthy Corridors National Working Group.


Chad T. Lefteris – Vice President of the Boardchad lefteris

Vice President of Operations, Rex Healthcare

Chad is responsible for construction and design, real estate portfolio, facilities, culinary services, environmental services, ambulance transport, security, customer service, operational improvement, and the oncology service line. He joined the organization in 2007.

He is involved in the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, is a board member for the North Carolina Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, serves on the City of Raleigh’s Unified Development Ordinance Advisory Group, is a founding board member for the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance, and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Chad received his bachelor’s degree in business administration/healthcare management from Appalachian State University, and his Masters of Health Administration from Medical University of South Carolina.

Chad enjoys mountain biking, snow skiing, hiking, golf, and tennis.


Todd Hancock – Treasurer of the Board ToddH.Photo

Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty 

Todd is a licensed residential Real Estate Broker and Realtor.  Todd works with clients throughout the Triangle Area.  He specializes in modern, contemporary and mid-century modern homes.

He grew up in the West Raleigh area and left to obtain a degree in Geography from Appalachian State University, then further to live in Colorado for five years. Returning to North Carolina in 2007 full time, he now focuses efforts on embracing positive change for the community through his work.

Todd lives near Blue Ridge Rd in Meredith Woods with his family.  He also serves on the board of the Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL).

He is an avid cyclist and racer.  Also, he enjoys running, skiing and spending time with his family in the NC Museum of Art’s Museum Park.


Jane C. Doggett – Secretary of the Board

Senior Leasing Representative, Highwoods Properties

Jane is a licensed commercial real estate broker who specializes in office leasing and build-to-suit development for Highwoods Properties, Inc. Her office portfolio is comprised of over two (2) million square feet in 28 office buildings in the Raleigh and Cary market. Jane joined Highwoods in 1999 and has since completed over 388 lease transactions totaling over $563 million in lease revenue.

Previously, Jane specialized in Commercial Real Estate lending with Wachovia bank where she worked on construction and permanent financing for office, flex, and retail projects.

Jane is a past president of the NC CCIM Chapter and a past president of the Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Chapter. In the community, Jane currently serves on the Board of Advisors to Wells Fargo Bank’s Cary market.  Previously, Jane has been involved at a leadership level, as president of the NC Museum of Art Contemporaries Board, vice chairman for the SouthLight Board of Directors and president of the WakeMed Foundation Partners Circle.

Jane graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and a minor in Business Administration. She is a native and lifelong resident of Raleigh. Jane currently resides in the area with her husband David Evans and their two children.


jeff-bandini-headshotJeff Bandini – Member of the Board

Associate Vice Chancellor of Real Estate & Development, NC State University

Jeff joined NC State University in May of 2016 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Real Estate & Development, where he is responsible for overseeing Centennial Campus, the Biomedical Campus and 120,000+ acres of University-controlled real estate. Prior to joining NC State, Jeff practiced commercial real estate and land use law at Parker Poe in Raleigh for 18 years. His practice included representing public and private clients in public/private partnerships and compliance with local, state and federal regulations applicable to land development and infrastructure projects. He has specialized knowledge in transit-oriented development, public lands, property owners’ association regimes and railroad property issues.

He obtained his undergraduate degree, law degree and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill. He is active in the Triangle District Council of the Urban Land Institute and was previously a member of ULI’s national Transit Oriented Development Product Council. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Raleigh Transit Authority and Chair of the Endeavor Charter School Foundation and is a member of the American Public Transportation Association and the International Right of Way Association.


Kelly Calabria – Member of the Board Kelly Calabria

EVP, Director of Client Engagement, Capstrat

Kelly leads Capstrat’s Client Services group, where she works with clients and client teams across highly regulated industries to bring strategic thinking and industry insights. Prior to this role, Kelly led Capstrat’s healthcare practice, working with clients such as Biogen Idec, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the National Orthopaedic & Spine Alliance, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and the University of Virginia Medical Center. Kelly also provides leadership to Capstrat’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina account team, which includes leading the agency’s most award-winning campaign in Capstrat’s history.

Earlier in her career, Kelly launched Duo Communications – a communications firm that gave a voice to small businesses, nonprofits and professional associations. Duo Communications helped numerous organizations elevate their profiles.  

Kelly is a regular industry speaker, speaking at organizations such as the national PRSA Health Academy, SHSMD, the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society, the North Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Triangle chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Kelly graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science. She is a North Carolina native and a resident of Raleigh for the past 15 years. Kelly resides in the area with her husband Anthony and their two boys.


Katie M. Ertmer – Member of the Board KatieErtmer10.14

Associate at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP 

Katie is a corporate lawyer who works in the areas of company formation and financing, including venture capital, private placements, and public offerings. She also advises clients on mergers & acquisitions and general corporate matters.

Katie received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Before law school, Katie worked as a city planner for two cities in Northern California. She received her J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Duke Law School, where she was a Mordecai Scholar and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Law Journal. Prior to joining the firm, Katie clerked on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr.


Daniel P. Gottlieb – Member of the BoardDan Gottlieb, headshot, 2014

Director of Planning and Design, NC Museum of Art

Director of Museum Park, NC Museum of Art

Dan Gottlieb oversees museum planning and design of NCMA’s 164-acre campus – its buildings and Museum Park. He holds degrees in studio art, environmental design, and art administration and has led planning and design departments for three museums, since 1984.

In over two decades with the North Carolina Museum of Art, Dan has focused on integrating formal and informal experiences with art, utilizing sustainable practices. He oversees the ongoing transformation of a former prison site into cultural and recreational destination. Completed NCMA projects include an award-winning day-lit 127,000 sf gallery building (Thomas Phifer, architect); myriad artist commissions for Museum Park; an innovative storm water demonstration pond and environmental restorations; a 3-mile recreational trail system; and PICTURE THIS – a collaboration with artist Barbara Kruger and architects Smith-Miller + Hawkinson. Current planning is underway to complete Museum Park with new urban and gallery-park connections. Dan currently serves as Vice President of the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance, which advocates for progressive improvements to the museum’s urban fabric.

Dan has lectured extensively on museum practice, design and architecture, is a frequent visiting studio critic, and is an exhibiting artist, working in photographic media. Publications include Landscapes for Art, Redrawing the Boundaries: Toward a New Museum Campus, and Sustainable Museums: Strategies for the 21st Century.


Everett V. Knight – Member of the Board Vic Knight

NC Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (A7275) 

Vic Knight is a NC licensed real estate Broker, a NC Certified Residential/Commercial Appraiser, Past-President of the NC Association of REALTORS®, a Past-Chair of the National Association of REALTORS® Appraisal Committee, and a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Appraisal Foundation. Vic’s 35+ years in the real estate business includes owning and managing a Century 21 residential brokerage firm, extensive residential and commercial development, residential property management and currently is owner of Appraizr.com, a real estate consulting and full service residential and commercial appraisal firm. Vic is a graduate of (ITI) the Instructor Training Institute and has authored and taught numerous real estate brokerage CE courses since 1998. Vic holds a BS in Civil Engineering from NC State University and was a practicing professional engineer with the Bechtel Corporation, prior to entering the real estate industry. Vic is a Governor’s appointee and Past Chairman of the NC Real Estate Commission.


Donald J. Springer – Member of the Board Don Springer Headshot

Senior Vice President, North State Bank

Don is the Market President for North State Bank’s West Raleigh office. He is responsible for managing a $20+ million commercial loan portfolio, with clients largely located within the Blue Ridge Corridor. Don is also responsible to growing the Bank’s presence and portfolio in West Raleigh.

Don specializes in providing commercial loans and lines of credit to commercial businesses, who wish to deal with a banker who understands their business and industry. Don understands that customer service is an expectation of his customers, and along with his staff, works diligently to deliver real service. From commercial real estate loans to working capital lines of credit, Don is the go-to banker in West Raleigh.

Don joined North State Bank in January 2015, after relocating to the Triangle from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. He currently resides in Apex, NC with his wife and 2 daughters.

Don is a graduate of Salisbury University (Eastern Shore of MD), with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics.


TansyHaywardTansy Hayward – Ex Officio Member of the Board

Assistant City Manager for Services, City of Raleigh

In her role as Assistant City Manager, Tansy serves as a liaison to the following City departments: Public Utilities, Solid Waste Services and Transportation plus Information Technology, Office of Internal Audit and the Office of Sustainability.  She also is the key point of contact for two Key Focus Areas in the City’s Strategic Plan: Growth and Natural Resources and Organizational Excellence.

Tansy has held positions in the City Manager’s Office since 2001.  She worked for the City of Tacoma, Wash. from 2008 to 2014 in a number of roles, but primarily as Assistant City Manager. Prior to the her employment with the City of Tacoma, Tansy also served the City of Des Moines, IA and the City of Olathe, KS.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Kansas, where she also obtained a Master’s degree in public administration.

Tansy has extensive service with professional organizations including serving as a current board member of the Alliance for Innovation; with the International City Managers Association, including co-chairing its Task Force on Inclusion; serving on its Leadership Task Force and the Task Force on Women in the City Management Profession.

Tansy is also the proud mom of twin daughters.


Sig Hutchinson – Ex Officio Member of the Board Sig Hutchinson Headshot

Vice-Chair, Board of Commissioners , Wake County

Sig Hutchinson has been working to make communities healthy and livable for more than two decades. Starting with a career with the Dale Carnegie organization, Sig became an instructor for the Dale Carnegie Sales Course for more than eight years before starting his own company to concentrate on sales consulting and professional speaking.

Later, Sig used his knowledge of communication and public speaking to help transform his community by leading six bond initiatives in Wake County and the City of Raleigh totaling $300 Million Dollars for open space preservation, parks, greenways, transportation and affordable housing and most recently ran for the NC State Senate. Sig continues to be active in the region where he sits on numerous  boards including Chair of Wake County’s Open Space & Parks Advisory Committee, A Commissioner  with the City of Raleigh’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commission and Chairperson of Advocates for Health in Action, a health and wellness organization in Wake County and has also been a driving force behind the creation of more than 180 miles of interconnected greenways throughout the Triangle.

Sig continues his sales consulting and professional speaking career as President Sig Hutchinson Communications. He has a B.A. from Texas Tech University; M.Ed from the University of South Carolina and lives on a greenway in Raleigh, NC with his wife of 32 years and they have one son and three grandchildren.


Russ Stephenson – Ex Officio Member of the BoardRuss photo for BRCA

City Councilor – At Large, City of Raleigh

Russ Stephenson’s roots have grown deep in Raleigh through four generations. It was at NC State that he met his future wife and lifelong best friend, Ellen Longino.  Soon their son Jasper came along, and Russ and Ellen settled their young family on Oberlin Road in Russ’s great aunt’s historic Isabelle Bowen Henderson House and Gardens.

Over the years, Russ has managed multimillion-dollar architecture and environmental design projects in the Triangle and Sea Island, Georgia, including three projects that earned statewide planning awards. Aside from his practice, Russ has always been active in the community. Before he was elected to the Raleigh City Council in 2005, he served on the Board at Raleigh Preschool, the PTA Board in the public schools, the Board of the University Park Homeowners Association, as a guest lecturer at NC State, an election official for the Wake County Board of Elections, and through his contributions to several Raleigh Parks planning projects.

Since his election to City Council, Russ has shared his expertise in design and planning to provide unique, professional insight into the complex challenges and opportunities we face as our city continues to grow. From finalizing the Dix Park Deal and the groundbreaking for Raleigh Union Station to improvements in affordable housing and transit options, Russ continues to play a vital role in placing Raleigh at the top of national rankings.


jbarron-6Jason Baron – Board Legal Counsel

Partner, Morningstar Law Group

Jason focuses his practice on land use and zoning, with a particular emphasis on the towns of Cary and Apex in Wake County, North Carolina. Jason has represented land owners and developers on a wide range of development projects, and is engaged in development projects from the rezoning stage through the issuance of building permits and enforcement issues that arise during the life of a development.

Jason’s practice includes legislative, quasi-judicial and administrative approvals. Prior to founding Morningstar, Jason was a partner in the Raleigh office of K&L Gates.

A proud father of two girls and devoted husband, when Jason is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and NC State Wolfpack sports.


Michael Birch – Board Legal Counsel 

Partner, Morningstar Law Group

Michael focuses his practice on land use and zoning, commercial real estate, and land use and real estate related litigation, and he offers clients experience in obtaining and protecting development approvals from local governments and state agencies.  Michael regularly represents landowners and developers before local governing boards, planning boards and boards of adjustment in communities across the state and assists in the development process at the zoning, site plan, conditional and special use permit, variance, building permit and enforcement stages of a project.

Prior to joining Morningstar Law Group, Michael was an associate in Raleigh office of K&L Gates LLP and a member of the firm’s Real Estate – Land Use, Planning and Zoning practice group.

Michael and his wife Jennifer have three children, Lilley, Tripp and Bowen.