Wake Tech Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Nathan Becker

August 31st, 2012


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RALEIGH, N.C. (August 31, 2012) - The Wake Tech Foundation welcomes local business leaders Nathan Becker, Joan P.H. Myers and Kent Thompson to its board of directors. The new members were selected for their dedication and commitment to the mission of the college. The Foundation Board has also named a new leadership team: Jill Wells Heath (chair), Ed Turlington (chair-elect), Larry Hamilton (treasurer), and Dr. Stephen Scott (secretary).

Nathan Becker is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Project Manager at ABB, the global leader in power and automation technologies. He has more than fifteen years of experience in business consulting, client/server implementation, web/client applications, project management and research and development. Nathan is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and was named their “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2005.

Joan P.H. Myers is the Director of SOF and Cyber Technologies for Applied Research Associates, an international research and engineering firm. Previously, she has served as Director of Special Projects for the Partnership for Defense Innovation, Director of U.S. Policy for SAS, and President and CEO of the North Carolina Technology Association. Myers is an Eisenhower Fellow and national board member of Innovate-Educate, NACD-RTP, and UNC-Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics. She is active in several national and community organizations.

Kent Thompson is a wealth management advisor for Financial Directions Group, Inc., a national financial services firm headquartered in Cary. Previously he served as an independent financial planner with Sagemark Consulting. Thompson is a Certified Financial Planner and has a Master of Science degree in Financial Planning. He specializes in Retirement Income Strategies and Social Security Maximization.

The Wake Tech Foundation manages private investments to serve Wake Tech students, faculty, and staff and connects private citizens, alumni, and corporate donors who are critical to the success of the college.  Members serve three-year terms and are responsible for establishing policy, raising and managing funds, fostering relationships with potential donors, and supporting the objectives of Foundation staff. Potential members are approved by a nominating committee before being voted on by the entire board.

Other board members are Douglas Baker, Douglas Boyd, Elizabeth Clay Bradley, David Campbell, W.H. “Bud” Coggins, Adrienne Cole, Linda Coleman, Mort Congleton, Joe Cooper, Mike Desmond, Judy Fourie, Clyde Holt, Rita Jerman, Gary Jordan, Patrick Lindsey, Barry Long, John McKinney, Arne Morris, Tom Murry, Jim Perry, Donna Preiss, Dr. Stephen Scott, Rachel Selisker, Elmo Vance and Ron Wainwright.

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