Board of Directors
Guy Potter, PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist and research scientist at Duke University. His research focuses on risk factors for cognitive decline, and his current interest is on using lifestyle interventions to improve both cognitive and physical health. He is an advocate for healthy aging in the Durham community, and also commits his time to the Durham Public Schools. In his free time, he enjoys running and hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail.
Noelle joined the DCSL Board of Directors in 2018 and is proud to serve as the Co-Chair of the Finance Committee. She is a native of North Carolina and former long-term resident of Durham. Noelle received both her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering as well as her Master of Business Administration from Duke University. Most recently, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Arosa+LivHOME, a national home care and care management organization. Currently, she is enjoying being a new mother of her son Caleel, spending quality time with her husband Kwadwo, and seeking her next career opportunity.
Mr. Messick is an experienced finance professional with over 20 years of progressive finance, accounting and operations management experience. Drew has diverse public and private company experience working in small growth, mid-market and Fortune 500 settings.
Currently Drews works as the chief financial officer for Sabai Global, a leading biosafety services and consulting firm accelerating gene therapy for clinical research. Drew previously served as the chief financial officer of PeriGen, a healthcare IT company, and Copernicus Group IRB, a life sciences company and one of the nation’s leading independent institutional review boards for clinical research. He also added duties as the vice president of finance of WIRB-Copernicus Group, Inc., following its 2012 acquisition of Copernicus Group IRB, serving as a key member of the executive team leading WCG through a series of acquisitions and successful recapitalization in 2016. Before joining Copernicus Group IRB in 2008, Drew held positions of increasing responsibility at Wachovia Bank, Durkin Group LLC and Ernst & Young LLP.
Drew is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a BS in Business Administration and Masters in Accounting from the Kenan Flagler Business School. He is a CPA and CFA charterholder. Drew resides in Cary with his wife and 3 children.
Julie spent 14 years establishing, growing, and managing the HR function in organizations that range from venture-capital backed startups in the high-tech industry to a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 manufacturer. She has direct experience in the medical device and diagnostics fields, the clinical trials/CRO industry, state government as well as the nonprofit sector. Julie specializes in strategic HR for small and mid-size firms, helping them ensure that their HR processes are compliant and aligned with the company’s strategy. Julie earned her B.A. from Appalachian State University and holds the Senior Certified Professional designation (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Julie fulfilled a lifelong goal to learn to snow-ski at 50. She is now an aspiring ski bum!
Patsy Zeigler, MBA is a Group Consultant has worked with Blue Cross NC for over 20 years in the area of Sales, Marketing and Communications. She currently represents the Federal Employee Program Account. Patsy earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and her MBA from Pfeiffer University. Currently a member of our Board of Directors, she recently assumed a role on our Executive Committee as the Chair of the Development Committee. When free time is available, she enjoys exercise, travel, specifically time at the beach and life with her husband as empty-nesters.
Beth is a Holistic Health Coach trained at Duke’s Center for Integrative Health. Beth holds an MBA from NYU School of Business and worked for 20 years in Knowledge Management and Finance. She was inspired to switch her career focus late in life based on her personal experience with her Mother’s aging journey.
Born in Chile, I came to Duke Medical Center in 1974. Retired from Duke and UNC, I was a biomedical scientist, an IT Manager and a Medical Spanish interpreter for DukeHealth. Since 2005, I’ve been serving as a volunteer at the LGBT Task Force at Duke University and for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Duke Medical School. Taught at the Physics and Marine Sciences Departments at UNC. This is my third year as a member on the Board of Directors at DCSL. Recently I’ve been mostly watching foreign films made by and reading literature written by women.
Originally, from Ohio, Eugene spent over 25 years serving as the Magistrate Judge Procedural Clerk for the US District Court of Northern Ohio training staff and serving as a foreclosure documentation clerk for US District Judge, Gerald Kalaflesh. He studied Business Administration at Central State University and Real Estate Law at John Carrol University. Eugene is former business owner and a Licensed Realtor holding a CRS and GRI designation. In 2014, Eugene and his wife relocated to Durham, from Cleveland, Ohio and unexpectantly became caregivers to their adult son after he suffered a series of strokes. Eugene became involved with DCSL when his son, a US Army Vet, began receiving services through the Adult Healthcare Center. Both Eugene and his wife are retired and enjoy travel, golf and spending time with their grandchildren.
Peggy Harewood RN, BA, MEd. received advanced degrees from St. Francis College and Brooklyn College in New York, nursing training in the UK.
Peggy has extensive experience in administration and nursing management, working in diverse communities in both small hospitals and large university hospitals, and has a progressive record of accomplishments. She has worked at the University of Connecticut, Duke University, WakeMed, the University of Mississippi, and around the country as a consultant. She also has international experience.
Along with her career in nursing and administration, Peggy has served on numerous hospital and community committees and initiatives addressing various topics. Her nonprofit board experience includes the United Way, Planned Parenthood, and the American Cancer Society, among others, and she has held a number of leadership positions.
With a career in service of others, Peggy brings to the Center a dedication to excellence and a commitment to quality care for all.