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.
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.
Nathan Summers has spent 22 years working in communities that provide services to our seniors.
During his career in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Nathan has led teams in all service areas including maintenance, security, housekeeping, landscaping, food & beverage, arts & leisure, wellness and administration. Nathan received the award for “Innovation in Customer Service” from the Leading Age of North Carolina; an association that promotes the service and welfare of aging adults. A Certified Aging Services Professional, Nathan has helped three communities receive the important CARF accreditation for CCRCs.
Before coming to Durham, Nathan served on the board of the United Way of Moore County, North Carolina. He was an active member of the Sandhills Kiwanis Club where he served as secretary as well as President Elect. For eight years running, Nathan also chaired the highest grossing fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association that was held in Moore County; a motorcycle “Memory Ride for Alzheimer’s”.
Residing here in Durham with his wife, Kathy, Nathan enjoys his work at The Forest at Duke, walking, motorcycles, watching the NFL, and reading everything from books on leadership to graphic novels.
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!
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.
Bill Spreitzer has worked for over 26 years in corporate America in such functions as global supply chain, international business development, global account management, sales and marketing, and human resources. Bill has been a senior partner with Excellerate Solutions, a business coaching and corporate training practice, since August 2007. He focuses his coaching and training in the areas of leadership and team development, employee engagement, energy management for resilience, and career transition.
Bill holds a B.A. degree in business from Michigan State University and became a certiﬁed business coach through Resource Associates Corporation’s Coaching Academy in 2009. More recently, Bill graduated from North Carolina State University’s 10 month Business Coaching program in 2015.
In 2016, Bill joined Statarius, a growing leadership development practice in Raleigh, NC, as a senior coach and trainer.
Additionally, Bill co-founded Geek Leadership in 2015 with two PhD partners whose aim is to inspire technical professionals to collaborate, innovate and lead others to get “stuﬀ” done.
Bill lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Michelle and has two adult children, Krista and Bryan. His hobbies and interests include: reading, golﬁng, hiking, exercising, watching movies and sports, music, and traveling.