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About Cannon

Board of Trustees

2020-2021 Board of Trustees Leadership

Benton Bragg, Sr., Board Chair


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2017
Subcommittee: Finance Committee
Occupation: CEO, Bragg Financial Advisors
Education: Wake Forest (B.A. and M.B.A.)
Fast Facts: Married to Alice and has four children; Ben '18, Carlton '20, Frances '21, and Charlie '26. Enjoys working and playing.
Jeff Leck, Vice Chair


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2015
Subcommittee: Finance
Education: University of Virginia (B.S. Commerce)
Fast Facts: Member of Cannon Family since 2011. Married to Genevieve. Father of Alex '15, Thomas '18, Matthew '23, Annalise '25, and Celine '35. Enjoys international travel, reading, and lacrosse.
Karin Cain, Treasurer


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2018
Subcommittee: Finance
Occupation: Healthcare business planning and operational improvement consultant.
Education: Miami University (B.S. in Microbiology), the Ohio State University (Masters in Health Administration)
Fast Facts: Member of the Cannon Family since 2013. Married to Brian. Mother to Caroline ’25, and Nathan ’29. Enjoys spending time with family, travel, swimming, hiking, reading, and drinking a cup of coffee on the porch before the day “begins”.
Dr. Kym Selden, Secretary


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2015
Subcommittee: Campus Master Plan
Occupation: Pediatrician
Education: Duke University (B.S.) UNC-Chapel Hill (M.D.)
Fast Facts: Married to John. Parent of Jack '20, Riley '23, Dylan '27. Enjoys running, reading, and family time.

2020-2021 Board of Trustees Members

Joan Ankrom


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2015
Subcommittee: Advancement
Occupation: Teacher (currently SAHM)
Education: Siena College (B.A. in English); The College of Saint Rose (M.S. in Education)
Fast Facts: Member of Cannon Family since 2013. Married to Mick. Mother of Grace '21 and Charlie '27. Enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and reading.


Bret Busby


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2018
Subcommittee: Campus Master Planning Committee
Occupation: Orthodontist
Education: Duke University (B.S. in Biology), UNC Chapel Hill (M.S. Orthodontics)
Fast Facts: Married to Sarah. Parent of Emily ’22, Kathryn ’24, Brooke ’27. Enjoys hiking with his family, swimming, biking, running and golf.


David Butow


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2020
Subcommittee: Finance Committee
Occupation: Vice President and General Counsel, Climate Segment – Ingersoll Rand
Education: Northwestern University (B.A. in History & Philosophy); Washington and Lee University School of Law (Doctor of Law)
Fast Facts: David and Johanna have two children at Cannon: Will '23 and Nate '24. They previously lived in Leesburg, VA before relocating to this area. They live in Davidson.
Lisa Combs


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2020
Subcommittee: Advancement Committee
Occupation: Executive Director of Engagement at Davidson College
Education: Davidson College (A.A. in English Language and Literature)
Fast Facts: Lisa and James have three Cannon graduates - Davis ’16 and Will ’18, who both went to UNC Chapel Hill, and Katie ’19 who attends Wake Forest - and one current Cannon student, Sarah Frances '23. Husband James has been a Board of Visitors member since 2016. They live in Davidson.

Blake Evans


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2013
Subcommittee: Advancement
Occupation: Attorney
Education: Meredith College (B.A. in English); Wake Forest University (J.D.)
Fast Facts: Member of Cannon Family since 2009. Married to Linn. Mother of Emerson '21, Leighton '23, and Griffin '26. Enjoys traveling with my family and reading.
James Hartsell


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2019
Subcommittee: Campus Master Planning
Occupation: CEO of Skookum
Education: UNCC (B.S. in Management Information Systems)
Fast Facts: Married to Leah. Parent of Jacob '27, Hannah '31, and Luke '32. Enjoys golfing, traveling, and family time.
Andrew Hudson


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2017
Subcommittee: Finance, Campus Master Plan
Occupation: Hudson Automotive Group
Education: Southern Methodist University (B.A. in Economics)
Fast Facts: Father of Clark ’27.  Enjoys tennis, traveling, horse racing and skiing with Clark.

Kimberly Leatherman

 
Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2017
Subcommittee: Committee on Trustees
Occupation: Stay at Home Mom and Community Volunteer
Education: Meredith College (B.S. in Biology)
Fast Facts: Member of the Cannon Family since 2012. Married to Britt Leatherman. Parent of Collier ’19, Hayes ’21, and Cannon ’25. Enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, volunteering, and going to the beach and lake.
Cary Majors


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2020
Subcommittee: TBD
Occupation: Senior Vice President of Healthcare with STERIS Corporation
Education: Kansas State University
Fast Facts: Cary and Jen have three children at Cannon: Emily '23, Ben '26, and Maggie '27. Cary has served on the Board of Visitors since 2017. They live in Davidson.
Michael McDermott


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2020
Subcommittee: TBD
Occupation: Business Unit CEO, Commercial, inclusive of the Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Quickie, MAPA and Spontex brands.
Education: Harvard Business Analytics Program, Villanova University (M.A.), The College of New Jersey (B.A.)
Fast Facts: Married to Kate McDermott. Parent of Thomas, Sam '19, Jack '21, Max '23, Wil '25, Anne '27, and Grace '29. Mike has served on the Board of Visitors since 2016. They live in Davidson.
Harry McKay

 
Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Finance
Occupation: President, Safety Grip Corporation
Education: Duke University (M.B.A), NC State University (B.S. Chemistry, M.S. Economics)
Fast Facts: Member of the Cannon family since 2011. Married to Andrea. Parent of alumnus Stanton '17 and Georgia '21. Native of Concord, enjoys watching Cannon sports, playing golf, and following politics.
Grey Mills, Jr.


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Executive, Campus Master Plan
Occupation: Attorney
Education: Appalachian State University (B.S. in Social Science and Education); Regent University School of Law (J.D.)
Fast Facts: Member of the Cannon Family since 2003. Married to Jennifer. Father of Alexandria ’17, Grey ’20, and Grant ’24.  Enjoys spending time with family, scuba diving, skiing and serving on the Iredell County Board of Elections.
Dr. Porter Kelling Peterson
 

Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Committee on Trustees
Occupation: Pediatrician
Education: East Carolina Brody School of Medicine (M.D.); Davidson College (B.A. Psychology)
Fast Facts: Married to Ben Peterson. Mother to Miller Peterson '25 and Teddy Peterson '28. Enjoys spending time with family, running, traveling, and involvement with community activities.
Alan Springate
 

Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2019
Subcommittee: Campus Master Plan
Occupation: Restaurant Owner - The Cowfish and eeZ Fusion & Sushi
Education: University of Texas
Fast Facts: Married to Tori Springate. Parent of Hope '18, Holly '20, and Grant '25. Enjoys cooking, snowboarding, and working out.
Dr. Jon Ter Poorten


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2015
Subcommittee: Campus Master Planning
Occupation: Mohs Surgeon at Dermatology Group of the Carolinas
Education: Trinity University (B.A. Biology), Duke University Medical Center (internship), Medical University of SC (dermatology), Boston Medical Center (fellowship)
Fast Facts: Married to Maryanna. Parent of James '25 and Grace '27. Enjoys spending time with family, reading, travelling.
Dr. Nehal Thakkar


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2016
Subcommittee: Advancement
Occupation: Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician at Atrium Health; Medical Director, Atrium Health Tele-ICU Program
Education: Bangalore Medical College, India (M.D.), University of Massachusetts Medical Center (Residency, Fellowship)
Fast Facts: Married to Sheetal Patel-Thakkar, parent of Naya '25 and Karina '28. Enjoys playing basketball, traveling, reading, and spending time with family.


Laurin Titus


Relationship to Cannon:
Current Parent
Board Member Since:
2018
Subcommittee:
Advancement
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Bank of America
Education:
Wake Forest University (B.A. in English, Art History) and Johns Hopkins University (M.S. in Business, Marketing)
Fast Facts:
Married to Derek. Mother of Charlie ’21 and Mac ’23. Enjoys spending time with family, running, gardening, traveling, and the arts.
Jonathan G. Ward


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent
Board Member Since: 2018
Subcommittee: Campus Master Planning
Occupation: President and CEO at Ward Vessel and Exchanger Corporation
Education: UNCC (B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology)
Fast Facts: Member of the Cannon Family since 2010. Married to Shannon Ward, Parent of Austin ‘22 and Coleman ‘24. Enjoys spending time with family, golfing, hunting, fishing and all things outdoors.
 


Terri Zandhuis


Relationship to Cannon: Current Parent, Alumni Parent
Board Member Since: 2020
Subcommittee: Campus Master Planning
Occupation: Chief People Office at Krispy Kreme donuts
Education:  University of Michigan (B.A. Organizational Management)
Fast Facts: Terri and Hans have two Cannon graduates - Madeline ’17 and Will '20 - and current Cannon student Stefan'26. Terri also serves on the Board for Make a Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina, and participated on Cannon's Summit Panel as part of the accreditation self-study. They live in Cornelius.

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