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A.J. Fletcher Foundation Board

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Officers:
Barbara L. Goodmon | John M. Brennan | Vicki S. Murray | Daniel P. McGrath

Board of directors:
Daniel Blue, Jr. | John M. Brennan | Beth Briggs |  James F. Goodmon
James F. Goodmon, Jr. | Greg Patterson | Maria Spaulding | Joseph Vetter

Daniel T. Blue Jr., a native of Lumberton, N.C., is managing partner of Thigpen, Blue, Stephens and Fellers, in Raleigh, N.C. He holds a B.S. in mathematics from N.C. Central University, is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law, and served 22 years in the N.C. House of Representatives, including two terms as speaker. Dan is a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of Duke University, executive committee of the Duke University Health System, executive board for the Center on Ethics in Government and Advocacy in Denver, Colo., advisory council for the Association of Governing Boards for Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., and the NCSL Board of Directors of the Foundation for State Legislatures.

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Beth Briggs is President of Creative Philanthropy, a consulting firm she founded in 1995 to provide planning and grant-making services to individuals, corporations and foundations. She has been actively involved with the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, having served as President of the NC Public Television Foundation; President and Senior Counsel at Capital Consortium; and Director of Development for the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival. Beth is a native of Charlotte and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

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John M. Brennan is the former Chief Financial Officer of Capitol Broadcasting Company. He currently serves on the Board of the A. J. Fletcher Foundation and is involved in several community and charitable activities.

He has an undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and a graduate degree from the University of Detroit. Mr. Brennan is a Vice president and Treasurer of The Fletcher Academy School of Achievement.

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Barbara Goodmon is president and executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Memphis, Tenn., in 1965. She is a 1994 graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh and completed the master of liberal studies program at North Carolina State University in 2000. She serves on a number of community boards and brings a wealth of experience to the Fletcher Foundation. With primary interests in the field of human service, she has served as chairman of the Salvation Army, vice chairman of The Healing Place of Wake County, and chairman of Wake County Human Services. She has received the William Booth Award from the Salvation Army and was inducted into the Academy of Women of the Raleigh YWCA.

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James F. Goodmon is Chairman of the Board of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and The Fletcher Academy School of Achievement. He joined Capitol Broadcasting Company in 1968, and has been its President and CEO since 1979. Mr. Goodmon serves on numerous other Boards, including the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; A. J. Fletcher Foundation; and Capitol Broadcasting Company. He has received many outstanding honors and awards, and has been recognized by the community, the broadcasting industry and the State of North Carolina.

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James F. Goodmon, Jr. is a 1999 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, where he received the B.A. degree in Managerial Economics and was inducted into Phi Beta Theta, the history honorary society. In 1994, he served as a Page in the United States Senate. Since 1993, Mr. Goodmon has held various positions with Capitol Broadcasting Company, including operations and sales assignments at WRAL-TV, and management training positions at both WJZY-TV in Charlotte and WRAZ-TV in Durham. He is currently Programming Associate for WRAL-TV/DT in Raleigh. Among his community activities, Mr. Goodmon serves on the Board of Directors of The Fletcher Academy School of Achievement.

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Daniel P. McGrath joined Capitol Broadcasting Company as its chief financial officer in 2003. Prior to that, he served as CFO for a venture-backed software company, and as vice president of finance for a $200 million technology and systems integration company, each in metropolitan Washington, D.C. Dan also worked for Price Waterhouse in both Raleigh and Washington, specializing principally in audit and IPO services for growth-oriented technology companies in the software, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Dan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is active in several Triangle area charitable and civic organizations.

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Vicki S. Murray is corporate secretary for Capitol Broadcasting Company and its 10 subsidiaries. Vicki is a life-long resident of Raleigh who graduated from Millbrook High School and attended Hardbarger Business College. Married in 1971 to Mike Murray, now a retired captain with the Raleigh Fire Department, she has two sons, Michael and Nick, both Raleigh firefighters. Before joining Capitol Broadcasting Company in 1997, she was employed as a legal assistant for 12 years with the Raleigh law firm Tharrington, Smith & Hargrove.

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Greg Patterson is President of First Protective – Insurance Designers a regional insurance and investment brokerage firm.  He has served as board chair for several community organizations including The Healing Place of Wake County, Wake County Human Services and the Wake County Area Program for Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services and Developmental Disabilities.Professionally he holds designations as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and is a Registered Investment Advisor.  Greg is an adjunct faculty member of Guilford College and lectures on a number of financial planning topics.   He is a graduate of N.C. State University earning an engineering degree.

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Maria Spaulding is the Director of Wake County Human Services, a position in which she supervises over 1,500 employees who provide a wide range of services for all county residents. Her primary objective is to make the agency client-centered, family-focused, and community-based. Maria currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Wake County, Shaw University, and the State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board. In 2000, she was honored with the “Eyes of March Prevent Blindness Honorary Award,” and selected as a “Woman of Note” through the African American Cultural Complex. In 1997 she was recognized with a “Distinguished Alumni” award from Shaw University. Maria previously served as a director of The Healing Place of Wake County, an organization of which she was an original founding member. Maria is married to Felton Spaulding and they have an 18-year-old daughter, Lee Ann.

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Reverend Joseph G. Vetter is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.  He is Catholic campus minister at Duke University in Durham, director of campus ministry for the diocese, and chair of the Priests’ Council and the publications committee of the diocese. He is on the executive board of the North Carolina Council of Churches, and chair of the development committee of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. Father Vetter has been pastor of several churches in eastern North Carolina and editor of the N.C. Catholic newspaper, and director of communications and chancellor of the Diocese of Raleigh. He is a native of Burlington, N.C., and earned a B.A. in philosophy and M.Div. at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

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