Board of Directors

Barbara Hummel-Rossi
President

Barbara has a BA in mathematics and English from the University of Albany and a PhD in psychometrics and research in psychology from the University of Buffalo. She was a professor in the Applied Psychology Department at New York University for 36 years and served as chair of that department, of the University Committee on Human Subjects, and of the Faculty Senate. Barbara grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo and spent her adulthood on Long Island, New York, where she served on the board of directors of the Harborfields Library and of the Pederson-Krag Center, a behavioral health organization. She moved to Fearrington Village in 2008.

Linda Patterson
Interim Vice President and Chair, Nominating Committee

Linda has a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS in video production from Emerson College in Boston. After a career as a graphic designer and then as a direct marketer, Linda turned to video production and worked for UNC-TV after relocating from Boston in 2012. Since retiring in 2016, Linda has been volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem for foster children and singing with the Fearrington Village Singers. She served as co-president of the chorus during 2020-2021 and on the Fearrington Cares fundraising committee in 2020.

Carol Kurtz
Secretary

Carol is a former Chicagoan who graduated from Roosevelt University with a degree in geology. She worked for U.S. Gypsum Corporation (Chemicals Division) for a number of years. In 1991, she moved to Durham and was a board member at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens during the construction of a new visitors’ center. In 2004, Carol moved to Fearrington Village, where she has been an active member of several organizations. She has served on the boards of the Fearrington Homeowners Association, Friends of the Arts, and Film Club.

Mark Asman
Treasurer

Mark has BA, BS, and MBA degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a PhD in accountancy from the University of Missouri. He is a licensed CPA in Ohio (inactive) and a Certified Computing Professional. He retired from Bowling Green State University as the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting. Mark also worked for Ernst & Young, is a life member of the American Accounting Association, and has been a board member and/or treasurer for several nonprofit organizations. His clients have ranged from the USDA Agricultural Research Service to the Wood County Regional Airport in Bowling Green. Mark’s hobbies include woodworking and flying.

Carl Angel
Fund Development Committee

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Carl served on several nonprofit boards after retiring in 2006. He became chief operating officer for a group of health clinics until 2010. He then led a team that implemented a system to connect the records of area clinics and hospitals in central Texas. After a second retirement, Carl continued his volunteer service, most recently in Texas as executive director of an agency providing home health aides, transportation, and other services to disabled or low-income elderly seniors. Carl and his wife Kathleen moved to Fearrington Village in 2017. Carl was president of the Fearrington Homeowners Association from 2019 to 2021.

Janine Griffin
Co-Chair, Communications
Committee

Janine grew up in Rochester, New York. With a BA and an MA in English, she has worked in higher education, advertising and marketing, and nonprofit management, although she is most proud of her current career as a grandmother. Janine was a volunteer with and served on the boards of youth orchestras, neighborhood associations, and community organizations. As volunteers, she and her husband Frank developed and taught educational programs for senior adults. They moved to Fearrington Village in 2019 and are involved in several community organizations.

Anne Henkels
Communications Committee

Anne, a native Southerner, has lived most of her life in Chapel Hill and Orange County. A University of North Carolina graduate, she has had several careers: She was a lab researcher in both the food industry and medical field, she owned a secretarial service, and she was an antiques dealer. Since moving to Fearrington Village in 2010, Anne has been active in Women of Fearrington and the Village Voices and on the Camden Park Board of Directors. Anne is also a Fearrington Cares Ambassador. She considers her most significant life achievement to be raising six children (three of hers and three stepchildren) to successful adulthood without major mishap.

Mickey Kesselman
Chair, Fund Development Committee

Mickey, an attorney, represented Vietnam veterans in Agent Orange litigation early in his career as a senior partner in the Chicago law firm Epstein and Kesselman. In 1990, after the death of his 18-year-old daughter Rebecca to cancer, Mickey entered the nonprofit world. He was Executive Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois, President of Extra Hands for ALS, and Executive Director of the Jewish National Fund of Chicago. Since 2011 Mickey has been President of Trusted Advisor, LLC, a company that helps protect seniors legally, financially, and personally. Mickey and his wife Linda moved to Fearrington Village in 2020 with their Chinese Crested, Mufasa.

Terry Lucas
Chair, Education Committee

Terry worked in pediatric nursing for more than 45 years, of which the last 25 were spent in nursing administration. She semiretired in 2010 from the University of Virginia (UVA) as Chief of the UVA Children’s Hospital. Terry returned to her home state of North Carolina in 2011 to assist with administration for University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care. Later she became a nurse recruiter for UNC, retiring in 2019. Terry moved to Fearrington Village in 2013 and began volunteering with Fearrington Cares. Terry has also served on the boards of Child Care Networks and Partnership for Children.

JoAnn Pitz
Caregiver Support & Fund Development Committee

Admirers of the Village concept, JoAnn and her husband helped start Carolina Villages in Chapel Hill before moving to Fearrington in 2016. JoAnn received a BA in social work and an MA in public administration from Southern Illinois University (SIU). She was a benefits specialist for the United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds and Benefits Director at SIU. She directed a three-county rural health initiative primary care program and served as the Benefits Director at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. JoAnn served on the Freedom House Recovery Center board and has volunteered for Duke Hospice, PORCH, and as a driver for Fearrington Cares.

Gillian Rogers
Education Committee

Gillian received a BS in education from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. She taught elementary school in New Jersey for 31 years and helped raise two stepsons. Gillian and her husband Gene retired to Fearrington Village in 2013. As a volunteer for Women of Fearrington, Gillian tutored school-aged children in reading in Siler City for several years. She is also a Fearrington Cares Ambassador. In her spare time, Gillian enjoys walking, gardening, working out at the Duke Center for Living, museum hopping, and reading mysteries. 

Cathy Somer
Co-Chair, Communications Committee

Cathy holds a BA in English from Duke University. After being trained as a technical editor, she pursued a career as a medical editor and acquisitions editor of nursing textbooks for New York publishers McGraw-Hill and John Wiley. Later she headed the editorial department of a medical marketing agency in New Jersey for several years before becoming a freelance medical writer and editor. In 2009, Cathy moved to Fearrington Village. She is a former co-chair of Women of Fearrington and currently serves as its secretary. Cathy is also a volunteer driver for Fearrington Cares.

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