Members of the Vidant Health Foundation Board of Trustees began their new tenure earlier this year and welcomed new members and officers.

“We are so fortunate to have such outstanding individuals on our board,” said Scott Senatore, president of Vidant Health Foundation. “We are in a great position to continue to philanthropically support Vidant Health and set the course for continued success.”

The Vidant Health Foundation board members include: Myra Bowen, chairwoman; Bill Mitchum, vice-chairman; Drew Covert, secretary and Spence Cosby, treasurer. Other members include Bob Barbour, Tom Bradshaw, John Cooke Jr., Charles Gaskins Jr., George Griffin III, J. Loyd Horton III, Mitch Jones, Thomasine Kennedy, Dr. Brian Kuszyk, Dr. Jim Morris, Danette Pugh, Dr. Paul Shackelford, Ann Taylor and Dr. Michael Waldrum. Regional representatives include Tess Judge, Kenny Parker and Jeff Stalls.

The six new members recently added to this board are Mark Gentner, Marcy Shavender Morgan, Tom Kulikowski, J. Freeman Paylor, Wade Scales and Dorson White.

Gentner is the recently retired vice-president and general manager of WITN. Gentner was with Gray Television and WITN for 12 years.

A native of Ottowa, Kan., Gentner has more than 27 years of experience in television, advertising and marketing. He currently serves on the board of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber, Greenville Museum of Art, Oakwood School, and North Carolina Association of Broadcasting.

Morgan was born, raised and is a lifelong resident of Pantego. Morgan currently serves as the Head of School at Pungo Christian Academy (PCA) in Belhaven where she will begin her 21st year in this position this fall.

She received two undergraduate degrees from Campbell University, one in government with a concentration in public administration and one in psychology.

Kulikowski is the president and CEO of Penco Products Inc., which was recognized by the Pitt County Development Commission as the 2017-18 Pitt County Industry of the Year.

He has championed numerous initiatives such as an inmate work release program, mentoring of at-risk youth in alternative schools, sponsoring the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office summer camp, selecting and recognizing an annual Penco Humanitarian Award winner and founding the Eastern Carolina Executive Roundtable.

Kulikowski is an engineering graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and performed his graduate studies in business at Widener University.

Paylor recently joined PNC Bank as a commercial banker and senior vice president in the Greenville office, where he works to grow PNC’s reach and presence in the Greenville and eastern North Carolina markets.

Paylor brings 37 years of banking experience in a variety of roles, most recently as Capital Bank’s (formerly First Tennessee) Greenville market president for the past 12 years.

Paylor is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Scales graduated from Woodberry Forest in 2003 and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. He spent a year in Charlotte learning the fixed life, disability, and long-term care brokerage business with a job as junior regional director with Bysis Insurance.

Scales looks forward to expanding the Sound Partners’ product offerings with his licenses and interest in securities and his affiliation with AXA Advisors.

The Vidant Health Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt, and charitable organization that serves as custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health.

It is the mission of the foundation to support the Vidant Health mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina through advocacy and securing philanthropic resources.

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About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,708-bed health system that annually serves a region of more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 14,000 team members, nine hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 550 providers in more than 100 practice sites in eastern North Carolina.

Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of Eastern North Carolina.

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