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​​The State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees' Board of Trustees consists of 10 members. The 10-member board, made up of experts in medicine, health administration and education, is responsible for the design of employee health benefits. 

Board of Trustees' Bylaws

View the State Health Plan Board of Trustees' Bylaws

View the State Health Plan Board of Trustees' Strategic Plan (adopted September 2014)

View the State Health Plan Board of Trustees' Strategic Plan (adopted August 2016)

Contact members of the board via e-mail at the e-mail addresses provided below or SHPBoard@nctreasurer.com

Written correspondence can be sent to:
NC State Health Plan
Attention: Board of Trustees
3200 Atlantic Ave
Raleigh, NC 27604

Board of Trustee Consideration of a Change to State Health Plan Benefits

View the request form for Board of Trustee consideration of a change to State Health Plan benefits.

Board of Trustees Members





Dale R. Folwell – State Treasurer
Chair, ex officio

Dale R. Folwell was a four-term member of the N.C. House of Representatives, including two years as Speaker Pro Tempore. During that time, he sponsored 29 major pieces of legislation enacted with bipartisan support. More recently, he was Assistant Secretary of Commerce with the Employment Security Commission, where he took the most “broke and broken” unemployment system in the United States and turned it into a national leader in debt repayment, quality and customer service. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Master's in Accounting. Married for 28 years with three children, he lives in Winston-Salem.  


Charles Perusse – State Budget Director
Ex officio

On January 1, 2017, Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Charlie Perusse to his second stint as State Budget Director. Charlie, a 24-year state employee, returns to the Governor's Budget Office after six years serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the University of North Carolina System. In Charlie's earlier work with the Budget Office, he served as State Budget Director for three years and Deputy Director for six years. He also spent eight years in the General Assembly's Fiscal Research Division, serving three years as budget coordinator for the House of Representatives.

Charlie received a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Wendy, and two young sons.






Paul Cunningham M.D., Dean Emeritus, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
Treasurer Appointee




Paul R. G. Cunningham, MD, FACS is the Dean Emeritus at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, in Greenville.  Most recently, he served eight years as the Dean of the Brody School of Medicine and stepped down from that position in September 2016. Dr. Cunningham has retained his faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery at East Carolina University, and is a Professor of Surgery.

He is a general surgeon by training and has practiced trauma, organ transplantation and bariatric surgery during his career. He was recently conferred the honor of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Pat McCrory in recognition of his many decades of service to the State of North Carolina.





David Rubin – Professor Emeritus, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Treasurer Appointee

Professor Rubin is a retired professor with the Kenan-FlaglerBusiness School, where his research and teaching interests include statistics and quantitative approaches to management. While at UNC, Professor Rubin served on the Faculty Welfare Committee and the University Insurance Committee, which he chaired. Professor Rubin resides in Chapel Hill.

C. Neal Alexander Jr. – Vice President, Chief of Staff and Interim Dean of the Godbold School of Business, Gardner-Webb University

Governer Appointee

On November 1, 2016, Gardner-Webb University named C. Neal Alexander Jr. Vice President and Chief of Staff, reporting to Dr. Frank Bonner, President.  He will support the President in several areas such as operations, special projects as well as strategic planning initiatives. He will continue to serve in the role of Interim Dean of the Godbold School of Business. The goal of the Godbold School of Business is to better prepare students with real work experiences as part of the curriculum to ensure student readiness to enter the job market.
Prior to this role, Governor Pat McCrory named Mr. Alexander as the State Human Resources Director in January 2013. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Alexander worked more than 40 years in Human Resources (HR) at Duke Energy. Most recently, Mr. Alexander served as Vice President of HR for the US Franchised Electric and Gas operational unit. During his tenure at Duke Energy, Mr. Alexander won numerous awards for excellence in HR, including the Duke Power William S. Lee Leadership Award, the Chairman’s Award for the Development of Safe Work Practices for Duke Power, and the Employers Association Babcock Award. He retired from Duke Energy in April 2011. In July, 2016 Alexander was awarded the Rooney Award by the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) for Excellence in Human Resources Leadership.

A graduate of Gardner-Webb University (GWU), Mr. Alexander earned a bachelor’s degree in Management in 1984. He was honored as Alumnus of the Year in 2002 and has served as a Trustee and several terms as Chair of GWU’s Board of Trustees. In May 2015, Mr. Alexander was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from GWU.Mr. Alexander served on, and is a past president of the Employers Association Board, which provides human resources and training services to organizations. He is also a member of various other boards, including serving as a board member for the Foundation for a Healthy Carolina and has served as member of the Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln Executive Advisory Committee.

Mr. Alexander is very active in his community. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Lincolnton, NC, and has served as a Deacon and member of the Strategic Planning Committee. He has been a member of Lions Clubs International since 1968, and he has served as President of the Rock Springs Chapter, District Governor (1981-1982), and President of the NC Lions Foundation (1986-1987).In February 2015, Mr. Alexander was named Chair of the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). The SECC was established in 1984 and is the official workplace giving campaign for state employees; it provides state employees and retirees opportunities to contribute to a host of charitable organizations. Mr. Alexander is a resident of Lincolnton, NC. He and his wife of 49 years, Shirley, have two daughters and two grandchildren.




Elizabeth "Liz" Poole Teacher
Governor Appointee


Elizabeth “Liz” Poole is the Career and Development Coordinator at Concord High School with Cabarrus County Schools. She became a teacher through the lateral-entry process after a successful career as a small business owner.  She also holds licenses in business and marketing education. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s of Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte and received her Teaching Certifications through North Carolina State University. Liz is currently pursuing administration licensure through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
A former member of the Cabarrus County School Board of Education, she is currently in her second term as a Cabarrus County Commissioner. Liz resides in Concord, NC.


Margaret Howard Way
Senate Appointee


Margaret Way is a retired teacher’s assistant, serving the Rockingham County Public School System for 18 years.

She studied at the University of Tennessee and is graduate of Knoxville Business College.

She is married and has four children and six grandchildren.



Aaron McKethan – Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Senate Appointee


Dr. McKethan is co-founder and President of RxAnte. His areas of expertise include provider payment, delivery system reform, and health information technology. Before joining RxAnte, Dr. McKethan was Director of the Beacon Community program, a large multi-year federal health IT demonstration program at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in Washington, D.C. The Beacon Communities tested new innovations in health IT and delivery system change for cost reduction and quality improvement.

Previously, Dr. McKethan served as a Research Director for the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution in Washington, where he focused on the design and evaluation of new “accountable care” provider payment models designed to lower per-capita costs and improve health care outcomes. Dr. McKethan earned Bachelor of Arts and Ph.D. degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is currently Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

His published work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs. 



arren Newton, M.D., M.PH. – Vice Dean for Education, UNC School of Medicine
House Appointee

Warren P. Newton has served as the Vice Dean for Education and Chief Education Officer at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine since September 1, 2008. In this capacity he is responsible for the curriculum and programs for medical students, continuing medical education, and he also contributes to the direction of Graduate Medical Education at UNC Hospitals.


He is actively involved with AHEC and the planning of the expansion of UNC medical schools, residencies and practice support across the state.



Dr. Newton resides in Orange County.



Donald Martin

Speaker Appointee

Don Martin retired as Superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in 2013, after serving for 19 years. 

He now serves as a Professor of Educational Leadership at High Point University as well as a member of the Governing Board of the Research Educational Laboratory - Southeast and a North Carolina Commissioner to the Education Commission of the States. 

In 2014, he was elected to a four-year term on the Forsyth County Commission.  He is married and has three children and four grandchildren.