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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

 

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Dale R. Folwell – State Treasurer
Chair, ex officio
Dale.Folwell@nctreasurer.com

 
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.  

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Charles Perusse – State Budget Director
Ex officio
Charles.Perusse@nctreasurer.com

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.


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

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.


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David Rubin – Professor Emeritus, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Treasurer Appointee
David.Rubin@nctreasurer.com

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.
 

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Kim Hargett – Teacher
Governor Appointee

Kim Hargett is a National Board Certified Teacher specializing in early and middle childhood physical education.  Born in Wadesboro, N.C., to Ella Tyson Hargett and the late Ralph Hargett, Kim is a 28-year veteran teacher at Marshville Elementary School in Union County.  Ms. Hargett served on the North Carolina Association of Educators Board of Directors from 2006 to 2011, representing 10 counties in the central region of the state.  She remains active with the Union County affiliate of the North Carolina Association of Educators. 

Ms. Hargett, who comes from a family of public school educators, has a bachelor’s degree in political science/criminal justice from N.C. State University and a K-12 Health and Physical Education Teaching Certification from UNC- Greensboro.  In addition to teaching, Ms. Hargett is also a small business owner, operating two beach rental properties in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  In 2012, Ms. Hargett was appointed as the teacher representative for the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees Board of Trustees. She is a native of Wingate, N.C., and resides in the rural area of Sturdivants Crossroads outside of Marshville, N.C.

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Elizabeth "Liz" Poole Teacher
Governor Appointee
Elizabeth.Poole@nctreasurer.com

 

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.

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Margaret Howard Way
Senate Appointee
Margaret.Way@nctreasurer.com

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.




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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
Aaron.McKethan@nctreasurer.com

 

Dr. McKethan is Visiting Scholar in Health Policy at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. His areas of expertise include provider payment, delivery system reform, and health information technology. Before joining Duke, Aaron was co-founder and President of RxAnte, a health care predictive analytics company. Dr. McKethan was previously 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.

Dr. McKethan also 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.

 
 
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Donald Martin

Donald.Martin@nctreasurer.com
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.
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