Andrew PerkinsBoard Chair, Andrew Perkins

Andrew M. Perkins, Jr. is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Engineering at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, N. C. Prior to that appointment, he served as the University Engineer. Before coming to NCA & T, Perkins retired with the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 29 years of distinguished service. He served as commander and district engineer for both the Norfolk and San Francisco Districts, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; he was the facilities construction program manager, Office of the Assistant Chief of Engineers; an Area Engineer in Saudi Arabia; and was a battalion commander and Assistant Corps Engineer with the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. During his career with the Corps of Engineers, he had the opportunity to work with the Departments of Transportation in California and Virginia to enhance transportation and environmental needs in those states. The Governor appointed him as a member of the N. C. Board of Transportation in 2003, where he still serves. Perkins received his B. S. degree in architecture from Hampton University, his M. S. degree in architecture from the University of Wisconsin, and is a graduate of The National War College in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Dr. Mary T. Perkins, make their home in Winston Salem, NC and have two adult children.


Betsy AnneseBoard Vice Chair, Betsy Annese

Betsy Annese is a retired public relations and marketing executive with more than 40 years of domestic and international experience in major industries and a variety of non-profit organizations that include social service agencies and churches. Annese has held several executive positions during her career. Her 16-year career with R.J. Reynolds included all aspects of corporate communications advisory for the parent company and five of its subsidiaries. She served on the executive committee of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International, Inc. in Geneva, Switzerland as Sr. Vice President, External Relations, managing public relations, public affairs and government relations. She was Vice President, Corporate Communications for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., the world’s second-largest home improvement retailer, where she started the first corporate communications department for the company. She was Manager of Public Relations for Bigelow-Sanford, Inc., a major carpet company now part of Shaw Industries, shortly after spending three years with two South Carolina newspapers as a news reporter. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. degree in Journalism, Betsy is a frequent lecturer on business management and public relations topics.


Alfred AdamsAlfred G. Adams

Alfred G. Adams is a retired partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP. He is a former high school teacher and coach and a former adjunct professor at Wake Forest University (WFU) School of Law. He holds a bachelor of arts and a Juris Doctor degree from WFU. Adams' legal career has focused on all aspects of real estate transactions and he has practiced law from 1973 until retirement. In 2004, Alfred was named the Leading Real Estate Attorney in N.C. by "North Carolina Business" magazine and he is now a member of the N.C. Business Hall of Fame. He has been active in the revitalization of downtown Winston-Salem (W-S) and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter; as Immediate Past Chair of W-S Business, Inc., the economic development entity for W-S and Forsyth County; as a member of the Executive Committee of the Downtown W-S Partnership; and as Chair of the Downtown W-S Foundation. In 2011, he was named a “Citizen Lawyer” by the N.C. Bar Association in recognition of his years of community service.


Jemmise BowenJemmise Bowen

Ms. Bowen is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical state University and holds a BS in Manufacturing Technology. She has continued to be a local community advocate for homeless families. Ms. Bowen brings a first-hand perspective on the needs of the homeless community and those in need of housing. She is fortunate to be able to use her passions for service and advocacy for the community to the Housing Authority Board.


Felicia M. Brinson

Mrs. Brinson is employed by the Forsyth County Dept. Of Social Service, where she enjoys working with people and volunteers in Winston-Salem and is a future business owner in her community. Her mission is to make an impact in the lives of others. Felicia was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, but lived in Atlanta, Georgia for several years as a home maker, raising five amazing children. While in Atlanta, she began a career in taxes and home daycare. Felicia is a member of a now virtual church and model for “Curve She,” an organization recognized by the City of Winston Salem. As a divorcee, she started a platform, “Sh-air Talk” for people to share their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and business. Felicia is a newly appointed member of the HAWS Board of Commissioners, an opportunity which she finds educational. She enjoys meeting new people in this role and feels both gratitude and purposeful satisfaction in being part of the “movers and shakers” in the community.


Art GibelArt Gibel

Art Gibel retired in 2020 after 15 years as CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. He received the Kenneth King Award in 2016 as the national Goodwill Executive of the Year. Art joined Goodwill in 2006 after a career in business with companies that included Procter & Gamble, Ralston Purina, and Sara Lee. He finished his career at Sara Lee as CEO of Hanes Printables. Originally from Ohio he is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. He has been an active member of the community, previously serving on several non-profit boards and is an alumnus of Leadership Winston-Salem. In addition to HAWS, Art currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; Piedmont Federal Savings Bank; Northwest NC Community Foundation; and Partnership for Prosperity. He is active in his congregation at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church and is a member of Reynolda Rotary. Art and his wife, Kathy, have two adult children and five grandchildren.


William RoseWilliam C. Rose, MBA, CPA

Mr. Rose has a diverse background with 35 plus years of experience. He attended Virginia Military Institute and UNC – Chapel Hill for his undergraduate schooling and received his MBA from UNC -Chapel Hill. He joined Cannon & Company CPAs in Winston-Salem in 1986 and was named the firm's managing partner in 1988. William contributed to his profession by serving as an officer and committee member at the local and state level with the NC Association of CPA's. William retired from Cannon in 2008 after thirty-three years in public practice. In retirement, he has been an adjunct accounting professor for Winston-Salem State University and teaches for the NC Association of CPA's and other training firms. William also serves as a Board member/ treasurer/volunteer with several area organizations.

William and his wife, Julee have lived in Winston-Salem since 1986.  They have four adult children and eight grandchildren.