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Governor Cooper Makes Eight New Appointments to Boards and Commissions


Governor Roy Cooper today announced eight more appointments to various state commissions and boards, including a new chair for the North Carolina Partnership for Children Board of Directors, which oversees Smart Start programs and services.

“Through their service, these accomplished leaders will use their time and talents to help move our state forward,” Gov. Cooper said.

To the North Carolina Partnership for Children Board of Directors, Gov. Cooper has appointed:

  • J. Patrick Danahy as Chair. Danahy studied at the University of Notre Dame and received an MBA from the University of Virginia. After several years as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, Danahy spent over four decades in senior positions at Triad-area corporations. He now is President and CEO of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

To the North Carolina Symphony Society Incorporated Board of Trustees, Gov. Cooper has named three members-at-large:

  • Kevin Howell, JD. Howell, of Raleigh, is Senior Vice President for External Affairs for the University of North Carolina’s 17-campus system. He has decades of experience in state government, having served as a legislative liaison for two governors and the North Carolina Bar Association. Additionally, he has served on several advisory boards, including the Centennial Authority Board.
  • Timothy M. Altman, D. Mus. A. Altman, of Laurinburg, received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky and currently chairs the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Acclaimed both as a conductor and as a trumpeter, he has performed and lectured on music around the world.
  • Keith Donahue, of Raleigh. Donahue served most recently as Executive Vice President of Corporate Growth at Telerent Leasing Corporation, a prominent healthcare technology firm. An experienced manager, Donahue has worked at several multinational firms and specializes in building and growing new business.

To the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, Gov. Cooper has appointed:

  • Dr. Suzanne Lazorick. Lazorick is a physician and a resident of Newport who received her MD and MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After several years as a pediatrician, she accepted a professorship at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine in 2006 and currently serves as the school’s Associate Director for Community Research and Promotion.

To the General Statutes Commission, Gov. Cooper has named two members-at-large:

  • Carlton M. Mansfield. A resident of Pembroke and graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill Law School, Mansfield has practiced law in North Carolina since 1994, arguing in both state and federal courts. He is active in his local church and many historical societies across the state.
  • Marc Bishop, of Greensboro. Bishop received his law degree from UNC Chapel Hill and is a partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in five different practice areas and also serves as general corporate counsel to a variety of firms.

To the North Carolina State Banking Commission, Gov. Cooper has appointed:

  • Ken Flynt, of Waynesville, as a Public Member. Flynt received his Master of Economics from North Carolina State University and has held a variety of banking leadership positions, even founding several banks of his own. Now an associate dean at the Western Carolina University College of Business, Flynt regularly works with local leaders and conducts media interviews on economic development.