Our Leadership


Southminster Board of Directors

Our Board reflects an exceptional blend of experience and foresight who serve without compensation to ensure Southminster provides an excellent quality of life for our residents.









Mr. Richard “Dick” Welch, (back row, left to right), Mr. Gene King, Mr. Allen Robertson, Mrs. Tere Ey, Dr. William Sugg, Rev. Lisa Saunders, Mr. Joseph Kluttz, Mr. John Wyatt, Mr. Jay Rivers, and Mrs. Bonnie Banks

Mr. Richard “Dick” Brigden (seated), Rev. Joseph Aldrich, Mrs. Hope Parrott, Mr. Robert Thomason, and Dr. Paul Tolmie

Not pictured: Mr. H. Tate Bowers, The Honorable Regan Miller, and Mr. R. Stuart Dickson


Southminster Leadership Team










Seated (left to right): Stewart Wiley, David Lacy, Salem Suber, Kenda Laughey

Back Row (left to right): Donna Peters, James Dixson, Mary Cooper, Tracy McGinnis, Lisa McClellan

David Lacy – President and Executive Director
David earned an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  He spent the early years of his career working in the area of city planning and since 1982, David has focused on management of continuing care retirement communities.  He became President and Executive Director of Southminster in 1999.  From 1994 to 2003, David also served as Chairman of the Board and CEO with the Armed Forces Retirement Homes in Washington, D.C.  He served as Chair of the Board of Leading Age North Carolina and served as a member of the House of Delegates of Leading Age.  He is trained as a surveyor for the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission which was acquired by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and served as an evaluator for numerous site visits.  His professional awards include the Leading Age NC Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and the U.S. Department of Defense Medal of Distinguished Public Service in 2002.  David is licensed as a nursing home administrator in North Carolina.

Mary Cooper, R. N. – Director of Health & Wellness 
Mary is certified in geriatric nursing and has worked at Southminster for over 13 years. She was Director of Nursing for 6 years before being promoted to her current position. Mary serves as Administrator of Record for Southminster’s Health Center and is responsible for meeting the regulatory and fiscal requirements of the Health Center’s operations. Mary oversees the nursing department, Resident and Family Life department, Resident Clinic Services, and Life Enrichment department.

Kenda Laughey – Chief Financial Officer
Kenda is a Certified Public Accountant having joined Southminster after a successful 10-year career with Deloitte & Touche.  With Deloitte & Touche, she was an Audit Senior Manager focused on health care providers. Kenda  graduated from the University of South Carolina where she earned a Bachelor of Science & Business Administration degree and a Master of Accountancy degree.  Kenda is married with one daughter.

Lisa McClellan – Director of Human Resources
Lisa enjoys over 20 years’ experience in associate relations, training/development, recruiting, benefits and compensation management.  Prior to joining Southminster, Lisa was in human resource management with Arbor Acres, a continuing care retirement community located in Winston Salem. Earlier experience includes human resource positions with Honda of America, Visa USA, and Sunrise Medical.  A graduate of Longwood College, with a BS in Sociology and Business, Lisa has earned additional certifications in Human Resources Management and Career Architect Training and Development and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).  She is also successfully graduated from the Disney school’s course on leadership and management.  Married with three children, Lisa enjoys hiking, kayaking and time with family and friends.

Donna Peters – Executive Assistant
Donna joined the Southminster team in 2001. She works with residents, family members, Board members, senior managers, and employees to provide assistance to the Executive Director in areas related to community management. She also provides support to the Southminster Foundation Development staff. Donna has worked in the field of senior healthcare and senior living since 1990. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, is married, and has two daughters.

Salem Suber – Director of Culinary Services
Salem is a Charlotte native with 20 years of experience owning and managing restaurants. He has strong skills in the areas of developing and managing budgets, team building and marketing. Salem is passionate about providing quality dining experiences for his guests and supportive work environments for his employees. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and has one daughter.

Tracy McGinnis – Director of Philanthropy
Tracy has held this newly created role since February, 2014. Prior to joining the senior leadership team at Southminster, Tracy led business development efforts in North and South Carolina in independent living, assisted living, and specialized memory care.  Tracy earned a BA in Communications/Journalism and is a published writer with both local and national publications on a variety of topics. She completed her graduate work in the field of Gerontology and was inducted into the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society with the Gerontological Society of America. Tracy currently serves on the board of directors for the Shepherd’s Center, Council on Aging, Volunteer Transportation Services and is a certified Dementia specialist through the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  Tracy’s current efforts include expanding Southminster’s philanthropic mission by building community partnerships that focus on education, cultural arts and healthy community initiatives.

Stewart Wiley – Director of Sales & Marketing
Stewart joined Southminster in February 2012, first as a marketing consultant and, today, as its Director of Sales and Marketing. Stewart enjoys over 30 years experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors that includes directing the sales and marketing efforts of a multi-site developer of continuing care retirement communities; directing the advancement efforts of two prestigious K-12 independent private schools; serving as a national sales executive for a developer of medical information software; and consulting with hospitals on the successful integration of management and physician practices. Stewart is experienced at leading the marketing efforts and advancing the sales initiatives of expanding companies on the threshold of leading their industries. Stewart is a graduate of the The Terry Business College of the University of Georgia.




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