Dr. Thomas (Tom) Barth, Ph D.
Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program- UNC-Charlotte
Tom Barth is a Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at UNC Charlotte. He is a “pracademic”, having worked for ten years in the federal government at the Dept. of Health & Human Services and Environmental Protection Agency before embarking on an academic career that has also included MPA programs at the University of Memphis and UNC Wilmington. He teaches, conducts research, and consults in the areas of human resource management, strategic planning, leadership and ethics. He has a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, M.A. from the U. of Chicago and B.A. from Notre Dame.
Chauncy Barnhill, MBA
Senior Vice President, Operations Area Manager- Wells Fargo
Chauncy Barnhill is Senior Vice President and Leader of the Document Capture Center of Excellence Team within the Payments Virtual Solutions and Innovations Group at Wells Fargo. With over 25 years of management experience, Chauncy leads a diverse organization of approximately 450 employees who are accountable for the image capture, scanning, indexing, and research of documents in support of various lines of business across the Wells Fargo footprint. Born with limited hearing in his left ear; Chauncy has a passion for working with and hiring people with disabilities. In addition to representing Wells Fargo on the Disability:IN North Carolina board; he is an active member of Wells Fargo’s People with Disabilities Community of Practice, who’s goal it is to provide a forum to build and exchange knowledge of talent acquisition practices and retention of people with disabilities in the workplace. Since 2010, teams under his leadership have hired over 100 people with disabilities as contractors and received multiple national awards and recognition for their efforts.
Justin, Francis, C. P. A.
CFO Protection Solutions, Equitable
Justin Francis is the CFO for the Protection Solutions segment at Equitable. He manages the Life and Employee Benefits sub-segments to identify and prioritize growth and expense opportunities, evaluate product and organizational opportunities while providing financial modeling and business intelligence. Prior to this current role, Justin was the Finance Business Partner for the Chief Transformation Organization for AXA US where he was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the strategic plan for the operations, procurement, data & analytic, and real estate teams. In addition, Justin managed the Treasury Operation and Corporate Expense Allocation teams overseeing 20 banks and more than 30 entities from expense perspective. He has a broad range of accounting, auditing, and operational finance experience obtained in his roles within the public accounting, manufacturing, and the finance industries. He is a CPA and graduate of Le Moyne College. He is the employee co-chair of the True Abilities ERG, trained Make-A-Wish volunteer and helps coordinate the company’s annual food drive supporting the local food bank in the Charlotte area.
Supplier Diversity Specialist – SAS institute, Inc., Cary, North Carolina
Saima Cardwell is the Supplier Diversity Specialist at SAS Institute Inc in Cary NC. She joined SAS in 1999 and has held various positions over the last 20 years. She has worked in Finance, Contracts, Proposals and Spend. Her experience in these customer facing roles has given her an in-depth knowledge of business development and strategic sourcing and procurement. Saima has always had a lifelong passion for helping others. Her current role allows her to use this passion and energy by engaging with diverse business owners, and SAS to Diversify its supply chain with minority, women, veteran and disability-owned businesses. She has a bachelor’s from Campbell University and currently serves as the Board of Institute for Supply Chain Management Carolina Virginia-Triangle Chapter- Membership Chair.
President/CEO- Agilitech Solutions, LLC (SV-DOBE)
Matt Hempel is the owner of Agilitech Solutions a Disability:IN certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Disability Owned Business Enterprise (SDV-DOBD) and a VA Verified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Mr. Hempel is a 25-year active reserve veteran and Navy helicopter pilot. His civilian career has been in software systems integration industry where leadership, teamwork and persistence are key. Agilitech serves members of the disability community by helping corporate entities and government agencies become compliant with Section 508, the World Wide Web Consortium and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA standards for web accessibility.
George Howe III
Partner – Banking Capital Markets Advisory, EY
George is a Partner within EY’s Financial Services Organization (FSO) in the America’s based in Charlotte, N. C., George Howe, III, has been with EY since 2004. He works closely with EY’s Banking and Capital Markets clients in New York, Charlotte and the Southeast Area of the US to understand their needs for advisory consulting. George spent four years working with EY’s clients in EMEIA and was based in London from 2012-2016. Prior to joining EY, he held multiple finance and product control positions with several investment banks in New York and Charlotte. A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in 1992, George holds degrees in Managerial Economics and Classical Studies.
Charles “Jameson” Knight
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Sr., Novant Health
Charles “Jameson” Knight is the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at Novant Health in Charlotte, NC. Jameson holds a BS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an Associate of Arts degree as well as an associate degree in Criminal Science from Central Piedmont Community College.
Jameson began his tenure with Novant as a Public Safety Officer and became the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist in 2016. He currently serves as the Chair of the Novant Health Veterans Business Resource Group (BRG).
In his role as the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Jameson leads organization-wide initiatives for Novant that benefit under represented populations and works with his team to streamline the process for candidate recruitment in underserved communities. He also focuses on developing and sustaining community partnerships with underrepresented populations and organizations that represent them, such as Disability:IN North Carolina.
Military & Veterans Affairs Lead Global Diversity & Inclusion
Timothy McClain serves as enterprise lead for the strategy related to Military and Veterans’ Affairs and People with Disabilities. He is responsible for ensuring there is a consistent focus on increasing the spend and investment on Veteran-owned small businesses and ensuring talent and recruiting strategies align with the firm’s Veterans and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) initiatives. Tim leads and consults on market penetration and commercial branding opportunities. Tim also serves as liaison to MetLife’s employee resource groups globally. McClain has led some of North Carolina’s most impactful Veterans’ initiatives, including Valor Games, Bunker Labs Muster, Patriot Boot Camp and North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME).
McClain is a combat Veteran, having served in various campaigns, including deployments to Southwest Asia, Iraq and Haiti. McClain served in both the 3rd and 7th Special Forces Groups was a commander in the 112th Signal Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC, the largest special operations signal unit in the world. McClain is a United States Army Ranger. Appointed by the Governor, McClain serves as commissioner on the NC Military Affairs Commission (NCMAC). He has served on the boards of the USO, Communities in Schools and Bridge II Sports. McClain holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Troy University and is an’ NCAA college basketball referee.
Robert Rusch is a PwC Tax Manager in Charlotte, NC. Rob has more than 8 years of experience serving a wide range of clients in the Financial Services industry. As a professional with a severe neuromuscular disability, Robert is an avid advocate for disability inclusion and innovation in the workplace. Robert, who earned his BA at Davidson College and his master’s from Wake Forest University, uses a power wheelchair due to a diagnosed muscular condition. As a team manager, Robert has embraced the role of leader in an organization that values his contributions to the leadership team.
Greg Young, C.P.M., CPSM
Indirect Category Manager, Global Business Services- Trane Technologies
Greg Young has been with Trane Technologies since 2004 in various roles across Procurement and currently holds a role as Indirect Category Manager, Global Business Services. Greg is a co-chair for VisAbility, Trane Technologies Employee Resource Group for individuals with disabilities and has been instrumental in developing information programs for employees of Trane Technologies on disability inclusion strategies. Greg is a graduate of NC State University, College of Management where he earned an MBA in Operations and Supply Chain Management.
Retired, Regional VP- Distribution- Lowes (Ex Officio)
For over 17 years before his retirement Fred Sampson led regional distribution at Lowes in Mooresville. Fred was an early champion of disability inclusion, who engaged with every Disability:IN affiliate in each state where he was stationed during his tenure with Lowes, including Disability:IN North Carolina where he recently served as the Chairman of the Board of directors since 2018. Fred understands the value of disability inclusion from both a personal and professional perspective as he seeks to encourage other businesses to expand their workforce of qualified individuals with disabilities.