Center Advisory Board

The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health Advisory Board was created to support the mission of the Center by advising and assisting in the development of the overall strategy for the Center. The Board will serve as an advocate for Center programs to increase their visibility internally and externally and to assist in the Center's fundraising efforts. 

Aaron Nelson, Chair

Aaron Nelson (Advisory Board)

Aaron Nelson has been president and CEO of the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce for 14 years, executive director of the Chamber’s charitable economic and community development affiliate since its creation in 2004, and is co-chair of the national Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, and co-founder of the national Institute for Sustainable Development.  A UNC graduate, he was student body president, and his first job was special assistant to the late Chancellor Michael Hooker.

Elin Abercrombie  (Advisory Board)

Elin Abercrombie, MA, is a therapist and writer.  Her current project is Behind the Wall: The True Story of Mental Illness as Told by Parents,  was published in 2014. The mission of this work is to de-stigmatize mental illness and offer hope for families affected by brain disorders. She received her masters from Tufts University and completed an externship in family therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. Elin has counseled families, adolescents, and young adults. She has worked with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and Orange NAMI. 


Lee Bowman

Lee Bowman is the project manager for Briar Chapel, a master-planned development in Chapel Hill (Chatham County).  In 2005, he began working for the project’s developer, Newland Communities, and also oversaw the completion of another local master-planned development, Churton Grove in Hillsborough.  Previously, Lee was director of operations at Pinehurst Resort and managed several national golf championships including the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Men’s Open ChampionshipsA UNC-CH graduate, Lee lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two daughters.


Bert Fisher (Advisory Board)


Bert Fisher is president and CEO of Community Partnerships, Inc., which provides services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, mental health or substance abuse issues, brain injury, and economically disadvantaged youth.  Fisher has more than 25 years of nonprofit experience including serving as vice-president of development for the Food Bank of Central and Easter North Carolina. A Duke graduate, he also worked there in managerial positions for 20 years. Bert lives with his wife, Leto Copeley, in Hillsborough.

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Cornel Lamb (Advisory Board)

Cornell Lamb lll, BS, captain in the Carrboro Police Department, is currently the administrative division commander. He has been in law enforcement for 20 years, with 17 of those years at the Carrboro Police Department. A graduate of North Carolina Central University, he also has diplomas from the FBI Academy and the North Carolina Justice Academy Management Development Program. Lamb served in United States Army and was member of the 82nd Airborne.  He is also a volunteer assistant football coach at Chapel Hill High School.


Tim McGloin (Advisory Board)

Tim McGloin, MSPH, is a retired research associate from UNC.  He served as assistant director of Tobacco Prevention Program at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in public health education programs at UNC and NCCU. He serves on the board of the African American Dance Ensemble and advisory board of the UNC American Indian Center. McGloin lives in Durham and has taught documentary photography to youth in urban neighborhoods.

MANMOHAN SIHRA  Advisory Board

Manmohan Sihra, MS, is a senior executive from the pharmaceutical industry with 35 years of experience and is currently president of M SIHRA CONSULTING INC. He holds both undergraduate and masters degrees in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi India. He has served as a volunteer leader and a commissioner for training with the Boy Scouts of America. Having a great interest in teaching and the arts, Sihra has taught undergraduate and postgraduate levels in engineering and management, and been actively involved in photography, painting, sculpture and poetry activities. Mr. Sihra lives in Cary.

Brian StablerBrian Stabler, PhD, is an emeritus professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at UNC and a documentary filmmaker. After graduating from Durham University (England), he came to the United States in 1967 as International Rotary Graduate fellow for one year and stayed. He has been recognized as an outstanding teacher, clinician and clinical investigator in clinical psychology. He has been active in the community on the boards of the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, NC State Employees Credit Union, the Ronald MacDonald House and was a founding member and fundraiser for the SECU Family House. He lives in Southern Village with his wife Laura

Lori Taylor  Advisory Board

Lori Taylor CFP®, is senior vice president and Wealth Management Advisor, Fifth Third Bank Private Bank, works with individuals and families to achieve their financial goals.  Lori has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including commercial banking, retail, wealth management and family office roles.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and lives with her husband and son in Cary.


Candance Turney

Candace Turney, CPA, with 34 years of experience in public accounting, is the managing partner of the Cary office of Rabon & Dailey, LLP. Her areas of focus are individual and small business taxation, and small business accounting, consulting, and start-ups. She has served on the Durham Literacy Council and Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association boards. Turney has lived in the Triangle for 28 years and currently lives in Cary. A graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, she studied accounting and business at Butler University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.


Michael Williams  Advisory Board

Michael Williams, is  a senior sales executive with a long record of consistently exceeding sales goals in the pharmaceutical industry. His 30-year career with GlaxoSmithKline, culminated in a position as area vice president for medical groups. He then moved to Sanofi Pharmaceuticals as the vice president of sales for hospitals and long-term care accounts. He is the president and managing partner at Facio Consulting Group and Associates, which focuses on business and sales consulting for small, midsize and large biopharmaceutical clients. He is a graduate of Xavier and received a Transformational Leadership certification from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.



UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health

John Gilmore MDJohn Gilmore, MD, director and medical director, UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health; vice chair Research and Scientific Affairs and Thad and Alice Eure Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.




Thava Mahadevan October 2016Thava Mahadevan, MS, director of Operations, and director of The UNC Farm at Penny Lane and the Center's recovery programs.





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Edward Binanay, BS,  director of Development 
and Coordinator of the Advisory Board.