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Published on December 20, 2021

Cone Health Announces New Board Members and Leadership

The new members create a board designed to reflect the community.

Ashley BrandonDr. Ashley Brandon

Maria GonzalesMaria Gonzalez

Arthur SametArthur Samet

Vernon StringerDr. Vernon Stringer

Mae DouglasMae Douglas

James MaxwellDr. James Maxwell

Greensboro – The Cone Health Board of Trustees has added four new members and elevated others to leadership positions. The new members create the most diverse board in Cone Health’s history. 

The 14-member Cone Health Board of Trustees provides guidance and direction for the Greensboro-based health network. Its decisions impact the types of health care services that will be available and where and how community members will access them. 

“Cone Health is committed to serving everyone in every community we provide care in,” says Cone Health CEO Dr. Mary Jo Cagle. “To be effective, I feel it is important that those communities have a voice in the decisions we make. The board is the highest level of decision making at Cone Health and it is the most diverse group we’ve ever had.” 

The four new board members are: Dr. Ashley Brandon, Maria Gonzalez, Arthur Samet and Dr. Vernon Stringer.

  • Brandon is a urologist with Cone Health Medical Group/ Alliance Urology of Burlington.  
    She joined the practice in 2015. Brandon earned her medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was chief resident in the department of urology at Boston University Medical Center. Brandon holds several positions at Cone Health, including chair of the department of surgery and a representative on the executive committee of surgical services at Alamance Regional Medical Center. 
  • Gonzalez leads ClubFitness Greensboro as CEO. A native of Colombia, she earned an accounting degree from Politecnico, Colombiano JIC in Medellin. In Colombia, Gonzalez played water polo at the national team level. After coming to the U. S., she followed her passion in fitness taking a job at ClubFitness as a lifeguard, swim instructor and water exercise instructor. She eventually worked her way up to club manager then CEO of the company.
  • Samet has served as CEO and Chairman of Samet Corporation since 2000. During his
    tenure, he expanded the family-run business throughout the southeast. Samet is active in the Greensboro community. He serves on the boards of Piedmont Triad Partnership, Opportunity Greensboro and the Greensboro Jewish Foundation. He is on the board of visitors at UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro and High Point University. Samet earned an MBA at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
  • Stringer is a founding partner of Piedmont Healthcare for Women, P.A., Central  Carolina Obstetrics and Gynecology Division in Greensboro. He recently retired after more than 30 years as an obstetrician and gynecologist. Stringer remains active in the physician community serving on the Carolinas Pandemic Task Force and the physician quality leadership team. Stringer holds a degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in medicine from Duke University School of Medicine.

The board also has new leadership. 

  • Mae Douglas is the 10th leader of the board. Douglas is a retired corporate executive involved in community service and philanthropy. She retired as executive vice president and chief people officer at Cox Communications in Atlanta. Black Professional Magazine once listed her among the Top 100 Black Executives in Corporate America. Douglas holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. 
  • Dr. James Maxwell was elected vice chairman. He is the retired president of Greensboro Radiology. Maxwell has been a member of the Cone Health Board of Trustees since 2011 serving on numerous committees. Maxwell attended Centre College and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He served his radiology residency at Vanderbilt where he was chief resident. 

Cone Health is grateful for the service of board members Ed Kitchen and Dr. Chap McQueen. Their terms ended with the start of the new board. 

“We are truly honored to have so many people willing to give their time and leadership to the communities we serve through Cone Health,” adds Cagle. “We are grateful for their talent and inspired by their service.”