Our Board

Paula Barger
City of Greensboro



WORK I am the Development and Engagement Administrator for Greensboro Parks and Recreation. In this role, I pursue funding and outreach opportunities to further the department’s mission to provide inclusive programs, facilities, parks, and open space, ensuring that Greensboro is a great place to work, live, and play.

FAVORITE BOOK Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe

FUN FACT I love to sing and I am in my second season as a soprano with Greensboro’s Bel Canto Company, a choral ensemble of professional singers dedicated to providing choral concert experiences of the highest caliber.

Paula Barger
City of Greensboro
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Wendell Calhoun, Board Chair
Syngenta



WORK Marketing Operations Manager responsible for developing and executing innovative marketing programs that provide U.S. farmers with agronomic solutions to maximize their crops’ growth potential, with the specific intent of feeding, fueling and clothing our country.

FAVORITE BOOK Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall

FUN FACT I’ve been singing on praise and worship teams for approximately 20 years.

Wendell Calhoun, Board Chair
Syngenta
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Jenni Ford
Paradigm Personality Labs



WORK  I am the Director, Client Success at Paradigm Personality Labs.  Paradigm is a personality assessment provider and, in my role, I help people learn about their unique personality footprint and how it impacts their work, their relationships with others and their personal wellbeing. We work with people and organizations to help them leverage the strengths of their personality as well as identify times when our personality preferences might be a hindrance. I love having the opportunity to coach others to reach their full potential.

FAVORITE BOOK  I read 2-3 books a week and have many favorites. My most recent favorite is Educated by Tara Westover.

FUN FACT  I love to travel and have lived in Europe and Asia.  I have visited 28 countries around the world, but there’s no place like home. I am a Greensboro girl at heart, and I’m proud to raise my two children in a beautiful and diverse community surrounded by family and friends.

 

Jenni Ford
Paradigm Personality Labs
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Lisa Garrett
Community Volunteer



WORK I bring people together to get good stuff done.

FAVORITE BOOK The Ken Follett series.

FUN FACT I entertain myself by designing living spaces in my head.

Lisa Garrett
Community Volunteer
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Deborah Grant
Cone Health



WORK

FAVORITE BOOK

FUN FACT I have taken 35 trips to Disney with a family of eight.

Deborah Grant
Cone Health
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Jim Kennedy
Jim Kennedy CMA



WORK Retired and seeking true inner peace, plus more time in nature.

FAVORITE BOOK Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier and The Martian by Andy Weir

FUN FACT I have done several “track experiences” over the years and averaged 148 mph over 9 laps in an IndyCar at Lowes.

Jim Kennedy
Jim Kennedy CMA
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Samira Khan
Carolina Anesthesia and Pain Care



WORK My name is Samira Khan. I am a recent graduate from High Point University with a doctorate in leadership in education. I am interviewing for different teaching and leadership positions at local universities.

FAVORITE BOOK The Body Keeps the Score written by Bessell van der Kolke M.D. The book has research-based information about trauma and pathways to recovery.

FUN FACT  I enjoy CrossFit training.  My biggest joy in life is helping others. I am currently working to help a few refugee families in the Triad area. I am connecting them with the right resources to learn English, find safe neighborhoods to live in, and get jobs.

Samira Khan
Carolina Anesthesia and Pain Care
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Tripp Miller
vTv Therapeutics



WORK Financial reporting and analysis
FAVORITE BOOK The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
FUN FACT I enjoy playing the bass guitar.
Tripp Miller
vTv Therapeutics
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Beth Sheffield
Greensboro Public Library



WORK I am the Adult Programming/ Special Projects Coordinator for Greensboro Public Library System. In this role, I manage programs like One City, One Book, Greensboro Learning Circles, and major author visits.  I believe in connection, community, lifelong learning, and inspiring the joys of reading!

FAVORITE BOOK To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

FUN FACT I was once had the thrill to assist backstage at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

Beth Sheffield
Greensboro Public Library
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