Meet our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors includes community leaders and residents, all giving their time and business expertise to support the Searstone not-for-profit mission of service. Their guidance has been instrumental in creating an unparalleled way of life.
Board of Directors
Stanley G. Brading
President and Director
Mr. Brading has been a practicing attorney for 40 years, focusing on tax exempt bond financing for Code Section 501(c)(3) organizations like Provider, including the acquisition and construction of health care facilities with such bond proceeds. Mr. Brading represented Provider as its attorney from 2005 until July 1, 2011, when he accepted his current position as President. He received his B.A. degree from Duke University in 1974, his J.D. degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1979, and his Masters of Laws in Taxation degree from Emory University in 1984. He has served as President of the national Duke University Alumni Association and on the Duke University Board of Trustees, and has been involved in a wide range of non-profit community organizations such as Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, President of Buckhead Little League Baseball, as President of the Buckhead Lions Club, and as a member of the Buckhead Rotary Club.
Thomas A. Beebe
Mr. Beebe is a long-time resident of the Cary area. He earned his A.B./L.L.B. (Pre-Law, emphasis in business) undergraduate degree and J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Beebe practiced real estate and business/estate planning law in private practice in Cary for nine years and then was active in the real estate development business in the Wake County area until his retirement in June 2018.
Linda D. Coleman
Ms. Coleman has served as Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, was elected three times to the North Carolina House of Representatives, and served as the Director of the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources from 2009 to 2012. Some of her past positions have included being a high school teacher and working for the State of North Carolina in the human resource field as the Human Resources Manager for the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges. Ms. Coleman is a native of Greenville, North Carolina and is a long-time resident of Knightdale, North Carolina. Ms. Coleman serves on a number of boards including Wake Technical Community College and the Methodist Home for Children.
Charles H. Henderson
Mr. Henderson served as the Town Attorney for Town of Cary for 28 years before retiring in 2005. After retiring from Cary, he was employed by the law firm of Poyner & Spruill, LLP for one year. Prior to his work for the Town of Cary, he served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Burlington, NC.
Marc C. Hewitt
Mr. Hewitt is a healthcare attorney with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP in Raleigh, focusing on healthcare related regulatory and litigation matters, including representation of CCRCs, nursing and assisted living facilities. He is a lifelong resident of North Carolina, has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, and previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mack R. Leath, Jr.
Mr. Leath received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the North Carolina State University in 1979. He has been in the petro-chemical business for 30 years, owned MRL Associates in Atlanta, Georgia for 17 of those years, and now works with Chemicals Etc., a Houston, Texas based firm. He is a founder of: Araicom Life Sciences, LLC, a literature search software start-up; Medsoftccs, LLC, a software solution focused on assisting HR functions with nursing compliance issues; and W6, a scheduling and estimating software solution for the petro-chemical industry. Mr. Leath has been the past president as well as a board member of Provider since its inception.
Earl A. (Buzz) Mead
Mr. Mead is a native of Michigan and he has been a resident of the Community since 2017. Mr. Mead received his BBA from the University of Michigan in 1955 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963. From 1955 to 1960 Mr. Mead served as a jet fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, and from 1960 until 1978 he served in the same capacity in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, for a total of 23 years military service. Mr. Mead founded the law firm of Mead and Bane in Yardley, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with a practice emphasis in real estate matters and estates and trusts. He retired in 1993, and he moved to New Bern NC where he was active in the New Bern Preservation Foundation serving on the Board of Directors and as President. Mr. Mead has previously served as a Special Advisor to the Corporation’s Board of Directors, and also serves as chairman of the Friendship Committee of the Searstone Residents’ Association.
Charles L. Norman
Mr. Norman earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from North Carolina State University. He spent seven years with the Cary Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Communication and Government Relations prior to joining Smith & Associates/Cherokee Publishing as Vice President and Director of Business Development.
James B. Pierce
Mr. Pierce is a Certified Public Accountant and a retired partner at the accounting firm of Williams Overman Pierce, LLP. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1969. Mr. Pierce has always and continues to be an active community volunteer. He has served as an officer and board member of numerous non-profit organizations, including the American Lung Association of North Carolina, Wake Education Partnership, Wake County Estate Planning Council, and Crabtree Rotary Club. He is currently the treasurer of Greenwood Forest Baptist Church.
Searstone-RLA, Inc. is serving as the manager of the Community. The Manager is a privately held North Carolina corporation which was organized to manage the Community.
The sole shareholder of the Manager is Mr. David Ammons. Mr. Ammons and his affiliated companies, including Retirement Living Associates, Inc. (“RLA”), manage and operate existing assisted living communities and CCRCs. RLA and its affiliates provide professional management, marketing, development, consulting and advisory services to senior living communities throughout the States of North Carolina and Florida.
David Ammons, Owner and Principal of Searstone-RLA, Inc.
David Ammons is Searstone- RLA’s owner, principal and project manager of the Community. Through Ammons-Springmoor Associates, Inc., Mr. Ammons and RLA also currently oversee the management and operations of Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community (“Springmoor”) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Springmoor, which opened in 1984, has 388 independent living units, 18 assisted living units, and 173 skilled nursing beds, and is currently approximately 95% occupied. RLA is developing Legacy at Mills River, a full service Equity model continuing care retirement community that is planned to be developed in Mills River, North Carolina. RLA managed Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee, a 224-unit continuing care retirement community in Florence, South Carolina, from 2011 to 2018; Mars Hill Retirement Community, a 69 unit assisted living facility in Mars Hill, North Carolina, through Mars Hill Retirement Living, Inc.; Ardenwoods Retirement Community in Arden, NC, through Ardenwoods-RLA, Inc.; Plantation Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care in High Springs, Florida, through Plantation Oaks-RLA, Inc.; and Twin Creeks Assisted Living and Memory Care in Riverview, Florida, through Twin Creeks-RLA, Inc. Mr. Ammons founded RLA in 1992 as a consulting firm and has expanded to include the development and management of senior care facilities including CCRCs, assisted living facilities and a nursing/rehabilitation facility. Mr. Ammons is an active member of LeadingAge and the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on the Senior Housing Committee. Mr. Ammons is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in business and accounting.
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