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Board of Trustees

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The State Health Plan's Board of Trustees consists of 10 members. The board is made up of experts in medicine, health administration and education and is responsible for the design of employee health benefits.

Dale R. Folwell – State Treasurer

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Chair, ex officio

Dale R. Folwell was a four-term member of the N.C. House of Representatives, including two years as Speaker Pro Tempore. During that time, he sponsored 29 major pieces of legislation enacted with bipartisan support. More recently, he was Assistant Secretary of Commerce with the Employment Security Commission, where he took the most “broke and broken” unemployment system in the United States and turned it into a national leader in debt repayment, quality and customer service. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Master's in Accounting. Married for 28 years with three children, he lives in Winston-Salem. 

Charles Perusse - State Budget Director

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Ex officio

On January 1, 2017, Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Charlie Perusse to his second stint as State Budget Director. Charlie, a 24-year state employee, returns to the Governor's Budget Office after six years serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the University of North Carolina System. In Charlie's earlier work with the Budget Office, he served as State Budget Director for three years and Deputy Director for six years. He also spent eight years in the General Assembly's Fiscal Research Division, serving three years as budget coordinator for the House of Representatives.

Charlie received a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Wendy, and two young sons.

Ted Brinn

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Treasurer Appointee

Ted Brinn retired from the state government on September 1, 2017, after 37 years of service. He spent his career at the Division of Employment Security, formerly known as the Employment Security Commission, within the N.C. Department of Commerce. Mr. Brinn began as a farm employment representative before advancing to tax auditor, tax chief and finally the head of the agency, assistant secretary.

After graduating from Barton College, he worked with a small trucking company as the controller before beginning his state government career. Mr. Brinn is a longtime member of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC). Upon his retirement, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. Roy Cooper. He is now employed with On Point Technology, based in Chicago. As a senior business analyst, he is working on a project related to system modernization for unemployment insurance. Mr. Brinn is married with two children and four grandchildren.

Dr. Pete Robie - General Internist

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Treasurer Appointee

Dr. Robie is a General Internist who has practiced in Winston-Salem for 42 years. He has worked in academic medicine, in a small group/solo practice, and since 1997, in a large primary care practice group affiliated with a large medical center. He served on the Board of Trustees of Qualchoice Health Insurance from 1993-2003. He currently attends two urgent care centers, one family practice center, volunteers at a health center for uninsured patients, and is a member of the Forsyth County Board of Health.

Dr. Robie is a 1976 honors graduate of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is married to a nurse-midwife and has three children, one of whom is a physician assistant in an emergency department.

Peter W. Chauncey - Principal of PWC Solutions, LLC

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Speaker Appointee

Peter Chauncey is the principal of PWC Solutions, LLC, which provides consulting and contract services in health care matters and wealth management. He has spent more than 30 years in health care and health plan organizations in officer and senior leadership positions.

Mr. Chauncey has overseen all aspects of health plan operations including network development and administration, sales and marketing, medical affairs, health services and quality administration, product development, legal services and regulatory compliance. He has experience with commercial, Medicare and Medicaid populations.

His experience includes serving as president of the Carolinas market for local and regional business with Aetna until June of 2015. Prior to Aetna’s purchase of Coventry Health Care, he was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Coventry Health Plans in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. 

Prior to his association with Coventry, he spent 17 years with Kaiser Permanente, holding regional medical administration leadership roles organizing and operating medical care delivery and health plan operations in three regions across four states and the District of Columbia.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Health Administration from the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a Life Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

Donald Martin

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Speaker Appointee

Don Martin retired as Superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in 2013, after serving for 19 years.

He now serves as a Professor of Educational Leadership at High Point University as well as a member of the Governing Board of the Research Educational Laboratory - Southeast and a North Carolina Commissioner to the Education Commission of the States.  

In 2014, he was elected to a four-year term on the Forsyth County Commission.  He is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

Margaret Howard Way

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Senate Appointee

Margaret Way is a retired teacher’s assistant, serving the Rockingham County Public School System for 18 years. 

She studied at the University of Tennessee and is graduate of Knoxville Business College.

She is married and has four children and six grandchildren.

Elizabeth Poole – Teacher

Governor Appointee

Liz Poole is the Career Development Coordinator at Mount Pleasant High School with Cabarrus County Schools. She holds licenses in business and marketing education, career development, and administration. Poole has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte.  She was a successful business owner prior to entering education. 

First elected to the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners in 2008, Poole is in her third term and has served terms as vice chair and chair. She previously served 10 years on the Board of Education, four of those as board chair.  She is board liaison to the City of Mount Pleasant and the Volunteer Fire Department Committee. She is also a member of the Cabarrus/Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization, Centralina Workforce Development Board, Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, and the newly formed Work Ready Community Committee. 

Poole values public education as an integral part of a sustainable community. Career development is her primary focus, especially connecting high school curriculum to employer needs. She is a lifelong resident of Cabarrus County.

Kim Hargett – Teacher

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Governor Appointee

Kim Hargett is a National Board Certified Teacher specializing in early and middle childhood physical education.  Born in Wadesboro, N.C., to Ella Tyson Hargett and the late Ralph Hargett, Kim is a 28-year veteran teacher at Marshville Elementary School in Union County.  Ms. Hargett served on the North Carolina Association of Educators Board of Directors from 2006 to 2011, representing 10 counties in the central region of the state.  She remains active with the Union County affiliate of the North Carolina Association of Educators. 

Ms. Hargett, who comes from a family of public school educators, has a bachelor’s degree in political science/criminal justice from N.C. State University and a K-12 Health and Physical Education Teaching Certification from UNC- Greensboro.  In addition to teaching, Ms. Hargett is also a small business owner, operating two beach rental properties in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  In 2012, Ms. Hargett was appointed as the teacher representative for the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees Board of Trustees. She is a native of Wingate, N.C., and resides in the rural area of Sturdivants Crossroads outside of Marshville, N.C.

We Want to Hear from You

Contact members of the board via e-mail at the e-mail addresses provided above or

Written correspondence can be sent to:

NC State Health Plan
Attention: Board of Trustees
3200 Atlantic Ave
Raleigh, NC 27604

State Health Plan Benefit Change Request

To submit a request to the Board of Trustees for a benefit change, please complete a request form (page 3) and submit it to