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.

Contact members of the board via e-mail at

Dale R. Folwell – State Treasurer

Dale R. Folwell, CPA Board Chair

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

Charles Perusse, Board Member

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.

Dr. Pete Robie - General Internist

Pete Robie, Board Member

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.

Mike Stevenson

Mike Stevenson, Board Member

Speaker of the House Appointee

Mike Stevenson is a 1971 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in business and accounting.  His career began with a regional CPA firm in Raleigh where he became a CPA. From there Mike became the chief financial officer for Halifax Memorial Hospital in Roanoke Rapids and served for 13 years. In 1988 he moved to Murphy and began his 30-year service as Murphy Medical Center’s chief executive officer.  

During his 43-year health care career he has served on numerous local and state boards and committees including Rotary, the North Carolina Health Care Association as chairman in 2011, the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority board and the Mountain Area Health Education Center board. He currently serves on the Tri-County Community College Board.

Mike is married and has three daughters and five grandchildren and enjoys traveling and golfing. He is a life-long resident of North Carolina, having been born in Raleigh and residing in Murphy for the last 33 years.  

Cyrus Vernon

Cyrus Vernon, Board Member

Speaker Appointee

Cyrus Vernon, of Yanceyville, served as instructor at Caswell County Schools for 34 years, teaching high school special education and agricultural education. Currently, Vernon works with his son to raise heirloom apple trees at Century Farm Orchards. He also serves on the board of directors for Piedmont Electric Cooperative.

Vernon has an agricultural education degree from N.C. State University and a master’s degree in agricultural education from N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University. He is married and a lifelong resident of Caswell County.

Dr. Cherie H. Dunphy

Cheri Dunphy, Board Member

Senate Appointee

Dr. Dunphy is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Hematology and Anatomic and Clinical pathology (AP/CP). She earned her medical degree and completed AP/CP residency training at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. She completed a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston. 

Dr. Dunphy practiced diagnostic hematopathology exclusively for more than 24 years, has served on numerous College of American Pathologists committees, and was the director of hematopathology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for more than 11 years before joining LabCorp, where she was co-director of hematopathology. She is the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters, as well as several published books. Dr. Dunphy has held positions on the editorial boards of Modern Pathology and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and was chief editor of the hematopathology section of eMedicine.

Wayne Fish – State Employee

Wayne Fish, Board Member

Governor Appointee

Wayne Fish is an active state employee who has served for over 20 years in the Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice. He currently works as the Correctional Food Service Manager I at Craggy Correctional Center in Asheville, N.C. He served one term as President of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) and remains an active member. He is also active in the Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliates. (ACFSA).

Fish holds an associate’s degree in Hospitality Management and Administration from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and is a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional. He resides in Maggie Valley, N.C.


Kim Hargett – Teacher

Kim Hargett, Board Member

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.

Wilton Russell "Rusty" Duke Jr.

Wilton Russell "Rusty" Duke Jr., Board Member

Senate Appointee

Wilton Russell “Rusty” Duke Jr. is engaged in a broad criminal and civil litigation practice for the firm of White and Allen. He has served as the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge of Pitt County, Resident Superior Court Judge and as a District Court Judge of Pitt, Craven, Carteret and Pamlico Counties. Prior to that service, he practiced law as a general practitioner.

Mr. Duke is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of North Carolina. He is a former Mayor of the Town of Farmville, a former trustee of Meredith College and a former committee member of Young Life of Greenville Pitt County. He is currently a member of the Greenville Rotary Club and the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was a recipient of the Council's Distinguished Citizen's Award in 2014.

Originally from Louisburg, Mr. Duke earned his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University in 1970 and his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1974. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable John D. Larkins Jr., United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

We Want to Hear from You

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Written correspondence can be sent to:

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