CFEC Board of Directors
CFEC Board President | Investment Advisor, Salem Investment Counselors
Ted Goins is an advisor with Salem Investment Counselors. He is a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ted has served on numerous non-profit boards and church committees. He is particularly grateful to the excellent staff, thoughtful volunteers and generous donors who help students and their parents receive outstanding instruction in the caring environment at The Centers for Exceptional Children.
Toni P. Bigham
Immediate Past President | Retired - WSFCS Assistant Superintendent for School Administration, Elementary Schools
Toni Bigham’s entire professional career has been in education. She was employed by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for forty-one years before retiring in September 2011. Toni’s experiences include service as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of elementary education, and assistant superintendent for elementary school administration. She was involved with The Centers for Exceptional Children professionally while working for WSFCS, and now serves as a member of The CFEC Board of Directors.
Treasurer | Budget Director, WSFCS
Richard (Ricky) C. Touchstone
Secretary | Senior Project Manager, Frank L. Blum Construction Company
CFEC Board Member | Attorney, Ben Schroeder Law, PLLC
Ben Schroeder is a practicing attorney in the Intellectual Property field. He has worked for Intellectual Property Boutique Firms and large firms that represent Fortune 500 companies. He currently practices law running his own firm, Ben Schroeder Law, PLLC. He has bachelor of science degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Arizona, and his law degree from George Mason University. In addition to his interests in education, Dr. Schroeder has interests in the local Arts scene and serves on the Board of Directors for several of the local Arts Organizations.
Beth Day-Hairston, Ph.D.
CFEC Board Member | Associate Professor, Winston-Salem State University
CFEC Board Member | Ford, Simpson, Lively and Rice Pediatrics
Betsy was born and raised in Michigan. After graduating from Indiana University, she moved to Winston-Salem to attend medical school and graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1998. She completed her pediatric residency training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, including a fourth year as Chief Resident. She returned to Winston-Salem in 2002, and has worked as a pediatrician with Ford, Simpson, Lively and Rice Pediatrics since January, 2003.
In addition to The CFEC board, Dr. Armentrout has served on the board of the Horizons Residential Center and the Forsyth Stokes Davie Medical Dental Society. She and her husband, Brant, have two sons – Ben, a freshman in high school, and Luke, a sixth grader.
Chadwick G. Cheek
CFEC Board Member | Owner & President, Elephant In The Room
Cindy (Bay) Wall
CFEC Board Member | Retired Vice President, Krispy Kreme
Cindy (Bay) Wall began her career in 1981 as a Manager Trainee with McDonald’s Corporation. For twenty-five years she held various management positions which focused primarily on Management, Operations, Training and People Development. From 2003-2006 she was Vice President of Operations, Training and Franchising in the Great Southern Region.
Cindy was born and raised in Missouri. Throughout her time at McDonald’s, she had the opportunity to live and work in: Las Vegas, San Diego, Dallas, Chicago, Tampa, Norfolk and New Orleans. Cindy moved to Winston-Salem when she joined Krispy Kreme in 2008 as Senior Vice President of Company Shops. In 2011, she took on the additional responsibility for North American Franchise Operations and Real Estate.
Cindy retired from Krispy Kreme on March 31, 2016. She is married to Earl Wall. Earl has 2 adult children. She and Earl look forward to spending more time with their four granddaughters.
Josef (Joe) Aldridge
CFEC Board Member | Area Vice President/Sales & Service Officer, Branch Banking & Trust
Joe Aldridge graduated from Appalachian State University in 2008 with a BSBA in Management and Computer Information Systems. He moved to High Point after graduation and began working in the banking industry and started working with BB&T in 2011. Joe is currently Assistant Vice President in the Commercial Banking Department. He and his wife Lydia have two children, Piper and Cooper.
Linda S.R. Thorup
CFEC Board Member | Executive Vice President, Hayden Design Associates
Linda S.R. Thorup is the Executive Vice President of Hayden Design Associates, Commercial Interior Planning & Design and is an Alumna of Guilford College. Prior to her service on the CFEC Board, Linda served on the Guilford College Board of Trustees. In addition, she is Chair of the Stratford Rotary Scholarship Committee and is a member of Highland Presbyterian Church where she serves as an Elder. Linda is married to Don Thorup, President of Sport-trak, Inc. and they live in Yadkin County. They have two adult children, Alex and Anna. Their daughter Anna was enrolled in the The Children’s Center preschool program for 3 years due to her significant orthopedic impairments. The Thorups credit her years at The Children’s Center as significantly formidable in Anna’s development and success as a productive person with significant physical disabilities. Anna is featured on the CFEC website.
CFEC Board Member | Group CFO, Flow Control Group
Mark was born and raised in Winston-Salem and has recently returned to the area following a 5 year stint in Houston TX. He has over 30 years experience in senior level financial management and is currently Group CFO for Flow Control Group, a private equity backed Distribution Company specializing in flow control and fluid handling products and services. He has a BS in Business Administration and Economics from High Point University and a MBA from Wake Forest University. His interest in education and children stems from constant exposure during his 35 year marriage to his wife Debbie, a lifelong educator who is currently a children’s book author a visiting Associate Professor in Education at Salem College. Mark and his wife Debbie have 2 grown children, a daughter Elizabeth who currently teaches 2nd grade at Speas Elementary and a son Andrew, a CPA currently working for Reynolds American. Additionally, they are the proud grandparents of 2 grand dogs.
Penni P. Bradshaw
CFEC Board Member | Partner, Immigration Practice Group Chair - Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Rodessa D. Mitchell
CFEC Board Member | Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Rodessa D. Mitchell is the vice president of education and workforce development at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. She believes that education is the key to success and can level the playing field for the disenfranchised. Rodessa currently serves on the boards of Forsyth Education Partnership, Youth in Transition, and WS/FC Schools Career Academies. Rodessa holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University and a master’s degree from the University of N.C. at Greensboro. She and her husband, Doug, have two young adult children, Kimberley and D.J., who are busy chasing their dreams.
President Elect/VP | Vice President Organizational Effectiveness in Human Resources, Reynolds American Inc.
Yvette Willard is the Vice President Organizational Effectiveness in Human Resources at Reynolds American Inc. Yvette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Business Administration from Appalachian State University. She serves on the boards of The Centers for Exceptional Children and the Winston-Salem Symphony, is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Forsyth County and serves on the YWCA Women of Vision Award Committee. Yvette and her husband Gary have two sons and two grandchildren.