Apparo Announces Four New Appointments to Board of Directors

Charlotte, NC—July 27, 2016—Four new members have been elected to the board of directors of Apparo, the only local nonprofit that connects corporate volunteers with nonprofits with specific technology needs.   The new directors are Victor Fetter, CIO at LPL Financial; Catherine Wilson Horne, President and CEO of Discovery Place; Allen Kim, CIO of CPI Security and Erica W. Smith, Senior Client Executive at Gartner.  They were elected to three-year terms.

“Apparo’s board of directors is one of the organization’s most valuable assets.  The level of experience we’re able to access with our board and the passion they have for the Charlotte community provides Apparo with a solid foundation,” said Kim Lanphear, Executive Director of Apparo. “We couldn’t be more pleased with these appointments.”

  • Victor Fetter is the Chief Information Officer at LPL Financial, the nation's largest independent broker-dealer based on total revenue. He is responsible for all aspects of LPL technology, including the firm’s digital platform that drives business growth, efficiency and compliance. He is seen as a progressive leader in the industry, bringing together the people and processes necessary to deliver the best technologies for LPL Financial advisors, partners and employees.
  • Catherine Wilson Horne has served as the President and CEO of Discovery Place since January 2013.  Over the last three decades, Catherine has worked exclusively in the museum, non-profit and higher education sectors. Her experience includes raising more than $50 million dollars for educational programs, exhibits and museum facilities, marketing and branding of new institutions, board development, budget and scenario planning.
  • Allen Kimis the Chief Information Officer for CPI Security. Previously, Allen was the CIO for ACN, Inc.  He brings a wealth of experience from his previous IT, Consulting, Finance, and Program Management leadership roles.  Prior to being a CIO, Allen held various senior leadership roles at Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) and was an IT project manager at Duke Energy as well as a managing consultant with Accenture and Price Waterhouse.
  • Erica W. Smith is a Senior Client Executive at Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.  She specializes in making the intangible come to life and making the intangible indispensable.  By connecting CIOs, CMOs, CSOs & their broader teams with the actionable technology-related insight necessary to make critical decisions, she helps her clients' move their corporate strategies forward & enable growth.

Also serving on the Apparo Board of Directors is Bill Pappas, CIO, Global Wholesale Banking Technology & Operations, Bank of America; Brad Mark, Executive Director Solutions Sales, Southeast, Microsoft; Brad Merlie, VP, Information Services, Piedmont Natural Gas; Brian Cesca, General Manager, Charlotte Region, DataChambers; Cheryl Richards, CEO and Regional [Charlotte] Dean, Northeastern University; Chris Heck, Vice President & CIO, Duke Energy; Courtney Ramey, Executive Director, Jabian Consulting; Dave Brown, CEO, Rove; James Mitchell, Managing Director, Accenture; Jon DeFriese, Consulting Partner, OneTeam Leadership; Josh Jewett, SVP, Information Technology & CIO, Dollar Tree; Josh Van Dyke, VP of IT, Ingersoll Rand; Kevin  Ledford, COO, CloudGenera; Kevin O'Rourke, CIO, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company; Mark Pieper, Director, FP&A, Premier Inc.; Michael Keating, Vice President, IT, Springs Global; Patrick McIntosh, Executive Director, Appian; Paul Stein, Partner, EY; and Rob Taylor, Partner, PwC; and Rob Watkins, CIO, Compass Group.

About Apparo:

Apparo, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, connects nonprofits and corporations in the Charlotte, N.C area, delivering technology solutions that multiply nonprofit effectiveness. Considered the go-to provider of technology strategy, implementation, consulting and support services for nonprofits, to date Apparo has served more than 350 local nonprofits, providing them with $7.2 million worth of technology solutions. To learn more, visit