Apparo Announces Four New Appointments to Its Board of Directors

Charlotte, NC—August 29, 2017—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.   

“Apparo’s Board of Directors is one of our organization’s most valuable assets,” said Kim Lanphear, Chief Executive Officer of Apparo.  “These new members build upon the Board’s level of experience and passion to empower local nonprofits through technology. They bring a deep commitment to enabling our area nonprofits through skilled IT volunteer opportunities.  I couldn’t be more pleased with these new appointments.”

The new directors are Ames Flynn, Executive-Vice President and CIO at Extended Stay America Hotels; Richard Donaldson, Managing Director of Digital Transformation at Duke Energy; Mark Miller, Managing Director at Accenture; Kerri Keller, Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of EY.  They were elected to three-year terms.

“Our newest Board members embody a passion for technology bringing transformation to the community,” said Kevin O'Rourke, Apparo Board Chair and CIO of Barnhardt Manufacturing Company.  “They bring a commitment and energy to the table and we are very fortunate that they have chosen to join our Board of Directors.”

  • Ames Flynn is the Executive-Vice President and CIO at Extended Stay America Hotels, where he serves on the CEO staff and has worked since 2013. In this role, he's responsible for the overall leadership of the information technology and procurement departments. He leads all aspects of IT for ESA, including the organization for delivering strategy, planning, architecture operations/support, security, the solutions portfolio and project management, as well as IT financial management.
  • Richard Donaldson is the Managing Director of Digital Transformation at Duke Energy. Through this role, he is responsible for digital strategy, delivery, and architecture across mobile, data, analytics, software engineering and emerging info tech domains.  Richard began his career with Duke in 2001 as a programmer in Financial App’s and led Application Infrastructure/Architecture for the Corporate Applications domain until 2010, when he joined Telecom. 
  • Mark Miller leads Accenture’s Technology Advisory practice for Accenture’s Communications, Media, and Technology clients. In this role, he works with CIO and CTO clients to understand and pivot to “New IT” via technology transformation. Mark has been with Accenture for over 25 years, with roles in technology, process, human performance, program management, outsourcing, and technology strategy.  
  • Kerri Keller is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of EY. Kerri has 15 years of experience, specializing in: Information Technology (IT) controls, third-party reporting attestations, information security, business process controls, and governance risk and compliance assessments. His background includes a variety of consulting roles spanning process improvement and strategy. Kerri is a key leader across EY's health and consumer products sectors, as well as SOC compliance services.   

Also serving on the Apparo Board of Directors are:

  • Board Chair Kevin O'Rourke, CIO, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company
  • Kevin  Ledford, COO, CloudGenera
  • Rob Taylor, Partner, PwC
  • Courtney Ramey, Executive Directr, Jabian Consulting
  • Cheryl Richards, CEO and Regional [Charlotte] Dean, Northeastern University
  • Dave Brown, CEO, Rove
  • Jon DeFriese, Consulting Partner, OneTeam Leadership
  • Allen Kim, CIO, CPI Security
  • Brad Mark, Director, Microsoft
  • Patrick McIntosh, Executive Director, Appian
  • Brad Merlie, Utility/Energy Consultant, Utilligent
  • Bill Pappas, CIO, Global Wholesale Banking Technology & Operations, Bank of America
  • Mark Pieper, Director, FP&A, Premier Inc.
  • Brian Cesca, General Manager, Charlotte Region, DataChambers
  • Michael Keating, Vice President, IT, Springs Global
  • Josh Van Dyke, VP of IT, Ingersoll Rand
  • Rob Watkins, CIO, Compass Group
  • Angela Woods, CEO, /Girl’s Scouts Hornets Nest Council
  • Erica Smith, Senior Client Executive, Gartner
  • Catherine Horne, CEO, Discovery Place

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