Meet the Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy Leadership Council

Elin E. Gabriel

Bryson City, NC

Elin Gabriel received her B.S. in chemical engineering from NC State in 1985 and her MBA from the College of William and Mary in 1997. She was honored with the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015. She has almost 30 years of experience in leadership roles in engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management. Prior to her retirement, she served as vice president of Global Operations at H.B. Fuller Company, which specializes in the manufacture of sealants, adhesives, coatings and other specialty chemical products worldwide. In 2013, Gabriel was selected as one of the Manufacturing Institute’s first STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award winners. Gabriel has established a scholarship in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as well as a study abroad scholarship. Gabriel recently joined the NC State University Foundation Board. She is also a member of the Alumni Association, the C.W. Dabney Society, the R.S. Pullen Society and a lifetime member of Friends of the Library. She serves on the board of directors of Blue Ridge Public Radio in Asheville as well.

Gayle Lanier

Raleigh, NC

Gayle Lanier received her B.S. in industrial engineering from NC State in 1982. Lanier has over 30 years of experience as a transformational business executive at Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. She retired in 2018 as senior vice president and chief customer officer for Duke Energy. She assumed her current position following the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in July 2012, having served as vice president of corporate services at Progress Energy. Prior to that, she held leadership roles at both Nortel and EMC (previously Data General Corp.). At Nortel, Lanier served as vice president and general manager of Nortel Knowledge Services, among other roles. Lanier was also responsible for the development and deployment of Nortel’s first Voice Over Internet Protocol product line. Lanier’s time at Data General included various engineering roles and culminated in management roles in new-product introduction and materials planning. Lanier is a former member of the NC State Board of Trustees and received the university’s Watauga Medal in 2017.

Barbara Mulkey

Cary, NC

Barbara Mulkey received her B.S. in civil engineering from NC State in 1977 and her M.S. in civil engineering in 1983. Mulkey is the director of NC State’s Shelton Leadership Center. In 1993, prior to joining NC State, she founded Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, Inc., an engineering consulting firm specializing in engineering and related services for the public and private sectors. Under her leadership, the company made the list of Top 500 Engineering Companies nationally multiple times. Mulkey has served as the chair of NC State’s Board of Trustees, vice chair of the university’s Board of Visitors, and in multiple roles with the American Council of Engineering Companies, including president of the board of directors for the state organization and national director. In addition, she was named a Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mulkey currently serves as a member of the Research Triangle Foundation Board of Directors and as chair of the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies Inc. Board. She is also a member of the North Carolina Transportation Hall of Fame. In 2016, she received NC State’s Watauga Medal.

Anna C. Sullivan

Mooresville, NC

Anna Sullivan received her B.S. in civil engineering from NC State in 1983. She is the co-founder and former co-owner of Thomas-Bain Leather, Inc., which specialized in the manufacturing of upholstered and leather furniture. She is also a partner in Sullivan Industrial Properties, LLC. Sullivan is a member of the Walter Hines Page Lifetime Giving Society and the NC State Alumni Association. In 2016, she and her husband, Brad, established the Brad and Anna Sullivan Family Scholarship Endowment, which provides need-based scholarships to students from counties in western North Carolina pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering, College of Textiles, Poole College of Management or College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In 2019, she established the Thomas V Callanan Graduate Fellowship Fund in memory of her father to support students in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Sullivan is a longtime member of the Wolfpack Club and avid supporter of all NC State athletics. Sullivan also currently serves on the NC State University Foundation Board.

Ghazale Johnston

Charlotte, NC

Ghazale Johnston received her B.S. in textile and apparel management and textile manufacturing and a B.A. in multidisciplinary studies with a minor in Spanish from NC State in 1996. She is vice chair of the NC State University Foundation Board, and a member of the Alumni Association and the Wolfpack Investor Network. While attending the university, Johnston was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and president of the Panhellenic Association. She served as the student speaker at the Fall Commencement Ceremony in 1996. In 2016, Johnston created the Johnston Family Scholarship, which supports outstanding freshmen who display strong leadership skills, demonstrate financial need and are members of an underrepresented group. She has also funded an endowment for the Student Emergency Fund. As founder and principal of Joon Solutions, Johnston specializes in equipping mission-driven businesses with fundamental strategies and programs while staying aligned to their core principles and objectives. Johnston consults early stage companies on business development and client integration and was the chief operating officer for Daymaker, a compassion platform that helps companies engage their employees through intentional acts of giving and service. She serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas and the Myers Park High School Foundation. Johnston formerly spent 20 years at Accenture as a partner/managing director in the financial services practice. In 2013, she received a Charlotte Business Journal 40 under 40 award.

V. Sherice Morris

Weddington, NC

Sherice Morris received a B.S. in chemistry from NC State in 1998 and an M.S. in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001. At NC State, she has been honored with the College of Sciences Medal of Achievement in 2008 and the Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumna Award in 2012. Morris is a member of the R.S. Pullen and Leonidas Polk Lifetime giving societies and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and Black Alumni Society. She is also a former member of the College of Sciences Alumni Advisory Board and current member of the NC State University Foundation Board. In 2008, she created the Arnater and Viola Nivens Scholarship Endowment, which honors her grandparents and provides scholarship support for academically outstanding undergraduates in the College of Sciences who demonstrate financial need and are members of underrepresented groups. Morris is the senior group marketing manager for Cardiothoracic and Head & Neck Surgery for Intuitive Surgical Inc., a manufacturer of advanced surgical equipment. The company developed the da Vinci Surgical System, a combination of software, hardware and optics that allows surgeons to perform procedures minimally invasively.

Ann Goodnight

Cary, NC

Ann Goodnight received her B.A. in political science from NC State in 1968. Goodnight is the director of community relations at SAS Institute and is currently a member of the NC State Board of Trustees and the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation National Advisory Board. Goodnight has previously served on the UNC Board of Governors, the NC State Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund, the Achieve! Campaign Steering Committee, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board and the Chancellor Search Committee. She received the William C. Friday Award in 2008, the Menscer Cup in 2007 and the CHASS Alumna of the Year award in 2000. Goodnight also serves or recently served on the boards of the YMCA of the Triangle, BEST NC (Business for Educational Success and Transformation), NC Science Festival, My Future NC Commission and the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors of Cary Academy, and she and her husband, Jim, are among the co-chairs of the Campaign for NC State. Members of the Alexander Holladay Lifetime Giving Society, the Goodnights have supported many areas at NC State ranging from the Goodnight Scholars Program to multiple endowed faculty positions.

Carme Williams

Houston, TX

Carme Williams received her B.A. in business management from NC State in 2004 and her Certified Fundraising Executive Certificate (CFRE) in 2009. She has more than 20 years of experience in leadership, management and fundraising in the nonprofit arena. Previous positions include senior vice president for the Harris Foundation/Institute and executive director of the Houston Community College Foundation. Williams moved to Houston, Texas, in 2005 to be part of the Office of Development for Rice University’s $1 Billion Centennial Capital Campaign. Initially a regional director of development, Williams became director of development for the School of Humanities. She has served in multiple positions on the boards and committees of nonprofits, including as a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Houston Chapter. She currently serves on the board of the UNA of Houston Chapter and Houston Public Library Foundation. In 2016, Carme was recognized by the Houston Women’s Chamber as a Role Model of STEM. At NC State, she supports areas including Poole College of Management Excellence Fund, the Lawrence M. Clark Memorial Scholarship Endowment and the Student Emergency Fund.