Trustees

Mrs. Biddle valued the input and wisdom of her friends and trusted advisors, and, from the beginning, the foundation’s Board of Trustees has included family and non-family members. The foundation continues her practice of actively engaging members of the community to serve as trustees. Currently, the board is comprised of three family and four non-family members.

 Photo of "The Drowsy Chaperone," courtesy of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

C. Russell Bryan (Secretary)

joined the Biddle board in 2004. He graduated from Duke University in 1983, and subsequently earned an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Mr. Bryan has more than twenty years of experience advising senior management teams, boards of directors, and business owners on mergers and acquisitions transactions.  He has worked in the investment banking and capital markets groups of both Bank of America and Lehman Brothers, and is currently a managing director and partner at Brookwood Associates, an investment banking firm in Charlotte and Atlanta.

Lois Deloatch

joined the Biddle board in 2017. She serves as Philanthropy Director for the Center for Responsible Lending, a Self-Help affiliate that works to ensure a fair financial marketplace for vulnerable and underserved communities. Previously, she held key fundraising positions at Duke University and North Carolina Central University, where she was Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the NCCU Foundation. Her volunteer leadership roles include the boards ofthe Durham Tourism Authority, the Gregory B. Davis Foundation and Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. Ms. Deloatch is also a professional musician specializing in African American music.

Allison Haltom

joined the Biddle board in 2017. She is Senior Associate with moss + ross, a consulting firm that provides strategic planning, fundraising, and executive search services to nonprofits. During her long career at Duke University, she held several leadership positions, including Director of the Annual Fund, University Secretary, and Vice President. Her volunteer leadership has focused on education, and she has served on the boards of trustees of UNC-Asheville, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Durham Academy, and the Hill Center.

Christopher M. Harris (Chair)

joined the Biddle Board in 2015. Mr. Harris, a Chapel Hill, N.C. resident, has extensive experience in the nonprofit and education fields as both a professional and volunteer. Since 2007, he has worked for Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. He earned his B.A. and M.B.A from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. He is a great-grandson of Mary Duke Biddle.

James D.B.T. Semans (Vice Chair)

joined the Biddle board in 1992. A Durham native, he graduated from the Hill School in Pennsylvania, and manages property in North Carolina. A grandson of Mary Duke Biddle, and son of founding trustees, Dr. & Mrs. James H. Semans.  He is a member emeritus of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens advisory board, and lives in Chapel Hill.

K. Todd Walker (Treasurer)

joined the Biddle board in 2015. He is the Managing Director of Investments for The Duke Endowment and is the liaison between the Endowment and DUMAC, Inc. Before joining the Endowment, Walker was Director of Long-Term Investments at Duke Energy Corporation. He serves as a Trustee of The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. He received a B.S. in mathematical sciences from Clemson University and an M.B.A. from the McColl School of Business, Queens University, Charlotte, NC.

Jonathan E. Zeljo (Vice Chair)

joined the Biddle board in 2005. He served as Chair from January 2013-June 2017 and will step down from the board at the end of 2017. Mr. Zeljo is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Program for Teaching East Asia, where he works with K-12 teachers on China curriculum development and professional growth. In addition, Mr. Zeljo teaches in the History Department at Kent Denver School, an innovative 6-12 independent school in Englewood, CO. Prior to his positions at University of Colorado and Kent Denver, he served as Director of Global Education at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD, and Director of Chinese Studies and Chair of the History Department at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Duke University with an A.B. in History and earned his M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia. He is a great-grandson of Mary Duke Biddle.