Robert Egleston Executive Director

Robert is a 1993 graduate of Leadership WS and currently serves on the boards of WS Business Inc. Piedmont Triad Partnership, Creative Corridors Coalition and the Matthew Gfeller Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad.

Robert Egleston was President & CEO of DataMax Corporation and Foundation from April 2007 until June 2016. The DataMax Foundation has provided W-S and Forsyth County organizations with more than $3.5 million in economic development and education support since its founding in 2007.

Before DataMax, he spent 28 years with three Fortune 500 companies – Ingersoll-Rand, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lowe’s Home Improvement.

While directing community relations for Lowe’s he managed national relationships with United Way, American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity and administered the Lowe’s Charitable Foundation and the Lowe’s Employee Relief Fund.

His past community involvement ranges from co-founding the 30 year-old Santa’s Helper program to the WS Housing Authority, Coliseum & Convention Center Commission and three stints on the United Way campaign cabinet.

Robert earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from  Virginia Tech and has an MBA from Appalachian State University. He and his wife Amy (a 1998 Leadership WS graduate) have two grown children.

Robert Egleston can be reached at robert@leadershipws.org or at 336-723-1002 x204


Katherine Karsten Perry Program Director

Katherine Karsten Perry is a native of Winston-Salem and comes to LWS after more than three years working with The Arts Council of Winston-Salem where she was instrumental in development, marketing and event management. During her tenure with The Arts Council, Katherine helped launch and market the collaborative Lifelong Learning Program with Wake Forest University; Sunset Flicks, a summer music and movie series; the Youth Arts Opportunity Fair as well as a variety of other initiatives.

Katherine was also a force behind the creation of an official Arts and Entertainment district in Bristol, TN/VA where she was the Associate Director of Believe in Bristol, a certified Main Street program. Working with a multitude of officials, educators and business owners from both states, she launched Believe in Bristol’s annual State of the Arts celebration along with numerous other events promoting both towns and their creative communities.

Katherine has experience as a contributing writer for Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Family Magazines and spent several years working with the American Cancer Society in Raleigh in program and volunteer management as well as development.

Katherine has a Journalism degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is the proud mother of three amazing sons.

Katherine Karsten Perry can be reached at programdir@leadershipws.org or at 336-723-1002 x206


Cindy Stubblefield, CFRE Development Director

Arriving in Winston-Salem was one of the best things that ever happened for Cindy. She finds it a vibrant city with lots of opportunities. Cindy has almost 20 years in the nonprofit sector. She came to Winston-Salem with a background in children’s ministry. Her nonprofit career in Winston-Salem includes AIDS Care Service, Salem Academy and College, Second Harvest Food Bank and Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. She has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Psychology from High Point University and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNCG. Community involvement includes serving on the boards of El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services, Board of Governors for the Piedmont Club and Financial Pathways of the Piedmont. Cindy has one wonderful son, an equally wonderful daughter-in-law, and grandaughter.

Cindy Stubblefield, CFRE can be reached at cstubblefield@leadershipws.org or at (336) 723-1002 x205


Julie Ann Morrill Administrative and Technology Director

An AmeriCorps program with Habitat for Humanity following her graduate studies is what brought Julie Ann to Winston-Salem, and she has been here ever since. Her two-year stint with National Service programs helped confirm her love of the nonprofit sector.  Her experience in this area includes work with issues surrounding refugees, affordable housing, hunger, homelessness, and youth.

Julie Ann holds a BA in History from Alma College an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies and certificates in Non-Profit Management from both the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Wake Forest University’s Institute of Public Engagement. She is a beekeeper, an avid gardener, and a strong believer in community involvement and volunteerism. Some of her volunteer engagements include Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Master Gardening Program.

Julie Ann Morrill can be reached at admin@leadershipws.org or at 336-723-1002 x200