Rick Wellington, Co-Chair
Rick Wellington is originally from Atlanta but has called the Triangle home for over 25 years. He has been a Realtor since 1986 and has a small business background. He has been involved with AIDS charities since 1996 and has chaired the Alliance AIDS Ride and Red Ribbon Ride for many years. Rick has a knack for bringing new talent to the table and looks forward to building relationships and partnerships for the Alliance.
Melanie Black Dubis, Co-Chair
Melanie is a partner in the law firm of Parker Poe. In 1992, Melanie graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her law degree in 1995, attending Vanderbilt University. At Parker Poe, she handles commercial disputes at the trial and appellate level for corporate and individual clients in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, insurance, financial services and technology industries. Melanie has experience in North Carolina state and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Federal Circuits, and in arbitration proceedings. She and her husband are avid runners.
Melody Haislip, Secretary
Melody Haislip is Vice President of National Sales for Island Hospitality Management. Island is one of the largest third-party hotel management organizations in the country with properties including Marriott/Starwood, Hilton and Hyatt. With 25 years of hotel experience, she is responsible for direct sales to top level corporate customers, mentoring and training sales teams, and bringing multiple properties to budgeted revenue and market share goals. Melody graduated from Peace College with a degree in Music, attended La Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Business and Economics. She volunteers for Canines for Therapy with her dog Harper in library, assisted living and university settings. She is a Raleigh native and adores being part of this community!
Mary Lang, RN, CRRN, BS, MBA, Treasurer
Andrew May, Vice-Treasurer
Andy May is a Master Certified Mortgage Banker. He graduated from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He is the founder of Andy May Group, LLC and has worked for some of the country’s largest insurance and banking entities. Andy and his wife, Sara, have three daughters and support many civic organizations throughout the great State of North Carolina.
Ben Buie-King was born and raised in Broadway, NC. Ben graduated from East Carolina University. Upon graduation he moved to Raleigh where he worked for an engineering firm for several years before finally finding his true passion in the floral industry. Ben owned Lake Boone Florist for eight years before he sold the shop and starting to freelance, specializing in weddings and special event floral designs. In 2017 Ben joined the North Raleigh Civitan Club where he presently serves as President. While holding the position of President, Ben has encouraged the club to become involved with supporting the Alliance with a few projects. Ben Buie-King is married to Alan Buie-King, the President and Chief Operating Officer, of Workplace Options here in Raleigh.
Chris was born and raised in Mullins, South Carolina but has been living in the Triangle since 2006. He is a United States Air Force veteran where he served for 5 years and a graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Chris is currently attending North Carolina Central University in pursuit of a graduate degree in public administration. Chris is a human resources professional and has worked for Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is currently employed as an employment consultant in the central office of human resources.
Alex Orr works at ViiV Healthcare in the Direct to Patient marketing group. Prior to joining ViiV Healthcare, he worked as a consultant for the federal government for 14 years conducting large-scale HIV prevention, testing, and treatment studies and health policy analyses. He has extensive experience forging federal, state, and local relationships, managing community partners, and recruiting key community leaders and advocates to support project objectives. Alex has a Masters in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill and comes with expertise working with high-risk and marginalized populations at-risk for HIV or in need of linkage to HIV medical care and treatment.
Beth was born and raised in Raleigh. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her past work experience includes ICU nursing at the Jaycee Burn Center, and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Nursing. Beth has over 30 years of Plastic Surgery Nursing experience, making her one of the pioneers in the field of Aesthetic Nurse Injectors. Currently, Beth is an independent contractor with Collagen Contours, PC and works at the Laser and Skin Care Medical Spa, PLLC in Raleigh. Beth has served on two medical relief teams to Kenya and Zambia, Africa. She has participated in two AIDS Rides from Raleigh to Washington, DC, and founded two AIDS Care Teams at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, where she is a long-time member. She is currently in charge of organizing and managing food donations from the congregation at Hayes Barton for the Alliance Food Pantry. Beth is a three-time New York marathon runner, an avid golfer, and member of the Saint Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She is married to Dr. Roger Russell and they have four children and five grandchildren.
J. Gaston B. Williams
Gaston has returned to the Board after having previously served as Chairman of the Alliance. Gaston, a native of Staunton, Virginia, is a former Assistant United States Attorney and Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He graduated from T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He was a career prosecutor in the State and Federal Courts. Gaston served on the organizational Board of the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina when it was created in 1999. In addition to his work with the Alliance, he has served as past President and Member of the Board of the RBPN - Raleigh's LGBT Chamber of Commerce.