SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Novant Health Rowan Medical Center has announced the addition of three area residents to serve on the local hospital board. The new members, John C. Everett, Fred F. Steen II and Jack van der Poel, will serve three-year terms.
Everett currently serves as institutional advancement officer with Hood Theological Seminary. Prior to this appointment, Everett held several distinguished positions including senior major gifts officer for the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and director of major gifts at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, where he was also an adjunct professor in the school of business and finance. Also in Columbia, he served as vice president of finance and business with the Potter's Christian Life Center and was a financial advisor at UBS Financial Services. In addition to his many years' experience in management and nonprofit organizations, Everett served in the United States Navy where he provided logistical support at the Navy Medical Center in Okinawa, Japan, as head of materials management. He received the Navy Commendation Medal for outstanding leadership and service in that position.
Everett holds a bachelor of science of public health in health care administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of business administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He and his wife live in Clemmons and have two adult sons and one grandchild.
Steen is currently a member of the Board of Review of Higher Appeals for Unemployment Benefits, representing the employers in the division of employment security and legal services. Appointed to a four-year term by Gov. Pat McCrory, he was confirmed unanimously by both the N.C. Senate and the N.C. House in 2016.
Prior to this appointment, Steen served as the chief legislative director for then Gov. McCrory from 2013 to 2016. From 2004 through 2012, Steen served as a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 76th House District, including constituents in Rowan County.
Steen's professional career includes 28 years of service to Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc. in Kannapolis, North Carolina, as an industrial engineer and with Collins and Aikman as a cost analyst. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he majored in business administration. Steen owns a business in Kannapolis and assists his wife, Tena, with her business, Shatley Blue event center, also in Kannapolis. He has served on numerous boards during his career and has served two terms on the deacon council at First Baptist Church in Kannapolis, where he attends with his family.
Jack van der Poel is currently vice president and chief financial officer for Shoe Show, Inc., a national shoe retailer headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, with over 1,000 locations in 45 states. Prior to joining Shoe Show in 1996, van der Poel worked in the accounting, finance and auditing areas of Food Lion, Inc. and Burlington Industries. He graduated with a bachelor of science in accounting from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and is a certified public accountant licensed in North Carolina.
Van der Poel lives in Salisbury and is married to the former Cheryl Doby and has two sons and a stepson.
"I am confident that the addition of these talented board members will help Rowan Medical Center continue to move forward in advancing healthcare in this area," said Dari Caldwell, hospital president. "The board is comprised of a diverse group of individuals who are dedicated to our community hospital and passionate about the work we do. We are glad to add these fine new members."