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Board of Directors

We are fortunate to have an active Board of Directors made up of top business professionals from within our member organizations.

Meet our Executive board


Mary Cloninger

Mary Cloninger has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is the CEO of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates (CNSA) in Charlotte, N.C., and has been with the practice for 26 years. She spent the first 10 years of her healthcare career as a medical software training specialist, until she was named Director of Support Services. In that role she oversaw development, quality assurance, education, custom programming, and sales support of the practice management product line.

Mary participates and volunteers in several organizations in addition to her role on Catapult’s board. She is the past president of NERVES (Neurosurgery Executives Resource Value and Education Society) and continues to serve on its board as its liaison to the AANS/CNS Washington Committee. She is a member of MGMA and is past president of the NC Medical Group Managers. She also serves as a board member on the Curi Administrators Advisory Board and Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery Board of Directors.

Mary is a certified medical practice executive through the American College of Medical Practice Executives in MGMA, and she has received the Women in Business Achievement Award from the Charlotte Business Journal. She received a B.S. in business administration from East Carolina University and her MBA from Queens University. Mary is married to Kelly Cloninger and has two daughters.

Jim W. Perry

Jim joined Waste Industries USA Inc. in 1971 as its first employee and has served as its president, CEO, and board chairman. Under his leadership, the company grew to become a multi-state corporation in the environmental industry. Before joining the company, he served in the U.S. Air Force, where he achieved the rank of captain.

Jim served on the Board of Trustees at Wake Technical Community College from 2001 to 2014 and was elected chairman of its board for eight years. Further, he served on the Advisory Board for the Wake County Salvation Army for many years, earning Emeritus status.

Jim received his bachelor of science degree from North Carolina State University in agricultural and biological engineering and an M.S. in system management from the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Becky, have been married for more than 50 years and have two daughters, Kelly and Katie, and eight grandchildren. Their favorite activities are spending time with their family and enjoying their farms in North Carolina and Kansas.

John Matthews

John Matthews currently serves as executive vice president of Baker Roofing Company in Raleigh, N.C., the second-largest roofing and sheet metal contractor in the United States. The company, of which John is an equity member of the fourth generation of ownership, celebrated its 100th year in business in 2015. He also is a former officer in the U.S. Navy, an OEF/OIF veteran, and a former member of the intelligence community.

Over the last two decades, John also has served on multiple civic and philanthropic boards that range in mission and focus from human services in Wake County to deliverable energy solutions in Central America. He has a B.A. from Wake Forest University and lives in Raleigh with his wife and four children. To relax, John enjoys scuba diving and saltwater fishing.

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