President of the Jesse Helms Center
Since joining the staff of the Jesse Helms Center in 1994, John Dodd’s work has focused on the continuing development of numerous initiatives promoting liberty and our country’s founding principles. Under the direction of Dodd, the center successfully completed a $5 million capital campaign which led to the construction of the current Helms Center headquarters, the 23,000-square-foot A.J. Fletcher building. Dodd completed his undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary and received his Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to his work with the center, Dodd was president of J&T Dodd, a consulting firm where he worked with political candidates and nonprofits. Dodd is the author of The World Came His Way – Jesse Helms’ Contributions to Freedom and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs to discuss the policies and programs of the Jesse Helms Center. He is a current member of the Young Britons Foundation Advisory Board. He and his wife Teresa have two adult daughters, Mary and Katie.
James. C. Broughton
Chairman of the Board of Directors
James “Jimmy” C. Broughton serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Jesse Helms Center. He has been a member of the Government Relations Practice Group at Womble Carlyle since 2003. Since January 2011, Broughton has served most of his time in Raleigh at the North Carolina General Assembly working for Womble Carlyle on key issues including lifting the cap on the number of charter schools in the state and representing a large regional healthcare system in eastern North Carolina. From 1994-2003, Broughton served as Chief of Staff to Senator Jesse Helms from 1994. In this role, Broughton was the Senator’s principal spokesman. He helped coordinate all executive nominations including the federal judicial nominations affecting North Carolina. He was the Senator’s liaison to the White House during the selection and confirmation of North Carolina’s three U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals in 2001. Additionally, he managed the Senator’s legislative, was responsible for projects across North Carolina, and worked closely with the Governor’s office and leaders of the General Assembly in North Carolina. a native of Raleigh, Broughton earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University.
The Honorable William “Bill” Cobey, Jr.
Vice Chairman of the Board
William Cobey serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board for the Jesse Helms Center, and in previous years has served as the Chairman. His career began in education and athletics, and he served as the athletic director for the University of North Carolina from 1976-1980. He quickly rose to many leadership postitions including a brief stint as the chairman of the Taxpayers Educational Coalition. Additionally, he has served a Congressman (1985-1987), Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (1987-1989), and Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources (1989-1993). Cobey earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University and later obtained both an MBA and an MEd.
H. Clark Goodwin
Clark Goodwin is a founding member of the Jesse Helms Center Board of Directors and currently serves as treasurer. His long career in banking led him to found the Bank of Union in 1985, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer until the bank was acquired by First Charter. Additionally, Goodwin served on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta representing member banks in North Carolina. He has been an active board member of several foundations and charitable organizations, and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Wingate University in 2010, the school where he obtained his undergraduate degree and serves as a lifetime honorary trustee.
Andy Hartsfield is a longtime board member of the Jesse Helms Center and currently serves as secretary. His legal career began after he obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University. He went on to serve as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy JAG Corps before working as counsel on the United States Senate Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism. He became Senator Helms Chief Legislative Assistant in 1985, working in that capacity for six years. After 1991, he went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry at both GlaxoSmithKline and currently, sanofi-aventis.
Additional Board Members
Tom Boney, Jr.
C.C. Dickson, Jr. (Emeritus)
The Honorable Robin Hayes
Dorothy Helms (Emeritus)
Dr. Jerry McGee
Luther T. Moore
Col. Emmett E. Stobbs, Jr.,
Jesse Helms Center Staff
Brian Rogers, Chief Operating Officer
Brian Rogers joined the staff in 2004, after working as Executive Director of the Defenders of Property Rights, based in Washington, D.C. As the Chief Operating Officer, Rogers works closely to ensure the programs and fundraising initiatives of the center keep a close focus on free enterprise and Founding Fathers principles. Rogers’ prior roles include working for Century Communications, Inc and working as the Director of Special Projects for the Leadership Institute. Rogers is a graduate of Wingate University and began his policy-focused work with an internship for the late Senator Jesse Helms. Additionally, he is a 2009 graduate of the E.A. Morris Fellowship. He and his wife Catherine, have four children, Ashley, Sarah, James and Sam.
Wanda Goodwin, Chief Financial Officer
With over 20 years of dedicated service to the Jesse Helms Center, Chief Financial Officer Wanda Goodwin works daily to ensure financial and book keeping practices are in keeping with the mission of the organization and with non-profit standards. Goodwin attended Winthrop University and graduated from King’s Business College with a business degree. She and her husband Sam have four adult children and give grandchildren.
Lindsay Hollandsworth, Programs & Communications Manager
Lindsay Hollandsworth joined the staff of the Jesse Helms Center in 2008 and works with the centers educational initiatives and marketing/communications objectives. Hollandsworth worked in the commercial mortgage industry before her work with the center. She interned with the Jesse Helms Center while in attendance at Wingate University, where she majored in Organizational Communications and Management. A native of the Baltimore, Maryland area, she now calls North Carolina home along with her husband and young son.
Jo Jackson, Archivist and Curator
Jo Jackson joined the Jesse Helms Center in 2000 and worked to gather and establish the official repository of the late Senator Jesse Helms in the center’s then-new A.J. Fletcher headquarters building. Additionally, Jackson serves as curator of the center’s interactive museum. Prior to her work with the center, Jackson served as the University Archivist at Louisiana State University where she taught history courses, published and curated exhibits. She received her B.A. in history from Lenoir-Rhyne College and her Master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Carolyn Phifer, Development Associate
As a Development Associate, Carolyn Phifer has worked since 1997 on fundraising and constituent concerns. Prior to her work for the center, Phifer worked in the Admissions Office of Wingate University. She attended Wingate University and received her degree in Business Management. She and her husband Jerry have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Ladonna Snodgrass, Rental Coordinator and Facilities Manager
Since joining the staff of the Jesse Helms Center in 2001, Ladonna Snodgrass has worked in several capacities including assisting with programs, managing the center’s gift shop, assisting in the archives department, coordinating rentals of the facility and managing all facility/museum concerns. Prior to her work with the center, she worked in the Admissions Office at Wingate University and held managerial retail roles. She and her husband Mike have four children.