Kate Reece (’07, MBA ’15)


Kate Reece joined as the Director of the Center for Private Business in August of 2015. Kate began a career in non-profits in Wake Forest University Advancement, and then served as the Director of Major Gifts at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Kate later served as a Major Gifts Officer at Hospice and Palliative CareCenter where she helped to implement a sustainable planned giving initiative. Kate also works in her own family business, a fundraising consulting firm based out of Raleigh, NC, Gamble Squared.

As an active member in her local community, Kate currently sits on the Young Alumnae Board of Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC as well as on the boards of Downtown Winston-Salem Community Cinema, Friends of Brenner Children’s Hospital, and Saint Paul’s Preschool. She is also a committee member of the Winterlark Gala for The Comprehensive Cancer Center at WFU Baptist Health.

Kate is proud to be a “Double Deacon” and she and her husband, Mark Reece III, have three daughters and two beagles.

John Woodcock (’84)

Charlotte Market Leader

John Woodcock joined the Center in 2016, overseeing the Center’s activities in the Charlotte region. John graduated from Wake Forest with a BA in Economics and Accounting and is a licensed CPA.  He received his MBA from Indiana University.  He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty Construction’s East Region, a $1+ billion division of Balfour Beatty, prior to his retirement this past year.  He has been in Charlotte for over 20 years, and is very well known in our community due to his civic engagement.

John is a very talented strategist and leader, with a heart for closely held companies, and the significant contributions they make to our economy and communities.

Sarah Chandler

Senior Associate Director, Membership

Sarah Chandler joined the Center for Private Business in August 2017 as the Senior Associate Director of Membership. Sarah has an extensive background in Event Management, Sales and Development. She previously served as the Manager of Donor Engagement for Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

Sarah grew up in Winston-Salem, graduated from Mount Tabor High School and The University of Georgia. She and her husband, David, have a son, Oliver.

Sarah oversees all Center membership activities, communications and engagement, and works in the Triad office.

Jack Clayton (’75 P’09)

Triangle Market Leader

Jack Clayton recently retired from Wells Fargo where he was Regional President managing 175 branches and the small business effort in the Triad, Triangle and Eastern NC. He has an Economics degree from Wake Forest and a MBA from UNC. He has chaired the Raleigh Chamber, WakeMed, Boys Scouts, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and the NC Independent College Foundation. Recently he received the AE Finley Distinguished Service Award and was recognized as a CEO of the Year by the TBJ. Mary and Jack are building a place on their farm along the Cape Fear River.

Lily Cochrane

Assistant Director, Forum Programs

Lily graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2017 with a BA in History and a minor in Education. Lily joined the Center for Private Business in June 2017 as an Intern and became a full-time member of the Center team in December 2017.

Lily’s efforts have enabled the Business Leader Forum program to grow into a thriving and critical component of the work we do at the Center for Private Business. Lily firmly believes the promotion and support of private business is a pivotal part of creating a vibrant and flourishing community and looks forward to continuing to play a role in this process at the Center.

Having grown up in Winston-Salem as a Demon Deacon fan, she is excited to be back in the area.

Jessica Kochiss

Associate Director, Charlotte

Jessica Kochiss joined the Center for Private Business as Associate Director in Charlotte after ten years as a recruitment, marketing, and communications professional in both the private and nonprofit sectors.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and master’s degree from Georgetown University. After several moves up and down the East Coast and trips to over twenty countries, Jessica now lives in Davidson, NC with her husband and two daughters.

Jessica is responsible for member recruitment, experience, and engagement in the Charlotte market.