Board of Trustees Welcomes Dr. James D. Branch and Mr. Ronnie Mendenhall

Dr. James D. Branch
Dr. James D Branch
An ophthalmologist, philanthropist, mentor, husband, father and author, Dr. James D. Branch is now a member of Forsyth Tech’s Board of Trustees.

A native of East Orange, N.J., Dr. Branch graduated from Franklin College and earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. Moving to Winston-Salem in 1977, he has practiced ophthalmology and has been tirelessly serving the community that he and his family call home.

Dr. Branch has been committed to delivering the best vision care possible to generations of families in the Winston-Salem, Mocksville, and Mount Airy communities.

The owner of James D. Branch, M.D., Eyewear Unlimited, and Piedmont Ophthalmic Studies, he is one of the few physicians to remain in private practice.

When he is not practicing, he shares his knowledge and experience by serving on numerous Boards of Directors and Holding Company Boards in the Winston-Salem, Forsyth County area. He also enjoys mentoring students and those interested in medicine, finance or starting their own business.


Mr. Ronnie Mendenhall
Mr. Ronnie Mendenhall
A native of Stokes County, Mr. Ronnie Mendenhall is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He earned two master’s degrees from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, one in Educational Psychology and Guidance and another in Educational Administration and Leadership.

For 36 years Mr. Mendenhall served in numerous roles in the Stokes County School System including teacher, counselor, coach, assistant principal and principal. He was named Stokes County Principal of the Year in 2003 and was selected to serve on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors.

Following his roles in the school system, Mr. Mendenhall served as Stokes County School Superintendent.

Upon his retirement in 2016, he was elected to the Stokes County Board of Commissioners. He currently serves on a variety of Boards of Directors and now has joined the Forsyth Tech Board of Trustees.

He and his wife, Lindy, live in Germanton and enjoy traveling in their free time.