Board of Directors




The Institute is governed by the Board of Directors, which meets on a quarterly basis. The Institute is directed by the President and CEO, who oversees a staff of health researchers and administrative personnel who manage various Institute projects.


Anita Bachmann

CEO - North Carolina Market

United Healthcare Community and State


Robin Cummings, MD


University of North Carolina at Pembroke


Paul R. Cunningham, MD, FACS

Dean Emeritus and Senior Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs

Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University


Penney Burlingame Deal, DHA, RN, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer

Onslow Memorial Hospital


Laura S. Easton, RN, MSN

President and Chief Executive Officer

Caldwell UNC Healthcare


Leonard Ellis

Eben Concepts


Raymond J. Haigney, II, DDS

Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery


Keith Holtsclaw, FACHE

Retired President and Chief Executive Officer

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital


Sarah Jordan, PhD

Chair, Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management

Appalachian State University


Paul Malinda, MD

Emergency Room Physician

Alamance Regional Medical Center

Colonel, United States Army Reserves


Warren Newton, MD, MPH

Vice Dean, Director, North Carolina AHEC Program

William B. Aycock Professor and Chair

Department of Family Medicine

University of North Carolina School of Medicine


Lawrence R. Nycum, MD,MMM

Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs

Novant Health – Forsyth Medical Center


Mark Payne, JD

Assistant Secretary for Audit and Health Service Regulation

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


Sy A. Saeed, MD


Department of Psychiatric Medicine

East Carolina University


Kim A. Schwartz, MA

Chief Executive Officer

Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center


Pam Shipman

Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer

Monarch Recruitment Ltd


Lisa Shock, MHS, PA-C

Physician Assistant/Healthcare Administrator

Managing Director, Clinical operations, Eastern Region

Evolent Health


Patricia A. Skinner, PhD


Gaston College


David Sousa, JD

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina


Kevin W. Sowers, RN, MSN, FAAN

President and Chief Executive Officer

Duke University Hospital


Phillip E. Tarte, MHA

Health Director

New Hanover County Division of Public Health

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