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


Goldie S. Byrd, PhD

Professor of Biology

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

North Carolina A&T State University


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


Alexandra Dean, PhD, NCC, LPC

Industrial/Organizational Psychologist


Leonard Ellis

Eben Concepts


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


Brian McGinnis

Executive Director, Catawba Valley Medical Group


John Morrow, MD

Director, Pitt County Health Department




Susan Neeley

Former, Director of Health Services, Gaston County Schools


Lawrence R. Nycum, MD,MMM

Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs

Novant Health – Forsyth Medical Center


Sy A. Saeed, MD


Department of Psychiatric Medicine

East Carolina University


Kim A. Schwartz, MA

Chief Executive Officer

Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center


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


Sara Stoneburner, MD


Cone Health


Betsey Tilson, MD

State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


William Way Jr., MD

Chief Medical Officer, Wake Radiology



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