NCIOM Announces New Board Chair Adam Sholar; Welcomes Frank Courts, Patty Pfeiffer, Trish Marcus, and Danny Scalise

News | January 18, 2024



CHAPEL HILL, NC (JANUARY 18, 2024) – Adam Sholar, JD, President and CEO of the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association, has been named chair of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Board of Directors, as four new members begin their first full four-year terms.


“I’m passionate about working with the North Carolina Institute of Medicine to improve the lives of people across this state,” said Sholar, who has served on the NCIOM Board since 2020. “It’s a great honor to be elected to chair the Board of Directors, and I look forward to partnering with our current and new board members to guide this incredible organization as it informs health policy in our state."


Senate Bill 754 (effective August 17, 2023) made the following appointments to the NCIOM Board of Directors for terms beginning January 1, 2024, and ending December 31, 2027:


  • Frank Courts, DDS, PhD, is a pediatric dentist serving in Jefferson, North Carolina. He completed his DDS and Pediatric Dentistry Certificate at the UNC School of Dentistry and his PhD in Microbiology/Immunology at the UNC School of Medicine. He served as Associate Professor and Chair of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Florida College of Dentistry for 20 years before practicing in Rocky Mount and now at AppHealthCare in Jefferson. He is a member of the North Carolina Dental Society, serving as Chairman of the Council of Oral Health and Prevention, and also serves as a co-chair of the NCIOM Task Force on Oral Health Transformation.
  • Patricia (Patty) Pfeiffer, EdD, MSN, is president of Wayne Community College, where she has been on the faculty since 1994, serving as a nursing instructor, Chair of the Nursing Department, Dean of the Allied Health and Public Services Division, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, and Vice President of Academic and Student Services. Previously, she worked as a labor and delivery nurse and served in the U.S. Army for six years.
  • Patricia (Trish) Markus, JD, is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and President of the American Health Law Association. In her legal practice, she represents health care providers and health technology companies on a wide range of issues, with a special focus on health information privacy, security, and technology. She also works with physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, and care facilities on licensure, reimbursement, acquisitions, and divestiture matters.
  • Danny Scalise, MPH, MBA, who previously served on the NCIOM Board, has been appointed for his first full term. He is the Public Health Director in Burke County, where he oversees comprehensive public health programs, a county-wide harm reduction program, the Overdose Fatality Review and internal health equity committee, and $24 million in opioid settlement funds. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Systems Science at Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia University’s Health Policy program. Previously, he was Executive Director of the West Virginia State Medical Association. He also currently serves on the Editorial Board of the North Carolina Medical Journal.


Board Member Lori Byrd, DNP, RN, CRE, Associate Dean for Strategic Partnership at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has taken on the role of Vice Chair, while Timothy Norris, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CHBC, Vice President of Healthcare Management Consultants, is now Board Secretary. Brian McGinnis, FACHE, FACMPE, President of Catawba Valley Medical Group, will continue his role as Board Treasurer.


“We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Courts, Ms. Markus, and Dr. Pfeiffer to our Board of Directors. They bring a wide breadth of experience across several areas of health care, and this expertise will be an incredible asset to our Board,” said NCIOM Interim President & CEO Michelle Ries, MPH. “We look forward to working with our new Board members as we continue our work toward a healthier North Carolina.”



The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) is forward-looking and focused on solutions. The organization was founded in 1983 by the North Carolina General Assembly to serve as a source of non-partisan information and analysis to promote effective health policies focused on improving the health and well-being of all North Carolinians. Learn more at