AHHC of NC Board of Directors

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Devin Griffith - AuthoraCare Collective

Devin Griffith, MPA, MSW, is currently the Vice President of Business Development and Innovation for AuthoraCare Collective.  With a background in hospital, post-acute care and population health, Devin has been in the health care field for over 26 years and spent 16 years with Randolph Hospital as Vice President, Care Continuum and Support Services, and almost 4 years with Advanced Home Care as Vice President of Regional Development.  He has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from High Point University.  Devin received the Dr. Ellen B Winston Award in 2014 through the North Carolina Association of Home and Hospice and also received the Heart of Hospice Award through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in 1998 Care for his work and advocacy for seniors, the disabled and terminally ill patients.   

David Causby - Kindred at Home (Gentiva)

President, CEO, Kindred at Home with revenues of $3.0B with overall responsibility of 850 locations and 55,000 employees. Kindred at Home cares for over 100,000 patients daily. He was the former President and COO of Gentiva Healthcare prior to acquisition by Kindred Healthcare in February of 2015. Mr. Causby runs the nation’s largest Home Care and Hospice provider in America.of all largest companies in the home health and hospice space and has demonstrated industry leading comps to include growth, margin, ebitda control along with outstanding clinical services and low employee turnover YOY. Mr. Causby was responsible for the integration of Gentiva into Kindred Healthcare. Over the past 2 years he has lead integration to include synergies of over $93 million to a goal of $75M, all while going through a major EMR conversion, payroll conversion along with branch closures and consolidations and exceeding budgeted growth and profitability expectations. Mr. Causby has been with Gentiva and now Kindred for the past 15 years holding a variety of jobs in operations over the years. Mr. Causby has been involved in over 50 accretive acquisitions from M&A over the past 22 years. Mr. Causby has over 24 years in the service space of Healthcare. He completed is nursing degree from Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC and Bachelors of Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Gwen Whitley - Lower Cape Fear LifeCare

With decades of experience in the industry, Gwen Whitley leads 380 employees at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare. Among her many responsibilities as CEO, she shapes the agency's vision, mission, values, and strategies, as well as policies. Gwen has dedicated 30 years of her career to improving access to health care and services to area residents, primarily in their homes. Her leadership led to the establishment of outpatient palliative care clinics in the region. She also spearheaded Lower Cape Fear LifeCare's dementia program for New Hanover County residents. The organization is also extending services out to other counties.

Michael Lalor, MD, MBA - Trellis Supportive Care

Michael Lalor, MD, MBA, is the Chief Medical Officer for Trellis Supportive Care (formerly known as Hospice and Palliative CareCenter) in Winston-Salem, NC., and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Currently he serves as the Co-Director of Palliative Care for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, having previously served as the director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Lalor earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and his MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from West Texas A&M University. With over 18 years’ experience, Dr. Lalor has an extensive background in hospice regulatory affairs and has lectured widely on regulatory topics affecting physicians. He serves on the Palliative Care Advisory Committee for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Dr. Lalor is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is an alumnus of the Leadership College of the North Carolina Medical Society. 

Dean Lee - 3HC (Home Health and Hospice Care, Inc.)

Dean has served as President/CEO of 3HC – Home Health and Hospice Care, Inc. since 2004 and served on the 3HC Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004 and as Finance Committee Chair for 2003/04. He serves on the Duplin County Board of Health from 1995 to 1998 and Chair. In addition, he served on the Duplin General Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors from 1997 to 1998. Dean has been active with the AHHC Government Affairs Committee over the last several years, participating with the annual AHHC Legislative Day. He has contributed to CAREPAC in the past and will continue to in the future. The local media has worked well with 3HC to educate the communities they serve about the importance and services available to our frail and elderly, as well as caregivers. Dean is actively involved in many civic organizations, such as the Goldsboro Rotary Club (Past Chair), Boy Scouts of America – Tuscarora Council, and United Way campaign. He is a current member and the past chair of W.A.T.C.H. – Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, a model program for serving the unmet and uninsured health needs of Wayne County.

Cathleen Adams, MBA, RN, CHPCA - CarePartners (Mission Health)

Cathleen Adams became CarePartners Chief Nursing Officer in October of 2014. In her role, Cathleen is responsible for the development and overall management of post-acute nursing services thoughout the organization including the establishment of nursing standards of practice as well as patient standards of care. Cathleen brings more than 18 years of clinical experience and is certified as a hospice and palliative care administrator. She served as vice president of clinical services for Midwest CareCenter in Glenview, IL and became the chief operating officer of the organization in December 2012, overseeing the hospice and palliative care operations. As COO, she was responsible for implementing collaborative agreements with some of Chicago's top hospital and healthcare systems, including preferred partner relationships with Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has worked in virtually all areas of hospice clinical management, and has worked as executive director of VistaCare in Temple, Texas and as an executive director specialist for Odyssey Healthcare. She has had responsibilities for a variety of patient care services, such as admissions, direct patient care, education and outreach, compliance and care coordination. She also is a curriculum trainer in end-of-life nursing education. Cathleen has a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas and completed her masters in business administration at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She was also a Captain in the U.S. Army and worked for the Army Nurse Corps from 2008 to 2014.

Tom Arnold - Right at Home Wake County

Tom Arnold is the founder, CEO and owner of Right at Home of Wake County providing in-home and in-facility care for seniors and disabled adults. Tom is a current AHHC Board member and is seeking reelection for a second term. Tom brings a unique perspective to his business, being a senior with 40+ years of corporate leadership experience with both public and private companies and a patient’s perspective as a cancer survivor and lifelong heart patient. Personally Tom has been actively involved in many community activities serving on boards and committees for COPE Eldercare, Alzheimer's North Carolina, ECPI University Advisory Board for Practical Nursing, Wake Tech Occupational Services Advisory Committee, and a Senior Adult Focus Group for Raleigh Parks and Recreation. In 2011, Tom was named a Business Leader, Mover and Shaker in the Triangle, and in 2012, Right at Home of Wake County was named a Top 300 Small Business in the South.

Michael Bolewitz, PharmD, MBA - Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region

Michael Bolewitz joined an expanding Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region in 2007 as the organization’s first clinical pharmacist. Because of his combined clinical skills, MBA education and engagement with staff, Mike rose to become the organization’s first Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He is responsible for the daily care delivery to more than 800 hospice & 700 palliative care patients spanning 23 counties in North and South Carolina. Mike is committed to end-of-life care excellence and driven to continually improve the patient experience. For his work, Mike has been recognized by AHHC with the Leslie Carswell Leadership Award in 2017 and by the Charlotte Business Journal as a “40 under 40” award winner in 2018. He became a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA) in 2016. Mike has participated in the AHHC Government Affairs Committee since 2016. He is a member of the NHPCO Pharmacy Steering Committee. He also is Vice Chair on the board of NCMedAssist, having been a board member since 2017.

Pete Brunnick - Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region

Pete Brunnick is the President & Chief Executive Officer for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR), a multi-specialty, post-acute care organization with a focus on advanced illness and end of life care services. Pete currently serves on the AHHC Board (serving two years as Board Chairman and currently the Immediate Past Chair) and is seeking re-election for a second full term. HPCCR provides comprehensive hospice care, palliative medicine, and educational services to a daily caseload of approximately 1,100 patients and their families; reaching 5,000 patients annually. Pete is a certified public accountant and is a member of NCACPA. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Carolina's Center for Hospice and End of Life Care (2007-2009) and was a recipient of the Center's Spirit of Hospice Award. He has also served as board treasurer for The Carolina's Center. Pete was appointed by the Governor's office to serve as a provider representative on the North Carolina Hospice Certificate of Need Methodology Task Force. In 2009, he was named not-for-profit CFO of the Year by the Charlotte Business Journal. Pete recently served as the Vice Chair of the Governance Committee for The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Pete is serving as board member of PACE of the Southern Piedmont and board member to the Employers Association. He was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve a three-year term in the first ever hospice seat on the NC State Health Coordinating Council. Pete was the 2016 recipient of Leadership Charlotte’s Unsung Hero award.

Wendy Chavez, MSN, RN - Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care

Wendy Chavez, MSN, RN, is the director of The Advocacy Center with Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care. Wendy has an experienced record of advocacy in NC for both the adult and pediatric population. She now oversees national advocacy for Thrive and works to form coalitions with industry leaders and develop a grass roots approach to advocacy to involve patients, staff, and families. Wendy has worked in home health, home care and hospice for over 26 years with the last 20 years in home care, providing services to clients receiving programs/payer sources from IHC (PCS), Private Duty Nursing, CAP/DA, CAP/C, Respite, Block Grants, and private pay services ranging from Companion/Sitter to skilled private duty nursing. She has been an active participant in AHHC, serving on various committees, volunteering, being a financial supporter, an AHHC Board member, and Executive Board Treasurer and Secretary. She was the recipient of the AHHC 2015 Carolyn Cusic Professional of the Year award. Wendy served as Director and Regional Coordinator for Health & Home Services for 18 years. In 2017, Health & Home Services was acquired by Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care, a national company providing skilled nursing, therapy, enteral, and HME services in 9 states and 29 locations, with a focus on the medically fragile pediatric population.

Jennifer Collier, RN, BSN - BAYADA Home Health

Jennifer Collier is Director of Transitional Care at BAYADA Home Health, a Registered Nurse, and an experienced healthcare professional with over 10 years in Home Health. She began her career as a nurse in the ER, but quickly realized that she wanted to help people before they were in an emergency situation. Jennifer has also been a caregiver for the last six years for her father who lived with her. She believes that patients do better at home and she has devoted her entire professional career and personal life to that belief. Jennifer has participated in AHHC Legislative days at the state and federal-levels and has advocated in Congress for home care and for programs that provide financial relief to patients. She understands the importance of an engaged and varied board. Her on-the-ground perspective and expertise will help guide the Association in a fiscally responsible and inclusive manner. Jennifer's operational breadth of knowledge will aide her effectiveness as an AHHC board member to ensure children, adults, and seniors with illness or disabilities get the care they need at home.

Rexanne Domico - BrightSpring Health Services

Rexanne Domico is president of Home Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, lines of business in the BrightSpring Health Services family of brands. Domico leads one of the industry’s largest providers of home care and highly specialized neurocare services. She builds our leading service capabilities and executes the ResCare HomeCare growth strategies. Domico’s proven track record of service and quality results make her a proven leader for these divisions. Domico joined ResCare HomeCare after leading LHC Group’s hospice and market development teams across the country. Prior to LHC, she held multiple senior leadership roles at Gentiva.  Domico was one of the founders for The Hospice Promise Foundation and served as president from 2014-2017. The foundation is dedicated to serving the critical needs of hospice patients throughout the nation. Domico earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Elon University in North Carolina.

Jody Fleming - North Carolina Healthcare Association Strategic Partners

Jody Fleming is the Senior Vice President of NCHA Strategic Partners, the shared services division of the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA).  Ms. Fleming has been with NCHA since August 2000. Jody earned a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management from Appalachian State University.   She has 27 years of healthcare experience, including physician practice management prior to joining NCHA. Jody was born and raised in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She is married to husband, Barry since 2011 and lives in Apex, NC.  Jody and Barry are very active with the Triangle Beagle Rescue Foundation and have two adopted beagles, Linus and Louis. She and her husband enjoy kayaking, running, golfing, and participating in triathlons.

Beth Hodges, MD - Hodges Family Practice

Beth Hodges grew up in Ohio, the daughter of a family medicine physician. She started in the medical world at a young age by assisting her father on house calls and volunteering at the local hospital. She met her future husband, Dr. Francisco Hodges, in medical school, and they completed Family Medicine training in Newport News, Virginia, through the Medical College of Virginia. After graduation, they moved to Asheboro, North Carolina, where they started an independent medical practice that still flourishes today. In 2007, Dr. Hodges answered a request to serve as a medical director for a hospice organization due to a need in her local community. She developed a true love and passion for hospice work, receiving her Certificate of Additional Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2010.  She filled a similar need in the Home Health arena by becoming the Medical Director for Randolph Health Home Health in 2012 and she took the further challenge of becoming a Medical Director for The Triad Healthcare Network in 2017, an Accountable Care Organization with over 1200 physician members. She and her husband have a lively household of three teenagers, three dogs, a cat, and 20 goldfish. 

Lou Ann Jones - 3HC (Home Health and Hospice, Inc.)

Lou Ann Jones, RN, BSN, MSA is Chief Operating Officer for 3HC in Goldsboro. She is responsible for developing strategies for growth in referral volume and revenues of Home Health, Hospice (adult and pediatrics), In Patient Units, Private Duty, and Infusion Services in fifteen counties. Lou Ann secured her first ACO Preferred Provider Partnership in 2016. She provides brand management that includes website oversight, digital marketing, marketing materials, and supervision of staff. Lou Ann is responsible for philanthropy revenue and fundraising, she and her team set records for 2017, a skill that would be an asset to the Association. She was previously Vice President of Clinical Services and was responsible for leading all clinical services at 3HC. Lou Ann is an active member of AHHC, serving on the Public Relations Committee and participating in AHHC conferences, educational events, and supporting CAREPAC. She is past member of AHHC Board of Directors, Education Committee and Hospice Initiative Committee. She is currently member of the Signature Events Council of National Hospice Foundation at NHPCO and the Education Planning Committee of NAHC for their annual conference. Lou Ann aspires to bring value, vision and innovation to AHHC and its members.

Barbara Knott - UNC Health Care

Barbara Knott has worked in the Post-Acute industry for more than 35 years, gaining experience in Home Health, Hospice, Palliative Care, Home Infusion Pharmacy and HME. A seasoned post acute executive, prior to taking her current role as Regional Director of Continuing Care Services for UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, NC, Barbara gained experience working in an Integrated Delivery Network as Regional Executive Director for Home Care at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. Previous experience includes Health System Office VP of Home Care services for Bon Secours Health System in Maryland and Executive Director of Home Care at Barnabas Health in NJ.

Sandra Lewis - First Choice Home Care

Sandra Lewis is a current AHHC Board member and is seeking reelection for a second term. Sandra has been a Registered Nurse in North Carolina for more than 30 years. She started as a home health nurse, became a PDN supervisor, and in 1998 became the Owner/Director of First Choice Home Care, Inc., a non-certified home care agency in Sanford with two locations serving 11 counties. Sandra has been a member of the Association for Home and Hospice Care of NC for more than 18 years. She is a regular contributor to CAREPAC. She serves as co-chair on AHHC's Government Affairs Committee as well as various committees for Personal Care Services (PCS) and Private Duty Nursing (PDN). Sandra has been proactive in working on the recent issues with PCS. During her tenure with AHHC, Sandra has represented her industry well, testifying for AHHC at the PCS hearing as a member provider and nurse. She has lobbied on state and national levels in Raleigh and Washington DC. She enrolled her agency to participate in the Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST) grant and Hospice Home Care PHCAST grant. Being involved and serving others is evident by her recognition with several awards-Business Advocate of the Year and NC Public Awareness Award for Community Child Protection. She is very involved with her community and church. Sandra is a veteran Guardian ad Litem, actively serving in that capacity, currently carrying a case load of 5 children, constantly advocating for children.

Zac Long, JD, MHA - Well Care Health

Zac Long transitioned into the Chief Executive Officer role for Well Care Health in October, 2017 following the death of former CEO, Wayne Long, in September. Zac's focus is to preserve the mission, vision, and values that have made Well Care successful over the last 30 years and continue moving the organization forward in terms of new service lines, territory expansion, and exceptional service for all patients. Zac joined Well Care in late 2016 as the Vice President of Growth and Strategy and spearheaded growth initiatives that included strategic planning, market research, and data analysis to improve the overall patient experience. Zac grew up around the family business and learned firsthand from an early age the value that home-based health care provides to patients. He is a steadfast advocate for the instrumental and increasing role that home health and home care providers play in the post acute care continuum. Zac's background and experience extends across the health care industry. He led a dental practice in Atlanta through rapid growth and expansion as the Chief Operating Officer. As part of PwC's Healthcare Consulting Group, Zac drove lasting results for a variety of clients that included pharmaceuticals, insurance, and health systems. Zac graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College. He earned his Juris Doctor degree and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an active member of the North Carolina Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Zac enjoys college sports (Go Wildcats and Tar Heels!), staying active, traveling, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Gina Murray, RN, BSN - Aware Senior Care

Gina Murray is the co-founder and director of Aware Senior Care, an award-winning in-home care agency in Cary, North Carolina. She is a registered nurse with more than 30 years in the field of gerontology. Prior to founding Aware Senior Care in 2014, Gina spent more than 15 years at one of the top skilled nursing facilities in North Carolina, serving as the Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Manager and Assistant Director of Nursing. She also worked for Hospice of Wake County and was instrumental in the opening and management of the first inpatient hospice facility in the region. Gina brings a very personal perspective to her work as the co-founder and director of Aware Senior Care. After caring for both of her parents as they struggled with illness and home care needs, she went through the same difficult emotions so many adult children face as they begin to care for aging parents. Gina brings this unique combination of professional skills and personal experience to every family she meets at Aware Senior Care. Gina’s commitment to seniors extends beyond her day-to-day work with the team at Aware Senior Care. She is proud to sponsor an annual nursing student scholarship at Wake Technical Community College. The “Gina Murray/Cary Kildaire Rotary RN Nursing Scholars Award” honors one deserving nursing student with the financial support to continue pursuing their dream of a career dedicated to helping others. She is also near completion of being a Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Care Certified Dementia Trainer. Gina is current a member of the AHHC Regulatory Committee. Gina was also previously a board member of the Triangle Aphasia Project.

Chris Paterson - Carolina Complete Health (Centene)

Chris Paterson is the CEO of Carolina Complete Health. In his nearly 11 years at Centene, he also served as CEO of its Florida subsidiary, Sunshine Health, overseeing its operations from inception until it reached over one million members. He also served as Centene’s Community Affairs Officer. Prior to Centene, Chris was CEO of CareGuide, Regional President of UnitedHealth Group’s AmeriChoice Corporation, CEO of AmeriChoice’s health plan in Pennsylvania, EVP of Merit Behavioral Care Corporation and President of Tennessee Behavioral Health. Throughout his career in both public and private companies, Chris has been responsible for all aspects of operations, strategic planning, community relations and the introduction of innovative care management models and programs. He is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, and is the past chair of the boards of the Urban League of Broward County and the Florida Association of Health Plans. After receiving undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University, Chris interned at the University of Florida and served on the faculty of the University of Miami early in his career. He and his spouse Nicole have four children.

Jackie Ring, PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC - Transitions LifeCare

Jackie Ring is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She continued studies at Pfeiffer University where she earned a joint MHA/MBA degree. She also received a Ph.D. in nursing, with a nursing systems focus from UNC. Jackie is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, and board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive, Advanced. Jackie is a native North Carolinian: she is originally from Charlotte and now calls Fuquay Varina home. Prior to joining Transitions LifeCare in 2017 as Vice President of Clinical Services, Chief Innovation Officer, Jackie served as President/CNO of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at Johnston UNC Health Care, where she was responsible for overseeing design and implementation of a new hospital in Clayton. Jackie has a passion for excellence in nursing care, and has served as a member, vice chair, and chair of the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Tim Rogers - AHHC of NC

Tim has 26 years of experience working in the home care, home health & hospice industry. He received his B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to home care & hospice, Tim worked for 9 years with the State Employees Association of NC and NC Bankers Association in member relations and as a lobbyist. His home care, home health & hospice experience is extensive, having worked as the first Director of Government Relations and Chief Lobbyist for the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina, Vice President of Government Relations for Comprehensive Home Health Care and Hospice (now Liberty), Director of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Planning for Tar Heel Home Health and Hospice of Tar Heel (now Kindred at Home/Gentiva), and finally as President and Chief Executive Officer for the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (since 2001). He holds numerous leadership roles and/or sits on numerous boards/commissions: State Health Coordinating Council (Home Health & Hospice Representative- appointed by Governor Roy Cooper); Chairman - The Council of State Home Care & Hospice Associations; Board Member, Second Vice Chairman-National Partnership for Medicaid Home Based Care, Washington, DC; Member, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and NHPCO’s Council of States; Member, NHPCO’s Public Policy Committee; Member-NAHC’s Forum of State Associations (Past Chair); Sole State Association Executive on the NAHC Home Health and Hospice Financial Managers (HHFMA) Workgroup; Governor-Appointed Home Care, Home Health and Hospice Representative South Carolina CON Task Force; South Carolina DSS Advisory Board Member; Past Board Member of NAHC. Tim is a past Public Member of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy; Tim is a recipient of AHHC’s Dr. Ellen B. Winston Award for Outstanding Service to the Home Care and Hospice Industry and Home Care and Hospice Champion award.

Mark Sharp, Partner - BKD CPAs & Advisors

Mark Sharp is a Partner at BKD, LLP in Springfield, MO.  He is BKD’s Home Care and Hospice Center of Excellence Coordinator and has more than 20 years of experience assisting home care and hospice providers with audits, strategic planning, accounting, cost reports, projections, operating budgets, corporate integrity, agency start-up and mergers and acquisitions.  Mark is a national speaker on various home care and hospice matters and is frequently requested to provide in-person workshops or webinars on such topics.  Organizations seeking Mark as a speaker include the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and numerous other regional and state organizations.

Lisa L. Tuttle, RN, CHPN, NE-BC, BS, MSN - Duke HomeCare & Hospice

Lisa has more than 15 years of experience in Home Care and Hospice including her current role as Senior Director of Duke Home Care and Hospice. Other positions held include: Home Care Field Surveyor for the Joint Commission, Independent Hospice Consultant with Weatherbee Associates, Director of Operations, and Director of Quality & Compliance Officer.  She has been a member of HPNA for the past nine years during which she obtained a Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. She is an advocate for healthcare to be provided in the comfort of patients' homes and wants to increase the public’s knowledge of the services and benefits of this very specialized service.  Lisa believes to care for the sick is a gift; to care for the dying is a blessing. To infuse hope and health among patients and their families is a privilege. To do these things in the privacy of the patient’s home is sacred.