NCHF Diverse Healthcare Leaders Mentorship Program Welcomes 2023 Participants

2023 class pairs 24 diverse individuals with 18 senior healthcare executive mentors 

Cary, NC – January 3, 2023 – The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation (NCHF), the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the North Carolina Healthcare Association, today announced the fourth class of participants in the Diverse Healthcare Leaders Mentorship Program, designed to help cultivate a diverse pipeline of leaders for the healthcare field. The nine-month program pairs 24 individuals from underrepresented communities employed in healthcare with 18 executive leaders from health systems and hospitals who will serve as mentors. 

As national and North Carolina demographics continue to shift, hospital and health system executives increasingly want to develop and promote diverse leaders who can contribute different perspectives to issues and help accelerate industry innovation and transformation. 

Throughout the duration of the program, participants will meet monthly with their mentors to gain confidence in areas such as financial management, leadership development, staff coaching and negotiating skills. Mentees also separately meet with their fellow peers to share their experiences and learning insights. The mentorship program provides access to educational and networking opportunities such as the healthcare association’s annual Winter and Summer membership meetings where the class members can interact with senior healthcare executives from across the state. 

Mark Gordon, President of Alamance Regional Medical Center and Senior Vice President of Cone Health, is a returning mentor this year. He said, “Mentorship is essential to development.  We all have been at beginning stages or seeking to grow.  However, growth and development cannot be successful within a vacuum.  As mature professionals, we have a personal responsibility to shepherd young talent with the hope that they will be prepared to care for our diverse communities.” 

Earl Chen, Business Development Associate at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and one of Mr. Gordon’s mentees from the 2022 class, expressed gratitude for this mentor and the opportunities he gained through his participation. “I’m thankful for the Mentorship Program because it helped me to connect with my mentor who has helped me build my confidence and extended my network portfolio.” 

2023 Program Mentees: 

  • Irene Bolis, Business Operations Manager, Atrium Health 
  • Kevin Briggs, Administrator-Laboratory & Respiratory Care Services, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Health Equity, Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center 
  • Carlton Brunson, Assistant Director, Human Resources, Duke University Health System 
  • Dolapo Busuyi, Digital Content Specialist/Fellowship Program Manager, ECU Health 
  • Kimberly Carter, Quality Nurse Specialist III, ECU Health 
  • Seth Csan, Strategy Execution Manager, Novant Health 
  • Amanda Eley, Nurse Manager, Operation, Duke Raleigh Cancer Center 
  • Candice Faison, Revenue Manager, Duke University Medical Center 
  • Melissa Fennell, Project Manager, Atrium Health 
  • Douglas Fisher, Director of Pharmacy, Atrium Health 
  • Morgan Jones, Manager, Patient Experience, UNC Health Southeastern 
  • Evette Law, Director, Emergency Department, MedCenter HighPoint and Greensboro Drawbridge 
  • Bridgett Luckey, Director, Community Hospital Grants and Outreach, ECU Health 
  • Kris-Shae McCall, Assistant Director, Enterprise Health Information Management, Novant Health 
  • Delores McNair, Administrative Manager, Duke University  
  • George Monjimbo, Business Operations Program Manager, Novant Health 
  • Crystal Redfern, Director of Clinical Improvement, Novant Health 
  • Cassiopeia Reid, Director, Talent Insights, Novant Health 
  • Stefanie Resillez, Administrative Director, Duke University Hospital
  • Derrick Rodgers, Manager Learning Systems and Technology, Novant Health 
  • Vernita Kaye Rouse, Health Equity Manager, ECU Health 
  • Mayra Wagoner, Nurse Manager, Novant Health 
  • Jennifer Williams, Clinical Nurse Manager Operation, Duke University Hospital 
  • Tramaine Young, Inpatient Pharmacy Coordinator (Supervisor) – Pharmacist, UNC REX Healthcare 


2023 Program Mentors: 

  • Kalin Griffin Bostwick, VP, Inclusion and Engagement, Novant Health 
  • Daphne Brewington, PhD, RN, Senior Vice President, Nurse Executive, ECU Health 
  • Fred T. Brown Jr., Retired Chief Executive Officer, Atrium Health WF Baptist 
  • Greg Gombar, Retired Executive Vice President, CFO, Atrium Health 
  • Mark Gordon, President, Alamance Regional Medical Center, and SVP, Cone Health 
  • Crystal Hayden, DNP, RN, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, Nash UNC Health Care 
  • Christine Khandelwal, DO, Vice Chair of Medicine, Wake Med Hospital 
  • Steve Lawler, President & CEO, NCHA 
  • William Spencer Lilly, Retired Former President, Carolinas Medical Center and Central Division, Atrium Health 
  • Brian Middleton, Vice President, Musculoskeletal Institute, Atrium Health 
  • Catherine Mohr, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Dosher Memorial Hospital 
  • Tameka O’Neal, Vice President, Chief Provider Experience Officer, Novant Health 
  • Robert (Bob) Singletary, Interim CEO, Rutherford Regional Hospital and Person Memorial Hospital 
  • Tri Tang, Vice President of Administration, Atrium Health 
  • Amanze Ugoji, MD, CEO, Washington Regional Medical Center 
  • Chuck Wallington, EVP and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Cone Health 
  • Phyllis A. Wingate, Retired Senior Vice President/President, Carolina Health System Northeast 
  • Charlene Wilson, Chief People Officer, ECU Health 


In addition, the North Carolina Healthcare Association and the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation congratulate the following individuals from the 2022 cohort who have completed the program: 

  • Jasmine Ballard, Administrative Director, Levine Cancer Insitute 
  • Ramona Basnight, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Duke Cancer Institute-Wake County 
  • Euniqua Bullock, Operations Nurse Manager, Duke Health System 
  • Liening (Earl) Chen, Business Development Associate, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist 
  • Marissa Garcia, Strategy Execution Manager, Novant Health 
  • Alexa Jones, Manager, Analytics & Strategy, Davita Dialysis 
  • Swapna Joseph, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Duke Raleigh Hospital 
  • Rosalynne Lopez, Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Services, Cone Health 
  • Robert Colby Marks, Practice Administrator, Cone Health 
  • Koai Martin, Equity and Special Projects Consultant, ECU Health 
  • Dennis Mitchell, Analytical Solutions Manager, UNC Health 
  • Dana Peebles, Assistant Director, Leadership, Culture & Change Strategy, Duke Raleigh Hospital 
  • Antonio Peterkin, Practice Manager, Cape Fear Valley Health System 
  • Candace Ramirez, Administrative Director, Perioperative Services, Duke University Hospital 
  • Ylenia Sharif, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Manager, UNC Health (former) 
  • Jonathan Young, Administrative Specialist/Credentialing Coordinator, Rehab Therapy Services, UNC Health 

Visit NCHA’s YouTube page to view participants from previous classes of the of the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation’s Diverse Leaders Mentorship Program share their appreciation for being part of this initiative. 


About NCHA  

Founded in 1918, North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) is the united voice of the North Carolina healthcare community. Representing more than 130 hospitals, health systems, physician groups and other healthcare organizations, NCHA works with our members to improve the health of North Carolina communities by advocating for sound public policies and collaborative partnerships and by providing insights, services, support and education to expand access to high quality, efficient, affordable and integrated health care for all North Carolinians.  


About North Carolina Healthcare Foundation  

The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the North Carolina Healthcare Association. Established in 1961, the Foundation supports the Association’s work in quality improvement, behavioral health, and rural health care. The Foundation serves as a pathway for the Association to:  

  • Convene member hospitals and their community partners to address social determinants of health 
  • Advocate for rural hospitals to provide essential services 
  • Support innovative data-driven initiatives to improve healthcare 
  • Address barriers to establishing a high-quality behavioral health system across the state 


Media contact: 
Cynthia Charles, North Carolina Healthcare Association
Phone: 336-816-4939; Email: 


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