The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation


Diverse Healthcare Leaders Mentorship Program

Watch the 2019-2020 mentees share their experience in the diverse healthcare leaders mentorship program.

The background

Grow leaders who reflect the communities they serve

As North Carolina demographics shift, hospitals and health systems are increasingly focused on becoming more reflective of the patients and communities they serve. NCHA is committed to helping cultivate underrepresented women and men into healthcare leadership roles. In 2019, we launched the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation Diverse Leaders Mentorship Program to connect leaders who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to high-achieving women and men from underrepresented communities.

The Impact

Gain Confidence, Leadership Knowledge and Connections

Mentees meet monthly with their mentors to gain confidence in areas such as financial management, leadership development, staff coaching and negotiating skills. They also meet for up to two hours per month with their fellow mentees. The program provides access to NCHA educational programs and networking opportunities where they can interact with senior healthcare executives from across the state.  

The challenge ahead

Help Sustain the Mentorship Program for the Next Class

Thanks to contributions, NCHF was able to increase the number of mentees from seven to 15 in 2021. Help us continue to grow this program by supporting future mentee classes.

Diverse Healthcare Leaders Mentorship Program By the Numbers

Total Number of Mentees
Number of Mentors

Meet the Inaugural Mentee Class

Click on the videos below to learn more about the mentees from the 2019-2020 class.

Cinthya Garcia White, a Quality Improvement Facilitator for Cone Health, wanted to work in healthcare after she noticed inefficiencies in how care was being provided in her community.

Geard Fossett, a Corporate Financial Analyst with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, had his sights on medical school but realized that he can make an impact in healthcare without having a MD next to his name.

Katherine Jordan, an Assistant Director of Human Resources at Duke Health, is an engineer by training, but she quickly realized that she can use her engineering background to improve healthcare processes.

LeVelton Thomas, Program Director, Operations & Management Services at Duke Health, initially wanted to be a dentist, but realized his passion for the business side of healthcare while as an undergraduate.

Coming from another industry, Garland F. Goins Jr., Director of Revenue and Documentation Integrity with the Duke University Health System, quickly realized that he can make a big impact improving health outcomes from the business side of healthcare.

Alicia Barfield, Manager, Strategic Planning at Duke Health, found joy in working with strategy and marketing, which led Alicia to her current role.

Reflections from Mentors

Read comments made by healthcare leaders serving as mentors in the program.