Mentorship Program

Growing A New Generation of Diverse Leaders

As North Carolina demographics continue to shift, hospitals and health systems are increasingly focused on becoming more reflective of the patients and communities they serve.

Having a diverse workplace is one of the greatest assets of any organization to improving employee morale and promoting retention – both of which are critical to combatting growing healthcare workforce shortages.

Encouraging diversity in the workplace facilitates different perspectives that generate an abundance of distinct ideas and accelerates innovation for complex problems.

NCHA is committed to building a diverse pipeline of underrepresented men and women into healthcare leaders that will shape and transform health in NC. In 2019, we launched the Diverse Healthcare Leaders Mentorship Program to connect leaders who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to high-achieving women and men from underrepresented communities.

Underrepresented professionals will apply to participate in NCHA-facilitated events that offer inspiring educational opportunities, networking with industry leaders, and one-on-one coaching with a mentor who will serve as a professional ally in career development and advancement.

Click here to see what some of our mentees have shared about their experience in the program.

The robust 9-month long Diverse Healthcare Leaders Mentorship Program consists of three components: 

  1. One-on-One mentoring – Mentors and mentees meet for at least one hour each month while also engaging in regular communication via phone, email, in-person meetings, etc. Mentees and mentors are encouraged to schedule in-person meetings to gain the most out of the program.
  2. Mentoring Circles – Mentees meet with peers for one hour each month in mentoring circles to learn and share experiences. Mentors meet twice for one-hour with their peers throughout the program.
  3. Learning and networking opportunities – A monthly Leadership Series featuring diverse leaders from across the healthcare spectrum to address a range of topics. Mentees attend NCHA’s Winter and Summer Membership meetings where they are afforded an opportunity to network with healthcare executives. Mentees also have access to NCHA’s educational webinars and conferences. 
  • Support the development of a diverse pipeline of new leaders for the field.  
  • Model a framework for professional growth and development. 
  • Emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion.  
  • Encourage learning and the exchange of information and ideas.  
  • Address challenges that exist in recruitment and promotion  for executive-level positions. 
  • Create a safe space to gain confidence in areas such as financial management, staff coaching, leadership development, and negotiating skills.

Mentor Application Process: due September 30, 2022

Applications for the 2023 cohort are now **CLOSED**

  • Submit Online Mentor Application
  • Attach CV/résumé
  • Attach Personal Statement (less than 500 words) optional

Criteria / Eligibility Qualifications 

  • Must be C-Suite Level Executive or equivalent
  • Current healthcare professional with at least 10 years of working experience
  • Documented executive-level leadership experience of no fewer than 4 years.
  • A champion for diversity and inclusion.

Duration of Commitment

  • February 2023 – September 2023
  • Meet with your mentee(s) for at least one hour monthly (in-person meetings are encouraged).
  • Attend two, one-hour meetings with other mentors in the program.
  • Commit to identifying opportunities for connections for your mentee(s) through at least two formal introductions and advocating for your mentee(s) to health system executives.

Mentee Application Process: due October 7, 2022

Applications for the 2023 cohort are now **CLOSED**

  • Submit Online Mentee Application
  • Attach CV/résumé
  • Attach Personal Statement (less than 500 words)
  • Attach 1 Letter of Recommendation

Criteria / Eligibility Qualifications 

  • Self-identified member of a racially or ethnically minority population deemed as underrepresented in healthcare leadership roles.
  • Possess at least seven years of work experience, including at least four years in health care; a graduate degree; managerial experience; and a professional goal to be a health care executive.
  • Middle managers who have been identified for their high potential to be senior leaders.

Duration of Commitment

  • February 2023 – September 2023
  • Commit to an investment of time
  • Meet with your mentor for at least one hour monthly (in-person meetings are encouraged).
  • Meet with your peers for at least one hour each month in mentoring circles.
  • Attend Leadership Series Lunch & Learn every 2nd Thursday of each month– 45-minute sessions (virtual).

How matches are made

Mentees identify three goals they want to achieve through the course of the year.

Mentors are matched with mentees based on how well their strengths align with the needs of the mentees.

The program seeks to match people who are from similar organizations based on size, agency type, incorporation, or other factors such as mentees’ interest.

Mentor-Mentee Pairing Notification 

Participants will be notified of who they are paired with in November 2022.

Orientation & Program Kick-off Events

Participants will attend an Intro to NCHA session in November 2022 (virtual).

Mentee Roundtable will be held in November 2022 (virtual).

Orientation will be held in late January 2023 (in-person).

2022 Cohort

  • Katie Galbraith, President, (Duke Regional Hospital)
  • Greg Gombar, Former EVP/CFO (Atrium Health)
  • Mark Gordon, President, (Alamance Regional Medical Center-Cone Health)
  • Christine Khandelwal, DO, VP of Education & Strategic Outreach (Transitions LifeCare & WakeMed)
  • Crystal Hayden, DNP, RN,  CNO & COO, (Nash UNC Health)
  • Stephen J. Lawler, President & CEO (North Carolina Healthcare Association)
  • Alvin C. Powell, MD, Health Equity Consultant, Former Chief Medical Officer (Annie Penn Hospital) & Former Chief Health Equity Officer (Cone Health)
  • Phyllis A. Wingate, Former President (Atrium Health – Northern Division) & Former President (Atrium Health – Cabarrus)
  • Jasmine Ballard, Administrative Director, (Atrium Health)
  • Ramona Basnight, Clinical Operations Director, (Duke University Hospital)
  • Euniqua Bullock, Patient Services Manager, (UNC Hospitals)
  • Liening (Earl) Chen, Strategic Analyst, (Scotland Healthcare)
  • Marissa Garcia, Strategy Execution Manager, (Novant Health)
  • Alexa Jones, Project Manager, (Atrium Health)
  • Swapna Joseph, MD, Hospitalist Physician, (Duke Raleigh Hospital)
  • Ryosalynne Lopez, Manager, (Cone Health)
  • Colby Marks, Practice Administrator, (Cone Health)
  • Koai Martin, Administrative Fellow, (Vidant Health)
  • Dennis Mitchell, Analytical Solutions Manager, (UNC Health)
  • Dana Peebles, Assistant Director, (Duke Raleigh Hospital)
  • Antonio Peterkin, Clinic Supervisor, (Cape Fear Valley)
  • Candace Ramirez, Administrative Director, (Duke University Hospital)
  • Ylenia Sharif, System Manager, (UNC Health)
  • Jonathan Young, Administrative Supervisor, (UNC Health)

2021 Cohort

  • Christopher Bridgeman of Laurinburg, Director of Nutrition at Scotland Memorial Hospital
  • Turkeisha Brown of Chapel Hill, Patient Services Manager III/Nurse Manager at UNC Medical Center
  • Alexandra Collins of Chapel Hill, Strategy Consultant at UNC Health
  • Alvin D’Angelo of Atlanta, Vice President of Operations at Emory Healthcare
  • William English of Durham, Administrative Manager at Duke Health
  • KaSheta Jackson, DNP of Greenville, Nursing Executive Fellow at Vidant Health
  • Sonia Kaul of Durham, Manager of Patient Revenue at Duke University Health System
  • Stephen Logan of Greensboro, Administrative Fellow at Duke Health
  • Jennifer Mack of Durham, Clinical Nurse IV at UNC Health
  • Diane Mitchell of Raleigh, Director of Operations Administration at Duke Raleigh Hospital
  • Nadia Pasha, MD of Raleigh, Associate Medical Director at Duke Raleigh Hospital Medicine
  • Ram Rimal of Chapel Hill, Manager of Data Science Engineering at UNC Health
  • Michael Smith of Charlotte, Senior Manager, Ambulatory Services at Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute in Pineville
  • Deborah Wang of Chapel Hill, System Manager, Strategic Planning at UNC Health

2020 Cohort

  • Alicia Barfield, Manager, Duke Health Strategic Planning (Duke Raleigh Hospital)
  • Geard Fossett, Corporate Financial Analyst, (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center)
  • Candace Gaillard, Diabetes Program Manager (Novant Health)
  • Cinthya Garcia White, Quality Improvement Facilitator (Cone Health)
  • Garland F. Goins, Jr., Director – Revenue & Documentation Integrity (Duke University Health System)
  • Katherine Jordan, Assistant Director – Human Resources (Duke University Hospital: Private Diagnostic Clinic)
  • LeVelton Thomas, Program Director, Operations & Management Services (Duke Health)

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