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 helping cultivate underrepresented women and men into healthcare leadership roles. In 2019, we launched the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation 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 the 2021 mentees have shared about their experience in the program.

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

  1. One-one-One mentoring – Mentees meet at least monthly with their mentor. 
  2. Mentoring Circles – Mentors meet as a group every other month. Mentees meet in separate groups monthly. 
  3. Learning and networking opportunities – NCHF holds 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 of financial management, staff coaching, leadership development, and negotiating skills.

Mentor Application Process: due October 30, 2021

  • Submit Online Mentor Application – Application Closed for the 2022 cohort
  • 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 2022 – September 2022
  • 6 Face-to-face contact hours annually
  • 1 – 2 Telephone contact hours monthly

Mentee Application Process: due November 5, 2021

  • Submit Online Mentee Application – Application Closed for the 2022 cohort
  • 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 2022 – September 2022
  • Commit to an investment of time
  • 6 Face-to-face contact hours annually
  • 1 -2 Telephone contacts monthly

How matches are made

Individual interviews will be held with mentees that are accepted into the program.

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 2021. Orientation will be held in late January 2022.


  • Allison Davenport, CEO (Brynn Marr Hospital)
  • Greg Gombar, Former EVP/CFO (Atrium Health)
  • Marlon Julius, Administrator, Operations (Vidant Health/Vidant North Hospital)
  • Christine Khandelwal, DO, VP of Education & Strategic Outreach (Transitions LifeCare & WakeMed)
  • Stephen J. Lawler, President & CEO (North Carolina Healthcare Association)
  • Alvin C. Powell, MD, Chief Medical Officer (Annie Penn Hospital) & Chief Health Equity Officer (Cone Health)
  • Phyllis A. Wingate, Former President (Atrium Health – Northern Division) & Former President (Atrium Health – Cabarrus)
  • Gregory C. Wood, President & CEO (Scotland Health Care System)
  • Christopher Bridgeman, Director of Nutrition (Scotland Memorial Hospital)
  • Turkeisha Smith Brown, Patient Services Manager III/Nurse Manager (UNC Medical/UNC Healthcare)
  • Alexandra Collins, Strategy Consultant (UNC Healthcare)
  • Alvin D’Angelo, Administrative Director of Ambulatory Surgery (Duke University Hospital)
  • William English, Administrative Manager (Duke Health)
  • Marcus Finnie, Revenue Manager, Hospital Billing and Claims (Duke University Health System)
  • KaSheta J. Jackson, Nurse Leader Fellow (Vidant Health)
  • Sonia Kaul, Manager, Patient Revenue (Duke University Health System)
  • Stephen “Christopher” Logan, Administrative Fellow (Cone Health)
  • Jennifer Mack, Clinical Nurse IV (UNC Health)
  • Diane Mitchell, Director of Operations Administration (Duke Raleigh Hospital)
  • Nadia Pasha, MD, Associate Medical Director (Duke Raleigh Hospital/Duke University Health System)
  • Ram Rimal, Manager of Data Science (UNC Healthcare)
  • Michael Smith, Senior Manager Ambulatory Services (Atrium Health/Levine Cancer Institute)
  • Deborah Wang, System Manager, Strategic Planning (UNC Health)


  • Steven J. Lawler, President & CEO (NCHA)
  • Phyllis Wingate, Former President, SVP Northern Division (Atrium Health Cabarrus)
  • Greg Wood, President & CEO (Scotland Health Care System)
  • 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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