MCAC Bios

Kim A. Schwartz, District 1

CEO, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

Work Experience: Kim Schwartz has more than 25 years of health care experience including mental health counseling, clinical management and independent clinical consultation for mental health centers, medical centers and hospitals in North Carolina and New Mexico. Schwartz is CEO of Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center. She has served as the Congressional District 1 representative to the Medical Care Advisory Committee since 2011. She is an adjunct faculty member for the East Carolina University Health Center Certificate Program.

Boards and Committees: Executive Committee Member, NC Community Health Center Association; Board Member, NC Institute of Medicine; Leadership Planning Committee Member, SAMHSA-HRSA Primary and Behavioral Health Integration; Advisory Committee Member, East Carolina University Health Center Certificate Program; and Rural Health Committee Member, National Association of Community Health Centers.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Arts in counseling education from the University of New Mexico.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 - Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: kschwartz@rcchc.org or 252-209-0237

Samuel Clark, District 2

Director of Finance, NC Health Care Facilities Association

Work Experience: Samuel Clark is currently the Director of Finance for the NC Health Care Facilities Association. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) with more than 27 years of experience performing financial analysis and health care audits for acute care hospitals, mental health service providers and accounting firms in Kansas, Missouri and North Carolina

Boards and Committees: Member, American Health Care Association Finance Committee. Past memberships include the Council for Allied Health in North Carolina

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University in Topeka, KS, and a Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: samc@nchcfa.org or 919-782-3827

Dr. David T. Tayloe III, District 3

Pediatrician/Partner, Coastal Children’s Clinic

Work Experience: Dr. David Tayloe has been a pediatrician for 10 years and is a partner at the Coastal Children’s Clinic in New Bern, NC. Prior to that he was a pediatric resident at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a public school teacher in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Goldsboro, NC.

Boards and Committees: Member, NC Pediatric Society; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics.

Education: Bachelor of Science in biology and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of NC at Chapel Hill. He completed the pediatric residency program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Aurora, CO.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: drtayloe@coastalchildrens.com or 252-633-2900

William T. Cockerham, District 5

President and CEO, Hospice of the Piedmont

Work Experience: William T. Cockerham has 20 years of experience as a post-acute healthcare provider. Cockerham has been the President and CEO of Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point, N.C. since 2013. He served as COO for Triad Medical Services in Yadkinville, NC, from 2000 to 2013, where he began his career as an Administrator-in-Training in 1997. He is a licensed nursing home administrator and assisted living administrator

Boards and Committees: Past and present membership in committees and organizations including the Yadkin County Department of Social Services Committee, Leadership Yadkin County, Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments, Northwest Piedmont Job Training Consortium, Northwest Piedmont Youth Council and the NC Health Care Facilities Association,

Education: Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and both a Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Care Administration from Pfeiffer University.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: tcockerham@hopnc.org or 336-889-8446

Vacant, District 6

Dr. Marilyn R. Pearson, District 7

Director of Public Health, Medical Director and Supervisor of Mid-Level Staff, Johnston County Health Department

Work Experience: Dr. Marilyn R. Pearson is a practicing family physician with almost 20 years of healthcare experience. She currently serves as director of public health, medical director and supervisor of mid-level staff physicians at the Johnston County Health Department. Pearson has been director of public health, medical director and supervisor of mid-level staff physicians at the Johnston County Health Department since 2005. From 2003 to 2011, she was a contractor with the Johnston County Public School System exceptional children’s program.

Boards and Committees: Member, NC Medical Society, Johnston County Medical Society, American Academy of Family Physicians/North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, NC Public Health Association and the NC Association of Local Health Directors.

Education: Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Clemson University in Clemson, SC and Doctor of Medicine from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also done post-baccalaureate work at Wake Forest University.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: marilyn.pearson@johnstonnc.com or 919-989-5225.

Dr. Stephen A. Small, District 8

Novant Matthews Medical Center

Work Experience: Dr. Stephen A. Small is a full-time clinical physician who practices emergency medicine at Novant Matthews Medical Center. He has 20 years of healthcare experience. Prior to that, Small was a general practitioner in Harbor City, Calif., and an active duty general practitioner in the U. S. Air Force.

Boards and Committees: Member, NC Medical Society and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Past member of the Emergency Medicine Residents Association and 38th Parallel Medical Society.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and a Doctor of Medicine from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He completed a general surgery internship at Write State University in Dayton, Ohio, and emergency medicine residency at the University of Virginia.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: ssmall@mema.net or 704-377-2424

Ivan Belov, District 9

Director of Personal Home Care of NC (PHC of NC)

Work Experience: Ivan Belov has 15 years of experience leading a home healthcare agency and nine years of experience leading a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) company. In addition, he has worked with the North Carolina Medical Care Commission to extend the certification period for aide certification, and facilitated training and certification development programs for non-English speaking aides through the state of North Carolina.

Board and Committees: Member, Home and Hospice Association of North Carolina; Medicaid Relations Committee of Home and Hospice Association of NC and NC Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) Committee of Home and Hospice Association of NC.

Education: Real Estate Broker Program at Central Piedmont Community College and Management Training Program at Personal Home Care, Inc. of Baltimore, MD. Fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Latvian and Czech.

Term Duration: March 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019

Contact Information: phc_nc@BellSouth.net or 704-975-5253.

Dr. Chris DeRienzo, District 10

Chief Quality Officer, Mission Health

Work Experience: Dr. Chris DeRienzo serves as Chief Quality Officer for Mission Health, an integrated health system based in Asheville, NC. He is also a practicing neonatologist with Mission Children’s Specialists and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with both the Duke University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He has published and presented internationally and has received multiple clinical and teaching awards.

Board and Committees: Chair, Western Carolinas March of Dimes and Member, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Board. Past memberships include Member, American Medical Association Board of Trustees; past-president, Durham-Orange County Medical Society, and leadership roles within the American Academy of Pediatrics and the NC Medical Society.

Education: Doctor of Medicine, Master in Public Policy and post-graduate medical training at Duke University.

Term Duration: March 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019

Contact Information: (828) 213-0324

Billy R. West Jr. – District 12

President and CEO, DAYMARK Recovery Services

Work Experience: Billy R. West Jr., is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 21 years of experience in the provision and administration of mental health care. He is currently the President and CEO of DAYMARK Recovery Services, Inc. Prior to that, he worked as a provider and administrator for public mental health systems, correctional centers and hospitals throughout North Carolina.

Boards and Committees: Board Member, Smart Start of Davidson County; Provider Council Member, four North Carolina behavioral health Managed Care Organizations; Steering Committee Member, East Carolina University School of Social Work; Member, NC Crisis Continuum Committee; Member, NC Medical Advisory Committee and Member, NC Crisis Solutions Work Group.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and a Masters in Social Work from East Carolina University. Additional coursework at Sandhills Community College.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: bwest@daymarkrecovery.org or 980-621-8677

C. Thomas Johnson III, At-Large

President and CFO, Southeastern Regional Medical Center

Work Experience: C. Thomas Johnson III is President and CFO of Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, which includes 292 acute care beds and 33 psychiatry beds, an affiliated 115-bed nursing, Alzheimer’s and rehabilitation center and a 12-bed hospice. Prior to joining Southeastern Regional in 1990, he worked in accounting firms in both North and South Carolina.

Boards and Committees: Fellow, Healthcare Financial Management Association; Matrix Member, Healthcare Financial Management Association; Member, NC Hospital Association (various committees); American Institute of CPAs and NC Association of CPAs. Past Board Member, Robeson Health Care Corp.; Coastal Carolinas Health Information Exchange and Lumberton Chamber of Commerce.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of NC at Chapel Hill.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: johnso02@southeasternhealth.org or 910-671-5200

Ted Wales Goins Jr., At Large

President and CEO, Lutheran Services Carolina

Work Experience: Ted Wales Goins Jr. is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with almost 30 years of experience in health care and social service administration. Goins is president and CEO of Lutheran Services Carolina. He has been with that organization since 1990, when it was known as Lutheran Home. Prior to that, he worked in various administrative capacities for Brian Center nursing facilities throughout North Carolina.

Boards and Committees: Editorial Board Member, NC Journal of Medicine; and Member, Leading Age North Carolina. Past Member of the NC Medical Care Advisory Committee; NC State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (chair 1999-2003); NC Legislative Study Commission on Aging; NC Health Care Facilities Association and Board Member of Leading Age North Carolina.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in political science from Lenoir-Rhyne University and Master of Science in leadership from Pfeiffer University.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: tgoins@LSCarolinas.net or 704-798-1069

Gary R. Massey, At-Large

Work Experience: Gary R. Massey is Principal of Health Care for CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. He has more than 35 years of experience working with various community-based providers, acute care and long-term care facilities. He is a frequent speaker on health care financial issues for state and national organizations.

Boards and Committees: Governmental Affairs Committee Member, Association for Hospice and Home Care (AHHC); Member, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO); and Member, National Association for Home and Hospice Care (NAHC). Past Board Member, The Carolinas Center for Hospice and Palliative Care Association (TCC) and Past Chair, NC Association of CPAs Health Care Conference.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in accounting and business management from North Carolina State University.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: gary.massey@CLAconnect.com or 704-998-5216

David D. Sumpter, At-Large

CEO, Appalachian Community Services

Work Experience: David D. Sumter is CEO of Appalachian Community Services, which serves seven counties in western North Carolina. During his 25 years as a counselor, he has worked in psychiatric facilities, hospitals, social service departments, schools, community-based and public mental health systems in Georgia and North Carolina.

Boards and Committees: Council Chairperson, Smoky Mountain Center Provider Network.

Education: Bachelor of Science in psychology and business administration from Berry College in Rome, Ga. Master of Science in community counseling from Georgia State University.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: duncan@acswnc.com or 828-837-0071

Paula Cox Fishman, PhD., At-Large

IDD Advocate and Legal Guardian of Medicaid Beneficiary

Paula Cox Fishman represents her sister, nicknamed “Pinky,” who is a long-term resident of Murdoch Development Center. Paula is Pinky’s guardian and advocate.

Fishman is Vice President of the Mental Retardation Association of NC and is on the Leadership Team of After Gateway.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: PaulaCoxFishman@triad.rr.com or 336-908-1453

Benjamin V. Koren, At-Large

Dentist

Work Experience: Benjamin V. Koren is owner and practitioner of family dental practices in Creedmoor, Leland, Pittsboro, Roxboro and Smithfield. He has more than 17 years of dental experience and is an adjunct professor at the UNC Dental School in Chapel Hill.

Boards and Committees: Member, Wake County Dental Society; NC Dental Society and the American Dental Association. Past Member of the American Association of Dental Research; International Association of Dental Research; Psi Omega Dental Fraternity; American Student Dental Association and University of NC Student Research Group.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in biology and a Doctor of Dental Science from the University of NC at Chapel Hill. He also completed post-doctoral study in advanced education in general dentistry at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

Term Duration: Aug. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2021

Contact Information: bkoren@nc.rr.com or 991-934-1333

Jenny Hobbs, At-Large

Co-Founder and Board Member, Advocates for Medically Fragile Kids NC

Work Experience: Jenny Hobbs has three children on the Community Alternatives Program for Children (CAP-C) Medicaid waiver program. She is the co-founder of Advocates for Medically Fragile Kids NC, created in 2016 to advocate for the rights and needs of the medically fragile in N.C. She is also operations manager for Footprints Case Management. Prior to her current positions, she has held various managerial and administrative roles in Novant Health Medical Group.

Board and Committees: Winston-Salem Area Ambassador, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and Member, NC Council on Developmental Disabilities Stakeholder Engagement Group. Past memberships include Board Member and Conference Planner, Association for Glycogen Storage Diseases and Founding Board Member/Secretary, GSD Life.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University. She has also done graduate-level work in accounting and marketing at East Carolina University.

Term Duration: March 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019

Contact Information: jhobbsfamily6@gmail.com or 256-503-2455.