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CEO & President


Areas of Expertise:
Vendor Relations
Provider Recruitment
Human Resources
Program Development and Evaluation

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Chris Shank is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Association. She is focused on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of support services through improvements to each function (HR, Finance, Technical Training, Clinical Programs, and Services and Support) as well as coordination and communication between functions. Chris drives initiatives in the management team and organizationally that contribute to long-term operational excellence, including pursuing business opportunities to develop and enhance revenue streams. She will assist the GPO committee in leveraging the Association’s Group Purchasing Organization to build affinity partnerships and sponsorship opportunities to benefit health center members.   Chris comes to NCCHCA with over 20 years of primary care management experience.  She joins us after being a Regional Administrator in the Duke Primary Care system where she led clinical operations, practice transformation, and quality improvement initiatives. Chris started her career in community health in Wilmington, NC working with underserved populations.  Chris lives in Cary with her husband, Michael.  In her free time, they run a nonprofit offering ex-offenders an opportunity to get a firm foundation established so that they can become independent functioning members of society.


Director of Data & Analytics

Director of HCCN

Workgroups / Committees:
Analytics and Health Information Exchange
Medical Directors

Areas of Expertise:
Data Analytics
Quality Reporting
Health Information Exchange

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Mark Massing is the Analytic Data Scientist assigned to the Health Center Controlled Network.  He develops and leads activities related to healthcare data reporting and advanced analytics. These activities include the assessment and fulfillment of staff and member analytics needs. Dr. Massing also explores opportunities to leverage data resources for innovative research, funding, and publications supporting informatics and healthcare quality. He has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare analytics, quality improvement, and health services research. He has a MD from Duke University and an MPH/PhD in Epidemiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Interim Chief Program Officer
Director of Health Center Services & Support



Human Resources
Practice Managers

Areas of expertise:
Operation Challenges
Recruitment & Retention
New Start Q & A
HRSA Compliance & OSV

Annual events: Finance Essentials Academy; Salary & Benefits Survey (every other year)

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Sharon works with health centers to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of primary care, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and enabling services. She works hands on, frequently on-site, with health centers to improve clinical, administrative, and finance systems. Sharon assists health centers to comply with all programmatic expectations and requirements. She works with the Human Resources Workgroup to compile and distribute the annual salary survey and collaborates with other organizations such as the Office of Rural Health to recruit and retain health professionals in Community Health Centers. Sharon joined the association as a former migrant and seasonal farm worker with experience starting in migrant head start. Sharon earned her Licensed Practical Nursing degree in 1996 and received her Master of Science in Healthcare Management with a minor in human resources from Troy University in 2007. Sharon has served as Chair of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health from 1999 to 2003. Prior to her role at NCCHCA, Sharon spent 15 years as a Chief Operating Officer, supervising many facets of the health center program and operations including outreach, front desk, billing, pharmacy, IT, and nursing. She brings experience in the areas of revenue maximization, contract development and negotiations, patient flow analysis and reengineering, Ryan White program implementation, financial analysis, program development, occupational health, EMR implementation and training and accreditation of ambulatory and behavioral health by Joint Commission.


Outreach and Enrollment Manager



Outreach and Enrollment

Areas of Expertise:
Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment
Medicaid Beneficiary Engagement
Affordable Care Act/Marketplace
Food Security/ SNAP

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April Morgan joined the North Carolina Community Health Center Association in November 2016. As the Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, April works with staff at the federally qualified health centers in North Carolina to provide training and support related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). April previously worked at MDC, Inc. as a healthcare navigator during the second open enrollment period under the ACA to provide consumer education and assistance with insurance plan selection. In addition to her ACA experience, April coordinated a statewide SNAP outreach campaign while working with the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and attended the University of Kentucky where she studied anthropology with an emphasis on U.S. poverty, food insecurity, and health disparities.


Training Assistant

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As the Training Assistant, Bailey is responsible for managing the logistics associated with the planning and proper execution of NCCHCA training events. She is in charge of staffing assignments, creating an efficient flow, and developing process efficiencies to ensure successful events. Bailey works collaboratively with the planning team to develop, design, and format appropriate program content for our member health centers as well as provides feedback and troubleshooting ideas within conference planning.

Bailey comes to NCCHCA with previous experience in nonprofit event coordination. She is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia with bachelor degrees in Sociology and International Affairs.


Director of Policy

Government Affairs

Areas of Expertise:
Health policy and insurance regulation
Advocacy and government affairs
Private health insurance policy
Affordable Care Act

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Brendan Riley leads NCCHCA’s policy and government affairs work. He is responsible for monitoring and analyzing policy developments at the state and federal levels as well as developing and advancing policy priorities in the interest of North Carolina’s health centers and their patients. Prior to joining NCCHCA in December 2019 as Director of Health Policy, Brendan worked as the Senior Policy Analyst for the North Carolina Justice Center’s Health Advocacy Project, where he provided strategic direction in policy development, conducted extensive legislative and administrative advocacy, and served as subject matter expert on wide-ranging issues that affect health care coverage, access, and affordability for North Carolinians with low incomes. Brendan previously served at NCCHCA as a Policy Analyst and Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator after a stint in Washington, D.C. with Families USA, a national health care consumer advocacy organization. Brendan brings a passion for economic justice, experience in health policy analysis and advocacy, and issue area expertise in Medicaid transformation, coverage expansions, and private insurance policy to his role at NCCHCA. Brendan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College, and spends his leisure time hopelessly rooting for the Carolina Panthers.


Community-Centered Health Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise:

Agricultural Health
Agricultural Worker Advocacy
Migrant Health Centers

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Bryan joined NCCHCA in May 2019 as the Community-Centered Health Program Coordinator (CCHPC).  In this position, he serves as the project lead for NCCHCA’s Community-Centered Health (CCH) grant, a project administered by NCCHCA in collaboration with a coalition of partners, including Piedmont Health Services, Student Action with Farmworkers, the NC Farmworker Health Program, Farmworker Advocacy Network, and NC Farmworkers’ Project.  Bryan aims to create systemic changes related to the occupational health hazards and chronic illnesses which disproportionately impact current and former farmworkers and their families across North Carolina.

Bryan holds a Masters in International Relations from American University and a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.  He is a former Americorps and Peace Corps volunteer with rural, community, and migratory development experience in Latin America.  He is fluent in English and Spanish.


Clinical Integration Manager



Areas of Expertise:
Quality Improvement
Disease Management
Population Health

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Carey provides training and technical assistance in clinical areas for Community Health Centers with a major focus of assisting Community Health Centers with their Quality Improvement activities and projects. She works under the supervision of the Clinical Programs Director to support community health center efforts related to the Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN). These areas include disease management, clinical UDS measures, HP 2020 goals, Quality Plans, and PCMH technical assistance. Carey works with the HCCN Data Scientist and Data Analyst to promote quality improvement activities in the health centers. Carey holds a MS in Nutrition from East Carolina University. She recently obtained PCMH CCE in 2015 and has been a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator since 1989.


Office Manager


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Diane joined NCCHCA in September 2011.  She graduated from Hardbarger Junior College of Business and has been serving in the Administrative field for over 25 years.  Diane is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support for NCCHCA staff in the area of office logistics. She provides direct support to the Vice President of Operations and assists the Finance Manager in managing NCCHCA, IPA, and ACO finances.  She works with office supply vendors for inventory control and coordinates office equipment maintenance.  Notary Public for NCCHCA and its members.


Special Populations and Community Health Worker Coordinator

Annual Events
East Coast Migrant Forum

Special Populations and Community Health Worker

Areas of Expertise
Community Health Workers
Special Populations
Program Development & Management
Grant Writing and Management

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Erica joined NCCHA in March 2020 as the Special Populations and Community Health Worker  Coordinator (SPCHW). As the SPCHW Coordinator, Erica leads the NCCHCA’s training and technical assistance for special and priority populations defined by the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s (BPHC) plans, provides guidance for the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum conference, and leads efforts to spread community health worker interventions in community health centers throughout NC.

Erica holds a degree in health education from NC Central University and is a grand master Community Health Worker trainer. She is also the Community Health Worker (CHW) instructor at Durham Technical Community College. Erica serves as a member of the Partnership for Healthy Durham: Access to Care- CHW workgroup and the NC CHW Certification and Advisory Committee.


Training Coordinator

Areas of expertise:
Training/TA content/needs
Educational technology
Event registration
CVBs and training venues/services
Educational evaluation/improvement.

Annual Events:
Primary Care Conference

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Josie works with NCCHCA staff to plan, implement, and improve content and delivery for the Association’s signature conferences and trainings. She also manages logistics and delivery of training, and associated marketing, analytics, and technology, including website. She conducts detailed quantitative and qualitative evaluation and continuous quality improvement of training and technical assistance services in order to enhance member trainings. She has been employed in education for over eight years, and previously worked at Mountain Area Health Education Center and A-B Tech in Asheville, NC. She has an MPA with a policy focus from Western Carolina University, and an MALS in global studies from UNCG. Her graduate studies focused on public sector communications and health and education policy.


Human Resource Strategist


Director, Independent Practice Association

Director, Medicare Accountable Care Organization

Carolina Medical Home Network



Payment Reform

Areas of Expertise:
FQHC payment
Value-based Care


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Kristen monitors, evaluates, and reports on state and federal policy and regulatory changes and the implications for health centers and the patients they serve.  She helps develop the Association’s policy agenda and strategic direction in collaboration with other state partners.  Kristen is responsible for developing policy briefs, analytics, concept papers, fact sheets, and summaries for health center administrators, state and federal legislators and staff, and media.  Kristen develops grassroots advocacy strategies and facilitates advocacy training for health centers.  She also oversees the Association’s outreach and enrollment work.  Prior to joining NCCHCA, Kristen worked in a variety of policy and research settings including the Duke Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, the North Carolina Medical Journal, and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.  She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.


PCA Program Assistant

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LaToya joined NCCHCA in December 2019 as the PCA Program Assistant. She provides administrative as well as program support to the PCA program. LaToya is from Norfolk, Virginia where she was employed with the Virginia Beach City Public School System for 11 years working with at-risk, underserved, and underprivileged students. She has a passion for working with diverse and societal issues that affect organizations and underrepresented persons.

After relocating to Raleigh a few years ago, prior to coming to the Association, LaToya was employed with Edenton Street United Methodist Church where she worked in operations developing streamline processes to maintain efficiencies and built strong connections to the communities of Wake county. LaToya earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University, Master of Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Liberty University. As she serves as the President of the Raleigh Alumni Chapter of University of Phoenix, in her free time her hobbies are creating memories with her family during their visits, a good stage play, and comedy shows.


Network Development Manager


CMHN Executive Committee
CMHN Contracting Committee
NCCHCA Credentialing Committee
NCCHCA Payment Reform Committee

Areas of Expertise:
Commercial & private health plan support
Value based contracting
Credentialing and enrollment
Membership sites and services data
CMHN-related activities

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Lauren works directly with the Health Center Controlled Network Director and other key program staff to ensure progress toward and attainment of stated work plan goals of the HCCN and the Carolina Medical Home Network (CMHN). This includes supervision of Carolina Medical Home Network IPA and ACO activities that strategically align members with the anticipated managed care environment and ACA marketplace plans, particularly those related to contracting, operations, and non-clinical support. Critical functions of this position includes: research, development and maintenance of provider lists and directories of membership sites, services and resources, facilitation of the credentialing program, supporting the corporate compliance plan and activities, and assisting with annual membership renewal efforts. Lauren received her B.A. in Public Health from Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina and her Masters in Public Health from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University with a certificate in Community Health Center Administration.


Communications Coordinator


Emergency Preparedness

Areas of Expertise:
Emergency Preparedness

Annual Events:
State Legislative Advocacy Day
National Health Center Week
Policy and Issues Forum Legislative visits

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Leslie joined the North Carolina Community Health Center Association in 2016.  She is responsible for a wide range of external and internal communications work, including media relations, NCCHCA’s website and social media accounts, the Focal Point newsletter, and emergency preparedness.  She shares stories about community health center work in North Carolina to patients, the general public, elected officials, and helps CHC staff and patients tell their own stories.  Leslie has a varied background of community organizing and nonprofit communications work, policy writing, teaching writing and rhetoric at the university level and working as a technical writer and editor.  She has served on the board of a nonprofit focused on leadership development for low to moderate income people and her triathlon and cycling teams.  She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia (BA) and the University of Nevada (MA), and has also lived in Michigan and Florida.


Interim Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel



Areas of Expertise:
CHC Board Governance
LGBTQ health
Special Populations (Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless, Public Housing Primary Care)
Non-Profit Law
Legal Research
Corporate Compliance & Ethics

Annual Events:
Board Governance Training at PCC
East Coast Migrant Stream Forum

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Mel joined NCCHCA in August 2016 with a decade of experience in non-profit advocacy and direct service organizations. As General Counsel, Mel provides advice and counsel to NCCHCA on all legal matters related to the operation of a primary care association and health center-controlled network, including contracts, employment issues, federal and state regulatory requirements, and grants requirements. As Policy Strategist, Mel provides policy and regulatory analysis, drafts policy briefs and public comments, and monitors state, federal, and local laws and regulations impacting Federally Qualified Health Centers, primary care associations, and health center-controlled networks.

Mel holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work, cum laude, with a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Vendor Service Assistant


Areas of Expertise:
Group Purchasing Organization
Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
Vendor Relationships

Annual Events:
Sponsors and Exhibitors at all conferences

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Michael is responsible for supporting the VP of Operations & Business Development in the coordination and execution of vendor, sponsor, exhibitor and Group Purchasing (GPO) services.  Michael will assist in the facilitation of communication, relationship-building, planning/logistics as needed to ensure successful events and services are provided by the Association, and manages the implementation process of evaluation and continuous quality improvement for vendor services provided.  He is also responsible for securing sponsors & exhibitors for NCCHCA’s four signature conferences and other training opportunities.  Michael is currently completing his MHA at the Gilling’s School of Global Public Health at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; focusing his coursework on rural health and underserved populations. He completed his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences in 2018 from North Carolina State University. He brings to the NCCHCA a history in rural healthcare, clinical practice management, and administrative coordination through work with UNC-Wayne and its clinics, the Golden Leaf Foundation, and the Center for Creative Leadership.


Data & Analytics Specialist


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Rob has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from East Carolina University and a Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering from Regis University.  He worked at local Health Departments in the East and central piedmont regions of North Carolina first as a Health Educator and Counselor and later as the Education and Health Promotion Supervisor for a 2 County Health District for the first 11 plus years of his professional career.

Following his new interest, he left Health Education in late 2000 for an entry level position in Information Technology.  Over the last 18 years he has worked for various companies in various roles including Help Desk Technician, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Reporting Analyst, Database Specialist and Customer Data Team Lead.  Almost all his IT positions were in support of Health Care companies or agencies including his stints doing claims support for Allscripts and as a Reporting Analyst for Wilson Medical Center where he wrote the first of the meaningful use reports required by ACA.


Director of Finance


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He is an incredibly accomplished finance professional with over ten years of experience in Accounting & Finance, mainly focused on budgeting, forecasting reports analysis and preparing financial statements.  Aside from his financial knowledge, he possesses a tremendous amount of technical expertise on a variety of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Finance systems. In his recent position at Envision Healthcare as a Sr. Financial Analyst, Ronak helped the company to increase productivity by developing advance level automated reports in Excel. Before this role, he was an Accountant at UNC-Chapel Hill where he assisted the Finance Department with budget preparations, forecasting and managing over $20 million in grant funding. Ronak received his B.S. in Finance from UNC-Greensboro.


Manager of Training & Technical Support



Areas of Expertise:
Lean Six Sigma
Process Improvement

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Rosa is responsible for the development, delivery, and implementation of process innovation and continuous improvement initiatives within NCCHCA.  She also assists members with improving healthcare systems flow at their organizations and creating a continuous improvement environment within their health centers.  She facilitates and fosters a culture of sustainable change through the creation and implementation of process improvement methodologies and by supporting the framework of healthcare business transformation and delivery.  By using various methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma, Rosa assists the Association and health centers focus on ways to streamline processes and improve efficiencies that lead to overall service improvement throughout various departments.  She is responsible for working with NCCHCA teams and health center staff to design remediation plans to address productivity, efficiency issues, and implement conceptual changes. Rosa has been with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association since 2004 in various roles, previously worked at a Migrant/Community Health Center, and has a Master of Arts in Sociology from East Carolina University.   


Clinical Integration Manager

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical expertise
Population health management
Quality improvement
Program planning and evaluation
Grant writing and grant management

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Sanga Krupakar serves as the Project Manager assigned to the Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN). She works under the supervision of the Clinical Programs Director to support clinical efforts in community health centers participating in the HCCN. Sanga brings with her a solid core foundation in population health with nearly 12 years of professional experience in medicine and public health. She has previously worked with the North Carolina Division of Public Health on federal grants that aimed to improve the quality and delivery of clinical services and connect patients and their health care providers to community prevention and management programs with the goal of reducing diabetes, heart disease and stroke in North Carolinians of all ages. Sanga has a MD from Deccan College of Medical Sciences, India and a Master of Science degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Tamara Jones, MPH

Connecting Kids to Coverage Coordinator

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Tamara Jones is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Connecting Kids to Coverage project which focuses on enrolling uninsured children and parents in Medicaid/CHIP, helping them complete the renewal process, and helping covered children navigate the Medicaid program’s transition to managed care.

Tamara previously worked at the Kansas Department of Health & Environment where she worked on projects supported by the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (Title V of the Social Security Act) that provides gap-filling prenatal health services to 2 million women and primary and preventive health care to more than 17 million children, including almost 1 million children with special health needs.

Tamara is originally from Clarksville, TN. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Sciences from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Master of Public Health from Western Kentucky University. Outside of work, Tamara enjoys playing volleyball and traveling.

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