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.
Sanga Krupakar serves as the Director of the Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) and leads the efforts in supporting HCCN participating health centers with leveraging health information technology to improve operational and clinical practices. In her role as the Director, Sanga provides leadership and oversight for strategic planning, business planning, relationship development and operational management of the HCCN. An important part of her role is to lead the training and technical assistance to 36 participating health centers within the network on HCCN grant deliverables related to health information technology. Sanga brings with her a solid core foundation in population health with nearly 13 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 prevention and management programs with the goal of reducing diabetes, heart disease and stroke in North Carolinians of all ages. Sanga has a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree 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.
Areas of Expertise: Clinical expertise, Population health management, Quality improvement, Program planning and evaluation, Grant writing and grant management
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.
Areas of Expertise:
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,
Chris joined NCCHCA in April 2021 as an experienced healthcare professional with an emphasis on leadership and technology. He has a passion for working towards social equity through the care of the underserved throughout North Carolina. Prior to joining the Association, Chris worked on many progressive statewide projects. Chris worked on the statewide NCCARE360 Program through the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation (FHLI). NCCARE360 is the first statewide program to deliver an infrastructure to identity and address social needs in individuals and populations.
Before NCCARE360, he worked with Duke LifePoint as Director of Information Services at Wilson Medical Center, where he was responsible for system strategy and the daily operation of information services, clinical informatics, enterprise service center and telecommunications. Chris was also President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE), Manager for Information Exchange and Strategic Development at Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sampson Regional Medical Center.
He has degrees in Business and Computer Programming and earned his Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chris has been married for 21 years and has four children. He and his family live in Chapel Hill, NC.
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.
Workgroups: Outreach and Enrollment
As the Events Coordinator, 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.
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.
Workgroups: Government Affairs, Telehealth
Areas of Expertise: Health policy and insurance regulation, Advocacy and government affairs, Medicaid, Private health insurance policy, Affordable Care Act
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.
Areas of Expertise: Agricultural Health, Agricultural Worker Advocacy, Migrant Health Centers
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.
Workgroups: QUICHE, Diabetes
Areas of Expertise: PCMH, Quality Improvement, HRSA QI Plan, PCMH, Quality Improvement, HRSA QI Plan, Disease Management
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.
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.
Annual Events: East Coast Migrant Forum
Workgroups: Special Populations and Community Health Worker
Areas of Expertise: Community Health Workers, Special Populations, Program Development & Management, Grant Writing and Management
Haminat Oladipo joined the North Carolina Community Health Center Association in October 2020. As the Clinical Informatics Analyst, Haminat is primarily focused on assisting with the development of the NCCHCA data platform and improving the quality performance of health centers within the Carolina Medical Home Network (CMHN), a clinically integrated network of FQHCs. She supports the Health Center Controlled network grant deliverables related to advancing interoperability and using data to enhance value. Haminat will support health centers as they develop workflows to optimize performance toward strategic network goals and will staff the CMHN clinical committee.
She joins our team after working for the Duke University Health System as Registered Nurse for over six years. While at Duke, Haminat worked in post-surgical care for Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, but most recently managed the care of patients dealing with acute and chronic wounds as a Nurse Clinician. While in wound care, Haminat also oversaw the daily clinical operations, expenses, monthly reporting (clinic volume, referral management, etc.) and quality improvement initiatives as the Clinical Team Lead. Haminat holds a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics from Duke University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jenie supports CCCPH in their effort to reduce the prevalence of Diabetes in North Carolina communities served by area FQHCs. She works with healthcare professionals at the health centers to ensure success in their ability to provide safe, high quality, patient-centered care. While her focus is Diabetes, her work also allows for gains in efficiencies related to workflow, staff engagement, and patient satisfaction.
Jenie has been in healthcare more than 15 years where she first worked as an ICU nurse and outpatient Care Manager before venturing into the quality improvement realm. She has participated in the first Pioneer ACO and subsequent ACO formations, CMS’ Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, and supported practices in obtaining PCMH and PCSP recognition. Jenie obtained her Masters in Organizational Leadership and has used that knowledge to become an expert in change management and leadership.
Workgroups: QUICHE, Diabetes
Areas of Expertise: Quality Improvement, Change Management, Program Development
Population Health, Disease Management, Care Management
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.
Areas of expertise: Training/TA content/needs, educational technology, event registration, CVBs and training venues/services, educational evaluation/improvement.
Annual Events: Primary Care Conference
Katherine serves as our Human Resource Strategist with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and a Specialization in Human Resource Management. Her duties include coaching, empowering, motivating, evaluating and monitoring individual performances. Katherine establishes human resource policies and procedures which support federal and state compliance as well as enable the leaders of the association to hire and retain a talented and diverse workforce. She is responsible in developing compensation and benefits strategies to ensure that North Carolina Community Health Centers Association (NCCHCA) is competitive in the state market.
Katherine previously worked with Duke University in management and finances. She presently resides in Angier, NC, and in her free time she is a motivational speaker.
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.
Committees: Government Affairs, Ad-Hoc Telehealth Committee
Areas of Expertise: Policy, Medicaid, Telehealth, Advocacy, FQHC payment, Value Based Care
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.
Committees: 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
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.
Workgroups: Advocacy, Emergency Preparedness
Areas of Expertise: Communications, Advocacy, Emergency Preparedness
Annual Events: State Legislative Advocacy Day, National Health Center Week, Policy and Issues Forum Legislative visits
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.
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.
Areas of Expertise: Finances/Billing
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.
Areas of Expertise: Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement, Efficiencies