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President and Chief Executive Officer

E. Benjamin Money, Jr., MPH  joined the North Carolina Community Health Center Association in June 2001 and has served as Chief Executive Officer since December 2008.   Mr. Money directs the Association’s staff in providing training, technical assistance, and resource development, for all federally qualified health centers in North Carolina.  Ben represents the interests of health centers before state and federal legislative and administrative entities.  Ben holds a B.S. in health education and psychology from Springfield College in Massachusetts, and an MPH in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career spans over 30 years - with work in public health, community mental health, faith-based non-profits, and health care to the homeless programs. Mr. Money is the chair of the Southeast Regional Healthcare Consortium and holds board appointments to Capital Link, the North Carolina Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA) Advisory Board, and the NC Care Share Health Alliance. He is a member of the East Carolina University Department of Public Health Advisory Committee, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health Practice Advisory Committee, the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative Advisory Group, the National Association of Community Health Centers, and the NC Public Health Association. Mr. Money is the 2015-16 George Washington University Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy Distinguished Visitor.

Ben and his wife Monica reside in Morrisville, NC and have three children – Olivia Mills, MD, a resident physician at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC; Nathan, a health care analyst in Washington, DC; and Lauren, a high school senior.  In his spare time Ben enjoys kayaking, cycling, and travel. 



Vice President of Operations and Business Development

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. 



Vice President & Executive Director of Carolina Medical Home Network

Peter is responsible for leading and overseeing the strategic planning, relationship development, and operational and financial management of the Carolina Medical Home Network’s Health Center Control Network (HCCN), Independent Practice Association (IPA), and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives. He facilitates the identification and implementation of coordinated population health efforts across health centers to achieve clinical integration, and leverages clinical quality metrics to negotiate contract terms favorable to the long-term viability of health centers, as well as to the transition from volume- to value-based care. He facilitates coordination of HCCN staff activity with work done by contracted partners, monitoring quality and effectiveness, expenditures, and progress toward the goals of the HCCN and other initiatives. Peter holds a MPH in Community Health Practice from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and a BA in Psychology from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. He brings to the North Carolina Community Health Center Association his background in chronic disease management and population health programming in a federally-qualified health center, community organizing, and quality management.


Clinical Programs Director

 As Clinical Programs Director, Marti is responsible for providing training and technical assistance and developing programs and partnerships in clinical and quality improvement areas for Community Health Centers.  These areas include disease management, accreditation, clinical UDS measures, Health Care Plans, Quality Plans, Peer Review, staff competencies and other issues of patient care and clinical operation.  She provides onsite training for OSHA, HIPAA, Risk Management and American Heart Association CPR and maintains a robust web-based knowledge base.  Marti provides support, resources and linkages for achieving Patient Centered Medical Home and Meaningful Use.  She successfully wrote grants for and oversees the Patient Centered Medical Home-Informatics Project, the Health Center Controlled Network and the Medical-Dental Integration Program.  She serves as lead for the Janet Reaves Memorial Conference on Quality & Chronic Disease.  Marti has a B.A. with majors in German and Anthropology from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA (1976); an Associates Degree in Nursing from Carteret Community College, Morehead City, NC (1981); and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2000).  She has been a Registered Nurse since 1981.



Director of Training and Technical Assistance


Rosa manages the planning and execution of all conferences and trainings provided to NC Community Health Centers.  She is responsible for assessing member needs, implementing effective trainings, and evaluating services offered.  She is the National contact and coordinator for the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum and NCCHCA’s Annual Meeting and Primary Care Conference. Rosa has been with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association since 2004 and has a Master of Arts in Sociology from East Carolina University



Director of Health Center Services & Support

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.



Program Manager for Health Care Access


As the Program Manager for Health Access, Alice defines and organizes NCCHCA’s programing, technical assistance, and policy work related to social determinants of health.  Alice provides leadership to the Outreach and Enrollment Program and the CHW Program. She also facilitates the NCCHCA Behavioral Health Workgroup and assists with workforce development efforts. Alice joined NCCHCA in 2013 as Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, supporting health centers in implementing health insurance enrollment programs.  Alice has a background in managing health outreach and promotion programs focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and care, violence prevention, and tobacco use.  She has worked in several health care settings, including a community health center serving Native Americans in Chicago.  Alice is a native of Wilmington, NC.  She holds a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill.



Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator 

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.



Clinical Integration Manager


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


 Diane joined the North Carolina Community Health Center Association in September 2011.  She graduated from Hardbarger Junior College of Business and has been serving in the Administrative field for over 20 years.  Diane is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support for NCCHCA staff in the area of office logistics and provides direct support for the and Operations.  She works with office supply vendors for inventory control and coordinates office equipment maintenance. Diane is a Notary Public for NCCHCA and its members.   


 Elizabeth Kasper has worked on health care issues in North Carolina for ten years. She started her career as a reporter and editor for a trade publication covering the pharmaceutical industry and Medicare reform in Washington, DC. Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings developing, implementing, researching and writing about federal and state-level health policy and programs. Liz holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and a BA from Oberlin College. Her past times include knitting, reading, the outdoors, and keeping up with her family – husband, two young daughters, and a middle aged canine.



Training Coordinator

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.



ACO Program Manager


Kathleen joins NCCHCA as ACO Program Manager for Carolina Medical Home Network.  Kathleen will act as the single point of coordination for large scale, complex, and cross-organizational projects and program strategy deliverables for the ACO. She will guide the daily activities of internal and external team members to design and develop approaches to project and/or program strategies, ensuring that the strategic direction is in line with business objectives.

Kathleen holds a BSBA from East Carolina University and has held a number of volunteer positions including hospice volunteer, Wake Med doula and serving as treasurer on non-profit boards. Kathleen has over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector working with stakeholders to utilize actionable data in order to impact quality of care, cost and utilization.



Senior Policy Advisor


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.


Network Development Manager


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


Leslie joined the North Carolina Community Health Center Association in 2016. She is responsible for a wide range of internal and external communications work, including media relations, NCCHCA’s website and social media accounts, the Focal Point newsletter, and emergency preparedness coordination. She will also share the stories and mission of community health center work in North Carolina to patients and the general public. 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.  Recently, she served on the board of a nonprofit focused on leadership development for low to moderate income people. She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia (BA) and the University of Nevada (MA), and has also lived in Michigan and Florida.




Director of Data & Analytics

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.



Community Development & Special Populations Coordinator


Mel joined NCCHCA in August 2016 with a decade of experience in non-profit advocacy and direct service organizations. As the Community Development and Special Populations Coordinator, Mel serves as the main point of contact for managed growth assistance for existing and aspiring health centers in North Carolina and provides training and technical assistance to health centers serving agricultural workers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, residents of public housing, and other vulnerable communities. Through training and support, Mel offers resources to health centers that assist in the delivery of comprehensive and culturally appropriate health care services for their patients.  In addition, Mel spearheads the logistical and programmatic planning of the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum and disseminates the Mid-Atlantic Special e-newsletter, which includes information about issues, events, and resources relevant to health centers serving special populations.   

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.



Executive Assistant & Board Liason


Pat joined NCCHCA in January 2016 in a newly created position as Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Benjamin Money. Her duties include liaison to the board of directors and committees, and support to the CEO in strategic planning, priorities, grant contracts and deliverables.  Prior to joining NCCHCA, Pat had over 30 years’ experience as Director of Membership Services for a North Carolina professional association with duties including communications, event planning, logistics, membership recruitment and retention, and relationship building.  She is a magma cum laude graduate of Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.



Finance Manager

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

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