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Impact Health is governed by a community board whose members are deeply rooted in the region and in the provision of human services to WNC residents.
Kathey is Founder and Owner of Avery Health Education and Consulting, and a contracted nurse and Director of Clinical and Community Connections for the Asheville Buncombe Institute for Parity Achievement – ABIPA, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating health disparities.
Born in Bat Cave, NC, Kathey graduated from Western Carolina University in 1983 with a B.S. in Nursing. She worked at Mission Hospital System for over 30 years where she specialized in oncology nursing and neurology. In 1995, she was instrumental in helping form the hospital’s first Diversity Committee and served on the committee until 2011. She was given the prestigious Martin Luther King Award by Mission Health in 2011.
UNC Asheville and Buncombe County Health & Human Services recognized Kathey in 2016 with an Unsung Heroes award. She received the Lillian Carter Award for Exemplary Nursing from Modern Healthcare Magazine in 2017.
Kathey worked with, and served as a co-chair of Building Bridges, a 25 year-old program designed to address racism.
Vickie Lambert Bradley is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She is the Secretary of Public Health and Human Services and sits on the National Indian Health Board Tribal Public Health Accreditation Board. As Secretary Vickie Bradley oversees Health System Planning, Public Health Emergency Planning, Quality Assessment, Program Development and Review, Medical Compliance, Budget and Travel review, HR assistance and guidance, public relations, liaison for Tribal Council, Health Board, CIHA, etc.
Shelley Carraway is the Health Director at the Jackson County Department of Public Health, where she has served since 2016. Before arriving in Jackson County, she served in various public health positions in county and state government over a span of nearly 20 years. Most recently, she served as North Carolina’s Chief of Health Care Planning and Certificate of Need at the NC Division of Health Service Regulation, after serving in various public health capacities including positions as the NC State Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Planner for the office of Healthcare Planning , Program Administrator with the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Director of Operations for Health Services for the NC Division of Prisons and Operations Manager for the Epidemiology Section of the Division of Public Health.
A Minnesota native, Shelley moved with her family to North Carolina in 1968 and considers this her home. She received her bachelor’s degree and Masters of Public Administration from Appalachian State University, entering the public health workforce with the Appalachian Health District in 1992 between degrees and then joining the Alexander County Health Department as its Health Director in 1997. She was recently delighted to welcome her first grandchild to Western North Carolina.
Susan Mims, MD, MPH, has over 20 years of experience in clinical and healthcare leadership in North Carolina, most recently employed with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) as the Chair of the Department of Community and Public Health at UNC Health Sciences. In that role, she built a team of clinical and public health experts focusing on educating future public health advocates, eliminating health inequities, and addressing social influences of health in collaboration with regional and state partners.
Prior to joining MAHEC, Dr. Mims was the Vice President for Children’s Services and Clinical Genetics and Personalized Medicine at Mission Health, Chief of Pediatrics for Mission Children’s Hospital, and Vice Chief of Staff for Mission Hospital. Dr. Mims also led Mission Children’s Hospital as chief executive for more than a decade. Arriving in Western North Carolina in 2000, Dr. Mims served as the medical director at the Buncombe County Health Department and before coming to WNC, worked as a physician in a private practice in Durham, NC.
After attending the University of Georgia on an athletic scholarship, she earned her Medical Doctorate and Master of Public Health degrees from UNC in Chapel Hill and completed medical residencies in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine at UNC and attained board certification in three disciplines. Dr. Mims continues to teach as adjunct faculty with UNC, is the immediate past president of the NC Pediatric Society, and serves on the editorial board of the NC Medical Journal.
Greg Byers started his career in public accounting in Charlotte, NC with Grant Thornton. He most recently worked at Mission Health System in the Finance Department, overseeing treasury and accounting functions. Greg has a BSBA and MS in Accounting from Appalachian State University. Greg is married to Brittany, who is an Asheville native and a pediatric nurse with the Madison County Health Department. They have three boys and a Golden Retriever named Zeke.
Steve North is a family physician and adolescent medicine specialist who lives in Spruce Pine, NC. He is the Vice President of Medical Operations and NC State Medical Director for Eleanor Health. Prior to joining Eleanor Health he practiced at rural health centers in Mitchell County, NC for almost 15 years. Steve is also the founder and medical director of the Center for Rural Health Innovation. In 2011 CRHI launched the Health-e-Schools school-based telemedicine program that has grown to serve over 110 schools in 9 rural counties in North Carolina. He is a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, and holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Rochester.
Rachel Ryan joined Dogwood Health Trust as its Vice President of Administration and General Counsel after serving as a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she counseled non-profit health care systems, hospitals, physician-hospital organizations, and foundations on strategic transactions designed to further their missions and increase their impact. In 2012, she began advising Mission Health System on physician alignment transactions that increased patient access to care and improved quality of care throughout the system. More recently, she managed a 30-person attorney diligence team for the $1.5 billion sale of Mission Health System to HCA. She has facilitated collaborations among private and public companies to address the opioid epidemic in Ohio and the lack of primary care residency training in Eastern Washington. She has also advised network administrators on contracts with providers and government agencies.
While at DBR, Rachel served as Vice Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In this role, she developed and implemented strategies to address equity concerns and retain and recruit diverse attorneys. Those efforts resulted in the elimination of billable hours and bonus compensation disparities between diverse and non-diverse associates. Earlier in her career, Rachel worked for several start-up companies in roles that included Director of Product Innovation and Marketing Operations Manager.
Rachel has broken barriers in her professional and board service career. When she was elevated to partner at DBR in 2016, she was the first Hispanic female partner at a firm of 600 attorneys. From 2013-2014 she served as the first female board President of Shaker Ridge Country Club, an organization established in 1929.
Rachel earned her bachelor of arts from Harvard University and her juris doctorate from Albany Law School, where she graduated as valedictorian.
Paula Swepson-Avery has over 25 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector and community development. She currently serves as the executive director of the West Marion Community Forum supporting community members on collaboration and developing local solutions to issues related to healthy eating and active living, affordable childcare, county-wide transportation, affordable housing and youth empowerment. She was formerly Production Manager at Broyhill Furniture. In 2017, she was received the CoThinkk Community Leadership Award.
Born in Washington State to Mexican parents, Angélica knew she “wanted to work on the issues that allowed some folks to have certain privileges and power over others.” Believing a law degree would be beneficial, she enrolled at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Combining her passion for advocacy with education, Angélica completed postgraduate law fellowships with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus both in Washington, DC, and in Madrid, Spain.
“After working on public policy at the national and international level, I knew that I wanted to go back to North Carolina and work on issues at the local level,” she says. In 2008, she moved to Asheville and started at Pisgah Legal Services as a bilingual advocate for the Mountain Violence Prevention Project, shifting her professional focus in 2010 to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence as their immigrant outreach specialist. She joined Our VOICE as executive director in 2012.