Charlotte AHEC Regional Advisory Committee


Charlotte AHEC, a department of Atrium Health and part of the NC AHEC Program, strives to fulfill our mission of providing and supporting educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina. Our vision is that every North Carolinian is healthy and supported by an appropriate and well-trained health workforce that reflects the communities it serves. Charlotte AHEC is one of nine centers in the NC AHEC Program and serves Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Stanly, and Union counties.

The primary purpose of the Charlotte AHEC Regional Advisory Committee is to gather information on the trends and updates related to community and regional needs. Specific goals will be discussed at our meetings.

The Advisory Committee will meet ten times per year, either face-to-face or virtual. Each meeting will consist of opportunities to discuss best practices in continuing education and workforce development initiatives.

Committee Chair

Libby Safrit, MA, LPA-HSPA
Executive Director
Teen Health Connection

Committee Co-Chair

Donald Howard, MS, OT/L, CLT
Assistant Manager, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
CaroMont Regional Medical Center

Meet the Committee:

Lisa M. Foster, DNP, RN, NPD-BC
RN Program Coordinator
Atrium Health Pineville
Hampton Hopkins, MS, EdD
President, Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Atrium Health
Mikayla Hopkins, MPH
Community Engagement Manager
NCCARE360, Unite Us
Lisa Littlejohn Hill, PhD, MBA, MA, LPC
Vision Counseling and Consulting, PLLC
Benita Mason, MBA-MHA, QMHP, ALA
Founder and President
Impact Health & Wellness, Inc.
Marque Macon, FACHE
Assistant Vice President
Carolinas Physician Alliance, In Collaboration with Atrium Health
Carolyn Mullins, MS, RN
Chief Operating Officer
Care Ring
Amber Pierce
Regional Program Specialist
Reach Out and Read Carolinas
Joann L. Spaleta, FACHE, CDP, MBA, MHA, MT (ASCP)
Assistant Vice President
Charlotte AHEC
Stephanie Wieck, MSN, RN, CQIA, CPHQ
Program Coordinator/Clinical Support
Atrium Health Cleveland
Sheila Wright, MSN, RN
Health Ministry Coordinator for the Faith Community Health Ministry
Atrium Health

Prospective Members


  • Serve 2-year term beginning January 1st with the possibility for renewal
  • Attend monthly meetings and other events as requested
  • Be informed of the Charlotte AHEC curriculum, services and activities and inform others
  • Support and advise Charlotte AHEC in the development of relevant education opportunities across disciplines
  • Collaborate with Charlotte AHEC staff and other committee members to ensure that Charlotte AHEC is delivering learning content that is current and relevant
  • Engagement in the 8-county region for not only education but community workforce development

Applications for the Charlotte AHEC Regional Advisory Committee for January 2022–December 2023 will open on September 7, 2021.

How To Apply

  1. Download the Charlotte AHEC Regional Advisory Board Member Application
  2. Email completed application and materials (CV, bio, headshot) to Arielle Lewis at
  3. Application Deadline: October 31, 2021
  4. Notification of Acceptance: December 1, 2021


Arielle Lewis
Sr. Staff Assistant
704.512.6523 phone
704.512.6568 fax