Charlotte AHEC Regional Advisory Committee


Charlotte AHEC strives to fulfill the mission of providing quality educational opportunities and services for all healthcare professionals by building partnerships, promoting recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals, and advancing healthcare quality in the communities we serve.


To lead the transformation of healthcare education and services in the Charlotte region and beyond, we've partnered with several local community and healthcare leaders to establish the Charlotte AHEC Regional Advisory Committee. The goal is to gather diverse information on the trends and updates related to community and regional needs impacting health education. In this way, Charlotte AHEC commits to bring valuable educational opportunities and services that matter to you and our community.

Committee Chair

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

Committee Vice Chair

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

Meet the Committee:

Allison Abernathy, RN, DNP
Dean, Health & Human Services Division
Gaston College
Beth Auten, MSLIS, MA, AHIP
Health & Human Services Librarian
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Redia Baxter, MPA
Regional Health Systems Director, The Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association
Michael Dulin, MD
Director, Academy for Population Health Innovation
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Michael Frisina, PhD
Founder and President, The Frisina Group, LLC
The Frisina Group
Brisa Hernandez, BUS
Senior Management Associate
Atrium Health
Hampton Hopkins, MS, EdD
President, Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Atrium Health
Satya Jammalamadaka, MD
Pineville Pediatrics PLLC
Joel Laudenbach, DMD
Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine/Dentist
Atrium Health
Michelle McGrath, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing, Public Health
Union County Human Services
Yasemin Tanrikulu Moore, MHS
Director, Center for Physician Leadership and Development
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
Cornell Wright, MPA
Executive Director, DHHS Office of Minority Health
and Health Disparities
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Prospective Members


  • Serve 2-year term beginning January 1st with the possibility for renewal
  • Attend quarterly 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

Applications for the Charlotte AHEC Regional Advisory Committee for the January 2020-December 2021 term will be accepted September 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019.

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, 2019
  4. Notification of Acceptance: December 1, 2019


Arielle Lewis
Sr. Staff Assistant
704.512.6523 phone
704.512.6568 fax