Board of Directors

Richard Hobbs, MD, Chairman hobbs

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of North Carolina

Rick Hobbs is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UNC, where he is employed as a hospitalist and is active in resident and medical student education.  He has been involved with Samaritan Health Center since before the clinic opened its doors in 2009.  Nearly fluent in Spanish, he has a particular interest in Latino and international health.  Rick and his wife Juli live in Durham.  

Richard Chung, MDChung Headshot

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Duke Health

Richard Chung is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Duke, where he is Director of Adolescent Medicine. He is involved in a variety of clinical, educational, and research activities related to adolescent health, with a particular focus on the care of adolescents and young adults with chronic illnesses and youth and families experiencing health disparities due to structural and social barriers to care and support. Richard, his wife Gina, and their two sons, Caleb and Joshua, live in Old North Durham.

Brandon Furlong, J.D.2020

Senior Financial Advisor, Larson Financial Group

Brandon heads up the Larson Financial Group Raleigh-Durham office as a Senior Financial Advisor. He enjoys coming alongside clients to bring peace of mind in having a comprehensive plan in place that aims to protect and provide growth. He seeks to provide clients added confidence in knowing that their families, estates, wealth, and legacies are protected and aligned with their objectives. With his background in financial planning, law, consulting, and investment banking, Brandon has valuable experience in a wide array of issues that investors are likely to encounter. He holds the following licenses and designations: J.D., Series 7, Series 66, Life and Health Insurance licenses, and Medicare Supplement/Long-Term Care Insurance license. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys playing sports, working out, traveling, and serving in his church. He is passionate about devoting significant effort to helping the poor and oppressed.

Edwina Gabriel, RN, BSN, MEdGabriel

Director of Nursing Services, Lincoln Community Health Center

Edwina Gabriel is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She moved to North Carolina in 1980 and obtained her nursing education from UNC-Chapel Hill and graduate degree from NC State University.  She is the Director of Nursing Services at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham, North Carolina where she has been employed since 2011.  She serves many residents who are food insecure and works with area outreaches to assist the homebound elderly and youth in Durham’s West End. She also co-facilitates Community Garden start-ups through the Grow Your Own Community Garden Initiative. Through her local church fellowship, Church of Philadelphia in Durham, she facilitates support to ministries and orphanages in Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti and the Philippines.

Paul Hlad, JD

Attorney, Sands Anderson, PCPaul Hlad Headshot

Paul Hlad is a litigation and transactional attorney practicing at the law firm of Sands Anderson in Raleigh, NC. Since 2002, he has represented clients in a wide range of disputes encompassing professional, business and commercial litigation.  Additionally, he has performed a range of transactional and drafting services for business and institutional clients.  Paul received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 and his undergraduate degree was from the University of Florida in Finance and Risk Management with Honors in 1997.  His wife Lesley is a Physical Therapist and they have two children, Grayson and Nola.  Paul is a longtime member and deacon of Christ Community Church.  He enjoys time with the family, trying to stay in shape and watching the "ole Gators play".

Michelle Kirtley, Ph.D.

Bioethics and Public Policy Associate, The Center for Bioethics & Human DignityKirtley Headshot

Prior to joining the Center, Michelle worked for six years on Capitol Hill for Congressman Dave Weldon, MD (R-FL) and Congressman John Fleming, MD (R-LA), serving as a science and health policy advisor. Michelle completed her doctorate in cell biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004) and her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Princeton University (1996). Michelle also serves as a Trustee for the Center for Public Justice, a Washington-based faith and public policy organization, and has written numerous articles in bioethics policy, health policy and politics. She recently moved with her husband and four children from Washington, D.C., to Chapel Hill, where they attend Grace Community Church.

Aaron McKethan, PhDMcKethan

CEO, NoviSci, Inc.

Aaron is CEO of NoviSci, Inc., a data science and technology company located in Durham. He is also Senior Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Adjunct Professor in Population Health Science at the Duke School of Medicine. Aaron and his wife Sarah live in Durham with their four children. The McKethans are also licensed foster parents in Durham County.

Susanne Meghdadpour, PhD, FNP-CMeghdadpour

Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Associate, Duke Pediatric Pulmonary Division

Susie is a Nurse Practitioner with the Pediatric Pulmonary Division at Duke University, caring for children with asthma and chronic lung diseases, and an Adjunct Faculty member at the Duke School of Nursing. She is involved in clinical care, teaching, and asthma research. Susie has been a part of Christian Community Health Fellowship, a national organization focused on health care to the under-served, and has also done medical outreach work among NC migrant farm workers and in Haiti. Her clinical, research, and community interests focus on vulnerable children and families, and the systemic barriers and health disparities faced by them. Susie lives in Durham and enjoys art, reading, hiking, and involvement at Blacknall Presbyterian Church.

Michael F. Minogue, MD, MSMinogue

Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Mike Minogue is a Medical Director in the Appeals Division at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.  He is also a part-time physician at the Durham Veterans Administration Emergency Department and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. Mike has volunteered at Samaritan Health Center since 2016.  He, his wife, Valerie, and family live in Chapel Hill.


Sarah Mitschke, MHASarah Mitschke

Management Consultant, Huron Consulting Group

Sarah is a management consultant in Huron Consulting Group’s healthcare cost and clinical practice.  In this role, she partners with leadership in client hospitals to develop and implement data-driven strategies to improve operational performance, increase margin, improve patient access, and position healthcare organizations for the future.

Sarah is a covenant member of the Summit Church and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, climbing mountains, running, cycling, competing in triathlons, traveling, and serving others.


Yancee Pérez, RN, B.S.N.Perez

Physical Health Consultant, Alliance Health

Yancee Pérez is a registered nurse working with Alliance Health as a physical health consultant to multidisciplinary care teams serving individuals throughout a four county catchment area in North Carolina. 

Inspired by Paul Farmer, medical anthropologist and physician, Yancee dedicated two years of her early nursing career to living and working among Palestinian refugees in the Middle East with the International Mission Board. This experience further fueled interest in trauma and development work which put her on a trajectory that has landed her in the behavioral health sector, formerly working in consumer and systems advocacy, and ultimately serving in her current role with Alliance Health. 

Yancee and her husband Octavio live in Durham and attend Summit en Español. Textiles, plants, sharing meals and hiking along the Eno are some of her favorite things outside of work life. 


Lois Suruki, JD, EdM

Senior Consultant, Aon Hewitt
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Lois is a senior consultant at Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting, She works with a select number of institutional clients that include defined benefit and defined contribution plans, and health care system operating reserve funds. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, she was a senior portfolio strategist with First Citizens Bank Capital Management Group, and advised institutional and high-net worth clients on investment strategy, global asset allocation, investment policy development, portfolio construction and implementation. Before that, Lois was with Lindedata Inc., a global financial software company, where she worked with portfolio managers, traders, and compliance officers at institutional asset management firms. Lois received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, her J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and her Ed.M. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Lois lives in Chapel Hill with her husband Bobby and their two young children. 

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