Richard Chung, MD, Chair
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Duke Health
Richard Chung is a 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.
Michael Dougherty, MD, MSCR
Gastroenterologist, UNC REX Digestive Healthcare
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, UNC Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Michael Dougherty is a gastroenterologist at UNC Health, seeing patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings at UNC REX, as well as the GI Latino Clinic and endoscopy units in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, where he maintains some involvement in research and educational activities. He is particularly interested in underserved Latino populations and in global health, including leading regular endoscopy trips to Guatemala. Michael began volunteering with Samaritan Health Center in 2016. He lives with his wife Jennie and their two daughters in Durham, where they attend Christ Central Church.
Brandon Furlong, J.D.
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, MEd
Practice Manager, Live Well Clinic, 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 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, PC
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 Dignity
Dr. Michelle Kirtley teaches and writes on the intersection of health, policy and bioethics. 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). She lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and four children. She is a former Trustee of the Center for Public Justice, serves as a CPJ fellow and is the Co-Chair of the Association for Public Justice Board of Directors.
Aaron McKethan, PhD
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-C
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.
Kimberly Monroe, MPA
Program Manager, Community Engagement, DUHS Office of Community Health
Ms. Monroe is the Program Manager for Community Engagement in the Office of Community Health for Duke University Health System. She helps plan and implement initiatives designed to address concerns identified by the community. Her “global citizen” background and focus on community collaboration has provided opportunities to serve the community through various leadership roles in the Partnership for a Healthy Durham, Durham County Women’s Commission, African American Dance Ensemble, Durham Connects, American Heart Association the and Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.
Nationally she serves on the Culture of Health Workgroup for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and participated in the National Academy of Medicine Culture of Health cohort meetings. Her areas of interest include reducing disparities in marginalized communities and intersection of faith and health. Ms. Monroe received a BBA in Finance from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and a MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an Ordained Elder at Victorious Life Fellowship Church in Durham, NC.
Matt Oettinger, MD, MBA
Vice President, Population Health, WellCare of North Carolina
Matt Oettinger is the Vice President of Population Health at WellCare of North Carolina, where he leads a variety of clinical initiatives in Care Management, Utilization Management, and Clinical Programs, primarily focusing on Medicaid as part of NC’s transition to Managed Care. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of Family Medicine at UNC, working as a Hospitalist at Chatham Hospital in Siler City. Matt currently volunteers at Samaritan Health Center, and serves as an elder at The Summit Church. Matt, his wife Tiffany, and his two daughters, Zoe and Annalise, live in Durham.
Yancee Pérez, RN, B.S.N.
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.
S. Alicia Ramos, DDS
S. Alicia Ramos, DDS, PA
Dr. Ramos is a general dentist practicing in Durham, North Carolina who is passionate about partnering with her patients to co-discover ways to improve their health. Dr. Ramos’ focus in dentistry is individualized care for patients, emphasizing patient education to foster true collaboration in achieving optimal health. She began her solo private practice in 1996 in SW Durham. She graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1989, where she graduated in the top of her class and served as class president. Dr. Ramos completed the Advanced General Dentistry Residency Program at the University of North Carolina, followed by a Geriatric Fellowship at the Duke University and UNC Program on Aging. She is a member of the American Dental Association, NC Dental Society, Durham/Orange County Dental Society, and the Triangle Chapter of the NC Association of Women Dentists. Dr. Ramos lives in Durham with her physician husband and two daughters. When not in the office, she enjoys running, reading, oil painting, and serving in her church and community. Dr. Ramos served on the board of Trinity School where she began and chaired the diversity committee and currently serves on the Advisory Council of Trinity School. Most of all, Dr. Ramos loves spending time with her family and traveling together.
Lois Suruki, JD, EdM
Senior Consultant, Aon Hewitt
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.