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.

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.

Josh McKinney, MDMcKinney Headshot

Assistant Medical Director, Duke Raleigh Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine

Josh has been involved with Samaritan Health Center since 2010 while in residency at UNC. He is currently the assistant medical director and clinical adjunct professor at Duke Raleigh Hospital's emergency department. As the director of departmental education, he enjoys teaching the physician assistant students on rotation. Josh has been a member of the Summit Church since 2009 and enjoys spending time with his wife and young son.

Beau Meyer, DDS, MPH  Beau-Meyer

Assistant Professor, UNC School of Dentistry

Beau Meyer is a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the UNC School of Dentistry where he is involved in a variety of clinical, educational, and research activities related to early childhood caries, understanding oral health disparities, and policy-related research. He has worked closely with North Carolina Medicaid via the Department of Medical Assistance, Dental Division. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the Ohio State University College of Dentistry before completing his residency in pediatric dentistry and MPH in health policy and management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beau and his wife live in Chapel Hill.

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

Strategic Services Associate, Pre-Anesthesia Testing Clinics & Perioperative Services, Duke University Hospital

Sarah provides administrative management and leadership for Pre-Anesthesia Testing Clinics, and leads projects and strategic initiatives for perioperative services and the hospital. Prior to this role, she was an Administrative Fellow at Duke University Hospital where she spent two years learning hospital operations, leadership, and management under the mentorship of President Kevin Sowers. Sarah earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 2006 and her Master of Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Finance in 2013 from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Sarah enjoys running, cycling, and competing in triathlons; hiking and climbing mountains; and missions and reaching the unreached. She is a covenant member of the Summit Church in Durham.

Lois Suruki

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. 

Lawrence Yoo, M.Div.    Samaritan Health Center Dinner (15 of 17)

Lead Pastor, Waypoint Church

Lawrence is founding and Lead Pastor of Waypoint Church. Lawrence received his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree. Lawrence has served in the ministry for the past 14 years in a variety of different roles. He has had the privilege of working as associate pastor, youth minister, college minister, outreach minister, missions pastor, program minister, and numerous other ministries. Lawrence lives in the Durham area with his wife and son. 

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