Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.



Marked by a diverse range of experience, our leadership team is comprised of high-capacity individuals committed to bringing quality health care to an ever-growing number of patients in Western North Carolina.

Reuben J. Pettiford
President & CEO

Summer Barlow, MD
Chief Medical Officer 


Patrick Nwaezeigwe
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Mariana Massey
Chief Operating Officer



Board of Directors

The members of our Board of Directors live throughout Western North Carolina and the majority of them are actual patients.  In addition, they embody a broad range of community service, professional expertise, and service engagement.


Rev. Micheal Woods, Chair
Executive Director / CEO, Western Carolina Rescue Ministires

Doug Fast
Executive Director of Ambulatory Finance, Mission Health

Neil Garroway, MD
MAHEC Geriatrics Fellowship Program

Harry Hearne
Professional Artisan / Potter

Jesse Michel
Owner, PRC Applications







Melba Milsaps, RN
Graham County Board of Health, Tallulah Community Health Center Consumer

Glenda Odom
Tallulah Community Health Center Consumer

Tom Plaut, PhD
Service Applicant Screener and ACA Navigator, Pisgah Legal Services

Tom Shaw
Program Associate, Asheville Area Arts Council


Roy Spangler
Dale Fell Health Center Consumer

Christiana Glenn Tugman, JD Community Development Analyst and Homelessness Lead, City of Asheville


Sharon West, RN
Former Clinical Services Administrator and Director of Nursing, Buncombe County