Leadership Bios

 
 

Reuben J. Pettiford, MPA, president and ceo

With a passion to ensure that everyone has access to health care, Reuben Pettiford has advanced a spirit of excellence throughout his career. Currently serving as the President and CEO of AMCHC, Mr. Pettiford brings 25 years of health care administration experience to western NC. He has served as CEO to several Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Michigan, Illinois and South Carolina over the past 18 years. His proven areas of expertise and leadership are demonstrated in operations optimization and rightsizing organizational functions, strategic planning and implementation, business development, turnaround effectiveness, revenue optimization, project management, EHR implementation, health systems partnerships, staff development and regulatory compliance. Mr. Pettiford has a Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo as well as a Master in Public Administration (MPA), with a concentration in Health Care Administration, from Baruch College in New York City.

 

Summer Barlow, md, chief medical officer

Dr. Barlow completed her undergraduate work at Harvard University and medical school at University of Rochester School of Medicine. Several things led Summer to engage in community health work.  Growing up in upstate New York with a father who was a builder and a mother who was a landscaper, she experienced firsthand what it is like for a family to not always have insurance or access to medical care. She became a physician because she wanted to make sure everyone had access to excellent health care.  She worked as a teacher in Guatemala and the Navajo Nation after college.  From there she was a National Health Service Corps Scholar and did her residency at Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Massachusetts, a program dedicated to training physicians to work in underserved communities. After residency Dr. Barlow worked as a physician leader at a community health center in rural Florida and then as the medical director of the family team at Boston Health Care for the Homeless. She moved to Asheville with her family after visiting friends here and falling in love with the area. Her great passion is to make sure everyone has access to excellent health care. 

 

Patrick nwaezeigwe, chief financial officer

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Mariana Massey, chief operating officer

Over the past 15 years, Mariana has partnered with talented groups of healthcare providers to improve the quality of healthcare services across rural communities in Southeast Ohio and West Virginia. A strong advocate for collaboration as a catalyst for positive change, Mariana has teamed to lead the operations of multispecialty physician group practices, critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, and patient-centered medical homes. 

Mariana has provided oversight to a wide range of programs associated with a critical access hospital and multiple health clinics, including primary care, urgent care, and cardiology services.  She has offered leadership in in all phased of health center design and construction.  In addition, Mariana oversaw all aspects of a large multidisciplinary ambulatory facility encompassing 20 specialties with 165K+ patient visits per year.  Collaborating with talented teams, she has been a part of deploying numerous new service lines and revitalizing the operations of outpatient services across multiple sites.

Mariana’s responsibilities include the oversight of all AMCHC operations. Mariana believes that in life one must have passion, curiosity, enthusiasm, eagerness to learn, cheerfulness, honesty, peace, and acceptance. Further, she believes people must have empathy and learn from each other because everyone we meet has their own personal story and their own struggles. Mariana believes that attitude is everything and, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.  In addition to her career experience, Mariana is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has also achieved recognition as a Certified Medical Practice Executive by the American College of Medical Practice Executives.