Our Board of Directors

Reverend Micheal Woods, Chair

Reverend Woods is the Executive Director/CEO of Western Carolina Rescue Ministries.  He has an extensive background in finance and non-profit leadership.  Reverend Woods is the current Board Chair for AMCHC.


Douglas E. Fast, jr

Doug Fast is currently the Executive Director of Ambulatory Finance at Mission Health.  He has over 25 years of finance, management and operational experience with hospitals and physician practices.  He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, is a CPA and graduate of Leadership Asheville (Class 36).  He leads an adult Bible Study Group at his church and is active with the Boy Scout Troop in which 2 of his boys have earned the rank of Eagle and 2 are currently working toward that goal.  He and his wife of 26 years enjoy the outdoors, cooking, traveling and spending time with their 7 children.


Neil Garroway, MD

Neil Garroway is a geriatrician who teaches in the MAHEC Geriatrics Fellowship program.  He has an extensive history in medical and academic leadership positions including being the Medical Director for the Rochester (NY) Primary Care Network, a network of community health centers spanning 15 sites.


Harry Hearne

Harry Hearne is a consumer of services at the Peachtree Community Health Center.  Harry's early education and work experience was in social services. For thirty years he has been self employed as a studio potter. Throughout his career Harry has had the privilege of serving on numerous nonprofit social service and arts organizations boards.


Jesse Michel

Jesse’s mission is to combine technical knowledge and commercial understanding to offer sustainable business and civic solutions for interaction with web and mobile software.  He is the owner of PRC Applications and is a supporter of Code for America and is Brigade Co-captain for Code for Asheville.


Melba Milsaps, RN

Melba Phillips Millsaps is a consumer of services at the Tallulah Community Health Center.  Melba is an RN who received her BSN from Western Carolina University. Her nursing career has been spent primarily in public health. She has been a school nurse for 22 years and spent several prior years working at the local health department. Presently she serves on the Graham County Board of Health and is past president of the Western Region School Nurse Association of North Carolina. Ms. Millsaps has two daughters and four grandchildren.


Glenda Odom

Glenda Odom is a graduate of Western Carolina University and is a business owner and operator in Robbinsville where she currently resides. She is married and has two children and one grandson. Glenda enjoys going on mission trips and has served in Trinidad and Guyana. She also serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Long Term Care Facilities in Graham County.


Tom Plaut, PhD

Dr. Plaut is a widely published sociologist who served on the faculty of Mars Hill University until 2005.  He is a cultural diversity and cultural competency consultant.  He previously was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun.  He currently serves as a Service Applicant Screener and ACA Navigator at Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville.


Tom Shaw

Tom Shaw is currently a Program Associate with the Asheville Area Arts Council and coordinates the Artist Business Brainstorm Sessions. His academic work was taken at the University of South Carolina. Tom’s undergraduate degree is a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies that combined Art/Art History/History/and Geography. He also completed masters programs in Applied Art History (architectural history/historic preservation) and Urban Geography and was the Assistant Curator of History at the University’s McKissick Museum. He served as an architectural historian and preservation planner for the SC State Historic Preservation Office and has also worked for Clemson University’s Institute for Economic and Community Development. Prior to moving to western North Carolina in 2005, Tom operated a consulting business, Solutions for Sensible Development, which focused on the development of affordable housing. He also was on the board of directors of the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina and chaired its public policy committee.


Roy Spangler

Roy Spangle is a consumer of services at the Dale Fell Health Center. Roy was born and raised in Hialeah Florida where he lived until 1976. He then moved to Western North Carolina where he became licensed as an Electrical Contractor in 1988, a license he still holds. He enjoys fishing and camping and all aspects of the outdoors. He also does woodworking as a hobby. Roy has two children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in WNC. Mr. Spangler was recommended for membership on our Board by his primary care provider, Anja Woody PA.


Christiana Glenn Tugman, JD

Ms. Tugman graduated from UNC-Asheville and received her Juris Doctorate from the UNC School of Law. She is currently the Director of Grants Management for the Northwest Continuum of Care and was the Homelessness Lead for the City of Asheville for several years after having served as a public defender investigator for the 28th Judicial District. She has an extensive list of civic activities and awards, volunteers in several prisons in the region, and her family has lived in the mountains of WNC for more than two centuries. 


Sharon West

Ms. West is an RN who has served as the Clinical Services Administrator and Director of Nursing as well as the Interim Health Director for Buncombe County, She received her BSN from Winston-Salem State University and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in health ethics and policy.