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
Chief Financial 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 Ministries

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 Millsaps, 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

Ronald R. King

Shannon Cornelias
ACA Program Director, Pisgah Legal Services

Bill Mance

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

Sharon West, PhD, RN
Nurse Manager of Women Veteran Services at the Charles George VA Medical Center; Bioethics and the Law adjunct faculty at Mars Hill University; Applied Ethics adjunct faculty at Asheville-Buncombe Community College