Board of Directors

Rick Stouffer, MD, Chairman

Chief of Clinical Cardiology, UNC


George A. Stouffer, MD is the Henry A. Foscue Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Director of Interventional Cardiology, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Chief of Clinical Cardiology at the University of North Carolina. He graduated from Bucknell University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency, cardiology fellowship, and interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Stouffer's main focus is interventional cardiology, but he is also actively involved in clinical and basic science research. He is the author of three textbooks and more than 100 scientific publications and has been elected to Fellowship in the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Eric Chetwood, CFP®

Managing Partner, Adams Chetwood Wealth Management GroupEric Chetwood

Eric Chetwood is a Certified Financial Planner and Managing Partner of the Adams Chetwood Wealth Management Group, an RIA in Durham, NC. He is a graduate of the Kenan Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a directional elder at the Summit Church, a member of the Financial Planning Association, and a graduate of Leadership Durham and Leadership Triangle. Eric and his wife, Allison, live in Durham and have one son.

Richard Hobbs, MD 


Assistant 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.  They have two beautiful children and attend Grace Community Church in Carrboro. 

Michelle Kirtley, Ph.D.

Bioethics and Public Policy Associate, The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

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.

Allen Liles, MDLilesAllen

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of North Carolina

Dr. Liles was born and raised a Tar Heel in Charlotte, NC. He attended the University of Virgina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate education. He then matriculated to the UNC School of Medicine. He completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and served one year as a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine. He has served as the Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program and the Director of the UNC Hospital Medicine Program. He lives in Durham with his wife and five children and attends Church of the Good Shepherd.

Pao-Hwa Lin, PhDpao-hwa_lin

Associate Research Professor, Division of Nephrology, Duke Medicine

Pao-Hwa Lin, PhD, is an associate research professor in the Department of Medicine. Her research interest mainly lies in the area of dietary intakes and chronic disease conditions including hypertension. She has extensive experience in examining the impact of the DASH dietary pattern on various health markers and in designing and conducting behavioral lifestyle intervention. Dr. Lin lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and has three daughters. She is a member of the Chinese Christian Mission Church in Durham.

Jake McDowell, MSMcDowell Headshot

Market Access, National Accounts, Vivus Inc.

Jake McDowell has been a leader in the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years. With experience in health outcomes and economic research, Mr. McDowell has worked to ensure that clear understanding of disease and the associated economic costs are key components in the decision making process for pharmaceutical benefits. Mr. McDowell holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and three children, where they attend the Gathering Church.

Jay Peters, MSPeters headshot medium

Professor, Durham Technical Community College

Jay was born in Toledo, Ohio. He became a Christian in his teenage years as a result of a praying grandmother and the witness of friends and family. He attended the University of Michigan where he received his B.A. in Psychology. He returned to graduate school in the fall of 1997 and completed a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology in the fall of 2000. Jay currently teaches at Durham Technical Community College. His prior non-profit experience has included serving on the boards of Caring House and Next-Step Housing.

Mark Piehl, MD, MPH, Immediate Past Chairman 

CEO and Co-Founder, 410 MedicalPiehl

Dr. Mark Piehl is a pediatric intensivist at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC, and served as Director of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the WakeMed Children’s Hospital from 2009-2015.  He has clinical faculty appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.  He received his medical degree with honors from the UNC School of Medicine and his master's degree in public health from the UNC School of Public Health.  Dr. Piehl lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Meggan and their three children, and is a member of Church of the Good Shepherd 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 Durham with her husband Bobby and their two young children. They are currently members of Grace Community Church in Carrboro.

Jeffrey West, DMD

General Dentist, Chapel Hill, NCJeffreyWest-board

Dr. Jeffrey West is a solo practicing general dentist in Chapel Hill.  He earned a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before attending Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA.  He has volunteered at Samaritan Health Center in the dental clinic and looks forward to helping grow this aspect of SHC.  He and his wife, Crystal live with their son and daughter in Carrboro and are members of Christ Community Church in Chapel Hill. 


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