Board of Directors

In addition to serving as Chief Executive Officer, Sue Ellen, is an ex officio member of our board.

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Sam is president of Beacon Wealthcareequipping clients to master financial wellness and purpose. He serves NeighborHealth with the same goals, believing that quality healthcare is a fundamental requirement of breaking the cycle of poverty and enabling more abundant lives.  

“The ministry of NeighborHealth has deep personal significance for me having watched treatable conditions become chronic, ultimately destroying of the lives of my brother and sister-in-law. When I heard of the surprisingly high unserved need in my own neighborhood, I was eager to join the NeighborHealth effort to bring excellent and consistent primary care to our city’s most vulnerable.” 

Kim has worked for Cherokee Gives Back Foundation since 2003. She is active in her community as a volunteer with leadership and mentoring programs. 

“I joined the NeighborHealth board because I’m passionate about the work we are doing in the community to provide quality healthcare to all.” 

Linval Thomas is a Registered Professional Nurse with over 30 years of experience, mainly in the field of mental health. He’s been employed by UNC Healthcare for the past 18 years and currently works as an Administrative House Supervisor at the WakeBrook campus in Raleigh. Mr. Thomas moved to Raleigh 18 years ago with his family. He’s married and the father of three grown daughters. He and his wife are Christians and worship at the Crossroads Fellowship here in Raleigh.  

It’s a great privilege to serve on the Board of NHC. I’m currently serving on the Quality Improvement Committee as the Chair. I thoroughly embrace the mission of NHC to serve Christ by loving our neighbors through the practice of excellent compassionate and accessible healthcare. 

Mike is a commercial real estate broker with Waldrop Properties, LLC.

“I’m excited to work with NeighborHealth to bring Christian-based healthcare to those in need in our community.”

Larry Somerville is a retired executive in the biopharmaceutical industry.   As executive vice president, he was responsible for global commercialization of marketed products, pipeline development compounds and in-license candidates as well as alliance partnerships.  Larry endeavors to continue his passion for healthcare as a board member of NeighborHealth Center by assisting in its goal to provide excellent healthcare to patients, including those who are marginalized.    

“The mission of NeighborHealth and its approach to providing medical care are remarkable and are aligned with my personal life values.  The opportunity for me to be involved is indeed a Godsend.  I look forward to helping expand awareness of the organization.”    

Grant is an attorney at Pinna, Johnston & Burwell, PA with a practice focused on business law, trusts and estates, and commercial real estate.

“I am excited and humbled at the opportunity to further the NeighborHealth mission. I cannot imagine a more noble cause than providing our community access to the medical resources needed to care for themselves and their loved ones while glorifying our gracious God.”

Susanne has nursing experience in both hospital and clinic settings. Beginning with initial steering committee meetings, she has worked to establish NeighborHealth’s vision of compassionate primary care.

“Loving my neighbor through healthcare is a calling for me as a Christian. I’m excited to be a part of the NeighborHealth team.”

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Wilson is a CPA with Thomas, Judy & Tucker, PA and is committed to NeighborHealth’s vision of being a medical home for those who are often overlooked and underserved because of inaccessibility to affordable healthcare.  

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve alongside faithful visionaries who have the utmost passion for serving this great need in our community.” 

Nicole Herriott formerly served as a bilingual family nurse practitioner, having worked at UNC Rex Express Care and a Federally Qualified Health Center.

“Having worked with underserved populations, I’ve seen poverty and how it affects the health and well-being of entire communities. I am committed to seeing lives changed through compassionate and high-quality, community-based care.”

LaToya serves as Chief Operating Officer at JusticeMatters, a nonprofit providing free trauma-informed legal services human trafficked survivors and promoting just policies and practices throughout North Carolina.  Prior to working with Justice Matters, LaToya’s career spans 20 years of experience working with a variety of organizations in operations, nonprofit management, finance, and community development.  She has worked for organizations such as Jobs for Life, the Make It Right Foundation, Cherokee Investment Partners, Fannie Mae Foundation and Bank of America. 

LaToya received a BBA degree in accounting from Howard University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flager Business School.  She lives in Wake Forest with her husband and attends the Summit Church.   

Kelly is the President of the NC Chamber Foundation and has extensive experience in public policy, especially in the health care field.  She enjoys using that understanding to assist NeighborHealth as a member of the board.  

“I love working with the team at NHC because I see the great unmet health care need of many in our community and want to do whatever I can to give them an excellent, compassionate place to receive care.” 

David Juarez Torres has been on the NHC board since January 2019.  He is the Director of Durham Community Food Pantry, a program of Catholic Charities, serving the communities of Durham.  He previously worked in the Catholic Charities office in Raleigh where he would assist families, primarily Hispanic, in connecting with resources such as access to healthcare, food assistance, and education and development programs.  

Being on the board of Neighbor Health allows me the opportunity to be directly involved in helping NHC give access so many families and individuals who need such a basic but absolutely essential service. 

Dana Simpson is a partner at Smith Anderson law firm and co-chairs the firm’s Government Relations
practice. He has extensive experience working with health care providers on public policy and legal
issues. “I was excited to join the board of NeighborHealth because of the great work they are doing to help meet the significant unmet healthcare needs in our community. NeighborHealth helps break down cultural and financial barriers to care for patients while providing them with compassionate, high-quality health services. The work of NeighborHealth embodies our calling to Love Thy Neighbor.”

Sam Bass, NeighborHealth Vice chair
When I heard of the surprisingly high unserved need in my own neighborhood, I was eager to join the NeighborHealth effort to bring excellent primary care to our city’s most vulnerable.

Sam Bass, vice chair, NeighborHealth board of directors

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