Transitions LifeCare – Team

Our Team

The team at Transitions LifeCare comprises physicians, spiritual care counselors, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, home health aides and nutritionists, as well as specially trained volunteers. Count on our experienced professionals and volunteers to provide care, comfort, and compassion for life’s changing needs.

Board of Directors

Charles Hodges, President
Insight Advocacy

Rhonda Gillespie Raney, Vice-President
Principal Attorney at Mediation Resources;
Adjunct Professor at North Carolina Central University

Tommy Williams, Treasurer
VP Ambulatory Services
Rex Healthcare

Bart Norman, Secretary
Smith Anderson

Poonam Aneja
Professional Volunteer

John Bason
Public Policy Communications
NC Department of Justice

Beth Black
Assistant Professor of Nursing
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - School of Nursing

Matthew Davis
EVP Chief Operating Officer
Paragon Bank

Jennifer Dirienzo
Retired Director, Carolinas Tax Practice;
Lecturer, North Carolina State University

William Dunlap, MD
Physician, retired
Raleigh Medical Group

Brenda Gibson
Commercial Real Estate Broker

Paul Immanuel
CEO and Principal Consultant
Immanuel Consulting Services, LLC

Linda S. Jefferson
HR Consultant/HR Partner
NC Office of State Personnel

Nicholas Kenny, PhD
Executive Vice President & General Manager of Global Oncology & Hematology;
INC Research

Lynda Loveland
News Anchor

Steven L. Lyons
President, Steven L. Lyons Funeral Home
Pastor, St. James AME Church

Donald McCunniff
Senior VP Human Resources
Martin Marietta Materials

Catherine O’Dell, CCC
Vice President of Member Services & Public Relations
South River Electric Membership Corporation

Tres Pittman, MD
Executive Medical Director
WakeMed Physician Practices Internal Medicine - Hospitalists

Robin Simonton
Cemetarian/Non-profit Executive
Historic Oakwood Cemetery

John Thoma
Transitions LifeCare


Board of Trustees

Jason Sandner, CPA, Chair
Medical Mutual Insurance

Tommy Williams, Treasurer
VP Ambulatory Services
Rex Healthcare

Toni Messler
VP of Finance and Operations
Transitions LifeCare

Marshall Wall
Managing Partner
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog

David Wolf
Community Volunteer

Executive Team

Click here to see bios of our executive team members.

John Thoma, CEO

Kristye Koontz Brackett, CFP®, Vice President of Philanthropy

Cooper Linton, MBA, MSHA, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Toni Messler, Vice President of Finance and Operations

Deb Norcross, RN, CHPN, Director of Hospice and Home Health

Laura Patel, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Jackie Ring, RN, PhD(c), FACHE, NEA-BC, Vice President of Clinical Services, Chief Innovation Officer

Betty Sawyer, BSN, RN, Director of Regulatory Affairs

Melissa Short, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Human Resources

Apollo Townsend Stevens, RN, DNP, Director of Hospice Home


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