Transitions LifeCare – Team

Our Team

The team at Transitions LifeCare comprises physicians, spiritual care counselors, nurse practitioners, 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

Tres Pittman, MD, President
Executive Medical Director
WakeMed Physician Practices

Tom Williams, Vice-President
VP Ambulatory Services
UNC Rex Healthcare

Matthew Davis, Treasurer
EVP Chief Operating Officer
Paragon Bank

Robin Simonton, Secretary
Executive Director
Historic Oakwood Cemetery

John Bason
Public Policy Communications, retired
North Carolina Department of Justice

Beth Black, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, UNC School of Nursing

Susan Catchings, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner
Avance Care

Zeke Creech
Zeke Creech Law

William Dunlap, MD
Physician, retired
Raleigh Medical Group

Paul Immanuel
Principal, G5 Business Solutions
CEO, Immanuel Consulting Services, LLC

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

Charles Kabugo-Musoke
Smith Anderson

Nicholas Kenny, PhD
Executive Vice President, Oncology & Hematology Business Unit
Syneos Health

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

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

Karen Preston, MHA, BSN, RN, ACM, CCM
Director of Case Management, Duke Raleigh Hospital
Director of DUHS Resource Center

Rhonda Gillespie Raney
Principal Attorney at Mediation Resources;
Adjunct Professor at North Carolina Central University

Jason Sandner
Medical Mutual Insurance

Pam Stocks
The Nautical Group

John Thoma
Transitions LifeCare

Adam Wolk, MD
Senior Medical Officer
Alignment Healthcare

Board of Trustees

Jason Sandner, CPA, Chair
Medical Mutual Insurance

Burke Koonce
Founder and Owner
Helicon Research

Toni Messler
VP of Finance and Operations
Transitions LifeCare

Marshall Wall
Managing Partner
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog

David Wolf
Community Volunteer

George York
President and CEO
York Properties

Executive Team

Click here to see bios of our executive team members.

John Thoma, CEO

Kristye Koontz Brackett, CFP®, Vice President of Philanthropy

Nicole Martin, Vice President of Quality and Compliance, Chief Compliance Officer

Peter N. McCann, MBA, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Chief Strategy Officer

Toni Messler, Vice President of Finance and Operations

Laura Patel, MD, Chief Medical Officer

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

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


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