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

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

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

Tommy Williams, Treasurer
VP Ambulatory Services
UNC Rex Healthcare

Robin Simonton, Secretary
Executive Director
Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Poonam Aneja
Professional Volunteer
Program Assistant, NC Community Colleges

Susan Catchings, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner
Avance Care

Zeke Creech
Zeke Creech Law

Matthew Davis
EVP Chief Operating Officer
Paragon Bank

William Dunlap, MD
Physician, retired
Raleigh Medical Group

Charles Hodges
Insight Advocacy

Paul Immanuel
CEO and Principal Consultant
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 & 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

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

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

Jason Sandner
Medical Mutual Insurance

John Thoma
Transitions LifeCare


Board of Trustees

Jason Sandner, CPA, Chair
Medical Mutual Insurance

Tommy Williams, Treasurer
VP Ambulatory Services
Rex Healthcare

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

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

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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