Collaborative Acceleration Team
Steve Cline, DDS, MPH
Dr. Cline currently serves as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships for Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC). His responsibilities include exploring and developing opportunities with provider networks, dental health providers, and other healthcare organizations. He is also an advisor to the NC Health Information Exchange. Prior to joining CCNC, Dr. Cline was the Assistant Secretary for Health Information Technology in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Spending most of his career in public health, his last position in public health was as Deputy State Health Director in DHHS, where his responsibilities included formulating division policies and priorities as well supervising all programmatic areas of the Division which included Epidemiology, Women’s and Children’s Health, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Oral Health, and Public Health Preparedness.
From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Cline served as Chief of the Epidemiology Section in the North Carolina Division of Public Health where he led the state’s public health response to bioterrorism, SARS, Hurricanes Fran and Katrina, and other public health emergencies. Prior to that, Dr. Cline spent 13 years in local public health with the Wake County Health Department where he held the positions of Dental Director, Deputy Health Director and finally Acting Wake County Health Director. In 1996 he moved to the state health department where he was the State Dental Director for three years before becoming the Chief of Epidemiology.
Dr. Cline received his B.S. degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and both his DDS degree and his MPH degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is married with four children and living in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Katie Eyes, MSW
As Vice President, Program and Strategy, Ms. Eyes supports the program team to develop, implement, and adjust strategy across the Foundation’s priority areas. In addition, she manages grantmaking related to our focus on improving oral health. She works closely with the team as well as external and corporate stakeholders to broaden our perspective, build partnerships to accelerate our progress, and deepen our commitment to those communities that experience the greatest inequities.
Ms. Eyes joined the BCBSNC Foundation in 2009 as Operations Manager after working several years to promote best practices in food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency food outlets. After a year in the operations role, where she guided implementation of the Foundation’s outcomes framework, she joined the program officer staff in what was previously known as the health of vulnerable populations focus area. Ms. Eyes is a member of the 2014 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy, a board member for the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers (NCNG) and was previously co-chair for the NCNG annual meeting. She has an undergraduate degree from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan.
Lewis N. Lampiris, DDS, MPH
Dr. Lewis Lampiris joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina School Of Dentistry in July of 2013 as a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Dentistry in Service to Communities program. He served as the director of the American Dental Association’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations from August of 2006 to September of 2012 and Chief of the Division of Oral Health Illinois Department of Public Health from 1977 to 2006. He received his DDS from Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dental Medicine in 1977 and his MPH from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1997. He served as a dental officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 1977 through 1981 and then entered private practice in Chicago as a general dentist (1981 – 1994). He served as the president of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (2004-2006). Dr. Lampiris is the recipient of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Distinguished Service Award (2007), the American Dental Association’s Presidential Citation (2010) and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry's Distinguished Service Award (2013).
Darlene Leysath, BSW
Ms. Leysath is an accomplish business woman with vast experience. Ms. Leysath is a highly successful motivational speaker and presently the Executive Director of The Cornerstone Community Development Corporation. Ms. Leysath is dedicated and determined to make a difference in the lives of others as an expert in Mental Health Disaster Case Management/Relief and Community Engagement. She has spent the last twenty- years building partnerships and coalitions to meet the needs of the community. Ms. Leysath has a very diverse background with over 35 years in Clinical Social Work; Partial Hospital Day Program Director; Program Manager; Mental Health Crisis Consultant; Long-term Care Facility Administrator; Special Education Instructor; Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator; Oral Health Outreach; and Disaster Relief Director.
Mr. Ravelli, a 2003 graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, started community development work in 2004 when serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Montana Prevention Resource Center. Currently, Mr. Ravelli is the Grants and Program Associate for the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement (formerly the DentaQuest Foundation) and overseeing a portfolio based out of the South/Southeast and Western Regions of the United States. Prior to this, he worked at Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) overseeing programmatic efforts focused on systems-change and health equity in a variety of settings: tobacco use prevention, municipalities and youth councils, and access to health care.
Juvencio Rocha-Peralta is Executive Director of the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN). A native of Veracruz, Mexico, he has lived in North Carolina since 1980. He has served on a number of task forces and boards, including the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project and the Eastern North Carolina Latin-American Coalition, Inc. (ENCLACO).
Anne Thomas, RN, MPA
Anne Thomas is the current President and CEO of the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation (FHLI), a position to which she brings expertise and experience in knowledge of the healthcare industry and the factors that influence health across the care continuum. Ms. Thomas has experience in a variety of clinical and administrative roles in hospitals, out-patient and public health organizations in both urban and rural settings. She served as the Local Public Health Director for Dare County, North Carolina for 18 years, after which she became a founding partner for the former health care consulting firm Praxis Partners for Health LLP. She worked with CCNC and Project Lazarus as a consultant assisting communities develop and sustain grassroots coalitions to address prescription opioid misuse and manage chronic pain effectively. In 2005, she received the North Carolina Health Director of the Year Award and in 2009 received the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund’s “Community Catalyst Award” for leading the effort to develop a continuum of Substance Abuse services in Dare County. Prior to being appointed as FHLI’s President and CEO, she served on the FHLI Board for 6 years, most recently as Board Chair. Ms. Thomas currently serves on the Board of Directors for Care Share Health Alliance, the North Carolina Rural Health Leadership Alliance, and the North Carolina Alliance of Public Health Agencies. She graduated from Boston University School of Nursing with a BSN and New York University, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, with a Master's Degree in Public Administration
Hugh Tilson, JD, MPH
Hugh Tilson is the director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) Program, associate dean and assistant professor in family medicine at the UNC School of Medicine. Mr. Tilson has extensive experience in health care, including particular experience in hospital and provider issues, health policy development, and North Carolina’s Medicaid transformation.
Over the course of more than 20 years, Tilson served in roles of increasing responsibility at the North Carolina Hospital Association. He first joined the organization in 1996 as director of legal and regulatory affairs, eventually becoming the group’s executive vice president and chief operating officer and ultimately spending a year as interim president of the organization. Upon his departure, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Roy Cooper for his proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Most recently, he operated Tilson Solutions, offering strategic planning, public affairs, and other consulting services to a range of clients.
As director of NC AHEC, Mr. Tilson provides overall direction for the statewide program, oversees the organization’s budget and program office, manages health workforce planning and development initiatives across a range of health professions, fosters collaboration among academic programs and organizations across the state, and represents the organization on the state and national level.
Mr. Tilson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the UNC School of Law. He holds a Master of Public Health from Harvard.
Sarah Tomlinson, DDS
Dr. Tomlinson is the State Dental Director and Chief of the Division of Public Health’s Oral Health Section. A native of North Carolina, she obtained both her undergrad and dental degrees at UNC. Sarah’s experiences in dentistry have been diverse: she went to a dental safety net in her youth, spent a decade in dental hygiene, became a general dentist then a dental safety net provider, and eventually, an educator in the Community College System training dental hygiene students. Through her experiences as a patient, a hygienist, and a dentist, an educator and as a public health provider, she has a multi-faceted perspective of the issues so important in this time of health care transformation.
Since joining the Oral Health Section, Dr. Tomlinson has restructured for statewide reach, grown their preventive services, and added programs to serve additional vulnerable populations. In this changing landscape of Medicaid Managed Care, with its accompanying provider networks, care coordination, and technological connectivity, Sarah envisions a transformed dental workforce, strengthened all along the provider ladder, that effectively engages patients, medical colleagues, and communities for improved oral health throughout North Carolina.
Ms. Vidrine is an Oral Health Policy Analyst at NC Child. For over 20 years, shehas worked to promote opportunities for children and families. Her career has included direct service, systems reform, and policy advocacy. From 2007-2014, she worked as the Director of Policy and Systems Initiatives at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. She continues to do freelance consulting with a variety of nonprofit agencies.
A native of Kansas, Ms. Vidrine attended universities in New York and Seattle before settling in North Carolina in 2002. She and her husband, Dominique, share their home with three children, a dog, a cat, and a rabbit.
Stacy E. Warren
Ms. Warren is a program officer at The Duke Endowment. She joined the Endowment in 2014 after previously working at the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care in Raleigh, where she was responsible for managing programs focused on improving the quality of health care for children. She has also worked at an assessment center for foster children and at a Raleigh, N.C., nonprofit that provided mental health services to children and adults across the state.
Jane Weintraub, DDS, MPH
Dr. Jane A. Weintraub, former dean at the UNC School of Dentistry, is widely recognized for her expertise in oral epidemiology, dental public health and clinical research. She is a leader in research to understand and prevent oral health disparities.
Dr. Weintraub earned her D.D.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 1979. She received her graduate training in public health and dental care administration from Harvard University and practiced dentistry in neighborhood health centers in Boston, Mass. In 1982, Dr. Weintraub began her career in academia at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, followed by several years at the University of Michigan.
In 1988, Dr. Weintraub began her first appointment with the UNC School of Dentistry as an assistant professor in the Department of Dental Ecology. After seven years with UNC, Dr. Weintraub received an appointment at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry as the recipient of the school's first endowed chair, becoming the Lee Hysan Professor of Dental Public Health and Oral Epidemiology. She served as the principal investigator and director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health, also known as CAN DO. The center focuses on preventing early childhood caries, a condition that is difficult and expensive to treat. She also served the UCSF School of Dentistry as the chair of the oral epidemiology and dental public health division in the school's preventive and restorative dental sciences department until her departure.
Dr. Weintraub returned to UNC in 2011 to serve as dean of the School of Dentistry. During her tenure, the school’s research funding increased 50% and moved up from #7 to the #2 ranking among dental schools in research funding from the NIH/National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research. The number of applications to the school’s DDS program increased 32%.
Dr. Weintraub's focus and research in public health dentistry has helped shape scientific guidelines regarding sealants and fluoride that have become a part of mainstream dental and public health practices. She is a past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the International Association of Dental Research's behavioral sciences and health services research group. She was one of the scientific editors and contributing authors for the first Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.
B. Alex White, DDS, DrPH
Dr. B. Alex White is Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Dentistry. A native North Carolinian, he completed his undergraduate and dental degrees at UNC. After completing a general practice residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he received his doctorate in public health from the Harvard University School of Public Health. Most recently, Dr. White was a faculty member at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. He has held research positions in the Federal government, Kaiser Permanente, Tom’s of Maine, and the DentaQuest Institute. He has held leadership positions in several professional organizations including the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the American Board of Dental Public Health.
Wanda Wright, DDS, MS, MSD, RN
Dr. Wright is the division director of Dental Public Health at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. She earned her doctor of dental surgery degree from University of Maryland, a master of science in health services administration from D’Youville College, a master of science in dentistry, dental public health and a certificate of advanced graduate study in dental public health from Boston University and a certificate of clinical investigation from Tufts University.
Previously, Dr. Wright served as a faculty member in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and then at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine as head of the Division of Public Health Education, Advocacy and Outreach. Most recently, she received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop a combined DMD/MPH program at Tufts University and served as program director from 2011-2015. She also held joint appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine and Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.
Dr. Wright has extensive experience and commitment to evidence-based teaching and curriculum development- having responsibility for the curriculum in the area of dental public health for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students and serving as course director for a number of public health related courses at both Boston University and Tufts University.