New Leaders at Grantee Organizations
Mark Cassity is the Executive Director for Triad Health Project (THP). Mark earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University. In his career, Mark has worked as a teacher, retreat/workshop leader and spiritual advisor. For 17 years he served on the board of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition as well as the Executive Planning Team for a national HIV/AIDS retreat based in North Carolina. Mark was a national selectee for a two-year intensive justice program sponsored by The Institute for Servant Leadership and serves a facilitator for the Servant Leadership School in Greensboro. Mark is a veteran of the HIV field, with prior service as the Director of Higher Ground, a THP sponsored resource center for persons infected or in any way affected by HIV/AIDS. He and his wife Anne reside in Greensboro and have two adult daughters.
Dr. Walidah Naimah Karim is the Director of Cone Health Center for Women’s Healthcare. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Arizona, Tuscon, along with a Master of Arts in Documentary Film Studies from Wake Forest University. Throughout her career Dr. Karim has worked at practices that believe in putting the woman and family first, and she incorporates this philosophy in her daily interaction with patients. Her gentle nature, combined with her experience as both a midwife and a mother of four, makes her a wonderful leader for this growing practice.
Chavanne Lamb is the President and CEO of Central Carolina Health Network (CCHN). CCHN provides health care and support services for people living with HIV and AIDS within a seven-county area of North Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University and dual master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis. She has extensive knowledge of Medicaid and has worked with individuals with mental illness and people who have experienced domestic violence. Originally from New Jersey, she now resides in Greensboro with her husband, Jason, and dog, Nia.
Chanel McKethan is the Interim Director for Cone Health’s Community Health and Wellness Center and Renaissance Family Medicine. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Social Work and minor in Sociology and received her Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Strayer University in 2007. Chanel has spent the majority of her career working with Federally Qualified Health Centers that serve the uninsured and underinsured populations. Her philosophy of leadership is encouraging others to put themselves in the shoes of those they serve to understand the struggle because “One day that patient could be you.” Chanel is married with two children, a granddaughter and a poodle!
Benjamin Neal Millsap is the Vice President of Substance Use Services for Monarch, a not-for-profit provider of mental health, development disabilities and substance use services in multiple counties across North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Social Work from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Ben is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor with the North Carolina Professional Practice Board. After several years as a mental health/substance abuse clinician, supervisor and Regional Director, Ben’s current role with Monarch is to support operations as well as new program opportunities designed to increase Monarch’s footprint related to substance use services and services provided to those with co-occurring disorders.
Dr. Amelia Muse is Director, Center of Excellence for Integrated Care, a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation. Dr. Muse first joined the Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE) as an Integration Consultant in February 2016 and became the Director in October 2018. In her role, Dr. Muse builds capacity for integrated care in communities in North Carolina and beyond by initiating, engaging, and sustaining partnerships with physical and behavioral health care partners, providing oversight and direction for technical assistance activities, and facilitating program development and research. Dr. Muse received her doctorate degree in Medical Family Therapy and her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining COE, Dr. Muse worked as a behavioral health clinician in a variety of integrated medical settings serving underserved populations in eastern North Carolina. Her area of research is focused on the implementation and evaluation of integrated behavioral health care programs.
Lee Staton is the Executive Director of Mustard Seed Community Health (MSCH), a nonprofit “free and charitable” clinic located in east Greensboro that provides high quality, holistic, integrated health care to those in need. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Social Work and a Master of Public Administration from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining MSCH, Lee was Chief Executive Officer of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Greensboro and also served the City of Greensboro as an Administrator/Fair Housing Investigator in the Human Relations Department. Lee is a veteran of United States Navy, avid golfer, active member of the Tau Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and previously involved in numerous other community service organizations and volunteer endeavors including Florence Memorial Lodge #719, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Piedmont, Well-Spring, Court Watch of North Carolina and Communities in Schools.
Lee Storrow has been the North Carolina AIDS Action Network’s (NCAAN) Executive Director since 2014. Before coming to NCAAN, Lee was the managing director of the North Carolina Alliance for Health, a coalition that advocates for policies that promote wellness and reduce the impact of tobacco and obesity. Lee has also worked at Ipas, a global non-governmental organization that works to increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights. Lee was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Human Rights Campaign’s 360 HIV Fellowship and serves as the treasurer on the board of directors of the National AIDS Housing Coalition. Lee was elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 2011 and served on the council for four years. He currently serves on the Durham Technical Community College Board of Trustees. Lee is involved with a number of community groups and non-profits. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Strowd Roses Foundation and is a former board member of the Truth Initiative, Youth Empowered Solutions, and Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens. He is a native of Asheville and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.