Each year the Academy elects a new Board of Directors comprised of family physicians from across North Carolina. Directors and officers represent a broad spectrum of practice styles, career stages, and patient populations. In addition to their board service, each actively participates within the Academy’s formal council and committee structure.

2018-2019 Executive Officers

Dr. Alisa Nance


Alisa C. Nance, MD, RPh

Mooresville, NC

Dr. Nance attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill graduating in 1992 with a BS degree of in Pharmacy. She attended Wake Forest University Medical School and graduated in 1996. She completed her residency in 1999 at Memorial Hermann Southwest in Houston, TX as chief resident. She has been employed with Piedmont Healthcare multi-specialty group in Mooresville, NC since 1999 and has served on their Board of Directors for eight years. She opened her own practice, Nance Family Medicine in 2005. She completed her Diplomat designation with the National Lipid Association in 2009. She lives in the hometown where she grew up, giving back to her community. She is married to her husband, Tom, and has two sons.

Dr. David Rinehart


David R. Rinehart

Belmont, NC

Dr. Rinehart graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology in 1978 and graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1982. He completed his residency in family medicine at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in 1985 and has been practicing family medicine with South Point Family Practice in Belmont, NC, since then. He joined CaroMont Health in 2007. Dr Rinehart has held several leadership and committee positions in his community and within CaroMont Health. Dr. Rinehart lives in Belmont with his wife of 40 years and has three grown children.

Dr. Jessica Triche

Secretary Treasurer

Jessica L. Triche, MD

Bath, NC

Dr. Triche attended UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies and attended medical school at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. She completed her residency training at Moses Cone Family Medicine in Greensboro, NC, where she served as Co-Chief Resident. Dr. Triche is married and has two sons. She is currently working at Vidant Family Medicine-Chocowinity located in Chocowinity, NC. She enjoys seeing a variety of patients as well as teaching medical students. She is a graduate of both Vidant’s Physician Leadership Institute as well as North Carolina Medical Society’s Leadership College and will be completing the NCMS Health Care Leadership Program in 2018. Dr. Triche is currently involved in leadership roles within the Vidant system.

Dr. Tamieka Howell

Immediate Past President

Tamieka M.L. Howell, MD

Greensboro, NC

Dr. Howell currently serves patients at Novant Health Ironwood Family Medicine in Greensboro, NC. She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY in 2005 and went on to complete her residency training in family medicine at the Moses Cone Family Medicine Residency Program in Greensboro in 2008 where she also served as Chief Resident. Outside of her educational and training pursuits, Dr. Howell has served the specialty of family medicine in leadership roles at both the state and national levels. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Howell helped lead the NCAFP’s Resident Section, culminating with her role of Resident Director in 2008.

Gregory K. Griggs, MPA, CAE

Executive Vice President

Gregory K. Griggs, MPA, CAE

Henderson, NC

Mr. Griggs has been on staff with the NCAFP since July of 2005 and has served as Executive Vice President of the Association since October of 2007. He completed his undergraduate studies in journalism and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his graduate degree in Public Administration concentrating in association and non-profit management at North Carolina State University. He formerly served as CEO/Executive Director of the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC), the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce and the Filter Manufacturers Council. Mr. Griggs is a Certified Association Executive and is a member of both AENC and the American Society of Association Executives. He is on the advisory board for Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson, NC, and is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Henderson. He is past president of the Henderson Lions Club and a past member of the Kerr-Vance Academy Board of Directors. Greg is married with two sons.


2018-2019 NCAFP Directors

Each Academy Director is elected to represent family physician members by reviewing major policies and plans of the association, and communicating the needs of its constituency.


At-Large – Mackenzie Smith, MD
At-Large – Garett R. Franklin, MD
At-Large – Dimitrios “Taki” P. Hondros, MD
At-Large – Jennifer Mullendore, MD
At-Large – Talia M. Aron, MD
At-Large – Ying Vang, MD
At-Large – Shauna L. Guthrie, MD, MPH
At-Large – Jewell P. Carr, MD
Osteopathic Physician Constituency – Slade Suchecki, DO
IMG Constituency – Brian McCollough, MD
New Physicians Constituency – Elizabeth B. Baltaro, MD
Medical School Department Chairs – Chelley K. Alexander, MD (ECU)
Family Medicine Residency Directors Constituency – Mark L. Higdon, MD (Novant)
Resident Director – David S. Baker, MD (MAHEC-A)
Resident Director-Elect – Elizabeth Ferruzzi, MD (Novant)
Student Director – Cameron G. Smith (Campbell)
Student Director-Elect – Katelyn Turlington (WFSOM)

Medical School Representatives

Chair (ECU) – Chelley K. Alexander, MD
Alternate (Campbell) – Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA
Alternate (Wake) – Richard W. Lord, Jr., MD, MA
Alternate (Duke) – Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH
Alternate (UNC) – Cristen P.Page, MD

National AAFP Congress of Delegates

AAFP Delegate – Michelle F. Jones, MD
AAFP Delegate – Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP
AAFP Alternate Delegate – Robert L. Rich, Jr., MD
AAFP Alternate Delegate – Richard W. Lord, Jr., MD, MA

AAFP Board, Commissions, Committees, & Appointments

AAFP Commission on Health of the Public & Science – Shannon B. Dowler, MD