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Our sponsor this period is Azalea Health.

Learn more about Azalea Health by viewing their ad on NCMGMA News and on our website. You can also visit their website https://www.azaleahealth.com/.

New Expert Opportunity at the Annual Conference

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2019 New Expert Opportunity
Answering all your insurance questions

ac19-nfpic300aOur Annual Conference “Meet the Expert” event is sponsored by Medical Mutual and is a complimentary opportunity for all NCMGMA conference attendees! Sign up and reserve a spot today to get answers to all your insurance questions.

Our “Meet the Expert,” Natalie Fitzgerald, is the Director of Medical and Dental Services at Sentinel Risk Advisors and is available during the conference to answers all your commercial insurance questions including:

  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Crime exposures
  • And more!

You’ll get valuable insight including claims scenarios, premium indications, and coverage highlights.

This special opportunity is open to all registrants, regardless of their malpractice affiliation. To sign up please email Melissa Klingberg at Melissa@ncmgm.org.

2019 Annual Conference

 

Wilmington-Waterfront-sml2Game on! NCMGMA is returning to the Wilmington Convention Center for our 2019 Annual Conference. Scheduled for May 8-10, we have a packed schedule full of game-winning sessions and networking events you won’t want to miss. Start by registering today and make plans to join us for this exciting healthcare industry event. Early-bird registration ends Monday, April 15, 2019.

Featured Speakers

We’ve pulled together an exciting line up of sessions and speakers for Wilmington.
Here are three of the big names coming to Wilmington in May!

JeffButler147aWednesday, May 8, 2019 — Authenticity is the New Authority
Thursday, May 9, 2019 — Creating a Cohesive Team
Jeff Butler, JB International
Jeff Butler is an international top-rated keynote speaker, author and passionate millennial who helps organizations improve their relationships with millennial employees. With Jeff’s versatile background, he has helped fortune 500 companies, such as Amazon and Google, as well as thousands of professionals across the United States. You may have seen him on Forbes, USA Weekly or appearing on the TEDx stage in both 2016 and 2017.

TimGard147aThursday, May 9, 2019 — Leadership: Tao of Humor
Tim Gard, Hall of Fame Speaker
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people how to become more resilient and resourceful as well as coaching businesses on how to enhance employee productivity and enthusiasm. He is a CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) Hall of Fame Speaker, an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide, as well as a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional).

MarkWerner147aThursday, May 9, 2019 — Blue Premier
Mark Werner, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Mark Werner, is vice president of Network Management for Blue Cross North Carolina. In his role, he is responsible for contracting, servicing and creating strategic partnerships with providers in North Carolina. Mark has over twenty years experience in the managed care business. He has extensive background in negotiating and educating managed care provider networks in North Carolina. Prior to joining Blue Cross NC, Mark worked has held a variety of managed care positions for both providers and payors.

Featured Sessions

Wednesday, May 8th

  • North Carolina Medical Board – Responding to a Request
    Jerry Allen, Jr., Walker Allen
  • Creating a Culture of Service Excellence Through Improved
    Employee Engagement
    Matt Johnson, Wake Internal Medicine Consultants, Inc.

Thursday, May 9th

  • Tools to Identify Waste and Discover Opportunities for Cost Reduction
    Kari Kalgren, K2
  • Physician Recruitment: Successful Candidate Sourcing Strategies
    Matt Neuwirth, Enterprise Medical Recruiting
  • Private Equity Investment in Physician Groups
    Joy Hord, Parker Poe
    Todd Zigrang, Health Capital Consultants
  • Excel Focused! A Quick, Pivot Table How-to
    Sharon Jones, Ph. D, The Dot Consulting

Friday, May 10th

  • ACMPE Certification – What is it and CE Requirement Updates
    Michelle Torak, NCMGMA ACMPE Liaison
  • The Health of Healthcare Politics in North Carolina
    Representative Dr. Murphy
    Representative Josh Dobson
    William C. Ray, NC Dept. of Public Safety Dir. of Emergency Mgmt.
  • Disaster Preparedness Panel
    Steve DeBiasi, EmergeOrtho, PA
    Tim Bell, Children’s Health of Carolina, PA

Follow this link to view our complete line up of sessions, event times and speakers!

Attendee Registration

Annual Conference registration is now open, starting at $325 with discounts for additional staff. Follow the links at the blue buttons below for online registration and printable mail/fax registration form. The early bird registration deadline is April 15, 2019.

General Conference Information

Feeling Lucky? Join us at the NCMGMA Game Zone!
Located in the NCMGMA Exhibitor Hall, play a game of life-size Jenga, Cornhole, Connect Four and more! Grab a colleague and get ready for a fun time while networking with our Alliance Sponsors!

Accommodations
Our headquarters for the Annual Conference is the Embassy Suites Wilmington and we are pleased to offer our attendees the discounted group rate of $189 per night (plus taxes). This rate includes complimentary valet or daily self-parking. To make reservations, call 1-800-HILTONS and use the discount code MGM; or make them online by clicking here. The Embassy Suites NCMGMA discount room block cutoff is April 15th.

2019 Administrator of the Year Award Nominations are Open!
medical-mutual-medSponsored by Medical Mutual
Nominations deadline is 5:00 PM on March 8, 2019
Medical Mutual image The North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) and Medical Mutual present the 2019 Administrator of the Year Award. The award recognizes a medical group practice administrator affiliated with NCMGMA who has exhibited exceptional leadership management proficiency and enhanced the effectiveness in the delivery of health care in his/her practice and community through a recent, noteworthy achievement. Applications should be submitted to Melissa@ncmgm.org.

2019 Practice of the Year Award Nominations are Open!
First-Citizens-HorizontalSponsored by First Citizens Bank
Nominations deadline is 5:00 PM on March 8, 2019
First Citizens Bank image The North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) is proud to partner with First Citizens Bank to present the 7th Annual Practice of the Year Award. This award recognizes a medical group practice that has made a significant contribution to their community, patients and/or staff through volunteer work, indigent clinics, fundraisers, staff wellness programs, community clean ups, community screenings and education (internal & external), and more. Applications should be submitted to Melissa@ncmgm.org.

Questions

Follow the links above for more information and for registration. If you have any questions, please contact the NCMGMA offices at info@ncmgm.org.

Registration Open for 2019 NCMGMA Annual Conference

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Attendee Registration is Now Open
Sign up today to join us in Wilmington!

Wilmington-Waterfront-sml2Game on! NCMGMA is returning to the Wilmington Convention Center for our 2019 Annual Conference. Scheduled for May 8-10, we have a packed schedule full of game-winning sessions and networking events you won’t want to miss. Start by registering today and make plans to join us for this exciting healthcare industry event. Early-bird registration ends Monday, April 15, 2019.

Featured Speakers

We’ve pulled together an exciting line up of sessions and speakers for Wilmington.
Here are three of the big names coming to Wilmington in May!

JeffButler147aWednesday, May 8, 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Generational-Millennial Presentation
Jeff Butler, JB International
Jeff Butler is an international top-rated keynote speaker, author and passionate millennial who helps organizations improve their relationships with millennial employees. With Jeff’s versatile background, he has helped fortune 500 companies, such as Amazon and Google, as well as thousands of professionals across the United States. You may have seen him on Forbes, USA Weekly or appearing on the TEDx stage in both 2016 and 2017.

TimGard147aThursday, May 9, 2019
Leadership: Tao of Humor
Tim Gard, Hall of Fame Speaker
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people how to become more resilient and resourceful as well as coaching businesses on how to enhance employee productivity and enthusiasm. He is a CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) Hall of Fame Speaker, an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide, as well as a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional).

MarkWerner147aThursday, May 9, 2019
Blue Premier
Mark Werner, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Mark Werner, is vice president of Network Management for Blue Cross North Carolina. In his role, he is responsible for contracting, servicing and creating strategic partnerships with providers in North Carolina. Mark has over twenty years experience in the managed care business. He has extensive background in negotiating and educating managed care provider networks in North Carolina. Prior to joining Blue Cross NC, Mark worked has held a variety of managed care positions for both providers and payors.

Featured Sessions

Wednesday, May 8th

  • North Carolina Medical Board – Responding to a Request
    Jerry Allen, Jr., Walker Allen
  • Creating a Culture of Service Excellence Through Improved
    Employee Engagement
    Matt Johnson, Wake Internal Medicine Consultants, Inc.

Thursday, May 9th

  • Tools to Identify Waste and Discover Opportunities for Cost Reduction
    Kari Kalgren, K2
  • Physician Recruitment: Successful Candidate Sourcing Strategies
    Matt Neuwirth, Enterprise Medical Recruiting
  • Private Equity Investment in Physician Groups
    Joy Hord, Parker Poe
    Todd Zigrang, Health Capital Consultants
  • Excel Focused! A Quick, Pivot Table How-to
    Sharon Jones, The Dot Consulting

Friday, May 10th

  • ACMPE Certification – What is it and CE Requirement Updates
    Michelle Torak, NCMGMA ACMPE Liaison
  • The Health of Healthcare Politics in North Carolina
    Representative Dr. Murphy
    Representative Josh Dobson
  • Disaster Preparedness Panel
    Steve DeBiasi, EmergeOrtho, PA
    Tim Bell, Children’s Health of Carolina, PA

Follow this link to view our complete line up of sessions, event times and speakers!

Attendee Registration

Annual Conference registration is now open, starting at $325 with discounts for additional staff. Follow the links at the blue buttons below for online registration and printable mail/fax registration form. The early bird registration deadline is April 15, 2019.

General Conference Information

Feeling Lucky? Join us at the NCMGMA Game Zone!
Located in the NCMGMA Exhibitor Hall, play a game of life-size Jenga, cornhole, Connect Four and more! Grab a colleague and get ready for a fun time while networking with our Alliance Sponsors!

Accommodations
Our headquarters for the Annual Conference is the Embassy Suites Wilmington and we are pleased to offer our attendees the discounted group rate of $189 per night (plus taxes). This rate includes complimentary valet or daily self-parking. To make reservations, call 1-800-HILTONS and use the discount code MGM; or make them online by clicking here. The Embassy Suites NCMGMA discount room block cutoff is April 15th.

2019 Administrator of the Year Award Nominations are Open!
medical-mutual-medSponsored by Medical Mutual
Nominations deadline is 5:00 PM on March 8, 2019
Medical Mutual image The North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) and Medical Mutual present the 2019 Administrator of the Year Award. The award recognizes a medical group practice administrator affiliated with NCMGMA who has exhibited exceptional leadership management proficiency and enhanced the effectiveness in the delivery of health care in his/her practice and community through a recent, noteworthy achievement. Applications should be submitted to Melissa@ncmgm.org.

2019 Practice of the Year Award Nominations are Open!
First-Citizens-HorizontalSponsored by First Citizens Bank
Nominations deadline is 5:00 PM on March 8, 2019
First Citizens Bank image The North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) is proud to partner with First Citizens Bank to present the 7th Annual Practice of the Year Award. This award recognizes a medical group practice that has made a significant contribution to their community, patients and/or staff through volunteer work, indigent clinics, fundraisers, staff wellness programs, community clean ups, community screenings and education (internal & external), and more. Applications should be submitted to Melissa@ncmgm.org.

Questions

Follow the links above for more information and for registration. If you have any questions, please contact the NCMGMA offices at info@ncmgm.org.

Submit Your Nominations for Administrator and Practice of the Year

Annually, the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) recognizes outstanding performance by an individual and a medical practice with our Administrator of the Year Award and our Practice of the Year Award. For 2019, both awards will be presented at our Annual Conference, to be held May 8-10 in Wilmington, NC. Nominations for both awards are now open.

NCMGMA-Medical Mutual Administrator of the Year Award

medical-mutual-medEach year, NCMGMA and Medical Mutual recognize a healthcare administrator, affiliated with the NCMGMA, who has exhibited exceptional leadership management proficiency and enhanced the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in his/her practice and community through recent, noteworthy achievements.

If you wish to learn more about this award and/or nominate a colleague, follow this link to fill out a complete form or email our offices at info@ncmgm.org to nominate an administrator. The deadline for nominations is March 8, 2019.

NCMGMA-First Citizens Bank Practice of the Year Award

First-Citizens-HorizontalThe North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA) is proud to partner with First Citizens Bank to present the 7th Annual Practice of the Year Award. This award recognizes a medical group practice that has made a significant contribution to their community, patients and/or staff through volunteer work, indigent clinics, fundraisers, staff wellness programs, community clean ups, community screenings and education (internal & external), etc.

Follow this link to learn more about the award or to begin the nomination process. The deadline for submissions is March 8, 2019.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact the NCMGMA offices at info@ncmgm.org or 800-753-MGMA (6462).

Speak Out for NC Healthcare March 13-14 in Raleigh


Speak out for patients, physicians and the business of healthcare in North Carolina

This year, join us March 13th and 14th in Raleigh as we host our annual Advocacy Days which we promise to be packed full of information you cannot afford to miss! There is no shortage of issues at hand in North Carolina and NOW is the time to make our voices heard! Register today!

Schedule of Events

Wednesday
March 13, 2019
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Legislative Program Sessions Include: 
Josh Stein, North Carolina Attorney General
Join us for a candid discussion as the NC Attorney General, Josh Stein, updates NCMGMA membership on how the Department of Justice is working to protect the business of North Carolina’s healthcare industry including updates on medical marijuana and the current opioid crisis.
Bowtie Briefing LIVE
Chip Baggett, North Carolina Medical Society

Always a fan favorite, hear about the many hot topics affecting medical practices in North Carolina. Chip Baggett will provide the group with insight into all that is happening in downtown Raleigh during the current session.
Dale Folwell, State Treasurer of North Carolina
Mr. Folwell will present on high-priority items including reimbursement changes for State Health Plan patients, the state’s relationship with Blue Cross, and the cost-saving measures the treasury department has demanded. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to the Treasurer face-to-face about how the proposed fee schedule will impact your practice!
Dr. Mandy Cohen, NC Department of Health & Human Services
Hear the latest updates on Medicaid transformation and the critical timelines you need to know as the program moves forward. As DHHS plans to announce their selections for PHP insurers in February, we will be prepared to ask questions onsite about the carriers that will administer Medicaid benefits and claims adjudication, as well as the state’s role in overseeing the contracting and credentialing process and ensuring carrier compliance.

Cody Hand
Senior VP, Advocacy & Policy; Deputy General Counsel
North Carolina Healthcare Association

More to come!
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Networking Reception
Sponsored by Medical Mutual
Join fellow Advocacy Day attendees, speakers and sponsors for an evening of fellowship and networking before we
gear up for Thursday’s assembly meetings and legislative visits.
Thursday
March 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Organized Legislative Visits and General Assembly Meetings

Speakers

Josh Stein
Attorney General
North Carolina Department of Justice
Josh Stein was sworn in as North Carolina’s 50th Attorney General on January 1, 2017. Stein is focused on protecting North Carolina families from crime and consumer fraud.

Stein has made combating the opioid crisis a top priority. His office drafted the STOP Act to reduce the number of people who become addicted to opioids through smarter prescribing practices and the Synthetic Opioid Control Act, closing loopholes in state criminal law concerning fentanyl. Both laws passed the General Assembly unanimously and were signed into law by the Governor.

Prior to being elected Attorney General, Stein served as a state Senator and as a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice. In the State Senate, Stein successfully led efforts to put more violent criminals behind bars by expanding the state’s DNA database. Stein wrote the School Safety Act and legislation that banned stalking using GPS tracking devices.

Chip Baggett, Juris Doctor
Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Advancement
Associate General Counsel
North Carolina Medical Society

In his capacity as Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Advancement Associate General Counsel, Chip is responsible for state level advocacy efforts (primarily focused on the NC General Assembly) as well as communications and fundraising for the NCMS and NCMS Foundation.

Chip has a long history in organizational advancement and advocacy. Dating back to college, he has fundraised in numerous paid as well as volunteer capacities. He has led successful corporate and personal annual fund programs and gone through training at the Indiana School of Fundraising. Chip has worked in many different facets of health care ranging from a children’s science and health museum and pharmaceutical sales before going to work directly for physicians and PAs as a medical society executive, first at the county level and then here at NCMS.

Dale Folwell, CPA
Treasurer
The State of North Carolina

Dale R. Folwell, CPA was sworn in as State Treasurer of North Carolina in January 2017. As the keeper of the public purse, Treasurer Folwell is responsible for a $100 billion state pension fund that provides retirement benefits for more than 900,000 teachers, law enforcement officers, and other public workers.

Under Folwell’s leadership, the pension plan was rated among the top five highest-funded in the country and won accolades for proactive management and funding discipline. In 2018 the state’s coveted AAA bond rating was reaffirmed by every major rating agency, making North Carolina one of only 13 states in the country to hold that distinction. Treasurer Folwell also oversees the State Health Plan, which provides medical and pharmaceutical benefits to more than 720,000 current and retired public employees and is the largest purchaser of health care in North Carolina.

Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH
Secretary
NC Dept. of Health and Human Services

Since being appointed as Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in January 2017, Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, and her team have worked tirelessly to improve the health safety and well-being of North Carolinians. DHHS is a cabinet-level agency with approximately 16,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion. Among her top priorities are combating the opioid crisis, building a strong, efficient Medicaid program, and improving early childhood education.

A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Here is what others said about
NCMGMA’s Advocacy Days:

 “Pertinent and timely issues impacting the practice due to legislation passed,
Medicaid, and State Health Plan.”

“Excellent. Speakers were great and relative to all that is happening in NC right now.
Well worth the time and money. Dinner was delicious!”

“I wanted to learn more about Medicaid and was extremely pleased. I wish
I had planned to stay for the Legislative day, next year – I will!”

Registration

Registration
Advocacy Days registration includes educational sessions, lunch and Medical Mutual reception on Wednesday, March 13th, and organized legislative visits on March 14th. The cost to register is $95 for NCMGMA members, $125 for non-members and $45 for students. The early registration cutoff is February 27th. After 2/27, the cost of registration increases $20 per person for members and non-members, and $10 per person for students.

General Information

Hotel Accommodations
Reserve your room now at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. Limited standard rooms are available at the discounted rate of $189/night for single/double occupancy plus tax. To reserve your hotel room, please call the hotel directly at 1 (888) 236-2427. Guests making such reservations must identify themselves as members of the NCMGMA. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. If a guest does not cancel a reservation within 48 hours before 6:00 PM of the guest’s check-in date, then Hotel may charge the credit card one night’s room fee plus any applicable taxes.

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received on or before 5:00 PM on March 5th are entitled to a full refund less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be awarded for cancellations after 3/5 or for no-shows.

Questions?
If you have any questions about the NCMGMA Advocacy Days, please contact the NCMGMA offices at 800-753-MGMA (6462) or by email at info@ncmgm.org.

DHHS Announces Prepaid Health Plan Contracts for Medicaid Managed Care

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the selection of Prepaid Health Plans that will participate in Medicaid managed care when the program launches in November 2019. Statewide PHP contracts were awarded to AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina, Inc.; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina, Inc.; and WellCare of North Carolina, Inc. A regional contract for Regions 3 and 5 was awarded to Carolina Complete Health, Inc. More information is available on the PHP Contract Awards Fact Sheet.

Please note that this procurement is for the Standard Plans, in which 1.6 million Medicaid Managed Care beneficiaries will be enrolled. Tailored Plans, designed for certain populations with more specialized behavioral health needs, will be procured later.

Secretary Cohen will be holding a Stakeholder Call to provide an update on the transformation to Medicaid Managed Care, including the PHP contract awards:

Stakeholder Call: Medicaid Managed Care Update
Wednesday, Feb. 6
10-11 a.m.

To register:
https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1229357&tp_key=33c0036c8a

Registration is Required to Participate
We are looking forward to working closely with the selected health plans as Medicaid Managed Care launches in two regions in Nov. 2019, and the following regions in Feb. 2020. A map of Medicaid Managed Care Regions and Rollout Dates is available on the Medicaid Transformation website.

Dave Richard
Deputy Secretary
NC Medicaid
Division of Health Benefits
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Office: 919-855-4101
Mobile: 919-500-1596
dave.richard@dhhs.nc.gov
1985 Umstead Drive, Kirby Building
2501 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2501
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NCMGMA Awarded 2nd Place in MGMA 2019 State Participation Award

ncmgm19-pa450aLast week, members of NCMGMA’s Board of Directors were present for MGMA’s State Leadership Summit in Denver, CO, where NCMGMA was awarded 2nd place in MGMA’s State Participation Award category. NCMGMA will be awarded $2,500 for winning 2nd place.

The State Participation award recognizes the efforts of outstanding state MGMA affiliates in promoting the medical practice management profession. Award recipients are chosen based on how well they performed in three main areas of focus: advancement of the profession through ACMPE, advocacy and survey participation.

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In photo from left to right: Melissa Klingberg; Todd Pittman, CMPE; Lisa Hooks, CMPE; Sandra Jarrett, FACMPE; Jane Lutz; Chad Ghorley; Steve Parker; Leah Paraschiv, CMPE; and Tessa Wolfarth.

Thank you MagMutual for helping to underwrite the NCMGMA board of director’s trip to the MGMA Leadership Summit!

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Welcome New Members

Our membership continues to grow! Take a look at the list of healthcare professionals and students who have recently joined NCMGMA (January 5, 2019 through January 24, 2019):

Active

Elisa Barnes, Carolina Women’s Health, PA, Raleigh, NC
Geoffrey Norwood, East Carolina Anesthesia Associates, Greenville, NC
Sheri Raymer, Eagle Physicians, Greensboro, NC
Nurys Rivera, Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc, Wilson, NC

Affiliate

Nate Culp, McGriff Insurance Services, Winston-Salem, NC
Brunson DePass, Physicians Wear Medical Linen Service, Columbia, SC
Jason Deshayes, Elliott Davis PLLC, Raleigh, NC
Debra King, monocleHR, llc, Apex, NC
Jann Martin, TriMed Technologies, Corp., High Point, NC
Caleb Reyes, CORA Physical Therapy, Raleigh, NC
Kathie Walsh, DocuRep, Wake Forest, NC
Maria Yeremin, CORA Physical Therapy, , SC
Todd Zempel, Gordon Asset Management, LLC, Durham, NC

Corporate Active

Mario Aguilar, UNC Physician’s Network, Raleigh, NC
Ardith Charles-Harris, Physicians East, Greenville, NC
Claudia Dean, NHRMC – PQP, Wilmington, NC
Kathy Garner, The Carolina Clinic, Chapel Hill, NC

Student

Brenda Bradrick, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Midland, NC