Who We Are

DukeWELL's team of health experts has one aim: helping you achieve your health goals.

Click on each staff member's picture below to learn more about our team, or click here to discover what to expect when you enroll.

Care Managers

Care managers are nurses, social workers, and other licensed clinical staff who can help you set and meet health goals. They also partner with your entire medical care team so everyone is on the same page.

Ashley Barber

I am a Native North Carolinian—go heels! Much of my work has been with individuals and families in direct mental health practice. I have worked with youth in residential care and pregnant and parenting teens, and most recently before coming to Duke, I managed a Behavioral Health Clinic specifically for Medicaid and Uninsured/Underinsured individuals. I received my Bachelors in Social Work from North Carolina State University and my Masters in Social Work from the UNC Chapel Hill. Working with DukeWell will allow me to continue my focus and practice to ensure individuals and families are able to get quality care and treatment without delay.

Pat Bass
Robin Beaudin
Judy Blalock
Christie A. Bock
Leesha Brady

I was born in Jamaica and relocated to New Jersey. I received my Bachelors Degree from North Carolina Central University and Masters Degree from Howard University. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor, and my career experience includes behavioral health services working with children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy traveling, reading, listening to music, and spending time with my children and family. I have a passion for helping others to be their own best advocates.

Brenda Edwards
Monica Elliott

“I was born and raised in Creedmoor, North Carolina. I graduated with a BSN in Nursing from East Carolina University in 2005 (Go Pirates!).  I have a son and daughter and love to spend my time with my family and close friends. Outside of my family, I enjoy volunteering at my local church.”

Tiffany Ellis

"I grew up a Duke fan (I have my Coach K autographed basketball displayed in my home!), but received college degrees from local rivals, NCSU and UNC-CH. I live with my husband and 2 daughters. Boating Is a passion of ours; my favorite trip is to trailer our boat to Florida and drive it to a small island in the Bahamas, Green Turtle Cay. I also love to ski, ride horses and spend time with my dogs.  I have a long background in pediatrics and home IV infusion therapy, both pediatric and adult."

Kristen Gerhart

"I was born and raised in central Pennsylvania and since graduating high school have continuously moved south.  I attended Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for my BSN and then moved to North Carolina.  It was easy to immediately become a Durham and Duke fan!  I enjoy new adventures and challenges, being active and trying new foods. My favorite vacation spot is the beach."


Aquanetta Gifondorwa

"I am originally from Winston-Salem. My family recently relocated to the Triangle area after living in Indianapolis for 6 years.   I earned my MSW from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004 and my LCSW in 2009.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and traveling.  I am also a huge college basketball fan.  Go Heels!"

Sharon Harris

I am a North Carolina native and a self-professed “Southern Belle.” I earned my BSN from Winston-Salem State University, and I am currently pursuing my MSN – Nurse Educator from UNC Wilmington. My career experience includes a variety of services, including cardiothoracic surgery, procedural float pool, ambulatory care services, and clinical education. I enjoy traveling, dancing, and hanging out with my two amazing children. I truly have a passion for being a nurse and look forward to sharing and cultivating that in others.

Fawn Hunt
LaKeyta Johnson

“I was born and raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan. I came to North Carolina in 1994 to earn my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Augustine’s College (Go Falcons!) and I received my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University (Go Flames!).  I’ve been blessed with a great group of friends and family.  I enjoy making new memories with my loved ones through traveling, listening to music and dancing.”

Christina Kleinert
Paula Lahar

"I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina (GO HEELS!) School of Nursing, and currently working on my MSN-Education. I love anything about the outdoors and am very blessed to live on a lake with my girls (2 daughters, 1 dog, 2 cats)! If I'm not working or studying, I'm usually on my paddle board or outside doing something! "

Kendra Lawrence

I was born and raised in Durham, NC. I am a graduate of Winston Salem State University School of Nursing. My nursing career includes experience in ambulatory care as well as geriatrics. I absolutely love being a nurse and advocating for my patients. My goal is for each patient that I encounter to have the best experience possible.

Sarah Lerner

"I grew up in lovely Madison, Wisconsin and then lived in Washington, DC prior to relocating to the Triangle Area. I love exploring the cities, mountains, and beaches of the state. I have family spread across multiple states and even countries, so I do a lot of traveling in order to see them. In my free time I keep it pretty low key- spending time with my husband, son, and friends, reading books, and binge watching the occasional tv show. I love to check out a new restaurant or see live music. I spent the first part of my nursing career working in the hospitals, then got a Master’s in Public Health, and returned to nursing in the community setting which is a natural fit for my interests and blends my nursing and public health backgrounds perfectly."

Shelley Lewis
Joy Long-Vidal
Jen Martin-Ellison

"I'm originally from the rolling hills of East Tennessee, but have called Durham home for over a decade. I earned my MSW from UNC-CH in 2006 and my clinical licensure in 2008. After many years in community mental health, I transitioned to medical social work in 2017. In my downtime, I love hiking and camping with my family, trying to keep plants alive and planning my next travel adventure." 

Barb Murphy
Ashley Nunnery
Laura Piburn
Tomi Racic
Julie Ramsey

"I earned my MSN from Winston-Salem State Univeristy as an advanced nurse educator. Most of my nursing career has been in the perioperative setting as a certified operating room nurse and clinical educator. My experience as a kidney transplant coordinator inspired me to pursue a more patient-centric nursing roleMy most unusual nursing job was teaching health occupations to high school students—what a privilege!  My leisure activities center around creating art—photography, painting, pottery, and jewelry making."

Heather Smiley
Regina Virgle

"I was born in Pomona, California, and raised in Durham, North Carolina. My first degree was as a paramedic. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t think it was exciting enough! My ultimate goal was to be a trauma surgeon, but I’m a nurse and I love it! I enjoy going to new vegan restaurants and spending time with my two dogs, husband and new granddaughter."


Johanna Wilson

"I’m a lifelong North Carolinian. I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, and since then, my nursing career has included high-risk pregnancies, college health nursing, pediatric nursing, school nursing and case management. I am certified by Duke Integrative Medicine as an integrative health coach and board certified as a health and wellness coach. I enjoy journeying alongside patients as they explore ways to improve their health and quality of life. My husband and I recently relocated to Hillsborough where we renovated a home within walking distance of downtown. We enjoy our children, four grandchildren and adorable cocker spaniel, Wrigley. Any spare time finds me cooking, baking, gardening, reading, walking, hiking and visiting with family and neighbors."

Care Specialists

Care specialists are health experts who can teach you about living with chronic illnesses. They also make sure you get the right care at the right time.

Jonathan Black
Maricela Caceres
Candice Chilton
Pam Cohen
Ashley Coulson
Natacha Cross Rubio
Stacie Dababnah
Bridget Fox
Sia Gattis
Shanequa Hall
Krystal Hughes

I was born and raised in North Carolina. I graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2018 where I received a BS in Public Health Education. I enjoy traveling with family and friends, shopping, trying different foods, and spending time with my son.

Tara Ilsley

"I have worked in direct patient care and specifically with low-income individuals, pregnant women, families and immigrants. Prior to my position at Duke, I worked in HIV/AIDS research at University of San Francisco California and at community clinics overseeing a CDC funded HIV testing project in clubs in Oakland, CA. In a past life I worked in global health across Africa and Latin America. I hold a Masters of Public Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Through these diverse experiences, I have developed a passion for identifying creative and engaging tools to facilitate and promote patient centered engagement in the public health sphere. Outside of work I enjoy gardening, birth doula work, and planning detailed travel itineraries then going on those vacations."

Kristina Jones
Megan Leet

"I was born and raised in North Carolina.  I graduated from Meredith College in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology.  I love to garden and "chef it up" in the kitchen!  I also enjoy spending time with my family and three dogs!  My husband is a Kentucky native... so naturally, GO WILDCATS!"

Andrea Locke
Sharon Long

"I am a proud mother of four and a grandmother to twins.  In my spare time I enjoy going out to eat and going to movies.  Life couldn’t be better!"

Melissa Machtolff, CPC
Tashira McGill

"I am a native of Durham and an avid Duke Basketball fan! I have a M.S. in general psychology and a long history of serving patients with behavioral health needs. I enjoy listening to rap and R&B music (I am the biggest Beyoncé fan!). I like almost anything that sparkles or glitters, as well as traveling with my family and friends, reading, cooking and baking with my two wonderful children."


LaToya Powers

I’ve worked in the human services field for over 10 years as an advocate in patient care. I’m truly enriched when I see patients making steps towards positive change in their lives. I’m grateful to have an opportunity to play a part in helping them meet their health care needs.

Karen Verhaeghe
Leigh Ann Wagner
Melissa Zuromski

“I graduated from James Madison University (GO DUKES!) in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a degree in Health Services Administration. My husband and I lived in Washington, D.C. before moving to the Triangle in 2014.  We have two children that keep us busy with dance, rowing, sailing, music, and band.  We love spending time together with our family and friends and our two pets, the great outdoors, and traveling the world together experiencing new cultures.  I have been at Duke since 2018 and really enjoy the people and working here at Duke."

Care Coordinators

Care coordinators connect you to community resources and other DukeWELL team members who can help address transit, housing, and medical care needs. They also contact you when it's time to get care from your medical team that will help you stay healthy.

Stephanie Aycock
Trinetta Bowser

"I have been in healthcare for over 20 years performing tasks in medical records, inpatient care, billing, front desk registration, laboratory order entry, ancillary scheduling, referrals processing, call center, verification of insurance benefits, alternative medicine reception and more. I re-located  to Durham during my college years and have made the Bull City home for me and my family. I enjoy almost all things related to theme and fun parks, dining out to explore many cuisines and traveling to see different climates and cultures."

Angel Wheeler Carroll
Penny Coleman
Cindy Covey

"I have been with Duke since 2005. I graduated with a B.S. in health care management from Mount Olive University, and look forward to completing my Master’s Degree some day. I am married and have four children and four grandchildren (with more to come!). In my spare time, I enjoy church, cooking, singing, shopping and spending time with family." 

Kerry Daniels
Melyssa Daulton
Sekoy Donald
Danielle Foushee

"I graduated with a B.S. in exercise science from Winston-Salem University, and am currently pursuing a Master's in exercise science with a concentration in fitness & wellness. I am a Chapel Hill native (Go Tar Heels!) and enjoy weight lifting, basketball, cooking and playing board games with my family in my spare time." 

Donna Fowler
Kim Haithcock
Kim Hatcher
Lawanda Hopkins

“I am proud to be a DukeWELL employee. I have my associate of applied science medical assistant as well as phlebotomy and nurse assistant certificates. I enjoy helping others, being outdoors, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.”

Tania Jaimes
Ebony Jones

I am a Chapel Hill native, and I have experience in the ealthcare field and telecommunications. I am a mother of one, and in my free time, I enjoy creating art, having family time, and watching movies.

Stefanie Kelley
Jen Kobishen
Sean McCauley
Brian McIndoo
Karen Miller
Shannon Moran
Jairus Owens
Karen Payne
Kisha Robinson
Debbie Royster

"I have a great love for Durham and the Duke Community and love working towards a healthier Durham. I currently serve on the community advisory board for Project Baseline and a former Community Health Organizer for Durham Health Innovations.  I graduated from Livingstone College and am originally from Durham. In my spare time, I love walking the American Tobacco Trail and visiting Duke Gardens."

Shirley Thomas

I was born and raised in Alabama. I am a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. I have also earned two Associates Degrees with certifications as a Medical Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). I have worked in healthcare and in public and private education. I enjoy watching action movies and shows like CSI and NCIS, taking long walks, spending time with my husband and two beautiful daughters, and enjoying holidays with extended family. My favorite vacation destination is the beach, especially the Caribbean.

Shermica Thompson

I am proud to be a part of DukeWELL. I have been in health care for over 20 years, and I love it. 

Sharkita Torain

"I graduated from NC Central with honors. I am married and have three children and eight grandchildren.  I am an ordained minister who loves biblical studies, watching detective shows and bargain shopping."

Brittany Torain
Yholima Vargas-Aleem

"I was born in Colombia and moved to Canada in 1998 and to the USA in 2007. I am social worker by training, as well as a professional dancer, choreographer and painter.  I have two boys and truly enjoy nature, especially the ocean.  My family strongly believes in community engagement and we are constantly involved in community activities and projects. I am inspired by people’s tenacity and resilience, they remind me of the blessings we receive every day."

Jamilah Watson
Carolyn Williams
Laquanna Williams

I am very excited to be working with DukeWELL. I have experience with CNA work, Phlebotomy, and Health Unit Coordinating. I have worked in the medical field for many years, working with Geriatrics and Pediatrics. I look forward to helping all of our DukeWELL clients.

Lauren Woods

"I was born in California and raised in Shelby, North Carolina. I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009 (Go Tarheels!) and earned a Master's in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University in 2017 (Go Eagles!).  I enjoy trying new foods, great music, reading, traveling, softball, and trying to salsa dance. I have a daughter who keeps me on my toes. Spending time with her and my other family members and friends truly makes me happy. "

Annie Wright


Dietitians are licensed staff who make sure your meals and nutrition are right for managing your chronic illness.

Chelsea Smyth

"I am originally from Richmond, VA. I completed my undergraduate degree in dietetics from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and a master’s degree in public health at George Mason. I previously worked in inpatient care. My husband and I relocated to the Triangle in 2017, and I am now a dietitian care manager serving Medicaid and Medicare patients. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, yoga and dance, crocheting, and spending time with friends and family."

Ileana Vink

"I am from the Washington, D.C. suburbs, but have lived in North Carolina since 2013 and now consider it home. I grew up in a big Greek family where we loved eating and talking about food. I earned my Master’s in Public Health focusing on nutrition from UNC. Today, I am passionate about helping people get access to healthy, tasty and culturally-appropriate foods... and empowering them to improve their health through good nutrition! I also love cooking, going on outdoor adventures and binge-listening to true crime podcasts."

Clinical Pharmacists

Clinical pharmacists are doctors who can support you on the phone by teaching you about your medicines and side effects.
Patrick Gregory

"I am a clinical pharmacist and adjunct assistant professor of clinical education at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. I graduated from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2004 and worked as a community pharmacist from 2004-2010. I completed my residency at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. My interests include working with patients to help control their diabetes, high blood presure and high cholesterol."

Benjamin Smith

"I am board certified in both ambulatory care and geriatric pharmacy practice and serve as assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. I graduated from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill and completed a pharmacy residency in ambulatory care at Mission Hospital and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville. Prior to joining Duke Health in 2012, I practiced in an outpatient clinic at Mission Hospital."

Yolanda Williams
PharmD, PhD

Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians are licensed staff who can help you on the phone or in your home. They make sure your medicine list is up-to-date, that you are taking medicines safely, and that you are able to get refills on time.

Sean Kitson

"I am a certified pharmacy technician with over 12 years of experience in sales and pharmacy. I have worked in a variety of pharmacy settings, ranging from IV chemotherapy preparation and medication procurement to prior authorizations and patient assistance. I attended Appalachian State University, where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in cellular and molecular biology with minor concentrations in chemistry and business. I currently serve DukeWELL patients in Orange, Durham and Alamance Counties."

Virginia T McQuillan

Virginia is a Certified Pharmacy Technician II, who is currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina Greensboro pursuing a degree in Public Health Education. Her pharmacy experience began in February 1998 at Wal-Mart Pharmacy. In January 1999, she began her career at Duke where she was enrolled in the Duke Pharmacy Tech Program. Upon completion, she began working with the Duke Pharmacy Department preparing IV chemotherapy drugs for patients receiving outpatient oncology treatment. In March 2000, she became nationally certified with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. During her 20 years of employment with Duke, she has also worked at CVS, Rite-Aid, and Wal-Mart pharmacies. She currently conducts home visits to DukeWELL patients living in surrounding counties.

Shinita Monger

"I am a certified pharmacy technician who attended Virginia Union University and Chowan University, where I studied allied health sciences with a minor in chemistry.  My retail pharmacy experience began in 2003, when I worked at a local pharmacy and soda shop in my community.  Since then, I have worked in a variety of pharmacy settings, including supporting pediatrics, Duke’s Department of Pharmacy Continuity of Care Program, pharmacy billing, and even working in our U.S. Army Military Treatment Facility pharmacies.  I currently provide home visit support to DukeWELL patients who live in Wake, Durham, Person, Vance and Granville Counties."

Stephanie Yang

"I am a certified pharmacy technician who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology. I have retail pharmacy experience dates back to 2009 at Kerr Drug and continued working in the pharmacy through college before becaming nationally certified in February 2012. I provide general pharmacy and administrative support to DukeWELL care managers and conduct home visits to Medicare patients in Wake and Durham Counties in order to obtain accurate medication histories and support safer medication use."

Program Coordinators

Program coordinators help connect patients to public health services, follow-up care, and programs that support better health outcomes.

Amy Burroughs