Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides consultation to NC HIEA on the advancement and operation of NC HealthConnex. The next upcoming meeting is on September 30, 2020. Meetings are open to the public. For in-person or WebEx attendance, please RSVP to Kellie McDonald at

Advisory Board Members


Appointed by the N.C. General Assembly


Dr. Jeffrey M. Ferranti, Chairman

Chief Information Officer, Duke Medicine

Representative of Health Systems or Integrated Delivery Networks


Timothy N. Ferreira

Director of Quality and Compliance, Autism Society of North Carolina

Patient Representative


Dr. Harriett Burns

Physician, Piedmont Health Services

Representative of Federally Qualified Health Centers


Carolyn D. Spence
Chief Information Officer, Alexander Youth Network

Representative of Behavioral Health Providers


Dr. Donald Spencer

Chief Medical Informatics Officer, UNC Health System

Individual with Technical Expertise in Health Information Technology


Dr. William G. Way

Director of Diagnostic Imaging Radiologist, Wake Radiology

Representative of Licensed Physicians


Donette Herring

Chief Information Officer, Vidant Health

Representative of Critical Access Hospitals



Ex-Officio Members


Acting Secretary Thomas Parrish

North Carolina Department of Information Technology


Secretary Mandy Cohen

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


John Correllus

GDAC Director, Chief Data Officer, North Carolina Department of Information Technology


Dee Jones

Executive Director, North Carolina State Health Plan



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