Advisory Board Members

The Advisory Board provides consultation to N.C. Health Information Exchange Authority on the advancement and operation of NC HealthConnex, the state-designated health information exchange. The board has eight members appointed by the N.C. General Assembly, in addition to four ex-officio members.

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Appointed by the N.C. General Assembly

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Vice President of Analytics, Lumeris 

Ryan Craig is currently the vice president of analytics at Lumeris, where he focuses on providing value-based care solutions for health systems across the United States. In this role, he oversees the development of Lumeris' analytics platform, which generates actionable insights for providers and clinical leaders to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.

With over 25 years of experience in information technology, data warehousing, analytics and data management, Craig has dedicated the last 15 years to leading analytics programs in the health care industry. Before joining Lumeris, he held a senior leadership position in Duke Health's Analytics Center of Excellence, where he played a crucial role in improving access to clinical data for research and health system operations.

Craig's educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Management in Clinical Informatics from Duke University School of Medicine.

Physician, Carolina Family Health Centers

Dr. Tammy Bone Kiger is a practicing physician at Harvest Family Health Center, one of four locations operated by Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc. (CFHC), a federally qualified community health center serving Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties. Kiger works in her home community, where she was reared and currently resides, to support CFHC's mission of providing affordable and accessible health care with excellence. She serves a wide variety of patients from those who have lived many generations in the community to those who work as seasonal farmworkers.

Since joining CFHC in 2012, Kiger has developed an interest in clinical communications as it relates to medical documentation and patient communication strategies. Prior to working at CFHC, she practiced traditional internal medicine in a private practice setting and worked at James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Kiger's experiences in a variety of medical care settings provide her with a perspective through the eyes of an end user in order to benefit daily patient care.

Kiger received an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and masters of science degree from East Carolina University. She received a medical degree from The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed an internal medicine residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, UNC Health

Brent Lamm serves as senior vice president and chief information officer for the UNC Health System. In this role, he has responsibility for all information technology and clinical engineering solutions and services for the health system. Lamm also serves as the system's chief analytics officer, leading the organization's enterprise analytics and data sciences teams and services.

Prior to joining UNC in 2009, Lamm served for more than 10 years in various technical leadership, IT architecture and software development roles in IBM's Global Services and Software Group divisions. During this period, he worked extensively with clients in various industries, including financial services, health care, manufacturing and telecommunications.

Lamm holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Wake Internal Medicine Consultants, Inc.

John Meier MD, MBA, MSQM, CPE is a practicing internist and pediatrician in the Raleigh area. He currently serves as the president-elect and member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Medical Society. Dr. Meier also serves on the board of Carolina Complete Health and Key Physicians and as the chairperson of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission.

In 2023, Dr. Meier completed a master’s degree in quantitative management with a focus on health analytics at Duke University. He has been part of several health care-related data and analytics companies including Forecast Health, HealthScape Data and Survey Vitals.  He was a member of the founding board of WakeMed Key Community Health, an accountable care and Medicare Shared Savings Program.  He has a special interest in data, analytics and machine learning algorithms and their current and future impact on health care delivery and health care policy. 

Dr. Meier has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MBA and medical degree from the University of Chicago. He completed his internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and served as a chief resident at WakeMed Hospital. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American College of Physician Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association. Prior to returning to medical school later in life, Dr. Meier had several roles in corporate America including manufacturing operations and as a CFO/COO doing a turnaround for a private equity firm.

Dr. Meier lives in Raleigh with his wife and has four active boys. He is also the Cub Master for Pack 325.

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Cone Health

Dr. Richard Pro became Cone Health’s first chief data and analytics officer in 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the enterprise-wide analytics data platform and the application of data science methods to uncover hidden patterns in Cone Health’s vast data repository. He also leads the development of predictive and business simulation models and the provision of analytics-driven consultative services to business and clinical leaders across Cone Health.

Pro has more than 32 years of experience in analytics, operations, information technology and strategic management consulting in health care at both care delivery and insurance organizations. Previously, he served as executive director of Health Economics at the UPMC Health System in Pennsylvania and co-founded the analytics division at Highmark Health, where he worked for 18 years. He also served as a consultant to payers and health systems across the United States for eight years.

Pro earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University with a specialization in strategy. He is a doctoral candidate in business administration/health care management at Liberty University. Pro also holds a master’s degree in materials science from the University of California-Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Pro is a fellow in the Academy for Health Care Management and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He co-chairs the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign and has served on the board of directors of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Vice President, IS Applications, ECU Health

Tanya Thompson is a CHIME CHCIO professional with over 27 years of healthcare and technology management experience. She is currently the vice president of IS applications at ECU Health, a regional health system affiliated with East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine.

In this role, she leads the development and execution of IT strategies that align with the health system’s vision and goals. She oversees the implementation and support of various clinical and business applications, including Epic EHR, Peoplesoft FSCM and HCM and enterprise ancillary systems. Thompson has successfully managed large-scale transformational initiatives in clinical and revenue cycle, consolidating EHR instances and enabling telehealth and regional COVID-19 testing and vaccination services in eastern North Carolina.

Thompson holds a Master of Management in Clinical Informatics from Duke University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is also certified as a Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and a Medical Technologist (ASCP). She is an active member of several professional associations, such as HIMSS, CHIME, and NCHIMSS. Her passion is to deliver innovative healthcare IT solutions that improve patient care, operational efficiency and organizational performance.

Regional Sales Manager, OnTarget

Lauren Wiggs is a regional sales manager with OnTarget, a private healthcare technology company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Wiggs has worked with OnTarget in a variety of roles for over seven years and currently supports the sales team in bringing in new business and managing existing customers' long-term utilization of the software. Wiggs has also worked in higher education, non-profit fundraising and children's mental health.

Wiggs holds a Bachelor in Sociology with minors in history and women’s studies from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from UNC-Charlotte's Belk College of Business. This combination of experiences and education helps her have a deep understanding of intellectual and developmental disabilities/mental health providers' needs and operational challenges.

Senior Database Administrator, Crossnore Communities

Ryan Wilkins is the senior database administrator at Crossnore Communities for Children and a senior consultant for Cansler Collaborative Resources. He has worked with behavioral health agencies for two decades in numerous capacities, ranging from direct care to agency consulting. Ryan previously worked as a quality improvement consultant with Northwest AHEC of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of the North Carolina AHEC program.

Ryan studied computer science at North Carolina Central University and business administration at Lenoir Rhyne University. He has been immensely involved in health IT and clinical cinformatics. This experience, in addition to his educational knowledge, has assisted Ryan with providing quality expertise to numerous agencies across the region.  Ryan continues to provide value in the healthcare industry through his current roles. 

Ex-Officio Members

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Secretary James A. Weaver

N.C. Department of Information Technology

Secretary Kody Kinsley

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services


Christie Burris

Chief Data Officer and Director, Government Data Analytics Center, N.C. Department of Information Technology


Dee Jones

Executive Director, North Carolina State Health Plan

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Dr. William Way, Former Chair
Former Director of Diagnostic Imaging, PET/CT Imaging Specialist
Representative of Licensed Physicians

Donette Herring, Former Vice Chair
Chief Information Officer, Vidant Health
Representative of Critical Access Hospitals

Dr. Neal Chawla
Chief Medical Information Officer, WakeMed
Health System Representative

Carolyn D. Spence
Chief Information Officer, Alexander Youth Network
Representative of Behavioral Health Providers