Staff & Partners

NC HIEA Professional Staff

The NC HIEA’s leadership and operations are carried out by its professional staff and technology partners, in consultation with an Advisory Board of health care and IT leaders appointed by the NC General Assembly. The NC HIEA is housed in the Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC) in the NC Department of Information Technology (NC DIT).

Professional Staff

Christie Burris, Executive Director

Michael Crist, Project Implementation Manager

Vickie Callair, NC Immunization Registry IT Project Manager

Jenell Stewart, Health Analytics Lead

Anna Szamosi, Legal Counsel | Assistant Attorney General

Trista Nance, Grant Administrator

Kellie McDonald, Provider Relations | Business Office Manager

Brittani Adams, Provider Relations

Rowena Crist, Provider Relations

Jessica Brehmer, Business Development & Outreach Specialist

Kenya Servia, Business Development & Outreach Specialist

Susan Saul, Enterprise Master Patient Index Analyst

Tim Taylor, Application Systems Specialist

TorQuailla Aultman, HIE Public Health Specialist

Jonas Dusenberry, HIE Public Health Specialist

Michelle Hunt, HIE Public Health Specialist

Jorge Irizarry, HIE Public Health Specialist

Emily Hughes, Communications Specialist

Our Partners

SAS Institute - The NC HIEA’s technical partner for delivering NC HealthConnex is SAS Institute. Through innovative analytics, business intelligence and data management software and services, SAS helps customers at more than 80,000 sites make better decisions faster. Its world headquarters are based in Cary, North Carolina. SAS also operates the NC HIEA Technical Support Help Desk. For moreinformation, visit

InterSystems - The NC HealthConnex HIE Platform is powered by the InterSystems HealthShare product. InterSystems is the engine behind many important applications in health care, finance, government, and other sectors where lives and livelihoods are at stake. Founded in 1978, InterSystems is a privately held company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), with offices worldwide, and its software products are used daily by millions of people in more than 80 countries. For more information,visit J2 Interactive is the integration partner working with InterSystems for NC HealthConnex.

SES - NC HealthConnex Direct Secure Messaging is powered by Secure Exchange Solutions (SES). SES sets the standard for seamless, scalable, secure connectivity across organizational boundaries. As an industry-leading health information technology provider, SES protects, streamlines and delivers sensitive and critical health care information while ensuring compliance and improving efficiency and quality. Hospitals, health systems, physicians, health plans and channel partners rely on SES for integrated secure communications that expand their reach and empower them to improve patient care. SES is a committed member of DirectTrust, helping healthcare stakeholders leverage standards-based communications to communicate across organizational boundaries. For moreinformation, visit

DirectTrust - NC HealthConnex, in connection with SES, is part of the DirectTrust nationwide network. DirectTrust is a collaborative non-profit association of 121 health IT and health care provider organizations to support secure, interoperable health information exchange via the Direct message protocols. DirectTrust has created a “trust framework” that makes it easy for health care professionals, health IT vendors and their patients/customers to communicate securely, with identity proofing, regardless of end-user application. Over 300 EHR and personal health record (PHR) vendors’ products, and over 50 HIEs, participate in the DirectTrust network, ensuring interoperability and security via Direct for exchange of health information to more than half the professionals in the U.S. health care system. For more information, visit

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) - The NC HIEA works closely with NCDHHS to support Medicaid and public health efficiencies. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens – children, elderly, disabled and low-income families. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen. The Department is divided into 30 divisions and offices. NCDHHS divisions and offices fall under four broad service areas - health, human services, administrative, and support functions. NCDHHS also oversees 14 facilities: developmental centers, neuro-medical treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, and two residential programs for children. For more information, visit