Board of Directors

Thomas Bacon, Vice President

Tom is an adjunct professor and research fellow at The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC-Chapel Hill, and is the retired program director of the state’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). Tom is also immediate past chair of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and has volunteered locally with Housing for New Hope and Habitat for Humanity.

James Blake

James Blake is pastor of Fisher United Memorial Holy Church of America, current president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and a member of Durham Congregations in Action. He is especially interested in helping us connect further with faith communities in Durham.

Kecia Courtney

Kecia is the Director of Clinical Development Biogen, she lives in Durham and also supports the Durham Rescue Mission. She is very enthusiastic about our work and about making Durham better for all.

Jeanne Hecht

Jeanne is Chief Strategy Officer at Ora Inc., and a self-employed consultant in the healthcare field, she comes to the board as a global Business Executive with deep experience leading successful teams across mature and emerging markets within the product development, pharma services and life sciences space.

Ingram Hedgpeth

“Hedge” is pastor of Mt Bethel Church and is involved with a number of causes in Durham, including the Durham Crisis Response Center, Families Moving Forward and the YMCA. He is interested in medication management and how Senior PharmAssist helps people save money.

Deborah Jenkins

Deborah is a retired nurse and a member of our Participant Advisory Council. She has served on numerous boards, including the N.C. Board of Nursing, and volunteers as an Amtrak Hostess. She is eager to help advocate for issues that are important to seniors.

James J. Jones

James is a retired Durham police sergeant. Though he lives in Butner, he is still active in the Durham community and is a big proponent of physical fitness, which is the type of preventive health we like! James has also been active with the South Granville Exchange and Rotary clubs, and is chair of the deacon board of his church.

Mary-Jo Keenan, Secretary

Mary-Jo is a retired programmer and software developer with IBM. She is active with First Presbyterian Church, volunteers as a classroom assistant at C.C. Spaulding Elementary and serves meals at Urban Ministries of Durham. Mary-Jo believes that healthcare is a right and is also complicated business – especially for seniors.

Cathy L. Martin

Cathy ran the Legislative Library for the North Carolina General Assembly until retiring in 2018 and loves connecting people to a broad array of information in innovative ways. She is active in the Durham community, including volunteering for Meals on Wheels, supporting Senior PharmAssist, and various human services and animal welfare organizations.

Roslyn J. Muse

Roslyn is a former Senior PharmAssist board member and long-time community pharmacist at Kroger. She also volunteers as a tutor and is active at Union Baptist Church.

Lisa Nadler

Lisa is a family physician at Triangle Family Practice and physician champion for Duke’s electronic health record (EPIC). She is a past board president of Senior PharmAssist and long-time member of our Formulary Committee. Lisa is also involved with Keep Durham Beautiful, Eno River Association and Piedmont Wildlife Center.

Vicky Orto

Vicky is chief nursing and patient care services officer at Duke Regional Hospital. She has been president of several boards and currently leads the board of directors for Lincoln Community Health Center. She also serves on the nursing advisory board of North Carolina Central University.

Colleen Ramsey, At-Large Member – Executive Committee

Colleen is an internist and primary care physician at Durham Medical Center. She views her relationship with patients as a partnership, where she provides knowledge to improve and sustain individuals’ overall health, and they teach her about their needs and goals.

Darius Russell

Darius is an Independent Community Pharmacist and the Owner of Russell’s Pharmacy & Shoppe in Old East Durham. He and his wife are committed to helping build the community in East Durham. Darius is a member of the Durham Academy of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. He is very involved in his church, the Triangle Church of Christ, and has been for many years.

Lynn H. Spragens

Lynn is a healthcare consultant and nationally regarded expert on palliative care and geriatrics. She is a long-time Durham resident and has extensive experience with finance and strategic planning. Lynn has previously served on the board of Threshold and is active with New Hope Presbyterian Church.

John H.E. Stelling, Treasurer

John is principal and owner of Stelling Engineering PA, which specializes in environmental services. He is a long-time Senior PharmAssist supporter and an active member of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, where he has served as treasurer.

J.R. Terry

J.R. is a visual artist and a retired arts education administrator. She moved to Durham in 2010, is a member of our Participant Advisory Council and is glad to assist with fundraising. She also serves as a part-time home-visiting companion for A Helping Hand.

Anne Toohey

Anne is a rheumatologist at EmergeOrtho (formerly Triangle Orthopaedics ) and has extensive experience working with seniors. She has been active with the Arthritis Foundation and is excited to give back to the community.

Gina Upchurch, Executive Director

Gina is Senior PharmAssist’s founder. She was born in Durham and raised in Reidsville, N.C. Gina earned her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and her master’s degree in public health at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also completed a residency in geriatric pharmacy practice at UNC-CH. Between degrees, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer teaching science in Botswana. For a more complete bio on Gina please look under Staff.

Woody Warburton, At-Large Member—Executive Committee

Woody is a retired physician, former chief of the Duke Division of Family Medicine and former national medical director for quality at Aetna. He joined our Formulary Committee two years ago and is a long-time supporter of Senior PharmAssist.

Kay Wellemeyer

Kay is a retired registered nurse with years of experience in medical and surgical nursing. She completed Duke’s Health Ministry and Congregational Nursing Program in 2007 and has used that training to address the healthcare needs of parishioners at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she’s a member. At Westminster, Kay serves as a health educator, personal health counselor, referral resource, program developer and healthcare advocate.

Charles T. Wilson Jr.

Owner and president of C.T. Wilson Construction Co., Inc., Chuck’s resume of community involvement is staggering. Over the past four decades, he has volunteered with an array of boards, advisory committees and fundraising teams that have benefited children, seniors, minority students and the wider Durham community. A few years ago, Chuck co-chaired our annual Business Leadership Gifts Campaign, and we’re delighted to now have him “on board.”

Tom Wollman, President

Tom is chief operating and financial officer of Global Specimen Solutions, a specialized clinical research organization. A former senior vice president of Quintiles’ clinical operations, he learned about our program by attending our first fundraising breakfast in October 2015. Tom is interested in helping vulnerable seniors achieve better health outcomes.