Board of Directors
Thomas Bacon, 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.
Tiwanna N. Bazemore, Secretary
Tiwanna is vice president of assessment technology with Measurement, Inc., an educational testing company based in Durham. She is active with her faith community and involved with our program to help ensure that Durham seniors can obtain the best healthcare possible.
Amy R. Csorba, Vice President
Amy is a private family physician who believes that patients should be empowered in their own care, in part, through effective communication from healthcare providers. This is something she teaches as a small group instructor at Duke University Medical School. Amy has also volunteered with the TROSA medical clinic and Urban Ministries. Amy is an ex-officio member of all our committees.
Eugene is a healthcare attorney and partner with Moore and Van Allen. He has previously served as CEO and general counsel at large healthcare companies and also chaired the board of the Durham County Hospital Corporation. In addition to his involvement with Senior PharmAssist, Eugene is currently board secretary for Project Access of Durham County.
Stephen C. Dedrick
Steve is a pharmacist and director of continuing education at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as president of our board in FY 2013 and 2014. Steve is also president of the Durham-Orange Pharmaceutical Association and a board member with the NC Association of Pharmacists.
David J. Halpern
David is a primary care physician and a physician consultant with Community Care of North Carolina. He is a member of the American Geriatrics Society and first learned about Senior PharmAssist while completing a geriatrics fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. David is also a gifted musician: he sang extensively in college and plays piano, cello and dabbles in banjo!
Laura is a professor of geriatric medicine and director of the UNC Palliative Care Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has previously served as a member of our Formulary Committee and values our program’s blending of service, outreach and advocacy. In her free time, she lends her voice to the Choral Society of Durham.
Jimmie R. Hawkins
Jimmie is pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (USA), where he has served since 1996. He is a faith leader with the NAACP and is past president of Durham Congregations in Action. Jimmie attended North Carolina Central University and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center/Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA).
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.
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.
Rosa J. Nolen, Treasurer
Rosa is an accountant and financial systems access coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been involved with a number of organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Girl Scouts, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Susan Sorrells, At-Large Member—Executive Committee
Susan is a doctor of pharmacy and director of clinical development at Grifols. She has served as a member of our Development Committee since FY 2011 and is a passionate supporter of our efforts to help seniors navigate the complexities of healthcare and medication use.
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, At-Large Member—Executive Committee
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. 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 already helping with fundraising. She also serves as a part-time home-visiting companion for A Helping Hand.
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 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 last year and is a long-time supporter of Senior PharmAssist.
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.”