Board of Directors


Chair (WNC)

Rivers Woodward, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Practice: Blue Ridge Community Health Services (Rutherford)

Vice Chair

William McLean, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Practice: MAHEC Fmaily Health Center (Buncombe)


Bronwyn Burleson


Burleson & Earley, P.A.


Kathleen Rodberg


McGuire, Wood & Bissette Law Firm


Vice Chair elect 1 (WNC)

Rachel Keever, MD

Specialty: Cardiology

Practice: Asheville Cardiology Associates (Rutherford)

Vice Chair elect 2 (WNC)

Katie Dunlap, MD

Specialty: Psychiatry 

Practice: Cherokee Indian Hospital (Swain)

Vice Chair elect 3

Aimee Riley, DO

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Practice: Emerge Ortho (Buncombe) 

Vice Chair elect 4

Brian Garvin, MD

Specialty: Gastroenterology

Practice: Digestive Health Partners (Buncombe)

Past Chair

Carol Coulson, MD

Specialty: Ob/Gyn

Practice: MAHEC Ob/Gyn Specialists (Buncombe)

Past Chair

Susan McDowell, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Practice: MAHEC Family Medicine (Buncombe)

Past President (WNC)

Richard Bunio, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Practice: Cherokee Indian Hospital

Past President

Mark McNeill, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Practice: Trillium Family Medicine (Buncombe)

Director at Large (WNC)

Abdalla “AB” Abu Baker, Rph, MBA

Market Health and Wellness Director, WalMart

Director at Large (WNC)

Lorna Barnette

Health Care Consultant (Jackson)

Director at Large

Quinton Cancel, MD

Practice: Mission Urology

Director at Large

Leslie Lake

CME Marketing & Sales Manager, MAHEC Continuing Education

Director at Large

David May, MD

Gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Partners (Buncombe)

Director at Large

Suzette LaRoche, MD

Practice: University of North Carolina

Director at Large (WNC)

Melissa Robinson, MD

Family Medicine at Hot Springs Health Program (Madison)

Director at Large

Carolina Perez

Practice: Buncombe Sheriff's Department

Director at Large

Jennifer Abbott, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Practice: WNC Community Health Services (Buncombe)

Director at Large

Shannon Alejandro, MD

Practice: EmergeOrtho (Buncombe)

Director at Large (WNC)

Tracy Bell, PA-C

Specialty: Psychiatriy

Practice: Western North Carolina Veterans Affairs, Charles George Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Buncombe) 

Director at Large (WNC)

Sarah Cash, MD

Specialty: Dermatology

Practice: AdventHealth Dermatology (Henderson)

Director at Large (WNC)

Pam Della Valle, MD

Pardee OB/GYN (Henderson)

Director at Large (WNC)

Jeffrey Garris, MD

Specialty: Urogynecologist & Pelvic Surgeon

Practice: AdventHealth (Henderson)

Director at Large

Bill Gist, MD

Practice: MAHEC OB/GYN Specialists (Buncombe)

Director at Large

Kate Graeme, DO

Specialty: Family Medicine

Practice: North Buncombe Family Medicine (Buncombe)

Director at Large

Charlotte Heppner, MD

MAHEC Family Health Center (Buncombe)

Director at Large (WNC)

Jessica Pior, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Practice: Blue Ridge Community Health Services (Haywood)

Director at Large

Raymond Thertulien, MD

Specialty: Hematology & Oncology

Practice: Asheville Hematology & Oncology (Buncombe)

Ex-Officio Non Voting

WCMS Staff

Miriam Schwarz

CEO/Executive Director

Western Carolina Medical Society