South Piedmont AHEC Regional Advisory Committee


South Piedmont AHEC, a department of Atrium Health and part of the NC AHEC Program, strives to fulfill our mission of providing and supporting educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina. Our vision is that every North Carolinian is healthy and supported by an appropriate and well-trained health workforce that reflects the communities it serves. South Piedmont AHEC is one of nine centers in the NC AHEC Program and serves Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Stanly, and Union counties.

The primary purpose of the South Piedmont AHEC Regional Advisory Committee is to gather information on the trends and updates related to community and regional needs. Specific goals will be discussed at our meetings.

The Regional Advisory Committee will meet ten times per year, either face-to-face or virtual. Each meeting will consist of opportunities to discuss best practices in continuing education and workforce development initiatives.

Committee Chair

Libby Safrit, MA, LPA-HSPA
Executive Director
Teen Health Connection

Meet the Committee:

Lisa Foster, DNP, RN, NPD-BC
Education Manager, Pathways to Excellence Program Coordinator
Atrium Health Pineville
Ritchie Glaspy, MPA
QI Director
Cabarrus Rowan Community Health Centers, Inc.
Jess Gonzalez, PharmD, CSPI
Director of Quality & Informatics
Care Ring; Atrium Health
Arielle Lewis
Senior Staff Assistant
South Piedmont AHEC
Lisa Littlejohn Hill, PhD, MBA, MA, LPC
Vision Counseling and Consulting, PLLC
Susan Lynch PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs & SON Operations
Clinical Associate Professor
UNC Charlotte | School of Nursing
Kelia Marlin, MPH
Health Program Manager, Community Health Worker Initiative
Mecklenburg County | Public Health
Benita Mason, MBA-MHA, QMHP, ALA
Founder and President
Impact Health & Wellness, Inc.
Dr. Elizabeth Peterson-Vita, PhD
Licensed Psychologist and Consultant
Project Manager
Reach Out & Read
Harriette W. Richard, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Psychology
Johnson C. Smith University
Candice Rome, DNP, RN, CNE
Chair, Digital Learning Programs
Associate Professor of Nursing
Gardner-Webb University
Hunt School of Nursing
Joann L. Spaleta, FACHE, CDP, MBA, MHA, MT (ASCP)
Assistant Vice President
South Piedmont AHEC
Regina Tisdale
Department Chair, Addiction and Recovery Studies
Central Piedmont Community College

Prospective Members


  • Serve 2-year term beginning January 1st with the possibility for renewal
  • Attend monthly meetings and other events as requested
  • Be informed of the South Piedmont AHEC curriculum, services and activities and inform others
  • Support and advise South Piedmont AHEC in the development of relevant education opportunities across disciplines
  • Collaborate with South Piedmont AHEC staff and other committee members to ensure that South Piedmont AHEC is delivering learning content that is current and relevant
  • Engagement in the 8-county region for not only education but community workforce development

Applications for the South Piedmont AHEC Regional Advisory Committee for January 2025 – December 2026 will open in September 2024.

How To Apply

  1. Download the South Piedmont AHEC Regional Advisory Board Member Application
  2. Email completed application to Arielle Lewis at
  3. Application Deadline: November 30, 2024
  4. Notification of Acceptance: December 15, 2024


Arielle Lewis
Sr. Staff Assistant
704.512.6523 phone
704.512.6568 fax