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P.O. Box 806

Cary, NC 27512



Peggy Gibson Carroll


Patient Advocacy Consultant

Ms. Carroll has over twenty-eight years of proven leadership experience in Life Sciences (pharmaceutical and biotech) with extensive oncology and advocacy experience.  Areas of expertise include patient advocacy & strategic alliances, corporate relations, sales, project management, training and patient educational programming.  Most recently Ms. Carroll joined Patient Alliances, LLC as a managing partner.  


Ms. Carroll has executed numerous national oncology disease awareness campaigns including Tour of Hope, Komen Race for the Cure, Light the Night and Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness screening events throughout the US.  She effectively trained and managed sales teams and developed a sense of oncology commitment and mission throughout the corporate headquarters and the US field based organizations. Ms. Carroll has been appointed to the National Patient Advocate Foundation Presidents Council and serves on the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School's Sales Curriculum Advisory Panel.  Peggy has lived in Cary, NC most of her life and has two adult children.

Kelsie Johnson

​Chair of the Board

Candidate Experience Program Manager, Wells Fargo

Kelsie is currently a Candidate Experience Program Manager at Wells Fargo. After graduating from Wake Forest University in 2004, Ms. Johnson started her career in Washington, D.C. at the Corporate Executive Board, and has been a part of Wells Fargo’s Enterprise Talent Acquisition team for the past 10 years. During this time, she has worked on numerous initiatives including early talent, digital media, and candidate experience. She currently lives in Raleigh, NC.


Ms. Johnson grew up in Rowland, North Carolina, a small town that instilled a deep sense of community and social responsibility in her at a very young age. She is very active within the Junior League of Raleigh where she has, and continues to serve, as a JLR Community Council Member, volunteering with local organizations including Heritage Park and StepUp Ministries.

Amanda Willis

Secretary of the Board
Owner, Amanda Willis Communications + Marketing

Mrs. Willis is a passionate professional communicator with more than ten years experience working in health care marketing and communications. She works as an independent consultant specializing in helping clients to clearly, yet creatively, communicate their unique story to enable them to achieve overall business goals and objectives. 


Mrs. Willis has experience working with medical device & pharmaceutical companies, physicians, advocacy groups and non-profits as well as on national public awareness campaigns regarding health issues.  She loves developing PR and communications strategies with clients that connect patients with important educational information and opportunities to improve their health and well-being. She was graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 and currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two children. 

Stewart Patch

Treasurer of the Board

​Vice President, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Stewart Patch is a Vice President at Pinnacle Financial Partners (formerly BNC Bank) in Raleigh, NC, specializing in commercial real estate lending.  In his role at BNC, Mr. Patch is responsible for originating and managing senior secured commercial real estate loans in the $5MM - $35MM range.  Prior to BNC, Mr. Patch was an analyst and assistant vice-president with Wells Fargo’s commercial real estate group, where he was responsible for new loan originations and portfolio management of a $400MM real estate loan portfolio.  

Prior to his debt capital markets experience, Mr. Patch held various roles in both commercial real estate leasing, brokerage and equity investment.  Stewart holds a BA in Economics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an MBA from UNC’s Kenan Flagler Business School.  

Stewart lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife, Kristen, and two children, William and Anne Lasseter.  In his spare time, he enjoys golf, saltwater fishing, duck hunting, and otherwise spending time with family and friends.

Chris Bennett

Founder & CEO, Entrepreneur’s Growth Network, LLC

Chris is the Founder & CEO of Entrepreneur’s Growth Network, LLC, an advisory business that partners with early stage healthcare companies to help scale and accelerate growth. He mentors dozens of entrepreneurs across the United States and is also an active investor with several private equity firms. As the former CEO of Medic First Aid International, Inc., Health & Safety Institute, Inc. and the Executive Chairman of Institute for Professional Care Education, LLC, Chris helped lead companies that certified more than twenty million people in CPR, first aid, emergency care, home health and caregiver training. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Triad Learning Systems, LLC and In the Know, LLC, and a director at Envisage Technologies, MicroD, LLC, and the App-Garden.

Chris holds an AB in Political Science from Duke University and an MBA from Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He resides in Cornelius, North Carolina with his wife Julie and two children.

Julie Bennett

CRPS Kids Foundation Coordinator

Formerly a Marketing Manager at IBM in Research Triangle Park, Julie has most recently focused her time with family raising her two children in the Lake Norman area. She is an active parent volunteer at Cannon School and recently helped her daughter Taylor establish the CRPS Kids Foundation. This foundation was established to educate, connect and comfort families dealing with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and provides funding to treatment centers across the United States. Julie holds an economics degree from the University of North Carolina, and resides in Cornelius, NC with her husband Chris and two children.

Megan Carroll

Social Media & Marketing Consultant

Ms. Carroll is a spirited marketing professional with four years experience in social media communications and marketing, working in travel and hospitality, healthcare and corporate comms. She is passionate about having a brand's persona shine, particularly through direct interactions with consumers on social media.

Ms. Carroll grew up in Cary, NC, is a Tar Heel born and bred and bleeds Carolina blue. She is very involved in the New York Junior League, where she volunteers with adult cancer patients, and is an active member of the UNC NYC alumni network. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. In her free time, she is an active rider at Cyc Fitness, enjoys spending time with friends and is a member of Church of the City.

Jill Forrest

President, Jill M. Forrest LLC and Oncology Strategies LLC


Ms. Forrest has spent her nearly 30 year professional career in the oncology pharmaceutical marketing and sales arena, most recently as Vice-President, Head of Oncology Global Marketing for Teva Pharmaceuticals.  Jill has held senior leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology, Pharmion Oncology, Agenus and others. She has worked in all areas of pharmaceutical commercial development from business development, early product strategic planning, launch, and life cycle management. She has been instrumental in the launch several critical oncology therapeutics.  Jill recently started her own marketing consulting firm.


Jill’s passion for cancer research, drug development and survivorship started when she lost her aunt and role model to colon cancer at an early age. She channels her Aunt Marilyn in her own role as “Aunt Jill in Kansas” to 13 nieces and nephews.  Jill resides in Overland Park, Kansas where she is actively involved in several non-profit boards. She is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys her suburban farm, riding her horse, Jazzy and spending quality time with her best friend and dog, Patsy Cline!

Lisa Grimes

Managing Director, Habergeon LLC and President & CEO, PurThread Technologies

Lisa is the President & CEO of PurThread Technologies, a North Carolina–based corporation which manufactures high performance antimicrobial fibers and yarns for healthcare, consumer, military and industrial markets. Lisa has a 30-year career in sales, marketing, and executive management in the healthcare industry, and is the former CEO of InSite Clinical Trials, a site management organization that was acquired by United Healthcare.

Previously, Lisa served as Vice President of Business Development for PPD. She was a member of the Executive Advisory Group of Campbell Alliance and its subsidiary, the Pharmaceutical Institute, for more than a decade.  Lisa has also served as CEO of AcSentient, a specialty pharmacy company focused on ophthalmics, and Angiomics, an anti-angiogenesis company.

She serves as the Board Chair for Galen BioSciences, an all-natural nutritional beverage company.  She is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lighthouse Ministries and is a former Chairman and Board member of The Caring Community Foundation (a local cancer charity).  Lisa graduated from the School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Lisa has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 32 years and has two adult sons.  She and her husband are members of Apex Baptist Church.

Choots Humphries

Co-President, linkconnector

Choots is uniquely suited to thrive in a digital world, bringing a superior record of leadership, entrepreneurship and Internet marketing experience to LC. Prior to envisioning a superior performance marketing network and co-founding LC, Choots co-founded and sold DotCom Corp. He speaks at leading industry conferences, such as Affiliate Summit and AM Days, and is a council chair for the PMA. Choots is passionate about disrupting industry norms and pushing the Performance Marketing space forward. Offline, Choots enjoys family time and Tar Heel basketball.

John Keating

Corporate Vice President Commercial Development, Genmab Oncology

 John has 20 years of experience in Oncology, supporting the development and commercialization of new therapies for oncology patients.  During his career in Oncology, John has always been focused on and inspired by the courage of all of the patients who have received the diagnosis of cancer.

Also, John has experience and been committed to supporting charitable organizations.  Over the last 10 years, He has led successful fund raising campaigns for the Dravet Syndrome foundation for which he was awarded the “Spirit of Hope” award and has previous board experience at the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado

Michael Parisi

Chief Executive Officer, Guidemark Health

Michael is CEO of Guidemark Health, a full-service brand solutions agency. Prior to Guidemark, Mr. Parisi was a Managing Partner at Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide LLC. He serves as the President of CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Parisi has extensive expertise in the global healthcare marketing arena and a vast knowledge of the science and marketplace dynamics of specialty therapeutics. He is an expert in a variety of therapeutic categories, especially oncology and cardiology, and has helped drive the successful launch of many global brands.

Mr. Parisi has been actively involved in the cancer community since his time in graduate school working as a hospice counselor and end-of-life coach. Working for more than two decades in healthcare marketing with a focus on oncology, Mr. Parisi has unique knowledge of the industry and an intimate awareness of the issues that surround the cancer community. 

Tisha Powell

Co-anchor, ABC11

Tisha Powell co-anchors ABC11 Eyewitness News every weeknight at 5, 6 and 11pm with Steve Daniels. You can also find the team at 10pm on CW22. When Tisha is not on the anchor desk, she is out in the community or working on special reports for Eyewitness News.

Before coming to ABC11 in 2004, Tisha's career in TV news bought her to various places around the southeast. This Louisiana native graduated from Loyola University New Orleans where she majored in broadcast news and minored in political science. After college, Tisha worked as a reporter, producer and anchor for WCBI in Columbus, Mississippi. She soon after went back home to Louisiana. As a reporter for WDSU in New Orleans, Tisha traveled to Honduras to cover the devastation of Hurricane Mitch. She was then hired as a reporter for KABB in San Antonio where she covered the escape of the Texas Seven and the Spurs 2003 NBA Championship. Shortly after, she became the midday anchor and health reporter for News 9 San Antonio.

While here in the Triangle, Tisha traveled back to New Orleans in 2005 to cover Hurricane Katrina. She reported on the Pope's visit to Philadelphia, the Carolina Panthers trip to Super Bowl 50 and has interviewed influential people like First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Tisha has also jumped with the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team in Lauriburg, North Carolina.

Tisha is an Army wife and a mother of two daughters who were born on the same day 12 years apart. She's also an avid supporter of the American Heart Association, the Girl Scouts and the USO of North Carolina.

Tisha is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Triangle Park Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Ann Steagall


Director, Clinical Policy, McKesson Specialty Health

Ann graduated from nursing school in 1983 and began her career at UNC – Chapel Hill as a staff nurse. In 1987 she became the first oncology clinical trials nurse at UNC and remained a research coordinator for more than 10 years. During this time she was fortunate enough to work in all areas of oncology.

 She spent 5 years in breast cancer assisting in the formation of the UNC Multidisciplinary Breast Center and in 1994 focused solely on thoracic oncology. In 1995 Ann started the multidisciplinary thoracic oncology program at UNC-CH with Drs. Detterbeck, Rivera, Rosenman and Socinski. She has consulted nationally and published on implementing and maintaining a multidisciplinary oncology program. She has been active in many professional oncology organizations. She has presented at national conferences and on multiple speaker bureaus throughout her career.

  In 2009 Ann retired from UNC and joined Biologics, Inc., an independent oncology focused specialty pharmacy as the director of clinical operations. Ann led a team of oncology case managers who supported a payor driven program. The program attached oncology case manager to members of self-funded employers.
 In 2014 she became the Director of Clinical Policy for the entire organization. In this role Ann drives excellence in patient care by developing and implementing programs and policies that support Biologics’ patients. In 2016 Biologics became part of McKesson specialty health. After the integration Ann also leads the clinical policy efforts not only in Cary, NC but also for the patient assistance program pharmacy in Fort Worth, TX.  Ann also chairs the clinical oversight committee at Biologics and is a member of the oncology board of advisors.