Access East Board of Directors

The governing board for the nonprofit Access East, Inc. is comprised of representatives from our network of community health partners across eastern North Carolina, including Vidant Health, Inc., and other regional hospitals; independent physicians; public-health departments; Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) like The James D. Bernstein Community Health Center, its building owned by Access East; social services organizations; and mental health agencies from across eastern North Carolina.


    • Thomas Irons, MD | Chair
      Professor of Pediatrics, and Associate Vice Chancellor, Brody School of Medicine (BSOM), East Carolina University (ECU), Greenville
    • Michelle Brooks | Vice Chair
      Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Chancellor, ECU, Greenville
    • David Hughes | Treasurer
      Chief Financial Officer, Vidant Health, Inc., Greenville
    • Jan Elliott | Secretary
      Director, Pitt County Department of Social Services, Greenville


    • Wick Baker, MBA, FACHE
      President, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Tarboro
    • R. Battle Betts Jr., MPA
      Health Director, Albemarle Regional Health Services, Elizabeth City
    • Lawrence M. Cutchin, MD, FACP
      Private-practice physician, Tarboro; Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, BSOM, ECU, Greenville; and Medical Director, Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina (CCPEC)
    • Brian Harris, MPH
      CEO, Rural Health Group, Halifax County-based FQHC, Roanoke Rapids
    • Norman C. Lewis, RPh
      Pharmacist, Snow Hill; board member, Greene County Health Care, Inc., the FQHC that operates the James D. Bernstein Community Health Center
    • Ron May, MD
      Vice President of Medical Affairs, CarolinaEast Health System, New Bern
    • John Morrow, MD, MPH
      Director, Pitt County Public Health, Greenville
    • Michael E. Smith, MD
      Medical Director, Trillium Health Resources, Greenville
    • James Winslow, MD
      Private-practice physician, family medicine, Tarboro
    • Joan Wynn, PhD-Nursing, MSN, BSN
      Chief Quality Officer, Vidant Health, Inc., Greenville

Ex-officio Member

    • Nicholas Benson, MD
      Interim Dean, BSOM, ECU, Greenville
    • Michael Waldrum, MD
      CEO, Vidant Health, Inc., Greenville