Board of Directors

Roy Spangler

Roy Spangler​ – Consumer of services at the Dale Fell Health Center Roy was born and raised in Hialeah Florida where he lived until 1976. He then moved to Western North Carolina where he became licensed as an Electrical Contractor in 1988, a license he still holds. He enjoys fishing and camping and all aspects of the outdoors. He also does woodworking as a hobby. Roy has two children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in WNC. Mr. Spangler…

Melba Millsaps, RN

Melba Phillips Millsaps​ – Consumer of services at the Tallulah Community Health Center Melba is an RN who received her BSN from Western Carolina University. Her nursing career has been spent primarily in public health. She has been a school nurse for 22 years and spent several prior years working at the local health department. Presently she serves on the Graham County Board of Health and is past president of the Western Region School Nurse Association of North Carolina. Ms.…

Sharon West

Ms. West is an RN who has served as the Clinical Services Administrator and Director of Nursing as well as the Interim Health Director for Buncombe County, She received her BSN from Winston-Salem State University and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in health ethics and policy.

Christiana Glenn Tugman, JD

Ms. Tugman graduated from UNC-A and received her law degree from the UNC School of Law.  She works for the City of Asheville as a Community Development Analyst and Homelessness Lead after having served as a public defender investigator for five years.  She has an extensive list of civic volunteer activities and awards and her family has lived in the mountains of WNC for two centuries.

Tom Shaw

Tom Shaw is currently a Program Associate with the Asheville Area Arts Council and coordinates the Artist Business Brainstorm Sessions. His academic work was taken at the University of South Carolina. Tom’s undergraduate degree is a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies that combined Art/Art History/History/and Geography. He also completed masters programs in Applied Art History (architectural history/historic preservation) and Urban Geography and was the Assistant Curator of History at the University’s McKissick Museum. He served as an architectural historian and preservation planner for the SC State…

Glenda Odom

Glenda Odom is a graduate of Western Carolina University and is a business owner and operator in Robbinsville where she currently resides. She is married and has two children and one grandson. Glenda enjoys going on mission trips and has served in Trinidad and Guyana. She also serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Long Term Care Facilities in Graham County.

Neil Garroway, MD

Neil Garroway is a geriatrician who teaches in the MAHEC Geriatrics Fellowship program.  He has an extensive history in medical and academic leadership positions including being the Medical Director for the Rochester (NY) Primary Care Network, a network of community health centers spanning 15 sites.

Anne Ramirez, RN

Anne Ramirez was a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mission Hospital for over 25 years. She received her MSN from Clemson University and was involved in Pediatric/Neonatal nursing since 1973, working as a staff nurse, a perinatal outreach educator, pediatric nursing instructor and clinical nurse specialist until her recent retirement. Anne is married and has two children and three grandchildren. Anne has worked as a volunteer for Hospice of Henderson County, Helpmate, ABCCM Health Clinic, Manna Food Bank, Literacy Counsel of…

James Hartye, MD

Dr. Hartye is presently Medical Director of Behavioral Health Mission Health and has served since 2013. He is a family physician who has practiced in community health centers from 1981-2002 and Health Care for the Homeless programs from 2002-2013.

Tom Plaut, PhD

Dr. Plaut is a widely published sociologist who served on the faculty of Mars Hill University until 2005.  He is a cultural diversity and cultural competency consultant.  He previously was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun.  He currently serves as a Service Applicant Screener and ACA Navigator at Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville.

Sioux Free

Sioux Free has a long history of supporting the homeless in Asheville.  She has worked in the correctional system and for RHA Health Service Inc. and for Pisgah Legal Services.  Ms. Free currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers.

Reverend Micheal Woods

Reverend Woods is the Executive Director/CEO of the Western Carolina Rescue Ministry (  He has an extensive background in finance and non-profit leadership.  Reverend Woods is the current Board Chair for AMCHC.

Jesse Michel

Jesse’s mission is to combine technical knowledge and commercial understanding to offer sustainable business and civic solutions for interaction with web and mobile software.  He is the owner of PRC Applications and is a supporter of Code for America and is Brigade Co-captain for Code for Asheville.