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
  • Dan Drake, PhD-Nursing Science, MSN, BSN | Vice Chair
    Senior Vice President, Operations, Vidant Medical Group, and President, Vidant Home Health and Hospice, Greenville
  • Brian Dunn, MSA | Treasurer
    Assistant Vice President, Financial Services, Vidant Health, Inc., Greenville
  • Jan Y. Elliott, CPM| Secretary
    Director, Pitt County Department of Social Services, Greenville


  • Ronny A. Bell, PhD-Foods/Nutrition, M.Ed.
    Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health, East Carolina University, Greenville
  • R. Battle Betts Jr., MPA
    Health Director, Albemarle Regional Health Services, Elizabeth City
  • Sherri Bryant, MHA, MIS
    Vice President, Ambulatory Quality, Analytics and Public Reporting, Vidant Health, Rocky Mount
  • William R. Hayes
    Senior Director, Managed Care and CVO, Vidant Health, Greenville
  • Ronald May, MD, FAAP
    Vice President of Medical Affairs, CarolinaEast Health System, New Bern
  • Kim Schwartz, MA-Counselor Education
    CEO, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center, Ahoskie
  • Michael E. Smith, MD
    Associate Medical Director, Trillium Health Resources, Greenville
  • Van Smith, MBA, MA-Health/Health Care Administration/Management
    Senior Vice President, Operations, Vidant Health, Greenville
  • James Winslow, MD, FAAP
    Private-practice physician, family medicine, Tarboro

Ex-officio Members

  • Mark Stacy, MD
    Dean, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville
  • Michael Waldrum, MD
    CEO, Vidant Health, Inc., Greenville