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Mountain Sunset

Foothills AHEC Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is composed of leaders from educational institutions, hospitals, public health agencies, physician practices, and the community at large who offer their expertise to accomplishing our mission to recruit, train, and retain healthcare professionals in northeast Georgia.



David Westfall, MD, MPH, CPE

  • Affiliated Professor Emory University

  • Gainesville, GA


Vice Chair:

Michelle "Shelley" A. Nuss, MD, FACP

  • Campus Dean

  • Campus Associate Dean for GME & DIO

  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership

  • Athens, GA



Jim Sass, MEd, CIIP, RT (R)(M)(QM)

  • Retired, Community Member

  • Cleveland, GA



David Cronic 

  • Retired, Toccoa Clinic Administrator 

  • Toccoa, GA


Nina Cleveland, PhD, MPH

  • Department Chair, Asst. Professor, Health Sciences

  • Georgia Gwinnett College​


Lori Duke, PharmD

  • Assistant Dean, Division of Experience Programs

  • UGA College of Pharmacy

  • Athens, GA​


J. Wayne Hill, MD

  • Retired, Community-Based Preceptor

  • Clermont, GA


Denise D. Kornegay, MSW (ex-officio)

  • Statewide AHEC Network Director

  • Augusta University

  • Augusta, GA


Alex Lowrey, PhD

  • Professor of Biology

  • University of North Georgia-Gainesville Campus

  • Gainesville, GA

Susan D. Pope

  • Human Resources Director

  • Wills Memorial Hospital

  • Washington, Georgia

Melody A. Stancil, MD

  • Retired, Community Member

  • Maysville, GA

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