Executive Leadership

Rob Robinson

Rob Robinson

Chief Executive Officer

Rob Robinson has been with Alliance since its inception in 2012, first serving as Chief Operating Officer before assuming his current position in 2014. Previously he acted as System of Care Administrator and then Deputy Director at The Durham Center, one of the merging partners in Alliance. He has nearly 25 years of both clinical and managerial experience in the public and private behavioral healthcare fields with a focus on program and system development.

Mr. Robinson serves on the boards of directors of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and the Center for Integrative Health in Cary, NC. He has considerable experience in multiple facets of managed care operations and is considered a respected voice within the public behavioral healthcare system in North Carolina.

Michael Bollini, PhD

Michael Bollini, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Michael Bollini leads the Organizational Performance Division at Alliance, including oversight of information technology, analytics, organizational effectiveness, human resources, quality management and call center operations. The division’s primary focus is on driving and supporting the infrastructure requirements of the other divisions within the organization. He is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience in managed care organizations involving public and private sector services.  His broad-based experience includes working in clinical operations, provider relations, health and wellness, and disease management as well as developing and implementing integrated healthcare teams with health plans.

Kelly Goodfellow

Kelly Goodfellow

Chief Financial Officer

Kelly Goodfellow has served as Chief Financial Officer at Alliance since the company’s inception in 2012, and served in that capacity at The Durham Center (one of the merging partners in Alliance) beginning in 2004. She has responsibility for overall financial strategy and accountability at Alliance including oversight of corporate financial analysis, accounting, budgeting and claims. Ms. Goodfellow has nearly 20 years of healthcare experience focusing on Medicaid and the uninsured population.

Mehul Mankad, M.D.

Mehul Mankad, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mehul Mankad joined Alliance as Chief Medical Officer in 2019. Prior to Alliance Dr. Mankad served as Chief of Psychiatry at the Durham VA Medical Center and as an Assistant Professor at the Duke University Department of Psychiatry. As CMO he directs Alliance clinical policy and its application across the company, leading a team of physicians, nurses and a pharmacist, reflecting the organization’s focus on its future as the manager of not just behavioral healthcare, but also physical healthcare and pharmacy services. He also oversees Alliance’s utilization management and care coordination functions, and brings from the VA Medical Center an empathy for veterans and a keen understanding of their unique behavioral healthcare needs.

He received his medical degree from Northwestern University and served his psychiatric residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Mankad is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the immediate past president of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association.

Monica Portugal

Monica Portugal

Chief Compliance Officer

Monica Portugal has served as Chief Compliance Officer at Alliance since the company’s inception in 2012, and provided compliance leadership at The Durham Center (one of the merging partners in Alliance) beginning in 2007. Nationally certified in healthcare compliance, her responsibilities at Alliance also include oversight of program integrity, fraud and abuse investigations and internal audits. Ms. Portugal also has varied professional experience in policy/advocacy and regulatory compliance in child welcome and Medicaid systems.

Sean Schreiber

Sean Schreiber

EVP, Network and Community Health

Sean Schreiber served as Chief Clinical Officer at Alliance from the company’s inception in 2012 through 2016, and prior to that was Director of Service Management at The Durham Center (one of the merging partners in Alliance) beginning in 2009.  Before returning to Alliance in his current role in 2018, he contracted with a nationwide managed care company overseeing projects related to network strategy, including assisting in the development of value based contracting strategies. Prior to joining Alliance originally, Mr. Schreiber worked as a Director of Development for a large behavioral health provider, responsible for expanding operations and starting new clinical programs.

Carol Wolff

Carol Wolff

General Counsel

Carol Wolff joined Alliance as General Counsel in 2014 and leads the Office of Legal Affairs, which comprises the in-house legal department, government affairs, and Medicaid contract waiver management. As a public entity, Alliance benefits from her nearly 20 years of experience with public government, healthcare and general in-house counsel work. Ms. Wolff has oversight of all aspects of the law impacting Alliance, including personnel, contracts, managed care, and state, federal and local funding contracts, as well as a Government Affairs team that guides strategy and legislative priorities for the organization.

Senior Vice Presidents

Joey Dorsett

Joey Dorsett

Chief Information Officer

Joey Dorsett has served as Chief Information Officer at Alliance since 2014, providing oversight of information business initiatives, enterprise reporting and analytics, application development and IT infrastructure and support. Prior to coming to Alliance he was Chief Information Officer for Kerr Drug, Inc. a regional drug chain formerly based in Raleigh, NC, where he was responsible for IT leadership in business operations, corporate administration, business application development, business intelligence design and implementation, and project management.

Cheala Garland-Downey

Cheala Garland-Downey

Human Resources

Cheala Garland Downey has headed Alliance’s Human Resources Department since 2016. In that role she has oversight of the organization’s benefits administration, classification and compensation, employee relations and talent management. Under her leadership, Human Resources serves a fundamental role in fulfilling the organizational goal to recruit, develop and retain a talented, diverse workforce. Ms. Garland Downey has over 20 years of progressive human resources experience within the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham

Organizational Effectiveness

Amanda Graham joined Alliance at the company’s inception in 2012, and heads up the Organizational Effectiveness Department. A licensed professional counselor, she previously served as Chief of Staff and as Medicaid Program Director for the company. In her current role she has oversight of communications, organizational development and learning, portfolio project management, and facilities. The goal of OED is to facilitate change across Alliance in alignment with its strategic plan, and to enhance and support a healthy organizational culture in alignment with its mission, vision and values.

Beth Melcher, PhD

Beth Melcher, PhD

Senior Director, Clinical Innovation

Since joining Alliance in 2012, Dr. Beth Melcher has served in a variety of clinical leadership roles. Prior to her current role as Senior Director for Clinical Innovation, she headed the Care Management Division, with oversight of clinical operations, utilization management, care coordination, provider network operations and community outreach. Her particular area of focus is population health, including care management, community health initiatives, and service development. Before Alliance she served first as Assistant Secretary for MH/DD/SA Services Development and later as Chief Deputy Secretary for Health Services at the NC Department of Health and Human Services. She has also held positions as President/CEO of Recovery Innovations NC, Clinical Director at The Durham Center (one of the merging partners in Alliance), and Executive Director of NAMI-NC.

Ann Oshel

Ann Oshel

Community Health & Well-Being

Ann Oshel has led Alliance’s community engagement since the company inception in 2012, and currently heads up the Community Health and Well-Being department, which focuses on the social determinants of health, integration of physical and behavioral healthcare, and population health. In her role she has oversight for priority initiatives including community outreach, supportive housing, system of care, and community change. Prior to coming to Alliance Ms. Oshel was director of Durham County, NC’s nationally-recognized system of care, and also served in various clinical roles in the private sector.

Sara Pacholke

Sara Pacholke

Business Operations

Sara Pacholke has provided finance leadership at Alliance since the company’s inception in 2012, and prior to that at The Durham Center (one of the merging partners in Alliance) beginning in 2011. Her main areas of focus are budget and analysis, financial reporting, purchasing, and accounting. Before coming to Alliance she worked in public accounting overseeing tax and audit projects for a variety of clientele including not-for-profit organizations and construction, and light manufacturing/distributing businesses.

Brian Perkins

Brian Perkins

Strategy & Government Relations

Brian Perkins joined Alliance in 2017 to oversee the company’s government relations program, which includes managing Alliance’s legislative agenda and related strategic planning initiatives. Previously he served as Director of Government Affairs and Legislative Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, and on Capitol Hill from 2008-2015 as counsel and senior health policy advisor for a United States senator and members of Congress.

Senior Management

Damali Alston

Damali Alston

Director of Network Evaluation
Lori Caviness

Lori Caviness

Community Relations Manager
Rob Bell

Rob Bell

Director of Utilization Management
George Begg

George Begg

Director, IT Infrastructure & Security

Jeanette Cox

Jeanette Cox

Director of IT Application Development
Suzanne Davis-Marens

Suzanne Davis-Marens

Director of Customer Service
Cathy Downs

Cathy Downs

Director of Provider Network Operations
Doug Fuller

Doug Fuller

Director of Communications
Carlyle Johnson, PhD

Carlyle Johnson, PhD

Director, Provider Network Strategy and Initiatives
Wes Knepper

Wes Knepper

Director of Quality Management
Walter Linney

Walter Linney

Assistant Director, I/DD Care Coordination
D’Etta Martin

D’Etta Martin

Director, Organizational Development & Learning
Ken Marsh

Ken Marsh

Medicaid Program Director
Jacheria McGeehan

Jacheria McGeehan

Director, Product Management & Support
Kristy Myers

Kristy Myers

Director, LTS Care Coordination
James Osborn

James Osborn

Director, Community Outreach & Eduction
Benjamin Pagani

Benjamin Pagani

Director of Enterprise Analytics
Jeff Payne

Jeff Payne

Senior Director, Care Coordination
April Parker

April Parker

Senior Director, Utilization Management
Kate Peterson

Kate Peterson

Healthcare Network Project Manager
Steve Price

Steve Price

Director of Facilities
Alison Rieber

Alison Rieber

Director of Healthcare Integration
Matt Ruppel

Matt Ruppel

Director of Program Integrity
Nave Sands

Nave Sands

Director, MH/SUD Care Coordination
Tracy Stone-Dino

Tracy Stone-Dino

Director of Housing Assistance
Lisa Sullivan

Lisa Sullivan

Director of Claims
Tammy Thomas

Tammy Thomas

Director, Project Portfolio Management
Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson

Director of Government Relations
Doug Wright

Doug Wright

Director, Community & Member Engagement


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