Our Board is convened from stakeholders who provide a broad range of expertise and interest. They represent behavioral health and / I-DD, primary health, public and private providers and payers, advocates, and key state and local partners. This diversity embodies the collaborative spirit at the core of our work and ensures that all voices are heard at every stage of i2i planning.
Victor Armstrong, MSW is Vice President, Behavioral Health with Atrium Health, based in Charlotte, NC and serves as Facility Executive of Behavioral Health- Charlotte. As such, he has responsibility for operational and strategic oversight of the 66 inpatient beds, the psychiatric emergency department, and 10 provider based, outpatient behavioral health programs on the BHC campus. Prior to his role with Carolinas Healthcare System, Victor served as Behavioral Medicine Program Manager with the Cone Health System. Victor has worked on the payer side of behavioral health through the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, as well as in community mental health. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of National Council for Behavioral Health and is former Board President for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC. In addition, Victor was voted by NAMI NC, as 2012 Mental Health Professional of the Year for his advocacy in strengthening community mental health resources, including Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), and leading the effort in developing a Mental Health Court in Forsyth County, NC. Additionally, Victor serves on the Board of Directors for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-NC, Mecklenburg County Mental Health Task Force and Mecklenburg Provider Council Executive Board, among many other committees and subcommittees.
Victor graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration from NC Central University and received his graduate degree in Social Work from East Carolina University.
A long-time Alamance County resident and a North Carolina State University graduate, Susan has worked in the human services field for more than 34 years, working for the Alamance County Department of Social Services for more than 28 years in many social work roles and has been the agency’s Director for more than 18 years. Susan has served on various state and local committees, boards and initiatives which include serving as president of the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services, board chair of the United Way, chair of the Children’s Executive Oversight Committee and chair of Healthy Alamance Steering Committee and currently co-chairs the Alamance County Justice Advisory Council as well as serving as 1st Vice President of the NC Director’s Association. Susan believes that strong community collaboration and partnerships are at the center of our work to improve the well-being of our citizens and has committed her energy, the agency and the resources available to improving outcomes for our community.
Robert Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, the public behavioral healthcare managed care organization for the 1.8 million citizens of Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston counties in North Carolina.
Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Justice from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Norfolk State University. He is a Licensed Certified Addictions Counselor with over 23 years of both clinical and managerial experience in the public and private behavioral healthcare fields with a focus on program and system development.
Before assuming his current position at Alliance, Mr. Robinson served as Chief Operating Officer and in that role was instrumental to the creation of the company in 2012. Prior to that time he served The Durham Center in Durham, NC as System of Care Administrator and then Deputy Director. He helped oversee the development of Durham’s nationally-recognized system of care and during his tenure The Durham Center received the Excellence in Community Collaboration Award from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.
Mr. Robinson serves on the board of directors of the Medicaid Health Plans of America. 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.
Tom Savidge, MSW, Chief Executive Officer of Port Health Services, developed the organization he now leads in 2004. Through his efforts, Port Human Services established a continuum of substance abuse and mental health services for children and adults including out-patient, day treatment, residential, and partial hospitalization programs. In addition to his clinical knowledge, Tom is skilled in grant writing, budget management, and training.
Tom has served on numerous state and local boards. His committee involvements have included the North Carolina Legislative Oversight Committee for Mental Health Reform, NC Division MH/DD/SAS External Advisory Team, and NC Legislative Oversight Committee Task Force on Substance Abuse. He also assisted in the development of the NC State Youth and Adolescent Substance Abuse Five Year Plan.
Tom earned both his Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Mr. Kurtis Taylor is a person in long-term recovery. For him, this means that he has not used alcohol or any other drug in over 15 years. He has worked with the evidence-based recovery home model, Oxford House, for more than 14 years. Mr. Taylor obtained his associates degree in Human Services & Substance Use Disorder Counseling from Wake Technical Community College in 2015. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in social work from Shaw University, where he will graduate in May of 2019.
For many years, Kurtis Taylor has been a voice for citizens seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorders. He served as the Chairperson of the NC State Consumer & Family Advisory Committee (NC SCFAC), as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the NC Substance Use Disorder Federation, and as an appointed member of Governor Pat McCrory’s Task Force on Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder. He currently serves on the NC Departmental Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC) and is a member of the board of directors for the NC Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse.
Presently, Mr. Taylor is the Executive Director of the Alcohol Drug Council of NC, where he is committed to making their information & referral hotline, perinatal and prevention services the best in the country. Under his leadership, the Council respects and embraces all paths to recovery. He is committed to eliminating the stigma attached to the subject of recovery. Mr. Taylor is an extremely vocal advocate for all citizens faced with the challenges that accompany substance use disorders. He is proud to serve at ADCNC.
Leza Wainwright is the CEO of Trillium Health Resources, the Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization serving 25 eastern North Carolina counties for behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services and supports. Trillium Health Resources manages a provider network of more than 480 providers and serves a population of approximately 1.4 million people, 200,000 of whom are eligible for Medicaid. Leza is actively involved in community relations with elected and appointed officials of the 25 counties.
Leza previously served as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Service. In her 32 years with the State of North Carolina, Leza served in multiple Divisions in the Department of Health and Human Services, as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Commerce, and in the Office of the Governor. Leza retired from State government services in August, 2010.
Leza earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Meredith College in Raleigh. In 2000, she was named one of the Triangle’s Top 25 Women in Business by the Triangle Business Journal. She has also received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor Beverly Perdue in 2010.
Luanne Welch is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia. With over 30 years of experience in the non-profit field, her expertise is in financial turnarounds, program development, leadership talent development, and market centric strategy.
During her three and half years at Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia and her seven years at Easterseals South Florida she facilitated turnarounds in both organizations by recruiting and developing highly motivated, engaged and courageous board champions. Luanne works side-by-side with her board members, preparing them to make clear, tough decisions and encouraging them to take action. During her tenure at Easterseals’ National Headquarters, she led successful organization turnarounds for seven affiliates and supported the strategic reorganization of two affiliates.
Luanne is an experienced non-profit leader and a successful relationship builder among staff, volunteers, donors, government, funders, corporate leaders, provider networks and community influencers. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from N.C. State University. She serves as on the Easterseals Affiliate Leadership Network and is a board member of Benchmarks.