Hemophilia of North Carolina

Since 1977, serving the people of North Carolina
affected by bleeding disorders.

260 Town Hall Dr., Suite A, Morrisville, NC 27560
1-800-990-5557 (toll free)

Bylaws of HNC

Board Member Nomination Policy

Board of Directors, 2019-20

Meet the previous (2018-2019) Board, who took office on July 1, 2018

Steven Humes, MM, MPH, President
    Durham, NC
Term: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020

Steven recently retired as the Regional Coordinator for the Region IV-North Hemophilia Treatment Center Network composed of ten hemophilia centers in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He was based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which holds subcontracts from Hemophilia of Georgia/the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supporting the network. He has worked in public health for over twenty-five years and holds a master’s degree in public health from Hunter College (New York City) with a concentration in community health education. Prior to assuming his position with the Network in 2005, he was the Director of Research at the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Director of HIV Prevention at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, both in New York City.

Phillip Poovey, Vice President
    Raleigh, NC
Term: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021

Phil is originally from Hickory, NC but has lived in Raleigh since 1975. He graduated from UNC-CH in 1964, with some additional graduate work in counseling. He worked for 30 years with the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a counselor, program specialist and was director of Human Resources. Retired since 1998, he has been active in the Glen Forest Homeowners Club as board member and past president. His deceased husband of 43 years, George D. McCoy, was active in establishing HNC in the 1970’s and an annual $1000 scholarship in his name was first awarded to a person with hemophilia for postsecondary training in the spring of 2019. Phil was honored as HNC's 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Tiffany Hargett, Secretary
    Colfax, NC
Term: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020

Tiffany was born and raised in Guilford County, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Bachelor of Science in sociology with a concentration in criminology. Tiffany is married to Brandon, and together have three sons, Nick, Zack, and Kam, along with two furbabies, Jackson and Bay. After graduating from UNCG, Tiffany moved to Clemson, SC, to be with Brandon while he finished college and worked in mental health as a counselor at a group home. Once Brandon graduated, they moved back to North Carolina and got married. Shortly after marriage Nick was born. Then, Zack was born in September of 2008 and at 5½ months old was diagnosed with hemophilia A (severe). At nine months he was diagnosed with an inhibitor, and shortly after that Tiffany found out that she is a carrier. The Hargetts have been involved with HNC for nine years, attending Washington Days for seven years, and it’s one of their favorite things to do. They try to make it to Legislative Days and other HNC events as much as possible, whenever they don’t have sports. All three of the Hargett boys truly believe they are family with everyone in this tight-knit community. Tiffany now resides in Colfax, NC with her family, and is very excited to be on the board, looking forward to what the future of HNC has in store.

Kathy Register, Treasurer
    Durham, NC
Term: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020

Kathy joined the board in 2018 after a six-year hiatus. She has been an officer or board member on and off since the mid 1970s. She and husband Charles (factor VIII severe) have stayed involved   Charles as HNC’s volunteer webmaster   and both of them (at different times) as volunteer Interim Executive Director, and as captains of the Family Festival Clot Hoppers Team. Kathy and Charles have two grown sons, a beloved daughter-in-law, two adorable granddaughters, ages 10 and 12, and an 11-year-old pit bull terrier, Riley, the sweetest dog on earth. Shouldn’t everyone with a bleeding disorder own a pit bull?

Tyronna Hooker, MEd
    Graham, NC
Term: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020

Tyronna is a former North Carolina Teacher of the Year and the current executive director for Alamance Achieves. Upon completing high school in Elizabethtown, NC she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University. After earning her teacher certification, she earned a Master of Education from Elon University with a specialization in special education.

Tyronna is an associate pastor at Parrish Chapel UCC and is an active member of the choir and the youth department director. She is dedicated to helping, healing and revealing the purpose God has for the youth and families. She has experienced the challenges of chronic illness firsthand because both of her sons, Myles and Kendall, have severe hemophilia. She enjoys doing extra-curriculum activities with her husband of 20 years, and the boys who both play basketball and baseball.

Sushant Patil, PhD
    Morrisville, NC
Term: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021

Professionally, Sushant works as a Bioinformatics Scientist at UNC-Chapel Hill. Besides his research-focused academic career, he desires to be a problem-solver in real-world settings. He has been a good leader, mentor and organizer. Motivation, planning, management, seasoned communication are some of his attributes. He likes working with teams in multi-cultural environments and aspires to be a positive catalyst for Hemophilia of North Carolina.

Miriam "Michelle" Vanhook
    Durham, NC
Term: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020

A North Carolina native, born and raised in Scotland County, Michelle received a BS in Biology, with concentration in Molecular Biology from Winston-Salem State University and a MS in Biology from North Carolina Central University. She currently works as a Project Manager in Regional Research Clinical Trials at LabCorp where one of her projects involves FVIII and FIX testing in support of a post-market hemophilia program. Michelle initially became involved with Hemophilia of North Carolina as a walk volunteer through her good friend Tyronna Hooker and her sons, both living with the disorder. She has a creative, energetic spirit and warm personality with a genuine desire to help others. Non-working hours are spent serving the community as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.. When free time allows, Michelle enjoys baking and entertaining, as well as activities with her husband of 19 years, their 15 year-old son Jared, Fur Babies Roxi and Cookie, and their horse Carter.

Bryant Windham, MBA
    Raleigh, NC
Term: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020

Bryant is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and relocated to North Carolina in 2010. Bryant has a degree in business and marketing from Northwood University and a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He currently works as a Trial Master File Lead for Syneos Health. He leverages his years of marketing, project management and leadership experience to benefit HNC. Bryant has a true desire to serve his community and help shape the minds of our youth. He also serves on the board of two other nonprofits, the North Carolina Community of Hearts and Homes and M E Kappa Foundation. In the past he worked with the Kappa Foundation of Cary by developing their youth leadership program and continues to volunteer with the Food Bank of NC through the White Oak Foundation. Bryant lives in Raleigh with his wonderful wife, daughter and son. He enjoys college football, spending time with family and is a strong 2A supporter. Bryant brings his passion of service to HNC and believes that promoting awareness of bleeding disorders in our communities aids in the quality of life for persons affected and their families. When he joined the board in 2018 he was not aware of any connection to the bleeding disorders community. Recently however, Bryant leaned that his wife's uncle, who passed away in 1980, had a form of hemophilia which was possibly a complication in his death.

Professional Staff

Charlene Cowell, Executive Director
    Cary, NC

Charlene began her career with HNC as a volunteer in 2007. As a volunteer and staff member for HNC, Charlene has assisted in the development of all HNC programs, retreats and fundraisers. Charlene has been a speaker at various national meetings over the years and is the Vice Chair of the Chapter Services Organization, which represents more than 45 bleeding disorders organizations across the US. She has continued to find her motivation and inspiration from community members. Charlene has her undergraduate degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. When Charlene isn't at the office, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, including her husband and furbabies. She is the daughter of Sue Cowell, former HNC Executive Director, now with Sanofi Genzyme.

Karyn Davis, Manager of Operations
    Apex, NC

Originally from New Jersey, Karyn relocated to North Carolina in 2011 after residing in Georgia for sixteen years. Following an early career in client services, Karyn spent several years as a stay-at-home parent before returning to school and earning a degree in Human Services, Non-profit Administration, from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. In addition to her work experience, Karyn has held several volunteer positions in variety of non-profit organizations throughout her career. She has two adult sons and currently resides in Apex, NC, with her husband, Kyle. Karyn is grateful to be working for an organization that provides meaningful support to the members of the bleeding disorders community. She has no relationship with hemophilia or other bleeding disorder.

Gillian Schultz, Program Manager
    Charlotte, NC

Gillian first became involved with HNC in 2010 after her newborn son Noah was diagnosed with hemophilia. She began volunteering her time with the HOPE Program for families and became the volunteer coordinator in 2013. She was the 2014 Hemophilia Walk Chair and the Walk Manager for the 2015 Charlotte Hemophilia Walk. In addition to her job with HNC, Gillian sits on the Hemophilia Federation of America Board as the representative from North Carolina. Gillian has also worked as a public school orchestra teacher and violin instructor. She has her bachelor's degree and master's degree in music education. Gillian enjoys developing programs and events so that everyone in the community feels supported and has the education they need so that they do not feel limited by their bleeding disorder. Gillian lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Karl and two sons; Riley, who does not have hemophilia, and Noah who has moderate Hemophilia A.

Main Office
260 Town Hall Dr., Suite A
Morrisville, NC 27560
(800) 990-5557 (toll free)
(919) 319-0014 (direct)
(919) 319-0016 (fax)
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Unless mentioned otherwise above, no members of the HNC Board of Directors, staff, or their immediate families have any affiliation with industry related to the care and treatment of persons with bleeding disorders; nor are they a member of, or serving on the board of, any other organization within the bleeding disorders community; nor are other family members presently serving on the HNC Board of Directors.

HNC Hemophilia of North Carolina 260 Town Hall Dr., Suite A, Morrisville, NC 27560 — 1-800-990-5557 (toll free) Hemophilia of North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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