Beth Irland, Board Chair
My name is Beth Irland, and I am a Registered Nurse manager at NOVANT Health NHRMC. I earned my nursing degree from Northern Virginia Community College in 1995 and my Bachelors in Nursing in 1999. I completed my Executive Masters in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University in 2016. I was an Emergency Room RN in Northern Virginia for 14 years and moved to North Carolina with my partner after his retirement in 2009. I have a passion for serving patients and process improvement.
I have served on the North Carolina Organization for Nurse Leaders board as a District 5 representative from 2015-2017. I am a Board-Certified Emergency Nurse and Board-Certified Nurse Executive.
I serve on the SEEDS of Healing board to serve those living with HIV and their families and friends. I want to assist the board with reducing the stigma associated with HIV and advocate for the development of education programs and community resource offerings targeting preventive measures and coping mechanisms for all affected.
LaTina Ross, Treasurer
My name is LaTina Ross, and I am a Wilmington native, licensed clinical social worker, and certified integrative health coach. As a social worker, my passion has always been to empower those who are vulnerable and oppressed. Early in my career, I was afforded the opportunity to work at a nonprofit HIV/AIDS organization in Greensboro, NC. There, I recognized the need for change in the community as it relates to HIV/AIDS.
I hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina. I have over 15 years as a healthcare professional working in mental health, nonprofit, and with the federal government.
In my work with Seeds of Healing, Inc. I hope to contribute to eliminating stigma, reducing health disparities, and promoting health retention in disproportionately served communities.
My name is Bonetta Spratley, a Black Woman living with HIV for over 30 years and have been an advocate working in the field of HIV for 20 years or more. I have rendered services in the prevention as well as the clinical settings and have a passion for working diligently with those who are newly diagnosed and their families. I thrive while helping the fight against stigma. We can embrace this HIV journey with a positive perspective, live healthy through self-care, medication adherence, and maintaining engagement with our health providers. I am also passionate about connecting those persons that are isolated while living in silence with others who share this commonality for a sense of belonging. I have joined the SOH board to support the initiatives, lift the voices for those living positively, give input and engage with Meaningful Involvement as a Person living with HIV/AIDS (MIPA), from a seat at the table.
My name is Jeffrey V. Long, and I am a member of The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
I'm a fierce advocate for those with HIV and Hep C diagnoses. I strongly support Harm Reduction, health care access for all, and the rights of my Native people. I am actively involved with the initiatives of local organizations such as the Western NC AIDS Project (WNCAP) and NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN). I'm very honored to be working nationally with the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center in Colorado (NNAAPC) and the Tribal Health Initiatives Program (THIP). I am excited about this next venture to use my hard work and great ideas for collaboration with SEEDS of Healing, Inc. as we reach both ends of the state and work together to End the Epidemic together.
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Karen Renee’ McIntyre – Pearson
My name is Karen Renee’ McIntyre – Pearson. I’m a Wilmington Native residing in Brunswick County. I am a Professor at Miller-Motte College and Retired from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in 2016. Along with my twenty – eight years of experience within the healthcare field, my accomplishment is receiving my Master's in Healthcare Administration Education and now a Ph.D. Candidate in Healthcare Administration with the University of Phoenix. I am Alumni of The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Also a Member of the American Association of Medical Assistants and American Health Information Management Association, PAHCOM, and CommHIT. I have several years of experience working with individuals with HIV/AIDS. My passion as an Advocate/Peer is to communicate awareness. Regardless, it is Prevention or Intervention to continue the fight to lower the HIV transmission rate within the community. I want to assist the Board by implementing a plan to eliminate the stigma of HIV and have the necessary educational resources available for the Public School Sector that, includes the High Schools throughout the Region."
My name is Rachel Crouse and I am a clinical psychologist and addiction specialist. I grew up outside of Detroit MI and relocated to Wilmington in 2009 for school. Since then, I have grown to realize this is “home” for me. I began my career as a therapist in 2012 and began to provide on-site therapy services for those living with HIV. I didn’t know much about HIV, but quickly realized that the time I spent in those rooms at the clinic were some of the most meaningful times in my career. I began to educate myself, and then to educate others, and I knew I had to find a way to assist in Ending the Epidemic. I believe ALL have a right to live a life free from stigma, and to have access to knowledge, quality medical care, and compassionate treatment. I am grateful to advocate for that with SEEDS of Healing, Inc. and look forward to serving the mission.
My name is Sharema Williams, and I am a native of Wilmington, NC. I am seeking a Professional Doctorate in Health Administration and Health Advocacy and have a bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Biology and Community Health. Public Health has been my passion for over 20 years, starting out in Wilmington. I have served in New Hanover County as Community Outreach worker, HIV/STD Outreach Program Coordinator, Health Educator, and Medical Case Manager. Because of my passion for helping individuals that are underserved and disadvantaged, I have dedicated time to SEEDS of Healing, Inc. since 2015. Being able to continue giving back to the community I love, I am honored. My vision is to one day End the Epidemic and be a part of the amazing breakthrough within the state of North Carolina through changing policies, increased awareness, and education.
My name is Takeshia Mcintyre. Ever since I was of age to know about change and the impact it will have on our community, I wanted to make a difference in any way I could. Becoming a board member of SEEDS of Healing and knowing how impactful they are to many lives, I knew that this is exactly where I needed to be.
I attended Fayetteville State University, where I studied Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology. I also serve on the NC advisory board for the Victory Fund and on the Community Advisory Board of WHQR public. I am a photographer and writer and run a small business. In my off time, I spend time with my dog “Poet,” and enjoy traveling, fishing, hiking, and hanging out with friends.
My name is Terri DeWees. I currently serve as the Director of Trauma Services at Novant Health-New Hanover Regional Medical Center. I earned my DNP in Executive Leadership from ECU in 2017 and have a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix. As a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in emergency services, I have always been passionate about advocating for and protecting marginalized individuals in my community. Ensuring that persons with HIV/AIDs are receiving access not only to the medical care they need, but the emotional support and resources necessary to live their lives to the fullest has always been one of my goals, personally and professionally. I am grateful and excited to bring my experience within the community and healthcare organizations to work to meet the needs of the community.