The Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force is comprised of 27 members. The Governor and the General Assembly, with recommendations from the Speaker of the House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, appoint 24 of the 27 members as outlined in the enabling legislation:

  • Six legislators (three each recommended by the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tem of the Senate)
  • Health professionals
  • Survivors
  • Members of volunteer and governmental organizations
  • One business leader
  • One news director

The remaining three appointees are leaders within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These appointees are the designees of the following DHHS entities: Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Division of Aging and Adult Services and NC Medicaid.

Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force

Executive Director
Anna Bess Brown


  • Stephanie Dorko Austin, Advocate for Affected Family Member
  • Helen Brann, Manager, Duke University Heart Center
  • Heather Breedlove, Heart Event Survivor
  • Senator Jim Burgin, NC Senate, Harnett, Johnson, and Lee Counties
  • Sherry E. Butler, Catawba County Commissioner
  • Shonda Corbett, Area Agencies on Aging
  • Beth Daniel, NC Medicaid
  • Yolanda Dickerson, Volunteer, American Heart Association
  • Carolyn Dunn, Agricultural and Human Sciences, NC State University
  • Chris Dobbins, Gaston County Health Director
  • Joyce Massey-Smith, DHHS Division of Aging and Adult Services
  • Ashley Honeycutt, Licensed Dietician, UNC Rex
  • Nevill Gates, Internist, Greensboro
  • David Huang, Director, UNC Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Representative Frank Iler, NC House, Brunswick County
  • Senator Joyce Krawiec, NC Senate, Davie, Forsyth Counties
  • Kimberly Moore, Wellness Council
  • Wanda Moore, Registered Nurse
  • Deborah Holt Noel, UNC-TV
  • Senator Jim Perry, NC Senate, Lenoir and Wayne Counties
  • Ruth Phillips, Director, NCCU Student Health & Counseling
  • Joey Propst, Stroke Survivor
  • Senator Vickie Sawyer, NC Senate, Iredell and Yadkin Counties
  • Ryan Swanson, Pharmacist, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC
  • Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, DHHS State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer
  • SherĂ©e Vodicka, Licensed Dietician; Eat Smart, Move More NC
  • Representative Larry Yarborough, NC House, Granville County

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