CareNet is led by a team with a broad base of experience in counseling and non-profit management. Together, our leadership and administrative teams provide strategic and operational direction for each of our six regional centers and over 80 counties we currently serve. But, what differentiates this team from others is a huge combined heart for the work and for seeing clients and team members all reach their full potential.
Our Leadership Team
Janie Taylor, PhD, LMFT
Interim Clinical Director, Regional Manager (Greenville)
Janie Taylor is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Clinical Supervisor. She earned her PhD in medical family therapy and a master of science in marriage and family therapy from East Carolina University, and has presented nationally on stress, family of origin issues, grief and loss, as well as innovative therapeutic techniques and opportunities for therapists in medical education. She has done research in the areas of spirituality and parental coping with the loss of an adult child, as well as various aspects of spiritual care provision within medical settings.
Brian Davis, DMin, MDiv
Interim Operations Director, Director, Community and Congregation Engagement, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Brian Davis earned his Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He joined Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in 2020 as Director of Community and Congregation Engagement, working to align the programs of the Division of FaithHealth with community, congregational, and clergy partnerships, and has joined the effort to forge new partnerships to expand CareNet counseling centers across North Carolina. Prior to that, he served as Associate Executive Director of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
H. Leah Creel, MDiv, LCMHC
CareNet Integrated Care Coordinator
Leah Creel is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who joined CareNet in 2013. Leah’s experience includes collaborating with children, adolescents and families through life transitions and stressors, and currently provides psychotherapy and integrated care in two Wake Forest Baptist Health pediatric clinics. She is also a Community Resiliency Model (CRM) instructor. Additionally, Leah serves as the Integrated Care Coordinator for CareNet and has a passion for integrating behavioral health into a variety of settings, including physician offices, schools, businesses and other organizations.
Russell Siler Jones, ThD, LCMHCS
Manager of Residency in Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Russell became Manager of CareNet’s Residency in Psychotherapy and Spirituality in 2008. In that role, he teaches and supervises all associate-licensed therapists at CareNet. He has also worked in community mental health, as an associate pastor, as a hospital chaplain, and as a pastoral counselor in Asheville since 1996. He is author of Spirit in Session: Working with Your Client’s Spirituality (and Your Own) in Psychotherapy (2019) and is developing a national training program in spiritually integrated psychotherapy through ACPE.
Deborah A. Morton, LCMHCS
CareNet Clinical Quality Manager
Debbie joined CareNet in 2013 and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor. She has practiced in community-based chemical dependency programs, hospital-based group therapy programs, physician practices and private practice, and she brings over 23 years of experience in individual, group and couples therapy. In addition to counseling, Debbie serves as the clinical quality manager for the CareNet Counseling organization. She has a passion for continuous improvement in clinical quality for the organization.
Abby Washington, MBA
CareNet Finance and Billing Manager
Before joining CareNet in August 2022, Abby worked in the Financial, Planning, and & Analytics division with Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. She enjoys spending time with her son, husband, two dogs, and three cats during her free time.
Laneita F. Williamson, RN, BSN
Trauma-informed Care Manager
Laneita is a Registered Nurse with experience in cardiac, medical surgical, orthopedics, neurosurgery, operating room, trauma rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, nurse manager, Medicare compliance coordinator, and infectious disease and substance misuse population. Laneita joined Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in 1999 and created the trauma-informed care curriculum for the hospital, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and greater community. She expanded her role to CareNet to further her drive for cross-sector collaboration in trauma-informed care efforts. She currently is enrolled in Dominican University seeking her Master of Arts in Trauma-Informed Leadership.
Our Board of Trustees
Douglas Urland, MPA
Director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Doug has a strong understanding of local public health including several parts of the state and North Carolina as a whole. His leadership is reflected in the positions he has held; his expertise in such areas as visioning, changing to meet the needs of 21st century public health and Public Health 3.0; and having served as president of the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors. He is committed to inclusive excellence and to adapting the outstanding NCIPH to the changing needs and landscape of North Carolina. Urland has been a local health director in North Carolina since 1995, serving in Greene, Caldwell and Catawba Counties. He also has worked as a facility director for Skill Creations, Inc., a company that provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; worked in case management with the United States Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons; worked in personnel management for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and taught classes as an adjunct instructor at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.
Rev. Gary R. Gunderson, MDIV, DMIN, DDIV (Hon)
Appointed in July 2012, Gunderson oversees spiritual care services for patients, families and Medical Center staff. He supervises six departments — CareNet Counseling, Chaplaincy and Clinical Ministries (which includes the Clinical Pastoral Education program), FaithHealth Education, Community Engagement, the Center for Congregational Health and FaithHealthNC. Recognized as an expert in congregations and health, he also nurtures the relationship with more than 4,300 Baptist congregations throughout North Carolina and other large networks of our patients’ faith groups.
Dr. Gunderson is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Convention. He has written four books used in seminary and public health including: Deeply Woven Roots (Fortress Press), Boundary Leaders (Fortress Press), Leading Causes of Life (Abingdon) and, most recently Religion and the Health of the Public (Palgrave/McMillian). He is happily married and has two daughters and two wonderful grandsons. His pastimes include tennis, hiking and woodworking.
Kevin P. High, MD, MS
Kevin P. High, MD, MS, is president of the Wake Forest Baptist Health system. As president, High is responsible for all aspects of the health system’s clinical administrative enterprise, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and overseeing operations, facilities, budget and clinical faculty/staff.
High joined Wake Forest Baptist in 1993 and has served in a variety of administrative, academic and research positions.
Michael Lischke, EdD
Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education Northwest Area Health Education Center
Michael is a 28-year veteran administrator and educator –holding the current titles of Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, Richard Janeway MD Distinguished Director of Northwest Area Health Education Center, Associate Professor Family & Community Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. Michael is recognized in the Piedmont Triad region and across the state of North Carolina as a community leader, a change agent, straight forward communicator and partner/collaborator.
Richard W. Lord, Jr., MD, MA
As Vice President of Primary Care and Population Health, Dr. Lord develops the strategic vision and organizational capabilities needed to implement population health management across the Wake Forest Baptist system and its clinically integrated networks. Across the region, he works with health services and agencies to build community and patient engagement with effective population health approaches and tools that will improve health and wellness, minimize care fragmentation and reduce care costs.
Terry G. Williams, MBA
Terry Williams is executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. In this position, Williams formulates and executes overall business strategy, fosters strategic alliances, and promotes growth. He provides leadership regarding affiliations, business intelligence, partnerships, clinical integration development, joint ventures and management agreements.
Williams’ duties also include oversight of strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, clinical business development, health and wellness agenda and consumer product development.
Terry enjoys mission work, cycling and co-founded the Great Atlanta Youth Walk and a camp for foster, abused and neglected children. He has served on several community and health care related Boards. He and his wife Christie, have two sons, Austin and Logan.