Weyling White is a proud native of Ahoskie, a small rural town located in eastern North Carolina. Born and raised in Ahoskie, Weyling left to attend college and returned back to Ahoskie to bring change to his community. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Winston-Salem State University, and he obtained his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix.
Weyling joined the Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center in 2013, as the Director of Hertford Health Access which has led to hundreds of patients receiving free or reduced health care services throughout Eastern North Carolina, as well as, improving the health outcomes of many of these vulnerable patients. In this role, he also established the TRIP program which has allowed many chronically ill patients in his community to access free rides to medical appointments and other resources.
While working to provide access to care for the uninsured population, Weyling was also instrumental in founding numerous initiatives surrounding social drivers of health, youth wellness, and health equity. He has served on the Board of Directors for Care Share Health Alliance, while also serving as Co-Chair of the Collaborative Network Committee. In 2017, Weyling took on the role as the RCCHC’s Practice Administrator and has continued to remain committed to community partnerships as he is the current Co-Chair of the Hertford Health Maintenance Alliance.
In 2019, Weyling made history as he was elected as Ahoskie’s first African American Mayor. Weyling is a graduate of the Rural Economic Development Institute with the NC Rural Center, as well as, a Leadership North Carolina Class XXVI graduate, and is a current Bernstein Health Leadership Fellow. He has a strong passion for health equity, social justice, and rural health.
Erin Storie is a native North Carolinian, born on one side of the state in Hickory, NC and raised on the other in Gates, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She is passionate about using communications and design as a way to advance health equity and social justice. Erin has worked extensively with the Affordable Care Act as a former Certified Application Counselor with the Health Insurance Marketplace, and has experience tailoring messaging to rural and farmworker populations from her time as a medical interpreter and Communications Coordinator at a Community Health Center in Northeastern North Carolina.
When Erin isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, and trail running, especially with her two dogs.
Hollis Smith has lived in the Carolinas all of her life. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics with minors in Spanish and Social and Economic Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she resides in Boone in the mountains of Northwest North Carolina.
Hollis is passionate about a systems-level approach to achieve equity. Earlier in her career, she completed a year of AmeriCorps service as a member of the NC LiteracyCorps, where she worked to build capacity in community-based literacy programs. She has also served as a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator as part of the NC Navigator Consortium, where she performed outreach and enrollment efforts to uninsured and underinsured individuals in the High Country Region. She believes that healthcare is a human right and understands the power of the Affordable Care Act & Medicaid Expansion in creating a healthier, more equitable North Carolina.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her partner and pets. Hollis loves being in nature, reading, rock climbing, and doing jigsaw puzzles.