A man with brown hair, a beard and mustache wearing a suit and tie smilesMatt Borges ('06), received the 2020 Mark A. Wallace Catalyst Leadership Award at Texas Children’s Hospital. Every year, the program honors outstanding individuals who lead by example, make the biggest possible difference, ensure the best possible outcomes and uphold Texas Children's mission and core values.

Head shot of young woman with curly brown hair, smiling in front of a grey backgroundHannah Muthersbaugh ('13) was nominated for the Triad’s 40 Under 40 young leaders who are going places. She is the advanced practitioner director with the Wake Forest Baptist Emergency Physicians Group. Additionally, Muthersbaugh recently became chair of the Cone Health APP Executive Committee (APP-EC). 

A young brunette woman stands in front of a Wake Forest Baptist Health gold background and smilesBrittany Donaldson ('16) received an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) award at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Her nominating colleagues state that “Brit is an asset to the pediatric rheumatology team and has been a tremendous gain to our section. Her colleagues commend her for her competence, independence, and compassion in the care of pediatric rheumatology patients."

Bride Zoe Hayes and groom Alex Feliciano stand outdoors in an urban setting wearing wedding attire


Mel Gaston ('75) retired as of January 1, 2019.


Zoë Hayes ('18) married Alex Feliciano on September 24, 2019.

Carole Holt holds her plaque for being named the 2019 North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants PA of the Year

Carole Holt, PA-C, was named the 2019 NCAPA PA of the Year in October, after spending many years treating individuals with breast cancer with great compassion and expert care.

Carole retired in July of this year after practicing as a PA for 41 years. When she retired, she was the director of the Novant Health Oncology Specialists’ Cancer Prevention and Wellness Clinic, where she had been since 2015. Prior to that, she had spent many years working with Dr. Judy Hopkins in medical oncology. Before turning her focus to oncology, she served as executive director of Planned Parenthood of the Triad, providing preventative care for underserved patients.

Wake Forest PA Program alumni pose for a group photo at the NC Association of Physician Assistants summer 2019 conference Wake Forest PA Studies alumni gather for a luncheon at the 2019 NC Association of Physician Assistants summer conference.


Tom Coppley (’78) retired in 2018 with a 40-year exciting career as a PA. Tom commented that he always valued his education at Bowman-Gray, which prepared him well for the practice of medicine.  Tom gave thanks to faculty past and present!


During 2018, Phillip Stephens (’90) published two books. In October 2018, Emergency Medicine: The Inside Edge was published by Wolters Kluwer and released at the National ACEP conference in San Diego. Written with co-authors Gina Stephens, DNP, FNP-C, and Jeff Klein, MD, the reference book is becoming a favorite text of emergency medicine practitioners.

Also published last year, Stephens's book, Winning Fights: 12 Proven Principles for Winning on the Street, in the Ring, at Life was recently a USA Best Book Award Finalist. Learn more about Phillip's work.


Lori Sumerford Shelton (’06) has taken a position as a full-time faculty member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School PA program. She will continue as a community instructor for the Department of Pediatrics while working in pediatric urgent care.


Frank Piper (’75) had his biography featured with in the Physician Assistant History Society. Check it out!


F. Keith Stirewalt (’84) has a new position as program director of FaithHealth Clinical Ministries at Wake Health. His role encompasses: teaching in the Medicine and Patients in Society (MAPS) class at the medical school, teaching about end-of-life and the spirituality of health at the PA program, clinical attachment to Palliative Care, participation on the Bioethics Committee and Chair of the Bioethics Policy Subcommittee, and being the clinical interface between the Division of FaithHealth and the clinical community.


James Ferguson (‘90) graduated from the prestigious two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Ferguson was one of two PAs in the graduating class of 74 fellows comprised predominantly of physicians from all over the world. Dr. Andrew Weil and his colleagues have mentored close to 2,000 medical providers in the fellowship since AZCIM's founding in 1994. Ferguson wants to develop an integrative medicine practice at Providence Newberg Medical Clinic in Oregon.

After 21 years of practicing Internal Medicine, Sandra Keys O’Neill (‘98) has stepped out of her comfort-zone and reinvented herself last year.  She has been with FastMEd Urgent Care for one year and loves it.  She lives in Charlotte with her husband and two boys (one in high school and the other off to Florida State University in the fall).  They spend a portion of free time at their condo in Asheville.

Bill Thomas (’93) completed the Aerospace Medicine Course at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and is now considered an Aeromedical Physician Assistant for the Air Force. Current Air Staff regulations are being looked at to explore allowing PAs to complete the aeromedical training and gain their wings as they do in the Army and Navy.

After 20 years in clinical practice (primarily Family Med), April G. Pope (‘93) is celebrating her sixth year as an associate professor at the Campbell University PA Program. She has served on the Board of Directors for the NC Farm Worker Project for two years and was recently appointed Trustee for the NCAPA Endowment Committee. 

April and her husband have a farm in Lillington, NC, where they raise primarily cattle but also have goats and sheep.  She is a member of Benson Grove Baptist Church, and leads a weekly Ladies Bible Study in her home.


Abbie Connoy (’17) became a Certified Clinical Densitometrist from the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

Lucia Lopez (’13) marred Dr. Mohsin Khan on March 10!

Andrea Whitley Peyton (’11) announced the birth of her daughter, Whitley Anne Peyton, born on January 4, 2019.  Andrea and her family are moving to Birmingham, AL, in July.

Duo of photos from 2019 wedding of Lydia Sparks Ramos ('17) and John Ramos ('16)Lydia Sparks (’17) married John Ramos (’16) on April 6. John practices Emergency Medicine at Marin General Hospital in San Rafael, CA, and is part-time faculty at Dominican PA program in San Rafael, CA. Lydia works as a psychiatric PA for Solano County Mental Health near San Francisco, CA. They live in San Rafael, CA.

Jennifer Teeters (’13) is working as the academic director of University of South Florida Physician Assistant Program. She also works in Family Medicine for acute care.