Barb comes to MERCI with more than 15 years experience in the nonprofit world, both in operations and fund development. Barb also draws on her experience in the business and banking sectors.
Barb is a native Philadelphian and has been a New Bernian for over 22 years. Barb is proud of her three awesome children and stays busy with her interests in cooking, hiking, reading and the beach.
Bridget O’Connell RN MS, Clinic Manager
Bridget joins MERCI staff as Clinic Manager, January 2018. Many of you are already familiar with Bridget’s professionalism, can do spirit and true dedication to MERCI through her many months as a MERCI volunteer. Since June of 2016, Bridget has volunteered as both a charge nurse and as head of MERCI’s quality improvement and quality assurance initiatives.
Bridget brings to MERCI Clinic a vast array of experience and qualifications. A licensed Registered Nurse with a masters in Health Care Management, Bridget has served in a variety of capacities from Clinical Operations Manager to Director of Patient Services and Director of Nursing. A Brooklyn, New York native, Bridget migrated to New Bern, NC in 2009.
Susannah Hall, Pharmacy Manager, PharmD, RPh
Sue started at MERCI Clinic as a volunteer pharmacist in 2016 and she is now Pharmacy Manager. Previously, Sue spent 13 years working as a clinical pharmacist and in clinical research and publications for hospice patients in the Philadelphia area. She also has worked as a community pharmacist locally at Bayboro Pharmacy and internationally at Pacific Health Pharmacy in the Northern Mariana Islands. She graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia and completed her residency in pharmacy health system population management at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, WA.
Sue relocated from Philadelphia to New Bern in 2012 to purchase a home for her and her parents to share. She enjoyed fixing up her historic home and now lives with her father and her pathologically disobedient dog Quincy. Sue enjoys international travel and has visited countries throughout Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Jennifer Jenkins, PA, Primary Care Provider
Jennifer Jenkins joined MERCI in April 2018 as our on-staff primary care provider. Jennifer was born and raised in California and received her medical training at the University of Washington School of Medicine where she received her PA degree in 1989. In 1996 she moved to the Outer Banks and has worked in Family Practice and Urgent Care in Eastern North Carolina ever since. Currently living in Havelock, Jennifer enjoys reading, dog walks and golf in her free time.
Shelia Speight, RN BSN MSA, Nurse Coordinator
Shelia was born and raised in Kinston and currently lives in Grifton, NC. She has been a registered Nurse for 33 years. Shelia graduated from Lenoir Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and East Carolina School of Nursing. She received her MSA from Central Michigan University. She has comes to us with over 30 years nursing experience. Shelia is creative and loves cake decorating, making floral arrangements and reading.
Donna Reece, Support Coordinator
Donna has worked her entire professional career for the federal government, in a multitude of administrative positions, at various Defense organizations in the DC area. She retired in 2011 and soon after moved to the New Bern area to be closer to her sister and take on the challenging role as primary caregiver to her ailing mother.
After moving, Donna quickly determined that she needed stimulation away from the caregiver role and became a volunteer with the Colonial Capital Humane Society. Through this organization, she has been able to fulfill her dream of “giving back” in a way the complements her lifelong love of dogs and cats. In addition to this, she accepted a second volunteer position with the MERIC Clinic. This gave her the opportunity to fulfill another dream of helping people less fortunate in life’s circumstances. Later, she was hired as a paid employee at the clinic and continues to enjoy meeting, greeting and assisting clients with their medical needs.
Meghan Pavelka, MedServe Fellow
Meghan joined the MERCI staff as our MedServe Fellow in July 2018. Meghan was raised in Cary, NC and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University in May 2018. She recently moved to New Bern to pursue a two-year fellowship with MedServe, in partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA. She will be with us for two years, serving in both clinical and community roles, as she prepares her application to medical school. Meghan expresses a passion for primary care and hopes to pursue a career in Family Medicine. During her free time, Meghan enjoys reading, attending concerts, and eating Thai food.