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.
Shelia Speight, RN, BSN, MSA
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.
Sue Hall, 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-C
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.
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.
Mandy Cook, RN, BSN
Mandy is one of the newest additions to the MERCI team, coming on board with us in February 2019. Mandy is originally from Charlotte, NC, but has traveled the East Coast, graduating from Messiah College in Pennsylvania in 2001, and ultimately landing in Emerald Isle where she resides with her family. She previously worked in Labor and Delivery before finding her passion as a diabetes educator focusing on prevention and medical devices. She decided that a community focus was the most rewarding, bringing her to MERCI Clinic. On her days off, she enjoys going to the beach with her family and watching her three beautiful girls play lacrosse.
Denise Turner, RN, BSN, ADN
Denise is originally from Askins, NC, but has been in Craven County for over 35 years, settling here after her father got out of the Air Force. She attended UNCW where she earned her BSN, graduating this past year. Prior to this accomplishment, she completed her associates in nursing at Craven Community College in 1993, working over 16 years in Critical Care/ICU at Carolina East Medical Center. She came to MERCI first as a volunteer and was quickly hired as the Nurse Coordinator in July 2019. When she is not working, she enjoys many hobbies including photography and gardening and is very passionate about her faith. She has a menagerie of children, grandchildren, cats, bunnies, and one dog.
Meghan Pavelka, CNA
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.
Daphne Ellison, Dental Coordinator
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Susan Lucas, PhD
Susan comes from Bay Village, Ohio and moved to New Bern 12 years ago. She has an extensive background in academia, earning a PhD in Sociology at Penn State in 1988, after completing her Bachelors and Masters at Case Western Reserve in 1978. She and her husband tired of the academic life and moved to North Carolina for the water and the golf. Susan joined the MERCI Clinic team in June 2018 as a volunteer and then became a staff member in December 2018. Prior to her work here, she volunteered as a special event coordinator at Religious Community Services in New Bern and also worked as the Executive Director at Coastal Women’s Shelter. In her spare time, Susan enjoys quilting, kayaking, reading and cooking.
Hang Rocham, Medical Assistant
Hang was born in Vietnam but has spent the majority of her life in Craven County. After graduating West Craven High School in 2016, she attended Craven Community College for the Certified Medical Assistant Program. Hang began her clinical rotations here at MERCI Clinic and was offered a position as a clinical assistant shortly thereafter. During her days off, Hang enjoys reading and cooking and is a very talented singer.
Lauren Adams, CPT
Lauren is a native of Craven County, growing up in Dover and earning her phlebotomy certification from Craven Community College in 2016. In her spare time she is also finishing up her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Lauren joined the MERCI team as a volunteer phlebotomist but out-performed herself and was quickly hired as Lab Coordinator at the end of 2016. When she is not working, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing along with cooking. Her true passions lie in enjoying artwork and having great conversation over coffee.