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Charlotte, NC (September 29, 2022) –

NC MedAssist is pleased to announce the arrival of two new Board members, Laura Magennis, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, NPD-BC and Jay Vora, PharmD, MBA. Both Laura and Jay’s first terms of service are in effect 2022-2025, bringing the total number of Board members to 18. Board members play an instrumental role in NC MedAssist’s mission of dispensing opportunities through improved health. The organization seeks to ensure that no eligible person in North Carolina has to choose between purchasing food or their needed medication; improving the patient’s health and lowering uncompensated health care costs for all stakeholders.

Laura is a Strategic Partnership Coordinator & Clinical Assistant Professor for UNC Charlotte School of Nursing, where she prepares future nurses, works with clinical agencies and develops new clinical partnerships. She is passionate about programs that advance nursing practice and improve patient outcomes, especially in women and children’s health.

Jay is the Pharmacy Director of North Carolina Managed Medicaid Programs for Vaya Health, focusing on whole-person care for patients with behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disabilities. He is highly accomplished in pharmacy benefits, medication access, and medication therapy management in the community pharmacy setting.

The Board of Directors’ slate of officers for fiscal year 2023 include:

  • Chair:  Ashley Riley, JD, BeiGene
  • Vice Chair: Kevin Kendrick, Retired FBI Official
  • Secretary: Nicole Dunn, Ipsen
  • Treasurer: Kristy Skender, Premier Inc.
  • Immediate Past Chair: D. Patrick Easterling, Novant Health

NC MedAssist, founded in 1997 and the only statewide non-profit pharmacy in North Carolina, offers four programs to improve the health and well-being of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy Program (for prescription medication), the Mobile Free Pharmacy Program (for over-the-counter medicine), the OTC Free Store (for over-the-counter medicine and durable medical supplies), and the Transitional Jobs Program (for individuals with barriers to employment). Last year, NC MedAssist distributed $64.9 million worth of prescription and over-the-counter medicine to NC residents across the state. Learn more about NC MedAssist right now at www.medassist.org. You can also visit their FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter pages, or contact them to find out how you can help.

For further information please contact:

Jessica Yarzumbeck, NC MedAssist Director of Communications and Marketing