The Crystal Coast Hospice House Board of Directors is comprised of up to 15 community leaders from the business, medical and service sectors. They are a distinguished group of individuals whose outstanding leadership demonstrates a commitment to the tradition of yesterday and the vision of tomorrow.

David A. Roach
Board Chair

David has been the Director of Clinical Education with the Respiratory Therapy Program at Carteret Community College in Morehead City since January 2009. He formerly was a Respiratory Therapist at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern for over 25 years. David is an instructor for the American Heart Association for both Basic and Advanced Life Support classes. David has supported Hospice care for many years and is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for such a wonderful organization supporting patients and their loved ones.

Jane Gordon

Jane A. Gordon
Vice Chair

Jane is an attorney at Kirkman, Whitford, Brady, Berryman & Farias, PA. She specializes in estate planning, estate administration and elder law. Jane understands the importance of hospice and what a wonderful gift it can be to a patient and his or her family because both of her parents were blessed to receive hospice care when they needed it. Jane and her husband Tom Samojedny are the proud parents of two wonderful teenage boys, and she enjoys time with family, hiking, being on the water, and her two dogs.

Booth Parker
Treasurer

Booth grew up in Jacksonville, NC, and attended NC State University where she earned her B.S. in Business-Finance Concentration and a Master's Degree in Accounting. She has been a licensed CPA since 2005. Booth worked in the automobile industry as a CFO for nearly 15 years with her family's Stevenson Automotive Group. She started Haley and the Hound, a women's and children's clothing brand, as a side business, and she still operates that today - selling online and wholesale to brick and mortar boutiques. Booth is planning to offer personal financial coaching in the future, as well as teaching high school personal finance. She has been married since March 2004 to Wood Parker and has one son, Wood V. She is a member of First Baptist Church Morehead City, and loves boating, fishing, traveling, baseball, and dogs (she has 5).

Beth Atkins
Secretary

Beth is a business representation and commercial real estate attorney with Howard, Stallings, From, Atkins, Angell & Davis, P.A. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia School of Law, and has lived and practiced in New Bern since she started practicing in 1985. Beth grew up in Newport News, Virginia, but returned to her birth town of New Bern where she has been very active in the community over the years, including serving as Chairperson of the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, and on Boards of numerous organizations including health related organizations such as MERCI Clinic and the CarolinaEast Foundation. Beth has two adult children, a son and a daughter, who live in Northern Virginia and Raleigh, respectively. While she has no grandchildren yet, she does claim one grand-dog. When not working, Beth enjoys travel and hiking. In the summer of 2019 she combined her interests and did a group hike from southern Switzerland into northern Italy in the Alps.

Dick Brvenik
Director

Dick Brvenik is a retired health care executive who served as President at Carteret Health Care prior to his retirement in 2020. Dick holds a B.A. degree from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and a Masters in Health Care Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dick's career included time as the Administrator of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; Vice President for Clinical Services at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at St. Anthony's Health Center in Alton, Illinois; President and Chief Executive Officer at Shore Memorial Hospital and Shore Health Services; and President and CEO of Windham Community Memorial Hospital in Willimantic, Connecticut. He and his wife have three adult children living in Charlotte, Pittsburgh, and outside Atlanta. In his retirement, he not only wants to enjoy personal time but to have the opportunity to give back to his local community, including serving on the Crystal Coast Hospice House Board.

Thor Coole

Thor Coole
Director

Thor Coole is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Senior Project Manager with experience in large scale, multi-site projects. Thor has a passion for service and before joining the Board of Directors for Crystal Coast Hospice House had attended many of the charity events here on the coast over the last few years. Thor considers himself privileged to be able to serve on the Board of Directors and finds this to be a rewarding effort. When Thor is not working, he spends his time with his wife, Kay, and their 65-pound bundle of four-legged love, Noel. Most of their spare time is spent on the water on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast near Morehead City.

Elise Gay

Elise Gay
Director

Elise was raised in Morehead City. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and from East Carolina University with a Master of Arts in Teaching. Elise has worked in both the public and private sectors in insurance and health care and traveled for business extensively throughout the US. Elise and her family lived in Greenville for 7 years before making their way back to Morehead City. While in Greenville, Elise helped found a women’s volunteer group which has now grown to The Junior League of Greenville, NC. Elise currently works for Lucas Research, Inc., as a Clinical Research Liaison. Her husband Mitch works in banking. Their young children, son Webb and daughter Adelaide, also keep the family on the go. Elise loves the sun, community involvement, and shopping.

Catrice Murrell
Director

Catrice was born and raised in Carteret County. She is a graduate of East Carteret High School, and received her Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies from the North Carolina Theological Seminary in Clinton, North Carolina. She is an Administrative Assistant with East Carolina Community Development, Inc., where she serves families with their housing needs in Carteret, Onslow, and New Hanover Counties. In her spare time Catrice enjoys volunteering with her local church ministry, Faith Tabernacle of Praise, in various areas such as the media ministry, women's ministries, missions, and as a member of the finance team. She is excited to be working with the Crystal Coast Hospice House Board of Directors and helping to give back to the community.

Audra Smith-Odum
Director

Audra was born and raised in Carteret County. She has been a hairstylist for over 25 years and has owned her own salon for the past 19 years. A breast cancer survivor going on 12 years, Audra received chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery in 2008 and 2009. SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House holds a special place in her heart, and she loves working on the board to help support the facility. Audra is married, and she and her husband love spending time with family (son Cole, who is local, and daughter Harlie, who lives in Montana) and friends.

David Oliver
Director

David was born in Raleigh, grew up in Pine Level, and attended NC State university where he earned his BS in Mathematics. He then earned his MD Degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in 1974. After completing his internship, residency and cardiovascular fellowship in Winston-Salem, he and his family moved to New Bern to begin his medical practice. In 1998 his group merged with several others to form Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC), where he has practiced as a physician member of CCHC until his retirement in April, 2020 (although he remains in an administrative and supervisory role with the CCHC Heart and Vascular division). He and his wife, Patricia, have twin daughters (both Pharmacists) and 5 grandchildren.

Buddy Russell
Director

Buddy is the Vice President of East Hardwood Company, the parent company of Safrit's Building Supply, Jacksonville Builders, EHI Cedar Point, Community Lumber and Coastal Lighting Gallery, in addition to being a Licensed General Contractor. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BS in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Construction Management and Minor in Business. Buddy's wife, Kathy, is a director at Carteret Health Care, and they have two daughters who both attend ECU. Buddy enjoys family, friends, fishing, boating, and Pirate football!

Sarah Strange

Sarah Strange
Director

Sarah was one of 4 original board members who started working to bring SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House to fruition. Sarah remained on board until after the doors opened. She has joined as a board member again and continues to support this wonderful facility and what it provides to this 5 county area, to the families and to their loved one. She is honored to be included and to be a part of CCHH once again. Sarah loves being a grandmother to 4 precious grandchildren and spending lots of time with them. She enjoys learning MahJongg and pickleball, boating with Curtis and the family, and all the joys of living in Morehead and on the water.

Harvie Gayle Leath Westberg
Director

Gayle is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate who became interested in hospice care while in graduate school at East Carolina University and felt honored to work at the Crystal Coast Hospice House as the Administrator and Social Worker. Gayle has lived and worked around the world but has called Craven County home for the past twenty-five years. She loves animals and enjoys boating, fishing, local high school football, and is an avid marching band fan.