Our Leadership Team

Janet Bull, MD, MBA, FAAHPM

Chief Innovations Officer, Chief Medical Officer Emerita

Janet Bull, MD, MBA, FAAHPM is the Chief Medical Officer at Four Seasons and holds a consultant assistant professorship at Duke University Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the AAHPM, board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and holds a hospice medical director certification.  Janet has authored or coauthored several papers on palliative care and quality data reporting. She helped develop the QDACT (Quality Data Assessment Collection Tool), co-directed the Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance and is on the board of the Palliative Care Quality Collaborative. She directs the research department at Four Seasons and has served as the Principal Investigator on over 45 clinical trials in hospice and palliative medicine. She is Program Director of the Palliative Care Immersion Course and a principal of Four Seasons Consulting Group, which offers consulting services in hospice, palliative care, and research.  Janet was the recipient of the Sharon O. Dixon Award in 2007, the Cuniff-Dixon Hastings Award in 2012, and the Josephino Magno Distinguished Physician Award in 2013. In 2014, she was recognized as one of the Top 30 Visionaries in the Field award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and served as Principal Investigator on the 2014-17 Center of Medicare Innovations Grant demonstrating the value of palliative care.  She was President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) in 2017 and sits as a core team member on the development of the Alternative Payment Model for Serious Illness Care for AAHPM.  

 

Millicent Burke Sinclair, Ed.D, MBA, SPHR®, SHRM-SCP

President and Chief Executive Officer

Millicent serves in the serious and advanced illness sector from a heart of Compassion, Excellence, and Integrity. She earned a doctoral degree in education, two master's degrees- one in business and the other in leadership- and has an advanced certification in Business and Marketing Education. She is also certified by HRCI and SHRM with the designations of SPHR and SHRM-SCP.

Millicent has served in the manufacturing, education, and healthcare sectors since the early 2000s. She has led Four Seasons’ in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer since 2017 after holding several other leadership positions in the organization beginning in 2014. She sits on several boards including Teleios Collaborative Network and AHHC of North Carolina. Millicent’s visionary leadership inspires innovation, creates a high-performance culture, and drives a contagious commitment to excellence in care.

Born and raised in Henderson County, Millicent is married and the mother of three children. Millicent and her family are dedicated to total health and wellness including living an organic lifestyle, are active in their church, and love helping others within their community.

Alyson Cutshall

Chief Growth Officer

Alyson Cutshall, Chief Growth Officer with Teleios Collaborative Network, is a Licensed Master Social Worker, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and an MSW from the University of Georgia.

Alyson began her hospice career in 2003 as a Social Worker.  During her time in direct care, she developed her passion for hospice care, where she saw, first-hand, the benefits provided to both patients and families alike.  After nearly three years in direct care, she then transitioned to become a community representative, where she found success in growing the number of patients served.  She quickly grew to sales leadership, where she found success in her passion of ensuring that patients have access to quality end of life care.

Alyson has worked in sales leadership exclusively in the for-profit hospice industry.  Under her leadership as a VP of Sales, she led one provider to achieve the top market share in Tennessee, organically expand to another state, and acquire a state-wide provider.  She then worked for nearly three years for the nation’s largest for-profit hospice provider, where she traveled across the country to identify and facilitate growth through the provision of education and inspiration to teams.

Alyson left the for-profit industry to routine to her roots as a Social Worker in January of 2016; after one year, she was promoted to lead all Social Workers across 3 states for a not-for-profit home health care provider.  There, she again became inspired to see the positive impact that healthcare providers offer to all eligible patients, regardless of payer or status. 

Alyson feels blessed to join Teleios Collaborative Network, where she has the opportunity to work with not-for-profit hospice organizations and to continue expanding their services to eligible patients and families across the communities served.

Alyson lives with her husband, Stephen, and son, MacCormack, in Greeneville, TN.  Alyson enjoys reading, camping, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Sue Ann Hamby

Vice President of Quality and Organizational Development

Sue Ann started her career with Four Seasons as a hospice social worker in 1997.  Since then, she has served as the Director of Family Support Services, QAPI Program Coordinator and the Director of Clinical Operations Support. In Sue Ann’s current role, she provides oversight to the Compliance, Quality, Clinical Informatics, Professional Development, and Infection Control Departments.

Sue Ann is a native of Western North Carolina and has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Western Carolina University.  She and her husband have two grown sons and enjoy spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors mountain biking or fishing from their canoe.

Elaina (Lainie) Honeycutt, DO- Hospice Medical Director

Lainie is committed to addressing the emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of an illness and to helping hospice patients and their families achieve the best quality of life.

Lainie grew up in the Chicago area and then moved to Tennessee where she attended The University of the South and graduated with a BA in Comparative Religion.  She spent two years volunteering with AmeriCorps before going back to school to complete her prerequisites for medical school.  After graduating from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, she went on to complete her family practice residency at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, and it was during this time that she became interested in the field of hospice and palliative medicine.  She then completed the Asheville Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship before joining the Four Seasons team.  She is board certified in family medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, and is also hospice medical director certified.

Lainie and her husband have two young daughters that keep them very busy.  They live in Asheville and enjoy all the wonderful outdoor opportunities the area offers.

Rikki Nugent Hooper

Chief Clinical Officer

Rikki is a strong believer in quality care at end of life and advocates for her patients and families to achieve their goals.

In 1991, Rikki immigrated to the U.S. after completing basic nurse education in England. As an RN, she worked in oncology and in critical care prior to becoming an FNP. As an FNP, she worked in critical care, sleep and pulmonary medicine before coming to Four Seasons in 2004.

Rikki is certified in Advanced Hospice and Palliative Nursing and provides care for patients in all settings, both pediatric and adult. She has presented at both regional and national meetings on a variety of topics. She also serves on the AAHPM Task Force for Quality.

Outside of work, she has volunteered at the Free Clinics in Henderson County and has been a Girl Scout leader for 17 years. She has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. She loves to spend time outside, gardening, hiking and generally enjoying the mountains. She also enjoys sewing, knitting and cooking.

Harvey Nix, PA-C

Director of Palliative Care Hospital Programs

Harvey graduated in 2006 from the Physician Assistant program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies. After relocating from Charlotte, NC, he worked for the orthopedic spine specialty group, Spine Carolina, Asheville, NC. There, he worked as surgical first assistant and performed histories and physicals for surgical patients in addition to patient post-op care.

After this experience, Harvey decided he would like to better use the breadth of his PA training in medicine. Also, his personal experience- as a cancer survivor and his mother’s dying from ALS influenced his desire to seek a position to assist patients dealing with life-limiting illness. This decision led to Harvey joining the Four Seasons team in early 2008 as a mid-level practitioner in the Palliative Care Group.

Harvey is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a member of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Harvey graduated from NC State University in 1986 with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering. Prior to his career as a Physician Assistant, he was previously employed in Charlotte, NC, by First Union Corporation and Duke Energy. He worked as a project manager and business consultant at both companies. His work involved productivity improvement studies, process design, performance measurement, and strategic planning.

Harvey and his wife have been married for over 30 years . They have three sons and one grandaughter. Harvey has assisted as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America and relishes that his three sons achieved the rank of Eagle scout. He enjoys living in western NC and likes boating, snow skiing, hunting, camping, and hiking. He enjoyed performing as an actor in motion pictures, television and commercials in the past.

Lauren Purdy

Vice President of Employee and Volunteer Solutions

Lauren Purdy has been a part of the Four Seasons Family since 2011 and has worn many hats in her tenure with the agency.  She started as a Volunteer Coordinator at Four Seasons and has provided leadership over the Volunteer Team since 2013.  She has led the Employee Solutions (HR) Team since 2015.  She also oversees the Facilities & Payroll Departments and serves as the organization’s Safety Officer. 

Lauren brings over 13 years of volunteer management experience, 8 years of human resources experience, and 15 years of leadership experience to her role at Four Seasons. 

She started her career of service in 2005 when she dedicated two years of full-time national service through AmeriCorps working with at-risk youth in San Jose, CA.  She’s called WNC home since 2007 and is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in History. 

Lauren lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, flock of chickens, and honeybees on their little homestead in Candler, NC.   

 

Monica Watts

Vice President of Technology and Administration

Paige Wheeler

Chief Development Officer & Foundation Executive Director

Paige Wheeler, a North Carolina native joined the Four Seasons Foundation team in 2019 as the Major Gifts Officer. In January of 2020, Paige transitioned into the position of Executive Director. Paige is a graduate of Brevard College and UNC-Asheville. Paige has held previous positions that include Interim Director of Advancement, President and CEO, Executive Director and VP for Marketing and Development for organizations such as Southern Highland Craft Guild, The Health Adventure, Brevard College and Christ School.

Paige has served as a member of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Board and chaired the Governmental Affairs Task Force for the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

In 2008, Paige received the YWCA of Buncombe County Woman of the Year Award.

Paige appreciates staying current in fundraising trends, attending conferences and considers herself a life-long learner. She greatly values building long lasting relationships and enjoys matching the right person with the right project and feels that is when we experience true success. 

Paige has felt a wonderful connection to Four Seasons because of the care her father received through Four Seasons hospice.  Her father passed away at Elizabeth House during Christmas in 2005.  The care her father received as well as her entire family during that time is a major catalyst for her desire to raise funds through the foundation so others may receive the same type of loving end of life care.

“No matter how much happiness my work will bring me, my greatest joys will always remain - my family and my faith.”

Jacquita White-Blount, MS CHPCA

Organizational Coach for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Jacquita White Blount graduated from the Mercer University Stetson School of Business with a Master of Health Care Policy and Administration in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked professionally as a senior hospice executive since 1995. She has lead organizations around the country with a sincere dedication to servant leadership, innovation, public advocacy, regulatory prowess and improving access for multicultural and underserved communities. She consistently contributes her extensive industry knowledge that has been developed from over twenty-six years of working in nationally recognized hospice organizations and alongside industry experts such as best-selling authors like Perry Fine, MD author of “The Hospice Companion- Best Practices for Interdisciplinary Practices”, Ira Byock, MD author of “Dying Well”, “The Four Things That Matter” and grief expert David Kessler, author of “The Needs of the Dying”. She is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator, a distinction of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Credentialing Center.

She has expertise in creating high performing organizations through the promotion of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion programs that led to increased access and service delivery in multicultural, underserved and underrepresented communities. She has built inclusive workplaces throughout her career which always afforded senior leadership roles to be held by multicultural leaders. She has received many recognitions for her work in advancing hospice and end-of-life care in the communities in which she has worked.

Jacquita currently works at Teleios Collaborative Network (TCN ) as an Integration Coach leading the formation of AMOREM, an organization formed by two western-based North Carolina Organizations merging.