Phone: 910-658-6501

President:  Robert Agnello, DO

Dr. Agnello has served a member of the NCS ACOFP since 2010. Robert has been active in the Pennsylvania associated osteopathic communities from 2001-2010. He is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. He is a graduate of the Warren Hospital Family Medicine Residency program in Phillipsburg, NJ. Robert also participates in multiple American Academy of Osteopathy committees including the AAO Membership Committee and the AAO Economics Committee. He is currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.


President-elect:  Nicholas Pennings, DO 

Dr. Pennings  is an Associate Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at CUSOM.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine.  Dr. Pennings moved from private practice into academic medicine joining the faculty of the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. He serves as Chair of Family Medicine and as the director of the Campbell University Health Center. Dr. Pennings is a fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association and serves as an Executive Director for Medical Education for the Obesity Medicine Association.


Vice-President: Mary Gaffney, DO


Dr. Gaffney is a family medicine physician practicing in Charlotte with Gaffney Health Services. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital.



Secretary-Treasurer:  Anthony Elkins, DO

Dr. Elkins is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board certified in Family Medicine. He is employed with  Iredell Primary Care, in Mooresville. He specializes in family medicine and musculoskeletal medicine.



Past-President:  Tiffany Lowe-Clayton, DO

Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Clayton is a board certified family physician with over 14 years of experience. She is currently practicing at City Center Medical Group in Raleigh, N.C., part of WakeMed Physician Practices.  She is Director of Clinical Skills and also an assistant clinical professor at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, N.C.  Dr. Lowe-Clayton is the past-president of the NC Osteopathic Medical Association.


Membership Chairperson:  Jacqueline Hicks, DO

Dr. Hicks is employed at WakeMed North Raleigh. She graduated from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Blacksburg and completed her residency at Riverside Family Medicine in Newport News, VA.

Her passion to help others exudes in her everyday interaction with her patients and frequent volunteerism.  In 2021, Dr. Hicks, along with other members of the Sister Circle, received the 2021 Legacy Award from the White Oak Foundation Award for COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Wake County NC.   She lives in Zebulon with her husband of 16 years and two daughters.


At Large Member:  Gina Micchia, DO


Dr. Micchia has practiced family medicine for 25 years, 16 of which were in North Carolina.  She graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She is employed with Novant Health in Wake Forest, where her practice focuses on women’s health issues.



At Large Member:  Slade Suchecki, DO


Dr. Suchecki is an MDVIP affiliated physician whose primary care practice serves both New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, of North Carolina. He is affiliated with Dosher Memorial Hospital and Novant Brunswick Community Hospital. Dr. Suchecki is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM).  He is a Veteran who served in the US Army, 101st Airborne, 801st Main Support Battalion and MEDDAC. In addition to his professional affiliation with NCS-ACOFP and NCOMA, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of NCAFP and is currently the Vice President of the Brunswick County Medical Society, and a previous member of NC Medical Board Review Panel.


CUSOM Representative:  Brian Kessler, DO


Dr. Kessler is the dean of Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. Kessler was associate dean of clinical affairs for the medical school in 2011, two years before it opened its doors to students in 2013.  Prior to being named Dean at CUSOM, he spent five years as the vice president, dean and chief academic officer for Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee. He is also a member of the ACOFP Board of Governors and serves as the Treasurer.


Resident Representative: Jordan Wong, DO

Dr. Wong is a rising third year family medicine resident at Sampson Regional Medical Center.  He intends to practice full-spectrum rural family medicine in Smithfield, North Carolina after graduation.  Since his entry into medical school, has served in several roles at the ACOFP including the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (now Advisory Group), Resident Council, Editorial Committee, as a reviewer for Osteopathic Family Physician, and most recently as Resident Governor on the Board of Governors.  He is a graduate of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, Kentucky.


Trustee Emeritus:  Barbara Walker, DO

Dr. Walker received her D.O. degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), completed her Residency in Family Medicine at Womack Army Community Hospital, completed a Faculty Development in Family Medicine Fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received a Doctor of Sciences Honoris Causa degree from Campbell University in 2011.

She retired from the United States Army as a full Colonel in 2006 after more than 25 years of service.  Dr. Walker was one of the three founding physician faculty at the Family Medicine Residency in Wilmington, North Carolina and later established this as an American Osteopathic Association approved program. She has served as President of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association, a as a member of the AOA Board of Trustees and the NC Medical Board.

Devyn Bahmiller, MS-1: Student Representative


Student Doctor Bahnmiller is an OMS I at CUSOM. She currently serves as the Vice President of the CUSOM Family Medicine Club and as the Quality Assurance Manager of the Campbell University Community Care Clinic. She graduated from Campbell University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is interested in pursuing a career in family medicine in the United States Air Force.



Nancy Guy, Executive Director


Nancy has served as the Executive Director for NCS-ACOFP since 2016.  In addition to her work with NCS-ACOFP, she was employed as the Director of Physician Relations and CME for the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, and as the Director of NCOMA until December 2021.  Before her employment at CUSOM, she served as the Director of the Lillington Chamber of Commerce for six years, and prior to that, worked for 30 years in county and state government.