Leadership Team

Dr. Rachel Keever is an adult cardiologist with Asheville Cardiology Associates as part of Mission Health. She is currently board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Nuclear Cardiology.

She has a longstanding interest in rural medicine, dating back to the beginning of her medical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a North Carolina Rural Health Scholar. After medical school, she completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UNC Hospitals and fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She has been employed by Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute from 2003 to 2014 and has served as associate professor and medical director of the newly formed Gardner-Webb University’s Physician Assistant Program from 2014 to 2018.

She completed the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership training as Leadership College participant and as a Healthcare Leadership and Management (HCLM) Scholar. She completed the American Association of Physician Leadership program, meeting the Certifying Commission in Medical Management standards as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) in 2016. She currently serves as co-chair of the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership’s HCLM program.

Dr. Keever is active in organized medicine and serves on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Medical Society as well as the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation, Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation, and NCMS Political Action Committee. She is a past president of Rutherford County Medical Society.  She is recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and currently is a state councilor for the North Carolina Chapter of the ACC.

She is a lifelong resident of North Carolina and has twenty years combined clinical experience in both rural care settings and high acuity inpatient medicine. Dr. Keever is dedicated to the ideal of healthcare equity for Medicaid patients and envisions using delivery innovation comprised of community-based, interprofessional teams who are armed with better clinical data and care technology to improve health of North Carolinians.

Steve is Vice President, Legal Affairs and Secretary-Treasurer for Carolina Complete Health Network, Inc. a subsidiary of the North Carolina Medical Society in Raleigh. Before coming to CCHN, Steve was general counsel and chief operating officer of the NCMS. Steve previously worked in government affairs for the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville and prior to that he worked on medical economics issues for the Florida Medical Association.

Steve received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics (1980) and master of business administration (1989) from Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Georgia; a juris doctor (2000) from North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina; and a master of laws in health law (2015) from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. 

Pete will support network providers in performance review activities and performance improvement initiatives, that enable CCHN’s network providers to move towards and to succeed in value-based arrangements. 

Professionally, Pete brings twenty-five plus years of healthcare experience in data, analytics and consulting, including eighteen years with Quintiles Transnational, a leading pharmaceutical and healthcare solutions company.  Earlier in his career, Pete introduced the clinical and financial decision-support program within the WakeMed provider group, and he led the ground-breaking patient-level data consulting group for a healthcare informatics company.

Kelly serves as the leader of Business Operations & Finance for Carolina Complete Health Network.  In this role, she oversees provider relations & support, financial reporting, planning, analysis and administration.  

Kelly brings multiple years of start-up experience and leadership on strategy, financial and operations analysis, financial reporting, planning and analysis, with the last ten years working in North Carolina’s Human Services industry.  She has spent time working for both Mental Health & I/DD Agencies, as well as for Alliance Health.

Kelly obtained her BBA in Accounting from the University of Iowa and MBA from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  She has resided in North Carolina for the last 17 years.

Donetta Godwin joined CCHN in June of 2019 as a Senior Consultant for Provider Engagement, Performance and Analytics and is now serving as the Director for Provider Engagement.  She offers over 15 years of healthcare experience with a background in marketing and engagement.  Donetta worked hands on with NC providers in quality improvement as a Practice Coach with NC AHEC for over six years and then entered the health plan space and served in provider engagement for a national MCO. Donetta is excited to be a part of Carolina Complete Health Network, the only provider-led plan in NC and continue to serve providers as we all work together to improve health outcomes and move to value-based care. 

She is a North Carolina native and attended East Carolina University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Marketing and has recently been credentialed as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) through the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). 

Alex leads our efforts to use evidence and data to support providers, to help them in turn maintain and improve the health of their patients. The diverse data sources he uses include insurance claims, quality measures, publicly available indicators, and value-relevant metrics. Dr. Cowell also serves to direct several CCHN-funded pilot projects with select clinicians, physicians, and provider groups.

Alex has a PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina, where he also taught a course in applied microeconomics. He came to us from RTI International, a private, nonprofit research organization in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. There, he served as both a senior economist and program director, specializing in the economics of substance use and mental health. He directed many projects to evaluate behavioral health interventions and policies, such as the federal Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (“SBIRT”) program to address problematic substance use.

Jesse Hardin joined CCHN in November of 2019 as a Provider Engagement Coordinator and is now serving as the Head of Stakeholder Experience. Jesse leads the provider education and training, as well as communications with Carolina Complete Health Network Providers. She is also a Certified Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® Trainer and an active participant in various stakeholder groups which aim to improve health outcomes and resiliency of the communities we serve. Jesse has specialized training and experience supporting practices to integrate behavioral health into the primare care medical home; a cornerstone of Medicaid Transformation. Jesse has a Master of Arts degree in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University. Go Pirates!