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, Nuclear Cardiology, Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography and Stress Echocardiography.

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.

Tabatha Dixon is a senior healthcare executive and nurse with extensive experience in strategic planning, team building, consulting, program development and management.  Tabatha serves as Carolina Complete Health Network’s Senior Director, Medical Policy and Corporate Connections.  In this role, she leads a team of physicians who develop medical policy, clinical care guidelines and serve as advocates for the physician population of North Carolina.

Tabatha has years of experience in nursing, healthcare consulting, provider and employer group engagement, and medical policy development.  She served the most recent nine years at Blue Cross NC, a leading North Carolina based healthcare insurance company.  While at Blue Cross NC, Tabatha played a role in the development of the value based reimbursement strategy known as Blue Premier and managed the clinical team responsible for carrying out this work.

She was born and raised in Belhaven, a rural Eastern North Carolina town, and is a lifelong resident of North Carolina.  She attended East Carolina University where she graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Concentration in Nursing Leadership and Community Health. Tabatha holds certifications in case management and professional coding.  Tabatha began her nursing career at what is now called Vidant Health in Greenville and has more than twenty years combined clinical experience in both rural acute care settings and commercial managed care. Tabatha is dedicated to the mental and physical health and well-being of the citizens of North Carolina and believes that partnering with physicians and other providers is critical to meeting that goal.

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.

    Jennifer comes to us from the North Carolina Medical Society, where she served for eleven plus years in the Specialty Societies and Membership departments.  While at the NCMS, Jennifer was the Database manager and was responsible for membership dues invoicing and all membership transactions.  During that time, Jennifer assumed the role of membership invoicing for 9 specialty medical societies which resulted in a 25% increase in membership and implemented and managed a partnership project with another association which resulted in a 50% increase in membership for that category.

    Prior to joining the Society, Jennifer worked as an office manager for a children’s mental health agency. While in high school and college, she staffed the front office of gastroenterology practice.

    Jennifer received a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in Political Science.

    Steve is general counsel and chief operating officer of the North Carolina Medical Society in Raleigh. The NCMS was organized in 1849 and is the largest physician organization in the state, representing approximately 12,000 physician members from every specialty and practice setting. Steve works on issue advocacy and provides legal services to the Society. He is also Vice President, Legal Affairs and Secretary-Treasurer for Carolina Complete Health Network, Inc. a subsidiary of the NCMS.

    Before coming to the Society in 1994, Steve 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.