Board of Directors

Anthony Cirillo, Chair
Anthony Cirillo is the President of The Aging Experience and is an internationally known health and aging expert. Anthony is a professional speaker and media expert on senior issues. He serves as the Public Relations. Chair for the Lake Norman/ Huntersville Rotary Club and is a member of the Huntersville CARES. Anthony received his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania.
“I serve as a board member because I admire the work of the clinic and feel it is going to be even more needed. As a health professional, I believe I can help the clinic with my expertise. I am the Rotary board liaison to the clinic and volunteered for this role because I wanted to further give back to the community.”



AK Matheson, VP of Governance
AK Matheson is the Board’s VP of Governance, having previously served as VP of Internal Affairs. AK also previously served as the chairperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and as chairperson for the St. Mark Lost and Found, and the Peninsula Club Family Activities Committee. AK’s education background includes a BA in Political Science and French, from Fordham University. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law.



Keith Anderson, VP of Internal Affairs
Keith Anderson is a director in the Health Solutions practice at FTI Consulting.  He has over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry working with providers and payers.  He previously held positions at Atrium Health (Carolinas Healthcare System), United Healthcare, Iredell Health System and Aetna Health Plans. In his work, he has focused on payer-provider relations, process improvement and value-based care.  He holds a BA in Economics from St. Oaf College and a MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of St. Thomas.
“I believe in the Clinic’s mission to create a medical home for the uninsured and am honored to be able to serve in carrying it forward.”


Elena Crees, VP of External Affairs
Elena holds a B.S. from Winthrop College, and a Masters of Business Administration, from Winthrop College. She serves the community through her involvement with Habitat for Humanity and the Latin American Women’s Association. Elena joined the LNCHC Board in 2016.



Dr. David Cook, Co-Medical Director and Co-Founder
Dr. Cook is board certified in family medicine and is affiliated with Holston Medical Group. He formerly served as Founder and Medical Director of Lakeside Family Physicians, and as Senior Vice President of Population Health and Value-Based Care at Novant Health. Dr. Cook is a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed his residency at Carolinas Medical Center.



Dr. CJ Atkinson, Co-Medical Director
Dr. Charles Atkinson, MD is a board certified family physician in Huntersville, North Carolina. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina and Georgia. Dr. Atkinson is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia.




Lisa Alexander



Steve Antal
Steve is an attorney and also Founder and Managing Partner of Antal Consulting, Llc, a legal and financial regulatory consulting firm.  He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and legal degree from Georgetown University Law Center.  Since moving to the area in 1996 Steve has remained active in numerous community and church-related projects and affairs. 
“I am honored to have become a member of the Board and am especially interested in supporting the Clinic’s mission to provide health care and related guidance to uninsured families.  This mission is an incredibly worthy endeavor benefiting those of our neighbors needing a safety net — especially during this uncertain and evolving healthcare climate.”


Donna Askew
Donna has owned her own company, Strata Financial since 1995.  She has worked primarily with Physicians to provide employee benefits and financial services.  She also works as the Chief Operating Officer at Ballas Chiropractic with her husband, Dr.John Ballas.  She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from NC State University.
“I believe in the mission of the clinic to make healthcare accessible to the uninsured in our community.  With the rising cost of health insurance, there are more and more people who are at risk of losing access to necessary medical services and Lake Norman Community Healthcare does a wonderful job of serving those in need.”


Ron Krueger
Ron is a retired member of the community serving the board for Lake Norman Community Health Clinic. He has also served a Deacon of the New Hope ARP Church, Leader of the Stove Mission of the Davidson United Methodist Church Guatemala mission, and a board member for the Gastonia United Way.
“I serve as a board member because Lake Norman Community Health Clinic is an expression of unconditional kindness and is a benchmark model of an effective nonprofit health clinic that effectively leverages its resources to maximize it’s a ability to reduce suffering for the forgotten poor.” 


Mike Riley
Mike Riley is the president and COO of Novant Health, Huntersville Medical Center. Mike is a graduate of Pfeiffer University with a Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration. He also received his Associate Degree in Nursing from Wake Technical Community College, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina State University.  Mike is a member of the Board of Directors for the Harvey B. Gantt Center and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.


Vickie Van Wingerden
In addition to her LNCHC Board service, Vickie is involved with the North Mecklenburg Women’s Club. She and her husband started Metrolina Greenhouses in 1972, having immigrated from the Netherlands in 1971. The family continues to run the business.
“I serve as a board member because I have a passion for what happens in my community.”