Board of Directors

Steve Antal, Chair




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.”


Lisa Alexander, Co-VP of External Affairs
Lisa Alexander, MSN, RN, NE-BC serves as Nurse Manager at Atrium Health’s Huntersville Emergency Department. Lisa is a self-described “Carolina girl from Chicago and mom to 6 amazing kids.” She is currently in her second term as an LNCHC Board member and has been instrumental in the clinic’s fundraising efforts. She enjoys playing tennis in her spare time.


Donna Askew, Co-VP of External Affairs
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.”


Dr. Jose Aunon


Dr. Tom Brown


Justin Burton




Justin is Senior Vice President at Southern First Bank.  His experience includes managing the financial needs of small to middle market sized companies.  He is a Charlotte native and believes in helping local businesses and non-profits in the area.  Justin holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Masters in Business Administration from Appalachian State University.
“I serve on the board as I believe the clinic is a vital part of our community.  I am grateful to be part of an organization that is there for individuals and families when they need a helping hand.”


April Cook,  Co-Founder and Past Executive Director

April Cook is the co-founder of Lake Norman Communty Health Clinic and served as their Executive Director from January of 2000-September of 2022.  She is currently the CEO of the NC Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and is thrilled to be able to continue serving the uninsured by adovocating for access to medical, dental and behavioral health.



Dr. David Cook, Co-Medical Director and Co-Founder




Dr. Cook is board certified in family medicine and is affiliated with One Health Family Medicine. 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.


Elena Crees




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.


Andi Griffin, VP of Governance





Andrea Griffin rejoined the LNCHC Board in 2021, having served the Board during two former terms in various roles including chair. Andi has also been active on the boards of The Peninsula Community Foundation and UNC School of Public Health Foundation. She holds a BS in Public Health; Health Policy and Administration from UNC Chapel Hill
I serve as a Board member because I LOVE the mission.  It is close to my heart and my education.  The patients, staff and board are amazing people.  I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share my time, passion, and gifts with the clinic.


Kay James
Kay James is a native North Carolinian and an alumna of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before retiring, she worked in Patient Accounting at St. John Hospital and was the Office administrator for Flood and Harris OB/GYN for over 20 years.  She now enjoys volunteering, book clubs and competitive tennis.


Caroline Stevens


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.


Jeff Tarte, VP of Internal Affairs





Tarte graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in economics. From 2013 to 2018 Jeff was a member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 41. He has served in many capacities in the Lake Norman Community including Public Policy Chair of the LKN Chamber of Commerce.