Board of Directors

President:  Mike Murphy, DO, FACOFP, dist, FAODME

Dr. Murphy serves as a primary care physician at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina.  Prior to that, he served as the director of medical education at the Bluefield (West Virginia) Regional Medical Center (BRMC).  Following a 30-year in the US Navy, he served as the Dean of the Des Moines (Iowa) University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He just recently completed serving his second term as an AOA Board Member.



President Elect: Robin King Thiele, DO

Dr.  King-Thiele is Associate Dean for Postgraduate Affairs and Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine. She previously served as Regional Associate 

Deafor the eastern region of our clinical campuses. She has dual board certification from AOBIM in Internal Medicine and Hospice/Palliative Medicine with 16 years of clinical experience that includes wound care, hyperbaric, hospice, hospitalist, outpatient, ER, and teaching.


Past President : David Tolentino, DO

 Dr. David Tolentino serves as associate dean for clinical affairs at CUSOM.  A graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, he received a Doctor of Osteopathy from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002.  Dr. Tolentino completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio where he served as Chief resident 2004-2005.

Dr. Tolentino is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and was an Internal Medicine Attending Physician/Resident Service Attending at Westshore Primary Care Associates in Westlake, Ohio for eleven years.  He also served as Medical Director at The Belvedere of Westlake and Assisted Living and Rae-Ann Suburban Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and Medical Advisor for Westlake Village Assisted Living/Independent Living all in Westlake, Ohio.

Dr. Tolentino serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council for the North Carolina chapter of the American College of Physicians, NC Chapter, Governor’s Advisory Council and on the Southern Regional AHEC Board of Trustees.  He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, American College of Physicians, American College of Physician Executives, and was very involved in the American Philippine Physicians in Ohio.

 Secretary Treasurer:  Andrew Freeman, DO


Dr. Andrew M. Freeman is the Assistant Chief of The Campbell University sponsored Family Practice Residency at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton. He is a Cornell University Graduate who received his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986 and has been in practice for 29 years.



 Membership Chair:  Vacant

 Board of Trustees:  Tiffany Lowe Payne, DO

Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne 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 also an assistant clinical professor at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, N.C.

Dr. Lowe-Payne earned her medical degree and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM).  She  taught with the Department of Family Medicine at UMDNJ-SOM, and worked with Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers.   Additionally, Dr. Lowe-Payne has served as a clinical family practitioner at Duke Primary Care, a subsidiary of Duke University in North Carolina.  Dr. Lowe-Payne is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association.

Board of Trustees: Stephen DeMeo

Dr. Stephen DeMeo is a neonatologist in Raleigh, North Carolina and is affiliated with WakeMed Health and Hospitals-Raleigh Campus. He received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice between 6-10 years.  He serves as the Regional Dean for the Raleigh Clinical Campus of the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.  



Board of Trustees: Slade Suchecki, DO

Dr. Suchecki is a board certified family physician in private practice at Brunswick Family Medicine, in Southport, NC. Serving as NCOMA’s past president, secretary/treasurer and membership chair, Dr. Suchecki has represented North Carolina at the AOA House of Delegates, and served on last year’s AOA Public Affairs Committee. He is on the clinical faculty for the Residency in Family Medicine at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. He is credentialed at Dosher Memorial Hospital, where he serves as chairman of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and sits on the credentialing committee. For the last four years, he has served as Dosher’s Chief of Primary Care.  His strengths are in his caring approach to patient care and patient advocacy.  

Board of Trustees: Charles J. Smutny III, DO

Dr. Charles  J. Smutny III is currently an Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at CUSOM and is the ONMM Residency Program Director for the Osteopathic Medicine Plus One Residency Program.

He graduated from CW. Post Long Island University, New York (NY) 1984 with a Baccalaureate of Science and Education magna cum laude. He graduated NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine with honors 1994 completing the 5-year undergraduate fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Dr. Smutny achieved the rank of assistant professor teaching Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1994 through 2000. He served as a professor of anatomy and physiology at SUNY Suffolk, on Long Island in NY from 2010-2015. He is published in the JAOA, AAO Journal, and is a contributing author in several Osteopathic textbooks. Dr. Smutny continues to research, advocate and teach osteopathic concepts at the national and international levels.

Board of Trustees: Barbara Walker, DO, (President Emeritus)

Barbara E. Walker, D.O. 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 delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for many years, and currently is serving on the AOA Board of Trustees and is the President-elect of the NC Medical Board.

Board of Trustees: James Powers, DO (CUSOM Interim Dean)

Dr. James Powers joined the CUSOM family in October 2015 as the Associate Dean for Clinical Integration and a Professor of Emergency Medicine. A 1992 magna cum laude graduate with a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech, his passion for medicine developed while serving as a volunteer EMT on the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. Following graduation, he continued his EMS studies obtaining certification as a National Registered Paramedic along with instructor certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Trauma Life Support and Basic Life Support.


Resident Representative:  Ryan Paulus, DO

Dr. Ryan Paulus is a PGY-2 Resident at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in Chapel Hill.  He is a 2019 graduate of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dublin, Ohio.  He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University.  Dr. Paulus has served as a Resident Member for the NCAFP Foundation Board during  2019 - 2020.



Student Representative:  Safia Ansari, OMS II

 Student Doctor Ansari is the Vice President of the CUSOM Chapter of SOMA (Student Osteopathic Medical Association).  Currently, she also serves as the Diversity Chair for CUSOM Student Government Association and the Secretary of the Campbell University Community Care Clinic. She graduated from Rutgers University, where she earned degrees in Genetics, English, and Biomedical Sciences. She hopes to work in healthcare policy throughout her career and be an advocate for underrepresented communities. 


Executive Director:  Nancy Guy

Nancy serves in a joint role linking the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) with the NC  Osteopathic Medical Association (NCOMA) and the NC Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (NCS-ACOFP).  Nancy serves as the Executive Director for each of the Associations, and coordinates continuing medical education initiatives for all three organizations.  Nancy is based at CUSOM in office # 136.