Community Care Clinic - Staff


Lisa Bottomley                                   Executive Director

Lisa comes from 11 years of experience in the non-profit sector with a background that includes health care management, fundraising, community engagement, volunteer mobilization, diversity and inclusion, and health systems relations.  During her non-profit career Lisa was also a corporate and volunteer trainer for manager development, consultative and relationship sales, staff/volunteer partnerships and program management. The majority of Lisa’s career has been spent working in the rural communities of North Carolina, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with patients on a local level. 

Lisa resides in Alleghany County with her husband, two children and 2 dogs.

She is a HUGE Carolina Panthers fan!!

Amanda Bliss, PA-C, RD                  Clinic Manager

Amanda graduated in 2010 from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY with a Master’s Degree in Physican Assistant Studies. She has experience practicing in family medicine, gastroenterology, ear, nose and throat and facial plastic surgery. Amanda is a previous resident of Asheville, NC and relocated to Boone with her husband and 2 sons from Morgantown, West Virginia. Her hobbies include paraelli natural horsemanship and lover of all things horse!


Jenna Crawley, LPC, LCAS         Mental Health Therapist

 Jenna was born and raised in Virginia. She received her bachelor's degree from Virgina Tech, majoring in Psychology and English.  Following college, she spent a year with AmeriCorps in Tucson, Arizona, travelled internationally, and then worked for five years at a therapeutic wilderness school in central Virginia. She completed the clinical and mental health counseling program at Appalachian State and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She completed her internship and worked at New River Behavioral Healthcare and then at DayMark with the school based therapy and outpatient programs. She is an avid runner, enjoys anything outside, is fueled by lifelong learning, and has an amazing husband and two year old daughter.


Beth Davis                                             Mental Health Therapist


Angela Swanson, MA                          Medical Assistant


Lauren Feeney, MA                              Medical Assistant

               PICTURE COMING SOON!

Mary Blackburn                                  Office Manager

Mary graduated from Wilkes Central High School in Wilkes County and attended Caldwell Community College, where she received certification in Early Childhood Education. After moving to Boone in 1997 she was employed with Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescents and gained experience and knowledge in healthcare.  She left Blue Ridge Pediatrics to stay at home with her newborn son, but found herself ready and eager to return to work in the healthcare industry after he started kindergarten. Over the years she has received training and certifications in insurance coding/billing, HIPPA compliance, and medical office management. Mary enjoys helping others and feels blessed to be a part of the clinic. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and loved ones.


Catherine King                       IT/Operations Manager 

Catherine graduated from college with a BS in engineering and had a 25 year career as a Manufacturing Engineer.  After moving to Boone in 2001, she felt a change of pace was in order and began working as the Parish Administrator for St. Luke’s while maintaining a consulting practice helping various manufacturing companies with their enterprise management systems. In 2010 she began work at the Community Care Clinic and is the computer systems administrator and bookkeeper.


Ruby Stevens                       Receptionist/Office Assistant

  Board of Directors      



Paul Siegel, PhD              Chair

 Paul Siegel recently retired and moved back to the High Country full time after spending over 30 years in Africa. There he worked with students, fishers, farmers and governments on sustainable development issues. He received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and worked with the World Wildlife Fund for over 20 years.  Paul also serves on the Board of Directors for BioGuinea, a national parks' trust fund in Guinea Bissau, and consults with institutions across Africa on issues related to offshore oil and gas development, marine parks, and helping balance human needs and environmental productivity.


Leslie Sargent Jones           Chair Elect

Leslie has had a 40 year career in biomedical research and education.  She worked at Appalachian State University for eight years, prior to retiring, as the head of the Honors Program/College.  She worked closely with pre-health majors in particular, and has an interest in promoting the volunteer opportunities at the Community Care Clinic to benefit both the students and the patients.  Leslie is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the national honors organization, NCHC, and continue to direct the online, undergraduate neuroscience journal, IMPULSE, that serves the international biomedical community.

John Whitlock, MD      Medical Director

Dr.  Whitlock received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine/Geriatrics. Before moving to Boone he opened his practice in Eastern Tennessee at Johnson County Memorial Hospital in 1976. Dr. Whitlock retired from Watauga Internal Medicine in 2012.  He has been a highly regarded member of the local medical community for many years.  Dr. Whitlock is an active member of the Clinic’s Board of Directors, and serves as the Medical Director in a volunteer capacity, as well as a volunteer provider at the Clinic.

Betsy Harris              Board Member- Secretary

Betsy is retired after enjoying 25 years at Appalachian State University as Lab Manager in the Department of Biology. She worked with the introductory biology courses, designing and implementing their lab exercises. Prior to that she worked as a lab technician at Watauga Medical Center. Betsy has a MS in Biochemistry from UMass, Amherst (1975) and more recently a Masters in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill (2008).  She holds certification as a Clinical Chemist (ASCP). Currently she works as a consultant for publishing companies involved with the production of learning resources for biology students. She also volunteers in the lab at the clinic and served on the Board of Directors from 2007 - 2010 before returning in 2014.


Richard Henson            Board Member

Richard joined the board in 2015 after 36 years at Appalachian State University as a professor of Biology. He also served as assistant and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1999 - 2006. He retired in 2006 as Professor Emeritis in Biology.


Angie Shoemake, MSW, CMSW, OSW-C        Board Member

Angie is currently the Social Worker for the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer center. She grew up in Baltimore and earned a Bachelor’s in English & Sociology at Goucher College. After college she joined AmeriCorps and was a member of the first graduating class of the National Civilian Community Corps. She did a second AmeriCorps program and moved to Sacramento to join the National AIDS Fund and work at a Hospice House. After  AmeriCorps she worked with the homeless and several housing programs.  Angie got her MSW at The University of California at Sacramento and moved to North Carolina in 2003

Tom Fisher                   Board Member- Treasurer

Tom has lived in Boone since 1976. He retired in 2011 after 36 years at Appalachian  as Executive Director of Educational Outreach and Summer programs. He holds an undergraduate degree in Recreation Management  from NCSU and graduate degrees in Political Science and Higher Ed Administration  from Appalachian. Previous volunteer service has included 3O years as a Boy Scout Leader and service to local veterans as a volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans unit driving veterans to medical appointments at V A Hospitals around North Carolina and Tennessee. Tom strongly believes that healthcare is a right.

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