Our NCMSF Staff

Robert W. Seligson, MA, MBA, Chief Executive Officer

Robert W. Seligson (Bob) is Executive Vice President/CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society, the oldest professional association in the state. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation. In his role as CEO, Bob directs a variety of advocacy efforts designed to serve the physician community in North Carolina.

Bob has held numerous leadership positions at renowned medical organizations and state medical societies, including the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association and the American Association of Medical Society Executives, where he served as President in 2003 and 2004. He currently holds the position of President at the Physicians Advocacy Institute.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, with a BSA in Economics, Bob earned an MBA from the University of North Florida and a Master of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies at North Carolina State University with a concentration in film in May 2003.

Melanie Phelps, JD, Senior Vice President, Health System Innovation; NCMS Deputy General Counsel

Melanie Phelps accepted the role as Associate Executive Director of the NCMS Foundation in December 2011. She also serves as Deputy General Counsel for the North Carolina Medical Society. In her work, Melanie has focused on a wide variety of health policy issues and represented the interests of the physician community in public and private forums. She is a Past President of the NC Society of Health Care Attorneys and a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and serves on the NC Bar Association’s Medico-Legal Liaison Committee. Prior to joining the Medical Society in 2000, she worked in the Government Affairs Department of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Franklin Walker, MBA, VP – Rural Health Systems Innovation, North Carolina Medical Society Foundation; Executive Director, Community Practitioner Program; Executive Director, Project OBOT NC; Executive Director, Our Community Health Initiative

Franklin Walker is the former CEO of a medical/surgical practice and a adjunct faculty member at the UNC School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He holds an undergraduate degree from UNC - Chapel Hill and an MBA from Xavier University. Franklin manages the PractEssentials program, which provides medical practice management services to North Carolina community based and specialty medical practices. He provides financial management consultative services to the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) Regional Extension Centers (REC) medical practices as these practices purchase and implement Electronic Health Records (EHRs) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Pam Highsmith, MEd, CFRE, Vice President, Advancement & Donor Relations

Pam Highsmith is a native of Burgaw, NC and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and holds a Masters Degree in Education from The Citadel. She served in the NCMS Foundation from 1996 to 2008. During this time, she worked with physicians to carry out their vision for leadership development by designing and implementing the NCMS Leadership College. She was also instrumental in securing permanent funding for the Foundation's Community Practitioner Program with a $10 million grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Pam returned in January 2012 to become Director of Development, and her responsibilities include fund raising for the Foundation, management of the NCMS Leadership College and NCMS projects. From 2008 to 2011, she served as President and CEO of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education and as Administrator with United Hospice, a division of the UHS Pruitt Corporation.

Kristina Natt och Dag, PhD, Vice President, Leadership Development

Kristina Natt och Dag has a PhD in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University. Her specific areas of interest are authentic and ethical leadership as well as women and leadership. She has a Master in Human Rights from Lund’s University in Lund, Sweden and has been working in the field of training and development in the corporate as well as the non-profit sector, with focus on leadership development. She also served on the Committee for Women, Leadership and Human Rights, one of the streams for the 2013 ILA Global Women and Leadership Conference, which generated the Asilomar Declaration, a document building from the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing 1995. In April of 2014, she joined the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation in the capacity of Director of the Kanof Institute for Physicians Leadership.

Danielle Snyder, Project Manager, Health System Innovation

Danielle was born in Phoenix and loves to travel. She holds a BS in Sociology from Appalachian State University and has worked in both the human and animal medical fields. Her experience in Nursing Assistance, Customer Service, and Management has allowed her an eclectic perspective on life and she enjoys being able to help bring people together. When not working hard, she can be found playing hard – hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, painting, exploring “off the path” locations for photography opportunities, fostering rescue animals, watching horror movies, cooking and baking.

Aubrey Cuthbertson, Program Manager, Leadership Development

Aubrey earned her BA in Mass Communications at Meredith College. She grew up in Plantation, Florida and she snorkels or sails whenever possible. She also enjoys spontaneous trips to explore her new home state of North Carolina.