Jesse Vick

Jesse Vick's background is primarily finance. He graduated in 2009 from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, earning a BSBA. He lives in Granville County with his wife and two kids (son & daughter). They enjoy camping, sports, outdoor activities, and hanging out with family and friends.

Benjamin Smith, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, CPP

Dr. Smith has oversight of the clinical pharmacy programs and initiatives for the Duke Population Health Management Office and the Duke Connected Care network. He is also responsible for the ambulatory clinical pharmacy strategy across Duke University Health System. Dr. Smith graduated from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC Chapel Hill and completed a pharmacy residency in ambulatory care at Mission Hospital and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC.

Melissa Sullivan Jones, MHA, BSN, RN, CPPS

Melissa has been a part of Duke Health since 2005. She worked clinically as both a pediatric ICU nurse and lung transplant coordinator. She also served as the Patient Safety Officer at Duke Raleigh Hospital, and most recently lead the Duke Connected Care Provider Relations team. Melissa holds a Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Jennifer Smith

Ms. Smith has a diverse marketing communications background across a variety of industries, with nearly fifteen years of experience in the healthcare space. Before joining Duke Health, Ms. Smith worked in the provider marketing group for a large national payer. Prior to that, she worked for a health system in Ohio, where she led a team focused on provider communication for an independent physician organization and clinically-integrated network. She has a BS in Communication from the University of Miami.

John Yeatts, MD, MPH

John P Yeatts MD, MPH serves as assistant vice president (AVP) and chief medical officer (CMO) of Population Health at Duke Health, as well as executive director of Duke Connected Care, Duke’s accountable care organization (ACO). A practicing internist, Dr. Yeatts also serves as assistant professor of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine and serves as acting program director for the Management and Leadership Pathway for Residents, a residency program unique to Duke that seeks to train the next generation of physician executives.


Tara Kinard serves as the associate chief nursing officer for the Duke Population Health Management Office (PHMO). Prior to joining Duke PHMO, she served in a variety of roles with the Wake County Medical Society Community Health Foundation, including care management, practice/provider liaison quality and support, and leadership. She also served as a regional vice president for Community Care of North Carolina.

Marcie Fuson

Marcie Fuson has served as the Operations Manager and Director of Educational Programs in the Population Health Management Office since its inception in November 2016. A Durham native, Ms. Fuson has been at Duke since March 1979 and has more than 40 years of experience in financial and human resources management, grant submissions/monitoring, coordination of educational programs, and program management. Prior to joining PHMO, she served for 16 years as Director of Operations for the Division of Community Health in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. In her early career, Ms.

Tuwana Cash Garrett

Tuwana Cash Garrett oversees human resources for the Population Health Management Office and is responsible for processing new hires, performance management, recruitment and retention, and payroll transactions. Ms. Garrett’s goal is to foster an environment that values diversity, employee development, and professionalism—while maintaining a dedicated focus on organizational effectiveness and customer service.