October 21, 2020

Keynote Speakers


Sheron Mosby

Sheron Mosby is the mother of two children with special needs. Her family resides in Northeastern NC, and her passion for advocacy came from the lack of services and specialty care available in the Northeastern NC area. She became interested in learning more about systems of care when her oldest son was unable to obtain the services he needed. She volunteers her time doing animal assisted therapy to those at risk in the community, at The Family Support Network, and at LICC boards. In June 2018, Sheron was elected to the Best Practices Steering Committee for the Department of Health and Human Services. The Northern CFAC and Governor’s Special Needs Oral Health committees are two of the latest opportunities that she have taken advantage of to help broaden her knowledge of systems change for the special needs population. Sheron engages in this work because she dreams that one day all families in NC will have access to quality medical and behavioral healthcare in the regions in which they live.

Denise Leone

Dr. Denise Leone, DNP, CPNP, RN is a pediatric nurse practitioner for Novant Health with years of experience working with children with medical complexities prior to becoming a parent. She has two boys; Quintin, 7 years old, and Colby, 6 years old, both with complex medical needs. Quintin is a typically developing child with numerous medical diagnoses including the need for a G-tube, J-tube, oxygen, and glucose monitoring. Colby has a genetic disorder, severe kidney disease resulting in the loss of a kidney, and developmental delays. Both boys keep her extremely busy and have taught her how to navigate the complicated system of care from both the parent perspective and the provider perspective. This has inspired her to be involved in the March for Babies Winston-Salem Planning Committee, co-chair the NC Genetics and Genomics Advisory Committee, participate in the Path-4CNC Advisory Team, and serve as a Child and Youth Branch Family Partner. She is honored and excited to be a part of the first Path-4CNC convening!

Charlene Wong

Dr. Charlene Wong is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Integrated Care for Kids (NC lnCK) model. She specializes in adolescent and young adult medicine and health services research. Her policy portfolio focuses on healthcare transformation and health-related behavior change, leveraging principles from behavioral economics and employing person-centered research and policy practices.  She directs health behaviors and needs research in the Duke Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative, serves as the Associate Program Director for the National Clinical Scholars Program at Duke, and is a faculty member in the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research. Clinically, Dr. Wong provides both primary care and specialized care to young people aged 12-26. She specializes in young people’s reproductive health concerns (menstrual, contraceptive issues, etc.), chronic illnesses, behavioral challenges, and developmental difficulties. Dr. Wong is based out of the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. 

Meg Comeau

Meg Comeau is a Senior Project Director at the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH), and the principal investigator for the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Advance Care for Children with Medical Complexity and for the Catalyst Center. Prior to starting at CISWH in 2005, Meg coordinated the Family Initiatives program at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she incorporated family input into hospital policy and programming related to family/professional communication, pediatric palliative care, and bereavement support. She is a nationally recognized expert on the impact of Medicaid and federal health care reform for children with special healthcare needs and complex conditions, and brings more than 15 years of experience in health care delivery, health financing, and improving insurance coverage. She is a member of the Leadership Circle for the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP) at Boston Children’s Hospital and serves as faculty for IPEP’s Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills.