TCMDA Board of Directors and Pastor Director

President: Dr William J Parsons

 Bill and Darlene Parsons

Bill graduated from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School. He completed internal medicine residency at University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital, and cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He was on the cardiology faculty at both Duke and UT-Southwestern in Dallas, after which he went into private practice at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Bill and Darlene returned to the RTP area in 2001. Since then, Bill has been practicing cardiology with Duke Cardiologyof Raleigh. He has been a member of CMDA since 1978. Bill and his wife, Darlene, have been married for over thirty years. They have three grown children and two rescue pugs. 

Vice President: Dr. Craig Fowler

Dr. Craig Fowler is the Chief of Surgery abd Chief of Opthamology: Fayetteville VAMC and Wilmington HCC. He is also the Associate Medical Director of the North Carolina Eye Bank ("Miracles in Sight"). He is also a Tenured Associate Professor at the UNC School of Medicine. 

Recipient of the 2014 R. Townley Paton, MD award from the Eye Bank Association of America link

Dr. Fowler initially came to the Triangle area in 1992 as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke, and started hosting monthly CMDA dinner meetings in his home with the help of Dr. Ron Halbrooks. In 1994 he married Dr. Amy Folwer, and they continued to host the monthly dinner meetings in their home. Shortly after this time the Duke and UNC CMDA chapters united for the larger group dinner meetings. Bible studies and outreach activities proliferated, and within a few years the meetings relocated to various Triangle church fellowship halls. Craig, Amy and her parents have been integral in hosting and serving the local TCMF chapter.

Dr. Amy Fowler

Dr. Amy Fowler is an Assistant Professor, Residency Director and Director of Medical Student Education for UNC's Department of Ophthalmology. She received her medical school training at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Fowler did her residency in Ophthalmology at Duke University Eye Center. She completed a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UNC. Amy and her husband, Craig Fowler, have hosted CMDA and TCMF events since 1993.

Secretary: Dr. Charles and Rosemary Herbst


Charles is retired from UNC as professor of GI surgery.  He completed medical school and surgery residency at University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson, MS. He has been a member of CMDA for approximately 30 years and of TCMF since its founding in 2005. His wife Rosemary is a homemaker, but a schoolteacher by training and profession.  They have two grown children, both married and living in Colorado and have 5 grandchildren.  They are members of Chapel Hill Bible Church, where Dr. Herbst has served as elder, taught both in Sunday School and in a small men’s group, while Rosemary serves on the Cross Culture Missions Committee. Charles continues to teach third year med students on GI surgery at UNC and Rosemary is active in Pregnancy Support Services, CH Homeless Shelter, and Durham Rescue Mission.

Treasurer: Dr Allen Proia


Currently the Director of Duke’s Autopsy Services, Dr. Proia received his medical training at Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his pathology residency at Duke University medical Center. He also holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Rockefeller University. His research interests include: 1) the pathology and genesis of diseases affecting the eye and adjacent structures; 2) developing and validating tests to diagnose, predict prognosis, and tailor therapy in patients with cancer; and 3) the effect of cardiopulmonary bypass and glycogen storage diseases on the heart.

Dr Stephen Boyce

Dr. Stephen Boyce graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with honors in 1978. He received his medical degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1982 and completed his residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery at the University of Colorado in 1988. While in Colorado, he served on the Doctor's Ski Patrol at Breckenridge, Loveland, and Winter Park ski areas. He joined Raleigh ENT in 1989 and is a fellow of both the Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. Dr. Boyce's practice encompasses all aspects of otolaryngology, but he especially enjoys pediatric ENT, thyroid and pituitary surgery, nasal and ear surgery, and care of voice disorders.

Dr. Boyce and wife, Tina, live in Cary with their schnoodle, Jackson. They have 3 adult children. Dr. Boyce  is actively involved with Kairos prison ministry. He has participated in mission trips to Appalachia and the Dominican Republic.

Dr Rick Stouffer

Dr. Stouffer is the Henry A. Foscue Distinguished Professor of Medicine. He has been a member of UNC’s cardiology faculty since 2000, serving as Chief of Interventional Cardiology since 2001, Chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories since 2001, and Chief of Clinical Cardiology since 2007. In addition to his clinical roles, he serves as principal investigator for the NIH funded UNC Clinician-Scientist Training Program in Cardiovascular Medicine and as program director for the Interventional Cardiology training program.

Dr. Stouffer went to medical school at the University of Maryland and performed his post-graduate training at the University of Virginia. He is recognized for his basic and clinical research programs in the areas of smooth muscle cell growth, atherosclerosis, and interventional cardiology. He has published more than 120 scientific papers and serves on the editorial board at the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the American College of Physicians and the American Heart Association. He has served as the editor or co-editor of three cardiology textbooks. He has won numerous awards with the most recent being the 2014 Medical Student Research Mentor Award given by the Academy of Educators.

Director of Development: Dr Bert Kelling

Dr. Bert, as his patients call him, is a Board Certified Orthodontist. He has been in practice in Raleigh, Louisburg and Creedmoor since 1979. He received his education at the University of Georgia, Emory University and three years of specialty training in orthodontics at Harvard. He enjoys professional membership in the American Association of Orthodontists, Sigma Xi Research Society, the Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Area Director/Pastor: Paul Gerritson

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Paul currently serves in North Carolina as the Area Director-Pastor for Triangle Christian Medical and Dental Associations.  He serves healthcare students at Duke and UNC, as well as practitioners in the Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh region.  He was born again in February 1992, on I-25 south of Raton, New Mexico, while driving his pickup truck on a Sunday morning. Our Heavenly Father had him in just the place where the only thing he could do was listen to a gospel preacher on the radio; faith came by hearing, new life came by believing.

Paul was in EMS from 1993-2004, beginning with 911 response as an EMT, paramedic and then as a paramedic preceptor. Subsequently, he was certified as a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic and became the Operations Director of a Critical Care EMS service in the Southwest, serving four states. His first ministry was to his patients while in EMS: healing the bodies, teaching the souls and preaching to the spirits of innumerable patients and/or their families. Since leaving EMS, he has pastored three congregations since 2005 and earned his master of divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently, his pastoral care is shared between TCMDA and the Christian healthcare community, his senior friends who are homebound or in long-term care facilities, home Bible studies and his family at The Gathering Church. He is married to Judy Renee Speas, a native of North Carolina and UNC Moorehead Scholarship alumni.

Dr Joseph Caccioppo

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Dr. Joe Cacioppo is Chair of Community and Global Medicine and associate professor of emergency medicine at CUSOM. After graduating from Kent State University, he served in the United States Coast Guard and went on to earn his Doctor of Osteopathy at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Cacioppo completed his residency at Grandview Hospital.

He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Burn Life Support, Disaster Relief Grief Counselor, Leadership Disaster Response, and Emergency Medical Dispatch.

Dr. Cacioppo has served as Chief of Staff at Seneca District Hospital in Chester, California and has served as Medical Director in the Emergency Department at Doctors Hospital North in Columbus, Ohio, Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nevada, and Humboldt County, Nevada.