Volunteer Spotlight: Betsy Allen, MSW, LCSW

Betsy Allen

Betsy Allen joined the Pastoral Care and Counseling team in 2013, and has been a regular volunteer since that time, seeing patients each week for counseling.

Betsy comes to AMM after a full career as a mental health/social work professional, which has included time with the North Carolina legislature, the Council of Developmental Disabilities, and the Wake County School System.

Betsy believes the emotional and spiritual health of individuals is a "part and parcel of a person's whole self. I think of it like a table with four legs -- medical care, diet, exercise, and spiritual/emotional care.  It all ties in together. The physical health mirrors the mental health. The ability to get better depends on resolving personal conflicts. As individuals are able to get a handle on what's troubling them, they're able to work on all parts of their lives.”

Betsy has formed strong relationships with her patients, helping them work through trauma, housing issues, financial challenges and job stress. "There are opportunities at Alliance for me to offer assistance and use my skill set to guide people down their path, their journey." Betsy's background as a long-time social worker in the Wake County area allows her to navigate other agencies and community resources available.

AMM Director of Pastoral Care & Counseling Dr. Toby Bonar shares that "we are so grateful for Betsy's friendship and generosity. She shares freely from her vast wealth of wisdom and compassion. What a gift she is to our patients and the entire Alliance family!"

Alliance thinks about how to do things in a nurturing of the clients, and nurturing of staff. The medical teams are working with people, not at them or to them.  It’s a pleasure to be able to walk with patients on their journey to wellness.
— Betsy Allen, MSW, LCSW

Patient Spotlight: Taposhi


Meet Taposhi.

In 2014, Taposhi Sarker found herself in a position of many uncertainties. Providing and caring for her then 16 year-old daughter while working with no health insurance, Taposhi was overjoyed when she found care at Alliance. She began seeing Dr. Laura Helton as her primary care doctor.

“Dr. Helton was more than my doctor. She was someone who listened to me and was someone I could confide in. I feel very important when I am with her.”

Dr. Helton suggested Taposhi may benefit from AMM's on-site counseling services, an integrated part of the medical care provided at the practice. Taposhi met Betsy Allen, a volunteer Licensed Clinical Social Worker at AMM. 

Taposhi and Betsy Allen (volunteer licensed social worker)

Taposhi and Betsy Allen (volunteer licensed social worker)

“I was at a point in life where I started to believe I was a nobody. It was Betsy who made me feel understood. She has given me my self-esteem back. That was so needed in my life.”

With Alliance's help, Taposhi has found multiple resources around Raleigh to help her get back on her feet. Betsy helped connect Taposhi to Green Chair Project where she found furniture to furbish her new town home. Taposhi was also able to receive a car through Wheels4Hope.

Welcome to New Board Members

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Dr. Karen Burke-Haynes
North Carolina Medical Board

Dr. Karen Haynes currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at the North Carolina Medical Board with a practice history spanning from academic medicine at the Cornell Medical Center, New York Hospital to solo practice in North Carolina. Dr. Haynes earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed postgraduate training in pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

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Elizabeth McCullough
Young, Moore Henderson, P.A.

Elizabeth is a shareholder at Young Moore and Henderson, P.A., where she also serves as a member of the Practice Management Committee and leader of the Health Care Industry Group. She focuses her practice on advising and defending health care providers in matters involving patient care issues and risk management issues.

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Bob Singletary
The Sunnyside Group, LLC

Bob is a seasoned health care administrator with nearly 40 years of experience with strong leadership skills and a deep knowledge of hospital administration. Bob has held various executive leadership roles in his health care career, including at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson, WedMed-Cart Hospital and WakeMed Fuquay.

Share the Pie 2018: A Slice of Success!

In its fourth year, the Share the Pie Thanksgiving pie sale supports the partnership between Alliance Medical Ministry and StepUp Ministry, which provides access to employment and healthcare for vulnerable families in our community.

Over four years, Share the Pie has grown 600% — selling 500 pies in 2015 to 3,000 pies in 2018.

We are so thankful for the community who has come around our mission to make this fundraiser possible. From the pie bakers to sponsors, pie sellers and volunteers to all of the pie lovers, we could not do it without each one! Take a look at the success we had this year:

1,118 Pie Lovers
53 Pie Bakers
81 Pie Sellers
12 Incredible Sponsors
456 Pies given to Neighbors in Need

3,000 Pies Sold &
$90,000 raised (and counting!)

60 families served
with access to employment and healthcare.

Thank you to everyone who was involved this year! Make sure to follow @SharethePieRaleigh on Facebook and Instagram to stay connected with us throughout the year. Check out our website to be thinking about ways you can be involved next year!

November 2018 Volunteer Spotlight: Flu Kit Drives

Every flu season, we look for ways at our clinic to help our patients fight the flu. It is important that our patients stay healthy throughout the entire year, including flu season. Staying healthy lowers the chances of patients having to visit the doctor or the hospital. Without insurance, these trips do not come cheap.

Alliance takes steps to give our patients free resources to help avoid expensive trips to the doctor or drug store. Flu kits are set out for patients to take at the end of their primary care visits during flu season. Each comes packed with Advil, cough drops, hand sanitizer, tissues, and a fact sheet.

In just November alone, over 700 flu kits have been donated!

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Special thank you to Duke Raleigh Hospital, Highland United Methodist Church UMW and White Memorial Presbyterian Church. We are so grateful for the community’s partnership in serving the working, uninsured population in Wake County!

Interested in hosting a flu kit drive? Contact rwofford@alliancemedicalministry.org.

Hello to AMM's New Executive Director, Pete Tannenbaum

Pete Tannenbaum, AMM Executive Director

Pete Tannenbaum, AMM Executive Director

Dear Alliance Medical Ministry Community,

I want to begin by telling you that I am beyond proud to be the new Executive Director for Alliance.  I also want to recognize how truly grateful this community is to Megg Rader for her tireless leadership and commitment to Alliance over the years, and I am personally so appreciative of her guidance and thoughtfulness throughout this transition.  I can tell you that she is even more remarkable than you can imagine.  I can also tell you that the people who work and volunteer here are equally as outstanding.

So, who am I?  I am a lawyer by education but spent most of my career in the corporate world while serving in a variety of leadership positions for nonprofit organizations.  I grew up in Greensboro and come from a medical family that believes in the power of community philanthropy and mission-driven nonprofit organizations.  So, for me, working with Alliance’s dedicated employees and passionate volunteers and donors to solve very real issues by providing affordable healthcare to the uninsured working population of Wake County is both an honor and an amazing opportunity. 

Wake County is widely recognized as one of the best places to live in the country.  The Triangle has one of the highest concentration of PhDs in the world, the quality of life is high and there is great opportunity here. However, we also have big healthcare issues. Wake County alone has more than 90,000 uninsured residents, and North Carolina does not fare well in national rankings for healthcare costs and access. 

Alliance is really making a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable populations in Wake County.  In the past year, Alliance has seen 2,500 patients, has provided over 11,000 patient appointments, and accessed $3 million in affordable medication for uninsured individuals. That happens because of the donors, the volunteers, the staff, the providers, the partners and the many others involved with Alliance.  In my short time at Alliance, I have learned that people are genuinely passionate about Alliance, and it is amazing to witness.

So, thank you for all that you do, and thank you for always considering Alliance.  We plan to make another big impact in Wake County this Thanksgiving with Share the Pie – the proceeds of which will go directly to support the joint mission of Alliance Medical Ministry and StepUp Ministry to build stable families through access to employment and healthcare.

Stop by and say hello next time you are in the area.  I would love to meet you and hear about your connection to this amazing organization.  Have a happy Halloween!


October 2018 Volunteer Highlight: Edenton Street United Methodist Church

Fall is in full swing, which means our garden is being prepared for the colder months! Forty members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church joined us on Saturday, October 20th for their Great Day of Service.


The group spent the morning working in the garden, including prepping the garden beds inside the newly-constructed hoop house, and laying irrigation lines. Volunteers shaped the beds and added compost and fertilizer.

Volunteers cleared out weeds and planted annual rye grass was added to cover crop and keep soil in place and prevent future weeds. The group trimmed hedges and bushes around the building to have Alliance looking great!

Thank you ESUMC for spending your Great Day of Service with us!

Interested in having your group volunteer in thegarden? Contact garden@alliancemedicalministry.org for more information.