Melannie Pate- Alzheimers North Carolina
Melannie Pate is the Program and Services Director for Alzheimers North Carolina in the Wilmington office. She received her Master of Science in Gerontology from UNCW and is a doctoral candidate in Health Services Research at UNCC. She specializes in Alzheimers and related dementias research, family programming and counseling, and education. She has been published in gerontological journals and has presented her research at national scientific conferences.
James M. Fish, B.A., M.M.H.C.A- Brunswick Seniors Resources Inc.
Jim Fish is the President/CEO of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. Since 1993, Jim has worked with human service organizations. Jim began his professional career as a court and medical interpreter after performing missionary service in Port-au-Prince Haiti. The experience of working with the people of Haiti allowed him to gain fluency in Haitian Creole and French. As an interpreter he was able to work with non-profit organizations, government agencies, advocates, community leaders, social workers, medical professionals, and volunteer groups in the Boston area.
Jim went on to work as a health care administrator at Boston Medical Center for 8 years and managed 2 departments with over 100 employees. Following graduate school, Jim worked as the Director of Operations for Dental Growth Partners and was responsible for procurement of oral surgical, endodontic, periodontal, and general dental practices.Since moving to Brunswick County in 2007, he has been involved with the community and sits on the Board of Directors for the Waccamaw Athletic Association, Calabash EMS, and is a Committee Member for Scout Troop 731 in Shallotte.
Jim earned his BA in Management from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston Massachusetts, and a Masters in Health Care Administration from Cambridge College in Cambridge Massachusetts.Jim is originally from Forsyth County Georgia where he grew up in a large family as the eldest of 7 children. He is currently married and has 4 children who attend Waccamaw School and West Brunswick High School. He and his family live on a tree farm in Ash, North Carolina.