The United Church Homes and Services leadership team focuses on the ministry mission to provide vibrant senior living opportunities, diverse programs of outreach and compassionate healthcare services.

United Church Homes and Services Senior Management Staff takes pride in serving the mission of the organization and shares a commitment to ethical leadership.

Leadership Team

President and CEO

Lee Syria

(828) 465-8012

Chief Financial Officer

John White

(828) 465-8006

Chief Operating Officer

Aimee Reimann

(828) 465-8017

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer

Steve Paterson

(828) 465-8022

Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Tina McLeod

(828) 465-8014

Chief Human Resources Officer

Cathy Cooper

(828) 465-8535

President, UCHS Foundation

Nancy Beard

(828) 465-8008

Board of Directors

The success and progress of United Church Homes and Services is only possible through the dedication, hard work and commitment of our Board of Directors. Each board member is dedicated to serving our residents by fulfilling our mission.


  • Dr. Linda J. Morris, Chairperson
  • Mr. Parker D. Howell, III, Vice Chairperson
  • Mrs. Brenda Eckard, Secretary
  • Mr. Walter Hoffman, Finance Committee Chairperson
  • Mrs. Naomi Y. East, Member-At-Large
  • Mr. J. Ray Deal, Past Board Chairperson

Board Members:

  • Mr. Gregory M. Alcorn, Salisbury, NC
  • Mr. Eddie Beard, Hickory, NC
  • Mr. Anthony J. Branch, Harrisburg, NC
  • Mr. James W. Buchanan, Lexington, NC¬†
  • Mr. J. Ray Deal, Burlington, NC
  • Mrs. Naomi Y. East, Hickory, NC
  • Ms. Brenda C. Eckard, Claremont, NC
  • Mr. Gene Hamilton, Conover, NC
  • Mr. Walter Hoffman, Lexington, NC
  • Mr. Parker D. Howell, III, Suffolk, VA
  • Mr. Hunter March, Suffolk, VA
  • Mr. Kelsey D. McCleave, Raleigh, NC
  • Dr. Linda J.¬†Morris, Greensboro, NC
  • Rev. Randall Orwig, Elon, NC
  • Rev. Brad Thie, Durham, NC
  • Dr. Kathy Wood, Hickory, NC
  • Ms. Margie Wiley, Advisory Council Chair - Lake Prince Woods
  • Mr. Julius W. Abernethy, IV, Advisory Council Chair - Abernethy Laurels
  • Mr. Cory Tobin, Advisory Council Chair - Piedmont Crossing

Ex-Officio Members: (non-voting)

  • Rev. Edward Davis, Southern Conference Minister
  • Ms. Lee Syria, President and CEO of UCHS
  • Mrs. Mona Huffman, Executive Assistant/Assistant Secretary of the Corporation