Syria Selected for Health Care Management Board

November 9, 2017

Lee Syria, President and CEO of United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) has been selected to serve on the Health Care Management Advisory Board for Appalachian State University (ASU).

The mission of the Health Care Management program at ASU is to educate and prepare health care managers and administrative professionals who provide competent leadership in their organizations and communities.  Made up of 18 health care management professionals, the ASU Health Care Management Advisory Board advises on curriculum, program development and improvements.

Syria began her career with Abernethy Laurels, a senior living community of UCHS, in 1997 as Personnel Manager.  In 2000 she became Vice President of Human Resources for UCHS and in 2008 she was selected Senior Vice President of Operations for the organization.   Syria was named the first female President and CEO of UCHS in 2012.  Through Syria’s leadership and guidance, UCHS has been listed in the LeadingAge Ziegler 150 Report of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior living organization and also labeled as a game changer in the industry. UCHS serves over 2400 senior adults annually, 1300 each day, and employs approximately 850 team members at 14 programs across NC and VA.

Syria holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Health Care Management from Appalachian State University.  Syria is a licensed nursing home administrator in both the State of North Carolina and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She is a consecrated Diakonal Minister through the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and serves on the Board of Directors of CHHSM, LeadingAge NC and the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

United Church Homes & Services (UCHS), a not-for-profit corporation located in Newton, NC, operates three continuing care retirement communities, a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), and seven affordable senior housing communities across North Carolina and Virginia.  For additional information, contact Joy Cline at 465-8014 or visit our website at