Senior Leadership Team

  • Laura Easton
    Laura Easton
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Bachelor of Science, Nursing: Duke University School of Nursing
    Master of Science, Nursing: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
    Certificate of Administration: Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
    Kellogg Health Policy Fellowship: Washington, D.C.
    Healthcare Executive Fellowship, Management: J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University

    Board Chair, North Carolina Hospital Association
    Executive Committee, North Carolina Hospital Association
    American Hospital Association Commission on Workforce for 2001-2002

    Community Involvement:
    Treasurer, Caldwell 20/20 Board of Directors
    Member, First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir
    Member, Rotary International, Lenoir Club

  • Shelly Damron
    Shelly Damron
    Vice President Physician Services

    Associate in Applied Science – Health Information Management Technology: Marshall University
    Regents Bachelor of Arts, Healthcare Administration: Marshall University
    Master of Health Administration: Ohio University

    Registered Health Information Technician – American Health Information Management Association
    Certified Professional Coder – American Academy of Professional Coders

    Member, Medical Group Management Association
    Member, American Health Information Management Association
    Member, American Academy of Professional Coders
    Member, American College of Healthcare Executives

  • Rebecca Smith
    Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

    Associate Applied Science, Nursing: Western Piedmont Community College
    Bachelor Science, Nursing, Summa Cum Laude: Winston Salem State University
    Masters Business Administration: Gardner Webb University

    Member, American College Healthcare Executives
    Member, Caldwell Leadership (1988-present)
    Member, American Nurses Association
    Member, North Carolina Association of Healthcare Risk Managers
    Member, North Carolina Association of Medical Staff Services
    Member, North Carolina Human Resources Association
    Member, North Carolina Nurses Association

    Community Involvement:
    Member, Oak Hill United Methodist Church


Deborah Ashley Smith

Business Development Executive

Paralegal 18 years specializing in Medicaid/disability eligibility; real estate; bankruptcy; collections; family law
President/CEO of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce for 17 years

2000 Graduate of Leadership Caldwell
L.A. Dysart Aware Recipient
2015 Caldwell Women’s Council Woman of the Year
2003 ABWA Business Associate of the Year

Community Involvement:
Board Member, United Way of Caldwell County
Board Member, Communities In Schools of Caldwell County
Policy Board Member, Western Piedmont Community College
Board Member, Coffey Foundation
Board Member, Blue Ridge Electric Foundation
Rotarian, Lenoir Rotary Club

Lifelong member of Yadkin Baptist Church