Staff and Contacts

The Mental Health Licensure and Certification Section’s main office is located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

There are six mental health teams and two ICF/IID survey teams across the state. These survey teams are home based. Each team has assigned county territories. For questions regarding a specific county, please contact the team leader assigned to that territory. The licensure and training team is based out of the Raleigh office with one staff member in Black Mountain. The licensure and training team is responsible for all licensure applications (initials, changes) as well as all provider training.

Raleigh Office
Stephanie Gilliam, Chief, Stephanie.Gilliam@dhhs.nc.gov

Kim Ruppel, Licensure and Training Program Manager, Kim.Ruppel@dhhs.nc.gov

Bryson Brown, South Piedmont MH Team Leader, Bryson.Brown@dhhs.nc.gov

Laurel Callis, Administrative Assistant, Laurel.Callis@dhhs.nc.gov

Renewal of License Coordinator, dhsr.mhrenewal@dhhs.nc.gov

Physical Address: 1800 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
Telephone: 919-855-3795
Fax: 919-715-8078

Home Based Teams
Robin Sulfridge, Western Mental Health (MH) Branch Manager, Robin.Sulfridge@dhhs.nc.gov
North Piedmont, Foothills, Mountains,
Telephone: 336-861-7342

Michiele Elliott, Eastern MH Branch Manager, Michiele.Elliott@dhhs.nc.gov
South Piedmont, North Coastal, South Coastal,
Telephone: 704-878-4280

Lynn Grier, Foothills MH Team Leader, Lynn.Grier@dhhs.nc.gov
Telephone: 704-596-4072

Barbara Perdue-Evans, North Piedmont MH Team Leader, Barbara.Perdue-Evans@dhhs.nc.gov
Telephone: 336-861-6283

Lisa Niemas-Holmes, Mountain MH Team Leader, Lisa.Holmes@dhhs.nc.gov
Telephone: 828-686-0750

Wendy Boone, South Coastal MH Team Leader, Wendy.Boone@dhhs.nc.gov
Telephone: 252-568-2744

Renee Kowalski-Ames, North Coastal MH Team Leader, Renee.Kowalski@dhhs.nc.gov
Telephone: 919-552-6847

Jay Silva, ICF/IID Eastern Region Team Leader, Jay.Silva@dhhs.nc.gov
Telephone: 919-703-6231

Steve Yost, ICF/IID Western Region Team Leader, Steve.Yost@dhhs.nc.gov
Telephone: 828-750-4895