Published on January 26, 2022

Nash UNC Health Care Foundation Welcomes Four New Board Members

The Nash UNC Health Care Foundation has welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors: Keen Gravely, Mike Gaynor, Nancy Nelson and Shelayna Parker.

Keen Gravely is a retired educator from Nash County Public Schools. He works with an elementary school tutoring program at Englewood Presbyterian Church and has served on the board at Rocky Mount Preparatory School since 2019.

Attorney Mike Gaynor joined Battle Winslow in 2017 after practicing for 15 years at another local law firm, which he joined after graduating from Campbell Law School. Gaynor maintains a practice focusing on Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Corporate Law and Wills and Estates. Nancy Nelson is an active member of the Rocky Mount community, serving as an Elder and Sunday school teacher at West Haven Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels volunteer, board member for the Boys & Girls Club, and Nash UNC Hospice volunteer.

Shelayna Parker serves as Deputy Director of Administration and Marketing at OIC of Rocky Mount, following a lifetime commitment to public service in ministry and non-profit leadership for more than 20 years. The Nash UNC Health Care Foundation is a separate, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, and serves as the fundraising arm of Nash UNC Health Care to strengthen hospital services and improve the health of the community.

The Foundation works to fill gaps in health care and community outreach through programs outside of the regular operating budget of the hospital to improve patient access and health outcomes.  Within the last year, the Foundation supported the opening of an inpatient food pantry, which provides disease-specific food to qualifying patients upon discharge, and connects patients to community resources that support food stability.  Additionally, the Foundation has allowed the hospital’s community paramedic program to expand from one paramedic to three, increasing the number of patients the program can reach for follow-up care after discharge.  

Additionally, Nash UNC’s recent Employee Giving Campaign garnered a 36 percent participation rate from Nash UNC employees, beating the national benchmark of 32 percent participation. Funds raised during the campaign benefits programs of the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation and the United Way Tar River Region.

“The work and support of the Foundation plays an important role in our efforts to provide high quality healthcare to our community. We look forward to working with the Foundation, and their new board members, to continue improving the care we provide at Nash UNC,” said Dr. L. Lee Isley, president & CEO of Nash UNC Health Care.

Financial contributions to the Foundation help provide the resources necessary to maintain the highest level of patient and family support, while also investing in medical technology and equipment, facilities and community health resources. For more information about the Foundation or to donate, please visit