Leadership Team


Tchernavia Montgomery

Executive Director

Tchernavia serves as Care Ring’s Executive Director, advancing the organization’s vision of a community that promotes, protects and improves the health and well-being of all people. A trusted community leader, Tchernavia is a licensed clinical social worker with two decades of experience in health and human services. She is a double graduate from UNCC’s School of Social Work (BSW ’08 and MSW ’09) and is a member of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.


Carolyn Mullins

Chief Operating Officer

Carolyn Mullins, MS, RN, provides oversight of all programs including the Low-Cost Clinic, Nurse-Family Partnership, Physicians Reach Out, Case Management, and our new Community Health Worker program.  Carolyn began her healthcare career as a CNA/Ward Secretary, earned her Associate in Nursing and became an NICU nurse, then decided to continue her education for her BSN and later her MS in Nursing Management.  Carolyn is passionate about serving those in need, having founded the first pediatric homecare company in Charlotte which grew to the largest in the SE.  Carolyn loves to read and most week-ends she can be found with her nose in a book!


Dr. Kaaren Sailer

Chief Medical Director

Dr. Sailer has been our Medical Director for nearly two decades.  She spends her time in the clinic caring for patients, collaborating with our nurse practitioners and supporting all of our work related to direct patient care.  She also provides assistance to Physicians Reach Out, Case Management and Nurse-Family Partnership as needed. Dr. Sailer grew up in the Pacific Northwest, near Seattle, earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and completed medical school at the University of Washington.


Kelly Musante

Chief Development Officer

Kelly leads the development and implementation of our fundraising strategies to generate the funds needed to support our work, most notably from individuals, corporations, foundations, events and community giving.  Kelly joined Care Ring after 11 years of fundraising in the non-profit sector in Charlotte.  When she’s not raising money for Care Ring, Kelly is spending time with her husband and two young children, dreaming up new travel adventures and learning new recipes. 


Rebecca Palmer

Director of Strategy and Innovation

Rebecca provides strategic direction and support across all of Care Ring’s programs, manages our data and analytics, and program evaluation and research. Rebecca earned her undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and her master's in public health at the University of California-Berkeley. She lives in Efland, NC with her husband and two young boys.


Paula Culp

Director of Administration

Paula Culp is responsible for managing all of our grant contracts and billing processes; accounts payable; employee engagement and Diversity Equity and Inclusion.  Paula recently received her Masters of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.  In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, crochet, read and she hopes to resume traveling in the near future.