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KEES applauds the NeighborHealth Center selection of Daniel Lipparelli as its next Chief Executive Officer

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NeighborHealth Center Board of Directors proudly announces Daniel Lipparelli as its next Chief Executive Officer, effective January 18, 2022, after a months-long national search to lead the organization through its next phase of continued growth and expansion. 

Lipparelli is a proven leader with 15+ years of experience in non-profit and healthcare leadership, coming most recently from Chaplaincy Health Care, a specialty health center located in Eastern Washington. His prior experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind in Kennewick, WA, and serving as founder and Executive Director of Transformed International in Kenya, Africa, where he spent over eight years working with local communities on providing food, education, and shelter for over 500 children, orphans, and at-risk teen mothers. Lipparelli serves on the Board of Directors for ReAct Kenya and as a volunteer advisor for Rehema for Kids, a Washington-based non-profit meeting the needs of children in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of Nevada in Reno and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree. 

As NeighborHealth’s next CEO, Lipparelli will develop and execute a comprehensive strategy for continued growth and thoughtful evolution that will allow the organization to keep pace with the immense growth of the Wake County area. Since opening its doors in 2018, NeighborHealth has provided much-needed care and services to more than 6,000 patients throughout our community, seeing a 42 percent increase in patients, year over year. He will oversee the organization’s growth strategy, which will be focused on serving more patients, expanding service sites, establishing new healthcare partnerships, and enhancing community awareness for NeighborHealth’s mission and services. 

“I believe very strongly in providing accessible healthcare to all and in the mission of NeighborHealth Center. After my passion for the Lord, I love people and serving others through the gifts God has given me. Healthcare has played a valuable part in almost every organization I’ve served over the past 20 years. I am truly humbled and honored by the opportunity to lead NeighborHealth Center during this next season of growth.” – Daniel Lipparelli 

In summer 2021, then Board Chair and co-founder, Susanne Berger created a search committee as Sue Ellen Thompson retired after a tremendous decade of involvement and three years as the founding CEO. Continuing the work in Ms. Berger’s honor, the committee utilized the process to discern the Lord’s voice and direction for NeighborHealth’s next CEO. The Search Committee was chaired by Sam Bass, founder of BeaconWealthcare, and Kelly Fuller, consultant in public policy and healthcare. Members of the Search Committee included Bruce Berger (attorney), Wilson Hicks (Thomas, Judy & Tucker, P. A.), LaToya King (Justice Matters), Jacob Rodman (Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic), Kimberly Shaw (Cherokee Investments), Michael Waldrop (Waldrop Properties). Lipparelli becomes NeighborHealth Center’s 3rd CEO after interim CEO Larry Chewing transitions back to the Board of Directors. 

“NeighborHealth sought a servant leader for the role of CEO who could continue the faithful work of our founders in leading the growth of our incredible mission. We are so fortunate to have found Daniel, whose perfect combination of vision, leadership, and passion will allow us to take what God has given us and continue to grow it to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. We are thankful for KEES and their expert guidance.” – Board co-chairs Kelly Fuller and Sam Bass 

The NeighborHealth’s Board of Directors retained KEES, and a comprehensive, national search launched, attracting many diverse candidates both regionally and nationally. The Search Committee ultimately selected Lipparelli from an outstanding group of top finalists. 

“Daniel is the perfect blend of servant leader, entrepreneurial non-profit executive, and engaging ambassador that will ensure NeighborHealth Center flourishes in its next stage of growth. From our first interaction with Daniel, his unique qualities stood out. We congratulate the Board and Daniel on this exciting next step. -Heather Eddy, Founder and President/CEO of KEES 

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a non-profit executive search firm that builds diverse teams and dynamic leaders in the non-profit and public sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of non-profit consulting services, including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit

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