Leadership Profiles

MHPC Staff

Lukas Musselwhite
Lukas Musselwhite, MSFES
Assistant Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator - Logistics & Operations


Lukas’s exposure to emergency management and crisis response began with his time spent serving as a United State Marine. This exposure increased his desire to pursue emergency management as a career following his time served. Lukas holds a BS in Emergency Disaster Management and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Fire and Emergency Sciences. In his free time Lukas enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and mountain biking. He looks forward to serving the region and being a valued asset.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Logistics Lead
  • Operations Secondary
  • SMAT III Liaison

Contact Lukas

Cell: 704-579-4150

MHPC Steering Committee

Jill Demuth – Chair – LTC
Long Term Care

In 1989, Jill began working with and training emergency responders at the University of Findlay’s Emergency Response Training Center. While attending college, she also joined her first volunteer fire department. Jill has not only volunteered as a firefighter, but also as an EMT-Basic and Hazardous Materials Technician. Her professional career began at a radioactive materials clean-up site, where she did safety, environmental sampling, and data work. After six years, Jill decided to focus her work solely on safety and began working at universities. For almost 12 years, she worked in all branches of safety and emergency management at three different universities. Currently, Jill is the Continuing Care Safety Officer for Carolinas Healthcare System and provides safety and emergency management support to our skilled nursing, hospice and home care facilities. She is looking forward to working with and learning from the MHPC!

Tony Bateman – Vice Chair- Ad Hoc
Ad Hoc 2
Jeff Peterson – Ad Hoc
Ad Hoc 1
Mark Lamphiear, NRP, MBA, CEMSO – EMS
Emergency Medical Services

Mark Lamphiear started his road to an EMS career watching re-runs of Rescue 8 on TV, and later in a Search and Rescue Explorer Post. He earned his EMT certification in in 1975 and Paramedic certification in 1978, graduating from the first Paramedic class at the Oregon Health and Science University. After working his way up on the streets, Mark was hired to head EMS in Gaston County, NC in 1992. Lamphiear earned an MBA from Queens University in Charlotte, NC in 2000. He holds designation as a Chief EMS Officer, and counts it as a privilege to serve in EMS . . . “It’s not just a job, it’s a calling”. Mark is honored to serve on the Steering Committee for the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition. Mark and his wife Becky have four grown kids, four kids-in-law, and nine grandkids . . . six boys and three girls. He enjoys time with family, boating, camping, hiking, and traveling to National parks and historic sites.

Mike Helton – Hospital
Hospital 2

Mike Helton, RN, BSN, MS EM, is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Catawba Valley Medical Center. He is the chairperson of the Emergency Management Committee, HazMat Subcommittee and has oversight for hospital OSHA compliance. He works to coordinate all EM activities with key stakeholders within the county, region and state. Active in the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, and one of two original SMAT members still active. Prior to taking the Emergency Management Coordinator role he worked in the Emergency Department setting for 12 years as a RN.

Jill Lucas – Hospital
Hospital 1
Amy Potoczny – Public Health
Public Health