Jenna is the president of Abound Health where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business. She also works as a direct support staff, most recently providing respite service to an Abound client. She began her career in healthcare investment banking, advising companies in different facets of the healthcare continuum. From there, she joined Goldman Sachs’s principle investing group where she specialized in insurance. Before joining the Abound family, she was the president and general manager of Blue Point Brewing Company, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch. Jenna is a graduate of Hamilton College and holds a MBA from MIT. She lives in Charlotte NC with her family. She loves hiking, reading and attempting to play tennis.
Abound Health Group Team
Jenna Lally Whigham
Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO of Abound Health, Dennis is responsible for strategy, growth and client success. In addition to his leadership role, Dennis works as a direct support staff, providing weekly services to a long-standing service recipient.
He began his career advising healthcare service and software providers, where he built a deep understanding of our healthcare system. He then went on to cofound and serve as the CEO of a B2B software company that focused on improving the lives of older adults while increasing resident occupancy rates for senior living organizations.
Dennis is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Christina and their dog, Roger. He loves golden retrievers, Monopoly and the life-long struggles of golf.
Chief Development Officer
Doug has more than 20 years of senior management experience in both the behavioral healthcare and technology fields. He has a solid track record of delivering growth, efficiency and technological evolution to home and community-based service agencies. Prior to joining Abound Health / A Small Miracle, he served as COO of Aym Technologies for 8 years. In that role he led the customer service and implementation teams and managed the daily operation of OnTarget® – a powerful and flexible EHR and business management system designed for small to mid-sized human service providers. Prior to Aym, Doug spent 7 years in leadership roles at Ambleside, a human service organization providing residential living, case management, and day program services throughout North Carolina.
Chief Financial Officer
Colin Clark serves as the CFO of Abound Health and is responsible for financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting, investor and banking relationships, acquisition diligence, and human resources. His team is responsible for human resources, accounting, payroll, accounts payable, scheduling, and training. He started his career in commercial lending working with lower middle market companies across the Southeast before coming to Abound in 2016. Colin is a graduate of Guilford College and received his MBA from Wake Forest School of Business. Colin is an avid golfer and led the Guilford Quakers golf team to the 2005 NCAA Division III National Championship, winning medalist honors himself. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Megan, their son, Nolan, and dog, Beau.
Chief People and Engagement Officer
As Chief People and Engagement Officer, Pete’s role is to support the wonderful staff of Abound Health through strategically leading the People Services team. Pete began his HR career over twenty years ago, and has worked for the last eight years in behavioral health and acute care hospital settings. Pete has been involved in groups and causes supporting the community and those with disabilities for many years and has taken mission trips to Mexico and Africa. Pete graduated with a BS Degree from WVUIT and a Masters’ in Human Resource Management from the University of Charleston. He has two sons, Joshua and Aaron and loves reading, drag racing and participating in and watching many sports.
Abound Health Clinical Team
Chief Operating Officer
As COO of Abound Health, Andrew is responsible for assuring the efficient and effective execution of delivery of services. He has been involved in providing services for people with IDD for 25 years in residential and community settings. Andrew holds a Master of Health Sciences degree from Western Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mars Hill University. He lives in Hendersonville with his wife and son. He spends most of his free time with his family. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, monster truck rallies, and volunteering in his church and community.
VP Clinical Operations
Donnie Thurman graduated from Gardner Webb University with a Bachelors degree in Human Services, and later obtained a Masters of Divinity degree from Gardner Webb University with a minor in Pastoral Care & Counseling. He began his career with Turning Point Services, Inc. as a Qualified Professional in October of 2001, and was later promoted as Regional Manager in 2016 and then became Clinical Director in 2019. In March of 2020 he began serving as Vice President of Clinical Operations with A Small Miracle LLC. Donnie is married to Debra Thurman and has three adult children Donnie Jr, Ruby, and Jasmine. Together they have six grandchildren. Donnie possesses a servant leadership style in every aspect of his life particularly working with individual’s with developmental disabilities. His compassion and commitment motivates him to see the positivity in any situation. He has learned through personal and lived experiences that “it is so amazing how individual’s with developmental disabilities are able to teach us when we are able to humble ourselves, sit at their feet and allow them to teach us”. Outside of work, Donnie enjoys spending time with family, reading, and also mentoring young men empowering them to be positive difference makers.
VP Clinical Operations
As Eastern Regional Vice President of Clinical Operations, Keri is responsible support, growth and clinical oversight from the Raleigh office to the coast. Keri has been part of the clinical team since 2001 when she started the Raleigh are office. Keri graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina and Wilmington. With a desire to support individuals with special needs, Keri provided 1: 1 services for children and adults with IDD and Mental Health diagnosis for over ten years. She has received formal training on several therapeutic approaches such as Discrete Trial Training (Lovaas), Verbal Behavior, Teacch and Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). Keri lives in Raleigh with her husband Patrick, daughter Riley and fashionable Chihuahua, Rocco. She is obsessed with travel and instilling in her daughter a love to learn about different cultures around the world.
VP Clinical Operations
Danielle became a Vice President of Clinical Operations for the Charlotte and Triad regions this past January. She is responsible for overseeing the two Charlotte offices and Day Program as well as the Greesnsboro office and two Day Programs in Greensboro and Asheboro. Danielle has been in this field for about 25 years and has made it her passion to help others. She is a graduate of the Univiersity of Pittsburgh and is a true Yankee.
VP of Clinical Compliance
Ann Newsome, VP of Clinical Compliance, manages the administrative and clinical compliance requirements for the organization. Employed by A Small Miracle in November 1998, Ann started as a Qualified Professional when the organization served less than 40 people. Due to the company’s growth and expansion, her position changed to Program Director then into role of Vice-President. Living by her values and commitment to serving people with I/DD, Ann has been involved with Special Olympics, Mayor’s Council on Disabilities, O’Berry Center Foundation Board of Directors and spearheaded the project to making the NC Project Lifesaver available to Wayne County residents. Family members of people living with I/DD and other cognitive impairments can purchase a tracking bracelet and that reduces the amount of time searching for their loved one if they wander from home. Traveling, reading, singing, and playing the piano are some of Ann’s joys! She resides in Goldsboro, serves as Minister of Music at Christ Memorial Ministries and volunteers at the 3HC Hospice Center.
VP Community Engagement
As Vice President of Community Engagement, Leilani is responsible for initial screenings & referrals across the state of NC. Her professional endeavors include pivotal roles at two MCOs & NC IDD provider agencies. She utilizes her various experiences to help others effectively navigate the IDD service system. She is a graduate of Barton College & holds a master’s degree from UNCG. She lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband Donnie & three kids.
With a passion for servant leadership, Raheed has over 20 years of leadership experience in behavioral health, education, and non-profit management. He currently serves as the Director of Advocacy. This position is responsible for data collection/analysis, program development/implementation and communication with various stakeholders to produce positive outcomes and provide quality care for all individuals. As a graduate of Winston-Salem State University Raheed continues to hold true to the moto of “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve.” Raheed lives in the greater Charlotte metro area with his lovely wife, Jennifer and their three children: Makalah, Zoe and Savion.