Our Team

Meet our caring professionals who make your health their priority...


Bonita McCay

Executive Director


Bonita holds a MFA from Columbia University in New York, and a BA from the University of North Alabama. She has been an Adjunct at UNA’s Department of Communications, and she worked for over 30 years in nonprofit management.

René Scott-Acklin, CP

Clinic Manager


​​René holds a BS degree in Public Health Care from Athens State University. She is also a Certified Phlebotomist and has worked at the clinic for over 20 years.

Nurse Practitioners

Lynn Aquadro

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

​​Lynn holds a PhD in Health Care Administration and has her Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She also has a Baccalaureate Degree from UNA with Summa Cum Laude, and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Memphis State University. She recently retired from UNA Anderson College of Nursing & Health Professions, and has practiced as a Nurse Practitioner at the clinic for over 20 years.

Lynn has been with Shoals Community Clinic since it first began, and has recently retired from UNA.

Helen Coronel

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Helen received her DNP from Vanderbilt where she also received her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her BSN from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Much of her experience is working with active duty military and veterans, particularly in neurology. She is an Associate Professor of Nursing at UNA Anderson College of Nursing & Health Professions in Undergraduate Programs.

Amanda Hitt
Laura Williams

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Laura holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, a MSN in Nursing/FNP from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a BSN in Nursing from UAB. She has over 20 years experience as a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, and is a Professor in Nursing at UNA Anderson College of Nursing & Health Professions in Graduate Programs. She has worked with the clinic for over 5 years.

Patricia (Patty) Wilson

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner


Patty has a MS in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a BSN in Nursing from University of Tennessee. She was on the faculty of UNA Anderson College of Nursing & Health Professions for over 30 years. She received the Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2009. She has been a Nurse Practitioner at the clinic for over 20 years.

Patty has been with Shoals Community Clinic since it first began.

Kaley McLeary

Dental Assistant

Shoals Community Clinic has an active Board of Directors from across our community who serve to help lead and guide decisions regarding the clinic. The Board typically meets once per month, and Board selections are held annually each November.


If you are interested in serving on our Board of Directors, EMAIL US


Board Officers:
President:  Chip Wicker
President Elect:  Jeremy Stafford
Vice President:  Cam Jones
Treasurer:  Apriell Burgess
Secretary:  Bonita McCay (ED Standing Position, Non-Voting)
Finance Director:  Peter Williams (Appointed, Non-Voting)
Chandra Bondugula (NAMC Partner)
Joy Borah
Apriell Burgess
Hester Cope
Tom Gillis
Gil Griggs
Cleopatra Hernandez
Camila Jones
Vicky Keys
Thomas Lovett
Jacqueline Osborne
Jennifer Palmer
Quinn Pearson
Vicki Pierce (UNA Partner)
Rhonda Richardson (FHA Partner)
Jeremy Stafford
Greg Taylor
Lloyd Underwood
Chip Wicker
Laura Williams
Peter Williams (Non-Voting)


Dr. Timothy Ashley

Medical Director – VOLUNTEER


Dr. Ashley is a General Practitioner in family medicine and heads the Family Practice Associates in Florence.

Dr. Gil Griggs

Dental Director – VOLUNTEER


Dr. Griggs is a retired orthodontist who practiced in Florence for over 30 years. He founded the Dental Clinic program along with volunteers from the Tri-County Dental Association.

Volunteer Dentists:
Robert B. Embry, DMD
Mike McLeary, DMD
Lester R. Norvell, DDS 
Nicholas A. Pieroni, DDS 
Brittany Westerman, DDS

Shoals Community Clinic is especially grateful to have a wonderful group of volunteers who assist with our programs and projects. Their service to you and our community on behalf of the clinic is much appreciated.


If you would like to become a

Shoals Community Clinic Volunteer,


Volunteer Nursing Students:
Over 100 @ over 500 Hrs


FRIENDS OF THE CLINIC – Our Ambassadors at Large:


Lynn Aquadro

Dr. Hisham Ba’albaki

Angela Bailey

Birdie Bailey

Beth Borosky

Terry Buchanan

Chris Coates

Parke Cochran

Hester Cope

Tim Corley

Charlotte Cramer

Becky Daugherty

Jenny Dawson

Casey Eggleston

Kelli Gaputis

Laura Garrett

Barbara Griffith

Patti Joiner

Dr. Theresa Lango

Craig Linhoss

Andy Mann

Richard Pflueger

Missy Ridgeway

Dr. Donald Roush

Diane Rowell

Rena Roy

Michelle Scott

Jack Sellers

Monty Shelton

Sue Smith

William Smith

Elaine Softley

Elizabeth Webb

Sylvester White

Patty Wilson