Tom G. Kincer, M.D.
Associate Dean for Rural and Community Programs
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Kincer was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky. Growing up in this region gave him firsthand knowledge of the education and healthcare needs of the Appalachian region. He attended Berea College and later went to the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. Upon the completion of his medical residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he began his lifelong academic journey. Early in his career, he served as a faculty member in Kingsport and later moved to Montgomery, Alabama where he would spend most of his career as a program director. Dr. Kincer has since returned to ETSU to serve as the associate dean for rural and community programs to recruit and train students for the rural and underserved communities of our region.
Melissa Robinson, M.D.
Director, Rural and Community Programs
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Robinson is originally from Chicago and was raised between there and the Southeast. She started working straight out of high school, putting herself through college at night at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Afterward, she taught high school chemistry for many years. When her son went off to college, she enrolled in the Rural Track at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. After completing a family medicine residency in Bristol, she practiced in rural Hot Springs, North Carolina, for five years. She is excited to return as director for Rural and Community Programs to help students prepare for their future. She and her husband return to their 20-acre share of Appalachian heaven for weekends and holidays, where she enjoys gardening and campfires by the creek.
Randy L. Byington, Ph.D.
Professor, Allied Health Sciences
Dr. Byington is Professor of Allied Health Sciences at East Tennessee State University, teaching healthcare administration and healthcare research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A native of Nickelsville, Virginia, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and served his clinical internship in Medical Technology at Holston Valley Hospital, in Kingsport, Tennessee. He received both his Master of Business Administration and his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from ETSU with cognate areas of management, economics, and healthcare administration. Dr. Byington has 23 years of experience in healthcare and healthcare administration. He oversees the Rural Health Research and Rural Health Program Planning courses for medical students in the QCOM rural health track.
Skylar Moore, M.P.H., HCMC
Rural and Community Programs Administrator
Skylar has lived in the region her entire life and has a deep love for rural people and rural ways of life. Originally from Johnson City, she received a bachelor’s in healthcare administration, master’s in public health and certificate in healthcare management from ETSU. Prior to joining the Rural and Community Programs team, she spent ten years working in healthcare administration. She continues to live in Johnson City with her husband Garrett and their beagle named Boomhauer. Skylar enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family. You can find her at ETSU football and basketball games cheering on the BUCS!
Sarah Orick, B.S.
Rural Programs Coordinator
Sarah Orick is an East Tennessee native and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Radiologic Science from East Tennessee State University. Sarah and her husband Nathan spent several years living in the San Fransisco Bay Area, but are excited to be back home and a part of the Appalachian Highlands community. Outside of work, Sarah loves to travel, read and spend time with her friends and family.
Morgan Scott, M.H.A.
Underserved Medicine Coordinator
Morgan was born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee. She earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree focusing on health administration from the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University. Morgan and her husband Hunter have three dogs and love to travel together. Her hobbies include shopping, weightlifting and spending time with family and friends.
Valerie Suiter, A.S.
Rural and Community Programs Facilitator
Valerie was born and raised in the Appalachia Highlands and has been with ETSU's Rural and Community Programs since March 2019. She has a husband, a son and two dogs. While not in the office, Valerie loves to explore the area and have family game nights. Along with growing indoor plants such as succulents and cacti, she loves to create and craft in different mediums.
Joe Florence, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Family Medicine
Prior to Dr. Florence’s retirement from ETSU, he served as the director of rural and
community programs. Dr. Florence received a master’s in biology along with a bachelor’s
in chemistry and religion from Duke University. He later received his doctoral degree
at the Medical College of Virginia and completed a residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospitals.
During his career he trained medical students, family medicine residents and other
healthcare professionals to prepare them to practice in rural underserved communities.
Dr. Florence is now an emeritus professor for ETSU’s rural and community programs.