Centering Pregnancy Facilitators
Our facilitators are committed to helping you have the best pregnancy possible in an empowering and supportive community of Centering families.
Your facilitators will be with you throughout your pregnancy journey and are excited to support you as you grow your family. You'll have plenty of time to get to know each other in the coming months, but you can learn a little more in our short introductions below.
Facilitators H – M
Cheryl Harrington, MSN, CNM, was drawn to Centering because it offers wonderful continuity of care and the ability to follow a woman all the way through her pregnancy. She appreciates having more time with women to educate, support, and facilitate empowerment for the healthiest pregnancy possible. Cheryl has been married for 17 years and has one canine baby, Porter, a mini bull terrier that looks just like the Target dog. She is the oldest of 12 children, so she has plenty of family. Cheryl lives just outside of Pisgah Forest where she likes to play and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and learning to swing dance.
Maggie Henderson, RN, is a registered nurse and licensed professional counselor who has worked as an at MAHEC Ob/Gyn Specialists for one year and previously worked as therapist, specializing in mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She enjoys supporting people through this exciting and life-changing time. Her favorite part of being a Centering facilitator is seeing the community and friendships that develop among participants. She loves that the growing families learn from and teach each other.
Shawna Ireland Horton, CMA, is a wonderful advocate and supporter for Centering families who are on this incredible and amazing journey. She’s also a proud mom of seven children, five that she gave birth to and two by marriage. She loves supporting families as they prepare to welcome their new addition(s). Shawna also loves comics and her motto is “pizza is life.”
Laurie Jenkins, CNM, has many years of experience providing both low-risk and high-risk midwifery care to pregnant families as well as gynecologic care and family planning services. She loves working with families in Centering because she believes education and personal empowerment are the keys to having the healthiest possible pregnancy and birth. Laurie relocated to Weaverville several years ago, where she owns and runs a small dairy goat farm, after many years of midwifery practice in Philadelphia. Laurie is originally from North Carolina but grew up in Colorado and completed her nurse midwifery studies at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. She is happy to finally return home to North Carolina and our beautiful mountains.
Lauren Knowlson, MD, enjoys providing prenatal care in the supportive community that is created in her Centering groups. She appreciates being able to spend more time with her patients and learning from them in the rich discussions Centering groups encourage. In fact, she often learns something new in each group. Lauren is married with a dog child, loves the outdoors, and recently completed her first NYC marathon, which gives her even more appreciation for pregnancy, which sometimes feels like a marathon especially the closer you get to the finish line.
Teresa Lunsford, CMA, has been a certified medical assistant for five years and loves working with pregnant women. She became a Centering Pregnancy facilitator in 2017. Teresa feels like this work is her calling and is grateful to support families during this important times in their lives. As the mother of a 2-year-old boy, she has been on a similar journey and is learning something new every day, which makes her even more excited about meeting new mommies who are just starting their journey or those who are growing their family and have stories to tell.
Amber McCarter, CMA, is heavily invested in the well-being of the families in her Centering groups. Under her care, you never have to worry about being forgotten or becoming a number. Her natural desire is to get to know the whole person not just the patient. She also likes to get to know roller coasters and has never met one she wouldn’t ride.
Heather Miracle, WHNP, is one of a kind. Her heart is pure, her style is sassy, and her personality is out-of-this-world entertaining. Heather is one of MAHEC’s many providers that go above and beyond to ensure our patients’ needs are met and their expectations are exceeded. She is originally from eastern Pennsylvania and has lived in the Midwest. She and family have happily settled in Asheville where they enjoy an active outdoor life in the mountains.
Ali Moore, CMA, likes to be involved in an experience and watch the growth from start to finish. She loves developing connections and trust with her patients and co-workers that help everyone feel like part of a supportive family. Ali is the mother of two teenage girls and knows that although parenting can be challenging at times, the beautiful moments will leave you breathless. She is known for being spontaneous, fun, and young at heart. She also loves to laugh and tries to make those around her smile at least once a day.
Laura Moore, RN, has been a MAHEC nurse for more than two decades. She brings the wisdom and experience patients expect in their journey toward parenthood via Centering. Laura brings her passion for empowering families to have the healthiest possible pregnancy and baby to all of her Centering groups. She also feels it is extremely important to have a great deal of fun, delicious snacks, motivational music, laughter, and a comfortable atmosphere, so moms can thrive while receiving prenatal care. Laura has two college-aged daughters with whom she is most pleased. She happily “adopts” infants from her Centering groups as her “grandbabies,” and already has several hundred in the area! She enjoys photography, hiking in this beautiful area of the world, reading, music, impromptu dance parties, and being with friends and family.
Amanda Brickhouse Murphy, CNM, is often described by her patients as sweet and understanding. She sees herself as an advocate for women and families and finds joy in the relationships that develop in Centering. Creating fun in any moment is her favorite pastime. This could be extreme fun like cliff diving into the ocean or skydiving or slightly more subdued fun like competitive dance parties with her three children and husband.