GPS Leadership

Dr. Bernard Chinnasami

President and Medical Director

Dr. Chinnasami has been in practice with Emerywood Hematology/Oncology since 1995 and is medical director for the Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Regional Health System. He is intricately involved in cancer awareness and cancer care initiatives and also devotes a great deal of time to cancer treatment research studies.
Moreover, Dr. Chinnasami is known for his compassionate care and his keen interest in the lives of his patients. It is a role that comes naturally to him since he, too, knows how strongly a cancer diagnosis affects the family. It’s a lesson he learned firsthand when his mother was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. Dr. Chinnasami is currently writing a book about lessons he’s learned caring for cancer patients.

Nalina Chinnasami, B.L, LL.M

Director of Creative Expressions

While Nalina Chinnasami is an attorney with a Masters in Law from Duke University School of Law and a specialist in Patent and Trademark Law, she is also an accomplished concert pianist. She received her music training from Trinity College of Music in London, one of Europe’s leading music conservatories. She has played concertos with philharmonic orchestra soloist and was involved with the Ministrels music group at Chennai, India.
The wife of GPS founder Dr. Bernard Chinnasami, Nalina, sees and deeply feels the effects of cancer daily. Nalina joins GPS as Director of Creative Expressions to help cancer patients and their families express their emotions in a variety of creative and feel the healing effect of artistic therapy as an integral part of the healing process.

Michelle Dewitt

Director of Operations

Before she was a GPS employee, Michelle DeWitt was a GPS volunteer. A breast cancer survivor, Michelle adds depth to GPS’s promise to provide services developed by cancer survivors for cancer survivors. Michelle holds degrees in English and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and previously worked in publishing and editing. Her organizational, technology, process improvement, and project management skills have helped GPS expand its footprint, and her attention to detail greatly enhances GPS’s volunteer program and general operations.

Mike Jones

Community Liaison

A graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a degree in Psychology, Mike Jones brings 25 years of experience in Customer Service to Guide Posts of Strength. Mike is a survivor of prostate cancer, skin cancer and leukemia and embodies the definition of “survivor.” An accident 35 years ago left Michael a paraplegic and he truly understands the meaning of overcoming obstacles in life. Michael is passionate about helping those diagnosed with cancer find joy and purpose in each day.

Ellen Winnett

Program Director

A 41-year veteran of education, Ellen comes to GPS as a six-year breast cancer survivor and past Relay for Life Event Chair. A volunteer in the Hayworth Cancer Center, Ellen was named the Center’s 2011 Cancer Advocate of the Year. Ellen meets inspiring cancer patients daily and many of those meetings result in lasting friendships. Ellens love of planning events and programs for cancer patients and their families is an invaluable resource for Guide Posts of Strength, Inc.

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