Administrative Staff

Kathie Brown, BSN, MA – Executive Director

Kathie earned her BS in Nursing from Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV and her MA in Administration from Nova University, FL. She has been the executive director of Wheeling Health Right since 1992. Prior to WHR she was the Nursing Coordinator and Assistant Director at Florence Crittenton Home and Services for 12 years.

Kathie is a graduate of Leadership Wheeling, Class of 1990; past president of Soroptimist International of Wheeling; and past charter president of Kiwanis Morning Club. She is a member of the Human Rights Committee at St. John’s Home; past president and current treasurer of West Virginia Association of Free Clinics; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics. Kathie is an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Church where she serves as an Elder. She has been the recipient of the WV State Journal’s Healthcare Heroes Award and IN Wheeling Magazine has honored her as a Guardian Angel of Wheeling. Kathie also recently was awarded as one of the YWCA Tribute to Women 2019 award winners.

Kathie resides in Wheeling with her husband Richard “Butch” Brown of 43 years; they have two sons and four grandchildren.

Wendy Tronka – Development Director

A Wheeling native, Tronka brings 30 years of marketing and development experience to Wheeling Health Right, where she has written more than $800,000 in successful grants in 5 years. Wendy is passionate about ensuring that our programs are funded to provide the level of care our patients require. Before joining the clinic full-time, She was half of the United Way Development duo that raised $350,000 to open the Health Right dental clinic and garner $5 million more for other local nonprofits.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and development from Wheeling Jesuit University. She and her husband Michael live in Lansing, OH and are the parents of two grown daughters.

Dee Phillips – Executive Secretary/Special Event Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator

Dee is a graduate of Leadership Wheeling, Class of 2005, and  past president of Ohio County Rotary. Prior to coming to Wheeling Health Right, she was the Executive Secretary at Northwood Health Systems. Dee joined the WHR staff in October, 1999. She attended West Virginia Northern Community College studying Marketing and West Liberty University studying psychology.

Dee is married to Michael Phillips, Sr. and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Shawn Core – Clinical Director

Core earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Capital University and a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner from Wheeling Jesuit University. She served in the Army as a cardiovascular intensive care unit nurse at The Ohio State University, Letterman Hospital at Presidio in San Francisco and the University of California at San Francisco.

She served at Walter Reed Hospital during Operation Iraqi Freedom and retired from the armed forces as a major in 2005. Her first job as nurse practitioner was at Wheeling Health Right in 2001, after which she entered independent practice until her recent return to Health Right.During that time, Core served on the Wheeling Health Right board of directors for several terms, the most recent of which guided her back to practice at the free and charitable clinic.

The mother of two and the grandmother of six, Core and her husband Todd Tipton live in St. Clairsville.

Don Rebich – Pharmacist

Don received his BS in Pharmacy from West Virginia University in 1977. He joined the Wheeling Health Right staff in 2003 and is currently the supervisor of the Pharmacy.

Rebich is an active member in his church and food pantry. He is also a member of the Wheeling Island Lions Club and this past year received the Leonard Jarrett Award, it is the highest honor bestowed by the West Virginia Sight and Hearing Conservation Foundation.

Don resides in Wheeling with his wife and family.

Medical and Clinical Staff