Atrium Health Has Talent Grand Finale

And the Winner Is...

Here are the 2020 Atrium Health Has Talent Grand Finale winners! These talented teammates made it through auditions earlier this year and competed in our first ever virtual Atrium Health Has Talent Grand Finale. Despite all the amazing talent showcased by the 12 finalists, these teammates rose to the top and were selected as winners. Congratulations!

1st Place

Wesley Reed
Psychiatric Tech
Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center

2nd Place

Tia Jackson
Patient Services Specialist
Women’s Center for Pelvic Health

3rd Place & People’s Choice Award

Chara Reese
Team Leader, Patient Access
Navicent Health

Executive Council Award

Andrea Nielsen
Clinical Nurse I
Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center


In Case You Missed It – Watch Here

This exciting and family-friendly show includes highlights of the finalist performances, special guest appearances and the reveal of this year’s winners -- you don’t want to miss this!

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Since 2004, Atrium Health Has Talent has been an important part of teammate life at Atrium Health. Teammates from across the organization showcase their talents, ranging from singing, poetry, musical instruments, dancing and much more. As part of an exciting audition round, our teammates proudly take the stage to compete for a spot in the grand finale. Watch our teammates shine at our 16th Annual Atrium Health Has Talent Grand Finale!


Meet the Finalists

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Juanita “Nita” Word
Ambulatory Service Manager
Urgent Care Services

Felix Harper
Patient Accounts Coordinator
Atrium Health Cabarrus

Craig Johnson
Systems Engineer, Physical Security
Atrium Health Cabarrus

Kat Gilmore
Gastrointestinal Technician
Atrium Health Pineville

Natalie Pennington
Nurse Manager
Atrium Health Union

Kalyn Barbosa
Atrium Health Cleveland

Marcus Singleton
Patient Accounts Specialist
Professional Business Office

Ashley Kimble Johnson
Coding Reimbursement Specialist
Centralized Charge Entry


Meet the Host

Fernando Little | Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Atrium Health

Fernando is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Atrium Health where he leads efforts to foster diversity, inclusion, culturally competent care, inclusive purchasing, language access and health equity. Beyond the walls of Atrium Health, Fernando is a classically trained pianist, enjoys spending time with his family, serves as the Music Director at his church and is an avid Carolina Panthers fan. As the winner of the first ever Atrium Health Has Talent competition, Fernando will bring the energy for the third consecutive year as the host for this special event!


Meet the Judges

Pat Heiss | Performer, Theatre Charlotte

Pat is an actress, singer and dancer and has been a proud part of the theatre scene here in Charlotte and surrounding areas for over 40 years. She has received numerous awards for her theatrical contributions and has been the President of the Board for Theater Charlotte. Pat likes to devote her time to nurturing young people to love theatre by always reminding them that "imagination is power.” Pat has helped judge Atrium Health Has Talent since 2013.

Sheryta Spears Samuel & Dorian Samuel | Vocalist & Musician

Sheryta and Dorian are original members of Tru Sol Band, a premier East Coast Entertainment party band out of Myrtle Beach, SC! Over the last 15 years, they have graced many stages up and down the coast. Sheryta is a lead vocalist and Dorian is the founder and lead guitarist. This is Sheryta and Dorian’s first year judging Atrium Health Has Talent!

Bennett Thompson | Vice President, Real Estate & Facilities Management Group Operations, Atrium Health

Bennett has worked at Atrium Health since 2005 and currently leads the Real Estate Division within the Facilities Management Group operations. He is an avid musician who has performed music for over 30 years and is a member of The Thompson Brothers. He plays guitar and mandolin and enjoys all types of music, particularly bluegrass. 

Manwell Bynum | President & Chief Executive Officer, Connectivity Concepts, LLC

Manwell is a corporate veteran, with over 20 years of engineering, operations, business development, government relations and leadership experience in the Healthcare/Life Sciences field. An intrapreneur, transformed into an entrepreneur, he is currently the President and CEO of Connectivity Concepts, LLC and a founding member of Queen City Venture Partners. As an ex-percussionist and music lover, his favorite pastime is listening to jazz while sipping on a glass of red wine.