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Nurses from Across the State Honored by North Carolina Nurses Association

September 24, 2019

RALEIGH, NC – The North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) is welcoming new leaders and recognizing nurses and organizations that are helping drive Nursing Forward® in North Carolina. Roughly 550 nurses, nursing students, and guests gathered at the M.C. Benton Convention center last week for networking, continuing education, an awards ceremony, and statewide membership forum during NCNA’s 112th Annual Convention in Winston-Salem.

NCNA members elected new members of the Board of Directors as the association passed the torch from Immediate Past President Elaine Scherer, MAEd, BSN, RN, to President Dennis Taylor, DNP, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC.

Board of Directors for 2019-2021

Executive Committee

  • President Dennis Taylor, of Lexington
  • President-Elect Meka Douthit EL, of Winston-Salem
  • Secretary/Treasurer Ryan Lewis, of Apex

Members at Large

  • Albert Anderson, Jr., of Winterville
  • Bonnie Davis Meadows, of Belmont
  • Holly Wei, of Chapel Hill
  • Tomika M. Williams, of Greensboro

Commission Chair

  • Commission on Advanced Practice Nursing (CAPN): Carrie Palmer, of Cary

Other Elected Positions

Nominations Committee

  • Renee Mayo, of Greenville
  • Carmen Shaw, of Charlotte
  • Gail Shue, of Concord

Chair, Bylaws

  • Eve Layman, of Asheville

ANA Membership Assembly

  • Meka Douthit EL
  • Dennis Taylor

As part of the Convention agenda, NCNA also presented awards to individual nurses and organizations that are having a tangible impact on improved patient care around the state.

Hall of Fame

  • The late Lydia Holman, of Mitchell County
  • The late Helen Miller, of Durham

Practice Nurse of the Year

  • Julia Gamble, of Durham

Joanne S. Stevens Political/Legislative Nurse of the Year Award

  • Mary Graff, of Raleigh

Certificate of Commendation

  • Catherine Sevier, of Greensboro

Rookie of the Year

  • Trish Richardson, of Raleigh

NC Nurses PAC Leadership Society Award

  • Linda O’Boyle, of Elm City

Best Practice Awards

  • Atrium Health’s Neurosciences Institute – Telestroke
  • CarolinaEast Medical Center's Charge Nurse Academy
  • Pfeiffer University’s Nursing and Exercise Science Department - Clergy Health Institute

NCNA’s Annual Convention gives attendees the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and earn valuable professional development experience at the largest nursing event of the year in North Carolina.

“I am so excited that we have just wrapped up our annual convention with record attendance,” said President Dennis Taylor. “Nursing is strong in North Carolina as evidenced by the great work by nurses to improve care, reduce cost and increase access to all North Carolinians.”

Established in 1902, NCNA provides continuing education, networking and legislative advocacy for registered nurses throughout North Carolina. For more information, please visit