Council on Gerontological Nursing

Gerontological nurses are located all over the state and we work in a variety of clinical settings including long term care facilities, clinics, home health care, education, and administration. Members of the Gerontological Nursing Council are nurses leading change to prevent falls and improve quality of care and life for older adults and their families.


To provide communication and resources for nurses across NC to build knowledge related to best practice in the care of older adults.


To improve quality of care delivered to older North Carolinians.


  1. Increase and engage members focused in care of older adults
  2. Improve care delivery of older adults in NC — nurses leading change
  3. Strengthen collaboration with other gerontological and advocacy organizations

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Interested in joining the Council on Gerontological Nursing? We would love to have you! NCNA members can join any council by updating their profile. Click on the “Account” tab, then choose “Personal Info” on the left side of the page, and scroll down to choose the councils you wish to join. Don’t forget to hit “Save” at the bottom! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at


Council Leadership:

Deborah Lekan

Deborah Lekan, PhD, RN-BC
University of North Carolina @ Greensboro, School of Nursing

Letha Joseph

Letha Joseph, DNP, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Durham VA Healthcare System
Nurse Practitioner

Suzy Diggle-Fox

B. Suzy Diggle-Fox, PhD, GNP, ANP, BC
University of North Carolina @ Wilmington, CHHS, School of Nursing
Assisant Professor

Andrea Novak

Education Committee Co-Chair
Andrea Novak, PhD, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, FAEN
Aspen University School of Nursing, Graduate Nursing Program; Professor
AEN Services, LLC; President

Hilary Mendal

Education Committee Co-Chair
Hilary Mendal, MSN-Ed, RN
Wake Technical Community College School of Nursing
Nursing Instructor

Stacie Urbanick

Communication Committee Chair
Stacie Urbanick, MSN, RN
New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Tomika Williams

Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair
Tomika Williams, PhD, AGPCNP-C, RN
Advanced Practice Provider Clinical Director

Deborah Hummer

Deborah Hummer, DNP, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC
University of North Carolina @ Pembroke School of Nursing
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Anne Rich

Anne Rich, MSN, RN
MountainCare Adult Day Services, Hendersonville NC;
Health Care Coordinator Adult Day
Elder Care Consulting Services, Flat Rock NC;
Geriatric Care Manager, Aging Life Care Manager

Laura Capranica

Laura Capranica, RN, BSN, MA
Novant Health, Inc
Clinical Analyst