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

We now have our own Facebook Page! Come join us!! Feel free to share this page with your friends, students, and colleagues.

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:

Clorrice Briggs

J. Clorrice Briggs, MBA, MSN, RN
Director of Compliance & Risk Management

Suzy Diggle-Fox

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

Andrea Novak

Education Coordinator
Amber Hester, DNP, AGPCNP-BC
NP Resident, Durham VA

Hilary Mendal

Education Coordinator
Autumn Henson, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, WCC
University of North Carolina @ Greensboro, School of Nursing
Assistant Clinical Professor

Stacie Urbanick

Communication Coordinator

Deborah Lekan, PhD, RN, GERO-BC
Wellcare Dynamics
Gerontological Nurse Consultant

Deborah Hummer

Andrea Novak, PhD, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, FAEN
AEN Services, LLC; Presidentr
Aspen University School of Nursing, Graduate Nursing Program; Professor

Anne Rich

Shari Isenberg-Cohen, DNP, APN
ConcertoCare of North Carolina
Director of Clinical Care

Laura Capranica

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

Laura Capranica

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