Board of Directors




President - Linda Stone, DNP, CRNA

Employer: Assistant Program Director – Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia

Location: Raleigh, NC 

What do I like most about the NCANA? The thing I like most about the NCANA is the ability to interact with both SRNA and CRNA members at meetings but also through committee work. I am very proud of the accomplishments and strength of our state association especially when compared to other states where the state association is not as strong. We are fortunate to have leaders and members with a passion for providing high quality anesthesia care to our patients and supporting CRNA practice in NC.


President Elect - Gena Lee Burnett, MSN, CRNA


BA - Chemistry, 2004 -UNC at Chapel Hill 
BS - Nursing, 2005 - Duke University 
MS - Nursing, 2010 - Duke University 
CRNA - 2010

Employer: Regional Anesthesia, PLLC in Durham, NC 

Location: Wake Forest, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? I am excited and honored to be working with colleagues who also desire to support and promote CRNA practice in NC.






Immediate Past President - Luci New, MSN, CRNA


BSN Georgia College 1991
Certificate of Anesthesia 1995 CMC School of Nurse Anesthesia

Employer: CHS- NEMC 

Location: Concord, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? There are so many things I love about the NCANA, it is close to impossible to select one!  I love the membership engagement and networking at the multiple NCANA sponsored events, especially with the SRNA’s from the six anesthesia schools in the state.  We have the potential to impact our profession by the mentorship we provide to these future leaders.   I plan to pursue this goal further this year to encourage our members to utilize the many resources offered by the NCANA to become more engaged to secure a strong association and profession for all members.



Vice President - Stacy Yancey, MSNA, CRNA

Employer: Carolina Anesthesiology

Location: High Point, NC 

What do I like most about the NCANA? My favorite thing about NCANA is the opportunity to network with other CRNAs and stay up to date on current practices and research.


Treasurer - Cliff Gonzales, CRNA, PhD

Employer: Wake Forest Baptist Health Sciences 

Location: Winston-Salem, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? First the leaders of the NCANA- their enduring trust to one another, selfless commitment to the role that they were elected, and remarkable advocacy to NCANA members. Members: their continuous support to the leaders and the association. As a whole NCANA: long-lasting support to the nurse anesthesia profession and advocacy of safe patient care.



Secretary - Courtney Brown, PhD, CRNA, CHSE

Employer: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Location: Clemmons, NC 

What do I like most about the NCANA? NCANA embodies the values of all CRNAs: advocacy, passion and collegiality. CRNAs provide the highest quality anesthesia care to North Carolina residents, and our state association is strong and vibrant. And our meetings bring quality continuing education to CRNAs and SRNAs. What’s not to love?


District I Director - Angela L. Robertson, DNP, CRNA

Employer: Regional Anesthesia at Duke Raleigh Hospital

Location: Chapel Hill, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? The amazing networking opportunities!



District II Director - Jennifer Wilborne, CRNA, MSN

Employer: Wake Forest Baptist Health

Location: Winston-Salem, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? I appreciate the collegiality that the NCANA brings! I enjoy meeting new CRNA colleagues and hearing about their current practice across the state. 



District III Director - Sherry Bernardo, DNP, MHA, CRNA

Employer:  Atrium Health

Location: Iron Station, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? The advocacy for CRNA practice in the state of NC and the visibility that many NC CRNAs portray in the public domain.






District IV Director - Ida Goodnight, MSN, CRNA


Graduated from anesthesia school in 2008.  Wake Forest School of Nurse Anesthesia with MSN from UNC-Greensboro.

Employer: Catawba Valley Medical Center - Hickory, NC 

Location: I live in Stony Point, NC with my husband Jonathan and 2 1/2 year old Catherine.

What do I like most about the NCANA? I believe what I like best is the opportunity being on the Board has allowed me to learn about our legislative process. 



Student Representative - Mikaela Siemens, BSN, RN, CCRN, SRNA

Location: Duke University School of Nursing- Nurse Anesthesia Program, Durham, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA?  I love the NCANA's focus on the advancement of nurse anesthesia in both the healthcare community and the legislature. As an SRNA, I am excited and honored to be involved!


Student Representative - Julie Culbertson, BSN, RN, CCRN, SRNA

Location: Western Carolina University, Asheville, NC 

What do I like most about the NCANA? What I like most about the NCANA is how effectively it advocates for nurse anesthesia from a legislative standpoint. I also really appreciate how much the NCANA supports SRNA participation and values the student voice, which I am proud to represent. 


NCANA Executive Director- Brandi Gerew, CAE, CMP

Location: Raleigh, NC 

What do I like most about the NCANA? The NCANA Board and members are truly passionate about improving the nurse anesthetists profession in North Carolina. Their passion is contagious and helps draw new members as well as help push legislative endeavors forward.