Government Relations

The Government Relations Committee promotes and advocates for the interests of nurse anesthetists in North Carolina with regard to policies, laws, and regulations that affect nurse anesthetists’ practice. The Committee monitors both federal and state legislation developments that may affect nurse anesthetists. In response to identified issues or proposed legislation, the GRC is charged with the duty to communicate with and inform policy makers at the state level in an effort to educate and promote nurse anesthetist practice.

 


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2021-2022 NCANA Government Relations Committee


Kimberly Gordon, MSN, CRNA, ChairpersonKimberly has been advocating for CRNAs foover 10 years and served as NCANA President 2016-2017. She currently chairs the Government Relations Committee for the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leadersserves on the NCNA PAC committeeand sits on the Board of Directors of Health Care Providers for Greater AccessShe wilgraduate with her DNP from Yale School of Nursing in May 2021.

Kimberly Gordon, MSN, CRNA, Chairperson

 

Stephen Michaux- Smith, MSN, CRNA Committee Member District 1Steve has been working to advance CRNA practice for over a decadeHe has served as NCANA District1 Representative and has been a member of the GRCfor4 yearsSteve has advocated for CRNAs at the state and federal level. He currently practices at UNC Lenoir HealthcareSteve has volunteered on multiple state legislative politicacampaigns to advise candidates on healthcare and CRNA/APRN issues.

Stephen Michaux- Smith, MSN, CRNA Committee Member District 1

 

Jim Reed, DNP, CRNA Committee Member District 1Jim is a practicing CRNA and the Director of Operational Medicine at Vigilint. He is a highly decorated Army veteran whose career included assignments in special Operations and was deployed nine timeafter the terrorist attacks of 9/11.After retiring from the ArmyJiadvocated for veteran’s issues oCapitoHill. He is an ardent advocate for nurse anesthesia practice at the federal and state level. 

Jim Reed, DNP, CRNA Committee Member District 1

 

Jessica Szydlowski-Pittman, DNP, CRNA, ACNP Committee Member District 1 Jessica’s career in advocacy began as a nurse anesthesia studentUpon graduating, she served on the GRC & later as the GRC Co-Chair of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetistsbefore joining the Board of Directors as a DirectorVice President, President,& Past PresidentShe recently moved to NCwhere she works as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Duke University in the Nurse Anesthesia Program.

 

Jessica Szydlowski-Pittman, DNP, CRNA, ACNP Committee Member District 1

 

Kasey Morgan, MSNA, CRNA Committee Member District 1Kasey’s career in advocacy started when she was a nursanesthesia student at Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Nurse Anesthesia ProgramShe graduated in 2020 already having served on the NCANA Board  of Directors, the NCANA PAC Committee and the GRCShe haadvocated to advancCRNA practice in Washington DC and RaleighKasey currently practices nurse anesthesia at Duke University MedicaCenter.

 
Kasey Morgan, MSNA, CRNA Committee Member District 1

 

Ryan Holton, MSN, CRNA Committee Member District 2Ryan is the owner of NC Mobile Anesthesia. He left the comfort of W-2 work in 2017 and has grown his company by leaps and bounds in 3 short years. Ryan served NCANA as Secretary in 2016-2017. Because an unpredictable business keeps him busy in NC, Ryan has become an expert at the in-district legislative meeting. He meets with federal and state legislators regularly to advocate 1:1 for CRNA practice.

Ryan Holton, MSN, CRNA Committee Member District 2

 

Elena Meadows, DNP, CRNA Committee Member District 3Elena is the CMC Nurse Anesthesia Program’s newest faculty member. She earned her DNP from Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Post Master’s DNP Program in 2020. Elena is the current NCANA Secretary. She has been advocating for CRNA practice since she was a nurse anesthesia student. In 2018, she worked on a U.S. Congressional campaign’s Health Policy Committee. Watch for her name on a ballot near you!         


Elena Meadows, DNP, CRNA Committee Member District 3

 

Ken Thompson, DNP, CRNA Committee Member District 4After graduating from the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, Ken was sent to a Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad and deployed five additional times in support of Special Operations. Ken now practices nurse anesthesia at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. He earned his DNP in 2020 from the Wake Forest School of Medicine Post Master’s DNP Program where he developed a new passion: advocating for CRNA practice.
Ken Thompson, DNP, CRNA Committee Member District 4

 

William Wade, MS, MSN, DNP, FNP-C, CRNA Committee Member District 4Bill is an Army veteran who served during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Since becoming a CRNA, he completed a fellowship in advanced pain management, pursued a 2nd master’s degree, became a family nurse practitioner, and earned a DNP. He is an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University and a founding member of East Coast Pain Specialists.


William Wade
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MS, MSN, DNP, FNP-C, CRNA Committee Member District 4

 

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