Board of Directors







President - Paul Packard, DNAP, MSNA, CRNA, NEA-BC

Employer: Director of Anesthesia and Perianesthesia Services Catawba Valley Medical Center

Location: Hickory, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? The NCANA provides many opportunities to network with other CRNAs in and around North Carolina. I love meeting new people, learning about different career pathways, variations in practice, and how I can enhance my expertise for the benefit of patients from other knowledgeable anesthesia experts.







President Elect 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? The leadership and advocacy for CRNA'S in NC. 

Immediate Past President - Kimberly Gordon MSN, CRNA

Employer: Educational Innovator - Wake Forest School of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Program 

Location: Winston-Salem, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? Without a doubt, my fellow NCANA members! Meeting new nurse anesthesia colleagues and hearing how they practice, where they practice and their stories of involvement in the profession of nurse anesthesia. Our state organization is one of the strongest in the nation and spending 10 minutes at any NCANA meeting or gathering will tell you why. No matter what they're passionate about: education, advocacy, leadership development, professional development etc. our members do what they do to deliver the best care possible to their patients and to be the best CRNAs they can be. Being with colleagues at meetings or working on their behalf as a member of the Board of Directors, our membership is incredibly inspiring.







Vice 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.

Treasurer - Chris Muckler, DNP, CRNA

Employer: Assistant Professor, Clinical Education Coordinator -  Duke University School of Nursing

Location: Durham, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? I like the networking and educational/CE opportunities.







Secretary - 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.







District I Director - 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.







District II Director - 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.







District III Director - Kim Rybak, MSN, CRNA

Credentials: BSN Syracuse University - MSN, Duke University School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia

Employer:  Carolinas Healthcare System

Location: Charlotte, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? The NCANA brings great opportunity to meet CRNAs from all over our state.  Many who have prior service to this organization have been a great influence to me.  I admire their dedication, passion and advocacy for our profession and honored to be a part of the Board.







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 - Kristian Dilao, SRNA

Location: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program

What do I like most about the NCANA?  The annual and district meetings are a great way to stay current in today's evidence based practice setting.  I am grateful to be part of a team that is dedicated to serving the members' best interests.






Student Representative - Brynn Starr, SRNA

Location: East Carolina University College of Nursing- Nursing Anesthesia in Greenville, NC

What do I like most about the NCANA? I like the fact that I can learn a different aspect about Nursing Anesthesia that I have not learned in school yet. 








NCANA Executive Director- Brandi Gerew, CAE

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 issues forward.