Anna Wentz-Boone, PhD, ANP-BC
Dr. Anna Boone received her Master’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University in 2009, specializing in the Adult Nurse Practitioner concentration. She enjoyed the bariatric surgical population early in her career but transitioned to a specialty gastroenterology practice in 2011, located in Reidsville, NC. She completed the PhD program in the School of Nursing through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2018, with a research focus on the relationship between frailty in the older adult and recurrent Clostridium difficile. Dr. Boone received the Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Zeta Chapter “Outstanding Dissertation Award” and the “Doctoral Student Award for Excellence” in 2018. She received the 2019 Research Foundation Award from GAPNA and is currently performing a secondary data analysis of dissertation findings. She is an active member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and has previously held office as the Vice President and Education Committee Chair for the North Carolina Triad Chapter since May 2019. She has been a contributing author for the book Advanced Nursing Care of the Older Adult. She is the current President as of April 2023.
Anna’s favorite quote:
“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”. Lamentations 3:22-23
Mary Niemczura, MSN, AGPCNP
Mary is a nurse practitioner at OPTUM HouseCalls program, making annual wellness home visits for Medicare members. She have been a nurse for almost 30 years, it has been such a rewarding career. Mary started my nursing career as a Nurse Tech, graduated from Rockingham Community College with an associate degree in nursing. She obtained my BSN from UNC-Greensboro. Completed my master’s in nursing from the University of South Alabama in 2019. Mary is a lifelong learner and enjoys mentoring and precepting students and new nurses.
"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."
Rhonda Lucas MSN, AGNP-C, GS-C
Rhonda graduated with her Associates Degree in Nursing in 1984. She worked in long term care, post
cardiac surgery, and Coronary Care for the first 10 years of her career. In 1994, Rhonda chose to leave
critical care and go into hospice nursing and worked as a hospice case manager, community outreach
nurse, and hospice clinical coordinator. When she and her family moved to Reidsville. Rhonda was hired
as the Director of Patient Services at Hospice of Rockingham County. Over the next 9+ years, Rhonda
lead Hospice of Rockingham’s clinical team. She earned her BSN through Winston Salem State University in 2005. In 2010, Rhonda resigned to pursue her dream of becoming a Nurse Practitioner and graduated from UNCG with her MSN; She was certified as an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in February of 2014. Rhonda has worked in primary care as well as community care with Optum with complex care and housecalls. In February of 2022, Rhonda returned to Hospice of Rockingham County to be a Serious Illness Management Nurse Practitioner. She states “ I feel like I’m home where I belong and feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of such a great team”. Rhonda has been active in the Gerontological Advanced Nurse Practitioner Association for the last 11 years, serving as secretary, VP, President-Elect and President of the Carolinas Chapter. She was awarded with the Carroll Spinks
Mentorship Award by the Carolina Chapter of GAPNA in April 2023.
Ladsine Taylor, MSN, APRN, GNP-BC, CDP
Shari Isenberg-Cohen, DNP, APN
Dr. Isenberg-Cohen has been a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Nurse for over thirty years practicing in a variety of clinical settings as well as holding many leadership positions. She received her first-degree BA in Economics/Finance from Rutgers University, then obtained an accelerated BSN in Nursing from Rutgers University, then MSN in Nursing from Seton Hall University in 1998 and then my DNP from Rutgers University (Clinical Tract) in 2015. She then went to an Accelerated BSN program at Rutgers University on full scholarship from Mt Sinai Hospital in New York. During her master’s degree program while working Full-time as a Visiting Nurse, she obtained a clinical fellowship with the National health services corps and Nurse Traineeship scholarship for NP students. Dr. Isenberg-Cohen's first job as a Geriatric NP was in a Geriatric assessment center in Summit, NJ. She taught at community colleges and universities as a NP preceptor and moonlighted at SNFs. She transitioned into working at a CCRC, then primary care office where she focused on SNF/ALF patients for two physicians. Thereafter, she entered Optum (Evercare prior name) as a NP, then clinical lead then Clinical services manager. Dr. Isenberg-Cohen took care of patients in SNF doing both long-term and sub-acute care and managed NPs. Next, she moved into a director of clinical care role for an ISNP Longevity opening the NJ then North Carolina market. Following this, she moved onto Oak Street health (value-based primary care) as a Medical Director for Durham office. Currently, she is the Director of clinical care for ConcertoCare of North Carolina where they serve acutely ill geriatric patients in their homes (value-based care for BCNC patients). Dr. Shari Isenberg-Cohen is very excited to become involved in Gero council here in North Carolina, having lived and worked here for three years now. She currently serves as the Treasurer for GAPNA of Carolinas and will be on the ballot for Director at Large for NCNA this June.
Communication Committee chair
Freda Cowan, DNP, APRN,
Dr. Autumn Henson
Tomika Williams, PhD, AGPCNP-C
Tomika Williams, PhD, AGPCNP-C, CDP is a dually certified adult-gerontological nurse practitioner, with approximately 17 years of nurse practitioner clinical practice experience in varied settings including long-term care, in-patient rehabilitation, and employee wellness care/occupational health. She also is a certified dementia practitioner. She graduated from NC A&T State University in 1998 receiving a BSN and from the UNC-Greensboro in 2003 with a MSN. In 2016, Tomika completed her PhD in Nursing. Tomika has research interest in long-term care, gerontology, health promotion, and social justice issues in health care. Additionally, Tomika is the owner of Golden Health Education and Consulting, PLLC, offering health education and consulting services to patients, families, and communities. Dr. Williams is currently on the faculty of the East Carolina University DNP program. She has been involved with GAPNA since 2003 and is very active in NCANA.
Tomika’s favorite quote:
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Scholarship/ Awards Committee
Shari Isenberg Cohen
Annual Conference Planning Committee
Freda Cowan, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, MSN, ACHPN
Autumn Henson, DNP, GNP-BC
Dr. Autumn Henson is a practicing geriatric nurse practitioner and wound care consultant in Winston Salem, NC. She has been working with long-term care and with wound care for over 18 years, starting first as RN after graduating from Western Piedmont Community College with her Associates Degree in Nursing, then completing her BSN at Winston Salem State University. She then pursued her passion with graduating from Duke University with her MSN with GNP and FNP. In 2018, Dr, Henson completed her goals of achieving her DNP from UNCG. Dr. Henson currently works with Physicians Eldercare in Winston Salem, NC loves specializing in overall older adult healthcare including chronic conditions, end of life care, and especially wound management. She is in her second year of serving the Triad chapter of GAPNA on the Annual Conference planning committee.
Autumn’s favorite quote:
"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way" by Napoleon Hill.
Laurie Kennedy- Malone, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP, FGSA
Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone has been a faculty member in the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) since 1990 and has been a gerontological nurse practitioner since 1982. An expert in gerontological nursing, Laurie received the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association Excellence in Education award in 2006 and in 2007 was the recipient of the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing Geriatric Nursing Faculty Champion award. In 2018, she was recognized for excellence as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE). She coauthored Integrating Gerontological Content into Advanced Practice Nursing Education and Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults, both books were recipients of American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards. Dr. Kennedy-Malone served as the president of the National Conference of Gerontological Nursing and later on the Board of Directors of GAPNA. She is also one of the past presidents of our Triad Chapter of GAPNA and continues to serve on the Annual Conference Planning Committee and offer herself as a resource to our chapter leadership. In 2019, Dr. Kennedy-Malone was the first recipient of the Triad chapter’s annual Mentorship Award.
Laurie’s favorite quote:
“It is what is is.” By J.E. Lawrence
Carroll Conner Spinks, MSN, GNP-BC
Carroll Conner Spinks, MSN, GNP-BC, is a graduate of Purdue University with a BA and pursued her career in nursing by earning her Associates Degree in Nursing from Forsyth Technical Community College in 1985. Later, in 1995, she obtained her BSN from Winston Salem State University. She is a 1997 graduate of the UNCG School of Nursing. Carroll is employed by Eagle Physicians/Triad HealthCare Network Care Management where she has led case management since 1998. She is a founding member of the Triad Chapter of GAPNA since 2006 serving in the capacities of president, president-elect, treasurer, and continues to serve as a member of the Annual Conference Planning Committee member. Carroll notes her greatest nursing recognition is being named in the Great 100 of North Carolina in 2017.
Carroll’s favorite quote:
“Carpe diem!” by Roman poet Horace