Welcome To NCANS! I am Lisa Benton, a senior nursing student at Watts School of Nursing. I graduate in December 2018. After enjoying a career in the computer software world for almost 20 years and raising my family the last 12+ years, I am pursuing my second career and look forward to graduation and being out in the working world again. I am married to Bryan, for almost 30 years now, and have two grown daughters, Elisa 25 (also in nursing school with me) and Jacqueline 22 (just graduated in Public Health & Business). While in nursing School, I have participated in and led many activities from community service, to mentoring, and President of the Watts Assoc. of Nursing Students. I look forward to working with our NCANS board this year and the opportunity to help mentor other student nurses in North Carolina.
Ruth Sarah Newell
I attend Fayetteville State University School of Nursing and will graduate in December of 2018. I have served in my SNA chapter as Sergeant at Arms, Cohort Ambassador, and Mentor of Student Nurses. I am a very proud mother and am employed in the dynamic world of finance. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and exploring with my children, volunteering in a national women’s service club, and gardening. I will be serving my preceptorship in the Cape Fear Valley Hospital emergency department. My aspirations beyond beginning my career in the ED are to combine nursing with prior degrees in Psychology and Biology and to segue into trauma nursing, flight nursing, work towards a PhD and teach nursing at the university level. Helping people access care and reaching optimal health remain my passion, and I am eager to begin this beautiful journey.
Hi! My name is Kynadee Hoke and I am a senior attending the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. I will be graduating in May 2019 and hope to work in labor and delivery unit. A few years after graduating I wish to return to school to become a CNM. As well as obtained my masters in nurse administration. I am the current president of my schools ANS organization. I am very excited to get involved at the state level with NCANS. When I am not busy I LOVE spending time with my family, close friends and really enjoy making people laugh.
Secretary | District IV Director at Large
Hi everyone! My name is Randie Ware. I am a second semester nursing student at Fayetteville State University. I will be graduating December 2019. I am originally from Colorado and moved to North Carolina almost two years ago. I enjoy spending time with my dogs and painting in the little spare time that I do have. I was recently elected as Sergeant at Arms for FSU Student Nurses’ Association. I am interested in pursuing labor and delivery upon graduation. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be a part of NCANS and cannot wait to dive right in!
District II Director at Large
Hi everyone! I am Brooke Walker and I am the District 2 Director-at-Large. I am a senior nursing student at UNC Charlotte and will graduate in May 2019! I would love to be a OR nurse and potentially go to medical school in the future. My desire to work in the operating room came the the tv show Grey’s Anatomy! I have always loved the “gory” stuff and the OR definitely has it! I look forward to serving on the NCANS board of directors and doing my job to the best of my ability.
District III Director at Large
Hello! My name is Sheldon Radford and I will be graduating from Winston-Salem State University in May 2019. I am interested in pursuing a career in the ICU and would love to one day become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. I am the Nursing Class of 2019 Treasurer and have participated in SNA for much of my time in the nursing program. My participation in leadership roles and steady communication with the student body has prepared me for representing my district and recruiting fresh faces!
District V Director at Large
Hi my name is Korinne Coert and I am a California Native! The military brought me to North Carolina and I love it here! I am currently a second degree seeking student set to graduate December 2019 from Fayetteville State University. I possess a background in psychology, law enforcement, the medical field and love working with and helping other people. I am a Certified Phlebotomist and EMT, and I possess certifications in ACLS and ECG/EKG. I look forward to encouraging others to work in this diverse field of nursing and being an active part of NCANS!
Breakthrough to Nursing Director
Hello! My name is Kristopher McMurray and I am a current second semester nursing student at Fayetteville State University. I will be graduating in December 2019 and hope to would like to work on CSICU with future plans to become an advance practice nurse. I am excited to be a part of the NCANS board and hope to bring growth to NCANS. I have years of leadership experience to offer to the organization and hope to make the most of my term. I enjoy being outside as well as spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to serving as your NCANS BTN position holder and wish everyone the best with the upcoming school year.
My name is Lily Siedschlag and I am a senior nursing student at the UNC-Charlotte. I will graduate May 2019 with my BSN and plan to move to Alaska. I hope to become a labor and delivery or pediatric nurse. I am the social chair of our school’s Association of Nursing Students and the new Publications Director for NCANS. I am looking forward to this opportunity to become more involved on a state level.
Amanda Tertychny is currently serving as the NCANS board as the Legislative Director. She currently attends Fayetteville Technical Community College as a second degree-seeking student, and will graduate in December 2019. After graduation, Amanda hopes to pursue a career as either a labor and delivery nurse, or as a psychiatric nurse. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, running, and spending time with her loved ones.
Dr. Evelyn L. Hoover, PhD, RN
Ms. Christy R. Swinson MSN, FNP-C, CMSRN
Ms. Christy Swinson has over 18 years of nursing experience. She earned her BSN from East Carolina University in 1999. After working several years as a surgical-trauma nurse, Ms. Swinson pursued graduate studies at East Carolina University. In 2008, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Nursing Education. Ms. Swinson’s clinical background includes a strong foundation in medical-surgical nursing. She has earned the distinction as a Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.
Ms. Swinson’s passion for improving access to health care was apparent when she returned to graduate school a second time. In 2015, she earned a Post-Master’s Certificate with a Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner studies. Ms. Swinson is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
In addition to being an NCANS Consultant, Ms. Swinson enjoys working with students at Fayetteville State University. She currently serves as a Co-Advisor for the Student Nurses Association. Ms. Swinson is also busy coordinating the development of an Honor Society for FSU students, faculty, and community nurse leaders. Ms. Swinson interests include improving health disparities, volunteering at the Care Clinic, being active at her local church, and maintaining memberships with STTI, AANP, ANA/NCNA, NSNA, AMSN, and NCLN. Ms. Swinson is the proud mother of 3 sons that are the center of her world.