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Meet the NCMSA Leadership Team 

Meeti Nigam, President

I am honored to serve you as the president of NCMS Alliance for the year 2022-2023. I have been a board member of the NCMS Alliance for the last three years since we moved to Charlotte from Virginia. I was active in various positions for many years with the Medical Society of Virginia Alliance. My interest and involvement in community events, public health, and Alliance advocacy helped me grow as an Alliance leader. I have helped organize events for the Alliance and community, including health fairs for the public and charity events for a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. 

I was born in India and completed my Bachelors in Science and Masters in Sociology.  My husband is a practicing anesthesiologist with Atrium Health. We were married while he was working in Caen, France. We lived there for six years and then moved to the United States in 1994.  My husband’s medical career moved us to Augusta, GA; Boston, MA; Danville, VA; and now Charlotte. 

We have three sons - a plastic surgeon, a general surgeon, and an undergraduate at University of Virginia; two wonderful daughters-in-law - a lawyer and a physician assistant; and a beautiful 4-year-old rambunctious granddaughter.

 I look forward to a successful and meaningful NCMS Alliance year as we continue along the path to foster stronger bonds between our community, its physicians, and their families.


Gina Becherer, Immediate Past President 

Originally from  Boston, Massachusetts,  I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University.  Following graduation, I completed a post-graduate Pharmacy Residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.   After working in Illinois and Iowa, I moved to North Carolina  in search of warmer winters. While working at North 

Carolina Memorial Hospital (now UNC Healthcare) I completed a Master’s degree in Public Health Policy Administration from the UNC- Chapel Hill. After 15 years as a practicing pharmacist and the completion of my graduate school training, my  career turned  toward pursuits in healthcare administration. I have been involved with the Alliance for a short time but look forward to the work of advocating for North Carolina communities. 



Barbara Lupton,  Secretary |Treasurer 

Originally from Charlotte, Barbara Lupton lives in Greensboro with her husband, Fred. She worked as the Practice Administrator in her husband’s dermatology practice for 17 years. They have 2 grown daughters, one who lives in North Carolina, the other in New York City.  She has served as a volunteer through her church, Junior League, Girl Scouts as a troop leader for both daughters and as an active volunteer in her children’s schools. Barbara has served in her local alliance, Greater Greensboro Medical Society Alliance for many years in a variety of leadership roles, including serving VP of Membership, Treasurer, President Elect, Local Alliance president and editor of the newsletter for several years.  She is in her fourth year on the NCMSA Board serving as Membership VP for 2 years and currently serving her second term as Treasurer.  She enjoys travel, tennis, hiking, reading, bridge and Mah Jongg. 


Kirby Sheridan, VP of Program Development

Kirby Sheridan, of Concord, North Carolina, is a past president of the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance as well as the Cabarrus County Medical Society Alliance. She has served on the NCMSA board in several capacities over the years in efforts to improve the health of North Carolinians. Kirby earned degrees in English and in Radio/Television/Motion Pictures from UNC-Chapel Hill and enjoys working on communications efforts for the Alliance, particularly the NCMSA Tarheel Tandem and the AMAA LINK online newsletter. Kirby and her husband, Dave, an interventional radiologist, have four children, the youngest of which is a senior in high school.