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Meet The NCMSA Leadership Team 

Gina Becherer, 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. 

Meeti Nigam, President Elect; VP of Membership Development

I an Elected Membership Council member of AMA Alliance and Membership Committee board member for 2019-20.  We recently moved to North Carolina. My husband is a physician with Atrium Health Pineville  Charlotte.  We have 3 sons. Our oldest son is a Plastic Surgery resident (Georgetown), Middle son Aradhya Nigam is General surgery resident (Georgetown) and youngest is undergraduate at UVA. Our Daughter in law is JD -MPH Harvard law school and practicing Law in DC medicines. We have a granddaughter Shreya, 2 yrs old.

I am determined to continue along this path to foster stronger bonds between our community, its physicians and their families.  My work is well recognized in local Community as member of the Cancer Task Force of southern Virginia, Secretary of Haven Board for domestic violence victims shelter, and work with local Sheriff, Mayor, Common wealth attorney and city treasurer as our Board members.  Being DPAMA Committee chair I worked with local hospital to get help for Physicians supporting events including upcoming Doctors day, and encourage other Physicians spouses like me to join our Alliance.

Barbara Savage, Immediate Past President

Barbara Savage, of Apex, NC received her BS in Medical Technology from SUNY Buffalo. Following graduation, she received her certification, MT(ASCP) and worked at the Cleveland Clinic in Microbiology, Analytical Research.  I have served on the Alliance Boards of three states, New York, Iowa and North Carolina. I was president of the Iowa Medical Society Alliance (IMSA) in 2001. I then served on the AMA Alliance for seven years. Positions included Health Promotions Chair, Bylaws Chair, Director for 3 years,  and two years on the Board Development Committee.

When the AMA Foundation offered a Train the Trainer (TOT) program in Health Literacy I was accepted into the first training session. Following the TOT program I, along with other IMSA members, we took their Health Literacy program to many Medical Societies and Alliances across the country and I worked as a consultant to Iowa Health System where I co-authored, Building Health Literate Organizations: A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change.  For the past two years I have chaired the AMAA’s National Initiative on Opioid Misuse Awareness and developed the webinar, America’s Opioid Epidemic: Know the Facts, in partnership with the National PTA. I currently sit on the WCMSA board as Parliamentarian and Bylaws chair and am a past president of the WCMSA.

I am an avid golfer, a member of the Devils Ridge Golf Club Board of Governors and chair the Devils Ridge Pretty in Pink Golf Tournament, raising over $220,000 in the last five years for under and uninsured breast cancer patient’s needs.  As you can see my passion is in healthy communities and health promotions.

My husband, Dick, is a retired Pathologist and we have two daughters and two grandchildren, Cora and Sam.  If I can find some spare time I not only love golf, but also love to travel.

Barbara Lupton, 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.

Katherine O. Keener

K was raised in Wisconsin, earning her BA from St. Louis University, where she met her husband, J. Keith. She earned an M.S. in Education/Curriculum Design at UW – Madison, and later, Certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She served as Program Director for the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis, the second largest in the U.S., while Keith was in Medical School. At Wayne State University in Detroit, K founded the first House Staff Wives’ group to foster fellowship and support for fellow Residents’ spouses and families. While Keith was a Fellow in Nephrology at Duke University, K worked as Director of Program Development at the Durham Y.W.C.A.J. Keith joined a Nephrology practice in Wake County and within two years established his own practice. K worked as Business Manager in the growing practice for five years. She also joined the Wake County Medical Society Alliance, and, as a 30+ year member, has held multiple Board positions. She served on the A.A. Poe Center for Health Education Board of Directors for two terms. She also founded and served as Executive Director of a new 501(c)(3) for 15 years – SAFETeens Think First, creating the curriculum and raising over $500,000, to educate teens across the State in Injury Prevention. K also served on the WakeMed Foundation Board in multiple capacities for 10+ years. She then served for 4 years on the Foundation Board of Hospice of Wake County as Bylaws Chair and then Board Chair.
J. Keith and K have four children and eleven grandchildren, thrilled that three of the four families now live here in Wake County.