Greetings from the Board of Directors, NC Chapter, American College of Surgeons!

A few months ago, we were notified that the management company we have used for the past few years would no longer be managing Chapters of the American College of Surgeons.   The Board immediately set out on a search to find a new management firm.

After careful consideration, we have contracted with Synergistic Management, LLC to provide Chapter management services for the NC-ACS.   This company was formed by three experienced association management professionals, and you can read about them below.

So, as we start this New Year, we welcome our new partners, Kathy, Wanda, and Janna, to the NC-ACS Chapter family.    Together we are committed to the success of the NC Chapter and NC surgeons.   Here are a few things you can expect in the short term and the coming year:

  • 2017 Chapter dues notices arriving in your Inbox soon
  • A fresh and robust new web site
  • Frequent, concise, informative eNewsletters
  • Active and newsworthy social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • An energized NC-ACS Community on the ACS web site
  • An increase in advocacy at the State and National levels
  • An exciting, fun, CME-rich 2017 NC-ACS Annual Meeting
  • Mark your calendars – July 14-16, Pinehurst Resort

Kathy, Wanda, and Janna are anxious to get to know the surgeons in NC and welcome your questions, comments, concerns.   Here’s how to reach them:

Feel free to contact any of the officers of the Chapter if we may be of service.

Danielle Walsh, MD, FACS, FAAP

President Elect:
Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, FACS

David Grantham, MD, FACS

Immediate Past President:
Michael Chang MD, FACS

About Synergistic Management, LLC

KATHRYN D. BROWNING has more than 29 years of experience in State advocacy and association management. Her past experience includes working with the Georgia Medical Association and the Georgia Society of General Surgeons. For the past 6 years, she has served as Executive Director for the Georgia Society of the ACS (GSACS) which has experienced unprecedented growth during her tenure, including the development of a Political Action Committee and much success advocating for surgeons and their patients in Georgia. Browning lives in McRae, Georgia.

WANDA G. MCKNIGHT is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with more than 25 years of experience in association management. She currently serves as Chapter Administrator for the TN Chapter, ACS, and Executive Director of the TN Health Information Management Association. McKnight’s early career was in health information management, and she is also a Registered Heath Information Technician (RHIT). A native of North Carolina, she resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

JANNA L. PECQUET has more than 15 years of experience in association management and currently serves as Executive Director for the Louisiana, South Texas, and Minnesota Chapters of the ACS. Her other clients include Louisiana Society of Anesthesiology, Louisiana Chapter American College of Cardiology, Surgical Association of Louisiana, American Society of Hypertension Gulf States Chapter, and the Greater New Orleans Pediatric Association. Pecquet has extensive meetings’ management expertise in collaborative, jointly-sponsored events and providing quality CME programming for various disciplines. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.