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NCAPA Staff | Contact Us

North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants

1121 Slater Rd., Durham, NC 27703
(800) 352-2271 | (919) 479-1995 | (919) 479-9726 fax | ncapa@ncapa.org



Emily Adams

Executive Director
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Emily has served as the Executive Director since March 2016. She provides oversight and leadership to the organization while working closely with the Board of Directors. Emily advocates for PA practice rights as a lobbyist and represents NCAPA and the PA profession throughout the state, as she is committed to ensuring that North Carolina is the best place to be a PA. She lives outside of Chapel Hill with her husband, Josh, and two children, Callum and Elsie. She tries to get outside whenever possible to enjoy all the natural beauty NC has to offer.



Caroline Griswold

Program Coordinator
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Caroline began working at the NCAPA in April 2019 and serves as the staff liaison to PA student members and PA programs across North Carolina. Caroline graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from NC State and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNC Charlotte. She is currently completing her Masters Degree in Community Psychology with an emphasis on advocacy for marginalized populations. A born and raised North Carolinian, she enjoys spending time outdoors from the mountains to the sea and sampling classic NC offerings. Caroline currently lives in Hillsborough with her partner and their bulldog Moses.





Carin Head

Director of Conferences and CME
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Carin began working at NCAPA in October of 2010 and directs all continuing education offerings from NCAPA, including two annual conferences, regional workshops, and online CME. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and moved to North Carolina in 2009. She currently lives in Raleigh with her husband and three children.






Kat Nicholas

Director of Membership and Marketing
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Kat began working at NCAPA in January of 2014 and is responsible for marketing and communications as well as providing oversight to all membership activities. She was born in Raleigh and has lived in North Carolina for all but six months of her life, when she tried the west coast. (It didn’t take.) Kat studied Design as well as Philosophy in college, leading to a professional life working in non-profits and personal life filled with textiles and color. She currently lives in Chatham County with her husband, two sons, and an adorable terrier named Esme.




Sally Paille

Director of Finance
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Sally began working at NCAPA in October of 2014 and is responsible for all things related to finance, budgets, and the bottom line. She originally hails from Illinois but lived in Maine for many years and will forever consider herself a Mainer. Sally is a former basketball coach and a committed, life-time, basketball aficionado. She has raised two children, who have been successfully launched into the world. Sally currently lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and her dog named Buddy.





Alexis Perry

Administrative Coordinator
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Alexis began working at NCAPA in March 2018 and provides general administrative support including board meeting preparations and ECC scheduling. Alexis is a 2016 NC State graduate with a B.S. in Nutrition Science and minor in Psychology. While at NC State, Alexis was the captain of the NC State Women’s Track & Field team and became an All-American track and field athlete.  She also competed at the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 100 meter hurdles and the long jump. After graduation, Alexis worked as an office assistant at the NCSU track and field office and competed professionally as a track and field athlete in U.S and international meets.