Dr. Cardra E. Burns was appointed to the role of Chief Transformation Officer in May 2023. She was previously the Deputy Secretary for Operational Excellence.
Dr. Burns is a transformational and accomplished leader with 18 years of progressive public health administration experience in Georgia and North Carolina. She has a strong dedication to improve the health, safety, and well-being of all North Carolinians. She was previously the Senior Deputy Director for NC DHHS-Division of Public Health, where she oversaw several key public health sections and simultaneously led the COVID-19 testing workstream and the procurement efforts specific to testing and vaccination.
Dr. Burns holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Food Science from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, a Master of Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Information Systems Management, both from Walden University. Also, she is a certified lactation counselor and an Associate Professor with Baker College and Ashford University.