Meet our New Generations Team

Nursing Team

Autumn Neesam, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Senior Director of Inpatient Nursing Services


Lindsay Ammons, RN

  • Certifications: NRP, AND, ACLS, STABLE
  • Schools: Southwestern Community College
  • What inspired you to become a nurse? I have always enjoyed caring for others. I received my CNA in high school and loved the responsibilities of caring for others. I know from a young age I wanted to do Labor and Delivery. Watching ‘A Baby Story’ on TV was what sparked my intrests to be a labor and delivery nurse. During the delivery of my own two children, I depended on my nurses to get me through labor without giving up and this is why I chose to be where I am today.
  • Personal Interests: I am the mother of two great children. My interests are anything involving my children and my family.
  • Additional Information: I was born at Harris. My mother and my children were also born at Harris. I now get to help welcome others into this world at Harris.


Amanda Carnes, RN

Amanda Carnes is a Jackson County native, she graduated from SCC with an ADN in Nursing in 2005. Amanda is a nationally certified RN in Maternal Newborn care. She is certified in STABLE, BLS, ACLS, Fetal Monitoring, and is also one of the Neonatal Resuscitation Instructors for Harris. 

Amanda was an active member in Health Occupations at Smoky Mountain High School.  Her teacher, Mrs. Frances Hess, inspired her love for health care and nursing. After graduating nursing school, Amanda was employed at Haywood Regional Medical Center Women’s Care for 10 years.  In 2015, Amanda took the opportunity to work at Harris Regional New Generation’s Birthing Center. She is very happy to be taking care of moms and babies in her home county.  She believes everyone deserves a memorable birthing experience and feels her nursing care has improved since becoming a mother herself. Amanda has a passion for helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals.  She is passionate in the family unit as a whole and educating moms and dads with their transition to becoming parents.  

Amanda has been married to her husband, Bryan, for 10 year and they have 2 daughters ages 6 and 3.  Outside of work Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, camping, attending church activities, and crafting.  


Amy Clouse, BSN, RN

  • Labor & Delivery
  • Certifications: NRP, ACLS, BLS, Intermediate Fetal Monitoring, Stable
  • Schools & Internships: Western Carolina University
  • What inspired you to become a nurse? I loved helping people and after having my daughter I found my passion with labor and delivery
  • Personal Interests/Biography Info: Love to travel, read books, scuba driving with my family


Lucinda “Cindy” Henson, RN

  • MB/Peds
  • Certifications: BLS, NRP, PALS, ACLS, Stable
  • Schools and Internships: Southwestern Community College
  • What inspired you to become a nurse: I wanted to be a nures since grade school, but that was enhanced through my health occupations class during high school.
  • Personal Interests/Biography Info: I am married with one daughter. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach and lake. I’m very active in my church and numerous mission projects through our church.
  • Additional Info: After graduating high school, I worked as secretary and  a CNA on MB/LD at Harris Regional Hospital for 18 years before going to nursing school. I graduated from Southwestern Community College in 2012 and continued my nursing in the pediatric unit before returning to LD/MD in late 2017


Savannah Hicks, BSN, RN

Savannah Hicks is a Registered Nurse in the Mother-Baby and Labor and Delivery unit. Savannah has been employed with Harris Regional Since January 2017. She began her schooling at The University of Tennessee Knoxville for three years before transferring to Lincoln Memorial University and graduating from their accelerated nursing program with a BSN in 2016. Savannah is certified in STABLE, NRP, ACLS, BLS, culturally competent nursing care, and suicide prevention. 

Savannah is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In 2015, she completed the Remember the Removal bike ride, where she rode 1000 miles in 3 weeks retracing her ancestors' footsteps on the trail of tears. Since completing this ride, Savannah has taken a deeper appreciation for her culture and history and a better understanding of what it means to be Cherokee. Savannah is also a college advisor in the Jones Bowman Award Leadership Program. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, riding her bike, giving back to her community, and traveling. She is also a huge Tennessee fan- Go Vols!

Savannah has always known that she wanted to be a nurse. She has always enjoyed caring for others and being able to be that person who could make a difference in someone's care. She knew during her OB clinical in nursing school that she wanted to work in Labor and Delivery/Mother-baby because nothing compares to experiencing a woman becoming a mother. Savannah loves getting to take care of newborns in her community, as well as, having the opportunity to give the best possible care to her patients. She is very passionate about taking care of mamas and babies and truly enjoys what she gets to do every day.


Lori Jenkins, BSN, RN

Lori Jenkins attended Western Carolina University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree.  She started working at Harris Regional in 1996 and is a Labor and Delivery staff nurse and charge nurse.  Her certifications include BLS, ACLS, NRP, STABLE and Fetal monitoring. 

Lori grew up in Bryson City.  She is married and has 2 children.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her children play sports and watching football with her son and husband, visiting her daughter at the beach. She fell in love with labor and delivery in nursing school clinical’s. She loves working in a small rural hospital where she can take care of Moms and babies in her community.

Jacki Lewis, BSN, RN

  • Certifications: NRP, BLS, ACLS, EFM Monitoring
  • Schools and Internships: BSN from Florida State University
  • What inspired you to become a nurse?  I was a medic in the Army after high school. When I finished that, I decided the next step was to become a nurse.
  • Personal Interests: I enjoy my pets and reading.


Laurie Neel, RN

  • Certifications: BLS, ACLS, Fetal Monitoring
  • What inspired you to be a nurse: I had a sister who required a lot of surgery as a child and I was impressed by the hospital environment and staff.
  • Personal Interests: Reading, walking/hiking with my dog, plants and cooking

Angela Parker, BSN, IBCLC

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Angela ‘Angie’ Parker received her BSN from Western Carolina University and has worked in the mother and baby department at Harris Regional Hospital since 2001. Angie is Harris Regional Hospital’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
“I love the miracle of birth, and the opportunity to watch families grow and evolve. Being a lactation consultant is near and dear to my heart because I cherish the opportunity I have to work one on one with moms who may be struggling with breastfeeding like I did when I had my children. Through my personal experience, education, and passion I am able to provide multiple opportunities to help them reach their breastfeeding goals.”


Tammie Register-Smith, BSN, RN

Is originally from South Georgia. Tammie grew up traveling as part of a military family. After serving in the Army for twenty plus years, her father retired and the family moved back to South Georgia. Tammie completed her junior year and graduated from Lanier County High in Lakeland Georgia.  She received her BSN from Valdosta State University in Valdosta Georgia. Her certifications also include BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, STABLE. Three years ago, she and her husband decided to make a dream of owning a home in the mountains a reality. 

Tammie enjoys hiking, road biking, reading, cooking, traveling, dancing, gardening, her fur baby Tazz and most of all spending time with family and friends. Twice a year she hosts a large gathering of fellow hikers for Hike Week.  Tammie is an animal advocate and has fostered several dogs and cats. She is a member of Partners of Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness and The Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Past memberships include The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The Georgia Conservancy and Sigma Thea Tau.

Tammie’s love for the medical field is a family affair as 8 members are in the medical profession, which includes 5 nurses, a nurse practitioner and 2 pharmacists. 


Sara Warren-Hill, RN

Sara attended SCC and UNC-Asheville whre she received her ADN and BA. Her certifications include NRP, CPR/BLS, STABLE, BLSO (Basic Life Support in Obstetrics, ACLS, AWHONN Member, Advanced Electronic Fetal Monitoring). Being raised by strong wome inspired Sara to become a nurse, she was encouraged to pursue a career caring for women and children. Some of her earliest memories include office visits to see the nurse-midwife when her mother was pregnant with her brother.  Sara believes that family is everything and that mothering is some of the most important, valuable work.Sara lives on her family farm with her four children and husband where they raise chickens, grow a garden and keep bees. Her family enjoys getting outside and enjoying the mountains by hiking and camping. She plans to continue her education to better serve the women and children of Western North Carolina.