Networking Luncheon Table Hosts
Hannah C. Ainsworth, C’10
|Assistant Professor||Biostatistics & Data Science; Wake Forest School of Medicine|
Rynne Ambrose Hankins, A’08, C’12
|Senior R&D Scientist||Cambrex|
Sallie Smalley Beason, A’85
|Master in Business Administration||Finance Chair, Salem College Board of Trustees|
Holli Burroughs, C’22
|PharmD Candidate||UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy|
Samantha Culler, C’06
, MSW, LCSW
|Clinical Director Memory Counseling Program||Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist|
|Associate Professor, Director, Memory Counseling Program||Wake Forest University School of Medicine|
, MD, PhD
|Psychiatrist in Chief||Boston Children's Hospital|
|Assistant Professor of Health Science and Salem Scholars Coordinator||Salem College|
Monique Farrell, C’01
|Director of Development||Baptist Retirement Homes Foundation|
T. Sharee Fowler, C’97
|Associate Professor, Nonprofit Management & Community Leadership||Salem College|
Beth Mabe Gianopulos, C’97
|Senior Associate General Counsel and Associate Dean||Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist|
Beth Harmer, C’04
, DSW, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
|Assistant Professor/ Bachelor of Social Work Program Director||Western Carolina University|
, PhD, CMA
|Program Director for MEd in Educational Leadership||Salem College|
|Associate Professor of Literacy Education||Salem College|
, PhD, M.A.T.
|Founder & Director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA)|
|Co-director, Health Humanities and Associate Professor of English||Director of the Writing Center Salem College|
Andrea Marritt-Pabalate, A’95
|Academic Dean, Director Cardea Fellows Program||Duke University|
, MD, MPH, MPA
|Associate Dean for Health Equity at Dell Medical School||University of Texas at Austin|
|Associate Professor of Design; Visual and Performing Arts and Design Program Director||Salem College|
Maria Ramirez Perez, C’17
|Program Manager||NC DHHS|
Courtney Jones Robinson, C’99
|Client Oversight Manager||Global Clinical Supplies|
Anshu Shrestha, C’00
, PhD, MPH
|Senior Epidemiologist/Research Manager||Public Health Institute/Cancer Registry of Greater California|
Jennifer H. Shrewsbury, C’91
, MSW, LCSW
|Director of Social Work||Central Regional Hospital|
Melissa Thompson, C’17
|Stewardship Care Liaison||Novant Health Foundation|
, MS, PhD
|Associate Professor of Chemistry and Nutrition||Salem College|
|Licensed Professional Counselor||Self Employed|
|Assistant Professor, Business Administration||Salem College|
Hannah C. Ainsworth, C’10, PhD
I am a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. My work focuses on statistical genetics research, such as identifying multi-omics contributors to complex diseases and precision medicine initiatives, including pharmacogenomics. My research portfolio spans multiple omics technologies, including genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, and the microbiome. Given the magnitude of these data, I also work to develop computationally efficient tools and pipelines within High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. I recently joined ClinGen, an NIH-funded initiative dedicated to building a central resource for defining the clinical relevance of genes and variants (Rheumatologic Autoimmune Disease Clinical Domain Working Group).
I am a 2010 Salem College graduate (Chemistry major; Sociology minor); and I received my PhD from Wake Forest University in Molecular Genetics and Genomics.
Rynne Ambrose Hankins, A’08, C’12, PhD
Rynne Ambrose Hankins, PhD currently works as a Senior Scientist I in chemical research and development at Cambrex in High Point, NC. Cambrex, a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization, provides drug product and drug substance within the pharmaceutical industry. Her role with Cambrex is to collaborate with pharmaceutical companies to develop robust and scalable manufacturing processes for drug substances.
Rynne is a graduate of Wake Forest University’s doctoral program in chemistry, specializing in synthetic organic chemistry with a keen focus in the development of biological tools for studying oxidation. During her graduate studies, she authored numerous publications including a textbook chapter in her field and a patent for molecules developed throughout the course of her research. In addition to her own thesis work, she was actively engaged in mentoring and training rising students for graduate-level laboratory studies.
Rynne attended Salem College and is a graduate of the class of 2012. During her time at Salem, she majored in chemistry and participated in both the Honors and Lehman’s Scholar program. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Salem Academy class of 2008
Sallie Smalley Beason, A’85, MBA
Sallie Smalley Beason graduated from Salem Academy in 1985 and earned a BA in Economics from UNC Chapel Hill in 1989. After college, she moved to Philadelphia and began a career as a commercial loan officer for a regional bank. In 1997, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, double majoring in Finance and Real Estate. Upon graduation from Wharton, Sallie worked in New York City on Wall Street for five years in Commercial Real Estate Investment Banking and continued this career in Charlotte with senior positions at Bank of America and Fifth Third Bank. In 2009, she founded her own consulting company where she works directly with financial institutions, debt and equity funds, and national due diligence companies to provide real estate, banking, and capital markets expertise.
Sallie is currently serving on the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees (as Finance Chair), the Salem Academy Alumnae Board, and on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte as Chair-Elect.
Holli Burroughs, C’22
Holli graduated from Salem College in the spring of 2022 with a BS in Biochemistry and BA in Chemistry. She has had an interest in pharmacy for almost ten years, so following graduation she accepted a position at Duke Children’s Hospital in their inpatient pediatric pharmacy in order to further her experience and passion. She is currently a PY1 at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and has an interest in a variety of specialties and pathways in pharmacy, including solid organ transplant, oncology, and pediatrics.
Samantha Culler, C’06, MSW, LCSW
Sam is the Clinical Director of the Memory Counseling Program where they provide counseling, education, referral to resources, and support groups to people living with dementia and their care partners. She majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology at Salem College and earned her Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she specializes in trauma and grief work and has experience working with people with multiple chronic health conditions in integrated and collaborative medical settings.
Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD
Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD, is the Rebecca E. Shaw Professor and Director of the Memory Counseling Program and Associate Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is a neuroscientist committed to research that maintains dignity and purpose for older adults across the range of physical and cognitive function they experience, and Her research investigates how age-related changes in movement and metabolism interact with the brain and cognition, and the potential of lifestyle interventions to support healthy brain and body function in aging. Her work on arts and aging with her close collaborator and Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Christina Soriano, MFA, has led to community collaborations and unique outreach opportunities.
Stacy Drury, MD, PhD
Dr. Stacy Drury is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and the Psychiatrist in Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital since March of 2023. Dr. Drury came to Boston Children’s Tulane University where she served as the Associated Director of the Tulane Brain Institute, the Executive Director of the Tulane Violence Prevention Institute, the Vice Chair of Research for Pediatrics, and the Chief Research Officer for Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Both her clinical work in medically ill children with co-morbid mental illness and her own research focus on the parent-child relationship as a critical buffer against the effects of early life adversity within and across generations. Her transdisciplinary research seeks to define the biological mechanisms through which adversity, including trauma, violence, child abuse and neglect, racism, and structural inequity drive negative health outcomes and health disparities. She has been committed to mentoring and developing women in STEM fields and has previously served as the President of the Association of Women in Psychiatry. In deciding to join Boston Children’s Hospital she recognized the urgent need for transformative community engaged and culturally responsive efforts targeting the prevention, treatment, and cure of child mental illness.
Katie Fanning, DVM
Dr. Katie Fanning joined Salem College in 2023 as an Assistant Professor of Health Science and Coordinator of Salem Scholars having previously served as an adjunct in 2017.
Dr. Fanning’s research experience is as a NIH T-32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Medicine/Molecular Medicine and Translational Science at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Her research focus was on understanding the mechanisms of diabetes mellitus as a long-term side effect of radiation exposure in Rhesus macaques.
Dr. Fanning’s clinical interests include preventative medicine, animal behavior, and palliative care. She worked in corporate, private practice for a number of years where she prioritized mentorship of students (high school- professional school) ultimately becoming a regional coordinator of student externship experiences. Most recently, she served as Medical Director at Forsyth Humane Society for 3 years to support their transition into the county shelter. There, she developed policy and procedures related to: medical staff onboarding and training, preventative care and infectious disease management, minimizing animal stress, surgery, and euthanasia.
Monique Farrell, C’01
A proud C’01 alumnae, Monique has built her career in the world of nonprofits. From member services to executive leadership and now fundraising, there aren’t many nonprofit hats she has not worn. Her current work at Baptist Retirement Homes Foundation has given her the opportunity to learn about the world of elder care and healthcare philanthropy.
T. Sharee Fowler, C’97, PhD
Dr. T. Sharee Fowler has 25 years of experience working to advance meaningful social change through community organizing, advocacy, and systemic transformation strategies. She is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director of Nonprofit Management & Community Leadership at Salem College, where she also co-directs Salem’s Center for Action & Public Service and the Health Advocacy & Humanitarian Systems program. In addition to her academic roles, Sharee is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal.
Sharee completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching with a specialization in Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a proud Salem College alumna (C ’97). She serves on the Governing Council for 18 Springs Community Healing Center and is a member of the Voices of God’s Children, a multi-racial community choir dedicated to the preservation of African-American spirituals as a musical art form.
Beth Mabe Gianopulos, C’97, JD
Beth Mabe Gianopulos is Senior Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and Associate Dean of Faculty Relations and Retention at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where she has worked since 2006. Beth is an Assistant Professor at WFU School of Medicine, an Adjunct Professor at WFU School of Law, and Adjunct Professor of the Practice at WFU School of Business. Beth’s practice includes a wide range of labor and employment issues that arise in the complex atmosphere of an academic medical center. In 2014, Beth was honored with an award from NC Lawyers Weekly for Women In Justice: Corporate Counsel, and she received an award as one of Triad Business’ Top Women In Business. Beth received her J.D. from WFU School of Law, cum laude, in 2001. She graduated magna cum laude from Salem College with a BS in Chemistry in 1997.
Beth Harmer, C’04, DSW, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Dr. Beth Harmer is an assistant professor of Social Work at Western Carolina University and the Bachelor of Social Work Program Director. She received her Doctor of Social Work degree in 2021 from the University of St. Thomas, her Master of Social Work degree from Western Carolina University in 2010, and her BA in Sociology from Salem College in 2004. She is a board member for the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, the NC Foundation of Alcohol and Drug Studies, Smoky Mountain Harm Reduction, and The Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Swain County. She holds credentials as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor in NC. Her passion lies in improving the understanding of mental health and addictive disorders through the provision of education and training.
Janice Jett, PhD, CMA
Janice Jett has served 25+ years in education in a variety of capacities both in the classroom and as a school administrator. She is passionate about health and wellness, having earned both CNA and CMA diplomas with plans to complete a wellness coaching certificate in 2024. She is also interested in advanced studies in Public Health. Her life mission is to make a positive difference in as many lives as possible.
Rebecca Jordan, PhD
Rebecca Jordan is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at Salem College. She is a former elementary school teacher, instructional coach, and program specialist for student interventions. She has taught most of the elementary grades but considers herself a first grade teacher. She is also licensed to teach English as a Second Language. She is a staunch advocate of every child seeing themselves as readers and writers. Her research centers on the development of teacher knowledge and skills necessary to develop literacy skills and engagement in young children. She is a leader in the state as we recognize and implement the science of reading in all classrooms, PK-16. She sees literacy education as central to health leadership because the ability to access health services and advocate for oneself are greatly diminished without literacy.
Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, PhD, M.A.T.
Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people living with dementia that she developed at Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University. OMA has been replicated in over 200 communities throughout North America. In 2023, she was a Fulbright Teaching Scholar based at Atma Jaya University, tasked with implementing the OMA program in Indonesia.
She has also developed ScrippsAVID (AVID stands for Arts-based, Virtual, Intergenerational, and Dementia-friendly). ScrippsAVID is a video-chat platform that offers a selection of creative prompts for intergenerational pairs to choose from while they engage socially. Launched in 2023 through support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the NextFifty Initiative, ScrippsAVID seeks to reduce loneliness and ageism.
As an artist (BA-UC Berkeley, BFA-California College of the Arts), gerontologist (MGS-Miami), and educator (PhD-Miami), she frequently speaks on the intersection of the arts, dementia, and intergenerational service learning and has published in these areas. She has presented her work in North America, Europe and Asia. She is also a fiber artist.
Katie Manthey, PhD
Katie Manthey is an associate professor of English and director of the writing center at Salem College. Her research and teaching are both influenced by cultural rhetorics—a way to see systems of power through meaning making in cultural contexts. Her research sits at the intersections of queerness, size, and multimodal rhetorics. Her teaching focuses on professional writing and trains students to find, examine, and ultimately participate in systems of power regardless of their field of study.
In addition, as the co-director of the Health Humanities program at Salem College, her research and teaching often focus on how size and health are rhetorically constructed and how systems of power work through language in ways that live in and on the body.
Andrea Marritt-Pabalate, A’95, PhD
I grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated from Salem Academy in 1995. I attended Virginia Tech for my undergraduate career and I received a BS in Biochemistry. I continued my education in Washington, DC at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where my research focused on the nicotinic receptor and I earned my PhD in Neuropharmacology. Before starting my current position at Duke University, I was an associate professor of biology and directed a pre-health post-baccalaureate program at Meredith College. I joined Duke in 2019 where I serve as an Academic Dean within Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and I direct the Cardea Fellows Program for students interested in healthcare.
Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA
Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA is the Associate Dean for Healthy Equity and Associate Professor of Population Health and Internal Medicine at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She also serves as Director of Health Equity at Ascension Seton and Director of Health Equity and Quality at Central Health, the Travis County, Texas Health District. Throughout a career encompassing clinical, academic, policy and administrative roles, her purpose has been to improve the health of all people, especially the underserved.
Dr. Mullen formerly served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the Massachusetts DPH. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in building effective community-based chronic disease prevention programs and for her commitment to improving individual and population health by strengthening coordination between community, public health and health care systems.
She serves on a number of national committees and advisory boards and is a member of the Ann Richards School Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Mullen received her bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from Yale University where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychosocial epidemiology and her MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a certificate in bioethics from Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
Rosa Otero, PhD
Dr. Rosa Otero is a full-time faculty and current Director of the Design and Visual and Performing Arts programs. She is the designer and curator of the Salem College SIDE Chair Library, a one-of-a-kind facility that provides access to 20th-century furniture icons.
She holds a Master of Science and a Ph.D., both in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania; a Masters in Architecture from Virginia Tech; and a Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico. Otero currently serves on the Kaleideum and on the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Arts Council boards. She is a member of the Interior Design Educator’s Council (IDEC), the Association of Academic Museum & Galleries (AAMG), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Furnishings Design Association (IFDA) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). She is an inductee of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Rosa’s first language is Spanish, and she is originally from Puerto Rico.
Maria Ramirez Perez, C’17, MPH
Maria is currently a program manager for the Healthy Opportunities Pilot initiative at NC Medicaid in NC DHHS. In this role she oversees the implementation of the provision of services that address health-related social needs. Maria’s experience with healthcare has focused on designing and implementing new programs with an emphasis on alternative payment models and social drivers of health for low-income and high-end populations. Before working with NC DHHS, Maria represented clients in public benefits appeals and led regional outreach efforts for Medical-Legal Partnership and Healthcare Navigator programs to help North Carolinians access clinical care services. Maria holds a Master of Public Health from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Courtney Jones Robinson, C’99, MBA
Courtney Robinson is an experienced executive MBA (UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School) with over 19 years in clinical research leadership for multinational biopharmaceutical companies. She is known for building solid client relationships, introducing innovative strategies, and delivering practical solutions. Dedicated to driving company growth and operational efficiency, Robinson blends creativity with business savvy, resulting in profitable outcomes for all involved. A proud Salem College graduate, with a biology major and chemistry minor, she enjoys mentoring and embraces a servant leadership approach.
Anshu Shrestha, C’00, PhD, MPH
Anshu Shrestha, PhD, MPH, is a senior epidemiologist/Research Unit manager at Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC), a program of Public Health Institute (PHI). Dr. Shrestha has extensive experience in conducting a wide range of epidemiological studies involving both primary data collection and secondary data analysis using large databases such as registry data. Her research areas include investigating disparities in cancer occurrences, treatment utilization, and survival as well as understanding factors associated with cancer risks and survival in various populations. Dr. Shrestha currently serves as a PI on Pattern of Care 2020 study and as a CRGC/PHI PI on a multi-site study investigating factors associated with prostate cancer occurrence and survival among African American men (RESPOND Study). She also leads multiple collaborative efforts with external researchers to investigate cancer disparities in various cancer areas including bladder cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and renal cell carcinoma. Prior to joining CRGC/PHI, Dr. Shrestha conducted research focused on health economics and outcomes in various disease areas. She earned her MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She earned her MS in clinical epidemiology and health services research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Shrestha graduated cum laude from Salem College, where she earned her BS degree in biology and mathematics with a minor in chemistry.
Jennifer H. Shrewsbury, C’91, MSW, LCSW
I graduated from Salem in 1991 with a degree in Applied Sociology and from UNC Chapel Hill with a Master of Social Work in 1993, specializing in Services to Families and Children. Having been a clinical social worker with the NC Department of Health and Human Services for 30 years, my past work focused on the mental health needs of older adults and those with dementia, and with their families. I currently am the Director of Social Work at Central Regional Hospital, a state psychiatric facility located in Butner. CRH provides acute and longer-term mental health treatment to children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and those who have been found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. In addition to psychiatric treatment, CRH offers all of our patients high quality care in the areas of nursing, medicine, social work, PT, OT, pharmacy, lab, radiology, psychology, and recreation, art, music, and horticulture therapies, among many others, in a teaching hospital setting.
Melissa Thompson, C’17
Melissa currently works as a Stewardship Care Liason at Novant Health Foundation iInforming and inspiring current and prospective donors with the mission of the Novant Health system, the stewardship care liason develops personalized opportunities for interaction and engagement to show appreciation to our donors and helps foster an institutional culture of philanthropy.Prior to working with Novant Health, Melissa has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector working with the Healthcare Hospitality Network, Inc. as their Executive Director and SECU Family House as the Director of Operations. Melissa is a Salem College graduate with a Major in Communications and Minor in Not-for-Profit Management.
Melissa Totten, MS, PhD
Dr. Melissa Totten is the Director of the Nutrition Program, co-director of College Honors, and Associate Professor of Chemistry and Nutrition at Salem College. She teaches chemistry, biochemistry, and a variety of food and nutrition courses. Dr. Totten received her BS in chemistry at Ithaca College, MS in chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and PhD in nutrition at UNC Greensboro. Prior to Salem College, she worked as a formulation chemist and project supervisor at National Starch and Chemical in New Jersey and as a product development chemist at Syngenta in North Carolina. She also taught chemistry and mathematics within the North Carolina Community College system for over ten years. Dr. Totten has published several peer-reviewed scientific research articles on the topic of how diet impacts the brain and behavior. She plans to continue research in the field of nutritional biochemistry and food science at Salem College.
Jackeline Vazquez, LCMHC
My name is Jackeline Vázquez. I am originally from Humacao Puerto Rico and moved to the United States in 1985. I graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with a Master’s in Professional Counseling and have been working in private practice ever since. I specialize in trauma, addiction, and family/marital counseling. I enjoy helping immigrant populations navigate the varying systems that facilitate acculturative processes, from filling out FAFSA forms for children of immigrants to writing recommendation letters to the USCIS on behalf of immigrant applicants. Some of the presentations I have given within the Latin community have to do with raising children in between different cultures, how cultural and socioeconomic differences impact family roles in the United States, and developing a sense of cultural identity that is “ni de aca ni de allá” (neither here nor there), with the ability to embrace both.
My own acculturation journey began in a fairly segregated Winston Salem, learning first white Southern English in the only elementary school that offered ESL at that time and shortly after being introduced to black Southern english when I began attending the school in my home district. It was here that I was introduced to the racial systems that existed, in my community and prompted kids to ask me “Are you mixed?” Having never had an awareness of what they meant, or an understanding that I was in the world’s biggest “melting pot” I would answer “Mixed with what?”.
Kendra Wise Williams, MBA
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University. I first began my career in higher education by serving as a Project Coordinator for technology-based grants through the NC Community College System Office. I then worked in different areas of education and at various colleges including Surry Community College, Lees-McRae College, Rockingham Community College, and Winston Salem State University. Since 2021, I have worked full-time at Salem College as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Director of the Center for Women in Business and Entrepreneurship.