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2020 – 2021

Our Directors

President: Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD ’11
Student Representatives: Leah Morgan, BSN ’15, PhD student and
Hannah Bivens, BSN ’16, MSN-PNP Student
President-Elect: Lesley Forde Cogburn, BSN ‘87
Past President: Cheryl Moseley Conway, BSN ’92
Faculty Representatives: Louise Fleming, PhD ‘16
Alumna Emertia: Landon Lewis Fox, BSN ‘56

At-Large Members

Tammy Bickston, BSN ’95
Megan Brissie, DNP ’15
Mary Maddrey Chandler, BSN ’83
Barbara Hardin, BSN ’79
Amy Hauser, BSN ’88
Maryann Ingersoll, BSN ’73
Christopher Derek Miller, BSN ’06, MSN ’16
Angelo Moore, PhD ’10
Schquthia Peacock, BSN ’92, MSN ’99
Shonda Stacey, BSN ‘92
Meg Zomorodi, BSN ’01, PhD ’08

Ashley Leak Bryant
PhD ’11
President

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
I am proud to be a Carolina nurse because of the unwavering support, empathy and caring shown to students, faculty and alumni.

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
Interacting and engaging in dynamic conversations with board members as we strengthen the Alumni Association.

Best advice I have ever been given:
To whom much is given, much is required. 

How has your Carolina Nursing education impacted your life and career?
My pursuit to achieve a PhD in Nursing has led me to integrate clinical practice and research using interdisciplinary teams to develop, test, and implement interventions for adults with blood cancers, particularly acute leukemia. Carolina’s rigorous nursing education has led me to be invited to oncology and gerontological leadership roles to improve care to older adults with cancer.

My proudest accomplishment:
Being a wife and mother.

If I had a superpower it would be:
To be able to fly all over the world and see the wonderful creations, people and animals.

Lesley Forde Cogburn
BSN ’87
President Elect

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
I am proud to be a Carolina Nurse because although the role of a nurse has changed over the years, Carolina Nurses have always been well-educated and prepared to contribute. We leave the UNC School Of Nursing ready to make a difference.

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
Being asked to serve on the Alumni Board came after a time of feeling disconnected from the School of Nursing. I am now amazed at the curriculum, research and service the students at all levels are doing. I am excited to play a role in encouraging other alumni to reconnect to what they love and are proud of as a Carolina Nurse.

Best advice I have ever been given:
A mentor of mine lives by example of the quote by Mother Teresa “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

My proudest accomplishment:
My career as a pediatric nurse practitioner for 25 years at the same practice. I have been a consistent part of so many families watching them “grow up” through happy times and stressful illness. Many have gone into nursing or brought their babies back to see me!

If I had a superpower it would be:
If I had a superpower, it would be to fly allowing me to connect with friends and family in many places. At work, I wish my superpower was X-ray vision to see inside patients to help make them better.

Cheryl Conway
BSN ’92
President Emeritus

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
I am so proud and honored to be a Carolina nurse as part of the legacy of caring, research and innovation.

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
The Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing provides a platform to communicate, plan, reconnect, and embrace for alumni and SON. I have felt so connected and see the importance of including Alumni in the future SON planning. One example was the SON curriculum revision process.

Best advice I have ever been given:
Being a nurse has endless possibilities; serving as a volunteer is one way to extend your influence and educate the community about the wide role of nursing, thus potentially mentoring future nurses or finding your full passion.

How has your Carolina Nursing education impacted your life and career?
My Carolina Nursing education served as a foundation for my nursing career, and further education endeavors including teaching and research.

My proudest accomplishment:
Professionally my proudest accomplishment has been the honor of teaching and proud moments shared by students: publication, acceptance to doctoral programs, receiving a cherished promotion or new job. Personally, I am proud of my daughter and her accelerated path to complete her social work degree to join us as a health care worker serving vulnerable populations.

If I had a superpower it would be:
Personally, I feel all nurses have superpowers of compassion and caring. Carolina nurses seem to have an extra “something” and I thank the faculty for instilling this resilience in each of us.

Hannah Bivens
BSN ’16
Student Representative

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
Easy. Carolina Nursing is a family and coming from that family means there’s always a home to come back to no matter where the journey of nursing takes me. I am proud to be a part of a family that not only supports one another, but also has the highest level of empathy, care, and passion for patients and nursing as a whole.

How has your Carolina Nursing education impacted your life and career?
A degree from Carolina Nursing is invaluable in so many ways. While the education is of the highest level, and a foundation for what I do every day, the family I gained while attending is more than I could have imagined. Because of Carolina Nursing, I have a network of friends/fellow nurses from all over the country that I can rely on for support and advice at any time.

If I had a superpower it would be:
This is tough because all superpowers are cool! If I had to choose, I think it would be the ability to fly. This is because I love being outside and flying seems very freeing!

Landy Fox
BSN ’56
Alumna Emerita

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
Because of the excellent reputation, our school has achieved since its’ foundation seventy years ago under the guidance and vision of Dean Elizabeth L. Kemble.

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
It is to be associated with a very capable and inspiring group of our Carolina graduates whose goal is to support its’ alumni by maintaining strong connections and loyalty to their School of Nursing.

If I had a superpower it would be:
To discover the necessary funds immediately available for a new Carrington Hall, no strings attached and built to last into the future !!

Louise Fleming
PhD ’16
Faculty Representative

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
The growth the faculty and students have given me over the last 14 years.

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
Witnessing the dedication of our Alums to our current students.

Best advice I have ever been given:
There is such a thing as sacred idleness.

How has your Carolina Nursing education impacted your life and career?
I couldn’t possibly answer this completely in so few words. In a nutshell- I feel at home at Carolina.

My proudest accomplishment:
Completing my PhD while working full time and raising 3 kids.

If I had a superpower it would be:
Twinkle my nose and have full cooked meals in my house and in others’ homes.

Megan Brissie
DNP ’15
Member

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
Connecting with students, answering questions they have about nursing and supporting future dreams and guiding how they can become a reality.

Best advice I have ever been given:
You’re not “just” the nurse.  You ARE the nurse.

My proudest accomplishment:
Completing my doctorate.

Mary Chandler
BSN ’83
Member

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
I am proud to be a Carolina Nurse as the reputation of our program and our fellow alumni have impacted patient care and the health of populations nationally. Employers are aware of the strength of our degrees.  My practice was strong from the start and continued to grow throughout my 35-year career.

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
As a member of the Alumni Association board, I am fortunate to interact with the SON administration, faculty, alumni and current students. From this vantage point, I have the opportunity to hear first hand what is going on within the school and with nursing practice throughout the world among our alumni. I am humbled by our collective achievement. I am honored to say we are connected together through this outstanding university.

Best advice I have ever been given:
As a new graduate nurse working in my first job, an older, experienced diploma program nurse had this to say to me as we gathered meds for our patients’ morning doses:  I can work faster than you and you are half my age. I can do everything you can do more efficiently. But you can outthink me. You make care decisions based on evidence practice. You see the bigger picture. Her words stuck with me as I pursued graduate degrees in nursing always recognizing being a leader.

Barbara Hardin
BSN ’79
Member

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
The UNC SON impressed upon me the value of a questioning attitude, an open mind and a creative approach to the practice of nursing. Questioning the status quo, staying up to date on continually evolving evidence and collaborating with other trusted professionals is the path to excellence. My Carolina education showed me the value of lifelong learning — the key to the impactful practice of nursing.

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
Connecting with accomplished and motivated fellow alumnae is energizing-and humbling!

Best advice I have ever been given:
Never stop learning. Not only does the safe practice of nursing require keeping up with changing information and procedure, the constant evolution of our discipline means something new every day. There is no boredom, but there is a constant challenge. Continuous learning keeps my mind sharp and allows me to provide the best care possible. The Nursing Life is never still, never stale.

 How has your Carolina Nursing education impacted your life and career?
My Carolina education fostered a spirit of constant inquiry. I was encouraged to speak up, to question. This attitude translates well to other aspects of life such as community volunteer work where shaking things up creatively can be key to staying relevant. In parenting, the freedom to think creatively to individualize care meant I felt no shame when parenting polar opposite daughters differently. The skills and mindset I gained at UNC are helpful in all facets of life.

My proudest accomplishment:
Besides my two daughters, I am most proud of leading an interprofessional group at my institution to set guidelines for neonatal sedation and algesia based on assessment, not protocol. Our guidelines minimize exposure to harmful pharmaceuticals while providing appropriate, individualized levels of pain management. Our goal is to improve short term comfort and better neurodevelopmental outcomes.

If I had a superpower it would be:
Outspokenness.

Amy Hauser
BSN ’88
Member

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
Being able to fellowship with other Carolina Nurses in service to our school and the profession.  It has been a way to learn, stay connected and give back to current and future nurses.

Best advice I have ever been given:
Keep the best interest of the patient/family the focus of decision making.  This has served me well in my clinical and administrative career.

 If I had a superpower it would be:
Flying – the adventure of travel and seeing the world from a different perspective

Maryann Ingersoll
BSN ’73
Member

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
From day one after graduation, I felt well prepared for our nursing profession due to the high level of education, skills and experiences provided to me by our  UNC School of nursing. It set my self up for life long learning and a flexible & fulfilling lifetime of health occupation opportunities.

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
Being able to give back even in a small way to UNC SON and being a part of something big, beautiful, highest quality and excellence in action!

Best advice I have ever been given:
“Study hard, work hard, play hard, be yourself and tell the truth…it will do you well throughout life…” from my dear Dad, Dr. Hubert C. Patterson, Jr.

How has your Carolina Nursing education impacted your life and career?
As I stated above…I could go anywhere, live anywhere, study anywhere and work anywhere with confidence I was well prepared or taught how to find the correct answer if I didn’t know it at first.

My proudest accomplishment:
Other than my family life and two fine grown children, I am proudest of starting the Health Science Technology program at New Caney High school in the ’90’s producing some 250 young HST graduates that have gone out into the world of Health care and or are living more healthy lives.

If I had a superpower it would be:
To make nursing education free for all that want it!!

Christopher Derek Miller
BSN ’06, MSN ’16
Member

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
I believe in the mission, and I am inspired by the tremendous examples of servant-leadership. I want to continue the legacy of those who have gone before.

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
The Alumni Board is an amazing peer group that keeps the focus on nurturing the school’s legacy.

Best advice I have ever been given:
You are enough, Derek. You are enough.

Angelo Moore
PhD ’10
Member

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
Serving on the SON Alumni Association Board allows me to give back.  Serving also allows me to use my experiences, insight, and leadership to make a positive impact on the current and future SON students.

How has your Carolina Nursing education impacted your life and career?
Obtaining my PhD within 3 years at UNC SON allowed me to continue my military career and function as a military scientist.  Having my PhD along with my clinical experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner and leadership experience provided me with multiple opportunities to influence change and positively impact organizations from an executive leadership level.  After retiring from the military, I am now able to pursue my passion for addressing health disparities.

My proudest accomplishment:
My proudest accomplishment was obtaining my PhD in 3 years.  I am also grateful for having the opportunity to share those 3 years with the late Merle Mishel as my Advisor and Dissertation Chair.  We sometimes do not appreciate the access that we have to certain people or their accomplishments.  Merle Mishel definitely had a significant impact on my accomplishment and success. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to express my gratitude at her celebration.

Schquthia Peacock
BSN ’92, MSN ’99
Member

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with the School of Nursing since graduation and helping move the School toward its vision. My favorite part has been my involvement with mentoring students.

Best advice I have ever been given:
Lean into your fear! You may surprise yourself with what you can accomplish!

My proudest accomplishment:
Celebrating 20 years of practice ownership as a Nurse Practitioner in April 2020.

If I had a superpower it would be:
Listening with a non-judging ear!

 

Shonda Stacey
BSN ’92
Member

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
Because it represents a strong base of knowledge for nursing.

Best advice I have ever been given:
Don’t be afraid to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

 If I had a superpower it would be:
To advocate every day all day for those with mental illness.

Meg Zomorodi,
BSN ’01, PhD ’08
Member

Why are you proud to be a Carolina nurse?
The commitment to quality, service, and collaboration that UNC instills in all of us from orientation to graduation. Nothing is finer than a nurse from Carolina!

What is your favorite part about serving on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Nursing?
Making connections with so many wonderful alumni and hearing about the amazing work that our alums are doing to advance health across the globe.

Best advice I have ever been given:
I actually have a wall in my office full of quotes from advice I have been given over the years, so it’s hard to name just one. Looking at the wall today, this one by John Quincy Adams sticks out: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

How has your Carolina Nursing education impacted your life and career?
My nursing education at UNC was the foundation for my whole career path. The instructors who told me to never stop asking questions and gave me the skills to be an agent for change. These amazing faculty have become my colleagues and friends and I can’t imagine not being a part of Carolina Nursing.

My proudest accomplishment:
From a professional standpoint – “Better Together!” I have a wonderful team to learn more, check out the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice here.

If I had a superpower it would be:
World domination!!! No, I’m just kidding. The ability to communicate with everyone — to understand and to speak clearly with all creatures.

If you are interested in serving on the School of Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors or learning more about alumni events and activities, please contact Deanna Wilkie, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at (919) 966-1412 or dwilkie@unc.edu.