Sharon Vincent (Project Director)
Biosketch: Dr. Sharon Vincent is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, 2012. Dr. Vincent is current Project Director or NWD Crossing Borders: Making Connections HRSA Grant. Her internal program of research evaluates quality of life and depression in heart failure. She is an expert peer reviewer for JOPAN, Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Publications include book chapter on professional nurse role development, DNP capstone project on perceptions of heart failure patients, and article on recognition of heart failure symptoms. She was awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice Award in recognition of scholarship and leadership, 2012. Collaborative research on palliation in heart failure is with Carolina Healthcare’s Sanger Vascular Institute. Dr. Vincent is passionate about application of evidence to clinical practice. She serves on local, regional and national organizations, including ANA, AAHFN, SNRS, honor societies Sigma Theta Tau International Board, Phi Kappa Phi Executive Board, and supporter of AHA’s Circle of Red for Women.
Cynthia Toth (Project Manager)
Biosketch: Ms. Cynthia Toth has been on the faculty of the UNCC SON since 1995 and is the Clinical Placement Coordinator for the Undergraduate Division. She earned her BSN at Eastern Michigan University and her MSN at Georgia State University. Ms. Toth holds certification as a Nurse Educator from the National League for Nursing. She is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and teaches Nursing 3250, Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family and NURS 3440, Practicum for the Childbearing and Childrearing Family. During her tenure at UNCC she also has taught nursing skills, concepts of nursing, community health and nursing research. Research interests include the breastfeeding mother, gestational hypertension and student skills acquisition. Ms. Toth is a board member for the Gamma Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and the North Carolina section of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She received the UNCC Faculty Woman of the Year Award in 2010 for her leadership and service to the university and community. Moreover, her practice has included medical surgical care, newborn intensive care, maternity and women’s health management, and labor and delivery. She is currently employed by Presbyterian Healthcare in Women’s Health Education.
Dena Evans (Project Coordinator)
Biosketch: Dr. Evans joined the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing in 2015 as Associate Professor and Associate Director for the Undergraduate Division. She earned her doctorate in Education from North Carolina State University and two Master degrees from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Evans holds certifications as both a Nurse Educator and a Clinical Nurse Leader, and is also certified as a TEAMSTEPPS trainer. Her practice experience includes Psych/Mental Health, Home Health, Medical Surgical nursing and Nursing Administration. She began teaching in the North Carolina Community College System and joined the North Carolina University System in 2006. Her research focuses on minority student retention, support programs to ensure student success and most recently, incivility in healthcare organizations and academia. Dr. Evans is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the North Carolina Nurses’ Association, and the Clinical Nurse Leader Association.