Meet the Scholars

Meet the Scholars

Amnazo Muhirwa

BRIDGE TO THE DOCTORATE SCHOLAR – COHORT 4

Amnazo Muhirwa is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree through the accelerated nursing program where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) nursing scholar. She credits her passion for nursing research in part to the RWJ Foundation. The RWJ program challenged her to think deeply about the impact she could contribute to the field of nursing through research.

La'Kita M. J. Knight

BRIDGE TO THE DOCTORATE SCHOLAR – COHORT 3

La’Kita M. J. Knight, a native of Charlotte, NC, earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in 2003. She continued her studies at Queens University of Charlotte earning her BSN and in 2009 graduated Summa Cum Laude. While at Queens University she was a recipient of the North Carolina Nurse Scholars Program, a member of The Honor Society of Nursing- Sigma Theta Tau International as well as the Mortar Board Honor Society. Following graduation, she worked as a RN on a Neurological Surgical ICU at Duke University Hospital.

Nicole Calhoun

BRIDGE TO THE DOCTORATE SCHOLAR – COHORT 3

Nicole Calhoun was born in Stuttgart, Germany and raised in Gastonia, NC. Following graduation from Harding High School in Charlotte, NC, in 2007 she went on to study at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) with a major in Nursing. While at WSSU, she was a member of the Student Nursing Association, served as Miss Student Nursing Association 2011-2012, and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Nursing. Professionally she has served as MDS Coordinator at Countryside Manner in Stokesdale, NC and a Charge Nurse for the VA Medical Center in Salisbury NC.

Morine Cebert

BRIDGE TO THE DOCTORATE SCHOLAR – COHORT 3

Born and raised by two Haitian-immigrant parents in Connecticut, Morine Cebert earned her undergraduate from Boston College’s William F. Connell School of Nursing in 2012. Morine’s research interests include the identification of new solutions to address the health disparities for socioeconomically disadvantaged women and their families. S has participated in two medical mission trips in Haiti, led community services events, and hosted several discussions regarding social and political issues facing African Americans.

Lisa Mansfield

BRIDGE TO THE DOCTORATE SCHOLAR – COHORT 2 (DUKE SCHOOL OF NURSING PHD STUDENT FALL 2016)

Lisa, a first generation college student from Bridgeport, CT, graduated from Winston-Salem State University in 2012 with a BSN. Lisa’s interest to engage in research was sparked by several experiences.  During her undergraduate years, she attend several research conferences and was selected to attend the American Nurses’ Association Ethnic Minority Winter Research Institute at Duke University; experiences that provided opportunities to view current PhD candidates’ research on health disparities affecting vulnerable populations and engage in discussions on their clinical findings.

Joseph Sowunmi

BRIDGE TO THE DOCTORATE SCHOLAR – COHORT 2

Born and raised in Nigeria, Joseph migrated to the United States in 1996 after receiving an opportunity from a nurse recruiter. His Nursing background has predominantly been in acute care as a cardiac surgical nurse in the operating room.  He also has extensive experience working in both the burn and general intensive care units.  His preliminary research focus is on the psychosocial / moral distress of vulnerable populations such as adult burn survival patients in relation to their functionality, body image and life after hospitalization.

Vanessa Curlee

BRIDGE TO THE DOCTORATE SCHOLAR – COHORT 1 (DUKE SCHOOL OF NURSING PHD STUDENT FALL 2015)

Vanessa Curlee’s professional and personal experiences have fostered a deep commitment to serving disparate and underserved health populations, and prompted an interest in advanced study to better serve these communities.  Born in Florida and raised in North Carolina, in May of 2000, Vanessa earned a BA in both history and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2007, she returned to school matriculating into Winston-Salem State University’s Accelerated BSN Program.  After completing her BSN, Vanessa entered the US Army as a commissioned officer.

Gabrielle Harris

BRIDGE TO THE DOCTORATE SCHOLAR – COHORT 1 (DUKE SCHOOL OF NURSING PHD STUDENT FALL 2015)

Hailing from Madison, NC, Gabrielle Harris is a 2013 graduate of Winston Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  During her undergraduate studies, Gabrielle became interested in research and went on to participate in a summer research fellowship.  During her education, she has excelled academically and received honors including participation on the WSSU Dean’s List, being recognized as a Chancellor’s Scholar, and most recently being inducted into the Rho Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.