Meet the Scholars
Meet the Scholars
Nicole Caviness-Ashe was born in Rockville, Maryland and spent much of her childhood in Elizabethtown, NC. She completed high school at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, NC. After high school, she attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill completing a Bachelor’s in Biology in 2012. In 2015, she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. She has since been employed as a Hematology and Oncology nurse at UNC Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill. During her undergrad years, she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau and graduated with honors. Her preliminary research focus is on examining the impact of oncology patient education interventions on survivorship and patient outcomes.
Emerging from the beautiful small town of Concord, NC, Uzoji Nwanaji-Enwerem has always displayed a passion for nursing. She is a 2017 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). Graduating with honors, Uzoji attained distinctions such as induction into the Rho Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. During her undergraduate career, she served as the President of the WSSU Honors Program and was a Chancellor Scholar. Her research interest centers around cardiovascular health, stimulated by her experiences in a Neurological Intensive Care Unit in Charlotte, NC, while a student in a student nurse apprenticeship program.
Niakesha Frazier, a native of Winston-Salem, NC, earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2002 from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). She returned to WSSU, earning her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2004 in the school’s first accelerated nursing program cohort. Niakesha is interested in researching the role of exercise in preserving physical function in recently discharged older adults.
Janee` Stevenson, a native of Dallas, TX graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) in 2015. During her undergraduate studies at WSSU, she was a member of the Student Nursing Association, Rho Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, and Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority. Following graduation, she worked as an Emergency Department Registered Nurse at Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital. Ms. Stevenson will be developing her research interests in diabetes self-management in African Americans.
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
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 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.
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. She 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, 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.
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’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.
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.