2014 Awardees

The School of Health and Human Sciences is proud to announce the recipients of Alumni awards for 2014! These awards include the Distinguished Alumni, Lifetime Legacy, Public Service, Emerging Leader, and Pacesetter awards.

Samuel T. Gladding (PhD '77 UNCG) - Distinguished Alumni Awardee

Dr. Gladding received a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from UNCG in 1977. He is the chair of and a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association and its former president (2004-2005). Before joining the Department of Counseling full time, Dr. Gladding was Assistant to the President and the Associate Provost at Wake Forest. He has authored numerous professional publications, including 41 books, five teaching videos, and over six dozen (72) scholarly articles.  

During the Christmas holidays of 1995, Dr. Gladding led a group of Wake Forest students to work in the homes of Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. He was a first responder to the 9/11 attack in New York City in 2001 providing psychological first aid to families of victims killed in the Twin Towers. He was also a first responder to the shootings at Virginia Tech. He has been honored by the American Counseling Association with the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, and the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award.

Twice a Fulbright Specialist, Dr. Gladding has taught counseling and worked with universities in Turkey, China, Estonia, Austria, Malaysia, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, Mexico, and Canada. He served on the faculties at Fairfield University (Connecticut) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham before coming to Wake Forest. He started his career as a clinician in a rural mental health center in Rockingham County, North Carolina. He served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Quartermaster Corps at Fort Lee, Virginia, before that.

Dr. Gladding has been married to his wife, Claire, for 28 years. They are the parents of three grown children. He also received degrees from Wake Forest (B.A., M.A.), and Yale (M.A.).

Speaking on behalf of all 2014 alumni award recipients, Dr. Gladding said that receiving recognition is not a sign that we have arrived, but rather “a marker event in life that encourages us, and hopefully those of you with us, to go on and do more.” He said that the award recipients give special thanks to UNCG for the School of Health and Human Sciences and the part it has played in their lives. “Professors, administrators, and fellow students have all had a distinct and unique influence on who we have become.”

Mary Ann C. Farthing (PhD '74 UNCG) - Lifetime Legacy Awardee

Dr. Farthing received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1954 from Woman’s College. She worked for many years as a public health nutritionist before returning to UNCG to earn a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition and Higher Education in 1974. During her second career as a university professor, Dr. Farthing taught at Appalachian State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

As an educator, the impact that she has had on the lives of nutrition professionals is immeasurable. Many of those whose lives she touched have also gone on to have very distinguished careers. Dr. Farthing’s contributions to the fields of nutrition and higher education are matched by her passion and determination to make a difference in the community, particularly at Family Services of Davidson County where she will be remembered forever.

Nancy Gore (BSW '91 UNCG, MSW Chapel Hill) - Public Service Awardee

Ms. Nancy Gore, who earned a Bachelor in Social Work from the Department of Social Work in 1991 and later a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has made major contributions to our BSW program and has been a true friend to HHS.
Ms. Gore served our BSW program as a field instructor for many years and has consistently been a reliable source of feedback on the growth and progress of our students, and for candid feedback on the impact of our curriculum on student learning in the field. She has held our students to a high standard while gently helping them grow and become more grounded as social workers. Although her profession degrees are in social work, her contributions are also relevant to another of the HHS fields, Gerontology, and she is frequently called upon as a policy specialist in the area of aging services for community based organizations.

Angela Sardina (MS '10 UNCG) - Emerging Leader Awardee

Angela Sardina, MS, CTRS graduated from UNCG in 2010 with a Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Management. She is a Recreational Therapist employed at Cypress Cove at HealthPark in Fort Myers, Florida. She is also the co-owner of BeneFit, LLC providing Recreation Therapy and consultation services. Angela’s primary focus area is health promotion in older adults, including falls prevention and non-pharmacological treatment services for persons with dementia.
She currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center; and is also an Expert Consultant to the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project through the Nursing Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Angela is also serving on the Editorial Board of Activities Director Quarterly and Co-Chair to the Geriatric Treatment Network through the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. She has recently been accepted into the Aging Studies doctoral program at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and will begin the program in August of 2014.

2013-2014 Pacesetter Awardees:

Lisa Fox-Thomas (MA '98 UNCG, PhD UVA)
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Fox-Thomas received a Master of Arts in Audiology from UNCG in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Communication Disorders from UVA in 2003. She joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as an AP Associate Professor in 2006 where she has distinguished herself in many ways.
As Coordinator of Auditory Services at the UNCG Speech and Hearing Center, Dr. Thomas initiated many innovative programs to serve the community including the Dangerous Decibels program, an interdisciplinary auditory training program for adults and children with auditory processing disorders, hearing screenings for UNCG employees participating in HealthyUNCG, and a hearing conservation program at Homecoming. Dr. Fox Thomas provides clinical supervision to many students pursuing doctorate degrees, or engaged in audiology research. She is a wonderful mentor to our students.

Terri Phoenix (MS '99 UNCG, PhD UGA)
Community and Therapeutic Recreation
Dr. Terri Phoenix is the Director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Phoenix received a Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from UNCG in 1999. T is also an alumnus of East Carolina University (BA) and University of Georgia (PhD) and has served on the Executive Board for the Consortium of Higher Education Resource Professionals from 2010-2012.
Dr. Phoenix has 20 years’ experience working with youth in various settings including therapeutic group homes, detention centers, psychiatric hospitals, high schools, and non-profit organizations. T has given numerous invited and peer-reviewed presentations at local, regional, and national conferences on cultural competency and inclusive practices. Dr. Phoenix lives in Durham, North Carolina with T’s wife, Kendra and daughter, Duncan.

Charles Egerton, Jr. (MA '13 UNCG )
Peace and Conflict Studies Mr. Charles Egerton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), an Associate in Applied Science in Commercial Photography from Randolph Community College, and graduated in May 2013 with a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from UNCG.
He has been a working photographer and an educator in photography for over 28 years and is currently the head of the Randolph Community College, Department of Photographic Technology where he teaches design, large format photography, history and commercial photography.

Parallel to his work as a visual artist, over the past two decades he has worked to combat racism, and promote the oneness of humanity. Some of the activities that Mr. Egerton initiated are CommonVisions - that used photography as a means to bridge racial divides in Randolph County, NC; a decade of facilitating community service classes on overcoming racism, and over two decades hosting Common Threads, a weekly student discussion group on finding unity in diversity at Randolph Community College. This work is inspired by his faith as a Bahá’í. A tangible expression of his studies at UNCG is the Photographic Explorations of Veterans Potential for Peace project exhibit which was shown in February in the EUC Gallery and has moved to the Randolph Community College Photography Department this spring. UNCG professor and advisor Dr. Thomas Matyók, himself a veteran, was instrumental in encouraging the exhibit.

In 2013 Mr. Egerton authored a chapter titled: Humanity’s Coming of Age: A Bahá’í Perspective on the Process Towards World Peace, published in the new book: Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies from Lexington Press. He submitted an article for consideration in the new UNCG Global Journal of Peace Research and Praxis titled: Photography and Intergroup Conflict Transformation.

Mr. Egerton is applying for admission to the Peace and Conflict Studies Ph.D. program at the University of Manitoba to continue his studies, writing and practical applications of peace building. He lives in Asheboro, NC with his wife Dawn, a Graphic Design educator. Their sons Elliot and Gregory are pursuing careers in Graphic Design and Psychology.

Kelly Griffin Schoch (MS '05 UNCG )
Genetic Counseling Program
Ms. Schoch graduated from UNCG with a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling in 2005. She belongs to a team of genetic counselors and medical geneticists in the Division of Medical Genetics of the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center.
As a clinical genetic counselor, she counsels, educates and advocates for her clients to help them manage the impact of a genetic diagnosis or risk. Ms. Schoch also designs, implements, and coordinates clinical research studies that in the past three years have resulted in 17 publications and as many presentations at national conferences. Ms. Schoch provides expert clinical supervision for our genetic counseling students who rotate through the Duke Pediatric Clinic. She has been very loyal in her support of the MS Genetic Counseling Program and has been a wonderful mentor to our students.

Alicia Blater (MS '08 UNCG)
Gerontology Program
Ms. Blater was one of the first Gerontology Program students to complete the Master of Science in Gerontology with the Non-Profit Certificate in 2008.
While still a student, she obtained a consulting position with the State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services to develop an emergency preparedness plan. The tool-kit that she developed was distributed throughout the state and it remains the standard in emergency preparedness. Ms. Blater is now the Director of the North Carolina Family Caregiver Support Program. Among her many other accomplishments, she led the securing and management of a very successful, federally funded Lifespan Respite project that involves multiple public and private partners.

Dr. Christian Friend
Christian Friend (PhD '09 UNCG)
Human Development and Family Studies
Dr. Christian A. Friend is the President of C.A. Friend Consulting and the Executive Director of Accountability for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). Christian received a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.
Christian also holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from UNC Greensboro which he received in 2009. His professional goals have always been closely connected to his personal desires to improve the lives of others.

He began his career as a high school social studies teacher for CMS. Christian has also served as a Youth Services Specialist for the Charlotte Housing Authority, the Director of Community and Research Services for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, a Senior Relationship Manager United Way of Central Carolinas, Executive Project Director for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Achievement Zone, Director of CMS’s Center for Research and Evaluation, and Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation for Project L.I.F.T. in Charlotte. Christian has published several articles in pier reviewed academic journals and is esteemed as a local expert in planning, evaluation and non-profit and human services. Christian is an alumnus of the Community Building Initiative’s Leadership Development Initiative and the Wildacres Leadership Initiative’s William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. He currently sits on the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Community Leadership Council and volunteers as Executive Pastor of True Destiny Christian Church. Christian lives in Charlotte and is married to the love of his life Stephanie.

Karen Mustian (PhD '03 UNCG)
Karen M. Mustian, PhD, M.S., MPH, ACSM, FSBM., received a Ph.D. in Exercise Sport Science at UNCG in 2003. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery, Radiation Oncology and Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).
Dr. Mustian is Director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center (JPWCC) Integrative Oncology Supportive Care Center of Excellence, Director of the URMC PEAK Human Performance Clinical Research Core Lab, and Deputy Director of the JPWCC National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded Community Clinical Oncology Program Research Base.

She also serves as a member of the URMC Clinical and Translational Science Institute Administrative Committee and a member of the URMC Medical Faculty Council. Internationally and nationally, Dr. Mustian is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the National Society of Behavioral Medicine, Chair of the NCI’s Symptom Management and Quality of Life Steering Committee and Chair of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer International Fatigue Study Group. She is appointed to the NCI Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group’s Community Oncology Cardiotoxicity Task Force, the NCI Cancer-Related Fatigue Working Group and the NCI Disease Steering Committee Chairs’ Group. She is also a member of the NIH National Exercise Clinical Trials Network (NExTNet). Dr. Mustian helped establish the mission and guidelines for the inaugural American Cancer Society Palliative Care Initiative and Review Committee, the American College of Sports Medicine Oncology Exercise Specialist Certification, and the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Patients and Survivors.

Dr. Mustian is an international leader in the fields of Cancer Control and Survivorship, Exercise Oncology, Behavioral Oncology, Exercise Physiology and Exercise Psychology. Dr. Mustian’s research is in the area of cancer control and survivorship with primary foci on investigating the influence of physical activity and exercise on toxicities and side effects (acute, chronic and late) stemming from cancer and its treatments including translational foci investigating psychoneuroimmunological (e.g., cytokines and circadian rhythm) and genetic (nuclear and mitochondrial) mechanistic pathways. Currently, Dr. Mustian has $27.9M in funding through NCI, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Department of Defense, the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Mustian has authored over 82 articles and book chapters in the field of exercise oncology, and she also serves on editorial boards and reviews for many excellent peer-reviewed professional journals.

She serves on grant review committees for the NCI, ACS, PCORI and others. Dr. Mustian has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for her excellence and leadership with more than 37 distinguished research awards from groups such as the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. In addition, Dr. Mustian’s excellence in teaching and mentoring was honored with the University of Rochester Medical Center Rubin-Mitchell Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award. Most recently, Dr. Mustian received the 2013 Drew/Butterfield Distinguished Visiting Professorship by Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto, Canada, and a 2014 Society of Behavioral Medicine Outstanding Research Citation Award.

Debbie Taylor Underwood (BS '77 UNCG, RD UAB)
Ms. Underwood received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1977 from UNCG and completed the Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Alabama in 1978. Ms. Underwood is a highly regarded Nutrition Support Clinician. She is currently the Clinical Nutrition Manager of the Greensboro and Reidsville campuses of Cone Health System.
She has been a Registered Dietitian for 36 years and has worked for Cone Health for 28 years. She has always had a passion for acute care clinical nutrition, especially nutrition support. She is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. Debbie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She is currently the President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of A.S.P.E.N.

Debbie has been married to Harold for 34 years. They have 2 daughters, Megan, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Valerie, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time Debbie loves spending time with her family! She enjoys shopping with her daughters, golfing with Harold, watching college football and basketball and professional football and golf. Debbie is an avid Carolina Tar Heel fan!

Ms. Underwood generously serves as Site Director for the UNCG Dietetic Internship Program, volunteering nearly 1000 dietitian work hours annually to the teaching, training and mentorship of our dietetic interns.

Charlotte Williams (BS '97, MAEd ECU)
Public Health Education
Charlotte R. Williams grew up in Eastern North Carolina in Wilson, NC, where her parents still reside. She is the oldest of three – one brother who also lives in Greensboro and one sister who lives on the West Coast. Charlotte has over 15 years of experience in Public Health and Health Education and she most recently completed UNCG’s Health Coach in Healthcare Settings training.
Charlotte has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Education from UNCG and a Master of Arts in Education from ECU. She has also done graduate work at Emory University and studied abroad at Oxford University. Charlotte is passionate about helping people maximize their God-given potential and to this end has held positions in the community, health department and school settings. She has had the opportunity to work with the entire age spectrum and in her newest role she serves as a Care Coach with Rite Aid Pharmacy where she coaches clients with Chronic Conditions. She brings creativity and enthusiasm to her work and is a lifelong learner.

Charlotte has the honor of being God-mother to three children; Dorian, Alaysia and Zoe. Charlotte is passionate about families and is the Founder of CRW Strategies, Inc., a Family Development Organization. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the New Testament School of Theology. She is a disciple at The Headquarters of a Church Without Walls, where Prophetess Dr. Felicia Redmon is the pastor. She also has the privilege of serving as the Ministry Leader for Ministry of Families at her church. Lastly, Charlotte is a Theology student pursuing a degree in Christian Education. Most of all, she is grateful for being adopted into God’s family and thankful for the people he has allowed her to connect with on the journey.

Sharon Mosley-Johnson (MSW '99)
Social Work
Ms. Johnson Sharon P. Johnson is a Master Level Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate. She graduated in 1999 from the UNCG/NCA&T Joint Masters in Social Work Program. She received her BA from Winston-Salem State University (Sociology/Social Welfare & Psychology).
Sharon is an Entrepreneur, Consultant, Writer, President, CEO and Chairwoman of both for-profit, Top Priority Care Services, LLC (TPCS) and non-profit, Top Priority Community Outreach Services, INC (TPCOS). Top Priority Care Services, LLC. was established in October 2003. The Behavioral Health agency provides services to children, adolescents and adults. All services begin with a Diagnostic Assessment to determine the mental health primary diagnoses for treatment recommendation and strategies. Services are provided in the office, home, schools, and shelters and upon discharge from prison/jail and hospitals/psychiatric unit. Referrals are often made from Local Managed Organizations near each surrounding county.

Top Priority Care Services provides services in Winston-Salem (corporate office), Greensboro, and Durham and within 52 surrounding counties in NC. Additional programs offered also are provided in facilities, homes and in the community for children and adults diagnosed with a developmental disability. In February 2013, expansion of services now includes: substance abuse counseling, GED classes, two transitional homes for homeless men and women, two group homes for adults with developmental disabilities and The Center for Lifelong Learning & Enrichment, a day support program for adults with developmental disabilities in Winston-SalMs. Johnson has been an invaluable field instructor for our students for many years.

Sharon is a lifelong resident of Winston-Salem and is married to James Johnson. She is the mother and grandmother of one son and two grandchildren. She is the eldest of three brothers and one sister. Sharon was born to Willie Patrick, Sr. and raised by her mother and stepfather, James and Shirley Salter.

Many thanks to our wonderful HHS Alumni Association Awards Committee (Corinth Auld, Brittan Wood, Marta Sanders, and Jason Yates) for their hard work in reviewing twenty six nomination packages. These awards were presented at the HHS Alumni Awards reception on April 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm in Cone Ballroom.