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Celebrating UAMS Phenomenal Women: ‘Balancing Character, Courage and Commitment’

UAMS celebrated national Women’s History Month in March by recognizing 11 of its “Phenomenal Women.”

A March 20 event included recognition of UAMS Phenomenal Women, nominated by colleagues as possessing “extraordinary character, courage and commitment and being someone who 1) made a significant contribution to the mission of UAMS; or 2) overcome adversity; or 3) demonstrated UAMS core values of integrity, respect, diversity, teamwork, creativity or excellence.”

“These are 11 among a much greater pool of phenomenal women at UAMS,” said Jeannette Shorey II, M.D., associate dean for continuing medical education and faculty affairs in the College of Medicine.

The 2014 UAMS Phenomenal Women included:

  • Regina Binz, Cytogenetics
  • Donna Chachere, IT Development
  • Kimberly Curseen, M.D., Geriatric Palliative Care Program
  • Jessica East, Clinical Programs, Hospital Services
  • Lisa Gaddy, OHR Immigration Services
  • Pamela Goldman, Cancer Institute
  • Jeanne K. Heard, M.D., Ph.D., Academic Affairs
  • Deborah Johnson, R.N., Clinical Programs – Staff Education
  • Cindy Mosley, PRI – Division of Health Services Research and Brain Imaging Research
  • Mandy Trantham — Department of Pathology
  • Leanne Whiteside-Mansell, M.D., CRC, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

See the slide presentation with nomination excerpts about each honoree

The 25th anniversary of the Women’s Faculty Development Caucus was celebrated with a plaque acknowledging the group’s “tireless work in developing, mentoring and supporting UAMS women.” Wendy Ward, Ph.D., the group’s current president, noted that in 1989 when the group was formed, women made up about 20 percent of the UAMS faculty. There two women then serving as department chairs but none in any senior leadership positions — dean or associate dean.

Today, 44 percent of UAMS faculty members are women, including seven department chairs, two deans (and one former dean) and several in the institution’s senior leadership.

The event featured three short spoken-word performances by actors who regularly serve as standardized patients in the UAMS Centers for Simulation Education. The performances by Angie Gilbert, Candyce Hinkle and Ameria Jones represented the character, courage and commitment theme of the event hosted by the UAMS Office of Human Resources and Center for Diversity Affairs.