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Mary Lou Voytko, PhD


Director of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS),
Associate Dean of Faculty Development, and
Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy;
joint appointment in the Department of Pathology, Section on Comparative Medicine. 


Dr. Voytko received her PhD in Anatomy from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in New York. Following postdoctoral work at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she joined the faculty of Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1993. Dr. Voytko is a neuroscientist with a research focus on determining the neurobiological basis of cognitive changes associated with advanced age and menopause. She has been the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on several NIH-funded grants and serves on advisory boards within and outside of the institution, and at government funding agencies. Dr. Voytko has been extensively involved in increasing faculty development opportunities at the WFSM, and is past chair of the institution-wide Faculty Development Advisory Committee. She led the mentoring and leadership activities of OWIMS {formerly the Women's Health Center of Excellence for Research, Leadership, Education} (1998-2004) until assuming Directorship of OWIMS. Dr. Voytko represented WFSM at the first National Workshop on Mentoring held in Washington, DC. She has attended leadership workshops held at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC, American Association of Medical Colleges Professional Development Workshops, and was a Fellow of the 2002-2003 class in the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

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Sonia J. Crandall, PhD, MS

Leadership Program Director for the OWIMS;
Professor, Physician Assistant Program;
Director of Scholarship and Research, Department of Physician Assistant Studies;
Affiliate, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Dr. Crandall has been on faculty at WFSM since 1994.  From 1989 to 1994, she was a faculty member and Director of Faculty Development in Family Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  Dr. Crandall received her Ph.D. in Adult and Community Education from the University of Oklahoma.  She earned a BS in Zoology from Western Illinois University, and Master's degrees in Education and Epidemiology from the University of Illinois and Wake Forest School of Medicine, respectively. Dr. Crandall has been actively involved in face-to-face teaching for the past 20 years and has a long-standing interest in medical education, faculty development, and educational research. She has published several articles on medical student attitudes, one of which was awarded Best Paper by an Established Investigator (Division I) at the 1995 American Educational Research Association (AERA) meetings.  She was a member of the task force that prepared the handbook for reviewers of research manuscripts, which was published in the 2001 September issue of Academic Medicine.  She designed the “Accept, Revise, Reject” workshop for the Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) to assist with increasing the pool of trained reviewers for journals and educational research conferences.  She has co-authored 10 funded Title VII HRSA primary care training grants and is currently Project Director/Co-Director on two grants.  Dr. Crandall is an active member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, AAMC, AERA, SGEA, the Association for Medical Education in Europe, and the European Association for Communication in Health Care. She is a Fellow of the 2005-2006 class in the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

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Natalie Barrett


Program Coordinator I



Ms. Barrett joined OWIMS in 2000 soon after immigrating to the United States.  Over the years, she has assumed several roles within each of the OWIMS Programs, including serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the Excellence Triathlon for 7 years and onsite supervisor for the PHS-SSHP General Clerk for 12 years.  Ms. Barrett is the Program Coordinator for the OWMS Career Development for Women Leaders Training Program, which began in 2008 and the Early Career Development Program for Women, which began in 2014. She serves as the Mentoring Program Manager for the OWIMS Women Junior Faculty Mentoring Program.  
She is a certified Master CIW Designer and is the Web Designer for the OWIMS website, developing and updating content and publishing the OWIMS weekly newsletter: Weekly Links & News.  Additionally, Ms. Barrett administers the Office of Faculty Affairs and Career Development and Junior Faculty Mentoring Program (JUMP) websites.  

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