Who We Are



Voytko 2010 web

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.
Contact Mary Lou Voytko


Mary Ann Knovich, MD

Associate Director of OWIMS,
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Hematology & Oncology 

Dr. Knovich received her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Wake Forest University.  She joined the faculty at Wake Forest in 2003.  Dr. Knovich is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Hematology.  Her clinical focus is on consultative and non-malignant hematology and disorders of thrombosis and hemostasis.   She serves as Medical Director of the Comprehensive Hemophilia Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Wake Forest as well as the Medical Director of the Adult Sickle Cell Program.  Her research interests and funding are in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.  She has a strong background in clinical laboratory science and a continued interest in the development of novel coagulation testing.  She serves as the liaison to the OWIMS Leadership Program Committee, and the Chair of the Mentoring Award Subcommittee.  She also chairs the planning committee for the Women Residents and Fellows Professional Development Program.
Contact Mary Ann Knovich


Sonia J. Crandall, PhD, MS 

Leadership Program Director for the OWIMS;
Professor, Family and Community Medicine;
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.
Contact Sonia J. Crandall


Diana L. Cornelison

Program Manager

Ms. Cornelison has worked at Wake Forest School of Medicine since 1999 and joined the OWIMS staff in 2005. Previously, she worked in retail management for 15 years, serving as a Training Store Manager for Waldenbooks, where she created and implemented a successful mentoring and training program for new managers. Ms. Cornelison is currently the Mentoring Program Manager for the OWIMS Leadership Program and the Office of Faculty Development's soon-to-be-launched Junior Faculty Mentoring Program (JUMP). These programs assists junior faculty in their promotion and career development efforts by establishing one-on-one mentoring relationships with senior women and men faculty members. In addition, she works on the development of training programs for the mentors, coordinating a career development program for women house staff and general leadership and professional development workshops. During her time as the previous Education and Outreach Coordinator, she represented OWIMS on a number of institutional and community committees and fostered a number of collaborative relationships with organizations such as Family Services, Inc and Dress for Success. These collaborations have generated many educational programs about career development, women's health education and outreach initiatives dealing with domestic violence awareness and prevention, including the Excellence Triathlon, which she directed for three years.
Contact Diana Cornelison


Rita Groce

Program Manager

Ms. Groce came to WFHS in 2006 and worked in Public Health Sciences, Social Sciences & Health Policy for 7 years. While working with the Cancer Control Program, she gained extensive experience in grant submission and  recruitment of study participants. In addition, she managed several clinical trial based NIH grants involving designing questionnaires, conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups, and collecting survey data. Since joining OWIMS in 2010, Ms. Groce has served as the departmental financial manager and as the program manager for the Research and Outreach Programs, where she has assisted in seeking funding opportunities in women's health research, preparing grant applications, coordinated the regional Women’s Health Research Day in 2011 and 2012 and managing the Women’s Health Undergraduate Internship Program. She also uses her marketing experience, brought from her previous life as an advertising executive, to promote the activities of the various OWIMS programs within the institution.  She received her Associates in Business Administration from Wilkes Community College.
Contact Rita Groce


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 will serve in that role for the new Early Career Development Program for Women, scheduled to begin in January 2014. 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 Academic Affairs, Office of Faculty Development and Junior Faculty Mentoring Program (JUMP) websites.  She provides support to the OWIMS Central Office and Leadership Program and works closely with Dr. Voytko on Office of Faculty Development Programs, including New Faculty Orientation, Right from the Start and Pathways to Promotion, which are institution wide programs available to all faculty.
Contact Natalie Barrett


Quick Reference




9 am-4:30 pm
"Like" us on Facebook.
Find A Doctor Ways to Give
Last Updated: 10-23-2013
USNWR 2013-2014Magnet Hospital RecognitionConsumer Choice2014 Best DoctorsJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.