Faculty & Staff

Program Leaders

Philip Sloane, MD, MPH
Professor of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Sloane, a family physician and geriatrician, is a nationally recognized expert in both fields.  As a researcher, he was the first family physician in the country to receive an NIH research career development award (1986), and he has been continuously funded by the NIH ever since.  He co-directs (with Dr. Sheryl Zimmerman) the Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-CH, which has conducted over 50 funded studies of care issues related to older persons.  He is particularly noted for his work around the management of behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease, for which he received the prestigious Pioneer Award from the US Alzheimer’s Association. An advocate for change and improvement in primary care medical practice, he founded the North Carolina Family Medicine Research Network and the North Carolina Network Consortium, which conduct research statewide under current directors Dr Katrina Donahue and Dr. Jacquie Halladay.

Dr. Sloane is also highly involved in and committee to education of professionals, paraprofessionals, and consumers, including activities that translate research findings into practice.  He co-edits Essentials of Family Medicine and Primary Care Geriatrics, both of which are currently in their sixth editions, and he co-founded the Carolina Alzheimer’s Network, a program dedicated to training primary care providers in evidence-based dementia care.  Four of his current projects involve translational research; topics include antibiotic stewardship in long-term care; assisting caregivers of persons with dementia in assessing and managing medical symptoms; and helping front office staff of medical practices respond to telephone calls from elderly patients; and training nursing assistants to provide better oral hygiene care.


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Professor of Neurology
Director, Memory Disorders Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Clinical Interests: Mild Cognitive Impairment/Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal Degeneration/Primary Progressive Aphasia, Lewy body dementias, Late sequelae of mild traumatic brain injury, Normal-Pressure Hydrocephalus.

Clinical Research Interests: Clinical assessment of meta-cognitive and neuropsychiatric phenomena in MCI and dementia, structural and functional imaging in dementia differential diagnosis, clinical informatics and classification of cognitive disorders, translational research for dementia in primary care, experimental therapeutics for cognitive/neurodegenerative disorders.

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology); 1995; recertification 2005; United Council for Neurological Specialties (Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry); 2008.


  • M.D. University Of Wisconsin.
  • Internship, Montefiore University Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Residency, University of Pittsburgh, Neurology.
  • Fellowship: Behavioral / Geriatric Neurology, University of California at Los Angeles.


Affiliated Professors and Practitioners


Sonya Hardin, PhD, RN
Project Director
East Carolina University

Dr. Sonya Renae Hardin is a Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. She has provided academic leadership for nursing administration, nursing education and nurse practitioner programs. Dr. Hardin has co-authored three books and numerous book chapters and articles in critical care, cardiovascular disease and geriatrics. Her book on the AACN Synergy Model was the first published text utilized by the AACN Certification Corporation to help prepare candidates sitting for certification. She serves on several editorial boards and reviews for many journal focused on critical care and geriatrics. Her PhD is from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is certified as a Critical Care Nurse and an Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience teaching in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. She has served on expert panels to develop geriatric competencies and standards of care. Her scholarship includes serving as PI for East Carolina University -Geriatric Workforce Enhance Program grant funded by HRSA and focused on improving care in rural eastern North Carolina through interprofessional education.


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Professor, Geriatrics Division Director
East Carolina University


  • Fellowship: Geriatric Fellowship, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (1987)
  • Residency: Family Medicine, Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC (1978)
  • Doctorate: MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (1975)
  • Undergraduate: Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA (1971)

Board Certifications
Family Medicine, Geriatrics

Areas of Interest
Long-term care, cognitive impairment


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Candace Harrington, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, ANP-C
Clinical Associate Professor
East Carolina University College of Nursing

Dr. Harrington is an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner with over 25 years of geriatric nursing experience. She earned her diploma in nursing in 1985 from Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC, her undergraduate degree in nursing from Gardner Webb University in 2002, masters in nursing with adult gerontology concentration from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2005 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Vanderbilt University in 2011.  She is nationally recognized as a nursing content expert in management of chronic disease and heart failure in older adults residing in long-term care settings. She is a clinical associate professor in the family, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in ECU CON. She is a key geriatric nursing specialist for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant.
Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, DNP, MSN, BSN
Clinical Assistant Professor
East Carolina University College of Nursing
Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Services

Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, ANPPC-C, DNP, currently practices as a clinician at Geriatric Neuropsychiatric Services in Raleigh, NC. She has over 30 years of experience in the geriatric field. Previously she has worked as a nurse practitioner, DON, and staff nurse across various settings as she has focused in on her specialty of geriatric/dementia care. Nanette shares her knowledge with others as a clinical assistant professor at East Carolina University College of Nursing and an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Nanette has presented nationally and internationally on dementia, pain management, caregiver issues, and topics specific to long-term care.

She is the author of Eldercare: The Comprehensive Guide to Caregiving and a new evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the non-pharmacological management of behavioral problems in dementia. Her expertise and research has been recognized through published work through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Medical Directors Association, and the Geriatric Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

Nanette’s educational accomplishments include an MSN from Florida State University and a DNP from Vanderbilt University. and a postdoctoral fellowship in ethnogeriatrics at Stanford University. Nanette also serves as an expert witness for several law firms representing long-term care facilities and consults with long-term care facilities on issues related to survey findings and staff education and is a Sigma Theta Tau faculty mentor.

Ann Marie Nye, PharmD, GCPAnnMarieNye
Associate Professor, Campbell University
Monk Geriatric Center
East Carolina University


  • Residency: Geriatric Pharmacy Practice, University of Texas, Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital, San Antonio, TX (2002)
  • Doctorate: PharmD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2001)
  • Undergraduate: Post-Graduate Certificate in Agin g Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2000)

Board Certifications
Geriatric Pharmacy

Areas of Interest
Geriatric pharmacotherapy, osteoporosis, insomnia, dementia, inappropriate medications in the elderly, falls prevention, pharmacy resident training.



C. Kim Stokes, MHS, PA-C
Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor
East Carolina University
MHS, Duke University 2003
BS, PA Studies, ECU 2003
BS, Biology, Lenoir Rhyne University 1999

Mrs. Stokes teaches Clinical Medicine in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She is a 2003 graduate of the ECU PA Program and is excited to be returning to help educate new PA’s at her alma mater. Being a native of a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she has a strong desire to train excellent medical providers, in the hopes they will consider practicing in rural areas.

Upon joining the faculty in 2012, she brings almost 10 years of clinical experience in a variety of backgrounds, including: primary care, urgent care, occupational health and surgical oncology. She has strong interests in Women’s Health and Rural Health. She currently practices family medicine. Mrs. Stokes lives in Simpson, NC with her husband, Robbie, and two daughters, Emily and Abigail.


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Program and Services Director: Greenville
Alzheimer’s North Carolina

Tamyra Jovel is the Program and Services Director for Alzheimers North Carolina’s Greenville office. Tamyra received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and Educational Certification in Gerontology from East Carolina University in 2013.

She is a retired U S Army First Sergeant with extensive experience counseling soldiers and their families in times of peace and crisis.Tamyra is dedicated to increasing community awareness of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Her favorite aspects of her work is counseling caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; providing education, support and services to individuals with dementia, their families and healthcare professionals.


Support Staff

Britnae Purdy, MA
Project Coordinator
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Shelley H. Rawls
Geriatric Program Coordinator
ECU BSOM, Geriatrics Division
East Carolina University


Karen Wagner
Overall Program Manager
East Carolina University