2019 School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Conference

February 7, 2019 - 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM



Date: 2/7/2019
Time: 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM

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Please join us for the 2019 University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Conference on Feb. 7, 2019 at Hope Haven. 

Conference Speakers:*

Dr. Christopher Griggs, MD
Emergency Physician, Atrium Health 

Connie Mele (BSN ‘84, MSN ‘95)
Therapist, CCM Counseling and Consulting 

Dr. Stephen A. Wyatt, DO
Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Atrium Health

Captain Nathan King
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Patricia Dowbiggin (‘19)
Medic, Mecklenburg EMS Agency

Dr. Thomas Owens, MD

Chief Medical Examiner, Mecklenburg County

Janeanne Gonzales

Treatment Court Administrator, Mecklenburg County

Betsey Ragone

Founder, Michael’s VOICE

*Note: All speakers are subject to change. 



Hope Haven
Conference Room
3815 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28206

Ample complimentary parking is available at Hope Haven.




The price of $75 per attendee includes admission to the conference, lunch and light refreshments. 
Thursday, January 31, 2019



Please click here to see the current schedule of events for the day.  All sessions and times are subject to change.



The School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Conference has applied for 5.25 NCNA credit hours. This continuing nursing education activity is pending approval by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 
To receive contact hours, nurses must attend 100 percent of this CNE activity. Neither the speakers nor members of the planning committee have any conflicts of interest related to the content of this activity.



The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a UNC Charlotte nursing graduate for outstanding service to the School of Nursing, or for recognition of exceptional achievement, or state/national/international leadership, in one or more of the following areas of nursing: practice/clinical excellence, education, administration, research, or professional writing.

Michael Vaccaro (’97) is the esteemed recipient of the School of Nursing Alumni Chapter's 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Vaccaro serves as vice president and chief nursing officer for Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center’s Greater Charlotte market, and his leadership has transformed patient care in our city.

Since graduating from UNC Charlotte in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in nursing, Vaccaro has directed multiple projects that now serve as best practices for the nation to follow. His contributions have led to significant quality and safety improvements; numerous patient care units receiving a Center of Excellence designation and five hospitals being awarded a Magnet designation; and a noteworthy increase of diverse staff members within the nursing workforce.




Attire for the conference is business casual.



For more information, please contact Carrie Clifford (ccliffo4@uncc.edu) via email. 



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