New Staff Feature: ShaCoria Winston Joins Catalyst Program
In July, ShaCoria Winston joined the Foundation as the Program Evaluator for the Catalyst for Healthy Eating and Active Living. In her role, ShaCoria is responsible for data management and evaluation to measure outcomes and inform activities of the program. With previous research and data management experience both domestically and abroad, she is committed to improving regional health outcomes. We asked ShaCoria a few questions to get to know her better.
Q:Where are you from and how did you end up in North Carolina?
I spent much of my early childhood in Hopewell, Virginia and later moved to Chester, Virginia where I spent the remainder of my youth until I went away to college. I was brought to North Carolina to embark on this exciting job opportunity.
Q: What drew you to the Foundation/the Catalyst for Healthy Eating and Active Living (you can also talk about what drew you to this area of work)?
I have always been invested in community approaches to health and was excited to learn of the dynamic Catalyst for Healthy Eating and Active Living program. In alignment with the program goals, I am able to combine my data analysis skills with my program planning and evaluation skills to fulfill my passion of creating sustainable improvements in the health of communities.
Q: What type of organizations have you worked for in the past?
In the past, I have worked in academic settings at Virginia Tech and Washington University in St. Louis as a research assistant for obesity prevention programs. Additionally, I have served as a summer intern at Drexel University, as well as in Swaziland and Uganda, Africa.
Q: What are you excited for in this position?
I am extremely excited to be able to help shape this position, make new connections and work alongside wonderful Catalyst Coordinators who bring real (positive) change to the communities in which they live and work. I look forward to capturing the work of the program in order to showcase its impact.
Q: What do you like to do for fun/ in your free time?
In my free time, I love to run, mentor youth with Big Brothers Big Sisters, serve in my church, shop, and spend time with family and friends.