The National Workforce Diversity Pipeline program has dedicated faculty mentors from Howard University and other institutions. As professionals in STEM and/or healthcare, our faculty mentors are advocates for participants as they pursue their goal of becoming a STEM and/or healthcare professional.  

Our mentors work to foster professional development, provide guidance and support, and strengthen participants' confidence in pursuing STEM and/or healthcare professions.

Mentoring is a critical component of our programming and ensures that the students we engage in our pipeline programs have the essential support to continue their journeys in STEM and health care careers.


Meet the Faculty Mentors

Earl Ettienne LPD, MBA, RPh

Dr. Ettienne is a licensed pharmacist, pharmacy and healthcare executive, researcher and educator. He holds a degree in Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy, a Residency Certificate in Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy from The Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University, Maryland and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University, Boston where his doctoral work included using econometric analysis to make policy decisions at the country level.

André Farquharson, DDS

Dr. André Farquharson graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C.  Then he entered a General Practice Residency(GPR) at Harlem Hospital Center in New York, N.Y., and completed a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in The Bronx, N.Y. Dr. Farquharson then  specialized in Oral, Head and Neck Pathology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He taught Oral, Head and Neck Pathology at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and was Director of General Practice Residency Program.


Debra Holly Ford, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Ford is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. She is double-boarded in Colon and Rectal Surgery and General Surgery. She received her education at Howard University for her Bachelor of Science (’82) and Doctor of Medicine (’86) degrees.  She completed residency training in General Surgery at Howard University Hospital (’91) and in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Texas at Houston (’94). Dr. Ford is the first African-American woman to obtain board certification in Colon and Rectal Surgery (’95).


Kimberly Jones, Ph.D

Dr. Jones is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University. She earned her B.S. degree in 1990 from Howard and then returned to join the faculty upon completion of her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering in 1996. Dr. Jones began making contributions toward understanding waste water treatment while she was still studying for her doctorate degree and she continues to make seminal contributions in the field some 19 years later with scholarship derived from a world-class research program that she built at Howard University. Dr.... READ MORE

Dexter Lee Ph.D., FAHA

Dr. Dexter Lee graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1988, proceeded to get a Masters’ of Sciences degree from University of Akron Ohio in 1992, and finally obtained a PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research focuses on the acquisition of hemodynamic data using mouse models of chronic hypertension to identify molecular markers and inflammatory cytokines that regulate blood pressure through renal-dependent mechanisms.... READ MORE

GiShawn Mance, Ph.D.

Dr. Mance is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.  Dr. Mance completed her pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, and post-doctoral training from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. 

Mary K. Maneno Ph.D

Mary Maneno received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Howard University in 2004 and proceeded to pursue a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in pharmacoepidemiology, and health services research at Howard University. To expand her research experience in health services research and to continue her passion for teaching she took up a post-doctoral fellow position at the Center for Minority Health Services Research (CMHSR) in the college of pharmacy.... READ MORE

Gail Nunlee-Bland M.D., F.A.C.E., F.A.A.P

Dr. Gail Nunlee-Bland is the Chief of Endocrinology and Director of the Diabetes Treatment Center at Howard University Hospital. She is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. Dr. Nunlee-Bland is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, Class of 1980. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Howard University Hospital and her pediatric endocrine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

Denée Thomas Mwendwa, Ph.D.

Dr. Denée Thomas Mwendwa, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her Master’s and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from Howard University's Department of Psychology. Dr. Mwendwa is the PI for the Health Promotion Risk Reduction Research Center (HealthPARC), where she examines the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors associated with CVD and chronic kidney disease (CKD) risk. In addition, Dr.... READ MORE

Dr. Jacqueise Unonu PharmD, Ph.D.

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling, it is why you were born”- Oprah WinfreyJacqueise Unonu, a clinical pharmacist, is an employee of the Center of Excellence at Howard University College of Pharmacy and has been working with Andromeda Clinic  through a grant since 2011. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama receiving an Advanced Academic Bachelor degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.... READ MORE

Lloyd Webb, DVM, MPH

Currently is the Director of the Graduate Public Health Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health (CVMNAH), Tuskegee University, and teaches and mentors graduate students who are pursuing degrees leading to the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and in the Master of Public Health (MPH). During the period 2014 – 2015, he served as the Interim Associate Dean for the CVMNAH.... READ MORE

Joseph L. Wright, M.D., MPH


Joseph L. Wright, M.D., MPH, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Howard University College of Medicine, was recently elected to the American Pediatric Society (APS).

Society membership is reserved for individuals who have distinguished themselves as child health leaders, teachers, scholars, policymakers and clinicians and whose important contributions are recognized nationally or internationally.