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Winthrop Women's Coalition

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 7 p.m. Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center
Women in Medicine: A Panel Discussion in the Context of COVID-19


    Dr. Ashton Brock Nelson earned a B.S. in Chemistry with an ACS Biochemistry specialization and a minor in Biology at Winthrop University. She was a McNair Scholar and a member of Dr. Takita Sumter's biochemistry laboratory. She earned her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Virginia and completed a fellowship in Clinical Chemistry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Today, Dr. Nelson is a Clinical Chemist at Sonora Quest Laboratories in Arizona, a Hospital System comprising over 10 hospitals. Clinical chemistry is a subgroup of clinical pathology that focuses on the analysis of bodily fluids for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Her specialization is Toxicology. Her work involves developing General Chemistry and Toxicology tests that can be used for patient care, consulting with physicians about their patient's results, such as how to interpret them or what test to use when, and bringing in new technology to keep her Hospital System at the forefront of laboratory testing in Arizona. Toxicology testing will always be advancing because new drugs continue to appear every day. She is also planning on branching out more into General Chemistry and Point of Care testing. Her favorite part of the job is knowing that the tests I've helped develop are directly impacting patient care.


    Dr. Amy J. Petty graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Science degree double-majoring in Biology and Biochemistry.  She fell in love with research when she was a member of the Sumter laboratory. She then matriculated into the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD dual degree) program at Duke University. Her PhD thesis investigated the role of the hedgehog signaling cascade in tumor-associated macrophages and immunosuppression in the tumor microenvironment and this work was funded by a competitive National Cancer Institute F30 pre-doctoral fellowship. After completion of her preliminary year in medicine, Amy will begin her Dermatology residency at Duke University. In the future, she hopes to combine her training in medicine and research to patients with debilitating dermatologic disorders. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing the piano with her daughter.



    Dr. Felicia Mullins Pickering serves as the Community Engagement Program Manager within the STD, HIV, and Viral Hepatitis Division at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC).  In this role, she also serves as the DHEC Co-Chair for the SC HIV Planning Council.  Dr. Pickering is a Certified Senior Prevention Specialist with over 20 years of practical experience who combines a solid foundation of facilitating support services at local and state levels, with the keen ability to plan, implement and facilitate prevention and intervention programs for the public.  Prior to her time at SCDHEC, Dr. Pickering provided Infectious Disease and Intervention Services to individuals battling alcohol and other substance use.  Her passion for health and wellness is two part:  educating others to do their part in preventing illness and being their best and healthiest self, as well as working to improve systems that assure people get the best treatment and care.  Dr. Pickering earned both her undergraduate and Master of Business Administration Degrees from Winthrop University and her Doctor of Health Administration Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.  In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her husband and their two children.

Past Events 

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Annual Scholarship Reception
A celebration of philanthropy and students, honoring graduates who are recipients of support provided by the WWC.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Women in Politics: Obstacle and Opportunities
A panel discussion featuring State Representatives Wendy C. Brawley, Chandra Dillard and Raye Felder; and State Senator Katrina Shealy.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Hidden Figures of The Civil Rights Movement: Segregation and Activism in Rock Hill

A panel discussion featuring three women who were involved in Rock Hill’s civil rights history. Panelists included Phyllis Thompson Hyatt, Gladys Feely Robinson, and Darnell Ivory.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Facing the Challenges of a 21st-Century Education

A panel discussion featuring five educational leaders from Winthrop University, Rock Hill Schools, York School District I and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. 

Friday, June 29, 2018
Winthrop Women’s Coalition’s First Professional Development Conference

The Winthrop Women's Coalition hosted its first professional development conference with topics ranging from launching your career and breaking the glass ceiling, to stress management, and adaptability, flexibility, and courage in taking on new opportunities.

Last Updated: 9/21/21