Meet the UNTHSC TCOM FDC team…



Cynthia (Cindy) Passmore, MA


Cynthia Passmore, MA, is the Director of the TCOM Faculty Development Center. Cindy is passionate about faculty development and loves working in academic medicine and has been working in the field for more than 20 years. Cindy’s role at the TCOM FDC includes overseeing all of the programmatic offerings of the Center. Her active involvement in the planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating of the curricula of the TCOM FDC assures continued high quality training.

Cindy teaches and presents much of the training offered by UNTHSC FDC, most especially in the areas of research and scholarly activity, including introductory statistics and psychometrics. She serves as a statistical consultant and guide for trainees’ research projects and other scholarly endeavors. Cindy also has considerable experience working with clinical teachers / preceptors in the areas of feedback, evaluation and core teaching skills. Although she doesn’t think she is all nerdy or geeky, she has often been quoted as saying, “Isn’t this cool?” when teaching statistical concepts, in particular, applications of the normal curve and the central limit theorem. You must admit, they are pretty cool concepts!

Mrs. Passmore’s educational achievements include a BS in Mathematics, MA in Behavioral Statistics, and completion of all course work in pursuit of a PhD in Behavioral Statistics, all at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  Cindy is a member of the Society of Family Medicine (STFM) and the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and has presented at both national and international meetings of these groups.


Photo Sharon Manson

Sharon Manson, EdD

Educational Program Manager


Sharon Manson is Educational Program Manager for TCOM FDC.  She is responsible for coordinating the educational activities of the Center, conference planning and promotion, and helping develop educational curriculum.

Sharon brings a wealth of experience from a career in Student Affairs, mostly working with first-year students in on-campus housing.  She has over eleven years of teaching leadership, professionalism, supervision, time management, crisis intervention, counseling/feedback and other skills to freshmen and first year Resident Assistants, and has led local, state and regional training workshops and conferences with audiences of 5 to 250, working with undergraduates, graduates, and professional staff. Sharon provides instruction in the areas of Curriculum Design and Professional Academic Development.

Sharon is a member of the UNTHSC Fellows Leadership Development Team, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), Texas Association of College Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA), and Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services, and her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.



Brenda Wilson, MS

Educational Program Manager

Brenda Wilson is Educational Program Manager for the TCOM FDC. She’s responsible for coordinating the educational activities of the Center.

Brenda works closely with the TCOM FDC Director on program evaluation and various aspects of the Center’s and GCAM Fellows’ projects. Brenda teaches in the areas of curricular design and organizational management.

Brenda is an active member of the UNTHSC Distance Education, Graduate Medical Education, and Valubility (employee recognition) Committees.  To aid her work with the Distance Education Committee, she earned recognition as a Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer.  She was a founding member of the UNTHSC chapter of Toastmaster’s International and remains active as a club officer.

She is current Chair for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s (STFM) Faculty Development Collaborative.  Brenda has presented nationally at STFM, Association of American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Association of Family Medicine Administrators and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Residency Program Solutions conference.  She has also served on the AAFP’s Exhibitors’ Advisory Council for the National Conference of Family Practice Residents and Student members several times.

Brenda holds a Master of Science in Learning Technologies and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management.

This page was last modified on January 9, 2018