Meet the 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 guides 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, an MA in Behavioral Statistics, and completion of all course work in pursuit of a Ph.D. 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.


Heads Up On Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Photo By Joyce MarshallSharon 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 an 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.



Elizabeth Burleson, EdDElizabeth Burleson

Education Program Manager


Elizabeth Burleson is an Educational Program Manager for TCOM FDC.  She received a B.S. in Early Childhood & Elementary Education as well as Master of Education in Educational Leadership.  She also received her Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Wesleyan University in 2018.  Elizabeth has spent twenty years in public education, with the majority of her career teaching early elementary and special education.  She believes every student, regardless of age, is unique and must have a stimulating learning environment in which they can grow.  In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, her people, and her pets.  She also enjoys being outdoors, gardening, reading books, and trying new recipes out on her daughter.



Tina BernardTina Bernard, EdD

Educational Program Manager


Tina Bernard is an Educational Program Manager for TCOM FDC. Tina holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction. Her research has primarily focused on metacognition, critical and creative thinking, neuroplasticity, and improving educator pedagogy. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted Education, and a B.S. in Applied Learning and Development. Tina served in public education for over two decades, with much of her career as an advocate for gifted and talented learners. She has authored several journal articles and book chapters concerning engaging the learner through motivation and empowerment.

Tina is a skillful educational thought leader whose passion is encouraging others to become their best version. She volunteers for several organizations, including the Child Advocacy Center, Casa Manana, The Ronald McDonald House, and is the Founder and CEO of “Socks for Moms.” Tina is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and serves in a leadership position for Toastmasters International. She enjoys spending time with her three children, husband, and extended family in her spare time. She also loves Elvis, BBQ, and fishing. Ask her about the one that got away!