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 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.


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 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.


Heads UpAllison Silveus, MS

Educational Program Manager

Allison Silveus is an Educational Program Manager for TCOM FDC.  In her current role, she assists in refining the curriculum and designing various educational activities offered by the Center.  Prior to the new role, she serves as a research assistant at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she performed sequence-based DNA typing for an MHC Class I homolog.  Following the research experience, Allison left UT Southwestern to take a new position as the full-time biology faculty member at Tarrant County College in 2010.  There, she served as co-chair for the Diversity and Inclusion council and redesigned the biology lab courses with personalized lab manuals.  In addition to serving on the academic curriculum team, which was responsible for ACGM course alignment, she won the “Chancellor’s Distinguished Leadership Award” in 2013 and 2014.  Her publishing experience and teaching experience provided her with the skill sets to develop a Ready-to-Go Teaching Module for Pearson Publishing, which later influenced her desire to pursue an EdD in 2016.

While at Texas Christian University, she was put in charge of the Math and Science Trail, which is a 5-year partnership that exists between the science education department and the Bryant Foundation.  During the time at TCU, Allison had the privilege of being accepted for the TCU Global Outlooks Leadership program, publishing work on English Language Learners use of hybrid language (2018), presentation of research on in-group bias in a STEM program (2018), and won the research and pedagogy festival (2016, 2017).  Allison is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the School Science and Mathematics Association.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology (2005) and Master of Science in Forensic Genetics at UNT Health Science Center in 2007.  She looks forward to the completion of an EdD in Higher Educational Leadership.


Heads Up Day, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Photo By Joyce MarshallMaria Guzman-Orozco, BS

Administrative Coordinator 

Maria Guzman-Orozco is an Administrative Coordinator for TCOM FDC. Maria is responsible for administrative duties related to the Faculty Development Center. Prior to workings with UNTHSC, she worked for the Office of Research in the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University where she has previous experience with pre-award, budgets, event planning, research, and grants.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas in 2015, and has worked with the Department of State Health Services in their Emergency Preparedness and Epidemiology Department. Maria has various training in Incident Command and Emergency Response and is a certified amateur radio operator.



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