Sharon joined Dr. Shiyanbola’s Peers LEAD Project team in 2019. Sharon’s interest in this project, which focuses on Type 2 diabetes and medication adherence is near and dear to her heart, as she’s seen firsthand the impact diabetes can have on individuals. She is currently working on the Baldwin Grant where Peers LEAD will be combined with Healthy Living with Diabetes. Her work with Dr. Shiyanbola has been rewarding, as she appreciates Dr. Shiyanbola’s passion and concern for improving health outcomes in the African American community.
Sharon retired from her position as Assistant Administrator with the Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections in 2010. She then became a caregiver for her parents until their transition. She returned to the workforce in May 2018 as a Senior Research Specialist with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (Milwaukee office) at the UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Her initial work was with Corinne Engelman in her project, Generations of WRAP (GROW). Sharon’s interest in Alzheimer’s research was personal, as she wanted to be a part of increasing African Americans’ participation in research and the importance of their involvement in research.