Sharon Joy MacKinnon has over 25 years of experience on the front lines of health care serving predominantly low-income patients in urban and rural settings in the South, first as a Nurse, and then as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses, as of August 2017. Dr. MacKinnon completed her doctoral work in Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, directed by Dr. James Studnicki, now CLI’s Vice President of Data Analytics. Prior to this, she served as nursing faculty at UNC-Charlotte. In her role as Associate Research Scholar at CLI, Dr. MacKinnon reports to and receives guidance from Dr. Studnicki. She plays a major role in multiple research projects, including planning and carrying out data collection, data analysis, and manuscript writing. Dr. MacKinnon currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, Michael and their beloved adopted son.