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ferren pannell

Ferren Pannell
CNE Manager

Retired US Air Force Staff Sargent and master's level nurse, Ferren Pannell, has been named the new manager for the Center of Nursing Excellence.

Her predecessor, Ann Bishop, retired in December 2018 after leading the CNE for seven years.

Pannell was raised in Halifax County and is a graduate of Halifax County High School. After graduation, she joined the United States Air Force and was stationed across the United States and the world as an Aviation Resource Manager. She retired in 2008 as a Staff Sergeant. 

After separating from the military, Pannell pursued a career in nursing, completing the RN diploma program at Danville Regional School of Nursing. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlin University and a Master’s degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Public Health from Grand Canyon University. 

Virginia Bryd

Virginia Byrd
Program Coordinator

Please join me in welcoming Virginia Byrd as the Program Coordinator in the Center of Nursing Excellence. Ms. Byrd began her duties today, August 25th, and comes to us with a wealth of office management experience. Prior to joining the SVHEC family, she was the office manager for the Upside To Youth mental health support agency in Danville, VA. Ms. Byrd has also held the position of Office Services Specialist/Human Resources for the Department of Corrections (South Boston, VA).

A Halifax County native, Virginia holds an Associate of Arts in Secretarial Science degree from National Business College and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the staff, providing my input and being an asset to the team,” she said. Ms. Byrd is the proud mother of two sons ages 23 and 16. Virginia loves sports and is an avid fan of her sons’ teams, the Virginia State University Trojans and the Halifax County Comets.

Virginia is located in the Center of Nursing Excellence. She may be reached at extension 5568 or via email at virginiabyrd@svhec.org.

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Drew Morris
Simulation Technologist

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) announce Drew Morris has accepted the position of CNE Simulation Technologist. Drew is responsible for providing operational and technical support for the CNE's clinical learning lab. “I am so excited about adding Drew to the CNE and Workforce Services team.  His technology expertise and enthusiasm for developing our programming are going to make a big difference for us,” said Ann Switzer, Associate Director of the Center of Nursing Excellence.

Prior to accepting the position of Simulation Technologist, Drew served as an SVHEC IT Specialist. Before joining the SVHEC staff in 2010, he was a computer technician with Halifax County Public Schools. He is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional, and an accomplished photographer.

Dominique WatsonDominique Watson
AHEC Outreach Coordinator

Dominique Watson joined the SVHEC’s staff in August 2019 as the new Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Outreach Coordinator. Dominique is a Halifax County native who grew up in the Scottsburg community. She is a proud graduate of  Halifax County High School, and holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Healthcare Administration from Stratford University. Prior to coming to the SVHEC, Dominique was the Volunteer Services Director at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, VA.