Community Mentors

Community Mentors serve on each UHAND Scholar mentoring team to help develop and refine mentoring plans, provide feedback on research from the community perspective and participate in mentoring team meetings. They enable access to at risk populations and identify local opportunities for scholars to share research findings.
Linda Civallero

Linda Civallero is the Associate Director for BridgeUp at Menninger. She provides leadership for the BridgeUp Magic Grants, including grant management, communications with grant partners and evaluation. Linda is a native Houstonian and is committed to improving health and education in underserved communities. She spent 18 years at MD Anderson Cancer Center, managing and directing federally-funded cancer prevention projects, in Public Education and the Department of Health Disparities Research. Linda’s experience includes grant development, project planning and implementation and community engagement.

Lawanna Hart

Lawanna Hart, MS, is a retired licensed registered nurse with 42 years of experience working in medical, surgical, and psychiatric healthcare environments. She has been active in the Zeta Chi chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. for 27 years serving in leadership roles as chair of the programs and projects committee and newsletter committee.

J. Hoxi Jones

J. Hoxi Jones has held the position of Regional Partnership Specialist for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in Houston since 2010. She is a past member of the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council, and several committees related to sickle cell disease.

Claire W. Shynett

Claire W. Shynett, MA, is Founder of Partners 4 Inclusion, a comprehensive recovery initiative leveraging employment opportunities for individuals with mental illness and intellectual developmental disorders. She is a former Board Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Houston, and currently serves as a Board Director for Special Kids Inc.

Sharon Livingston

Sharon Livingston, is a program director with the Honey Child Prenatal Education Program. This program aims to educate women on what it takes to carry their babies to full term. The Honey Child project features classes at Wheeler Ave Baptist Church a historic African American Church in Houston’s Third Ward community.


a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and


— John Crosby


Paulina Linares presenting her project “The Impact of Flavor & Nicotine dose on Electronic Cigarette Use” to the UHAND Community Mentors


Community Mentor Linda Civallero from Menninger Clinic and UHAND Scholars Sean and Paulina during the Community Mentors Session


“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill


Community Mentors Claire Shynett and Sharon Livingston having fun while providing great feedback on the scholars projects


Basant Gamal presenting her project “Vibrant lives: a weight loss program for employees of the Pasadena ISD” at MD Anderson Cancer Center during the UHAND Community Mentors Session


“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sean Reuven at the UHAND Community Mentors Session presenting his poster “Comparing diet, body mass index, and perceived cancer risk in African-American men and women”

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UHAND Scholars and Community Mentors working hard to address cancer disparities


“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington

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Our UHAND Scholars learning from their Community Mentors how link their research projects with the Houston community


“In learning you will teach, in teaching you will learn.” — Phil Collins

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UHAND Scholars and Community Mentors working hard to address cancer disparities

The UHAND Partnership is funded by the National Cancer Institute (P20CA221696 and P20CA221697).

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