UNCW Faculty Member, Alumna on WILMA’s “Women to Watch” List

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Two Seahawks are finalists for WILMA Magazine’s annual “Women to Watch” awards. The awards honor regional women who make notable contributions to their communities as innovators, educators, volunteers and entrepreneurs.

Kellie Griggs, associate professor in the School of Nursing, has been nominated in the education category, and Leah Sherrill ’16, Watson College of Education alumna and founder and CEO of the local nonprofit Special Pedals, is nominated as a “Rising Star.”

Griggs joined UNCW’s School of Nursing in 2016 and is the maternal/infant course co-coordinator. Her scholarly focus is on high-risk obstetrics and nursing empowerment, and she serves as a nursing consultant surrounding high-risk OB best practices and policy. Griggs was also recently elected to the National Board of Directors for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses.

Sherrill attended UNCW’s Watson College of Education, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in special education – adapted curriculum. She created her nonprofit, Special Pedals, as a place where adults with disabilities are trained and hired as mechanics to provide college students with low-cost bicycles and bicycle repairs. 

Finalists will be recognized and the winner for each category announced at an event on Oct. 11.

-- Christina Schechtman


Griggs      Sherrill
Kellie Griggs                                    Leah Sherrill '16