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Jessylen M. Age, DNPDr. Age earned a doctor of nursing practice from the University of Mississippi. She earned a master of health service administration and bachelor of science in nursing from Mississippi College.
Age began her career working in critical care and obtained her certification in adult critical care nursing. Her practice experience includes educator and leadership roles in case management, quality review and utilization review prior to joining the Risk Management department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her current practice entails managing proactive and reactive risk reduction strategies for the organization. Her daily responsibilities ensure a safe and efficient environment for all patients and the medical center workforce. Dr. Age actively serves on the Mississippi Educational Consortium for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (MECDNP) to support increasing nursing leadership capacity in Mississippi.
Jessica H. Bailey, PhD, RHIA, CCSDr. Bailey earned the master of arts and doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). She is a RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) and CCS (Certified Coding Specialist).
Prior to moving into academia, Bailey served six years as the director of health information at Doctors Hospital in Jackson. She then served as program director of a health information technology program at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and as Director of a Fellowship Program for Family Medicine residents in Columbia, Missouri at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. She has served in several roles at UMMC: as Director of Medical Education for the Department of Medicine and as Director of Education for the Graduate Medicine Education Office, as assistant dean and associate dean for academic affairs at SHRP, and currently serves as the dean of the School of Health Related Professions.
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Bender earned the doctor of philosophy in clinical health sciences at the University of Mississippi and the master of science in community health nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi.
Prior to moving into academia, Bender served twenty two years at the Mississippi State Department of Health including four and a half years as the deputy state health officer and ten years as the chief of staff to the state health officer. Additionally, she served as the dean of the school of nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prior to taking her current position as the president and chief executive officer of the Public Health and Accreditation Board in Alexandria, Virginia.
Cindy Dishongh, MHS, RHIA
Ms. Dishongh earned the master of health science degree from Mississippi College and her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is a RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator).
Dishongh has over 30 years of health care experience and currently serves as the executive vice president for business development and ancillary services at River Oaks Hospital. She previously served as chief operating officer for Health Management Associates at River Oaks Hospital, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital and Woman's Hospital and chief executive officer for Crossgates River Oaks Hospital.
Elizabeth Franklin, PhD
Dr. Franklin earned the doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and the master of science in secondary education (modern foreign languages) from the University of Mississippi. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Franklin worked as a Spanish instructor at the secondary and community college levels for 22 years prior to coming to the University of Mississippi Medical Center as an information technology solutions strategist. Currently, she serves as the director of continuing health professional education.
Kristen S. Guinn, MA
Kristen Sulser Guinn received her master's degree in English from the University of Mississippi and her bachelor's degree in English (and Business minor) from Vanderbilt University.
For more than twenty years, Kristen has worked in marketing and communications for major brands in industries such as technology, publishing, telecommunications and health care. Most recently she was the Marketing Director at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
John Hodnett, DNP, RN, LPC
Dr. Hodnett earned the doctor of nursing practice and master of science in nursing from the University of Alabama. Additionally, he earned the master of science in community counseling and bachelor of science in education from Delta State University and the bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Hodnett worked in mental health for thirteen years including stints as a counselor, consultant, and director of performance improvement and risk management before taking a position as clinical nurse manager at Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital in Rolling Fork. Currently, he serves as the director of clinical operations at Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital.
Ellen Jones, PhD
Dr. Jones earned the doctor of philosophy in clinical health sciences from the University of Mississippi and the master of science in community health education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her undergraduate degree from Springfield College in Springfield, MA.
Jones was the director of health promotion for the Mississippi State Department of Health and worked in the Office of Planning and Policy. She served as an associate editor for Health Promotion Practice for eight years. She consults with health policy, public health, and clinical entities at the national, state, and local levels.
Rob McElhaney, PhD, CPA
Dr. McElhaney earned the doctor of philosophy in educational administration, master of professional accountancy, and undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a certified public accountant.
McElhaney has served as the chief financial officer for the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and currently serves as assistant comptroller and chief internal control officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He previously served as a certified public accountant in a firm and for a household product company.
Mitzi Norris, PhD, MT(ASCP), SM(NRCM)
Dr. Norris earned the doctor of philosophy in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi and the master of science in microbiology from the Mississippi University for Women (MUW). She also earned her undergraduate degree from the MUW. She is a registered medical technologist and has specialist certification in microbiology.
Norris worked in labs for many years before changing to hospital education. She was the education director for the South Central VA Health Care Network that included 10 medical centers. At the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Norris serves as the executive director of academic effectiveness for the campus and as director for the doctor of health administration program.
Terry Pollard, MA
Mr. Pollard earned his Master of Arts in Literature degree from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as his undergraduate degree.
Pollard currently serves as director of instructional development and distance learning and assistant professor of health sciences. Previously, he served as the director of training and professional development and as the elearning specialist at the Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges. He has also served as an English faculty member in Mississippi and North Carolina.
T. Richard Roberson, JD
Mr. Roberson earned his doctor of jurisprudence at the University of Mississippi. He completed clerkships in both circuit and chancery courts in Mississippi. His undergraduate degree is from Baylor University.
Roberson is an attorney at Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, LLC. His health care practice is focused in the areas of state and federal compliance and government affairs. Roberson has served the Mississippi Division of Medicaid as special assistant to the executive director and served the Office of the Attorney General as chief general counsel/special assistant attorney general for both the Division of Medicaid as well as the Mississippi Department of Education. Previously, he served as senior policy research analyst with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Brian Rutledge, PhD
Dr. Rutledge earned the doctor of philosophy in clinical health sciences at the University of Mississippi. Previously, he earned his master of health services administration degree from Mississippi College as well as his undergraduate degree.
Rutledge has served as the Manager of Emergency Services (Emergency Medicine), Manager of Business Operations (Medicine), and the Director of Accreditation and Assessment (School of Medicine). He currently serves as chief of staff to the vice chancellor for health affairs.
Travis Schmitz, PhDDr. Schmitz earned the doctor of philosophy in clinical health sciences at the University of Mississippi. Previously, he earned his master of business administration degree from Millsaps College and his undergraduate degree from Mississippi College.
Schmitz previously worked at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as the department administrator (Anesthesiology) and project manager (Medicine). He currently serves as Administrator for Emergency Medicine for Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, IL.
Susan Taylor, PhD
Dr. Taylor earned the doctor of philosophy and master of science in economics from the Louisiana State University. She earned bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Blue Mountain College.
Taylor has served at Millsaps since August of 1992 where she currently holds the Selby and Richard D. McRae Chair of Business Administration in the Else School of Management. Prior to coming to Millsaps, she taught at Kansas State University.
Helen R. Turner, MD, PhD
Dr. Turner earned her doctor of philosophy in microbiology and medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She completed an internal medicine residency and fellowship in infectious diseases. Her undergraduate degree if from Mississippi University for Women.
Turner served in clinical and administrative roles at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi including associate chief of staff for education and chief of medical service. She served as associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Medicine before becoming the founding associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is retired professor emeritus and a consultant with the Mississippi State Board of Health.
Dorothy K. Young, PhD
Dr. Young earned the doctor of philosophy in clinical health sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and master of health services administration Mississippi College. She earned here undergraduate degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC.
Young is the Deputy Administrator of Health Services for the Office of the Governor, Division of Medicaid. She previously served as a Director in UMMC Hospital Administration and for University Heart.
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