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Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a representative group of volunteer members who live, work, and participate in the Mississippi communities they represent. The CAB has a strong advisory role to the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research (MCCTR) and representation on the Internal Advisory Committee.

The CAB mission is to represent community concerns in the design, execution and evaluation of research conducted through the MCCTR and to serve as a bridge between researchers and the community in which the research is taking place.

CAB membership


Mireya Alexander, East Biloxi Community Collaborative; Ocean Springs, MS

  • Community Health Worker

Monica Beeman, Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension; Port Gibson, MS

  • Extension Agent

Janelle Edwards, Fayette Community Service Organization; Fayette, MS

  • Executive Director

Tammy Fordham-Bell, Mercy Delta Express Project; Greenville, MS 

  • Health Educator

Jackie Hawkins, Delta Communtiy Solutions, LLC; Greenwood, MS

  • CEO

Teresa Malone, Mississippi Nurses Association; Madison, MS

  • Executive Director

Cassandra Mobley, Mississippi Food Network; Jackson, MS

  • Director

Tamera Thigpen, University of Southern Mississippi; Hattiesburg, MS

  • Student

Lydia West, Mississippi Public Health Institute; Jackson, MS

  • MPH, RD, LD, Consultant

Robin Wilkerson, University of Mississippi Medical Center, School of Nursing, Jackson, MS

  • PhD, RN