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Preventive Medicine Staff

Mary Manuel, a native of Louisiana, received her BA from LSU in Art History before beginning work at UMMC as a physician scheduler in 2010. In 2013, she recieved her Master of Health Administration degree from Belhaven University with plans to continue to grow within UMMC. She has held positions ranging from front office clinical scheduling to finance as well as leadership roles. 

She is currently the departmental business administrator for the Department of Preventive Medicine and provides overall support and direction for finance, grants management, staff management, and business operations for all aspects of the department including education research, and the clinical enterprise. 

Mary Margaret Saulters received her bachelor's in anthropology and biology from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi and her master's in rural sociology from the University of Missouri. Mary Margaret joined UMMC in 2016 and is currently serving as the Project Manager for the Mississippi CEAL Team for Community Engaged Research. This NHLBI-funded project seeks to understand and address the health disparities surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Millsaps College, Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Mississippi. She served as a staff RN in the pediatric intensive care unit at UMMC.  Additionally, she received her Master of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 

She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and a CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle coach. She is currently working as a nurse practitioner in the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. 

Breanna Wade received both a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Health Promotion for the University of Mississippi. She began her tenure as a PhD student in the Department of Population Health at UMMC in 2019. She is currently the Sponsored Program Administrator I for the Department of Preventive Medicine at UMMC, where she is responsible for the development, implementation and dissemination of multiple research studies.

She is a Certified Community Health Educator Specialist and a CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coach. 

  • Le TuLe Tu, MS
    Geographic Info System Analyst
    (601) 984-1686

Le Tu received her master of science in geography from Louisiana State University in 2019. Her specialization is in GIS and remote sensing. She joined UMMC in 2019.

She is currently the GIS analyst and is working on a collaborative project to examine the social epigenetic impacts on health disparities in cardiovascular risk factors. She is also responsible for spatial analysis to support other projects and research initiatives, which include, but are not limited to, data visualization utilizing GIS application, data manipulation with computer programming, and statistical analysis toward the research results.

  • Dora ChismDora Chism
    Certified Medical Assistant 
    (601) 815-5685

Dora Chism received her Clinical Medical Assistant certification at Southern Eastern in Flowood, MS, in 2010. She joined UMMC in 2011, where she worked on 4-North until 2012. She returned in 2017 in the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic while working as a CMA /MOA.

Dora is currently a certified medical assistant for the Department of Prevention Medicine. She holds many certifications as Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), Pharmacy Tech and many more. She is working toward her bachelor of science degree in business health administration at the University of Phoenix.

Rolanda J. Buck received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Alcorn State University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Life Coaching from Grand Canyon University. She is a Certified Life Coach for Say Life Institute under the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Rolanda J. Buck joined UMMC in 2022 as a Project Manager I in the Department of Preventive Medicine for the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

Necotis received her Bachelor of Art degree from Tougaloo College in 2018. She joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2001, and she has been with the organization for 21 years. Currently residing in the Department of Preventive Medicine, as a Lifestyle Coach for the Diabetes Prevention Program; Necotis also provides administrative and organizational support to Student and Employee Health.

Josilind White received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Sciences from Mississippi Valley State University in 1998.

She joined UMMC in 2007 in the capacity of an NSICU Unit Secretary for 7 years and later as a Customer Service Representative of Patient Affairs focusing of the assistance of NSICU’s family members for 4 years.

Josilind is currently a Student and Employee Health Specialist II, where she provides clinical administrative support to the needs of patient/staff and students of all UMMC locations.

Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Educational Psychology in 2002 and Master of Arts in English in 2005 from Mississippi State University. She worked as an English teacher and school librarian for junior high through college level students for twelve years before changing professions. She joined UMMC in 2018 as a staff nurse on the adult hematology/oncology floor.

Rachel is currently lead nurse for Student & Employee Health, where she offers guidance and support to the clinic nurses and staff as they provide services for UMMC's workforce. She enjoys working with UMMC's employees and students to help them meet industry requirements and navigate occupational exposures and injuries.