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People

The Healthy Memphis Initiative would be nothing without the many amazing people who do the research, planning, organizing, educating, and many other outreach activities.  

The people on the initial HMI Committee include (in alphabetical order by last name):

Frank Andrasik (UM) - Psychology, Chair
Jenny Bartlett-Prescott (CH) - Integrated Health Programs, Senior Director
Richard Bloomer (UM) - School of Health Studies, Dean
Andreana Brown (CH) - Memphis Plan
Shirley Brown (CH) - Health Studies
Daniel Bureau (UM) - Student Affairs Learning and Assessment, Director
Amy Campbell (UM) - Law School
Katora Campbell (CH) - Faith Community Outreach, Director
Jane Clement (UM) - Student Health and Counseling Services, Director
Beverly Cross (UM) - Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, Urban Education
Rosie Phillips Davis (UM) – Counseling Psychology
Maria Elena Delavega (UM) - Social Work
Edward Dismuke (UM) - Public Health
Michael Duke (UM) - Anthropology
Susan Elswick (UM) - Social Work, Director of MSW Field Placement
Denise Hensley (CH) - Behavioral Health
Sharon Hinton (CH) - International Parish Nursing Resource Center
James Kierulff (UM) - Graduate School
Randy Kostiuk (CH) - Community Engagement and Outreach
Katherine Lambert-Pennington (UM) – Urban Affairs
Ann Langston (CH) - Strategic Partnerships and Opportunities, Senior Director
Sue Lease (UM) - Counseling Psychology
Marian Levy (UM) - Public Health - HMI Co-Chair
Daphene McFerren (UM) - Hooks Institute, Director
Lois McFarland (CH) - Human Resources, Director
Sterling McNeal (CH) - Faith Community Outreach
Vivian Morris (UM) - Education
Cherry Malone (UM) – Social Work
Richard Murphey (CH) - Wellness Exercise and Movement
Susan Neely-Barnes (UM) - Social Work, Chair
Butch Odom (CH) - Behavioral Health, Director
Esra Ozdenerol (UM) - Earth Sciences (GIS)
Melissa Peterson (CH) - Kitchens Operations, Manager
Fedoria Rugless (CH/UM) – CH Director of Research; UM Health Studies
Perveen Rustomfram (UM) - Libraries
Catherine Simmons (UM) - Social Work
Alan Lebo (CH) - Workforce Development Coordinator
Pat Travis (UM) - Health Studies
K. B. Turner (UM) - Criminology and Criminal Justices, Chair
Karen Weddle-West (UM) – Vice President Student Academic Success
Brigid Welsh (UM) - Institute for Law and Policy
Jeneba Winfrey-Porter (CHC) – Director, Medical Operations
Lin Zhan (UM) - Nursing, Dean

Fedoria Rugless, PhD, CCRP leads the HMI and serves a dual role as Church Health's Director of Research and UofM Research Assistant Professor of Health Studies.