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Gayle Harrell, NP-C, CWCN

Debra Allen, MSN, RN


Debra (Debbie) Allen is a graduate of University of Mississippi and Delta State University. She is currently beginning her 22nd year as a faculty member of the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing at Delta State Univrsity where she is active in the faculty senate, Student Success Task Force, First Year Seminar, and various other committees. She also serves as Delta State's SNA advisor. Prior to DSU, she worked as Director of Nursing. Debbie currently works at DRMC as a part-time Nursing Administrative Supervior, and is faculty for Hurst Review Services, Inc. She is the former Vice President of MNA, has served as President of MNA District 21, and chair of the MNA Nominations Committee, as well as various other MNA and MNF committees throughout her career. She has also served as Board member for the Mississippi Board of Nursing, a MNA/MASN Advisor, and is currently Treasurer of STTI Pi Xi Chapter. Debbie was the recipient of the 2013 MNA Nightingale Nursing Faculty of the Year award, H.E.A.D.W.A.E. Faculty of the Year for Delta State, and was awarded the Kossman's Teacher of the Year at Delta State University.


Tonya Moore

Tonya Moore, PhD, RN
Vice President

Dr. Tonya Moore has 20 years of nursing experience, most of which has been in various roles at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Today, she is the chief learning officer for UMMC, and is responsible for designing and overseeing non-clinical corporate learning. Moore earned an associate degree in nursing from Alcorn State University, a bachelor and masters in Nursing from the University of Mississippi, and a doctor of philosophy degree in Nursing Research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Moore’s talents and commitment to her profession have earned her recognition in several distinguished and respected organizations. She received national recognition as a 2011 Up and Comer, one of 12 people in the United States chosen by Modern Healthcare magazine. Closer to home, Moore was named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2013 Top 40 Under 40 Class and the 2012 Healthcare Hero Class. Additional awards include, the 2011 New Hope Baptist Church Hope Award for Mission and Outreach, the 2009 Nurse of the Year for the University of Mississippi Health Care, and the 2008 Nurse in Non-Traditional Setting of the Year for Mississippi by the Mississippi Nurses’ Association and Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation.

Active in professional organizations, Moore has served as president of the Mississippi Nurses’ Association District 13, chairperson of the Mississippi Nurses’ Association Developing Nurse Leader program, delegate for the Mississippi Nurses’ Association Annual House of Delegates, and a Mississippi delegate at the American Nurses Association House of Delegates in Washington, D.C. Additionally her community involvement includes local and international missions. Since 2004, she traveled to Honduras, Central America and Blantyre, Malawi Africa engaging in mission work.

Dr. Moore currently resides in Brandon, Mississippi.

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Sandi Arnold, MSN, RN

Sandi Arnold, a registered nurse form Petal, Mississippi,  was appointed in 2011 as Director of the Council on Nursing Practice after replacing Romeatrius Moss, an active duty United States Air Force Nurse who had been deployed. She was then elected in October 2012 to continue serving MNA as Director of the Council on Nursing Practice. Sandi is currently employed at Hattiesburg Clinic in Hattiesburg, MS as the Director of Clinical Education.

During her career of 30 years, she has been employed at Rush Hospital in Meridian, MS, St. David’s Community Hospital in Austin, Texas, and at Hattiesburg Clinic. She has served as staff nurse, nurse manager, satellite director, and in her current position as director of education. Sandi began her nursing career with an ADN from Meridian Community College and then received her BSN from William Carey University. She recently completed her master’s degree in nursing from William Carey University.

Professional affiliations include MNA, Sigma Theta Tau – Upsilon Theta Chapter, National League for Nursing, Medical Group Management Association, and the Nurse Advisory Council for William Carey University and Pearl River Community College. In addition, she serves as vice president of a local Breast Cancer Awareness Team (BCAT). 

Carl Mangum

Carl Mangum, PhD, PMHNP-BC, CHS, CHEP

Dr. Carl Mangum is an Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. Dr. Mangum has taught nursing for 17 years at UMMC following his work at Mississippi State Hospital. He is also a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Team Commander of Delta-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team for the U.S. Department of Human Services. Dr. Mangum has been an active member of MNA for many years, and served as Vice-President of MNA from 2007 to 2011. He has also served on the Professional Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi.

Rebecca Cagle, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Director, Council on Advanced Practice

Dr. Rebecca Cagle has trained and worked at every level of nursing. Beginning as an LPN and completing a PhD, she is highly motivated to maintain competency and safety in all. She has been a NP for 20 years, and is board certified as a FNP and PMHNP by ANCC. In regard to Advanced Practice, she directs the only Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) Fellowship in the state and is currently in the process of obtaining accreditation from the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium for that program. In the development of the free-standing APC Fellowship. She worked with both the BON and MNA in providing the best quality didactic offerings and with the APC providers of NMHS in providing the seasoned NP/expert clinical experience. Rebecca’s goal is to have all APCs working to their highest possible level in a safe and consistent manner to provide the level of care to meet the health needs of Mississippians. 

Alice Messer, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Director, Council on Health Affairs

Alice Messer currently serves as a nurse practitioner with Newsouth Neurospine. She has facilitated collaborative relationships with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Pharmacy Board, and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. She has also been appointed by the Governor of Mississippi to serve on the Drug Utilization Review Board for the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. Her position as nurse manager at the Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center provided her with leadership and management skills as well as the skills to treat patients with a wide range of physical disabilities. Her career has focused primarily on adult health, working in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care, and Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation. She diligently serves as an advocate for patients with chronic pain as well as those with substance use disorder.

Lisa Deloris Slade, MSN, RN, FNP-BC 
Director Council on Organizational Affairs

Deloris Slade received her BSN from the University of Southern Mississippi in the Fall of 1991, and returned to complete her Master’s Degree in 2006. She has worked in Family Practice since that time. She is currently working in a community health center, Sumrall Family Health Clinic. She provides primary care to patients from Marion, Jefferson Davis, Covington, Lamar and Forrest Counties.  She has been a member of MNA since 2005 and has served on the Provider Unit since 2007. In 2012, she was elected to serve as co-chair of this committee. She does volunteer work in her community and local schools.



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Shonda Phelon, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, GNP-BC
Director, Council on Nursing Practice

Dr. Shonda Phelon has served passionately in the field of nursing for the past 29 years. Her nursing experience includes veteran’s affairs, nursing home, rural health, corrections, public health, and community mental health. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mississippi University for Women, and practices as a FNP/Psychiatric NP. Her involvement with MNA began as a student in 1987 when she was elected to state office. She has been a strong nursing advocate her entire career, and serves as a mentor to nurses, as well as other NP’s. Dr. Phelon has presented extensively on geriatric and psychiatric issues at the local, state, and national levels. 


Lorraine Gaddis, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Director, Council on Nursing Research

As an Associate Professor of Nursing at the Mississippi University for Women, Dr. Lorraine Gaddis’ deepest passion as an educator lies in helping students grasp the importance of research as the cornerstone of evidence-based practice, and in guiding them as they begin to engage in original research. Her Masters and DNP students have gained national recognition and have produced publications based on their original research and evidence-based projects. In addition to teaching research, her experience includes ongoing personal research trajectories in the areas of LGBT health and interpersonal violence, and she has disseminated that research in national presentations and publications. Dr. Gaddis holds a PhD in Counseling Education and Educational Psychology, which makes her well versed in the research process and interprofessional theories that are increasing as nursing becomes more diverse and more vested in improving not only the health of individuals, but the health of populations, the nation, and the world.

Tomekia Luckett

Tomekia Luckett, PhD, RN
Director, Council on Nursing Education

Dr. Tomekia Luckett is an experienced nurse, and nurse educator. She has served as an educator in a variety of nursing education programs for licensed practical nursing through doctoral. Dr. Luckett is well equipped and knowledgeable of the social, scientific, and educational changes of today and tomorrow. She has been an active member of MNA including service as member at large, district seven executive board member, and council on nursing research.

Dr. Luckett earned an associate's degree from Southwest MS Community College, a bachelor and master's degrees from William Carey University, and a doctor of philosophy degree in nursing leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her present position is as an assistant professor of nursing at William Carey University. Dr. Luckett has been a recipient of a number of awards, and recognitions throughout her tenure in nursing and nursing education. Her illustrious nursing career has mixed clinical practice, education, and administration.

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Teresa Malone
MNA Executive Director