Meet the MNA Board of Directors


Carl Mangum, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NHDP-BC
Dr. Carl Mangum is an Associate Professor, Director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track, and Emergency Preparedness and Response Specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. Dr. Mangum has taught nursing for 17 years… Read More


Alena Groves, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, ONP-C
Dr. Alena Groves has served as a registered nurse for 20 years. Her experience in the field is vast including such areas as intensive care, emergency room, radiology, renal, cardiology, orthopedics, internal medicine, education, and administration within both the hospital and outpatient setting….Read More


Beverly Oliver, MBA, MSN, FNP-BC, CHFN
Beverly Oliver has 25 years of nursing experience and 15 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Mississippi College in 1981. In 2005, she graduated from Mississippi University for Women with honors with a Master’s Degree in Nursing. … Read More


Gayle Harrell, MSN, FNP, NP-C, CWCN
Gayle Harrell is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Wound Care specialist. She received her MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner from UMMC and a subsequent Wound Management Certification Course at the Washington University School of Nursing in Seattle… Read More

Director, Council on Advanced Practice Nursing

Courtney Bennett, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Dr. Courtney Bennett is an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at East Mississippi State Hospital’s long term care facility and Family Nurse Practitioner at East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian, MS… Read More

Director, Council on Health Affairs

Kristen Long, DNP
Dr. Kristen Long serves as Senior Director of Nursing and Interim Chief Nursing Executive at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. During her nursing career of 16 years, she has  previous experience…  Read More

Director Council on Organizational Affairs

Sandra “Sandi” Arnold, MSN, RN
Sandra “Sandi” Arnold serves as the Director of Clinical Education at Hattiesburg Clinic in Hattiesburg, MS. During her nursing career of 35 years, she…Read More

Director, Council on Nursing Practice

Paige Nabors, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Dr. Paige Nabors serves full time as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 7 long-term care settings across north Mississippi providing care to rehab, long-term, and hospice residents. Additionally, she is a nurse practitioner for cardiovascular services at North Mississippi Medical Center … Read More

Director, Council on Nursing Education

Deloris Slade, DNP, FNP-BC
Dr. Deloris Slade has more than 10 years of experience in primary and urgent care practice, serving primarily uninsured and under-insured patients.  She also serves as Graduate Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi…. Read More

Director, Council on Nursing Research

Beverly Russell, DNP, RN

Dr. Beverly Russell is a Lecturer in the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of North Alabama.  She previously served in the role of nurse manager…Read More