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Meet Our Mentors

"Mentoring is the Core of the Nursing Profession"

Alethea Hill, PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC

Board Member/Mentor

   Dr. Alethea Hill received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama.  In addition, she received both her Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees from the University of South Alabama, College of Nursing in Mobile, Alabama.  

   Her career experiences span direct patient care as a primary care provider, educating undergraduate and graduate nursing students, serving on many professional and advisory boards; as well as participating in several community projects aiming to reduce health disparities and addressing social determinants of health, with a research focus on self-management of diabetes and promoting heart health.

Anjanetta Davis, EdD, CNL, WHNP-BC

Board Member/Mentor

   Dr. Anjanetta Davis is an Associate Professor and Director of the University of South Alabama Simulation Program.  Her research interest includes improving breastfeeding outcomes and simulation. 

   She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators (2014) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama, and she obtained her Women's Health Nurse Practitioner certification (2019) from the University of South Alabama.  She is a member of the following professional organizations:  Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association, Alabama Breastfeeding Committee, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Association of Standardized Patient Educators, and Association of Women's Health, Obsteric and Neonatal Nurses. She enjoys mentoring and educating healthcare students. 


Janie Brooks, MSN, RN, CNOR

Mentor

     Janie is a certified operating room nurse (CNOR) and is a member of the Association Operating Room Nurses (AORN).  Janie's nursing career begins more than 20 years ago as a nursing assistant and she quickly fell in love with the healthcare industry and obtained her Licensed Practical Nurse certification to Registered Nurse.  In 2014 she received her Master's in Nursing Education and Administration from the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama.

    Janie has worked in various settings and surgery for numerous years, starting as a scrub technician, circulator, educator, and nurse mentor.

    In Janie's spare time, she mentors high school and new graduate nursing students who desire to work in surgical settings and spend time with her family.


Tracy Nelson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Secretary/Board Member/Mentor

     Tracy started her nursing career in 2000 as a Licensed Practical Nurse from Bishop State Community College. Tracy received her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Bishop State Community College (2010). In addition, she received her Bachelor's (2015) and Master's (2018) in Nursing from the University of West Florida. In 2020 she received her post-Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner from Walker College of Health Professions. Keeping up with her passion for education, Tracy is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing. Tracy's nursing career has given her experience in medical-surgical nursing, long-term care, geriatrics, community/public health, home health, and hospice. 

     In Tracy's spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family and mentoring young adults.

Terri Burroughs, MSN, RN

Mentor/Chaplain

    Terri serves as an MDS Coordinator at a local nursing home and rehabilitation. Terri is also a Clinical Nursing Adjunct Instructor at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama.  Terri received her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Bishop State Community College several years ago.  Terri continued her nursing education at the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama, by obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and her Master's in Nursing Education and Administration in 2014.  

    Terri received Cum Laude Honor Society and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society (2014).  Terri is working diligently toward her post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, with an ultimate goal to obtain her Doctorate in Nursing to research Mental Health Behavior.   

    In Terri's spare time, she enjoys mentoring and ministering the word of God to the world.

Dr. Hope Pritchett Wilson, MD,  Assistant Professor in Pediatrics

Board Member/Mentor

   Dr. Hope Pritchett Wilson, M.D. received her undergraduate studies from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude (2008) with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  In 2012 she earned her Medical Doctorate from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.  Hope completed her Pediatric Residency training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and Children's Hospital of New Orleans, and she is currently working at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.  

   Dr. Hope Pritchett-Wilson is a native of Walker Springs, Alabama, and in her spare time, she loves mentoring, giving back to the community, and spending time with her family.

Onyinye Amanari, NurseEd, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

Mentor

     Dr. Onyinye Amanari received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama (2011).  In addition, she received both her Master of Science Degree in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (2016) and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama (2017).

    Dr. Onyinye Amanari's career experiences are from many different areas in nursing and span direct patient care as a primary care provider.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and mentoring.

Kimarie Bugg, DNP, FNP-BC, IBCLC, CLC

Mentor

     Dr. Kimarie Bugg, is President and CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), a national nonprofit created in 2011 to address breastfeeding inequities in the African American community.

     Dr. Kimarie Bugg previously worked for Emory University, School of Medicine, as a nurse practitioner. She has worked at the state level, as a perinatal nurse consultant and in the hospital in the pediatric emergency center, special care nursery, and as a bedside breastfeeding consultant. She is a member of the faculty for CHAMPs, a Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, and chair of the ethics committee of the United States Breastfeeding Committee. She provides health equity through breastfeeding training, education, and resources for healthcare providers, lactation support providers, and community transformers nationwide.

     She completed a Community Health Leadership Program, within the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine that stressed best practices to provide global health equity and eliminating health disparities through action-oriented projects. In 2016, Kimarie received a Legacy Award from the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) for her work in the lactation arena for 38 years.

     Dr. Kimarie Bugg lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, Dr. George W. Bugg Jr. MD, a neonatologist and they are the parents of 5 adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and mentoring future healthcare providers. 

Kimberly Bright, DNP, CRNP, FNP-C

Board Member/Treasury/Mentor/Legal Nurse Consultant Specialist

     Dr. Kimberly Bright has been a nurse for numerous years. She received her Associate Degree in nursing from Jefferson Davis Community College (2005).  In addition, she received her Master's in Nursing and Clinical Nurse Leader from Springhill College (2011) and her second Master's in Nursing and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner from Maryville (2016), Dr. Kimberly Bright is also a Legal Nurse Consultant Specialist.  Keeping up with her passion for education, she completed her Doctorate in Nursing from Samford University (2020).  Dr. Kimberly Bright is an advocate of continuing education and she is also currently working towards becoming a certified Health Coach to help others to achieve their health goals. She has a strong passion for all individuals to become and maintain healthy lives.

      Dr. Kimberly Bright has spent most of her career working as a Pediatric Nurse. She has experience as a Nurse Educator, as well as, Emergency medicine, home health, Geriatric Psych, and adult medical-surgical. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

      Dr. Kimberly Bright is the author of Discover the World of Nursing: Kaden Gets a Checkup. She was inspired to write this book to educate kids on the things that are being done while they are at the doctor’s office. Kids have lots of questions for parents about what is going to happen to them at the doctor's office. The fear of not knowing what a checkup can consist of could possibly make a simple office visit terrifying for kids. Her hope is that this book will decrease this fear and allow kids to be more prepared for their trip to the doctor’s office.

      Dr. Kimberly Bright is originally from Monroeville, Alabama. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring, and spending time with her family and friends.

Onesmus K. Too, MSN, CRNA, RN

Mentor/Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

         Onesmus journey in the field of nursing began at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2010. Thereafter, he worked in a long-term care setting and then an acute care setting, mainly in the Intensive Care Unit at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama until joining Samford University in 2016 to study Nurse Anesthesia.

      Onesmus graduated from Samford University in May 2018, with his Masters of Science Degree in Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia.  Onesmus is Board Certified Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) practicing in a local hospital in Mobile, Alabama.  Onesmus is delighted to continue the spirit of caring for humanity in the field of nursing and it is his desire to encourage others, especially those interested in the health profession, to pursue a career in nurse anesthesia.

     Onesmus is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.  

     In Onesmus spare time, he enjoys mentoring, spending time with his wife, daughter, family, and, friends.

Irene Ondieki, DNP, RN-BC

Mentor

         

     Dr. Irene Ondieki DNP RN-BC is a dedicated and effective nurse leader who has excelled in using evidence-based practice and cutting-edge technology to lead clinical operations, achieve nursing goals, and deliver excellence in patient care. Irene currently works as a Director of Nursing for Medical-Surgical units in a not-for-profit hospital in New Jersey. Other positions held include Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Management, Charge Nurse, Staff Educator, and Preceptor. 

     Dr. Ondieki graduated with her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University in 2018. She received her Masters' degree in Nursing Leadership and Organizational Management from American Sentinel University in 2013 and her Associate Degree in Nursing from Bishop State Community College in 2007. 

     Dr. Ondieki is certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing. She is a member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders NJ chapter (ONL), where she serves on the Mentorship Committee. In 2016, she received the hospital's Transformational Leadership Award for nursing excellence for her exemplary leadership skills. Dr. Ondieki was born and raised in Kenya prior to relocating to the United States. In her spare time, she is active in her community as a public health educator. Dr. Ondieki serves as a health and temperance leader for her local church. In this role, she has helped organize health-screening services for her fellow church members. Dr. Ondieki's goal in life is to ensure the youth are mentored into the career of choice to promote professional growth and improve social and economic dynamics.

Kiwana Brooks, MSN, FPMHNP-BC

Mentor

         

     Kiwana is a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP). She received her post-master’s Certificate (2018) from Saint Louis University. In addition, she received her Master’s in Nursing Education and Administration (2014) from the University of Mobile and her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (2004) from the University of South Alabama. Currently, she is a member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association, Alabama State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.


   Kiwana has worked in a variety of settings in nursing: Coronary Critical Care, Women’s Health, Mental Health, Industrial Nursing, and Nursing Education and Administration. Her passion is mental health and she plans to continue providing services to our community working as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, educating nurses of the next generation, and continuously advancing her knowledge in psychiatric care.

Her ultimate goal is to obtain her Doctorate in Nursing in Behavioral Health. 

    In Kiwana's spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and mentoring young adults. 

Charleen Jackson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C

Mentor

         

     Charleen began her nursing career in 2013. Charleen received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Virginia College of Mobile (2013). In addition, she received her Bachelor's (2015) and Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner (2018) from Purdue University. Charleen received Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society (2015). She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association. 

     Charleen is currently practicing as a Nurse Practitioner in a local office. Charleen’s nursing career has given her experience from Medical-Surgical Nursing as a Registered Nurse and experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of South Alabama Internal Medicine practice.

     Keeping up with her passion for education, Charleen is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Aspen University. 

    In Charleen’s spare time, she loves traveling, mentoring, giving back to the community, and spending time with her husband and children

Shanita Peoples, MSN, CRNP, AGAC-BC

Mentor

         

     Shanita began her nursing career in 2000 as a Pharmacy Technologist. Shanita received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama (2010). In addition, she received her  Master's in Nursing Degree with a concentration in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (2019) from Walden University and is currently working in the community.  She is a member of the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 

    Shanita's nursing background includes; Certified Allied Health Instructor, through the American Medical Technologist where she began mentoring and teaching students in dosage calculations, pharmaceuticals, and pharmacology. She also has experience in Psychiatric, Orthopedics, Postpartum, Case Management, Telemetry, and Critical Care.

     In Shanita's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and tutoring nursing students in pharmacology and calculations.

Shaqualyn Rocker Taite, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C

Mentor

     Shaqualyn Rocker is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career at the University of West Alabama in 2015 with her Associate of Science in Nursing degree. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (2016) from the University of Alabama and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration in 2019. Keeping up with her passion for education, Shaqualyn ultimate goal is to obtain her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Education.

    Shaqualyn nursing background includes Oncology, Medical-Surgical, ER, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, and Well Baby Nursery, and experience as a Nurse Practitioner in Samford University’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, working in both urgent care and primary care.

   Shaqualyn is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring future healthcare students, spending quality time with her son and husband, and traveling with her family and friends. 

Marnita Stallworth Jones, DNP, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC

Mentor

     Dr. Marnita Stallworth Jones graduated as Salutatorian of the class of 2008 at Jackson High School in Jackson, Alabama, and was blessed with the Mildred Starnes Nursing scholarship to the University of South Alabama. 

     Since graduating high school, Marnita has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama. Subsequently, upon completing both degrees, she became a Certified Registered Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. In 2022, Marnita obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from her alma mater, the University of South Alabama.

     Dr. Stallworth Jones gained essential experience working at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama, for six years as a charge nurse and nurse preceptor on a cardiac/telemetry step-down unit. She served as a nurse manager of a 50-bed long-term care unit at a nursing home and rehab facility located in downtown Mobile, Alabama, for two years. Daily, Dr. Stallworth Jones worked heavily and wholeheartedly with the interdisciplinary team to provide the absolute best holistic care to residents at the facility. She has also served as a case manager at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, where she managed patients' care plans and guided their discharge needs.  Currently, Dr. Stallworth Jones is an Advanced Practice Provider at USA Surgical Navigation Center, where she optimizes patients' health and experience in relation to their surgical procedures. Additionally, she is a telehealth home health nurse practitioner for Alegis Care Cigna.  

     Her aspiration is to provide high-quality care and advocate for her patients and the nursing profession. In her spare time, she loves serving the Mobile community with her Sorors as a member of the Mobile Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Stallworth Jones enjoys praising God, mentoring healthcare professionals, watching football, traveling, shopping, and spending time with her husband, son, and family.

Eleanor Odom, MSN, RN, CNL

Mentor

    Eleanor began her nursing career over 30 years ago as an LPN where she attended Vernon Regional Junior College in Vernon, Texas. Through the Mobility Track ADN Program at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, AL, she received her ADN in 1996. Eleanor went on to receive her Master’s degree for Clinical Nurse Leader from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL in 2008.

    Eleanor’s nursing career has included Medical/Surgical, Critical Care, Oncology, Telemetry, Mother/Baby, Clinical Educator, Adjunct Faculty for Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette, AL, and for the past ten years as a Quality/Risk Management Coordinator at a local hospital.

    Eleanor is a member of the following professional organizations: American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International.

    Eleanor enjoys mentoring and spending time with her family and friends. 

Jessica D. McCarty, BA, M.Ed

Mentor

   Jessica D. McCarty is a native Mobilian, currently a Doctoral student studying Instructional Design Development and Gerontology at The University of South Alabama. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with concentrations in African American Studies, Gerontology, Sociology, and a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in

Educational Leadership. 

    Jessica is the founder of Monarch Health Services and Personify Branding Company GP, both of which serve as consulting companies aimed towards research in education, health & senior care, and career development/branding. 

    Jessica enjoys mentoring and spending time with her family and friends, and Jessica's famous quote is "helping others in need is the least selfish thing you can do". 

Tamekia Cunningham, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C

Mentor

Tamekia Cunningham is a Deputy Chief Nurse Practitioner at Franklin Primary Health Center Clinics in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. She began her Biology career at Tuskegee University in (2001). She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (2006) from the University of South Alabama and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration in (2010). Keeping up with her passion for education, Tamekia is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of South Alabama with a specialty certification as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. 

Tamekia also serves as a Community Outreach Provider providing clinical care and services to the community utilizing a mobile unit. 

Her background is in ER Nursing, where she was a former charge nurse at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. While working as a Nurse Practitioner, she has experience as a hospitalist and family practice, focusing on community health. 

Tamekia is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In her spare time, she enjoys serving the Mobile community with her Sorors as a member of the Mobile Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., mentoring future healthcare students, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Amir English, MSN, RN

Mentor

Amir English began his nursing career at the University of South Alabama in (2003) where he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and his Master of Science in Nursing and Public Health Nursing Administration (2009). Keeping up with his passion for education, Amir is currently pursuing his Doctor of Nursing Practice. 

Amir has a passion for nursing research and experience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center. 

In his spare time, he volunteers with community service, the American Cancer Society, and UAB MHRC Healthy Happy Kids Program. He also enjoys mentoring future healthcare students and spending time with his family and friends. 

Michelle Hutcherson, DNP, RN, CNE

Mentor

Dr. Michelle Hutcherson began her nursing career at Olive Harvey College, where she earned her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing in 1992. Dr. Hutcherson later enrolled and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University University (2001), receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and her Master of Science in Nursing (2010), and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (2022) from Troy University. 

Dr. Hutcherson is passionate about nursing education and the success of nurses at the bedside and has numerous years of experience as a nursing instructor and professor. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the National League for Nursing. She volunteers with community service, the Big Brother Big Sister mentoring program, and Million Women Mentors in her spare time. She also enjoys mentoring future healthcare students and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.