Board of Directors

Our board of directors reflects the diverse organizations contributing to the health care of Mississippians.

Claude D. Brunson, MD, MS, CPE


Professor of Anesthesiology / Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor for External Affairs / Director, Office of Government Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Michael David Forster, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor of Social Work, College of Health
The University of Southern Mississippi

Jean Grantham, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC

Instructor of Nursing
Delta State University

Vanessa Green

Board Treasurer
Administrative Coordinator
Operation Shoestring

Tessie Smith

Board Secretary
Retired, Mississippi Department of Mental Health

Marsha Thompson

WLBT News Anchor/Investigative Reporter

Evelyn R. Walker, MD, MPH

Board Chair
ICM Medical Director – Mississippi
UnitedHealthcare Community and State

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Please contact us to begin a conversation about how we can help your program be a success.

829 Wilson Drive, Suite C Ridgeland, MS 39157

Phone: 601-398-4406


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We are a unique public trust - a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that tackles the biggest issues facing the most vulnerable Mississippians: nutrition, substance abuse, chronic disease, and more. Please consider a donation to support our work.