College of Health Sciences Leadership Board

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Leadership Board

Board Members

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Tracey Blalock

Biography

Tracey Blalock, RN, MSN, MBA has served as Chief Nurse Executive of Navicent Health and the Chief Nursing Officer of The Medical Center, Navicent Health since 2013. Tracey started her career at The Medical Center in 1988 as a Nurse Extern, progressing to a staff nurse position, followed by an extended term as an Educator, and then moving into Nursing administration. Tracey is a strong, transformational leader who ensures that Nursing's goals and initiatives are aligned to advance organizational success. At every juncture of her career progression she has demonstrated a compelling ability to coalesce and lead people, manage projects and coordinate team initiatives, while constantly keeping the patient at the center of her work.

Tracey received her Master of Science in Nursing and Master in Business Administration from Georgia College. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Tracey has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2017.

Sarah Kay Brooks

Chair
Biography

Sarah Kay Brooks is currently the Chief Nurse Executive at Central State Hospital (CSH) in Milledgeville, GA. Kay has worked at CSH for over 29 years and thoroughly enjoys her work. She is also a Part-Time Clinical Instructor/Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Georgia College. Kay received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice degrees from Georgia College. Additionally, Kay is a certified and licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Psychiatric Mental Health and holds a current Nursing Home Administrator license. 

Kay has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2015.

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Kevin Carter

Vice-Chair
Biography

Kevin Carter is the Director of Wellness Services at Navicent Health in Macon, GA.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science as well as his Master in Education in Health Education from Georgia College.  He also played collegiate baseball while attending Georgia College and later served as adjunct professor in the Exercise Science Department.  Kevin has been employed at Navicent Health for 23 years in various positions.  His current oversight duties include cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, 2 medical based fitness centers, employee wellness programming, and employee clinic operations.  Kevin has served for over 20 years to support the American Heart Association.  He also serves on the Central Georgia Regional Credit Union board.  

Kevin has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2018.

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Crystal Champion

Biography

Crystal Champion, PT, DPT, CLT-ALM, Cert. DN has over 14 years’ experience as a Physical Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Education with a Concentration in Exercise Science in 2004 from Georgia College. She received both her Master of Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy degrees from the Medical College of Georgia. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Champion is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and currently specializes in cancer rehabilitation. She also holds a certification in Advanced Lymphedema Management. Dr. Champion is the owner of her own private practice Eminence Physical Therapy, LLC and is also the Executive Director and Founder of her non-profit organization Champions Can! Foundation for Cancer Wellness, Inc. The organization advocates for cancer survivorship for patients with all cancer diagnoses. Additionally, Dr. Champion serves as an Elevate Ambassador for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and serves on the GC3 Advocacy Council for the Georgia Center for Oncology Research & Education.

Crystal has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2021.

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Lorraine Daniel

Biography

Lorraine Daniel, RN, is Chief Nursing Officer at Navicent Health Baldwin in Milledgeville, GA. She has over  25 years of nursing experience, 14 years in nursing leadership.  Originally from Ontario, Canada, Lorraine was recruited to Georgia on an athletic scholarship.  With a passion for healthcare, she received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Georgia College.  Additionally, she received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Dekalb College.  Lorraine worked on the Cardiac Unit at Gwinnett Medical Center for 8 years, and at Navicent Health Baldwin, formerly Oconee Regional Medical Center, for 18 years in various roles ranging from bedside nursing to manager of House Supervisors and Resource Pool.  Sharing her love for patient care, Lorraine dedicated 4 years of her career as a clinical instructor for the LPN students at Central Georgia Technical College in Milledgeville, GA.

Lorraine has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2019.

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Anresa Davis

Biography

Anresa Davis is a retired Registered Nurse and retired Senior Residency Counselor.  She received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Georgia College in 1975 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in 1976. While at Georgia College she was a Resident Advisor, basketball cheerleader for the Colonials, and a work/study student at the Ina Dillard Russell Library for 3 years. For over 20 years, Anresa served in the surgical intensive care unit and in the emergency department. In August 2019, she retired after 19+ years from Park Springs, a lifecare community in Stone Mountain, GA.  Anresa is active in the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain and is the lay leader at Mountain Park United Methodist Church. 

Anresa has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2020.

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Deborah Eason

Biography

Deborah Eason, OTR/L is a practicing Occupational Therapist who received her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has enjoyed her chosen career for 30+ years and has treated clients in multiple settings including skilled nursing, mental health, public school, corrections/forensics, and orthopedic and brain injury rehabilitation. Currently employed as a PRN Therapist at Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville, GA, and as a Contract Therapist with Benchmark Human Services. She is an active member of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine; the Assistive Technology Industry Association; and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  She is an AOTA Proposal Reviewer for Annual Conference submissions in the areas of Developmental Disabilities and Productive Aging.

Deborah has an interest in history and is presently pursuing a Master’s in World War II Studies at Arizona State University. She has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2019.

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Michelle Evans

Biography

Michelle Evans, PT, is a practicing licensed Physical Therapist who received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 1995. She also attended Georgia College for her college prerequisite courses. Michelle is currently employed by Advanced Rehabilitation Management Company. She has worked at Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville for a total of 22 years holding various positions in Management including Director of Rehabilitation Services and oversight duties for the  Outpatient Wound Care Clinic and Hospital owned Physician Practices.  She has worked in multiple patient care settings including Acute Care, Subacute Rehab, Nursing Home, Outpatient, and Home Health Care.  Michelle also has taught the Wound Care Curriculum for the PT Assistant Program at Athens Technical College for the past 9 years.  She is certified in the practice of Dry Needling and is a Certified Clinical Instructor under the American Physical Therapy Association. 

Michelle has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2017.

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Richard Garrett

Biography

Richard Garrett is Chief Research Officer at Eduventures. He has nearly 25 years of experience in higher education research, consulting and policy. From 2015-2019, Richard was also Director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a think tank, part of Tribal Group, focused on global developments in online learning, internationalization and commercial activity and partnerships. Prior to Eduventures, Richard was North America Director for i-graduate, working with clients of the International Student Barometer, the world’s largest survey of the international student experience. From 2005-2013, Richard led Eduventures online higher education practice. In addition, Richard has worked as a researcher in the School of Education & Continuing Studies at the University of Surrey in the UK and as a policy analyst at the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from King’s College London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge.

Richard has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2021.

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Maria Johnston

Biography

Maria Johnston is a Physical Therapist and Managing Partner of Serenity PT in Milledgeville, GA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and has been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1997. Maria specializes in the following areas of care in her practice:  back & neck, headache & migraine, pediatric neuro-development, geriatric fall prevention & balance, and women’s health with emphasis in incontinence & pelvic floor pain. Additionally, Maria is a certified & Stott trained Pilates instructor. She and her mother, Linda Kerce, own Serenity Wellness Spa & Salon. 

Maria has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2017.

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Joy King

Biography

Joy is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner at CVS Minute Clinic in Macon, Georgia. She serves as the Lead Provider for Region 42, which encompasses the Middle and Coastal Georgia Areas. She is also a Part-Time Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Georgia College. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Minor in Community Health in 2009, Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner in 2015, and Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2017 at Georgia College. Additionally, Joy obtained her Master in Business Administration Healthcare Management in 2019 at Western Governors University. Joy serves on the Georgia Nurses Association Board of Directors as the Director of Nursing Practice and Advocacy.  

Joy has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2020.

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Debra Minor

Biography

Debra Minor is the Program Manager of Aging Services at the CSRA Regional Commission's Area Aging on Aging (CSRA RC/AAA). She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia College. Debra obtained a Master's degree in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology. She received certifications in Case Management (CCM) and Managed Care Nursing (CMCN). Debra has been employed at CSRA RC/AAA for 12 years in her current position. Her duties include resource development & sustainability initiatives, clinical liaison to case managers, health & wellness program, and counselors. She serves as the President on African American Alumni Council at Georgia College and a trained leader with The Boy Scouts of America. 

Debra has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2019.

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Nicole Paulk

Biography

Nicole Paulk (Nikki) is the Chief Operating Officer at Allegiant Anesthesia, LLC in Macon, GA. She overseas the administrative operations at Allegiant Anesthesia, LLC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of  Science in Nursing Administration, and Master of Business Administration degrees from Georgia College. Nikki brings 25 years of experience in clinical healthcare delivery and strategic business planning. For more than 15 years, she has held senior level executive leadership positions ranging from large tertiary to rural hospital settings. Nikki has professional affiliations with Sigma Theta Tau International - Theta Tau Chapter, Phi Kappa Phi, as well as a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Nikki has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2020.

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Jeanne Sewell

Biography

Jeanne Sewell was an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia College until she retired with 28 years of service in July 2019.  She has a post-Master’s degree in Nursing Informatics from Duke University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, (now Augusta University), and a Diploma in Nursing from Georgia Baptist School of Nursing (now Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University).  She is the author of the textbook, Informatics and Nursing: Opportunities and Challenges.  The sixth edition of the textbook was published in 2018.  She began her teaching career after many years as a clinician where she had expertise in nursing management, medical-surgical nursing, and pediatrics. 

Jeanne has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2019.

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Barbara Stickel

Biography

Barbara (Barb) Stickel is the former VP/CNO at Navicent Health aka Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in Macon, GA.  Barb’s nursing/college education is spread over three states. First, she obtained a Diploma in Nursing from St Michael’s Hospital in Newark, NJ. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN and her Master of Science in Nursing from Georgia College. Throughout her professional career Barb has worked in all acute care areas, with major focus on obstetrics, pediatrics and leadership positions. Barb retired in December 2010 after 23 years at MCCG. 

Barb has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2013.

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Scott Van Sant

Biography

Scott Van Sant, MD, PC obtained his medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed his psychiatry residency training at Emory University in Atlanta. He is board-certified in general adult and forensic psychiatry.  He has spent his entire career in the public sector behavioral health field, including formerly serving as medical director of DeKalb Crisis Center in Atlanta Georgia; chief medical officer of Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia; medical director of Augusta University's adult and geriatric inpatient psychiatric units; and associate training director of Medical College of Georgia's general psychiatry residency training program. Presently, he is Clinical Director of Benchmark Human Services Georgia Crisis Programs, which provides emergency mobile crisis interventions for individuals with mental health and developmental disability diagnoses across the state of Georgia.  Also, he provides telepsychiatry services to community mental health centers in Michigan. His particular professional interests include psychopharmacology, treatment of persons with chronic severe mental illness, management of co-occurring psychiatric and intellectual disabilities, and improvement of mental health delivery systems.  

Scott has been on the COHS Leadership Board since 2019.