Shana Cummings  District I


Shana Cummings, RN, MSN serves as the state president of Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi. She is an active member of District I- Tupelo and joined the organization one year after beginning her nursing career. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama College of Nursing (2001) and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing (2014). During her time at UMMC she was inducted into the school’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nurses Society.

As a student nurse, Shana served as the secretary of the UNA Student Nurses Association. She also served as a state delegate for the Alabama Student Nurses Association Convention and a national delegate in the National Student Nurses Association House of Delegates. Shana was the recipient of an academic nursing scholarship for students maintaining above average GPAs during the first year of nursing.

As a member of Eliza Pillars, she has held several officer positions. She has served as State Recording Secretary (2007-2009), State Financial Secretary (2009-2013), Social Committee Co-Chairperson (2006-2011) Finance Committee Chairperson 2015- 2017) and District Recording Secretary (2007-2009). Shana was the winner of the 2005 EPRNM Miss RN contest and 2011 EPRNM Advanced Degree Scholarship. She also functioned as an election reception hostess for the “The Man from Mississippi” campaign for board of directors for Dr. Audwin Fletcher at the National Black Nurses Association in Atlanta, GA.

Her nursing experience includes critical care, clinical nurse education, and nursing leadership. Currently, Shana is the Clinical Coordinator of Nursing Practice at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. She also serves a clinical adjunct faculty for Itawamba Community College in Tupelo, MS. At North Mississippi Medical Center, Shana has been the recipient of the Nursing Excellence Nurse Educator of the Year award. She has been appointed to several system- wide and campus wide intraprofessional committees to include the system-wide Leadership Development Institute Planning Committee. She has been featured in Press Ganey magazine for hospital partnerships and a video for the first medication barcode system used for medication administration at NMMC called Veriscan. Ms. Cummings has also worked as a clinical adjunct faculty for Bevill State Community College in Hamilton, AL. She currently is a member of the Northeast Mississippi Community College Advisory Council and the curriculum review team.

Shana has been a podium speaker at Eliza Pillars RN of Mississippi Convention, Mississippi Nurses Association Convention and National Black Nurses Association Convention. Ms. Cummings was a poster presenter to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Convention in 2017. In addition to her presentations professionally, she enjoys speaking to the community on the impact of breast cancer in young women survivors and the importance of early breast cancer detection. Shana is a triple negative breast cancer survivor and has attended the Young Survivors Coalition Conference in New Orleans, LA and Seattle, WA that is a corporate partnership to support and education young survivors facing the fight of a lifetime.

Shana is actively involved with the ladies’ missionary society at Mount Olive M.B. Church as serves as Vice President and a member of the Usher Board. She serves as Vice President of the Booneville Baptist Association Missionary Society- Women of Zion. Shana believes in staying patient and trusting God’s journey. She can be reached at

Lavern Watts District IV

President Elect

Ms Laverne Watts has been a member of District IV for 25 years and served as an officer or chairperson on the District and State level. Laverne received her MSN degree from UAB. Ms. Watts is currently employed as Maternity Care Coordinator at the VA Medical Center. Her clinical specialty is Maternity.

Bess Blackwell  District IV

Recording Secretary

Bio coming soon.


Norma West District VI

Assistant Secretary

Norma West currently serves as president of District VI and assistant recording secretary on the state level. She has been a member of EPRNM since 1985, having served as District VI president for three different terms. On the State level Norma has held office of President, Recording Secretary, Membership Chairperson and a member of several committees. Norma received her ADN from Alcorn State University.


Sandra Jones  District V

Financial Secretary

Bio coming soon.


Meg Brown District IV


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Barbara Baugh  District IV


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Vernessia Coleman  District V


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Margaret Johnson District IV

President Emeritus

Bio coming soon.

Cheryl Rainey  District I


Cheryl Rainey serves as the Parliamentarian for District I in Tupelo, MS.  She has been a member of Eliza Pillars since 1989 and a Eliza Keys Member. She has held the following positions: District President, State President, Bylaws Chairperson, Chaplain, Sergeant-at-Arms, History Chairperson,  and Nominating  and Credentialing Chairperson.


Patricia Kirksey  District II

Immediate Past President

Patricia “ Pat” Kirksey is a graduate of Alcorn State University and recently elected President of District II in February 2009.  Her current initiatives focus on supporting the district’s movement to a level of prominence through community outreact efforts and developing the membership as they represent the organization.  As a result, Patricia feels that area can be better served with increased interest in and membership to the organization.

Currently, Patricia serves as branch manager at Mid Delta Home Health and Hospice in Greenville, MS.   Patricia is an active member of the Progressive Art and Civic Club, where she serves as Advisor in the male youth club, Esquires.

Patricia is married to Mario Kirksey and is the mother of Lamario (25) and Tyler (17). As a native of Greenville, MS, she is a member of the First United Baptist Church, Indianola, MS.

Laverne Watts  District IV

Office Manager

Ms Laverne Watts has been a member of District IV for 25 years and served as an officer or chairperson on the District and State level. Laverne received her MSN degree from UAB. Ms. Watts is currently employed as Maternity Care Coordinator at the VA Medical Center. Her clinical specialty is Maternity.