Patricia Kirksey District II
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.
Shana Cummings District I
Shana Cummings, RN, MSN is an active member of District I, Tupelo. She is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama College of Nursing (2001) and Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing (2014). She has served as State Recording Secretary (2007-2009), State Financial Secretary (2009-2013), Social Committee Co-Chairperson (2006-2011), and District Recording Secretary (2007-2009). Her nursing experience includes critical care, clinical education, and leadership. Currently, Shana is the Clinical Coordinator of Nursing Practice at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS.
Shana is also actively involved with her church’s missionary society where she serves as vice president. She also serves as Vice President of the Booneville Baptist Association Missionary Society. Shana believes in staying patient and trusting the journey. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Dzifa Johnson District VI
Ms Johnson is a member of District VI, Natchez. She has been a member of Eliza for 18 years and has served as Vice President and President on the District level. Dzifa also served as a member of the Scholarship and Awards committee for 2 years and then was the Chair of that committee from 1999 to 2013. Currently, she serves as the Recording Secretary on the state level.
Ms. Johnson received her BSN from Cuttington University College in Liberia West Africa and Masters from University of Iowa. Currently she is employed by three different travel nursing agencies doing travel nursing as a Charge/Staff nurse. She states, “Every assignment I am stepping more and more out of my Comfort “BOX” and getting further and further away from Natchez. My latest assignment will hopefully be taking me to Memorial Hermann Children’s hospital in Houston on a Peds IMU Unit”.
She is the proud mother of 2 adult children. Caitlin, a recent graduate from UMC with her doctorate in Physical Therapy and who works in Jackson, and Caleb, working on his MBA at Alcorn and plays for the Trinidad Triggers Minor league baseball team out of Trinidad Colorado.
They are members of Holy Family Catholic Church in Natchez.
Norma West District VI
Asst. Recording 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.
Dr. Audwin Flether District IV
Audwin Fletcher, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC is a tenured professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Fletcher’s research interests are health disparities and childhood obesity. His motto in life is: “Excellence is the expectation, perfection is the goal.” He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Bowen-Jones District IV
Margaret Bowen-Jones – is the President of District IV. She has been a member of Eliza Pillars since 1977. She has held the following offices within the organization: Assistance Secretary, Chaplain, Public Relations Chairperson and served on the Health and By-law committees.
Mrs. Bowen-Jones received her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1973 from Miss Valley University; her Bachelor of Science degree from William Carey University in 1982 and currently a candidate to receive her Master Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University.
Her nursing career started at University Medical Center in 1973 and transitioned to Methodist Rehabilitation Center in 1984. The past 13 years she has been employed as an Allied Health instructor at Virginia College.
Dr. Rosie Lee Calvin District IV
Dr. Rosie Lee Calvin, DNS, RN is devoted to the Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi. She is an Honorary member with over 30 years as a member. She was a two-term District IV President and the state organization’s first Nurse of the Year in 1990. She was named Parliamentarian Emeritus in 1996 and currently serving as District IV and the State Parliamentarian.
Dr. Calvin is a retired tenured Professor of Nursing (1st African American) from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Nursing where she was a faculty member, course coordinator, and first African-American Chair of the Department of Adult Health. She was the first African-American in the graduate programs and with a doctorate degree at the School of Nursing. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at Mississippi College teaching graduate level research to multidisciplinary American and international students in the Graduate Health Services Administration Program.
Dr. Calvin completed an associate degree in nursing (A D N) from Hinds Community College and bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from Mississippi College. Dr. Calvin received her master’s degree in nursing (MSN) from University of Mississippi Medical Center and doctorate in nursing (DNS) with a focus on nursing of adults and clinical consultation from Louisiana State University.
Laverne Watts District IV
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.
Eulanda Armstrong District IV
Immediate Past President
Eulanda Armstrong, RN MSN is the immediate past president for Eliza Pillar’s RN of MS Association (EPRNM). Mrs. Armstrong has been an active member of Eliza Pillars for several years. Most recently, she served as the District IV President (2008-2011), District IV Financial Secretary (2011-2013), and the State Finance Committee Chairperson (2011-2013).
Mrs. Armstrong is a graduate of MS Delta Community College (ADN) and University of MS School of Nursing (BSN-2001 and MSN- Nurse Executive Role, 2003). She also received the Nurse of the Year Award from EPRNM in 2011. She is currently employed at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS as the Facility Telehealth Coordinator. She has over 21 years of nursing experience which includes med/surg, women’s health, nursing education, home health/hospice and nursing management/administration.
Dr. P. Renée Williams, RN, CCE, Past State President (1995-1997), of Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi recently achieved Honorary Membership status in District IV (Jackson) in September 2015 for dedicated service and leadership as a member for thirty (30) consecutive years. Renée was honored to receive the EPRNM Presidential Award (1993) and the Nurse of the Year Award (2003). She has maintained her commitment to the organization by serving as an officer or chairperson on several district and statewide committees since joining the organization in 1985.
Dr. Williams received her PhD at Jackson State University, MSN from UMC School of Nursing, and her BSN from the University of Southern MS in 1978. She is a tenured professor at the UMMC School of Nursing teaching in the Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing programs, and Director of Continuing Nursing Education. Her clinical specialty is Maternal/Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing, and is a National ANCC Accreditation Appraiser of organizations seeking to provide accredited continuing education for nurses.