Laverne Watts RN, MSN has been named the 17th State President for Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of MS for the term 2019-21.

She has been an active member of Eliza Pillars for the past 27 years. Prior to becoming president for the state, Ms. Watts served as president for District IV. At the district level she also served in many other capacities. She left the legacy of having more members join District IV during her administration than any up until that time. On the state level, she has served as committee chair for Funding our Finance and served as Member at Large. She most recently served as the Finance Committee Chair and office manager during the immediate past administration.

Ms. Watts has over 41 years of nursing experience.  Her most recent employment, just prior to her retirement, was with the VA Medical Center. During her employment there she served as a nurse manager. There she also worked as the maternity coordinator and as the Women Veteran Program Manager for Veterans throughout the state. While at the VA, Ms. Watts received many awards and accolades. At the time of her retirement in 2016, Ms. Watts received a service award for her 25 years of service. She also received a certificate of retirement and was coined by the director of the hospital.

Her academic career includes two associate degrees, one from Utica Junior College, and one from Hinds Community College. She also received a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Her most recent degree was a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama.