2017-2018 Executive Board
President – Dr. Nancy Ramsey, Pellissippi State Community College
Dr. Nancy Ramsey is currently the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment and Planning at Pellissippi State Community College. She came to Pellissippi State from Columbia State in August 2013. Nancy completed a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Curriculum and Instruction at Middle Tennessee State University. She has an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Tennessee State University. Nancy serves on several boards including the Maury County Boys and Girls Club, Pet Pals of Maury County and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is a graduate of Introduction Knoxville and Leadership Maury. Nancy has experience working in industry and teaching English and history in secondary school.
First Vice President- Dr. Tachaka Hollins, Tennessee Board of Regents
Dr. Tachaka Hollins is an employee of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) where she has been employed since 2005. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems and Master of Business Education from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She earned her Educational Doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program from East Tennessee State University.
Tachaka is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where she has successfully planned and executed several community empowerment outreach programs and held numerous leadership positions. She has served as a TnAchieves/TN Promise mentor since 2015. As well as, serves as the chair on the scholarship board for the Ivy Enrichment Foundation and serve on the scholarship award committee for Tennessee Rural Partnerships. She is a 2014 graduate of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Leadership Institute.
She was the 2016 Cable Athena Young Professional award nominee and served in the 2016 Class of TBR Maxine Smith Fellows. As of recent she was appointed, President of the Global Outreach Community Development Corporation focused on youth development in the Nashville area.
She is married to her wonderful husband, Fayva Hollins, Sr. and they have three incredible children.
2nd Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator – Dr. Regina Henry, Western Governors University
Dr. Regina Henry is an Instructional Design Manager at Western Governors University. She earned an undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems from Tennessee State University (TSU). She obtained two Masters, an MBA from Regis University and a MEd from TSU. She earned a doctoral degree in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is passionate about teaching and learning specifically helping students be successful through implementation of sound instructional design. Regina’s current research interest includes social media and hybrid course design. She has presented research at regional and international conferences and published research. She has served as Corresponding Secretary during 2015-16 and served 2013-2015 as the Communications Coordinator on the Executive Board for WHET. She also serves on the City of Mount Juliet Board on the Special Events Committee. She is a member of WCET, AMA and an Executive Board Member at Ultimate Medical Academy. She also serves as a Tennessee Achieve Mentor.
Treasurer – Ms. Ruth Ann (Cissy) Holt, Columbia State Community College
Ruth Ann “Cissy” Holt is currently the Dean of Regional Services and the Southern Campuses for Columbia State Community College. She has served as the Coordinator of Evening Programs as well as an adjunct instructor of English. Cissy completed both B.A. and M.A.Ed. degrees at the University of North Alabama. Most recently she completed an Ed.S degree through Middle Tennessee State University. Cissy is an educational doctoral student at Tennessee State University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, Women in Higher Education in Tennessee, Tennessee Alliance Continuing Higher Education, and Junior Auxiliary of Lawrence County. Cissy has served on numerous boards including Chambers of Commerce, Gear Up, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Maury County. She is a graduate of Leadership Lawrence County, represented Lawrence County in the Tennessee Economic Summit on Women, and was selected as the Outstanding Professional Staff Member at Columbia State in 2004.
Presidential Advisor – Dr. Alisa White, Austin Peay State University
In 2014, Dr. Alisa White became the tenth president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Austin Peay serves more than 10,000 students, has a $120 million operating budget, and is a national leader in student success initiatives. She is a board member of the Two Rivers Corporation, ASPIRE Foundation, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council, Industrial Development Board, and the Clarksville-Montgomery County Literacy Council.
White previously served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. White has an undergraduate degree in business, a master’s degree in library and information science and a Ph.D. in mass communication. Her research has been published extensively in scholarly periodicals, such as the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of Advertising Education and the Journal of Creative Behavior. She also has served as a consultant for city governments and Fortune 500 companies, offering workshops on leadership, conflict negotiation and creative management.
Immediate Past President – Ms. Patricia Burks-Jelks, Middle Tennessee State University
Patricia Burks-Jelks has been employed with the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma, TN for over 27 years where she serves as Director for Human Resources and Equity and Diversity Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Professional Studies (emphasis in Strategic Leadership) both from Middle Tennessee State University and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Leadership Institute. In addition to serving as President of WHET, she serves as President of the Highland RIM Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is a member of the College and University Personnel Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), WHET, and the Franklin County Community Association (FCCA). She previously served as President of the Tennessee Chapter of CUPA-HR subsequently receiving a “Meritorious Service Award” from Southern Region CUPA-HR recognizing her leadership and recognizing her as a pioneer for being the Tennessee chapter’s first African-American President. She also previously received the June Anderson Award from WHET recognizing her “outstanding contributions in promoting equality for women in higher education.” She chairs the Franklin County Hope for a New Beginning Faith Based Recovery Coalition and is a faithful Minister of Music at New Hope Church of God in Christ where she serves as President of the Business and Professional Women’s Federation, a position she also holds in the state.
Recording Secretary –Dr. Elizabeth White, Motlow State Community College
ACE State Chair – Dr. Shanna Jackson, Columbia State Community College
Dr. Shanna Jackson serves as the Associate Vice President- Williamson Campus for Columbia State Community College. Jackson provides leadership and oversight for facilities, programs, and services for the Clifton, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Williamson County campuses. In addition, she has responsibility for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Commercial Entertainment and Film Crew Technology programs. Prior to Columbia State, Jackson served almost 10 years at Volunteer State Community College where she served as Director of Off-Campus Programs and Executive Assistant to the President. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a MBA in Management from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Her doctorate in Education Administration and Supervision was earned from Tennessee State University in 2007. Shanna is active in numerous organizations and serves on the boards of Franklin Tomorrow, Battle of Franklin’s Trust and Franklin’s Charge.
Communications Coordinator – Ms. Ramona Whitworth, Tennessee State University
Ramona Whitworth is a Graduate Analyst in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Tennessee State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision at Tennessee State University. She is also a freelance photographer, serving as founder of Photos by Mona Photography. Ramona has served with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, The Lydia Society, American Negro Playwright Theatre. She is currently a mentor for Mount Zion’s Saving Our Daughters Ministry, the Lead Teacher for Mount Zion’s Kingdom Kids Children’s Church, volunteers with the National Museum of African-American Music and Fisk Jazzy 88 Radio Station, a member of TrailBlazher Women’s Organization, as well as serving on the Executive Board of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee. Ramona enjoys doing volunteer work throughout the community, working with the youth in church, reading, photography, hiking and participating in fundraising walks for various organizations.
Assistant Communications Coordinator – Open Position
Membership Coordinator – Ms. Diane Bonner, Tennessee Board of Regents
Diane Bonner is employed with the Tennessee Board of Regents, and was most recently promoted to Co-Chair for the Tennessee Summit, an Academic computing conference hosted at MTSU for Banner users. In her current role, she is responsible for communicating the project plan timeline for various projects within the Information Technology Department. She is an esteemed Alumni of Robert Morris University in Springfield, Illinois where she graduated with a 3.5/4.0 in Administrative Studies. She is a member of (CUPA) College and University Professional Association for Human Resources and IAAP. Diane is a faithful member at her local church and serves as Bible Study instructor, conference coordinator and Executive Board member. A counselor to many and for the last three years she has been a volunteer mentor with the Tennessee Achieves program. Mrs. Bonner believes in a woman’s independent economic stability and empowerment. She passionately pursues these efforts with her homebased business of Premier Designs as a Jeweler.
Mrs. Bonner is married to Ivan and they have one son, William.
East Tennessee Representative– Dr. Alice Camuti, Tennessee technological University
Dr. Alice Camuti is the Associate Dean for the College of Graduate Studies at TTU and in 2016 was the interim dean for the college of Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to her position in Graduate Studies she spent 13 years as the director of Career Services. Dr. Camuti has taught as adjunct instructor of marketing, management and in the freshman year experience. She has conducted workshops all over the country on topics such as customer service, sales, professionalism, adapting to change, and supervision. She has a PhD in Exceptional Learning from Tennessee Tech University, an MBA in management from Golden Gate University and a BA in marketing from California State University.
Prior to joining TTU, Dr. Camuti spent over 15 years in the field of telecommunications with Verizon and Citizens in both California and Tennessee. She has held positions in marketing sales,and operations. She is a certified Life and Career Coach and a certified SkillPath trainer. She resides in Cookeville with husband Andrew, dog Alvin, cat Caesar, and horse Myles
Middle Tennessee Representative–Dr. Tenielle Buchanan, Western Governors University
Dr. Tenielle Buchanan serves as a Course Faculty member in General Education (Communication) at WGU. Dr. Buchanan has been at WGU since January 2015. In this role, she helps to provide student support by coaching students to competency development and working alongside a team to ensure that students have proper tools to understand the course material and demonstrate mastery of such skills. Prior to joining WGU, Dr. Buchanan served as Assistant Dean of Students, Intercultural Development and adjunct faculty at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. In this role, she served as a mentor and advocate for students of color and first-generation students, oversaw the coordination of programming to increase cultural competency on campus and built external relations within the community. She has experience working in a variety of administrative and academic positions in higher education to include Vanderbilt University and University of Memphis. She has served as a board member for Community Nashville, Morning Star Sanctuary and the American Red Cross. She has a passion for serving others and facilitating in their professional and personal growth.
West Tennessee Representative-Ms. Gwen Sutton, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
Gwen Sutton currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis. During her 14-year tenure with the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT), she has worked in the capacity of financial aid coordinator, student services coordinator and curriculum & compliance coordinator. Gwen earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Office Systems Technology from Mississippi State University and is currently working towards completion of a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. She also has earned a diploma in Computer Information Systems from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Covington. In addition, Gwen serves as an instructor for the Regents Online Degree Program and has dedicated her services for over 10 years. She currently serves as the WHET Middle Tennessee Representative, member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Academic Affairs Sub Council, Member of the Mid-South Animal Association for Animal Lab Science (MSAALAS), Council on Occupational Education (COE) liaison, and Career Pathways committee member. She has also served on the executive board of the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in the positions of Secretary and TCAT Sector Representative and was a prominent member of the TCAT financial aid committee in the roles of the chairperson, co-chair, West TN Sector Representative, and ex-officio board member.
Graduate Student Representative –Ms. Crystal Banks, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Historian – Dr. Phyllis Adams, Motlow State Community College
Photographer – Laura Horton, University of Tennessee Space Institute
Laura Horton has been employed with the University of Tennessee Space Institute for 28 years where she serves as a Media Specialist II. She represents many different departments from the UTSI official photographer, VOLs Card department, and the Distance Education department. She handles the logistics portion for the students as well as a videographer for four classrooms in the Distance Education department. Her photographs have been published in the TN Alumnus magazine, Tullahoma and Manchester Chamber of Commerce magazines, the College of Engineering Directory, as well as several photographs published for Public Relations in the surrounding county newspapers. She has photographs on permanent display at a local franchised grocery store and restaurant. She is the entrepreneur of a small photography business. She is also an official photographer for the Women for Higher Education of Tennessee. She is a proud mother of one son and lives in Tullahoma, TN. During her spare time she likes camping, kayaking and anything to do with the outdoors.