Board Officers for 2020-2021 Term
President – Alisa Haushalter, DNP, MSN
Alisa Haushalter, DNP, MSN, is a seasoned public health nurse. Her career includes leadership positions with the Metro Public Health Department of Nashville from 1983 until 2013 and a few years in the private sector leading Nemours Children’s Health System’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Award. Recognizing that she is a public servant at heart, Alisa readily accepted the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Shelby County Health Department of Memphis where she has been since early 2016.
Alisa has been a member of TPHA throughout her career participating on a variety of committees. Additionally, Alisa serves on several boards including the United Way of the Mid-South, the Community Foundation, and Church Health. Until recently, she was co-lead for the Tennessee Action Coalition, working with other nurses to create a Culture of Health, and a member of the American Nurses Association Scope and Standards Workgroup, drafting the next iteration of the ANA Public Health Nursing Scope and Standards.
President-Elect – Christian Williams, DrPH, MPH
Christian L. Williams, DrPH, MPH is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program at Belmont University in Nashville. Prior to coming to Belmont University, Christian served as the Public Health Competency Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Health. In that role, she was responsible for workforce development and training; served as the program director for the Commissioner’s Fellowship in Public Health; and coordinated all student internships and volunteer activities. She received her DrPH in Community Health and MPH in Health Services Administration from the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.
Christian has been an active member of TPHA since 2009 where she has served on various committees and held several leadership positions. Most recently, she was the 2018/2019 Co-Chair and 2019/2020 Chair of the Program Committee. As TPHA President, Christian wants to build upon the strong foundation that past leadership has laid and strive to: continue strengthening the link between academia and practice through consistent collaboration; expand opportunities for professional development and continuing education to all members throughout the year (not just at the annual conference); offer more member networking events; and increase member engagement through strengthened communication.
Immediate Past-President – Haley Colvin, MA, RD, LDN, CLC
Haley Colvin, MA, RD, is a Registered Dietitian in the Southeast Region based at the Grundy County Health Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition and a Master of Arts degree in Health Studies both from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Haley has worked for the Tennessee Department of Health for the past 12.5 years. The first year and a half of her tenure was devoted to Project Diabetes in Primary Care, and she has spent the past 11 years serving clients in the WIC program. During this time, Haley has also served as a Baldrige examiner. Haley has been an active member of TPHA for 11 years during which time she has served in numerous capacities for the organization including roles on the Program Committee, Fun and Fitness Committee, Membership Committee, and Nutrition Section, and is currently chair of the Public Policy and Legislative Committee. Haley was recognized for her professional accomplishments and dedication to public health with TPHA’s Nutrition Worker of the Year Award in 2015. As president for the 2019-2020 term amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Haley led efforts to transition from TPHA’s in-person signature events to a virtual platform enabling the organization to expand member benefits while positioning it for future growth and long term financial sustainability.
Affiliate Representative to APHA – Marian Levy, DrPH, RD, FAND
Marian Levy, DrPH, currently serves as Associate Dean in the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis, where she is a tenured Professor. Dr. Levy received her doctorate in public health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. A registered dietitian, she is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Over the past 20 years, Levy has conducted numerous funded research initiatives to promote health equity, enhance access to health care for underserved populations, and reduce chronic disease risk. Since 2007, she has served on NIH study sections and National Institute for Minority Health Special Emphasis Panels. In 2018, Levy was an invited presenter at the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Obesity Solutions Workshop: Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and Overweight in the Armed Forces. She has served on the Board of Editors of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and currently is a Site Visitor for the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) and a National Board of Public Health Examiners CPH Item Writer.
Dr. Levy has held numerous leadership posts, including President of the Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA). In 2017, she was honored to receive the Doris Spain Distinguished Service Award from TPHA. She currently serves as TPHA’s representative to the American Public Health Association (APHA) and is a member of APHA’s Governing Council.
Vice President, East Region – Dawn Ford, PhD
Dawn Ford, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Master of Public Health program. She holds a PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. She has 15 years of experience in public health in the areas of environmental health, epidemiology, and emergency preparedness. While at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, she first worked in Environmental Health and then served as the Emergency Response Coordinator. At UTC, she has been involved in the launching of the MPH program over the past two years and teaches courses in environmental health and leadership. Her primary area of research is childhood lead poisoning, specifically in the Southside Chattanooga Lead Site communities. Most recently, Dr. Ford has led UTC’s effort to contribute to community COVID-19 contact tracing. She has trained and managed over 100 volunteers at UTC – faculty, staff, and students – to assist the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department in contact interviews. Dr. Ford is a member of TPHA, APHA, and NEHA.
Vice President, Middle Region – LaShan Dixon, MS, GCHCM, GCG
LaShan Dixon, MS, is Assistant Public Health County Director for the Rutherford County Health Department where she plans and instructs health education programs for the community reaching over 80,000 residents of Rutherford County annually. LaShan has been a leader in the Rutherford County community for more than 15 years, hosting multiple community events while contributing towards several grants for women and underserved populations.
LaShan earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, and master’s degree in Health and Human Performance from Middle Tennessee State University. She has been a member of the Tennessee Public Health Association for 8 years, where she has served as Resolutions Committee Chair and Health Education Section Chair. LaShan is committed to protecting, promoting, and improving the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee by exercising leadership in health policy, increasing awareness of public health issues, and strengthening the development of public health professionals.
Vice President, West Region – Emily Rushing, MPH
Emily Rushing, MPH, is the County Director for the Henderson, Carroll, and Chester county health departments in the West Region. Prior to becoming a county director, Emily served as the Assessment and Planning Coordinator for the West Region and as a Public Health Educator in Henderson County. Emily has been a member of TPHA for six years. During this time, she has held the positions of West Tennessee Board Representative and Awards Committee Chair, as well as serving as a member of several other committees including the Audit Committee. Emily received her MPH from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2012. She completed a BA in Political Science from Union University.
Board Representatives for Middle, West, and East Tennessee Divisions
Tammy Mansfield, RN, and Joanne Perley, MPH, were recently elected to a three-year term as Board Representatives for Middle Tennessee. Beginning their third year as Board Representatives for West Tennessee are Rick Savoy, OD, MPH, and Melony Sesti, BS. Beginning their second year as Board Representatives for East Tennessee are Rebekah English, MPH, and Marianne Sharp, MA.