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Darrylinn Todd,
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor

Dr. Darrylinn Todd

Dr. Darrylinn Todd has been named the interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

In this role, she will provide executive leadership for and oversee several administrative units that provide centralized campus support activities and services to students, including the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Student Life, Student Affairs, and the One-Stop Shop. She will also manage campus outreach programs, including K-12 outreach activities and will represent UTHSC as the chief student affairs officer.

She will continue to serve as an Executive Administrator in the Office of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs (AFSA) where she provides professional direction for strategic initiatives and uses her significant knowledge of academic and student affairs programs, policies and culture to communicate information to the UTHSC faculty, staff, students, and administration.    

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Jean Perdicaris
Administrative Services Assistant

Jean is senior administrative services assistant and reports directly to Dr. Todd. Jean has a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and spent years as a choir director of multiple youth and adult programs. She believes her teaching background, along with decades as an active community, church, and school leader as well as a dedicated power walker, is well suited to meet the many demands of a multi-functional department. Jean grew up in Europe, Oklahoma, and Texas. She joined UTHSC in 2016 and is delighted to now call northern Mississippi home.

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Ann Salina
Director of Admissions Operations

Ann is director of Admissions Operations. Originally from Norwich, Connecticut, she relocated to Memphis in 2016. Ann has a Bachelor’s of Art, Cultural Anthropology and Music from Central Connecticut State University and is pursuing a Master’s of Professional Studies and Strategic Leadership at the University of Memphis. Ann states students bring exciting ideas and energy to her work and to that end, she oversees the admissions staff collaborating with all six colleges to deliver best practices for a successful admissions process. When not working, Ann travels long distances to either perform or enjoy live music.

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Melodie Patterson-Terry
Assistant Director of Admissions

Mel, originally from Memphis, is assistant director for admissions. She earned her BA in Political Science from UT Martin. She also earned a BPS in Professional Studies/Paralegal Studies, Master’s in Business Administration, and is pursuing an EdD in Higher Education from the University of Memphis. Mel always thought she’d be an attorney, but while attending University of Memphis, found herself assisting others with complex admissions’ processes. She decided then that admissions was her true calling. Mel is an avid science fiction and fantasy fan and plans her travels to satisfy that fun fact.

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Andrea Jordan
Admissions Counselor - College of Medicine, College of Dentistry

Andrea is the admissions counselor for the College of Medicine and the College of Dentistry. She earned her Associate’s in Liberal Arts from Austin Peay State University and is actively pursuing her Bachelor’s. Her greatest work joy comes during graduation season when students come full circle – from just a file, to a student navigating campus life, to the graduation ceremony itself. Andrea is a foodie and considers herself an unofficial food critic.

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Sheryta Edwards
Admissions Counselor - College of Health Professions

Sheryta is the admissions counselor for both Health Professions and Speech, Pathology, and Audiology. Sheryta earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She joined UTHSC in 2011 and, when not at work, enjoys reading good books and traveling to new places.

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Christie Rakestraw
Admissions Counselor - College of Nursing

Christie is the admissions counselor for the College of Nursing. Christie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Memphis. Christie joined UTHSC in 2017 and brings many years’ work experience in both admissions and student recruitment. When not in the office, Christie loves to shop, bake, and spend time with her dogs.

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Paula Webber
Admissions Counselor - College of Graduate Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Paula is the admissions counselor for the College of Graduate Health Science, College of Pharmacy, and the Audiology, Speech Pathology (ASP) 3+1 program. Paula is earning her Bachelor of Science in Management Organizational Development from Bethel University. Originally from Memphis, Paula has been with UTHSC since 2002 and finds great joy in the diversity of the student population. She is passionate about her faith, family, and her career.

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LaTonya Wright - Admissions Compliance Specialist

LaTonya is the admissions compliance officer and joined UTHSC in 2017. Among her many responsibilities, she is the primary point of contact for residency classification for tuition purposes, applicant reinstatement, non-degree applications, and accuracy verification of supplemental document submission. LaTonya earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Memphis and a Master’s in Education from Cambridge College, in Boston. She’s passionate about counseling psychology and academic counseling, and lives by the mantra “attitude creates your world and designs your destiny.”

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Shanta Hampton
Admissions Administrative Assistant

Shanta, Admissions administrative assistant, has been with UTHSC since 2011. She is a first point of contact for all visiting the department and can be seen leading campus tours. Shanta is passionate about being her best self, is currently enrolled at Southwest Community College and loves to travel.

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Paulette Moore
Associate Director of Financial Aid and Financial Aid Counselor - College of Nursing

Paulette is both associate director of financial aid and the financial aid counselor for the College of Nursing. Employed with UTHSC since 1992, she utilizes that rich history and longevity in the overall administration of federal, state, and institutional programs. Paulette earned a Bachelor of Religion in Christian Education from Jacksonville Theological Seminary and is also certified as a medical secretary. Paulette is an active community and school volunteer and considers serving students as well as giving back to her hometown, Memphis, a highest calling.

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Janice Maddox
Financial Literacy Coordinator and Financial Aid Counselor - College of Dentistry, College of Graduate Health Sciences

Janice is the financial literacy coordinator and is responsible for the design and implementation of all financial aid, debt management curriculum. Additionally, she is financial aid counselor for the College of Graduate Health Sciences and the College of Dentistry. Originally from Alabama, Janice earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Mississippi University for Women and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. A big football fan, Janice enjoys travel and considers the gym her private sanctuary.

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Debra Bolton
Financial Aid Counselor - College of Medicine

Debra is the financial aid counselor for the College of Medicine. Originally from Memphis, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Rhodes College. Debra spent several years working in nonprofit fundraising and worked part time at her alma mater. Employed at Rhodes, she discovered her love of working with college students and changed her career path to reflect that decision. Debra enjoys spending time with her family and two boxers.

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Gloria Dobbs
Financial Aid Counselor - College of Health Professions

Gloria, financial aid counselor, earned a Bachelor’s from University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Master’s of Art and her teaching license from the University of Memphis. She brings a wealth of knowledge about the financial aid process and is passionate toward helping others attain their goals through the accomplishment of a college education. Gloria loves the outdoors and to tour gardens.

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Sheynah Craft
State Scholarship and Federal Work-Study Coordinator

Sheynah is the state scholarship coordinator and federal work-study coordinator. She earned a Bachelor’s in Business from Christian Brother’s University and a Master’s in Education from Ashford University. Sheynah strives to make each student’s higher education journey as easy as is possible and is passionate each student with whom she encounters is successful.

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Debra Bolton
OneStop Counselor

Debra is the financial aid counselor for the College of Medicine. Originally from Memphis, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Rhodes College. Debra spent several years working in nonprofit fundraising and worked part time at her alma mater. Employed at Rhodes, she discovered her love of working with college students and changed her career path to reflect that decision. Debra enjoys spending time with her family and two boxers.

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Thomas Davis
Student Services Specialist

Thomas, Student Services Specialist, is originally from Memphis, has worked at UTHSC since 2014 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology at the University of Memphis. Thomas assists with campus tours, student health insurance, residency classifications, and a myriad of other “front door” student needs.

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Julia Hill
Administrative Services Assistant

Julia, administrative services assistant, has been with the department since 2008. She serves the One Stop by being the first face seen by many students and their families. Julia has an Associate’s in Applied Science for the Culinary Arts, is a dedicated cook, and a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

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Ilisa Gunn
Associate Registrar

Ilisa, associate registrar, brings 23 plus years of experience in higher education within the offices of Admissions, Academic Services, and Veteran Affairs. She earned her Bachelor’s and relocated to Memphis after many years in east Tennessee. Ilisa sees her role as one of exemplary customer service to students. In her spare time, she enjoys musicals, movies and plays.

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Verlesha Wilson
Assistant Registrar

Verlesha, assistant registrar, joined UTHSC in 2011. She assists with student record information and database maintenance. Additionally, she oversees graduate clearance and degree evaluations, student enrollment reporting, and veteran educational benefit certifications. Verlesha earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin and is also a certified personal trainer. In her spare time, Verlesha enjoys the outdoors, particularly, zip-lining and journeying through amazing walking trails.

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Jennifer Archibald
Student Services Coordinator

Jennifer, student services coordinator, joined UTHSC in 2017. After living and working in New Orleans as an academic counselor within Interdisciplinary Studies programs at The University of New Orleans, she returned to her native Memphis roots. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Memphis, Master of Science in Hospitality from University of New Orleans, and a Master of Science in Advising from Kansas State University. Her role is to ensure all academic requirements are satisfied for graduation. Jennifer is an avid sports fan. She often travels to see her favorite teams play including a trip to Wrigley Field. There she witnessed the Chicago Cubs opener at the beginning of their World Series Championship season.

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Susan Miller
Student Services Specialist

Susan, student services specialist, joined UTHSC in 2018. Originally from Chicago, she has called Memphis home for 30 years. Susan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership, Policy Studies, & Student Personnel Services from the University of Memphis. She handles transcript requests, verifications, grade changes and multiple other student service needs. In addition to enjoying her family, Susan is a member of the LeBonheur Club, a volunteer organization that actively fundraises for the hospital, a cause of which she feels passionately.

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Jonnie Perez
Director of Student Life and Health Careers Programs

Jonnie is director of Student Life and Health Careers Programs. He prides himself as a UTHSC ambassador and student advocate to meet the needs of students through the many diverse programs UTHSC provides. Jonnie earned his Bachelor’s in General Studies, Arts and Humanities, at Indiana University. He also has a graduate certificate in health studies from Indiana University and a certificate in leadership management from Stanford Leadership Academy in Stanford, CA. Jonnie is passionate about his faith, family, multiculturalism, and giving back to his community through service and advocacy.

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Kamaria Robinson
Educational Coordinator

Kamaria is educational coordinator for the Tennessee Institute for Pre-Professionals (TIP) summer program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications from Tennessee State University and Master’s in Psychology from Lipscomb University. Kamaria coordinates and executes all facets of programming for TIP and, when not at work, loves baking as a past-time.

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Dustin Fulton
Associate Director of Student Affairs for Conduct and Community Standards

dustin fultonDustin Fulton, MS, serves as Associate Director of Student Affairs for Conduct and Community Standards and Student Conduct Officer in Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). In this role, he provides leadership for the university student disciplinary system for academic and non-academic concerns. Dustin also represents the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services by interfacing with faculty, staff, and students from various colleges and departments, as well as parents, alumni, and off-campus constituents. Additionally, he develops programming, conducts training, and serves as the designated Deputy Title IX Coordinator for students. 

Dustin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned a master’s degree in Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Personnel from the University of Memphis.

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Last Published: Jul 23, 2018